I'm afraid the four new players who joined our ranks last night will be disappointed the next time they attend a Guthrie's game. We don't typically get to share the bar with 50 attractive members of a women's group.
But one thing they ought to get used to seeing is Matt Sundstrom topping boards. As reigning Weasel of the Year last year, Sundstrom swept our two tournaments. When season 5 commenced, the club appropriately rose up and smacked him around, eliminating him in his first game and sending him home with four centers in his second.
Since then, Sundstrom has roared back with three straight board-topping performances to vault into second place on the young season. His latest was a fairly typical Sundstromesque perfomance. He played Germany and finished with 10 centers, one better than his French ally.
Meanwhile, on the other board ...
When we last saw Alex Riedel, he had been eliminated from Game No. 5 and was filling in for a player in Game No. 4. In that game, he inherited a three-center Turkey in 1911 and finished the game five years later with 11 centers. That was March 12, 2006, at my home in Chicago.
Nearly four years later, we welcomed him back by giving him Russia, and he again responded by finishing at 11 centers after five years.
Despite the atypical crowd, it was a typically fun Guthrie's evening and a banner night for the club: four new players, one reactivated player, and the chance to listen to Bull Weasel Paul Pignotti hold court. In addition to the four players, we also had five bystanders, one of whom may actually be recruitable.
Here are the game summaries.
Game No. 86, the Board of Bright-Eyed Novices, ended by DIAS draw vote during the Spring 1906 turn. The final center counts were:
Austria (Josh Kanto): 2; 28.57 points.
England (Paul Robinson): 2; 28.57 points.
France (Jeff Scheur): 6; 68.57 points.
Germany (John Gramila): 6; 68.57 points.
Italy (Sam Bassett): 4; 48.57 points.
Russia (Alex Riedel): 11; 140.57 points.
Turkey (Kevin Sexton): 3; 38.57 points.
Game No. 87, the Board of Jaded Veterans, ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn. The final center counts were:
Austria (Peter Yeargin): 8; 92 points.
England (Jim O'Kelley): 0; 4 points.
France (Adam Berey): 9; 102 points.
Germany (Matt Sundstrom): 10; 132 points.
Italy (Paul Pignotti): 6; 72 points.
Rusia (Chris Paxhia): 0; 6 points.
Turkey (Mike Morrison): 1; 22 points.
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Next up is Game No. 88, which will be Jan. 30 at Pete McNamara's home in Evanston. That one is full. Then it's on to Gary Przybocki's home in Montgomery on Feb. 20. And there are three events scheduled for March. The February and March games have plenty of openings. Check them out by following the Current Games Signup Lists link in the Main Menu.
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