Fan favorite Jim O’Kelley defied the odds (referring to the 71.4 percent chance that someone named John or Peter would top) to top the Armistice Game, played on Veterans Day Eve at Guthrie’s Tavern. Originally scheduled for Chicagoland Games, Game No. 113 relocated to Guthrie’s because several of the players had Veterans Day off. That turned out to be a good decision–Guthrie’s had a nice crowd for a Wednesday, but it wasn’t nearly as jammed as it is on the typical Thursday.
Meanwhile, the game was another in a series of wide-open, fluid contests we’ve seen recently. Russia, which opened with three units in the North, was at nine after 1904 but finished with two. Austria had three after 1904 but finished with eight. Italy went from four to six in 1902, but then back to four the next year, before rallying to finish with seven. There were a lot of momentum changes.
By agreement prior to the game start, we stopped play at 11:11 p.m. to commemorate the Armistice that ended World War I. (That armistice commenced on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.) We could have chosen to commemorate the 135th anniversary of the founding of the Marines Corps, or the 35th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, but the Armistice seemed period appropriate. Plus, I was grateful for the day off.
So, we managed eight full game years. The final center counts were:
The supply center chart is here. Now let’s hear from the combatants.
Finally, Saturday’s game at Dan’s is on life support. We’re down to four players, not counting Dan. If you can play, please sign up now.