Frank and Craig will do battle with long time rivals Joe and John this Friday 4/27 at 7:30 PM. Good luck!
Crowd Favorites Fesi and Goff took down the second seeded defending champs, Jeff and Rob 3 games to 1 at the SOI Friday night, 4/13. The Champs came out with their hair on fire, winning the opener 21-1 and staking themselves to an 11-0 lead in the second, before Coach Pusscakes showed up to give the old guys an expletive filled tongue lashing. On cue, the geezers woke up and won going away in a comeback that would rival Lazarus.
Old Guys Looking Tough Under Coach Pusscakes’ Watchful Eye
In Semifinal #2, the Dirty Bird Brothers made short work of the Bird Flu Boys, winning handily in a 3 game sweep, setting up another showdown in the Finals between long time rival teams. The Finals will be played on Friday 4/27 at 7:30 PM. Congratulations to both teams on making it to The Finals and best of luck.
(1) Frank / Craig v (4) Don / George
FRANK AND CRAIG WIN 3 GAMES TO 0
(2) Jeff / Rob v (6) Joe / John
JOE AND JOHN WIN 3 GAMES TO 1
(4) Don / George v (5) Pat / Erin
DON AND GEORGE WIN 3 GAMES TO 0
(2) Jeff / Rob v (7) Leo / Joe
JEFF AND ROB WIN 3 GAMES TO 1
(3) John / Glenn / Jim v (6) Joe / John
JOE AND JOHN WIN 3 GAMES TO 1
George (Oaken) Ewe and Don (Olaf) Gorecki took down the defending champs of Rob & Jeff on a table reminiscient of the Frozen Tundra Ice Bowl. The defending champs’ plan of turning off the heat to save money backfired as Oaken & Olaf came dressed to play. Sporting new silky outfits from the Victoria Secrets Shuffleboard catalog the boys looked smooth and glossy.
George & Don, Oaken & Olaf
In the second match team leader Craig and sub Joe Fesi widened the Ferrese brothers lead in the standings to 3 1/2 games with a sweep over Barber & sub John Goff, who were colder than the weather. Shuffleboard Times Magazine is investigating rumors that the brothers may actually play a match without a substitute before March. In the third match Jimmy & Coach K are making a move up the standings with a win over the Greek Island Lesbos team of Pat & Erin.
The featured match next week will be the first place Ferrese Brothers against Fesi & Goff, who are undefeated in the second half of the season. Save the date. There may be a commissioners dinner get together this week at Thai Basil in Collingswood.
Remember to support Thai Basil, the proud sponsor of shuffleboard. Try the New Thai Wings & Buffalo Shrimp like the Fesi Family did over the Holidays.
Andy West and Marc Shapleigh, the “Ghosts of Shuffleboard Past”, came back and swept the Ferrese Brothers in all three games last Friday night. The West-Shapleigh team never looked better in front of the small holiday crowd. When the news of their return and victory hit the street there were many doubters but the two Joes witnessed this holiday miracle.
Shapleigh & West Together Again
In the second match Joe Fesi out walked Joe Barber in three straight games and Rob and “Ghost Berger” took all three games over the Pat and Erin in match three.
Remember to support Thai Basil the proud sponsor of shuffleboard. Try the New Thai Wings & Buffalo Shrimp like the Fesi Family did over the Holidays.
“The Doctor” aka Frank Ferrese defeated Craig Ferrese in the finals to win his unprecedented 7th Pearl Harbor Tournament Championship in front of an overflow crowd at the HHSOI on Friday evening. Frank defeated Craig, Glenn and Erin to advance through the winners bracket unscathed. Craig, in a valiant effort to win his first Pearl Harbor, came tantalizingly close to tasting victory by winning 5 straight games after falling to Frank early. He beat The Doctor 21-10 in the first game of the final. In the winner take all second game the score was tied 13-13 before Frank scored the final 8 points of the game to seal the title at 4:17 AM. Erin “The Virgin” Doyle finished 3rd. Defending Champ The Commish finished 4th. Congratulations to THE DOCTOR.
