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As yet another SKEEAPALOOZA rolls around (get it?) I thought it would be important to shed a light on what Trophskees will be distributed at the awards ceremony, and why they are significant. Should you be so lucky to hear your name called on Saturday, you can hold your head high and accept your reward, knowing you have rightfully earned your position in the highest echelon of societskee.
40 Band Leader
50 Band Leader
Combo Band Leader
Each night’s leaders in specialty scores will be receiving special “Baller Buttons” this year, courteskee of alumnus roller, Brittany Mitchell and her company Midwest Makes. There were a lot of ties this skeeson so we opted for buttons so all of you could be recognized for your superior rolling skills.
A Gold, Silver and Bronze medal will be awarded to each night’s top 3 (mystery round/skeelypic champions.) Spoiler alert: There was a tie for the bronze medal on Wednesdays. It could get tricky having to 3 people share the podium with our only 7′ft tall roller. Hint hint.
PS. I better not see any of these getting pawned on Hardcore Pawn: Chicago.
(*)= number of trophskees being awarded
Hundo Leader (3): Awarded to the roller with the highest regular skeeson total of Hundos from each league night.
★ All Star Team ★ (9): Awarded to the teams who displayed exemplary team spirit, attendance, and overall awesomeness.
Division Champion (9): Awarded to each roller from the top teams of each league night.
Most Improved Roller Award (3): Awarded to roller that showed the greatest improvement between previous skeesons, or over the course of the year.
Rookskee Of The Year (3): Awarded to best all around rookskee roller from each league night, in their *debut skeeson of competitive skeeball. (*Sorry, Skeeny Jeans.)
Best Team Name (3): Awarded to each roller of team with best original team name.
Social Media Star (1): Were you entering the Caption contests? Reading the skeeemails? You do know I have analytics, right?
Boozer’s Bracket Winners (3): Awarded to winners of Boozer’s Bracket Tournament/ Non Playoff Team Tourney.
MVSKEE (1): Awarded to individual with highest regular skeeson rolling average.
Hundo Shootout Champion (1): Awarded to winner of the Hundo Shoot Out Tournament
High Roller Champion (1): Awarded to winner of the High Roller Tournament
Skeeson’s Finest (3): Recognizing individuals who went above and beyond the call of duty to be ambassadors of the league, all while displaying the highest level of spirit, friendliness and camaraderie. Skeeson’s finest is the highest honor awarded by The SKEE League.
And finally, new this skeeson…we are giving out the “BEST OF SKEEAPALOOZA BALL.” That’s right. I’m giving away a “GAME BALL” to the best overall showing by a roller on Saturday. And it’s not just about winning. I will consider EVERYTHING from SKEE spirit to time of arrival, friendliness, helpfulness… etc. You name it, I’ll be watching.
Unfortunately, not everyone can walk away with an award or trophskee. This is not communist China. However, you ALL will be receiving your KICK ASS league SKEE Shirt on Saturday, so come sporting an undershirt so you can make a quick change and look pretty for the league picture.
It’s going to be amazeballs. SKEE YA THERE!
SKEESON VII PLAYOFF PREVIEW
Hello, and welcome to the playoffs! If you are new to this, it is a week long journey where 30 teams have an opportunity of winning some awesome prizes and a shiny new trophskee. We will start with the divisional portion, where we determine who will be the 4 teams that will represent playing on Saturday. Then, those 4 teams play each other and to determine the SKVII champion.
For this week, I will write a blog for each day discussing topics such as how the bracket looks going in, the favorite team to win the tournament, players to watch, wild card teams to look out for, and the final result. So, we will begin with…
Looking At the Bracket: With the heavy change of teams that has taken place, it brings an opportunity for someone to play on Saturday. This Tuesday bracket is as good as it has been in a long time. Even though there is a clear favorite here, there are a couple of other teams that could have a say before the end of the night.
Favorite: #1 Skeevivors
The team that has our SKEE-EO, Mike Fraser, Noreen Karadsheh (Tzatzikskee), and Anthony Zades (Ant) have been rolling since Week 2 and developed into the clear favorite.
Players To Watch: This list includes a couple of rookskees who have played well in their first skeeson and three veterans that are playing at their best.
