The other six players in Sunday’s Weasel Royale club championship game were so close to playing without Matt Sundstom. He was on the outside looking in at the Weasel Pyle, the traditional final day of league play, after a subpar season by his standards. But he posted a large board top that day, aided somewhat by Christian Kline, and qualified for the Royale with the sixth seed.
Ironically, at the Royale two months later, he snatched the Bull Weasel title from Christian. Matt played a masterful Turkey–his best country, which fell to him with the seventh pick after he dropped down for the favorable tie-breaker. (Of course, in an open-ended game like the Royale, the tie-breaker may not come into play unless there’s a 17-17 stalemate.)
Matt played patiently. Instead of forcing the action, he gave the other players a chance to make poor strategic decisions. The other players obliged him, and each time the board opened for him, he pounced. Matt was declared the Bull Weasel during the Spring 1914 turn. The final center counts were:
Austria (Bryan Pravel): 0; 0.000 points.
England (Christian Kline): 8; 17.112 points.
France (Brandon Fogel): 9; 21.658 points.
Germany (Jake Trotta): 0; 0.000 points.
Italy (Jim O’Kelley): 0; 0.000 points.
Russia (Brian Shelden): 2; 1.070 points.
Turkey (Matt Sundstrom): 15; 60.160 points.
The supply center chart is here.
So, congratulations to Matt on earning his second Bull Weasel title (and second in three years). Now, #WhoDoWeBlame? Let us know below.