Beating the Spread & the Flawds
Its SRO in Cornwall during the
opening heat of Paydirt with some games spilling
over into the neighboring Terrace demonstration tables.
Sports games, once thought on the
outs at WBC, have enjoyed record attendance of late with both
Paydirt and Superstar Baseball drawing their biggest
So who knew Mark Love was a Redskins
fan? Surely not Bruce Wigdor.
A pair of first-time returnees
from the Camp Hill days of Avaloncon meet as Keywood Cheves and
Roger Cox call plays.
The tournament got underway Wednesday afternoon with a record
number of 42 coaches trying to stop Devin Flawd from winning
his fifth straight title. It would be a quick exit for the champ
in the AFC Heat, as Doug Porterfield led his Browns to a convincing
57-28 win over Devin's Colts. Devin's brother Jordan also bowed
out in the first round, losing to Paul Bean's Houston Texans.
Dad held serve though, topping Terry Coleman and his Dolphins
with Harry's Titans, 26-10. Other notable winners were Andy Lewis,
without his favorite Steelers, who guided the Chiefs to a 55-6
win, Derek Landel who held on for a 41-38 win, Mark Yoshikawa
and his Raiders, yes the Raiders actually won, chart designer
Ron Pisarz, newcomer David Tianen, youngster Jacob Hebner who
is now a proven veteran and his beloved Broncos, and Dale Long
Sr., recruited by his son to play in the tourney. The second
round was a very manageable ten games, with advancers being Ron,
John Welage, Chad Gormley and his Steelers, both Buffalo teams,
Jacob, John Shaheen, Harry, Joe Yaure, and Derek. Down to the
few remaining teams, John Shaheen guided his Jets over the Bills
38-33, Ron was proving it was an advantage to design the charts
with a hard fought 34-29 win over John Welage and his Jaguars,
Jacob topped Chad 18-17, David Tianen and his Bills defeated
Derek's Colts 29-24, Dale Long topped the Bengals 24-18. The
final four had two Buffalo teams (Dale Long Sr. and David Tianen,
Ron Pisarz, and Harry Flawd) still standing. Dale Long soundly
beat Harry's Titans 40-20, while Ron's Chargers were topped by
the other Buffalo team, setting up the AFC title game between
two Bills teams. In a hard fought defensive struggle, David beat
Dale 12-7 to advance to the Super Bowl.
The NFC round was Friday afternoon, with 28 coaches competing
to set a new record for players. Bruno P bid quick and hard to
grab his Giants and try to guide them to the promised land. He
started off very strong with a win over Detroit in the first
game 56-36. The Flawd clan all won, along with John Welage, Joe
Youre, Bruce Reiff (what was he doing rolling dice in a football
game???), Jacob, Ron P, Doug Porterfield, Jeremy Billones, Barry
Shoults, Dan Long, and Rob Kichner. Devin kept everyone nervous
with a 28-24 win with his Bears, to keep the dream alive, while
Jordan became Bruno's second victim, losing 20-13 with his Vikings.
Harry and Dan Long played one of the greatest games seen in a
long time, a 28-24 win for Harry's Saints over Dan's Arizona
Cardinals, with five lead changes and great plays on both sides
of the ball. Doug Porterfield and his Saints beat Ron's Packers
21-20, Jacob won again, 36-17, Barry won 44-20, and Bruce was
quietly proving he belongs in the "other" football
tourney with a 38-28 win with his Eagles. Barry took out Doug
44-22, while Harry became Bruno's latest target, and Bruno came
out on top 34-31. In another amazing "Bruce moment",
Bruce sat on Jacob's 3 yard line on the last play of the game,
and using his "mind meld" powers, called the correct
play for the defense Jacob was in and scored a TD for the win.
Devin then matched up with Bruce in the one game, with Devin
ending Bruce's run 24-14 and Bruno taking out yet another, Barry's
Buccaneers, 34-13. The NFC title game matched up Devin and his
five titles against Bruno. Could Bruno take all three Flawds
out of the tourney? Devin trailed 10-9 after the first quarter,
but regained the lead at 16-10 at the half. Bruno took back the
lead 17-16 after three quarters, and tacked on another TD for
a 27-19 win and his first berth in the Super Bowl, and also ended
Devin's quest for a fifth straight title. Mrs. Flawd did not
take the news well, that this Bruno character had defeated all
three of her lads, so we caution Bruno against answering the
door if she shows up in Connecticut to let her feelings be known!
The Super Bowl was, after many games and rolls of the dice,
a formality for Bruno, as he dispatched David's Bills even with
his +14 point spread, 42-17. A very dominating game, with the
Giants running at will, tossing in an occasional pass, but putting
forth a dominating effort. Congratulations to Bruno on his title.
It's back to the drawing board for the Flawd household which
will be putting in many more hours this offseason!
Chad Gormly and Jacob Hebner wear
their respective colors as the Steelers play the Broncos. The
updated team charts for the out-of-print game are a big draw.
Bruno Passacantando and his Giants
end a six-year Flawd dynasty on his way to becoming only the
fourth non-Flawd to win this event in 17 years.