In the first seven Weasel Royale club championship games, we had seven different winners. Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that we opened the next set of seven by recycling them.
Jim O’Kelley was the first to inscribe his name a second time in the permanent plaque at Dan Burgess’ home in Downers Grove. Playing Russia, the country he won with in 2010 as well, O’Kelley seized control of yesterday’s game with three decisive stabs of his Eastern neighbors — Austria in Fall 1902, Turkey in Spring 1903, and Italy in Fall 1905.
After that, it was just a matter of hanging on–with help from a true janissary in the Turk, Black Jack Sundstrom, and from his inner Chris Martin (the three-time Alpha Weasel and former world champ, not the frontman for Coldplay)–against a furious counter-attack from the Grand Alliance.
The three-dot stab of Italy, along with gains elsewhere, vaulted O’Kelley to 14 from nine. The Grand Alliance pushed him back to 12, but he held fast there, waited for a crack in the alliance, and then climbed to 16 with active assistance from the Brit, Ali Adib.
The other players finally conceded the Bull Weasel title in Spring 1911. The final center counts were:
Austria (Brian Beck): 0; 0.000 points.
England (Ali Adib): 2; 1.015 points.
France (Matt Sundstrom): 11; 30.711 points.
Germany (Mike Morrison): 3; 2.284 points.
Italy (Don Glass): 2; 1.015 points.
Russia (Jim O’Kelley): 16; 64.975 points.
Turkey (Jack Sundstrom): 0; 0.000 points.
The supply center chart is here. Thoughts from the players?