circus maximus [Updated October 2005]  

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John Tighe, NJ

2005 Champion

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Event History
1991    Tim Flanigan        54
1992    Jeff Barnum        67
1993    Barry Smith        35
1994    Mike Stanley        47
1995    Mike Pantaleano        72
1996    Bruce Monnin        64
1997    John Jacoby        72
1998    Mike Stanley        84
1999    Frank Sinigaglio       74
2000    Mike Stanley       85
2001    Steve Katz       76
2002    Steve Katz       71
2003    Tom Saal     103
2004    Scott Sirianna       87
2005    John Tighe       87


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Steve Katz         VA    02    144
  2.  Tom Saal           MI    04    120
  3.  Anthony Musella    VA    05    102
  4.  Josh Githens       SC    05     90
  5.  John Tighe         NJ    05     72
  6.  Bill Beckman       SC    03     72
  7.  Frank Sinigaglio   NJ    04     68
  8.  Scott Sirianna     NY    04     60
  9.  Mike Stanley       OH    00     60
 10.  Charles Goodwin    OH    00     42
 11.  Carl Walling       PA    02     38
 12.  Bill Edwards       VA    03     34
 13.  Tim Dolan          NJ    02     24
 14.  Kevin Hacker       PA    05     18
 15.  Alfred Wong        IL    01     18
 16.  Mike Hazel         SC    04     18
 17.  Mark Love          MD    99     15
 18.  Stephen Quirke     WI    05     12
 19.  Matthew Beach      MD    04     12
 20.  Brett Mingo        MD    03     12
 21.  Angela Collinson   MD    05      6
 22.  David Weinstein    NY    03      6
 23.  Francis Spencer    MD    02      6
 24.  Carl Sykes         SC    01      6
 25.  Mike Fisher        PA    99      5

2005 Laurelists

Josh Githens, SC

Anthony Musella, VA

Kevin Hacker, PA

Stephen Quirke, WI

Angela Collinson, MD

Past Winners

'91: Tim Flanigan, IA
'92: Jeff Barnum, MI
'95: Mike Pantaleano, DE

Barry Smith, NY

Mike Stanley, OH
1994, 1998, 2000

Bruce Monnin, OH

John Jacoby, VA

Frank Sinigaglio, NJ

Steve Katz, VA

Tom Saal, MI

Scott Siriana, NY

blood amongst the kisses

A sweet aspect of John Jacoby's Circus Maximus event is that he rewards the first driver into each turn with a Hershey's Kiss. The candies replace the dolphins which were upturned in the Roman Colosseum to record the number of laps run.

So what's with the Thump's Up? I thought this was the circus - not the arena!

Best Quote of the Tournament: "I have heard of Schrodinger's Cat, but Schrodinger's Lion?".

This was said, when in the first heat, the lion drawn chariot, out of endurance, was four squares away from the finish line, with all of the other chariots one lap behind. In the resulting attack, a lion was killed. The next chariot attacked the wheels of the immobile chariot, removing the last of the spokes, and flipping the cart. The flipped chariot remained in the same space (on top of the dragged driver). The rules do not cover any damage to the driver from such an event since when the lion faction's turn comes, the driver will be dragged over the wreck and killed instantly. The problem was, the horses (lions) were immobile with a dead horse (lion). If the driver cut the dead horse loose, he dies by being dragged over the wreck. Being out of endurance, every turn that he did not cut loose, the driver became more alive since it became harder to cut loose. Paradoxically, the longer and more alive he was, the less chance he had of winning. The race ended with David Weinstein (the driver) lying on top of the chariot with two movement left.

The finish in the Final was equally bizarre. John Tighe's White Elephant team crossed the line first. When his chit was drawn, Josh Githen's Tiger drawn team was lashed for an increase of only two speed, leaving him tied for distance over the finish line with the Elephants. In the case of a tie, the winner is the chariot which crossed the finish line first, so John squeaked into the championship by the good luck of the draw and the bad luck of Josh's lash roll. Herds of unfortunate sheep were sacrificed in the dice god's temple by the White Elephant's driver following the race.

Colosseum master Jacoby was pleased with his new digs and proclaimed Lancaster a fine upgrade for his equine butchery races. With each heat averaging 50 players, five boards to a heat generated faster races and the proper number of winners for his Sunday grand finale. Expect the three-heat format to continue in 2006.

 GM     John M. Jacoby [7th year] 102 Deerwood Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22911
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