McQueenie Cup Apr 12-14
The odds were against us from the very beginning. Mainly because we were going into the 4th McQueenie Cup competition one man short. With the format of the event, having a 7-man team as opposed to an 8-man one makes it almost impossible to win. Even though our representation in the B, C and D level was rather sound, we lacked an A player. No offense intended to Eric Green who was a real trooper and “took one for the team” as he agreed to step into that level as our sole ambassador even though he should have been playing in the B’s. We needed bodies on the court and he obliged.
This event is hosted by the impressive University Club of Chicago (UCC). Their court center is 11 stories up overlooking Lake Michigan. Needless to say, the surroundings were very comfortable. It’s an ideal location because, simply put, it’s Chicago. The easy – if not mind-numbingly boring – 4 hour drive away was made a little more interesting with the company involved, and the slick driving skills of Brien-there’s-plenty-of-room-to overtake-Baker.
The drawback of having to play in Chicago is that they get automatic home-court advantage. The UCC have a remarkably deep pool of players to choose from. Considering they didn’t have to travel, most of them were no doubt readily available. They were strong – very strong – at all four levels. Seeing that no other club really had a shot of winning, my main focus then turned to beating Toledo. They had eight players. It would be great to end up second with only seven. Could we do it?
The fourth competing club was the Union League Club of Chicago (ULC). Unfortunately they could only field a six man team – so they certainly had no shot of claiming the trophy.
|Eric Green and Jeff Sawin|
Clearly, UCC won. Six of their 8 players reached the final of their division. The DAC and Toledo were playing for second place. It was close. Oh, so close. We could taste it. Feel it. Smell it. But it wasn’t to be.
- UCC – 160 points
- Toledo – 104
- DAC – 102
- ULC – 70
2 points!! It was an admirable effort. I am very proud of all seven players. Everyone put in 100% and we cannot ask for more than that. Everyone supported each other. And everybody socialized… as you should when one is in Chicago.I believe next year’s event will also be in Chicago (hopefully). I don’t know the exact weekend, but sometime in April. Even if you are not part of the 8-man team, this would be a great road-trip to join us.
|Left to right: Brien Baker, Elliot Shafer, me, Sante Fratarcangeli,|
Derek Aguirre, Paul Ward, Eric Green