Last night at the Red Lion, on a board stocked with guys who have joined the club in the past two years, cagey vet Christian Kline turned in a vintage performance, the kind where he goes from three to board-top in a cloud of dust.
Kline has been playing with the Weasels since our third game, way back in January 2006, so most of the vets have experienced whiplash from watching him accelerate to one of his monster board-tops. For the five guys who weren’t me, however, it was a new experience, as it had been nearly three years to the day since he burned rubber in a league game.
The game ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (David Spanos): 0; 0.000 points.
England (Jim O’Kelley): 0; 0.000 points.
France (Christian Kline): 15; 57.990 points.
Germany (Brandon Fogel): 1; 0.258 points.
Italy (Scott Soren/Courtney Stahl): 3; 0.000 points.
Russia (Bryan Pravel): 3; 2.320 points.
Turkey (Jake Trotta): 12; 37.113 points.
The supply center chart is here.
We were happy to get Scott Soren back to the table for the first time since May of last year. Unfortunately, he had to leave in 1905 to tend to the sort of family emergency that tends to happen when you live with teenagers. Fortunately, server Courtney Stahl was willing to sub in. (It pays to tip the wait staff.) Jake Trotta was the biggest beneficiary of Soren’s departure, as he picked up five centers over the last two years of the game to finish a strong second.
The board-top was Kline’s league-leading second of the year. The other one was much more modest. This one vaulted him into third place on the season. Trotta, meanwhile, netted a little under 12 points. Take a peek at how tight the league race just got.
How about some commentary from the players? And keep your eye on the website. We may open another Red Lion game for Tuesday night, which is the Ides of March (and also the date of the Illinois primaries, but, priorities). We’ll announce the April Red Lion game shortly. Be aware that the date will move to April 27 to accommodate CODCon and some other things.