Frank “The Doctor” Ferrese – Pearl Harbor 25 Champion
The tournament entertainment was the best it has ever been in league history featuring a beer soaked karaoke version of “It’s Raining Men” that was performed by The Virgin and Pat “Frosty the Snowman, formerly known as the Ice Man” Wells for a packed house upstairs at Lodge President Cinalli’s Work Holiday Party. Despite information to the contrary from Johnny Quoits, Peaches was on hand to officiate the proceedings.
In other league news the BCS computers have been consulted for our post-tournament Week 10 Ferrese Family rankings:
- The Hitman 29.48 points
- Tom 23.46 points
- The Doctor 13.26 points
- Craig 9.75 points
Current 3rd and 4th Ranked Ferrese Family Members
A full tournament summary complete with fresh gossip from Johnny Quoits will hit the website later this week. The Commish personally thanks everyone for playing in his favorite annual event. A very special thanks goes out to our league sponsor, THAI BASIL RESTAURANT, located in beautiful downtown Collingswood for catering the tournament with a delectable assortment of bang bang chicken wings, shrimp, chicken and dumplings. The food was AMAZING!
Brackets were drawn for the 25th Annual Pearl Harbor Tournament during league play on Black Friday.
Some very interesting first round matches are on tap to start the tournament. The first round feature match pits defending champion The Commish against 5 time champion The Wrench. The Wrench has not been victorious in the tournament since 2012, when an angry mob turned on his opponent, allowing the Wrench to come storming out of the losers bracket to defeat The Ice Man in 2 straight. Actions by the mob and The Ice Man that night may or may not have resulted in the tournament being cancelled by the VFW Pearl Harbor Tournament Executive Committee (aka Jack and Bob) in 2014. The Wrench also won titles in 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009. The Commish, who has been voted best looking man in the league 10 years running, finally ended a decade-plus long string of perennial Pearl Harbor choke jobs to win his first title in 2016. The winner of this match moves on to face 1994 Champion Jimmy Wong.
The second first round match features Old Guy teammates Fesi and Goff squaring off, with the winner to face The Virgin in round 2. The only thing colder than Fesi and Goff right now is the beer at the SOI Hall but we will see if the winner of this tilt can suddenly turn things around. Las Vegas has The Virgin at +450 on the early moneyline to make an appearance next week for his Pearl Harbor debut. Goff won 4 of the first 8 editions of the tournament, with victories in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 1999. Goff and Tom Ferrese (currently the #2 ranked Ferrese in the league) won 8 of the first 9 editions of the tournament, with Tom winning the first 2 editions in 1992 and 1993 plus the 1996 and 2000 events.
On the other side of the bracket our first match features The Hitman against The Rooster. The Rooster comes in fresh after being told by team co-captain Bob Lynn to stay home for Week 9 to “rest his ailing foot”. The Hitman is currently the top ranked Ferrese in the league and a 2016 league champion. The winner moves on to face The Ice Man. The Ice Man melted down in the 2012 final in the most shocking collapse in tournament history.
Our final first round match pits the Cooler against Craig (the 3rd ranked Ferrese brother and 4th ranked Ferrese overall in the league currently). Despite carrying Frank to 6 league titles, Craig has inexplicably never hoisted the trophy in the Pearl Harbor tournament. Captain Cooler has all of a sudden been pushing all the right buttons in league play, the weekly conference calls with co-captain Bob Lynn apparently starting to pay dividends after a stunning 3-0 sweep of the defending champs in Week 9. Many shuffleboard insiders are calling for Captain Cooler to win in a minor upset. The winner moves on to face the 2nd best Ferrese brother (and 3rd best Ferrese overall), Frank. Frank has won 6 titles in the Pearl Harbor tournament, being victorious in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2015. Coincidentally, by the time the semifinals came around, no one else was sober enough to stand up to the table in all of those years resulting in those 6 titles. Shuffleboard Times Magazine is investigating a rumor that Jessica Ferrese will be joining the league in 2018, knocking Craig and Frank down to the 5th and 4th best Ferrese in the league, respectively.
One thing is for sure, the tournament will provide a year’s worth of fun and drama in one night as always. The board will be open for practice at 6 PM with tournament play starting at 7 PM sharp. Good luck to all players. Get there early, standing room only anticipated for spectators after 6:45.