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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 21:20

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 1

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We're back after a brief hiatus. For those who haven't heard, my nephew and Godson Cooper died early in the morning on November 23. Coop, 21, played Dip with us a couple of times in our first season and also played two rounds at our first CODCon. Shortly after that, he discovered soccer. And girls. I never did get him back to the table. Here's a link to a tribute video for him.

Anyway, read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

Black Jack Friday
Sundstrom was Sundstromed by a Sundstrom in last week's Black Friday game at his home in Glenview. Confused? Check out the game summary and reaction from the host.

Monday, 17 November 2014 20:40

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Nov. 17

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Better Red than Dead
Last week's Red Wednesday at the Red Lion had a little bit of everything: Two more new faces, an old face that we don't see nearly enough, a visually impaired observer, a Western with an all-little-person cast, three Weasel cameos, and a thrilling final year that sort of played out like a classic scene from the movie 10. Don't believe me? Check out the game summary. We've also updated the Bar Room Brawl standings.

Monday, 10 November 2014 20:39

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Nov. 10

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Doubling down on Red Wednesday
Since last week's issue, we gained two players for the Red Wednesday event but also lost two, so we're still stuck on 11. That number includes three more new faces, plus three others who joined our ranks this season. The Wednesday night bar games continue to attract new players. If you're reading this and are free Wednesday night, we'd love to have you join us. Two boards are better than one.

Monday, 03 November 2014 20:12

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Nov. 3

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A Bull Weasel Rises
That roar you heard at around 8 p.m. Saturday night came from Matt Sundstrom. It was equal parts joy and relief. In his sixth attempt, Matt finally won the Weasel Royale, and in so doing, he clubbed the club's first grand slam. Matt won CODCon and Weasel Moot in 2009 (and CODCon again in 2012), the league in 2010, and now the Royale, ending a four-year quest to complete the grand slam.

The 2014 club championship game was interesting, fun, taut, fluid. Pick your adjective. It had a little bit of everything. Check out the recap and (we hope eventually) player reaction. I plan to share my thoughts this evening.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:11

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Oct. 27

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Undercard Underwater?
We're trying to field an Undercard game at this Saturday's Weasel Royale for the sixth straight year, but the tradition -- which has added so much to the Royale event -- is in jeopardy. We currently have five players signed up, but we may have to tap one for the Royale. More on that in a moment.

Finding three more players -- or even two, for that matter -- at this stage is a tall order. Especially given that one of our top two standbys, Mike Morrison, has already been elevated to the Royale, and the other, Ben DiPaola, has been summoned as well.
Monday, 20 October 2014 20:43

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Oct. 20

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Undercard, Understaffed
Our seventh annual Weasel Royale club championship game will be November 1 at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. And for the sixth straight year, we're planning to hold an Undercard game to the main event.
Unlike the Royale, the Undercard counts as a regular season game, and in four of the first five Undercards, the board-topper went on to qualify for the next year's Royale.

Pete McNamara was the first to turn the trick in 2009, followed by John Gramila and Ben DiPaola. Mark Weiskircher topped the 2012 Undercard, but that was the only game he played that season. (He hasn't played a league game since, for that matter.) As the old joke goes, even when the Burning Bush promises that you'll win the lottery, you still have to buy a ticket. One good score isn't enough to get you into the Royale.
Monday, 13 October 2014 19:25

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Oct. 13

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Read on for all the latest news from the Weasels in this birthday edition of The Weekly Weasel.
New Blood Spills Old at Red Wednesday
Red Wednesday at the Red Lion debuted last week, and we had another new face, our ninth new recruit of the young season. Mike Esposito was playing his first game in more than 20 years, and he had the rust to prove it. Nevertheless, he survived a rough opening and managed to top the board. The other players included two of the new recruits from the September games at the Lion. So, lots of new players have been coming out, and some are even sticking around.

Red Wednesday is the second Wednesday of every month at the Red Lion. Join us for dinner, drinks and Diplomacy. The games, which will start at 6:30 p.m. and end no later than 11, are scheduled through December 2015. Get 'em on your calendar. The first board for Nov. 12 is already full. Let's fill a second!
Monday, 06 October 2014 17:14

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Oct. 6

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Must-See Diplomacy
Our first week-night house game last Thursday at Peter Lokken's home in Logan Square was a rousing success featuring two more new faces. That makes eight so far this season after only 21 new recruits all of last year. Check out the game summary and reaction from the board-topper.

Monday, 29 September 2014 14:07

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Sept. 29

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Wake Us up When September Ends
After a fast two-board start on Sept. 10, Season 10 hit a couple of speed bumps. Our full game at the Chess Pavilion on Sept. 21 was scuttled by the early arrival of Jane Kathleen O'Kelley. (She and Meghan are doing great, by the way, and Kevin and Patrick are proud big brothers.) And then we struck out on our annual attempt to evangelize at the Conception game convention at the College of the DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

Over the years, our efforts there have been hit or miss. We were able to find players and field a game in both 2008 and 2009. That latter game was a boon for the club. That's where we found Tony Prokes, who became a regular in our games and tournaments, usually hosts once a year around St. Patrick's Day, and since then has taken on the responsibility of hosting the annual attempts to recruit at Conception. In 2011, he had a great year there. We fielded three boards, including our only game of Colonial to date. But we've struck out every year since.

Monday, 22 September 2014 21:35

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Sept. 22

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The Wait Continues
I waited 20 years to play a game of Diplomacy at the Chess Pavilion at North Avenue Beach, so what's another few weeks or even years? We had to cancel Sunday's game there because Meghan went into labor Friday night. Jane Kathleen O'Kelley was born Saturday at 12:18 p.m. And probably not for the last time, she forced me to change my plans.

We'll try to reschedule that game for next month, if the weather cooperates.

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