While the Son's Away ...
Its SRO in Cornwall during the
opening heat with some games spilling over into the neighboring
Terrace demonstration tables.
Leave it to Mark Love to find another
mask to wear. At least the painted fan isn't as hot as the gorilla
suit in August.
Paydirt 2010 again had a strong showing, with 46 coaches
vying for the coveted wood. Noticeably absent this year (and
he claims it will only be for THIS year only was five-time champ
Devin Flawd, who recently graduated from college and landed a
job that did not make attendance possible this year.
34 coaches drafted Wednesday afternoon, and some of the notable
games were Scott Nerney's Jets topping Doug Porterfield and his
Chiefs, 24-22, Mark Love holding off Bill O'Neal 42-39 in a Texan-Bill
matchup, Rich Moyer over Chris Palermo on a late FG 25-22, Danny
Lewis winning 27-17 with his Texan team, while dad Andy once
again could not find magic with his beloved Steelers, dropping
a 36-22 decision to Steve Vance and his Browns....losing was
bad enough for Andy....but to make it to the Browns of all teams
also??? Ouch! Winners in the second round included Joe Yaure,
Browns, along with Steve and his Browns team.....how often can
you say that has happened, Browns start off 4-0? Dan Long topped
Danny Lewis 32-27, John Coussis, Mark Love, Harry Flawd, Jacob
Hebner, Scott Nerney and Tim Dolan rounded out the winners. Round
3 continued the excitement, with one Browns team (Joe) continuing
to push his team towards glory, while Steve fell to John's Charger
team 45-16. Dan Long topped Scott's Jets 18-14, and Harry held
off Jacob in a great game 34-27. Joe Yaure continued to mystify
with the Browns, this time defeating Mark Love and his Texans
36-21, while Harry for the second year in a row topped Dan Long
38-35 in a back and forth epic affair. That set up a chance for
the Browns to get to the Super Bowl, only having to defeat Harry
and the Texans.....back and forth they went, but when the clock
struck midnight, the Texans passing game proved too much and
Harry advanced to the Super Bowl.
30 more coaches fought it out on Friday for the chance to
top Harry in the Super Bowl. Chart designer and supplier to the
tournament, Ron Pisarz rattled off a couple wins with his Cowboys
before falling to Paul Bean's Bears. Bruce Reiff had hand picked
his team, the Packers, after months of perusing the charts in
his secret lab, and won easily 38-9 before being topped in Round
2 by John Shaheen's Buccaneers 35-28. Harry took his Packer team
over the Giants 34-14 and the Panthers 51-24 to advance. Bill
O'Neal held off newcomer Samantha Berk 29-27 in Round 1 and then
beat Sean McCullouch's Lions 35-11 in Round 2. Defending champion
Bruno Passacantando lost his repeat bid, dropping a 24-16 game
to Mark Love's Saints. Jeremy Billones also advanced to Round
3 with wins over the Giants 24-20 and the Saints 48-46 in a wild
game against John Welage. Round 3 saw tightly contested games
between Love's Saints and Conal Jaeger's Redskins, with Mark
coming out on top of a 48-45 score, Jeremy defeating Bill 42-24,
and Harry forcing seevn Panther turnovers in a 51-24 win. Jeremy
topped John Shaheen and his Bucs 23-17 and Harry stopped Mark
34-24 in the other game. Jeremy and his Seahawks then topped
Harry in the NFC title game.
As happens in real life, the game is sometimes more of a build
up of anticipation than a super game, as was the result of this
year's championship. When the dust settled on the 2010 game,
Harry had secured his seventh Paydirt title, first since
2004. Devin will not let him forget that this title comes with
an asterisk as he was not there to prevent it this year .....
We infused a few new rules to the tournament this season,
adding more realism, and coupled with the efforts of Andy Lewis
to supply team "helmet chits" for every team, we continue
to make the Paydirt tourney a highlight of the convention
for many of our players.
Bruce Wigdor is tested by Danny Lewis
who is wise enough not to pick the Steelers yet again come hell
or high water. Right, Andy?
John Shaheen and Paul Bean revel in
their hour at the helm of a pro football franchise. Everyone
can live vicariously for a while at WBC.