Dan's World is Real After All ... [Updated 10/06/04]

The 2004 Winner's Circle

Readers of our bulletin board on Con Sim World are familiar with Dan's World ... an idealistic utopia ruled by Emperor Dan Dolan Sr with an iron fist and a ball peen hammer - a sort of Mad Max meets the Three Stooges version of justice. To keep the inhabitants of Dan's World in line, the Home Guard - consisting of his pair of burly linebacker-esque sons - is called upon with their ravenous appetites to spread the gospel as Dan sees it. And we thought he was kidding ... cue the Twilight Zone theme because now we're all living in Dan's World. Yes ... imagine all those WBC t-shirts walking by with the Dolan clan emblazoned across the back ... led by the mighty moose. Oh ... the horror! There is no joy in Lancaster - because Emperor Dan now reigns ...

The 19th-ranked Team X, made up of the Dolan boys and Greg Schmittgens (what's a Kansas boy doing in a place like this?) improved on their second place finish in 2003 by adding two more points and that was enough to put them over the top, besting 3 Men & a Canadian by those two points. The Board is rumored to be considering whether the win should be recorded with an asterisk to note the double Coussis character of the win - with both Dan Sr and Tim having won their own GM'd events. In some quarters that would be frowned upon, but not in Dan's World.

EPGS I were the biggest over-achievers this year - beating 115-1 odds to finish third. Although Foxco Gamers Inc at 250-1 finishing 14th and No One Can Catch Red at 400-1 at 23rd have a good case as well. On the other side of the ledger, GCOM Express was the highest rated (at 49-1) of 26 teams to be blanked. Perhaps more remarkable was the performance (if you can call it that) of the feared and highly respected Greenville Mafia whose four teams managed a combined total of just five points - all courtesy of the Fields' father-&-son duo. In the Team Tournament it is not enough to be good. You also have to predict where you'll succeed. Some say that is a flaw in the tournament. Others might say that is the genius in the format and that which keeps it from growing stale as evidenced by its growth and lack of repeat champions.

So how did the Happy Handicapper do? Not so good. Of his top 25 picks in the record field of 82 teams, only eleven made the Top 25.

Band of Fools and Me & Three Stiffs shared the Consistancy Award by being the only squads to have all four team members score points this year.

GCOM Express won the Misery Loves Company title for the second year in a row with 445 entrants for an average of 111.25 entrants per event. On the opposite end of the scale, claiming the Big Fish in the Small Pond title was The Old Guarde whose 78 total entrants averaged only 19.5 players per event.


2004 Team Tournament Champions

Team X - New Jersey

 

 

 

 Dan Dolan Sr - 8

Dan Dolan Jr 2

Tim Dolan - 7

Gregory Schmittgens - 0

                          


Team Tournament History

2004: Team X: Dan Dolan Sr ELC 8, Dan Dolan Jr PDT 2, Tim Dolan WRS 7, Greg Schmittgens NW2 0 = 17 [120]/82 teams

2003: Manly Men: Bruce Reiff FBS 8, Ken Gutermuth WPS 0, Steve Likevich B81 7, Dave Metzger 812 7 = 22 [122] / 74 teams

2002: Band of Fools: Tom Gregorio BWD 7, Gary Dickson TRC 0, Steve Dickson DLW 7, Ray Freeman VIP 3 = 17 [119] / 70 teams

2001: MAWS: Dennis Nicholson MMS 8, Jim Eliason 5FT 0, Roberto Sanchez 0 POG, Rich Curtin II AOR 9 = 17 [168] / 70 teams

2000: Avenel Hill Game Company: Henry Richardson III ACS 4, Pat Richardson WAS 8, Andy Gardner VIP 8, Henry Richardson Jr B17 0 = 20 [250] / 66 teams

1999: Me & Three Stiffs: Michael Rinella BKN 8, Brian Smith EPB 0, Marvin Birnbaum WTP 8, Marc Giddings AOR 0 = 16 [259] / 72 teams

1998: Barbarossa: Fred Minard ABN 9, Steve Shambeda ACQ 0, Clifford Smith TT2 0, John Wetherell ACS 4 = 13 [336] / 66 teams

1997: Pillage, Then Burn: Scott Pfeiffer AOR 0, Dave Gantt BRI 8, John Emery UPF 8, Earl Anderson PXB 0 = 16 [212] / 64 teams

1996: Jerry's Kids: Byron Stingley TPS 6, Michael Arrighi BKN 0, Joe Bellas HCR 7, Jeffrey Otto RTG 0 = 13 [102] / 61 teams

1995: Black Bear: Sean Cousins KRM 8, Michael Neal ACV 8, Andy Lewis MOV 1, Caleb Cousins RKL 0 = 17 [163] / 57 teams

1994: Team Dixie: Ralph May ADV 8, Randy Cox SSB 7, Bobby Laboon ASN 7, Roger Cox DUN 0 = 22 [125] / 66 teams

1993: Greenville Mafia: Bruce Young ATS 9, John Emery UPF 3, Dave Gantt ACQ 2, Earl Anderson BRI 2 = 16 [218] / 58 teams

