Remembering my Glory Years ...
That's funny - I don't recognize any
of these people.
OK, Lynda wins the hockey jersey contest
... USA ... USA
The mafia are wearing dark blue for
Laura Browne, Mark Mitchell, John
and Sarah Vasilakos
Saturday night is always resevred for WBC's biggest party
- the Slapshot tournament. This year, our crowd of 200+
crazy pucksters gathered in the rink again, and, after a moment
of thanks that the Ballroom was one of the few rooms that retained
its Air Conditioning all week, the games were underway. We had
our usual whiners sent to the penalty box by referee Mark Yoshikawa.
This year, Mark himself spent some time in the box, sent there
by special guest referee Grant Dalgliesh. Leaving the table without
its referee produced a surprise winner, Dennis Nicholson, who
usually manages to avoid having to stay up any later than necessary.
Also in the "wait, I have to stay up now?" category
was admitted "reluctant winner" Gretchen Paull at a
table where Kris Spencer managed to win the pucked award twice,
and Andrew Emerick, who noted that "people were thrown out
of the Olympics for trying this hard to lose".
At the GM's table, the Lisa Gutermuth/Don Greenwood rivalry resumed
after a brief interruption, and they managed to take each other
out of the running. Jeff Mullet won the game, but the most interesting
hand was held by Stephen Hunt, who had both the Superstar and
Tiny Tim (who scored five times. Stephen is now convinced that
Tiny Tim is the best player in the deck), and managed to hold
both for the entire game. When Tiny Tim is your team's high scorer,
people aren't too worried about taking the Superstar from you.
At other tables, Michael Wojke won despite being pucked three
times. Mark Guttag won and felt the need to declare that "Everyone
was sober (I think)" at the table. If you're not sure, then
you're probably wrong. At the Greenville Mafia table, Tim "Peaches"
Rogers was the "I got pucked" winner because of an
"unfair" playoff goal by Tiny Tim. Betrayed by another
Tim, oh the misery ...
In an effort to get our many reluctant winners to bed as quickly
as possible, the second round is referred to as the "Massively
Unfair Semifinal Round". It's an abbreviated game whose
only real purpose is to whittle down the sleep deprived to enough
players to have a Final. This year, due to a lack of games, and
missing score sheets that never got to me, the semifinal was
even more Massively Unfair. I've done my best to berate my "people"
into leaving more copies of the game around before they abandon
me to the tender mercies of the Slapshot crowd, so hopefully
it won't happen again.
Anyway, once the Zamboni left, we had six finalists, each, according
to long-standing tradition, bringing the playing piece that best
represents them to the table. Josh "Late Night Juggernaut"
Githens, played the Martin Brodeur figurine. Derek "I won
this thing 12 years ago" Landel, played the pig figurine,
which was just the right size for Josh's Brodeur figure to "ride".
Doug "Can't we just all go to bed?" Gallulo, played
the illegible smudge. Frank "How did I get to this table?"
Cunliff played the dime, and was outspent by David "Back
for more abuse" Metzger, playing the quarter. Rounding out
the field of nodding off competitors was Paul "Yeah, I'm
here too" Weintraub playing the car keys.
In a departure from previous years, there was a relatively high
average age. I don't know if this is a part of a renewed effort
on the part of the geezers to take back Slapshot, or if
there was a killer Werewolf game the younger people had to get
to, or what. But it was an interesting contrast.
The Final started with Doug making a trade with David, who had
not shown anyone his cards yet. Doug's response upon getting
his card was "well, dang", which immediately pegged
him as the table patsy. His Tiny Tim did manage to score two
goals, though, so at least something good came of it. On the
other side of the table, Paul had Le Goon, and used him to take
out David's 9 and 10 goalie. When Doug finally won a game, Josh
declared "Hey, your team is not that terrible". Which
was probably only true in relation to Josh, who assumed the new
patsy position, but did manage to trade for Doug's best player.
Josh managed to win enough games as the frequently played patsy
to keep himself in contention, and also managed to pull both
Superstar and Tiny Tim from the deck to build his team. The Josh/Doug
battle pushed them both towards the top, while David was being
left behind. He spent three turns trading to improve his team,
but despite (or because) of this, nobody would play him.
Eventually, Josh's horrible team (1,1,2,3,4, and Tiny Tim) and
David's team that nobody would play were left behind as the playoffs
began. Doug could have played Derek to start the playoffs earlier,
but spent a turn to improve his team first, and drafted a 1.
Oops. When the playoffs started, David and Paul were tied for
the last playoff spot, and had to play a play-in game to decide
who advanced. Paul won in the second overtime card.
The first playoff series was Doug vs Frank. The first game went
to overtime, and Doug conceded the loss, trying to bruise Frank's
best player. Frank was thinking a step ahead, though, and sacrificed
his lowly 1 to the bruiser. The second game also went to overtime,
and Doug managed to get his best two players bruised by Frank,
which was enough to wreck his chances and Frank advanced.
The other series featured Derek's bruiser who took out Paul's
6 in the first game, and after Paul improved to a 7, bruised
that player too. (Prompting Derek to ask "Did you improve
or deprove that time?" Deprove? Hey, it's Slapshot
in the wee hours.) Derek managed to hospitalize Paul's remaining
players and advance to the Final.
The consolation series was Doug versus Paul. The final game went
to overtime, where Paul "played the wrong card", allowing
Doug to claim third place.
Both Derek and Frank had bruisers in the Final, which meant that
anything could happen. However, both bruisers proved equally
effective, and Derek's team (Forwards 7,7,2 Defense 4,4* Goalie
10) which he boasted was better than his '99 team swept the series
in four games for Derek's second title 13 years after the first.
Probably the most impressive thing about the night was that Derek
could remember the composition of his '99 championship team.
Chris LeFevre signals the score 2
-1 as Tiny Tim scores.
"How do I tell my father he sent
me to Duke for this?"
Stein to the penalty box. Whining
Josh and Christin are in the
Four hours before dropping the puck for 200+ crazy hockey
fans Saturday night, Mark Yoshikawa warmed up with 23 little
hockey players. Mandy Mossman (11) proved to be the toughest
little bruiser in the rink. She was followed by Eric Petruzelli
(7), James Confoy (12), Lucas Holmquist (9), Giovanni Petruzelli
(8) and Aiden Powers (9).