On your mark, get set ...
Thirty-nine of the BPA's best cardboard athletes turned
out late Friday night to vie for the title of World's Greatest
(Dice-Rolling) Athlete. While the turnout was a bit down, due
partially to other events that were still going on, everyone
that attended had a great time.
The evening began with a wonderful rendition of the Olympic
song (Dum, dum, da-dum, da, dum, dum) that GM John Coussis conducted
from atop a chair in the middle of the room. That highlight was
followed with a full body search of Bruce Monnin to be certain
that there would be no repeat of last year in which he brought
a detailed analysis of Kuznetzov's performance. While Bruce bowed
to pressure, and did not bring any "cheat-sheets";
with him this year, he did take the opportunity to announce that
there will be a very detailed analysis of all the athletes in
Decathlon coming up in a future edition of The Boardgamer.
While such an analysis may go against the basic idea of just
getting together and having some fun, I must admit I am a bit
intrigued to see this, especially since I am looking to revise
the handicaps given to each athlete. Keep an eye out for that
article; it will be a must-read for any cardboard Decathlete.
As for this year's event, Raefer Johnson once again proved
to be the dominant athlete, capturing both the Gold and Silver
Medals. GM John Coussis led Johnson to an impressive score of
8810 points to capture the Gold Medal. Naturally this brought
some light-hearted teasing from some of the crowd, the GM winning
his own event and all, but as us veterans of the WBC know, GM's
are encouraged to play in their games, and if they happen to
win, then that's how it is. Defending champion Devin Flawd tried
valiantly to make it back-to-back titles, but fell just short
scoring 8775 points, also with Johnson. Mike Dwyer took home
the Bronze by leading Milt Campbell to a solid 8550 points.
So we close the curtain on another fun-filled Decathlon,
the second jewel in the WBC late-night-sports triple crown (along
with Pro Golf and Slapshot) - whatta heavyweight
trifecta!. Everyone who played had a lot of fun and, of course,
didn't take things too seriously. Which is what the late-night
sports games are all about. Despite that, I do encourage everyone
to keep an eye out for the upcoming article in the Boardgamer,
reading it may just give you the edge next year.