Our seventh annual March Madness campaign closed last Saturday with a fifth and final game at Matt Sundstrom’s home in Glenview. Game No. 242 was a taut affair with four lead changes and four players finishing within two centers of one another. When the buzzer sounded in Spring 1907, Tony Prokes had topped his club-leading third board of the season. The final center counts were:
Austria (Mike Morrison): 7; 19.758 points.
England (Tony Prokes): 9; 32.661 points.
France (Nate Cockerill): 8; 25.806 points.
Germany (Matt Sundstrom): 1; 0.403 points.
Italy (Jack Sundstrom): 2; 1.613 points.
Russia (Brad Harrington): 0; 0.000 points.
Turkey (Chris Cantine): 7; 19.758 points.
The supply center chart is here.
The players came up with an interesting solution for the problem of an early departure for Nate Cockerill. They agreed to start rolling a die each turn about an hour before Nate had to leave. On the first turn, a roll of one would end the game. On the second turn, either a one or a two. And so on.
According to the host, the method added some welcome uncertainty to the game.
"You could even extend the odds of the game ending by using a 10-sided die," Sundstrom says. "Of course, you need a geek host who has one. … I have three."
We played a total of five March games this time around, one per weekend. Nineteen players participated. Mike Morrison led the way, playing in four games. Chris Cantine, Nate Cockerill, Ben DiPaola, Don Glass and Tony Prokes played in three each, and three others played in two games.
We didn’t experience a windfall of new recruits as we have in past campaigns. In fact, Cantine was our only new player. But it looks like he’s going to be an active one.
Next up for the Weasels is our eighth annual CODCon Open, this coming weekend at the College of DuPage. Please join us.