The Weekly Weasel (203)

We’re back with a triumphant return after getting chewed out on Twitter. Thanks, guys. I appreciate the Speaky Weasel support.


Headlines like that are worth the wait, folks. Chicago’s finest diplomacy hobby had a wonderful outing last weekend at Diversey Bowl, again hosting two boards. Out-of-towner Chris Martin topped one with a 48 point Russian performance, taking over this year’s Top Czar score and deeply disappointing your writer. On the other board, Christian Kline eeked out a 7-6-6 split as France, earning his second top this year. Recaps are starting to come in, read all about it here.

We’re back at Red Lion for a game next Wednesday… and we’re on a two board hot streak! Check what it’s brawl about here.

I'm starting to believe the GOP might play diplomacy. If I've learned anything in this world of dot grabbing bastards, it's that the only way to look ethical is to make someone else look unethical. 


In our bonus bar game, Italy (yours truly) slithered its way to a 16-dot board top and the top of the league/brawl standings. For recaps and insight from The Jungle Book, click here. Also click to see Jim amusingly guilt himself into updating the standings. Thanks, Jim.


Rookie of the Year front-runner and South Carolina's second favorite son (couldn't bump you ahead of Colbert) Mick Johnson is hosting this Saturday at 11 in Uptown. The board currently features 3 first timers, one rookie, and three guys in their second season of WCW play. Can we push for 2? If not, come on by, hang out, and help coach a young weasel! Sign up here.

Hit the jump for next week bar game details, Wise Old Weasel updates, and your usual and customary pupptricide shaming.

Did you miss me? Notice anything different about me? Shout out to the dream team of Pravel, Shelden, Fogel, and O’Kelley for fixing the website and turning this once ugly duckling into the beautiful swan it is today. Let’s see what this bodacious bod can do.


We’ve had three boards this December, two won by new friends Nicole Campbell and Gudrun Juffer, the one a thriller pulled out by venerable Prime Weasel and lying bastard Brian Shelden. No word on if the game at Gramila’s resulted in any shirtless, bearded rice pudding selfies. If you haven’t heard that story, you absolutely need to ask Gramila.

Anyways, check out the recaps. Honestly, they’re directly below this post, so I’m going to go ahead and trust you to scroll on down and check em out.   


That’s right folks, there’s an extra bar game on the 28th at the Red Lion. Swing by at 630 for the SANTA CLAUSE SELECTION ORDER, booze, and general holiday merriment. Peter Lokken will be swinging by. Also my kid brother will be there because it just wouldn’t be the holidays without some family infighting.

Sign up here. Also, check the lineup. Sure to be some fireworks-is there an alliance player on that board?

Hit the jump for a full stockingsworth of Weasel updates.

 This is your unofficial Brawl Title Bout hype thread. Brotivational? Brotivational.


Bar Room Brawl Championship Bar Room Brawl Title Bout is tomorrow at the Red Lion. Will Top Weasel Brandon Fogel bring home his first postseason trophy? Can Bull Weasel Matt Sundstrom power himself to the top? Could upstart challenger David Spanos, or late addition Ali Adib, take a swing at the title? The gloves will come off, but only one will raise Cockerill's Orb as our Bar Room Brawl Champion.

Meanwhile, we've got two for the undercard. Now five people may seem like a lot to pull in 24 hours, but did Rocky ever quit? Seriously, the dude is on his 6th movie. 

We had a busy week here at the Windy City Weasels. Hit the jump for YUGE board results, touring Weasel updates, and your usual dues-paying puppy shaming.

Monday, 24 March 2014 20:48

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 24

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Hipster Beatdown
Witty banter. Tight pants. Unkempt hair. Saturday's game in Logan Square had it all as seven of the club's coolest cats gathered at Peter Lokken's home to play Diplomacy over -- yup, you guessed it -- a handmade board. Store-bought boards are way too consumer.

Click here to see which player non-conformed his way to the board top and also to check out a pretty great photo that captures the essence of being a Weasel.

Monday, 17 March 2014 20:20

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 17

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

Dip on Demand
One of the great things about the Weasels is that when you're ready for a game, you can usually find one. Guys like Craig Reges -- who on Saturday played his first league game with us in six years -- can thank uber-regulars like Nate Cockerill and Don Glass for that. Check out the game summary and reaction from host Tony Prokes to find out whether Italy extended its streak of three straight St. Patrick's Day board tops.

Monday, 10 March 2014 22:15

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 10

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Cockerill and Robin
Instead of trying to top Saturday's board at the Concentric game convention in Itasca for himself, young Kevin O'Kelley contented himself with helping Nate Cockerill top.

"I wasn't trying to win, Dad," Kevin told me after the game. "I'm just glad I didn't get crushed."

Monday, 03 March 2014 22:51

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 3

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Are You Related to the Peter Lokken Who Used to Top Boards?
March Madness tipped off yesterday at John Gramila's home in Humboldt Park, and there was a guy there who sort of resembled Peter Lokken. I mean the Peter Lokken who set a club record with 7.5 board tops in his first full season of play with the Weasels and who soloed in the second round of the 2012 WDC to earn a berth in the world championship game. Not the guy who hadn't topped a board outright in league play since May 2012. Could the old Peter Lokken be back?

Monday, 24 February 2014 21:14

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 24

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Four Is the New Three
Last week's game at the Red Lion evoked memories of the first Weasel Pyle in August 2006 and a game at WACCon in 2012. Your correspondent reflects on past lessons learned, shares some handy math tricks, and critiques his game, all in the game summary. Check it out.
Monday, 17 February 2014 19:04

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 17

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If you enjoyed a day off today for Presidents' Day, be sure to thank our club's presidents, or Prime Weasels: me, Chris Davis, Dan Burgess and now Nate Cockerill. And now, here's the latest news from the Weasels.

Let's Play Two
We're sitting on nine players for Wednesday's game at the Red Lion. One of them is visiting dignitary Roland Cooke, the British ex-pat now living in Houston. This will be his second game with the Weasels. What's your excuse? Come on out and help us get to two boards. The games will start at 6:30 and finish no later than 11. We can make two boards work with 12 players, but 13 would be better. And 14 of course, would be best of all. Let's play two!

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