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Tuesday, 17 March 2015 20:58

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 16

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Lots of big news this week. Enjoy!

Moot Preregistration Is Now Open
Hroom, Hroom! You know what that call means. The Weasels are gathering, and you have been summoned. Weasel Moot IX will be June 13-14 in the Atrium at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Housing is available in the attached dorm, but only if you preregister, which you may do now.

You can get a single room at the dorm for $41 per night or share a double for $30. (In either case, you'll be sharing a bathroom with another room.) The website lists other housing options for those who are done with dorm-style living.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:35

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 9

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We're back, sort of right on time, with the latest news from the Weasels.

In Like a Rusty Flynn
It takes resilience to play this game. Persistence doesn't hurt either. Case in point, Nelson Flynn. He rediscovered the game and connected with us last summer after reading the Grantland article. But in three rounds at Weasel Moot and another game at the Pyle a couple of weeks later, he was eliminated in 1903, 1906, 1904 and 1904. Not a warm welcome back. At Saturday's game in Downers Grove, however, he was in like, well, Flynn. Check out the game summary.
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 20:34

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 2

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Hello, and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Weasel. Before we begin, let me apologize for my recent failure to meet the publishing standard for this newsletter, which we boldly incorporated into its title.

Lately, the schedule has been erratic. That's because the past two months have been a whirlwind. My schedule should calm down, at least until next month, when CODCon will be the first of three straight weekend events for me. (The other two are work related.) But until then, I should get back to my normal weekly publishing schedule.
So, read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

Finally, an Actual Weasel Moot Update
Okay, sometime this weekend, we expect to roll out the website for Weasel Moot IX. It's going to be June 13-14 at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Housing at the dorm will cost only $30 per night. Wahoo! We'll have the usual two rounds on Saturday and one on Sunday, and for those who come in early, we'll plan something fun to do in Little Italy or Greek Town, both of which are within a mile of the campus.

It's going to be a fun time. Get in on your calendar now, and you'll be able to register in short order. Hope to see you there!

Monday, 16 February 2015 20:02

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 16

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We're back after an unscheduled, work-induced hiatus. Read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

Statmageddon!
As mentioned in recent issues, one of Matt Sundstrom's resolutions for the New Year was to develop a ratings system for the Weasels. His work is complete and very impressive. We're still figuring out the best way to house and display his work, which begins with the adoption of the Sum of Square system for league play in Season Six (2010-11). In the meantime, I thought I'd share some of the ancillary analysis made possible by the project.

Let's start with our top five board-toppers in terms of topping percentage, based on a minimum of seven games played. They are:

Friday, 06 February 2015 22:03

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 2

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I'm way late and pressed for time, so this will be another brief one...

Plug Pulled
We couldn't get a seventh player (or even a firm commitment from a sixth) for tomorrow's scheduled game in Humboldt Park, so we pulled the plug on it earlier today. Looks like you'll have to wait another month for an opportunity to play a Saturday house game this season. Dan Burgess' Downers Grove game on March 7 is close to filling. We need one more to make it happen, and two more to free Dan for his preferred hosting duties.

Bar Games Keep Filling
Our Red Wednesday games continue to draw well. We have eight for next week's tilt at the Red Lion, including three more first-time Weasels. Four to six more, and we can field two boards. Who's in?
Monday, 26 January 2015 20:38

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 26

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It's a slow news week from the Weasels.
 
Players Needed
Sign-ups for our two February games have been sluggish. John Gramila will host our first Saturday house game of the season on February 7 at his home in Humboldt Park, beginning at 11 a.m. ... if we can find six more players. Then on the 11th, it's back to the Red Lion in Lincoln Square for another Red Wednesday. That one will start at 6:30 p.m. and go until no later than 11. We have four signed up.

Check your calendars, then sign up for one or both. CODCon is right around the corner, so now's the time to tune up.
Monday, 19 January 2015 16:18

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 19

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

Keep Calm and Top the Board
When I woke up last Wednesday morning, 14 people were signed up for Red Wednesday that evening. Players started jumping ship around Noon, and by 6:30, we were hoping a seventh would show. Fortunately, Edwin Kite, a British national and first-time Weasel, strolled into the Red Lion at around 7:15 to rescue the game. Better late than never.

Kite went on to top the board, which featured three other first-time Weasels, including Fred Townsend, a prolific player and writer from the 1980s postal hobby. The four new Weasels ran our Season 10 recruiting total to 20, just one short of the total for all of Season 9.

Check out the game summary.

Monday, 12 January 2015 21:25

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 12

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

Behold, the Saturday House Game!
Five months into Season 10, and we still haven't had a Saturday house game. So far, we've played seven bar games to only four house games. Three of those were on the Fridays of holiday weekends. The fourth was a hybrid house/bar game on a Thursday night. So, for those of you who prefer to play your Dip on Saturdays, it's been a long and lonely wait thus far. But fear not; that's about to change.

We posted two new house games over the weekend, and both are scheduled for Saturdays. First up is a game on February 7 at Alpha Weasel John Gramila's home in Humboldt Park. It will start at 11 a.m. Then a month later on March 7, we'll play at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. That one will also begin at 11.

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 21:54

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 5

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How did it get to be Wednesday? Oh, well, read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

That's What Brown Can Do for You
On a board bristling with Bull Weasels, Royale also-rans, and a brash new young gun, Founding Weasel Eric Brown showed what he can do for you, and to you, when he decides to play. Check out the game report from Game No. 262, played Friday at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview.

Get Your CODCon on!
Can you believe that this year's CODCon Open will be our ninth? And it's just three months away, so now's the time to mark your calendar and start earning your weekend pass. The 2015 CODCon Open will be April 11-12 at the Student Resource Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Two rounds on Saturday with a hard ending at midnight, one on Sunday. Tournament will end no later than 4 p.m. Lots of prizes, plus the usual after parties in Oak Brook and/or Downers Grove. Don't miss it!

Monday, 29 December 2014 17:03

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 29

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There's a New Scourge in Town
It's a well known fact that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. And when the tree's laurels include the club's first Grand Slam and a signature opening, well, you can only hope that his daughters don't take to the game.

Game No. 261 was played Friday at Pete McNamara's home in Evanston. Check out whose scion whipped the field, sealed a nickname, and took over first place in the club standings for Season 10.

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