On March 11 of this year, Wes Ketchum played his first game with the Weasels, a solid 6-center England. This past Sunday, in the undercard to the Weasel Royale, Wes played his ninth, another England that this time resulted in a 13-center board top and another win in his budding rivalry with the Tricky Bunny, Carlos Treviño. In a postgame interview on the Diplomacy Broadcast Network, Carlos said of Wes, “He has a kind of offensive charm.”
Later, Carlos explained that Wes is like a shark whose fin never breaches the surface and who never leaves blood in the water. A candygram who knocks gently on your door before finding your head a new home. That is, a Land Shark who tells you he’s only a dolphin.
Carlos and Wes have now played four games together this season, and together they’ve topped three of them. In the Land Shark’s two wins, the Tricky Bunny finished one center behind; in the Tricky Bunny’s win, the Land Shark was nearly eliminated.
The Land Shark’s board-top was his third of the season and sent him back to the top of the league standings, a remarkable ascent for a vertebrate who just picked the game up this year.
|Austria||(Carlos Treviño)||12 centers||21.500 points|
|England||(Wes Ketchum)||13 centers||50.500 points|
|France||(Gabe Manalansan)||0 centers||0.000 points|
|Germany||(Brian MacWilliams)||0 centers||0.000 points|
|Italy||(Chris Brown)||1 centers||10.500 points|
|Russia||(Michael DeMichellie)||8 centers||17.500 points|
|Turkey||(Jon Shepler)||0 centers||0.000 points|