We were about 45 minutes into the debrief of Game No. 280, our first match of Season 11, when longtime Weasel Christian Kline dropped the ennui word.
"You were part of that Eastern ennui," he said to Jake Trotta, one of last season’s recruits. "No one wanted to do anything. People trusted each other."
Then he paused and shook his head. "Why can’t I ever be next to the guys who trust people?"
The season opener ended by time limit after just four years in the following center counts:
Austria (Jake Trotta): 7; 23.113 points.
England (Matt Sundstrom): 7; 23.113 points.
France (Ryan Yates): 7; 23.113 points.
Germany (Christian Kline): 0; 0.000 points.
Italy (Sean Clarke): 2; 1.887 points.
Russia (Brandon Fogel): 6; 16.981 points.
Turkey (David Kodeski): 5; 11.792 points.
The supply center chart is here.
It was a nice start to the new season. Three of the players–Yates, Clarke and Kodeski–were new to the club, and two of them had never played before. And we also picked up a prospect from among the four spectators.
A high school buddy of mine was in town on business. He played Dip with me a few times in the ’90s and was really interested in the game. When he left, he told me he’d plan a future business trip around a Red Wednesday so he could play with us.
So, we’re off. The next game is Sunday at Brian Beck’s home in Morton Grove. And we’ll be back at the Red Lion on October 14.