The 2017 Bar Room Brawl Series is off to a great start with a two-board session last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square to go along with the two boards on Opening Night in September. So far, 22 players have participated in the four games. The complete standings are here. We'll see you on November 9 for the next Red Wednesday!
The Ninth Sneak met for the first time last night at the Red Lion. With six of the seven members present and representing a quorum, acting Prime Weasel Jim O'Kelley called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.
Exactly one month after its ninth annual Weasel Royale club championship game, the club will hold its fourth annual Bar Room Brawl Championship. The Brawl championship will be November 16 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, 4749 N Rockwell. Spectators are welcome, and if there's sufficient interest, we'll field an Undercard game.
This year, the seven contestants will vie for the new Cockerill Cup. Named for the late Nate Cockerill, our friend and former Prime Weasel, the Cockerill Cup will list every Brawl champion and will be on permanent display at the Red Lion. Nate was a Lion regular and introduced his home away from home to the Weasels in June 2012. The bar has been the official home of our popular Dip and Drinks events ever since. We introduced a standing Red Wednesday game on the second Wednesday of every month in September 2014.
Season 12 opens Friday night at Brian Shelden's home near Millennium Park and will keep rolling with our first Red Wednesday of the year at the Red Lion on the 14th.
As we all look forward to another exciting season of Windy City Weasel Diplomacy, let's take a quick glance back at last year. Specifically, let's look at the distribution of last season's 58 players by the season they joined the club.
Brandon Fogel came within a dot and some fine print of winning four of the seven Best Country awards for Season 11. Instead, he had to settle for one Best Country and a couple of titles for a campaign that saw him top a near-record 6.5 boards while running away with the league's regular season title.
Fogel was the Weasel of the Year, amassing 149.505 points. He broke away from the pack down the stretch by topping four boards in a row and six out of seven from April 27 through August 10. Obviously, he also earned Top Weasel honors.
With regular season play completed for the 11th season of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy, the field is now set for the club's ninth annual Weasel Royale club championship game, October 16 at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. The game will begin at 10 a.m. The seven combatants, in seed order, will be:
Ironically, the only incumbent on the Sneak who survived the "Throw the bums out" purge* last weekend at the Weasel Pyle was the guy who occasionally shows up looking like a hobo. Even former Sneak member Kevin O'Kelly was rejected by the angry electorate.
Joining John Gramila on the Ninth Sneak will be Brian Shelden, the leading vote-getter who ran on a platform or experience--he served on the Potomac Tea & Knife Society board and also organized the New York City hobby years ago--and a pledge to help Jim O'Kelley lighten his workload; Brandon Fogel, who said he'd like to develop an app to help archive games; and Jake Trotta, who would like to work on the website.
March Madness is back for a seventh year as the Windy City Weasels renews its annual campaign to return the month of March to its original pastime: Backstabbing. Take a look at these game openings, check your calendar, and sign up. Check back often, as we'll add news games here as they crop up. And consider bringing a friend to a game. We've welcomed 41 players to the Weasels during the past six March Madness campaigns.
The next Red Wednesday will be on Veterans Day, November 11. Make your plans to join us.
Peter Lokken is recovering from brain surgery. Help him fight off the boredom by joining him for another game of Dip!