2007 WBC Team Tournament
July 26, 2007

In the 16th Run for the Slivers, we are assembling the racing form. So far it appears we have some catching up to do if we are to match 2004's record field of 82 teams. That cavalry charge set an all-time record with 328 players enrolled in the Team Tournament. Never fear ... procrastination is the favorite training technique for the WBC Derby and late entries are all the rage. You can download the entry form or simply email the information for your squad to doncon99@toad.net. Rules are simple. You must have four members. All must be pre-registered to attend WBC and each must indicate a different tournament for his/her team game. Entry is free so give it a shot. Entry deadline has been extended to July 26.

The Happy Handicapper, Stuart Tucker, is sharpening his pencil as we assemble the racing form. (Here's an explanation of how he calculates them.) We update the odds as new teams enter the field. This year he is a handicapper in every sense of the word as for the first time, the scoring will be handicapped by awarding a bonus point to every player who scores a team point in an event they have not won at a past WBC. Will it make a difference? Only time will tell. (Word has it that the Track Steward will hold the windows open for late entries but don't press your luck! Get those Teams entered now at doncon99@toad.net.)

Entries shown in red have not yet pre-registered or specified a game and must do so by July 26 or they may be scratched. Don't miss the commentary below the table!

2007 Teams & Odds (as of 7/26/2007)

Rank

Team #

Team Name

Power Rating

Odds

Members/Events

1

64

CABS1: Manly Men

342

22-1

Bruce Reiff FBS, Ken Gutermuth WPS, Jeff Mullet AOR, Dave Metzger 812

2

22

Nest of Spies

273

27-1

James Pei FTP, David Dockter POG, Ron Fedin WNW, Stephan Mecay TWS

3

14

Band of Fools

218

34-1

Gary Dickson TRC, Steve Dickson MOV, Ray Freeman TIM, Tom Gregorio BWD

4

27

Baby Seals

211

36-1

Jason Levine FDE, Ewan McNay BRI, Pete Reese POG, George Young WTP

5

31

Mafia: Death

203

37-1

Arthur Field COL, Ralph Gleaton RRY, Mike Hazel ELG, John Emery UPF

6

19

Tactical Edge

192

39-1

Keith Hunsinger WSM, Paul Risner B17, Jim Jordan BRI, Bruce Monnin TTA

7

38

Team Delaware XIV

179

42-1

Tim Hitchings WAS, William Rohrbeck WSM, Vince Meconi AFK, Evan Hitchings EIS

8

11

Ye Olde Gaming Society

177

43-1

Harald Henning, EPB, Inger Henning RBN, Chris Byrd POG, Doug Galullo FDE

9

42

Ghosts

177

43-1

Larry Lingle QGB, John Wetherell HIS, Charley Hickok MED, Dennis Culhane EOS

10

37

St. Paul's Rejects

175

43-1

John Pack VIP, M. Backstrom SET, S. Packwood 776, Rich Moyer SSB

11

29

Mafia: War

168

45-1

Davyd Field TKL, Josh Githens CMS, Scott Pfeiffer NW5, Ross Jones SUC

12

45

Me & 3 Stiffs

167

45-1

Marvin Birnbaum WTP, Keith Wixson HRC, Mike Rinella BKN, Tom Drueding POG

13

56

Da Boys

167

45-1

Harry Flawd SSB, Devin Flawd PDT, Jordan Flawd TTA, Mark Yoshikawa MMS

14

21

Team X

166

45-1

Dan Dolan Sr STS, Dan Dolan PDT, Tim Dolan BCY, Chris Storzillo ABN

15

4

Old Guard

165

46-1

Forest Pafenberg B81, Randy Heller BWD, Bill Morse QGB, Bob Ryan ANZ

16

3

Central Florida Gamers

164

46-1

Scott Cornett SCT, Jeff Cornett, E&T, Paul Hakken 8XX, Kevin Youells ACV

17

5

The Reservoir Dogs

160

47-1

Matt Fagan DUN, Phil Barcafer NW5, Jim Doughan BKN, JR Tracy ASL

18

46

We Ain't Dead Yet

154

49-1

Bruno Sinigaglio B81, Frank Sinigaglio CMS, Buddy Sinigaglio QGB, Don Greenwood BKN