1992: Wolff Pack: Wes Erni VIP 9, Peter Wilke BRI 4, Bruno Wolff TTN 3, Tom Mueller ASL 0 = 16 [252] / 44 teams

1991: Ghostbusters: Byron Stingley TPS 10, Jim Falling RFT 10, Joe Bellas CVW 2, Jeffrey Otto UPF 0 = 22 [86] / 30 teams


TOP 25 TEAMS IN ORDER OF FINISH

 Rank. Name

Odds
Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Points /Entrants
 1. Team X

56-1
D. Dolan Sr/ELC/8 D.Dolan Jr/PDT/2 T. Dolan/WRS/7 G. Schmittgens/NW2/0

17/120
 2. 3 Men & a Canadian

66-1
B. Johnson/RRY/8 B. Dyer/DUN/2 J. Abrams/MOV/4 G. McMaster/WAS/1

15/209
 3. EPGS I

115-1
J. Vroom/FBS/0 B. Flaxington/PRO/10 A. Bove/RA!/3 C. Moffa/GOA/1

14/386
 4. GComedy of Errors

110-1
B. Stallings/UNP/0 D. Karp/LST/0 L. Martins/LID/10 D. Hoffman/POF/3

13/346
 5. Me & Three Stiffs

50-1
K. Wixson/WNW/2 H. Rice/HRC/2 M. Birnbaum/WTP/2 M. Rinella/MGM/7

13/144
 6. Band of Fools

33-1
T. Gregorio/BTB/1 R. Freeman/WAS/2 D. James/TRC/2 C. Withers GC2/7

12/144
 7. AREA

59-1
B. Wolff/TT2/1 R. Hamel/GSR/0 E.Menzel/VIP/2 B. Thomson/SQL/7

10/168
 8. Manly Men

23-1
B. Reiff/FBS/0 K. Gutermuth/MMS/0 S. Likevich/B81/7 D. Metzger/812/3

10/128
 9. Koleszar-Lientz-Plat

40-1
S. Koleszar/SOA/4 L. Koleszar/MOV/0 G. Lientz/SCT/0 D. Platnick/PRO/5

9/276
10. Late Great Grenadiers

77-1
B. Peeck/WNW/0 R. Winslow/ACS/9 B. Place/BCY/0 B. O'Neal/PDT/0

9/247
11. Coleman mitt Coleman

125-1
T. Coleman/MMS/1 M. Pitcavage/ASL/1 A. Kaplan/GBG/7 J. Wilson/EPB/0`

9/170
12. Olde Guard

42-1
R. Heller/PGG/0 F. Pafenberg/B81/2 P. Evans.BWD/0 B. Ryan/ANZ/7

9/78
13. Buffalo Soldiers

44-1
T. Dunning/RA!/0 N. Anner/POG/8 J. Thomas/SET/0 K.Wojtaszczyk/AUC/0

8/307
14. Foxco Gamers Inc

250-1
R. Fox/8XX/8 D. Fox/ SET/0 J. Fox/ABN/0 M. Fox/MEX/0

8/250
15. Caesar's Centurions

52-1
N. Benedict/BRI/8 L. Bardecki/KRM/0 S. Cornett/SCT/0 J. Cornett/E&T/0

8/156
16. By Force or Guile

48-1
J. Pei/FTP/8 D. Dockter/POG/0 A. Gupta/E&T/0 H. White/ACV/0

8/149
17. St Paul's Rejects

37-1
S. Packwood/776/6 J. Pack/VIP/0 M. Backstrom/UNP/2 J. Tracy II/BWD/0

8/143
18. Polish Lancers

71-1
J. Poniske Sr/WTP/8 R. Young/HOS/0 P. Gaberson/WNW/0 J. Poniske Jr/GUE/0

8/122
19. GCOM Caboose

100-1
R. Shipley/EPB/0 J. Tang/TTR/0 F. Czawlytko/NW5/0 D. Hoylman/FI5/7

7/310
20. Beltway Banditos

48-1
S. Tucker/WPS/0 K. Englemann/SLS/0 R. Hebner/MRA/0 Ks Englemann/MPR/7

7/263
21. MIT SGS

47-1
A. Fuegi/TT2/0 A. Applebaum/VIP/1 D. Finberg/TTN/2 M. Sample/ACS/4

7/240
22. Natty Bohemians

270-1
A. Joy/GSR/2 D. Schubert/AON/2 R. Bucherri/SSS/0 P. White/RBN/3

7/179
23. No One Can Catch Red!

400-1
J. Carvin/E&T/0 E. Lenhart/ALH/0 M. Lanza/MEX/7 J. Betz/SCT/0

7/166
24. Armistead Brigade

75-1
M. Miklos/SAR/7 H. Burkhalter/HOS/0 R. McCracken/TRC/0 J. Vasilakos/WNW/0

7/126
25. Bud's B Team

96-1
G. Sauer/AUC/0 J. Mullet/LID/3 N. Hoam/LST/3 A. Kaiser/UNP/0

6/311