Tory Vachula (Strip Skeease)
Jen Taylor (Skee.F.F.’s)
Brian Wendle (Skee Are Never Ever Getting Back Together)
Katie Dale (Unskeecided)
Justin Cubillos (Skee Otters)
Wild Card: #6 Skeedish Bikini Team
The team I picked to win the division at the start were able to rally and get a first round bye. The reason I picked this team here is because I know they can play better and have yet to play like last skeeson. If they can get by #3 Strip Skeease in the quarterfinals, then I can see them beat #2 Unskeecided and play in the division final.
Division Final and Result Prediction: #1 Skeevivors over #3 Strip Skeease
Sorry, but if I didn’t pick Fraser’s team, then I would be fired.
Looking At the Bracket: Once again, the Wednesday Division is loaded with 10 very good teams. They all have 7000 points as a team and have one match where they scored 950. The theme here will be if your team can score a 1000 to win. I wouldn’t be surprised if a team that is playing in the first round goes on a long run because the division has been that good this skeeson. So, here the favorite would be a slight one and has to be aware of the competition around them.
Favorite: #1 SKEENAGE MUTANT NINJA HUNDOS
The team was seeded #1 last skeeson and were quick exit, but having Dave Faust (F’N Dave) should help Mike D’Amico (Mikeskeeangelo) and Josh Reed (Raphskeeal) to avoid that fate. They will be ready to go this time around as the slight favorite. Plus, they want to stay around long enough to promote their new movie this summer.
Players To Watch: These players will be important factors as to how far their teams can go.
Karen Dimopoulos (Riskee Bizness)
Kira Bigwood (O.M.SKEE)
Zach Garwood (Crazy for Swayskee)
Kent Carmichael (Chubskees)
Matt Pendelton (9 Balls 1 Hole)
Wild Card: #5 O.M.SKEE
This team has developed a model of consistency throughout the skeeson. They are the most dangerous team outside of the Top 4 in my mind. Beating STD last week should give them some confidence going into the rematch. Plus, I like how Kira Bigwood has improved.
Division Final and Result Prediction: ???
I am not willing to give one since I am playing on Wednesday. Maybe Fraser can give his opinion on that in a future skeemail.
(Editors Note: I’m just glad Dayton lost. Best of luck to all teams.)
Looking At the Bracket: There’s only one question that comes to mind for the Thursday bracket… Who can stop Skeezus? Who is willing to become that road block to prevent them from playing on Saturday, let alone prevent them from being the first team to repeat as champions? Other than that, there are a lot of good match-ups and possibilities here. And congrats to Skeet, Skeet, Skeet for being the beneficiaries for getting the #10 spot after Bad Life Deskeesions dropped out of the playoffs. Though, that move did make some teams get shift over to Skeezus’ side of the bracket.
Favorite: #1 Skeezus
I faced this team during SKEEAPALOOZA last skeeson and they were really good. This time around, I can’t believe how much better they have gotten. Kevin McGhee (McSkee) and Tim Van Vugt (Gingerbread Man) have been battling for MVSKEE all skeeson and Shannon Riley has been steady. How could they not be the favorite?!?!
Players To Watch: These players are also important factors as to how far their teams can go.
Dan Springer (Notorious B.I.SKEE)
Ashlee Gonigam (Chuck E. Cheese Champs)
Andy Free (Skeenut Butter Jelly Time)
Jeremy Sinitean (The Muskeeteers)
Kelley Huggins (2 Gingers and a Wanker)
Wild Card: #7 Notorious B.I.SKEE
They have been a team that has been wildly inconsistent with having low team scores in the 700s and high team scores in the 900s. If they can play more like the team that scores in the 900s, then they can win a couple of games and possibly get to the division final. If they play like the team scoring in the 700s, then they could lose their first round game. Which team shows up?
Division Final and Result Prediction: #1 Skeezus over #3 The Muskeeteers
The rookskee team will put up a fight, but Skeezus will keep their repeat dreams alive.
All right, I am done talking and writing! Let’s begin! Good luck to all of the teams! This time of the skeeson always provide great moments and memories. I can’t wait to experience them for Skeeson VII.