19

20

AHIKS Europe

145

52-1

Andrew Cummins BKN, Barrington Beavis 8XX, Herbert Gratz UPF, Tom Oleson ANZ

20

24

MIT SGS

144

52-1

Alan Applebaum VIP, Martin Sample ACS, Dave Finberg TT2, Aaron Fuegi TTN

21

25

3 Men & a Canadian

137

55-1

Bill Dyer SOR, Brad Johnson RRY, Joe Abrams MOV, Glenn McMaster DUN

22

28

Boarding Party

128

59-1

Ben Knight ACS, Rob Eastman BCY, Roy Gibson SET, Mike Fitzgerald M44

23

9

AREA

126

60-1

John Sharp VIP, Bob Hamel WAS, Ed Menzel GBG, Bruno Wolff TT2

24

10

Why Kill Karl?

123

62-1

Karl Henning QGB, Nick Henning GSR, David Meyaard LST, Jonathan Gemmell CMS

25

1

Polish Lancers

118

64-1

John Poniske WTP, Rick Young TWS, Paul Gaberson WNW, Bruce Wigdor UPF

26

40

Shockers

117

65-1

Marty Musella WAT, Keith Schoose TWS, John Popiden PGG, Bert Schoose BAT

27

54

EPGS1: Wabbit's Wevenge

117

65-1

Eric Freeman E&T, Greg Thatcher ELG, Barb Flaxington TKL, Chris Moffa GOA

28

65

CABS2: Pete's Angels

117

65-1

Pete Stein KRM, Debbie Gutermuth EPB, Lisa Gutermuth FMR, Rhonda Reiff LID

29

13

Gang Greene

111

68-1

Andy Lewis SSB, Rob McCracken A5A, Mark Miklos SAR, Paul Stoecker 8XX

30

23

Gaming Speed Bumps

111

68-1

Doug Porterfield GBG, Craig Yope HWD, Chris Trimmer WOR, Robert Frisby PGG

31

33

Killer B's

109

70-1

Bill Peeck WNW, Bob Titran KPR, Bill Place ACS, Bill O'Neal PDT

32

63

The Avenel Hill Game Co

109

70-1

Andy Gardner VIP, Pat Richardson WAS, Adam Nolan SLS, Henry Richardson B17

33

58

MVGA

104

73-1

Eric Brosius PGD, Andy Latto AMR, Richard Meyer EPB, Jeff Meyer CYL

34

68

EPGS2: Ocean's Four

103

74-1

Jason Wagner GSR, Jim Castonguay PGD, Mike Kaltman CYL, Alex Bove AMR

35

50

El Cupachabra

100

76-1

Bruce Bernard VNC, Brandon Bernard ABN, George Deutsch AOA, Dan Eshleman GXY

36

47

3 Old Farts & Ray

95

80-1

Ken Whitesell FBS, Chris Villeneuve AOA, Ray Stakenas CBC, Raymond Stakenas UPF

37

48

Four Winds

95

80-1

Allen Kaplan CCA, Chris Bausch MMS, Dewayne Curry ACS, Terry Coleman DIF

38

60

Forced Laughter

95

80-1

Ted Drozd CFC, Robert Drozd WAS, Charles Drozd VIP, Jen Drozd CAR

39

66

CABS3: Leftovers

94

81-1

Nate Hoam ATK, Mike Stanley CMS, Steve McCulloch QGB, Karen McCulloch LID

40

30

Mafia: Famine

93

82-1

David Gantt ACQ, Bill Beckman SSB, Bryan Collars HIS, Henry Pfeiffer M44

41

61

GCOM Caboose

86

89-1

Rich Shipley RRY, Francis Czawlytko NW5, Michelle Hymowitz CAR, John Weber SCC

42

70

EPGS4: Beam Us Up Scotty

86

89-1

Steve Cameron ADV, Bob Sohn ABN, Carmen Petruzzi RA, Bob Stribula EPB

43

7

Fantastic Four

85

90-1

Jim Garvey ABN, Patty Garvey AUC, Brian Schott RRY, Steve Cuccaro KRM

44

18

Beach Bums

84

91-1

Natalie Beach MOA, Matthew Beach HIS, Sarah Beach T&T, Ed Beach GCA

45

17

Team PrezCon

82

93-1

Justin Thompson KGM, Bill Alderman ACQ, Bill Powers CBC, Mary Ellen Powers BLR

46

36

Cardboard Heroes

82

93-1

B. Navolis RRY, Kathy Stroh PGD, C. Ackman ATK, S. Squibb UNP

47

32

Mafia: Pestilence

81

94-1

Bruce Young NW2, Carl Sykes SET, Kevin Emery UPF, Ken Richards HIS

48

67

Smortal

80

95-1

Rob Kircher CAR, Scott Nerney MED, Chad Gormly RA. John Shaheen PDT

49

76

Teen Girl Squad

72

106-1

Rebecca Hebner LST, Alex Henning MOA, Allyson Field TTA, Angela Collinson CMS

50

12

Those Other Guys

69

111-1

Keith Levy BLR, Peter Putnam CYL, Rod Spade POF, Jim Sparks WAW

51

15

Wonder Women I

69

111-1

Kaarin Engelmann SLS, Tamara Houde ADV, Carrie Lewis MMS, Rolinda Collinson GSR

52

2

Amish Terrarium

68

112-1

Andy Maly CBC, Jeff Paull SET, Greg Schmittgens WNW, Mike Gentile CCA

53

43

Kromp-on-Krewe

67

114-1

Roger Taylor DIF, Steve Quade RA, Paul McCarthy VNC, Phil Rodrigues HIS

54

34

Wonder Women II

66

116-1

Katherine McCorry TTR, Jaime Tang HWD, Kate Taillion MFD, Ellen Hoam MOA

55

16

Barbarossa

65

118-1

Fred Minard ABN, Steve Shambeda ACQ, Jed Shambea SET, Randy Dean UNP

56

6

Nickel City Gamers

64

119-1

Grant LaDue WNW, Laurie Wojtaszczyk LST, Michael Wojtaszczyk CAR, Kevin Wojtaszczyk WOR

57

26

LIBO

63

121-1

Chris Palermo VNC, Dave Denton CNS, John Reiners AMR, Brian Stone ELG

58

53

3 Brits & A Yank

57

134-1

Peter Card HIS, Chris Hancock SCT, Mark Love MRA, Nick Smith GSR

59

74

The Nor'easters

56

137-1

Annemarie Dilworth DUN, Barry Barnes CYL, Rob Barnes PGD, Paul Jones LST

60

73

Pseudoconscripts

53

144-1

Jason White WNW, Scott Moll MGM, Jeffrey Donald FTP, Joe Pabis LIB

61

52

Yoel Blocks for Jay 2

49

156-1

Rob Flowers TKL, Boaz Gura POF, Rob McFadden TWS, Al Schwartz ELG

62

49

Peck Of Pickled Peppers

37

210-1

Peter Perla DOF, Mark Herman NW5, Zach Lawrence FTP, Rich Phares TIM

63

41

WASPS

36

210-1

Amelia Englemann MOA, Anna Marion LST, Katie McCorry CAR, Megan McCorry TAM

64

69

EPGS3: Official Business

35

220-1

Frank Cunliffe ATS, Randy MacInnis HRC, Keith Layton HIS, Steve Fitchett PRC

65

75

The Perfect Storm

35

220-1

Vassili Kyrkos MOV, Eric Monte TTR, Josh Gifford PGD, Mindy Kyrkos PRO

66

51

Yoel Blocks for Jay 1

30

260-1

Bruce DuBoff TWS, Alan Elkner POF, Jay Fox WOP, Yoel Weiss ELG

67

57

Natty Bohemians

26

300-1

Phillip White AUC, Dave Schubert TIM, Rob Buccheri CRX, Michael Buccheri SCC

68

8

The Corellian Stripes

17

450-1

Jacob Hebner WOR, Zack Dunn CAR, Evan Cagswin QGB, Michael Schoose AOA

69

59

No One Can Catch Red

15

510-1

Joe Betz LST, Lyle Wenger BAT, Eric Lenhart ALH, Jim Carvin UNP

70

72

EPGS6: Fickle Dice

11

700-1

Chris Yaure WOR, Phillip Yaure CFC, Tyler Woodcock M44, Dave Bohnenberger LID

71

71

EPGS5: Under the Wire

8

1000-1

Donna Davis SET, Jerry Smolens ATS, Jim Vroom MFD, Larry Luongo HRC

72

35

Harley Gang

4

1900-1

C. Harley ACV, Ru Harley SCT, K. Harley PRO, R Harley HWD

73

39

S.W.A.T

4

1900-1

Bill Dickerson MFD, Nick Klercker TTN, Bill Ashbaugh M44, Steve Bachman ACV

74

44

Team Stookey's

4

1900-1

Norman Rule CAR, Amy Rule PRO, Ted Bohaczuk RRY, Marcy Morelli TTR

75

55

Fallen Angels

4

1900-1

Mike Nickoloff RA, Chris Johnson ING, Shannon Beets AMR, Dan Eoppolitto SPG

76

62

Minutemen

4

1900-1

Chris Heap POF, Bronwen Heap TTR, Marc Berenbach PRO, Brian Kowal ELG

 

77

Not so Fantastic Four

 

 

Rob Taylor WTP, Greg Berry WAS, Phillip Shea A&A, Patrick Shea LID

 

78

Buffalo Soldiers

 

 

Nick Anner 8XX, Tom Dunning EPB, Nels Thompson BKN, Rob Winslow CCA

Self-Service Scoring: To improve the speed with which the standings are updated, Team Member, whether they score a point or not, should post their point totals on the Team Tournament kiosk Standings Board as soon as they are known. The Point Schedule is listed in the printed program. In 2007, those who score points in an event they have never won will receive one bonus point. While the self-service scoring is unofficial and subject to verification, it allows attendees to gain a current sense of where they are in the standings as the week unfolds. Since the results of some events are not known until the very end (and later) of the convention, the official scoring will be done the following week and posted here. The winning team will receive a plaque at the 2008 convention.


Handicapper Commentary—July 24, 2007

It's post time! 76 entries are approaching the starting gate. We still have a few dawdlers playing chicken with their eligibility and courting disqualification for failing to pre-register, but this train is getting ready to pull out of the station. The soft hearted track steward has promised to burn the midnight oil accommodating any late entries until Thursday, but after that it's too, too late! Is the Team Tournament record of 82 teams safe for another year?

Two-time defending champs Nest of Spies gets no respect from the Happy Handicapper and finds itself looking up at past champs Manly Men who have been made a 22-1 favorite. Of course, it doesn't help that Team Captain Dave Dockter is a late scratch so their odds of repeating are even longer!  In the third spot are Band of Fools at 34-1 and itching to relive their 2002 victory. There's plenty of talent on the track though with the always dangerous Greenville Mafia posting two teams in the top 11. '99 champion Me & Three Stiffs are ranked 12th, and 2004 champs Team X get no respect for the Dolan boys down in the 14th spot - both touted as 45-1 shots. The 2000 champs Avenel Hill Game Co rank as longshots at 70-1, but not as long as '98 victors Barbarossa down in
55th place at 116-1. But at least they showed up .... where is MAWS - still living on its 2001 glory?

So much for past laurels. Who will this year's over achievers be? Will some new talent surface to make a name for itself. We're about to find out ....

--The Happy Handicapper


Handicapper Commentary—July 15, 2007

Welcome Race Fans. The initial field is small, but we're expecting it to expand rapidly. The early line shows the Band of Fools strong favorites, due to the return of the Dicksons after a one-year hiatus. However, many former favorites have yet to register and enter into the odds calculations. Many teams are pouring in even as I write this and will have to wait for the next posting of the odds. Nick and Karl Henning, fresh off a couple of Woods last year, move up the odds chart and have rebadged as Why Kill Karl? Veteran Keith Levy has banded together with a team of players (Those Other Guys) who sniffed Wood last year before falling in Finals. They could be a sleeper of the year. Consul Jeff Cornett leads his Central Florida Gamers again for another spirited bid. They are always a threat to contend. Ye Olde Gaming Society returns intact, with a couple of hot years under their belt. Bringing up the rear are the best of the former Ringers, rebadged as the The Corellian Stripes.

Congratulations to all of you who registered your team early. You'll never again see odds this good. Still out there unregistered are the usual suspects from Ohio and South Carolina and the ever-tough two-time defending champions. Stay tuned sports fans. This battle is only getting started.

--The Happy Handicapper

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