Sadly, no cherry on top ...
Conestoga 2 was filled with Euroweenies
and the world did not come to an end.
There is no joy in Mudville for mighty
Sean has struck out, ending his three-year victory streak and
giving the best-of-seven series to the Big Kahuna.
What a week it was for our esteemed convention director. He
announced the new location for WBC going forward to generally
positive, if cautious, reviews, we had very few issues for him
to address and the Host held together for yet another year thanks
to the temporary AC unit and hot water systems. In addition,
I had lost my team event Football Strategy while my three
teammates all won their events making me the dead weight of the
team. I hadn't won even one event. Don was positively beaming.
What does this have to do with Battle Line? We'll get
So a near record crowd of 48 people showed up for this great
event. You should consider joining us next year. What other event
can you guarantee playing three competitive games, against friendly
opponents and be done in less than two hours or win the entire
event in under four? Plus next year we will be adding additional
prizes above and beyond the WBC plaque!
12 pods of four were split up and play began. In Group #1
Travis Nesmith led the first group in by winning a head to head
tiebreaker over Lisa Gutermuth, my personal nemesis in this event.
I was sure glad to see her in a different group this year.
truly won Group 2 without breaking a sweat over Lyman Moquin,
Jeff Burdett and Lyle Wenger.
Brad Raszewski went 3-0 in Group 3 sending Andrew Long, Jean
Younkin and Jim Ferdette to the sidelines for another year.
Aaron Fuegi took Group 4 by going undefeated vs Derek Landel,
Richard Comfort and Aiden Powers.
In Group 5 William Austin won a head to head tiebreaker over
perennial finalist Barrington Beavis to advance.
Young Ben Gardner went 3-0 over young Joe Yaure, young Adam
Nesmith and old Mike Stanley to advance from Group 6.
Owen Kyrollos took Group 7 by storm by defeating Yoshiya Narita,
James Miller and Bert "why did I pick this for my team game"
In Group 8 Andy Latto needed the head to head tiebreaker over
Chris Mattos to advance.
Over in Group 9 Stuart K Tucker celebrated his election to
the Board by running roughshod over three of his constituents:
Mike Power, Sharon Bryant and George Galuschak to keep his goal
alive of trying to beat me.
In Group 10 Chris Greenfield ousted Israeli Yossi Dvora on
a head to head tiebreaker.
In Group 11 defending champion Sean McCulloch lost his first
game 5-4 to Derek Miller but won his last two to forge a three-way
tie with Derek and Darren Kilfara. I added up the tie breaker
three times and, sadly, Sean kept coming out on top. Sigh.....
Finally, in Group 12, Philly boy Rob Kilroy triumphed in a
three way tiebreaker over Greg Staton and Chris Yaure.
So the 3-0 players were matched up with the 2-1 players to
form six elim games. Your GM defeated Travis Nesmith, Aaron Fuegi
and Andy Latto battled in the longest game of the round with
Aaron sneaking past. Chris Greenfield sent Owen Kyrollos to the
curb while Sean got back his mojo and handled Brad Raszewski.
Todd Austin bested young Ben Gardner and Rob Kilroy denied Stuart
Tucker his chance at fame and glory.
In the quarterfinals, I defeated Aaron in a tight game while
Sean, feeling it, beat Chris and Rob tousted Todd.
Sean, being the defending champ, got the bye to the Final
leaving Rob and I tas the lone semifinalists. In a game where
Rob could draw nothing right and I could draw nothing wrong I
had a comfortable victory. Since we both drove out together we
agreed to postpone the Final until Sunday so we could play Liars
Dice. We also had the additional side wager of loser drives
home while the other naps!
Back to Don......so I walk into registration late Sunday morning
and Don is absolutely beaming - for Don that is. I almost can't
bring myself to do what I'm about to do, but I found the fortitude.
I hand Don the Battle Line signup sheet with the results.
His response? "You see, this is why I don't get my hopes
up. You always find a way to ruin my week." I said, "come
on, you're in such a good mood even I can't ruin your week".
To which Don says "well, it could have been the cherry on
top". Sorry, Don, no cherry this year, but it was still
a pretty good year.
For next year the only change will be the additional prizes
mentioned above and Sean will be the official GM. You won't really
notice any changes other than you'll get a much better report