The 2005 Winner's Circle ... [Updated 10/13/05]

Card Sharks Rule

Nest of Spies, a coalition of Card Driven Wargamers from four different states justified their high ranking by the odds makers as the 6th ranked team took top honors in the 2005 Team Tournament over a field of 77 four-member squads. They were also the only team to display quality throughout the lineup by scoring at every position, led by Ron Fedin's remarkable come from behind exploits in Wilderness War to back up Mr. Automatic's (James Pei) annual win in For the People. James' brother Nick added four points by winning the aborted Barbarossa to Berlin event while Dave Dockter chipped in two for serving as the opposition to Steve Packwood's ninth wood in 1776.

Finishing second with 19 points (and EPGS's second straight Top 3 finish) was Beam Us Up Scotty led by nine points each from Rob Sohn (Air Baron) and Alex Bove (RA). EPGS also led in number of teams registered with five. The 2003 Team Champs and #1 rated squad at 22-1, Manly Men, finished well back in third with 15 points from the plaque collector, Bruce Reiff (Football Strategy,) and Dave Metzger (War of 1812), but the other three CABS squads could muster no better than 24th.

The mighty Greenville Mafia took fourth with 13 points but did so with their third of four teams, "Fallback Position," while the first two squads, "The A team" and "Plan B" finished 20th and 17th respectively. Even so, the mythical title for strongest multi-team club showing still belongs to the lads from Greenville.

Finishing fifth, and perhaps earning some respect in the process as the year's biggest over-achievers, were "Forced Laughter" as the Drozd clan scored 12 points behind Jennifer's 9-point Carcassonne win while defying 273-1 odds. Whose laughing now? But perhaps the most aptly named team was "Me & 3 Stiffs" as Marvin Birnbaum finally answered the oft asked question of who "Me" is by scoring all nine of his team's points - good enough for 9th place all by himself.

Defending champs, Team X, fell to 11th as the head moose, Dan Dolan, got flicked aside by Bob Runnicles in Elchfest.

Leading the bad news department was Ghost, the same squad which lost the original Team tournament in 1991 by not only a single point, but a single entrant tie-breaker for the closest possible runner-up status. This year the margin of loss was of a different magnitude as they led 21 white-washed teams as the highest ranked squad at 46-1 to fail to score.

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 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.

The Philly Amish team won the Misery Loves Company title with 485 entrants for an average of 121.25 entrants per event. On the opposite end of the scale, claiming the Big Fish in the Small Pond category was Team Prez Con whose 71 total entrants averaged only 17.75 players per event. Big or small, didn't make much difference as both finished out of the money.

So how did the Happy Handicapper do? Better than last year. Of his top 25 picks in the field of 77 teams, 15 (60%) made the Top 25 - up 16% from 2004.


2005 Team Tournament Champions

Nest of Spies - Rainbow Coalition

 

James Pei - 7

Dave Dockter - 2

Ron Fedin - 8

Nick Pei - 4

                          


Team Tournament History

2005: Nest of Spies: James Pei FTP, Dave Dockter 776, Ron Fedin WNW, Nick Pei BTB - 21 [86]/77 teams

