circus maximus [Updated October 2006]  

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Karl Henning, CT

2006 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
2006     Karl Henning       75


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Steve Katz         VA    02    144
  2.  Tom Saal           MI    04    120
  3.  Josh Githens       SC    06    105
  4.  Anthony Musella    VA    05    102
  5.  Scott Sirianna     NY    06     80
  6.  John Tighe         NJ    05     72
  7.  Bill Beckman       SC    03     72
  8.  Frank Sinigaglio   NJ    04     68
  9.  Mike Stanley       OH    00     60
 10.  Karl Henning       CT    06     50
 11.  Charles Goodwin    OH    00     42
 12.  Carl Walling       PA    02     38
 13.  Bill Edwards       VA    03     34
 14.  Joseph Burch       MD    06     30
 15.  Tim Dolan          NJ    02     24
 16.  Kevin Hacker       PA    05     18
 17.  Alfred Wong        IL    01     18
 18.  Mike Hazel         SC    04     18
 19.  Mark Love          MD    99     15
 20.  Stephen Quirke     WI    05     12
 21.  Matthew Beach      MD    04     12
 22.  Brett Mingo        MD    03     12
 23.  Chris Robbins      UT    06     10
 24.  Angela Collinson   MD    05      6
 25.  David Weinstein    NY    03      6
 26.  Francis Spencer    MD    02      6
 27.  Carl Sykes         SC    01      6
 28.  Jim Munson         UT    06      5
 29.  Mike Fisher        PA    99      5

2006 Laurelists

Joseph Burch, MD

Scott Sirianna, NY

Josh Githens, SC

Chris Robbins, UT

Jim Munson, UT

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

John Tighe, NJ

 Next year's Colosseum will move to a bigger room to reduce the crowding when the ponies run.

 To spice things up, Jacoby substitutes teams of elephants, tigers and even dinosaurs for horses in the Final.

 GM Jacoby (lower left) watches a race. One of his homemade sets sold for $250 in the auction. Chocolates not included.

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.

In Circus Maximus everyone knows that only one thing can occupy a space at any one time. Yeah, right. The players were really inventive this year. A dragged driver with ten hits was entering the last turn when a chariot successfully trampled him (for two driver hits). The attacking charioteer used his last movement point for the attack and stopped with his horses above the dragged driver. The attacker lamented that he only did two points of damage and was now protecting the driver from further attacks. The dragged driver's relief was short lived when the next chariot drawn successfully attacked the chariot of the "protecting" overhead horses. Of course, the wheel collapsed and the chariot flipped. It went one space forward onto its own horses and the dragged driver. The horses could not evade and one was killed. The dragged driver was still alive until his chit was drawn and his team dragged him over the wreck, killing him instantly. But until then, the miniatures were stacked three high in that space.

The Final was a nip and tuck affair that was not decided until the last turn. I was generally agreed that karl henning deserved to win since he had displayed the proper attitude in the race by running down a running driver - who just happened to be his sister, Alex. He explained to his mother that he had to do it - "she was running right at my dinosaurs and might have hurt them".

Colosseum master Jacoby has requested a transfer for his equine butchery races to a room with better ventilation. We'll try to accomodate him. 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 2007, but the second heat will move to Friday morning and the third to Saturday evening.

 GM     John M. Jacoby [8th year] 102 Deerwood Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22911
   NA 434-973-3065

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