Pulling a "Reiff"
Kevin Keller dons his Packer duds
to oppose Jason Levine.
Doug Galullo faces the defending champ
28 would-be Jim Tressell's showed up for the Wednesday night
heat. The first round included a rematch of last year's beat
down of Don Greenwood by Bruce Reiff. Don would fare no better
this year dropping to 0-2 lifetime to Bruce (as reported by GM
Reiff). [Now for a little truth in advertising editing by the
vanquished who from the prior report one would assume would just
slink off under a rock someplace and never show his face again.
However, when one investigates the Reiff account one discovers
that Bruce's mastery consisted of a difference of 3 points based
on a pair of missed Greenwood field goals in both games and in
fact the plaque master trailed in this rematch until the final
minute when he finally scored a TD to tie the game at 10 - eschewing
the chance to go for two for an outright win. Don then had to
forfeit to take his impatient wife to dinner rather than go into
overtime. Moral of the story; leave your wife at home! ]
Bruce then took out his scoring frustrations on newly minted
board member Josh Githens in a close 36-29 score-a-thon. In other
first heat action Ray Stakenas II slipped by Nicole Reiff 20-13
and two-time champ Bill Cleary suffered a stunning first round
exit to Phil Rennert. Meanwhile, defending champ Bert Schoose
was advanced with wins over Doug Galullo and former champ Ken
Whitesell. He would await the winner of the other half of the
Reiff, having made the heat semi-final, checked in on the
Erik Arneson/Marvin Birnbaum tussle to find Marvin clinging to
a 3-0 lead very late in the fourth quarter. Erik was pinned in
the shadow of his own goal line on 4th down. Bruce suggested
a game in the bar (knowing Marvin would approve). So Bruce was
sitting in the bar with Blue Moon in hand when Erik shows up!
He had converted the 4 down and drove for the TD to win 7-3.
Bruce then proceeded to win his bar game anyway, 41-27 over Erik.
Bert and Bruce had a scorefest Final for the Heat. Bruce drove
the length of the field for a TD on his first possession. It
took Bert all of three plays to tie the score. Bruce then responded
with his usual four-leaf clover and ran the kickoff back 105
yards for a TD. Bert's luck, not to be outdone, returned the
ensuing kick 100 yards. It was 14-14 before the fans found their
seats. Bruce continued the fireworks by scoring on his third
possession as well to end the quarter up 21-14. Bert returned
serve and matched him with a TD on his next possession and then
finally stopped the offensive juggernaut and ended the half with
a 24-21 lead. The defenses found themselves in the second half
with the only third quarter score a tying Reiff FG. But as Bruce
is fond of saying, the fourth quarter belongs to him and he scored
two late TD's to win the heat 37-24.
The Friday heat as usual was lightly attended with just eight
players vying for the second shot at Bruce. Nicole Reiff beat
Cary 21-19, Ray Stakenas II topped Sean McCulloch, Dave Rynkowski
downed Erik Arneson and in a battle of longtime Baltimore league
members, puntless Ken Whitesell beat Joe Powell. Ray then staged
a 4th qtr comeback to beat Nicole for the second time by four
points and Dave dispatched the puntless one. The heat Final went
into overtime with Dave missing a FG to win which allowed Ray
to drive the length of the field to reach the Final.
Despite a Sunday morning start with all the sleep deprivations
that entailed, Bruce jumped out to a 14-7 lead after one quarter
and stretched the lead to 31-21 at the end of the third. Yet
Ray would not be denied. He scored a TD to start the 4th and
was driving with five minutes to go when he fumbled on a 6D third
and 8 in the red zone. However, Bruce was unable to move the
ball and had to punt. Ray then kicked the tying field goal to
force overtime. Ray requested the new playoff overtime rules
be used - if the team that wins the toss only gets a field goal,
the other team gets the ball for one possession. Bruce agreed
and proceeded to win the toss and drove the ball to Ray's 12.
With third and 10, Bruce wanted the TD, not the FG. He called
15F for 14 yards and the game.
Bruce thereby claimed his fourth championship of the week,
his ninth Football Strategy title, and forever changed
the lexicon of WBC by bettering a "Coussis". A "Coussis",
for the benefit of the uninformed, is having the cheek to GM
two events and win them both. John Coussis can now retire to
anonymity because pulling a "Reiff" has replaced him
in the GM Hall of Shame by having the unmitigated gall to GM
three events and win them all as Bruce did just that by winning
Battleline, Union Pacific, and Football Strategy
- all directed by himself. And it all could have been avoided
if I'd had the sense to leave my wife at home
Phil Rennert takes on two-time champ
Bill Cleary on his home Jets field from football league days.
Grudge match II ended in a 10-10 tie
when yours truly missed two more field goals. Damn dice.