If we’ve learned anything from 343 games of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy, it’s that there is no honor among Weasels and that no good deed goes unpunished. Yet time and time again, those lessons must be relearned the hard way. Wednesday night at the Red Lion, it was the player who hosted the very first Weasels tilt nearly 12 years ago who flunked out of the club’s School of Hard Knocks.
We managed seven years in Game No. 343, played at the Red Lion on Flag Day. The game ended by time limit in the following center counts.
Austria (Jim O’Kelley): 3; 3.814 points.
England (Chris Kelly): 9; 34.322 points.
France (Grant Smith): 1; 0.424 points.
Germany (Christian Kline): 4; 6.780 points.
Italy (Sean Clarke): 8; 27.119 points.
Russia (Bryan Pravel): 1; 0.424 points.
Turkey (Brandon Fogel): 8; 27.119 points.
Old Clockwork Kelly turned in another steady performance. He may be a tortoise in a hare’s world, but he now has 3.16 tops on the year, good for fourth on the topping chart. Sean Clarke, meanwhile, posted his best performance with the club, tying for second with eight centers.
Grant Smith, the don of the Milwaukee Mafia who’s living in the city for a few months, was playing his first game with the Weasels since December 2014. It wasn’t his finest effort. It’s not often that you see a France who never builds.
Notably, he wasn’t the only player who didn’t build. Bryan Pravel also was shut out as Russia.
So, it’s a bit surprising that all seven players were still on the board when it ended after the Fall 1907 turn, but that can happen in a tight game, and this one came down to the final year.
For club founder Jim O’Kelley, it’s back to the drawing board. His strong position blew up when he moved against Christian Kline to try to balance the board. Clarke and Brandon Fogel in Turkey thanked him for his sacrifice by taking four of his dots over the next two years.
The aging vet has two months to salvage his disappointing season and avoid missing the Royale for the first time ever. Game No. 343’s Christ figure, perhaps he can find solace in one-upping Jesus: He managed to save the other players from their sins without dying.
The supply center chart is here. Players, how about your thoughts?