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. Nest of Spies

39-1
James Pei/FTP/7 Dave Dockter/776/2 Ron Fedin/WNW/8 N. Pei/BTB/4

21 | 86
 2. EPGS #3: Beam Us Up Scotty

119-1
Steve Cameron/GXY/1 Frank Cunliffe/WAS/0 Robert Sohn/ABN/9 Alex Bove/RA/9

19 | 289
 3. CABS #1: Manly Men

22-1
Bruce Reiff/FBS/7 K Gutermuth/MMS/0 S. Likevich/B81/0 Dave Metzger/812/33

15 | 126
 4. GvM #3: Fallback Position

117-1
Josh Githens/CMS/4 Mike Hazel/ELG/0 Bill Beckman/SSB/0 Davyd Field/TKL/9

13 | 228
 5. Forced Laughter

273-1
C. Drozd/VIP/2 Robert Drozd/WAS/0 Ted Drozd/GBG/1 Jenn Drozd/CAR/9

12 | 237
 6. America, World Police

36-1
Brad Johnson/RRY/3 Bill Dyer/DUN/0 G. McMaster/WAS/0 Andy Gardner/VIP/8

11 | 167
7. Buffalo Soldiers

41-1
Nick Anner/POG/0 Tom Dunning/EPB/8 Nels Thompson/BKN/2 Jen Thomas/SET/0

10 | 206
 8. Mark M's Star Marines

251-1
Jon Gemmell/HWD/0 Nick Henning/ADV/1 Karl Henning/QGB/8 D. Meyaard/MRA/0

9 | 208
 9. Me & Three Stiffs

42-1
M. Birnbaum/MRA/9 M. Giddings/SJN/0 K. Wixson/HRC/0 Mike Rinella/MGM/0

9 | 189
10. Temp Agency

79-1
Ed Beach/GCA/1 M. Beach/MRA/0 Tom Drueding/POG/8 Paul Nied/MGM/0

9 | 162
11. Team X

28-1
Dan Dolan/ELC/0 D.Dolan Jr/PDT/1 Tim Dolan/WRS/7 John Coussis/MMS/1

9 | 146
12. Team Delaware XII

39-1
Tim Hitchings/WAS/0 Vince Meconi/GBG/1 Bill Rohrbeck/WSM/7 Evan Hitchings/EIS/1

9 | 132
13. Super Heroes

100-1
Tom Oleson/ANZ/2 Barri Beavis/830/0 A. Cummins/BKN/7 H. Gratz/UPF/0

9 | 107
14. Boarding Party

120-1
Ben Knight/ACS/0 Rob Eastman/BCY/8 Roy Gibson/M44/0 M. Fitzgerald/TTR/0

8 | 432
15. St Paul's Rejects

53-1
John Pack/VIP/1 S. Packwood/776/7 Anthony Daw/ACQ/0 M. Backstrom/UNP/0

8 | 142
16. The Mod Squad

43-1
Randy Cox/SSB/0 Ray Pfeiffer/ADV/8 Bill Cleary/FBS/0 Brian Stallings/SJN/0

8 | 130
17. GvM#2: Plan B

101-1
S. Pfeiffer/BRI/0 H. Pfeiffer/MRA/0 R. Gleaton/UPF/0 Ross Jones/SUC/7

7 | 165
18. Reservoir Dogs

46-1
Jim Doughan/BKN/0 P. Barcafer/HOS/0 Matt Fagan/DUN/0 JR Tracy/ASL/7

7 | 108
19. The Armistead Brigade

51-1
Rob McCracken/AON/0 Mark Miklos/SAR/7 Ric Manns/HOS/0 Rod Coffey/776/0

7 | 83
20. GvM #1: The "A" Team

33-1
Bruce Young/NW2/0 John Emery/UPF/0 Art Field/TKL/4 David Gantt/ACQ/2

6 | 182
21. 3 Lumber Barons & Keith

34-1
K. Hunsinger/WSM/2 Bruce Monnin/WAS/1 Jim Jordan/BRI/0 Paul Risner/B17/3

6 | 134
22. Shockers

55-1
John Popiden/PGG/2 Bill Scott/PZB/2 Keith Schoose/BAT/2 Bert Schoose/TRC/0

6 | 126
23. Teen Girl Squad

118-1
Ash Collinson/GSR/0 Ang Collinson/CMS/2 Alex Henning/MOV/0 R. Hebner/MRA/3

5 | 296
24. CABS #2 Who Needs Men

77-1
Deb Gutermuth/EPB/1 L. Gutermuth/FMR/4 Rhonda Reiff/ RTF/0 Ellen Hoam/MOA/0

5 | 201
25. Baby Seals

34-1
Ewan McNay/BRI/0 Peter Reese/POG/2 George Young/WTP/3 Jason Levine/BAT/0

5 | 159