2005 Nominees | Past
The third leg in the BPA Triple Crown is its Sportsmanship Award. Coupled
with the Caesar Award for prowess on the gameboard and our GM of the Year
Award which honors those who sacrifice their time to make WBC the memorable
event that it is, the Sportsmanship winner completes our virtual Hall of
Fame by reminding us that there is no fun to be had in these games without
an affable and enjoyable opponent to cross vicarious swords with.
Doubtless there are many more good sports at WBC than those we can acknowledge
here. But since we do not want to duplicate the cavalry charge of a California
Gubernatorial recall election with a thousand candidates, we limit the
nominees to those endorsed by WBC GMs for outstanding sportsmanship and
further reduce their number by selecting only the most fervent endorsements.
These are supplemented occasionally by the Board of Directors and/or Convention
Director to recognize meritorious service.
the past, nominations have been accepted for individuals who conceded
a victory to allow a beaten opponent to continue in an event in their
place. This practice will no longer be accepted for a sportsmanship nomination.
Furthermore, BPA highly discourages such sacrifices as being counter
to the spirit of the competitions. While a player who allows another
to play on in “his” place
may well have good intentions, doing so is contrary to the purpose of
a tournament. A player who concedes a won game is circumventing the rules
of the event by dispensing byes in a non-random, unearned manner and
is actually committing an unsportsmanlike act in the eyes of many. Such
a kindness bestowed upon one player is actually grossly unfair to all
the other participants of the event who had to win their right to advance
and tarnishes the event as a true test of skill.
While lots of people get caught up in the quest
for “wood,” the folks listed below subscribe to a higher standard.
These are the sportsmen and women of the WBC…the shining example
of sportsmanship that we should all aspire to. These folks are the ones
that make it all bearable for our GMs and contribute most to the “club” atmosphere
of the convention. Their shining example contributes to the remarkable
esprit de corps and camaraderie for which the WBC has always been noted.
any further ado, let’s present the class of 2005—and
a classy group it is, too. The following individuals were just some of
the many nominated for the reasons indicated below and owe their appearance
here to both their own demeanor and the fervancy of their sponsors in relating
it to BPA. As is our practice, all 2005 BPA members are urged to vote for
one of the following when submitting their 2006 membership form and voting
for new Century games before Jan. 1, 2006. Reward a good sport with our
biggest prize…free lodging at the next WBC.
Anzio: Mark Bayliss has
been out of the hobby for a decade waging a successful battle against
cancer. His second visit to WBC left a lasting impression on his opponents
who couldn’t help but notice his good cheer, outstanding sportsmanship,
and high level of play. He took on anyone when opponents were needed
(exceeding the number of games played needed to qualify for advancement)
and displayed a keen enthusiasm for the game.
B-17: Evan Hitchings has
been playing B17 for the past seven years. As one of our youngest participants
seven years ago, he took to the game immediately and has been a regular
member of the squadron ever since. Not only does he play every year,
but he does something even more important to our hobby—he recruits fellow
youngsters to join in the fun—bringing many new players with
him and helping newcomers through the learning process.
Battle Cry: Matt Evinger went
up to the vendor’s area and bought an extra copy of the game
so that four players would not be turned away from the event.
Bitter Woods: Bruno Sinigaglio taught
newcomers how to play. More interested in helping others than improving
his own position in the event.
Britannia: Richard Jones comes
from England every year and is a regular in every heat. He does not win
often but he persists because he enjoys the game. Regardless of his setbacks,
he is always at the tables first and eager to set up while other players
Elchfest: Andy Maly brought several
copies of the game to help with the event and sold them to youngsters for
a price below his cost.
Formula Motor Racing: Katie McCorry helped
this rookie GM out of a tight spot. I was using a random card draw system
and failed to check that everybody had signed in before allowing the cards
to be drawn for table and seat assignments. One player drew a card without
signing in first. Games were already underway when it was discovered that
Katie was the odd person out. With an exact multiple of six, she could
not easily be fit into another game without moving a lot of people around.
Katie graciously withdrew rather than require everyone to go through a
Gangsters: Charles Stucker went
out of his way to make sure he gained no edge from mistakes—even
paying a $500 kibitzing penalty to keep another player from making a move
that would erroneously have paid him a lot of money. He also corrected
a banker’s error in his favor by returning $1600 in excess
Goa: Roger Whitney lost tiebreakers
in both heats but handled the disappointment with excellent humor.
Ivanhoe: John Poniske, cordial
and friendly throughout, always assisted players by reminding them to draw
Medici: Trevor Bender had been
admitted to the semifinals as an alternate when a higher-ranking alternate
appeared. When the lowest ranking alternate refused to leave, Trevor voluntarily
gave up his seat to the higher ranked player.
Medieval: Jim Jordan repeatedly
showed less experienced players better strategies—losing a
game in the process to such a suggestion.
Cove: Bob Jamelli was
the victim of an opponent’s misplay in the semifinal. Another player
mistakenly removed the legendary pirate card from under the ship to the
side of the board, causing Bob to sail into battle with the legendary pirate.
The resulting heavy damage took Bob out of the running but he accepted
the oversight without complaint—showing remarkable good humor
and honor for a pirate.
Pro Golf: Keith Hunsinger, aka
the voice of Slapshot, stayed on in the wee morning hours after his own
elimination to serve as color commentator on the PA system during the sudden
death playoff to determine the final four and the resulting skins game.
Puerto Rico: Greg Berry was
in the midst of a tight contest when he inadvertantly forgot to discards
goods as required during the Shipping Phase. Greg reported the error
and consequently was docked three VPs—turning a two-point win into
a one-point loss and costing him automatic advancement to the next round.
Royal Turf: Phil Barcafer graciously
provided extra shrink-wrapped copies of the game so that more people
could particpate in the event. Naturally, he then lost a draw to advance
on a three-way tie—all in good humor.
Sword of Rome: Stuart Tucker graciously
gave up his seat in the semifinals to reduce the field to an even multiple
Taj Mahal: Michael Kaltman donated
his time as a non-advancing alternate when the semifinals came up short
The Haunting House: Chris Bauch showed
patience and gallantry above and beyond when dealing with new players by
offering advice harmful to his own position.
Tigers in the Mist: Jim Winslow is
always a pleasure to play and goes out of his way to help new players,
offering advice which often comes back to haunt him. This year such advice
cost him a game as the student turned the tables on the teacher.
Titan: Cliff Ackman, faced with
a crucial roll which would either eliminate him or his opponent, congratulated
his opponent on a good game prior to seeing the outcome - knowing it would
mean more than it would if said congratulations were offered by the winner
to a loser.
Waterloo: Bill Morse always
exhibited patience and tolerance by being willing to accomodate other’s schedules.
In this free form scheduling event, that meant he was frequently waiting
for others—and at one point causing him to play till 2 AM.
We The People: Marvin Birnbaum is
nominated not for any single act of merit, but for a sustained history
of honorable play. While demonstratively emotional in competition, Marvin
can be relied upon to act with a great sense of personal honor, to play
by the rules even correcting mistakes made to his advantage, to help novices
by pointing out potential blunders, and generally to act such that everyone
can enjoy the gaming experience.
Past Sportsmanship Winners
1992 - NJ
Tiger Von Pagel
1993 - FL
1994 - PA
1995 - AE
1996 - MI
1997 - NJ
2001 - OH
2002 - VA
2003 - MD
2004 - MD