The 2014 Bar Room Brawl championship game will take place December 17 at the Red Lion. We'll try to start as close to 6 as we can and wrap up no later than 11. Feel free to come out for some drinks, dinner, and to watch seven of the top finishers in last season's Bar Room Brawl Series duke it out for the 2014 title. Who knows, if there's sufficient interest, maybe we can even field an Undercard game.
The seven combatants, in seed order, are:
The Undercard is with the Undertaker, but the #WeaselRoyale starts in just about an hour. Follow along at @WindyCityWeasel.
As the sixth alternate, Ben DiPaola wasn’t expecting to play. He was cool with that. #ABullWeaselWillRise #WeaselRoyale
Will he who lives with a Glass name cast the first stone? #ABullWeaselWillRise #WeaselRoyale
This year's Royale field is starting to resemble a comedy routine. First, David St. John, the fourth seed, had to bow out because of a visit by his in-laws. First alternate Josh Heffernan wasn't available, so second alternate Mike Morrison slid into the seventh spot, while fifth, sixth and seventh seeds Tony Prokes, John Gramila and Matt Kade each moved up.
Then Gramila realized he had double booked for the weekend. He'll be out of town on a camping trip.
Earlier this year, Gramila completed a rare tournament sweep by winning Weasel Moot after taking CODCon. That trick had only been turned once before. Many of us wondered if he'd pull a full monty by winning the Royale, as well. Unfortunately, we'll never know. Gramila is out.
David St. John, who qualified for the Weasel Royale by posting a 17-center board-top on the final day of the season, regretfully has announced that he cannot participate in the club championship game, which is set for November 1. St. John, who finished fourth, has family in town that weekend.
First alternate Josh Heffernan, the reigning Bull Weasel, also is unavailable, so Mike Morrison, the second alternate, will round out the Royale field. Tony Prokes, John Gramila and Matt Kade, meanwhile, all move up a spot. The revised lineup for the 2014 club championship game, in seed order, is as follows:
Season 10 opened last night with two games in the Bar Room Brawl Series. Scott Soren, playing in his second game with the club, seized the early lead with his top in Game No. 252. Newcomer John Konwinski, who shared the top in Game No. 253, is second. For the complete standings, click here.
The Series will pick up again next month on Oct. 8 at our first Red Wednesday at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. The Lion will welcome us on the second Wednesday of every month for Red Wednesday. Make your plans to join us on Oct. 8 and Nov. 12 and Dec. 10 and, you get the idea. See you there!
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Season Nine was another great year for the Weasels. We fielded 31 boards, including our 250th game. A total of 59 people played in our games. That number includes 21 new Weasels, six of whom were women and two who were British nationals.
In addition, the CODCon Open bounced back from a down year with seven boards and 22 players, 20 of whom were local. That was our best local turnout since WDC in 2012. And Weasel Moot weathered a drop in traveler attendance to field nine boards. The Moot numbers included four first-time travelers and five first-time locals.
The months ahead will feature two big games. Our seventh Weasel Royale club championship game has been scheduled for Nov. 1 at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove, and soon we will set a date for our second Bar Room Brawl championship game.
For a seventh straight year, the Weasels managed to conduct a violence-free election, but this one was filled with plenty of drama nonetheless.
Start with a former officer's candidacy being rejected on the grounds that he wasn't a paid-up member. John Gramila was elected to a one-year term in 2011 to serve on the Fourth Sneak. The club's governing board had expanded that year to seven officers from five in anticipation of the 2012 WDC.
Gramila served with distinction as the Chief of Public Information, launching the @WindyCityWeasel Twitter account and helping with WDC planning and logistics. After the big event, he declined to seek reelection.
But early last week, Gramila announced his intention to run on Saturday. His campaign, though, was star-crossed from the start. Gramila was dealt a critical blow last Wednesday when Chief of Public Information Jim O'Kelley, the acting clerk of election, declared Gramila ineligbile on the grounds that he hadn't paid his dues. Early voting proceeded on Thursday with four candidates for four open positions: incumbents Dan Burgess, Ben DiPaola and Peter Lokken, along with Matt Sundstrom, one of the most decorated players in club history. Five paid-up members submitted early ballots.
This year's Bar Room Brawl Series spanned 14 games, with 33 players participating. Nate Cockerill locked up the top spot by soloing in the first game of the Series. But over the next 13 games, we saw lots of jockeying for the final six spots.
And now the field is set. On a date to be determined, these seven players will gather at the Red Lion for one final brawl to end all brawls. The winner will be our 2014 Bar Room Brawl Champion.
The seven contestants, in seed order, are:
There can be only one Bull Weasel. The 2014 Weasel Royale club championship game will be held November 1 at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. In seed order, the seven players vying for the title will be: