Nominees | Past
While lots of people get caught up in the quest
for “wood,” the folks listed below subscribe to a higher standard.
These are the sportsmen and women of the WBC…the shining example
of sportsmanship that we should all aspire to. These folks are the ones
that make it all bearable for our GMs and contribute most to the friendly
atmosphere of the convention. Their shining example contributes to the
remarkable esprit de corps and camaraderie for which the WBC has always
are not accepted for individuals who conceded a victory to allow
a beaten opponent to continue in an event in their place. While
a player who allows another to play on in "his" place
may well have good intentions, doing so is contrary to the purpose
of a tournament. A player who concedes a won game is circumventing
the rules of the event by dispensing byes in a non-random, unearned
manner and is actually committing an unsportsmanlike act in the eyes
of some. Such a kindness bestowed upon one player is actually grossly
unfair to the other participants who had to win their right to advance
and tarnishes the event as a true test of skill.
any further ado, let’s present the class of 2007—and
a classy group it is, too. The following individuals were just some of
the many nominated for the reasons indicated below and owe their appearance
here to both their own demeanor and the fervancy of their sponsors in relating
it to BPA. Doubtless there are many more good sports at WBC than those we can
acknowledge here. We limit the nominees to those endorsed by WBC GMs for
outstanding sportsmanship and further reduce their number by selecting
only the most fervent endorsements. These are supplemented
by the Board of Directors and Convention Director.
As is our practice, all prospective BPA members are urged to vote for
one of sportsmanship nominees listed below when submitting their 2008 membership form and voting
for new Trial Events. All ballots are due by Jan. 1, 2008. Reward a good sport with our
biggest prize…free lodging at the next WBC.
Air Baron: Richard Curtin kept his cool in the face of two bankruptcies and three crashes.
B-17/Wooden Ships & Iron Men: Young Andrew
Chitwood played with class and cheer throughout five rounds
of Wooden Ships despite being outclassed by far more experienced
opponents. Indeed, he could have taught some of his elders somehing
about grace under fire. Our B-17 GM echoed those comments in praise
of his youngest pilot.
Battlegroup: Andrew Fedin allowed other players to take a mulligan after making a mistake.
Circus Maximus: Rebecca Hebner gave up playing Circus Maximus (and was mocked by her fellow charioteers) when the GM for the Juniors event was delayed. She helped organize and instruct the Juniors and started and ran the tournament until the GM arrived, giving up her personal gaming time and opportunity to advance.
Formula Motor Racing: Ron
Wuerth volunteered as an Ass't GM to oversee the Final so that the GM could participate.
Gettysburg: Greg Smith is always the gentleman; willing to teach others the game and
play anyone at any time regardless of whether that opponent will
help or hinder his own advancement - a big factor in Free Form
Ingenius: Tedd Mullally pointed out the availability of a new row when a 4th player joined
the game, immediately hurting his own chances.
Kremlin: In Kremlin, things are rarely as they
first seem, but even veteran gulag watchers were taken aback after Phillip Yaure had been handed
the plaque and congratulated for his victory only to discover
that Pete Stein's math skills were a little rusty and, uh, he
actually won because he controlled that politician after all.
Poor Phillip fell to fifth but took it all in good grace. As for
Pete - well, you can't expect an accountant to actually add correctly,
Merchant of Venus: Stephen
Westerholm stood out amongst a sea of good sports by always
being helpful to the GM and fellow players, and pointing out obvious
Monsters Ravage America: Steve
Scott qualified for the Final in this event which allowed
play of two different versions of the game - Ravage or Menace. As it happened, Steve was inexperienced at Menace and his three opponents were less experienced with Ravage so he opted to play Menace instead despite Ravage being the default version of the game. The differences in the
game led to a few mistakes on his part but he declined "do-overs"
when offered by his opponents.
Mystery of the Abbey: Chuck
Halberstadt was the defending champion in this event but he
sat at a six-player game with first-time players and helped them
with rules for a very long game while displaying great patience
and attitude in ushering his new players through their first Mystery.
Pillars of the Earth: Steve
Fitchett made his game available for a second heat even though
he would not be playing when the event came up short of games.
Rail Baron: Louis
Gehring was nominated by his fellow players for continuing
in a long game to play out a hopeless situation without complaint
so as not to influence the outcome for the other players.
Saratoga: William Cooper taught game to a newbie as they played, and wound up getting
crushed. Newbie wanted Bill to advance, but Bill maintained
he had been beaten fair and square.
Titan 2-Player: Despite language barriers, Hide
Hisanaga impressed all he met with his courtesy and demeanor.
Our visitor from Japan could teach us a few things about how to
roll with the punches that fate has in store and come up smiling.
Twilight Struggle: For his valuing a quality play experience
over "win at any cost", and his charity to his opponent,
even at a late stage of the tournament when a chance at final
victory was in sight, Bruce Wigdor receives my vote for this year's sportsmanship award. In a quarter-final
match, his opponent played Olympics as an event at DEFCON 2, permitting
Bruce to declare a coup against a battleground country, thus bringing
about nuclear war and victory for Bruce. Instead Bruce opted to
allow his opponent to take back the play. The game went on until
Final Scoring, ending in a draw -- which, by tournament rule,
would be resolved with a die roll. Bruce lost the die roll and
was eliminated from the tournament, but never expressed any regret
about his earlier decision.
We The People: Randall
MacInnis sacrificed his own chances to coach new players in
the novice bracket. He did his job so well, that one of his graduates
advanced to the quarter-finals.
Past Sportsmanship Winners
1992 - NJ
Tiger Von Pagel
1993 - FL
1994 - PA
1995 - AE
1996 - MI
1997 - NJ
2001 - OH
2002 - VA
2003 - MD
2004 - MD
2005 - AK
2006 - PA