The Weekly Weasel (214)

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

LET'S GET READY TO RUMBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBRAWLLLLLLL

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!
Monday, 10 February 2014 21:03

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 10

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Kade's Last Stand and Don's Birthday Bash
For the first time since September 2012 and thanks largely to the aggressive recruiting of Prime Weasel Nate Cockerill, we fielded two boards for last week's Dip and Drinks event at the Red Lion. Our numbers included eight regulars plus four first-time players, one who was playing for the first time in more than 40 years, and another who was playing for just the second time ever.

We put the six new and newish players -- three of whom were women -- on one board, along with Don Glass, who was celebrating his birthday.  The other board featured some of the club's heavyweights.

Monday, 03 February 2014 19:52

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 3

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Ben Blows Their Brains Out
Roland Cooke, the British ex-pat living in Houston who has been one of the busiest  travelers on the North American Diplomacy circuit the past few years, was in town last week, so we organized a game at the Red Lion in his honor. Nate Cockerill cleverly titled the game The Song of Roland, and Ben DiPaola did his best impersonation of the horn from that Medieval epic. Check out the game summary and Roland's reaction. Roland will be back in town the week of February 17, and he's signed up for the game at the Lion on the 19th. It's full, but come out if you'd like to have a pint with Roland and/or help us fill a second board.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 20:39

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 27

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I'm paying a dear price for four days at WACCon in Seattle, and not just exhaustion. My 18-month-old is shunning me. Tuesday morning, he stiff-armed me twice, and he hasn't warmed up much since then. In an effort to avoid giving him an ally in my wife, I'm going to keep this issue of the Weekly Weasel brief. I'll try to do a WAC recap and more for next week, but for now, it's just the bare bones.
 
The Song of Roland
Earlier this evening, I was at the Red Lion to welcome Roland Cooke to town. (Patrick and Meghan joined me. I'm not stupid.) Roland, the British ex-pat living in Houston, was with us last weekend for #UltimateWAC in Seattle. There, he mentioned that he'd be in town all week on business, so we promptly organized a game for him, and it filled in a record 12 hours. Look forward to the recap next week.  The lineup is here.

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