At about five minutes till 6 on Wednesday night, exactly six of the players were seated around the table at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, ready to start. That was the first sign that this bar game would be different than the 82 others we had played since March 2007.
Indeed, this game was the championship of our inaugural Bar Room Brawl Series, a subset of the league where we tracked each player's best three bar games over the course of Season Eight. And at five till 6, only our War Weasel, Nate Cockerill, the game's second seed, was missing.
Two-time champion Chris Martin posted the only solo from the first day of play at Weasel Moot VII and carried a hefty lead into the final round. But an unlikely challenger emerged on the former world champ's own board and rolled to a solo of his own.
Peter McNamara, the native of Perth in West Australia (not to be confused with our own Pete McNamara) prevailed in this weekend's tournament at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
Peter had the result all but sewn up after soloing as Austria in the first round. Our own Tony Prokes won two Best Country awards with strong play in both rounds on Saturday, offered to sit out on Sunday, and took second. Russ Dennis, playing in his first game with our club and his first FtF tournament, surged into third place with a strong result in Sunday's game.
Here are the final scores:
The hobby's best-named tournament is back for a seventh installment, and this time, we'll be back in the suburbs!
Two bull weasels were sitting atop a hill overlooking a meadow where a number of does frolicked. The brash younger weasel turned to his elder and said, "What do you say we run down there and screw one of those does?"
The older, wiser bull weasel put a paw on the other's shoulder, shook his head, and said, "Son, let's walk down there and screw them all."
--Old Weasel proverb
Nate Cockerill screwed them all in Season Seven. He amassed a league-high five board-tops en route to a fourth-place finish and a third straight berth in the Weasel Royale club championship game. And on Oct. 27 at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove, Cockerill toppped that board, too, the biggest one of all.
A urologist from Florida, Michael "Doc" Binder (left) knows how to grab a guy by the balls. Turns out he can cut them off, too.
Binder won the World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot VI in Chicago last weekend with a solo on the top board. He also soloed in the third round. Both were as France.
The CODCon final standings and game-by-game supply center charts are available here. A write-up will follow later this week.
Stay tuned for game announcements, as well.
Sixteen of us showed up for the first round of CODCon. We're now under way with two boards. Ben DiPaoloa and I are sitting out, which is just as well, as we both stayed up too late and drank too much playing Civilization last night in Oak Brook.
Here are the line-ups:
We lost four players for the morning round. Ugh. Tonight, we have a shot at three boards. By then, I hope to be feeling better.
WACCon 2012, held last weekend at the Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle, was a great event. It featured 20 boards over the four rounds, with 46 players participating, including five Weasels and three of our ex-pats.
Congrats to the Australian Peter McNamara on winning Weasel Moot IX. Peter is only the third player (joining Matt Sundstrom and John Gramila) to capture both of our tournament titles.
Here's a hot tip: Place your money down now on Matt Sundstrom to win the 2018 CODCon Open. He's as reliable as a comet, or maybe a locust. For the third time in nine years--each time on a multiple of three--Matt won the CODCon Open. And this time, he crushed it.
In his first round, Matt soloed as Turkey. Again. That's his fourth solo as Turkey with the club, and the second one at CODCon. He probably could have skipped the rest of the con at that point. Instead, he showed up for Round 2 to take his beating. So, we pummeled him into a nine-center French board-top.
That turned out to be his #DropRound, because on Sunday, he nearly soloed again as Germany, finishing with 16 centers and more than 74 points. It was quite a performance.
The top seven, along with their best country awards, were: