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Ringers win again!



Bruce Reiff 2 Bruce Beard 8 Bruce Monnin 0 Harry Flawd 8
 

The same old ringers won in the same old way as the top-seeded Harry B’s repeated as Team Tournament champs in 2016 over 69 teams - the smallest field in the past 16 years. At least this time the margin of victory was slim as they were tied by the Uncivil Servants at 18 points each - the 16-1 favorite edging the 35-1 runner-up by virtue of a total field tiebreaker - having bested the Servants by contesting seven more participants. Actually, only three more players playing War of the Rings would have been worth a 19th point and victory to the Servants, but this ain’t horseshoes and close is not good enough. The Servants can take solace (or not) that they were the only team to score with all four players. Taking third two points back were The Greenville Mafia’s “I Am Standing Up” team. None of the top three teams scored a bonus point since each of their players had won their chosen events previously.

In stark contrast to the leaders was the Saccenti family team of Princess & the Frogs which managed a Top Ten performance without having won a single event previously. The 180-1 underdog thus shared top honors for over achievement with another family squad - the Squibbs - who overcame 230-1 odds to finish fifth with the Carlisle Conspiracy. The opposite side of that coin went to the Gutermuths' Train Conductors, the highest ranked (at 44-1) of the 19 teams to be shutout without a point. Enjoy that new job, Ken.

Other notable performances were notched by Susan Cornett whose 10-point win for Medici represented her first ever WBC title but also scored ALL the points for her family team, High Boat, whose three other players each had former shields to their credit. Sometimes victory denied makes victory achieved even sweeter! Another nod goes to the Dice Loving Canucks who managed to get all three of their teams into the top 25 without calling on the services of a single ringer.

Scoring was down 25% overall as only 22 winners (8%) successfully called their shot, down from 9% last year. John Conlon won the “Babe” honors by correctly predicting his Lost Cities title - good for 11 points and the top individual score.

Only three of the top 26 rated teams made the Top Ten - making it a tough year for prognosticators. Among the hardest hit was the Happy Handicapper himself who could muster only the Harry B’s (duh) in his Top Ten picks to tie for worst performance in the Bracket Bustin’ contest with but one correct pick. He had a lot of company in ticket tearing territory with Nest of Spies nestled at 16th and the usual favorites burning brackets galore. Only one handicapper managed to get four correct out of ten: Kevin Youells. He (as did many others) correctly selected the top three teams and then added the 6th place Think First at 72-1 odds to be the only player with four correct answers. His 2017 Sustaining membership is thereby duly entered in the books.

 
2016 Teams, in order of finish
Click on the graphic to see a larger version. Rankings courtesy of Stuart Tucker.
Unofficial team logos courtesy of Dave Dockter, Max Jamelli and Kaarin Engelmann. Some logos provided by the teams.
 
1   2   3   4
     
The Harry B's
(Rank)Odds: (1) 16-1
Points 18.152 
Bruce Reiff FBS 2
Bruce Beard 8XX 8 
Bruce Monnin WAS 0 
Harry Flawd PDT 8
  Uncivil Servants
(Rank)Odds: (2) 35-1
Points 18.146 
K. Youells/ACV 3 
T. Hansen/A&A 7 
E. McNay/RRY 1
C. Trimmer/WOR 7
  GM: I Am Standing Up
(Rank)Odds: (3) 32-1
Points 16.175 
J. Emery/UPF 7 
J. Githens/CMS 2
B. Beckman/SSB 7
K. Emery/DSP 0
  Ghost Division
(Rank)Odds: (4) 110-1
Points 15.168 
J. Eliason/VIP 8
R. Malcolmson/BKN 7
J. Albert/SKG 0 
K. Hammond/EVL 0
             
5   6   7   8
     
Carlisle Conspiracy
(Rank)Odds: (5) 230-1
Points 13.329
C. Squibb/TTA 10
S. Taylor/PRC 0
J. Squibb/FIL 3
S. Squibb/ACS 0
  Think First
(Rank)Odds: (6) 72-1
Points 13.136
A. Warszawski/AMR 0
H. Hochboim/YSP 4
B. von Knorring/MAN 7
M. Sosa/JUC 2
  Sara’s Dice Lovin Canucks
(Rank)Odds: (7) 120-1
Points 12.398  
S. Drummond/KOT 5 
S. Wanderwal/RDG 4
S. Ward/BAT 0
N. Page/RFG 3
  Rural Juror
(Rank)Odds: (8) 140-1
Points 12.364
A. Bender/CMS 0
K. Lewis/B17 0
J. Hebner/SSB 1 
J. Conlon/LST 11
             
9   10   11   12
     
Turn 10 Monoliths
(Rank)Odds: (9) 140-1
Points 12.276 
J. Ratanasatporn/CBC 9
J. Kelleher/SMW 0
P. Noteman/EVL 3 
W. Bleier/LWD 0
  Princess & the Frogs
(Rank)Odds: (10) 180-1
Points 10.422
H. Saccenti/7WD 0
S. Saccenti/STA 6
A. Saccenti/EGZ 4
D. Saccenti/COB 0
  High Boat
(Rank)Odds: (11) 58-1
Points 10.187 
S. Cornett/SCT 0 
A. Bruck/E&T 0
S. Cornett/MED 10 
J. Cornett/BCY 0
  AREA
(Rank)Odds: (12) 51-1
Points 10.099 
E. Menzel/WAT 8 
B. Hamel/WAS 2
J. Sharp/VIP 0
B. Wolff/TT2 0
             
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14

  15   16
     
Local Yokels
(Rank)Odds: (13) 160-1
Points 9.341 
C. Weaver/DOM/0
D. Usner/CAR/5 
R. Miller/SJN 4
E. Rader/M44 0
  Sweet Banana Stranger
(Rank)Odds: (14) 29-1
Points 9.261
D. Meyaard/ELC 1
K. Henning/GXT 0 
N. Henning/AUT 8 
J. Gemmell/CAR 0
  St Paul’s Rejects
(Rank)Odds: (15) 85-1
Points 9.200 
S. Packwood/ACQ 9 
S. Packwood/RBN 0 
W. Day/ROR 0
M. Day/VIP 0
  Nest of Spies
(Rank)Odds: (16) 16-1
Points 9.171 
J. Pei/FTP 7
S. Mecay/POG/0
C. Byrd/HRC 2 
R. Kircher/SJN 0
             
17   18   19   20
     
Comfy Dice Lovin Canucks
(Rank)Odds: (17) 73-1
Points 8.302 
S. Roy/PRO 0
D. McGregor/CNC 0
R. Effinger/ELG 0
G. Pounder/IOV 8
  Mountin’ Laurels
(Rank)Odds: (18) 120-1
Points 8.236
C. Gnech/PGD 0 
D. Bucak/CCA 0 
S. Cameron/GXY 8 
B. Stribula/EPB 0
  Iron Meeples
(Rank)Odds: (19) 43-1
Points 8.104 
B. Peeck/WWR 8 
K. Wojtaszczyk/WOR 0 
N. Thompson/BKN 0 
G. LaDue/WNW 0
  KGB A
(Rank)Odds: (20) 49-1
Points 7.213 
M. Guttag/FI5 0
R. Draker/VIE 7
L. Moquin/SKG 0 
F. Bauer/HOS 0
             
21   22   23   24
     
Roll One Die
(Rank)Odds: (21) 31-1
Points 6.250 
L. Gutermuth/FMR 0
P. Stein/CCA 0 
S. McCulloch/BAT 2 
J. Mullet/SJN 4
  Too Many Hugs
(Rank)Odds: (22) 66-1
Points 6.244
T. Drozd/CHL 0 
C. Harley/ACV 2
C. Drozd/WAS 4
R. Drozd/ALH 0
  Barry’s Minions
(Rank)Odds: (23) 78-1
Points 6.173
V. Kyrkos/MOV 3 
M. Kyrkos/ACQ 0
E. Monte/ACV 3
B. Barnes/TT2 0
  Dice Lovin’ Canuck Boys
(Rank)Odds: (24) 160-1
Points 5.471
A. Drummond/SPD 5 
N. Drummond/MMA 0
A. Hurd/SFR 0
D. Alexis/7WD 0
             
25            
           
King George Spartans
(Rank)Odds: (25) 150-1
Points 5.390 
C. Melton/ACS 0
V. Melton/ABN 3
J. Rinko/STA 0 
A. Rinko/MMA 2