football strategy [Updated October 2002]

FBS  2 prizes Beginners Mult Ent Sing Elim Continuous 
     17 Rnd1 Heat1  18
    Rnd1 Heat2  9     


Bill Cleary, MD

2002 Champion

2nd: Ken Whitesell, PA

3rd: David Rynkowski, NY

4th: Bruce Reiff, OH

5th: Dan Dolan Jr, NJ

6th: Ray Stakenas II, MI

Event History
1991    Mike Fitzgerald      22
1992    Bill Cleary      30
1993    Paul O'Neil      30
1994    Gordon Rodgers      42
1995    David Terry      36
1996    Bruce Reiff      30
1997    Paul O'Neil      32
1998    Paul O'Neil      24
1999    Bruce Reiff     27
2000    Bruce Reiff     28
2001    Bruce Reiff     25
2002    Bill Cleary     27

AREA Ratings

GM: Paul O'Neil

Past Winners

Mike Fitzgerald - CT

Bill Cleary - MD

Paul O'Neil - MD
1993, 1997-1998

Gordon Rodgers - PA

Dave Terry - MD

Bruce Reiff - OH
1996, 1999-2001

Grid Iron Mind Games ...

The event was a combination of old and new experiences with a different day and time for the second heat. The emergence of Dave Rynkowski, who was the first player ever to reach both heat finals on his way to a 3rd place finish, and a flip in the most heavily attended heat which changed from the Wednesday 1800 heat of 14 to the Friday 900 heat of 18.

Wednesday began with this writer taking the bye as the most recent champion present and then holding on in the second round when Dan Dolan missed a 50% field goal with a minute to go in the 4th quarter. My run then ended against the defense of Mr. Rynkowski, who had previously beaten assistant GM Stuart Tucker. Down by 4 points in the 4th quarter ,I failed twice on 4th down calls inside the 15-yd line. Bill Cleary, a former champ, also had a bye and then started off against the only female to ever enter the tournament, Debbie Bell. (A requested match) Cleary won quite handily and after dispatching his next opponent, faced Dave for the heat final. Talking after the game, Bill stated he had some trouble against Dave's defense before finally going ahead in the fourth quarter, only to have Dave come right back at him and drive down the field. Remembering on an earlier drive Dave liked to call play 2, Bill played defense B and was rewarded with the turnover when Dave went to the well once too often. Bill then scored again to put the game away.

Bills opponent in the second game had just learned the rules at the demo and then won the first game he ever played against a more experienced player. Speaking for myself, it's always the rookies who give me a harder game, as they are so unpredictable. It has been a pleasure to see the Dolan brothers (Tim and Dan) as well as Dave, to name only three folks who continue to learn the game by playing in the tourney and advancing.

Friday saw 18 coaches. Defending champ Bruce Reiff, and former champ Gordon Rodgers made their entrance to the field, as well as the familiar faces of a few AHFSL players, such as Ken Whitesell. Bruce won his game, took his second round bye and then played Dave Rynkowski in the third round. Dave continued his good play from Wednesday night by knocking off Bruce and going into the heat final. In other games, I took the first round bye when Bruce passed it to me. I defeated my opponent in the second and then dropped out of the field when I realized I messed up the brackets and that two players would have to play an extra game if I continued in the field. This heat also saw me put players on a game clock, when a first round game went into OT as all the other 2nd round games were already started. Ken had entered this heat as one who had never won a tournament game, partly because of his kamikaze play style which goes for it on 4th down, NEVER kicks a FG and will often try onside kicks. This year he had the hot hand, defeating his three opponents to face off against Dave Rynkowski in the final. (Note this was played while Ken was acting as GM for Dinosaurs of the Lost World. <grin> It was a close game for a half, but as on Wednesday, Ken took advantage of Dave's turnover play calling to run up a lead in the second half.

The final game thus pitted two former members of the Baltimore AHFSL. The game was not close as Bill was able to take advantage of Ken's missed 4th down attempts to score three times in the 3rd quarter on the way to his second tournament championship.

 GM      Paul O'Neil  [4th Year]   408 Rosecroft Terrace, Baltimore, MD 21229-4136   (410) 644-9276

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