Nominees | Past
The third leg in the BPA Triple Crown of year end honors is
the Sportsmanship Award. Coupled with Caesar honors for prowess
on the gameboard and our GM of the Year Award which honors those
who sacrifice their time to make WBC the memorable event that
it is, the Sportsmanship winner completes our annual virtual Hall
of Fame by reminding us that there is no fun to be had with these
games without an affable and enjoyable opponent with which to
cross vicarious swords.
Doubtless there are many more good sports at WBC than those
we acknowledge here. But we limit the nominees to those endorsed
by WBC GMs or other observers for outstanding sportsmanship and
further reduce their number by selecting only the most fervent
endorsements. This year, for the first time, we've also included
nominees from our numerous email tournaments.
While some admittedly
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 bearable for our GMs and attractive to our members by contributeing
most to the friendly atmosphere of the conference. Their shining
examples contribute to the remarkable esprit de corps and camaraderie
for which the WBC has always been noted by those in the know.
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.
So without any further ado, let's present the class of 2013—and as always, it is a deserving group. The following individuals
were just some of many nominated and owe their appearance here to both their own actions (for the reasons indicated below) and the
fervency of their sponsors in relating it to BPA. As is our practice,
all BPA members are urged to vote for one of the following when
submitting their 2014 membership form and voting for Continuing
Trial games before Jan. 1, 2014. Those who have already joined
for the 2014 season are encouraged to submit their votes separately. Reward a good sport with our biggest prize…free lodging at
the next WBC.
7 Wonders: Antony
Saccenti. Despite his tender age, Antony was always professional
and courteous. In particular, in our semifinal game where every
card mattered, the turn after Antony had played a card, he realized
he had played a duplicate card. He called the error on himself
alhough no one had noticed. Doing so effectively cost him a card
play which in all likelihood prevented him from advancing to the
B17: Rose Hitchings.
Rose was part of a large group of younger players who play together
in their own squadron. However, as squadrons are limited to six
planes, Rose was the "odd man out" and assigned to a
different group. As luck would have it, this group was beset by
stragglers and the last to finish the third mission. Rose remained
true to her new squadron and stuck it out like a veteran—proclaiming
that it was more fun than shooting down her husband.
Dominant Species: Tom
McCorry. Tom gained the ire of a player who declared one of
those "holy war—I'll dedicate the rest of the game to ensuring
that you don't win" jihads. Tom took it in good grace and
did not respond in kind.
Football Strategy: Paul
O'Neil. Unbeknownst to them, Paul was using a different edition
play chart than his opponent which included different timing results.
As fate would have it, this was not discovered until the final
drive of the game when seconds were precious and a play was called
with different time usages on the opposing charts. Paul took the
ruling against his outdated chart in good humor. The extra 15
seconds gained resulted in the winning long range field goal against
For the People: Emily
Wu. Less than one hour after being married, Emily was back
in Lampeter Hall playing CDWs in her wedding dress. In the game
of life, that is Sportsmanship of the highest order.
Gettysburg: Mark Gutfreund.
The complete gentlemen willing to play anyone at any time. This
is easier said than done when playing in Grognard free form events
where who you play is as important as wheher you win or lose.
Galaxy: Max DuBoff.
Max and his brother Drew were both finalists. Drew's position
was such that he could not win, and he decided to destroy his own
last world, thereby ending the game and all but giving the win
to his brother who had selected Galaxy as his team game. Max,
to his credit, said he didn't want to win that way and talked
him out of it. The round thus continued and Max eventually finished
second. It showed great sportsmanship for a pair of teenagers—especially in contrast to a similar "kingmaking" scenario
witnessed that week that was decidedly less commendable.
Le Havre: David Duncan.
Allowed an opponent to purchase buildings he had forgot to do
earlier in the turn sequence. The new purchases allowed the opponent
to win the game.
Memoir '44: Daniel
Heintzelman. Young Daniel informed his opponent that he had
forgotten to claim ground worth VPs and also pointed out when
he rolled less dice than he was entitled to.
March Madness: Jeremy
Billones. Jeremy had defeated his opponent by 5 points. In
reviewing the game to report the stats to the GM, he noticed two
scoring errors that cost his opponent six points. He reported
the revised score and proclaimed his opponent the victor.
Paths of Glory: Robert
Frisby. Aided a new player with patient corrections and strategy
tips that made the learning exprience most pleasant. Upon completion
of the game, offered to play another to help still further.
Stockcar Championship Racing: Steve
Lollis. Despite terrible luck, remained in the five-hour race
to the end—becoming the first player to ever be lapped.
Virgin Queen: Tom
Vickery. Long after the results had been posted, Tom realized
that his score had not been penalized for executing Mary, Queen
of Scots and reported the error, dropping him in the seeding for
the upcoming semifinals.
War At Sea: Rob Drozd.
Coached a new opponent and offered strategy advice that could
well have caused his own defeat.
War of the Roses: Jeff
Hing. Sacrificed his last chance to qualify to allow another
player to play.
HONORABLE MENTION: Others recommended include: Kevin
Karg, Walt Collins, Andy Roosen, Andrew
Ruhnke, Richard Borg, Chris Yaure, Barry
Smith, Charles Drozd, Brandon Bernard, Ed Beach, Jeff
Senley, Phil Yaure, Bill Powers, William
Hoch, Mikaela Kumlander, Art
Dohrman, Scott Smith, John Min, Rob
Olsson, Ken Whitesell, Lyman Moquin, Vincent
Sinigaglio, Emily Bacon, Lane Hess.
Honorable mentions are eligible for the vote on a write-in
only basis due to the nature of their nominations usually having
more to do with being courteous or helpful as opposed to conduct
more often associated with sportsmanship.
Past Sportsmanship Winners
1992 - NJ
Tiger Von Pagel
1993 - FL
1994 - PA
1995 - AE
1996 - MI
1997 - NJ
2001 - OH
2002, 2008 - VA
2003 - MD
2004 - MD
2005 - AK
2006 - PA
2009 - CA
2010 - SC
2011 - PA
2012 - uk