Two bull weasels were sitting atop a hill overlooking a meadow where a number of does frolicked. The brash younger weasel turned to his elder and said, "What do you say we run down there and screw one of those does?"
The older, wiser bull weasel put a paw on the other’s shoulder, shook his head, and said, "Son, let’s walk down there and screw them all."
–Old Weasel proverb
Nate Cockerill screwed them all in Season Seven. He amassed a league-high five board-tops en route to a fourth-place finish and a third straight berth in the Weasel Royale club championship game. And on Oct. 27 at Dan Burgess’ home in Downers Grove, Cockerill toppped that board, too, the biggest one of all.
The players conceded the title of Bull Weasel to Cockerill in Spring 1909. The center counts were:
England (Jim O’Kelley): 3; 4.245 points.
France (Mike Morrison): 5; 11.792 points.
Germany (Peter Lokken): 5; 11.792 points.
Italy (Ben DiPaola): 6; 16.981 points.
Russia (Matt Sundstrom): 6; 16.981 points.
Turkey (Kevin O’Kelly): 0; 0.000 points.
The Royale championship is Cockerill’s first Chicago title of any kind.
The only change in the selection order was when top-seed O’Kelley dropped down to No. 3 to get a more favorable tie-breaker and a look at where a couple of his opponents would sit. Lokken took Germany with the first pick, and Morrison grabbed France second. O’Kelley then rounded out the West by taking England.
Interestingly, Cockerill took Austria with the fourth pick, and Turkey fell all the way to fifth. DiPaola grabbed Italy with the sixth pick, leaving Sundstrom with Russia at No. 7.
Also, Cockerill became the third No. 4 seed in four years to win the title. Last year’s champion, Peter Yeargin, is the only top seed to have won the Royale. The other winner was sixth-seeded John Susoreny in the inaugural Royale.
The supply center chart is here. Hopefully the players will chime in with their thoughts. Surely we can match the output of yesterday’s commentators on Twitter.