Jim O'Kelley

Jim O'Kelley

Thursday, 11 August 2016 10:56

Opening Night!

A new Bar Room Brawl series will kick off next month at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. Join us September 14 for the first Red Wednesday of Season 12!

Opening Night!
When: Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11.
Where: The Red Lion in Lincoln Square, 4749 N Rockwell.
Sunday, 31 July 2016 20:28

Minding your p's and 'cues

In addition to the backstabbing, players in Game No. 306, played Saturday at Pete McNamara's home in Evanston, were treated to ribs and brisket courtesy of grillmaster Pete.

"The barbecue turned this one up to 11," remarked Bryan Pravel, who, having now played in 13 club games, all since January, is something of an authority on the Weasels scene.

Could the club now have a third host extraordinaire to rival Messrs. Brown and Burgess?

As for the game, depsite being a house game with a generous 11 hours allotted for play, it ended by draw vote during the Spring 1906 turn in the following center counts:

Saturday, 23 July 2016 16:00

Weasel Pyle Eleven

This one goes to 11.

Our club's happiest tradition returns for an 11th installment. Join us for the season-ending Weasel Pyle at Castle Brown in bucolic Wayne. The exact address will be provided to attendees.

We expect at least three boards of Diplomacy. Plus we'll present our season awards, announce the Weasel Royale club championship bids, elect the Ninth Sneak, and strike the Regimental Choir. Don't miss it!

Friday, 15 July 2016 22:09

Brawlmost over

With one scheduled event remaining in the 2016 Bar Room Brawl Series, the back end of the championship game field remains wide open.

Brandon Fogel posted another big board top in the penultimate Red Wednesday match, running his lead to a seemingly insurmountable 146.639 points. Christian Kline in second (99.571) and Jake Trotta in third (97.726) also look safe. Brian Shelden in fourth (81.450) is probably in as well. But after then, it gets a bit dicier, especially if we field two boards on August 10.

Jim O'Kelley is in fifth with 79.898 points; David Spanos holds down he sixth spot at 72.930; and the low-hanging fruit is Matt Sundstrom at 71.600.

Thursday, 17 November 2016 09:32

The Fourth Reich

If you don't like beer, heavy food and cheerless efficiency, then life in the new world order may be hard on you.
 
Jake Trotta guided Germany to a dominant win in last night's Bar Room Brawl Championship Game at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. He topped the board with 17 centers to earn a permanent spot on Cockerill's Orb, the new Brawl trophy. Named in memory of Nate Cockerill, the Cockerill Cup will reside in the Red Lion, Nate's home away from home when he lived here.
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 14:47

These Weasels love puppies!

Special thanks to the following Weasels for paying their 2017 dues! (Dues are $25, $10 if you're a student. You may pay your dues here.)

  1. Barry Preece
  2. Brandon Fogel
  3. Bryan Pravel
  4. Chris Kelly
Sunday, 16 August 2015 09:40

Tenth Pyle a Perfect Ten

For the 10th time, we gathered at Eric and Muy Leng Brown's beautiful home in bucolic Wayne to wrap up an exciting season of Windy City Weasel Diplomacy. This season, a total of 72 players competed on 28 boards. Eighteen of those players showed up for Weasel Pyle Ten, and 16 of them got to play on three boards throughout the day.

War Weasel Dan Burgess and I never got in a game. Instead, we played four other games, including Caverna, pictured above, and Clue. Yes, Clue.

But you don't care about that. You want to hear what happened in the games. So here goes.

Thursday, 13 August 2015 16:16

The Christian Paradox

At one point last night at the Red Lion, Ali Adib threw up his hands in disgust and said to his fellow Easterners, "We're obviously doing something wrong. None of us is gaining centers!"

It was that kind of night as we played Game No. 276, the final match of the 2015 Bar Room Brawl Series. Play ended by time limit after the Fall 1907 turn in the following center counts:

Monday, 27 July 2015 23:17

The Daily Double

Our club has held numerous multi-board sessions in our 10-year history, but prior to last Saturday, we had never fielded two boards in two different locations. The 14 players featured three first-time Weasels. Here's how the games went down.

Game No. 274
Hosting Game No. 274 at his home in Glenview, Matt Sundstrom cashed in on his half of the daily double, cruising to a monster board top. The game ended by draw vote in Spring 1908 in the following center counts:
Sunday, 12 July 2015 08:33

Our game with Andre

Ali Adib continues to be this season's greatest recruiting success story. He found us on the Chicago Game Lovers site back in September and joined us for the season opener. That was the first of his eight league games this season.

He's topped two of those boards and currently leads the Bar Room Brawl series. But more than that, he's brought new players into the fold. The latest of those is Andre Dankha.

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