Venue Named for Armistice Day,
Starting Time Moved Back to 11 am
The 30th Indy Squadron Armistice Day Fits Tournament will be held at the following place and time:
- Saturday, November 10, 2018
- New start time 11:00 am ET
- New location: Rick Lacy's home
2614 Belmar, Indianapolis
East side near E 30th and Franklin
Thanks to Rick for setting up this year's scenario. He's done several in the past and they turn out great every time. No complainers! Yes, your airplane will be on par with everyone else's and yes, everyone gets a choice (even the last guy to choose).
One brief warm up game will begin at 11 o'clock. Expect it to be ended early ("called on turns") deliberately. The tournament will start immediately thereafter. It would be great if we could roll dice on the tourney around 1 pm.
Okay, here is the usual disclaimer for our handicapping article. First, no fair getting mad. Secondly, the author excuses himself from the handicap list due to a conflict of interest (I'm interested in winning this conflict). Thirdly, you gotta be able to take a joke. Okay? Ready, set...
6.7 trillion (to the 9th power) to 1
Actually I'm not even sure that's a number. I just found out today that Michael is competing and I'm trying to cast a spell on him. We can't seem to beat him any other way. He's won multiple Armistice Day tournaments and multiple Red Baron Fights. We can't uninvite him because he's a former champion and is perpetually eligible for every Indy title til freaking doomsday. The only remaining option is to blow up his car, but every hit man I call wants his license number and I don't have it (please contact the webmaster). Unless somebody finds a way to beat this guy, it does not look good for the rest of the field.
4 to 1
For those crawling out from under a rock, it should be known that Rick is having an incredible year. He has over 20 aces on his roster now. Rick won the 2018 Whosyercon Open, won Red Baron Fight XXIX and can now complete the hat trick by taking Armistice Day and securing the only Triple Crown victory in history. But it does seem that Rick took the week off at the Society Min Con in 2018, finishing a distant 29th. That was two places behind... Jim Barber. Maybe we're okay after all.
11 to 1
I keep trying to think of something Bob has won. I guess Bob just hasn't won much of anything. This could leave him embittered, soulless and feral. This makes one dangerous at the gaming table. His love of soccer indicates a fearlessness rivaling Viking Berserkers. Then again, perhaps he'll adjust to losing. Like Charlie Brown. Or maybe he's so lost in his wife's amazing culinary skills that the whole gaming thing is secondary. He could not be faulted for this. We really just don't know. It is this unpredictability that we find vexing.
10 to 1
A sentimental favorite to win Red Baron Fight XXVIII, Dory came through with flying colors and won her first tournament of any kind since 1996. So we know she can do it. Then again, the Cincinnati Reds haven't won a title since 1995. This was also the same year as Oprah's last diet, and we all know how that turned out. And En Vogue hasn't had a Billboard Top Ten hit since 1996. Calling all of this a coincidence would be crazy. Dory may be in trouble.
2 to 1
Ethan has not updated his pilot roster since 1994. And he's only eighteen. He has four days left to get it done. When you're young, time lasts forever. So in his mind, it may as well be four millenia. Ethan needs to mentally focus on the game in the early turns and get a few good rolls to start his game off right, then he could vie for this second Indy Squadron championship. He's got an engineer's mind and the thinking process of a strategic analyst. If he gets the preparation thing down, he'll be a force to be reckoned with. Or maybe his Devil-may-care approach is just what the Dawn Patrol gods have been waiting for.
6 to 1
Rumor has it that Bruce may be traveling from the great white north to join us. Remember, Bruce is eligible for the Indy title after having played Red Baron Fight XXIX in April. We expect him to be tired after the drive. We also intend to stuff him with empty, sugar-laden carbohydrates to further exhaust him and drain his mental capacity. If this doesn't work, our final strategy is to put him on the opposite team from Michael and hope that those two beat each other up so the rest of us have a chance.
100 to 1
Stephen Dale is now engaged. He is therefore distracted on a level that only the previously engaged can comprehend. If this distraction was an earthquake, it would happen in San Francisco. It this distraction was personified as bad music, it would become Justin Beeber. Or Beiber. Whatever his name is. We are safe in considering Stephen Dale a non-factor this year, unless of course, his Most Beloved has a “Win, Rocky, win!” moment, in which case we're all toast.
1000 to 1 to show up, 4 to 1 winner if he does
I know what you're thinking. "Gee, that's an unnecessarily complex rating and i am now unnecessarily perplexed." El wrongo. This will all make sense in the end. Look, Kevin wins this thing on a semi regular basis. The problem is not playing well; the problem is physical presence. He has to arrive before he can win. I tried to contact him on Facebook, which is normally connected directly into his cerebral cortex like Neo in “The Matrix.” No luck. Phones and letters are of no use with Kevin. If Facebook does not reach him, he cannot be reached. We'll all have to wait and see if he shows up in search of his fourth Indy title, which he is very capable of winning.