I left from school on Friday and made a journey up to Elkart, Indiana to crash at ones11fahzu's place before Tecmo Kumite II in Detroit. Once I arrived we talked for about two and a half hours before bed playing no warm-up games in the process. The next morning regulator088 picked us up and we embarked to Detroit. Once we arrived we made our way into the Bookies Bar and Grill carrying the televisions we brought. You did some meet and greets as the final televisions and systems were being set up for the tournament. Cubanrocks, ryan11p, Kevin C., and the Ultimate Weapon all made the trek from Ohio.
Things kicked up with the opening ceremonies by tournament directors Eric "tecmodell42" O'Dell and Matt "LuckyTool" O'Toole. Directions were explained. Tournament was triple elimination with a random draw of opponent each round of the tournament from a bag of ping pong balls. the first ball drawn would be player 1 and call the match-up, while the second ball would get choice of team. Since there was an odd number of players there would be a bye each round. Very smooth way to run a tournament, a great concept, lots of excitement, and a guarantee of three games for the worst performances. Really hard to top that. I was signed up as ball #11. Let the games begin.
In my third round game I played Jason T. from Toledo, Ohio. I called a Chargers/Lions match-up hoping for the Chargers. Wouldn't you know it. The jukes and juice-offs were a flowing. Byrd picked off the combo of Peete and Ware a total of five times in the game. I punted back on first down twice in the fourth being up 40-0. On the last play Barry broke past the line for maybe the third time all game. I put my control down and allowed the avoided shutout. Butts had 263 yards.
The fourth round put me up against Joe M. of Detroit. I called a Broncos/Chargers match-up. He took the Chargers. Things go crazy after I fumble away which he scores on. I then through an arrant pick on a mispress. He is up 0-14 in the blink of an eye. I was fortunate to make a good play on a Simon Fletcher INT, which set up a score before half making it 7-14. in second half a receive and score. I hold the Chargers on their next three possessions forcing punts before I tack on another score taking the lead 21-14 which would be the final.
After being eliminated I indulged in my second mass of meat. The first was a Brunch Burger (bacon, scrambled eggs, cheese, etc.) which was so greasy that the bun stuck to my fingers. The post tourney meal was the Carnivore (two 1/2 pound patties, smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, and a coronary). It was awesome. Both came with some of the best beer battered fries I have ever had. During this time I met O'Dell's wife who I might add may be the best Tecmo wife of all-time. She was in the bar the entire day running the computer, recording winners/losers, scores, etc. Eric you hit the jackpot my friend.
Roads were crappy on the way back to Elkart and slowed us down pretty good. On the way back to Elkart the Millers had me download an app called Akinator. It is sort of like 20 questions. You choose someone sort of famous and the genie asks questions to get to the right answer. After it worked on Kyle and Matt I tried to think of something pretty tough. About 15 questions in that damn genie guessed Yoda from Star Wars and I about died. I tried to stump him again with James K. Polk and this time I succeeded (at least with the free database limited app version). I decided to crash at ones11fahzu's house again instead of driving straight through. Had a great time. Short weekend. Big thanks to o'dell and O'Toole throwing a fine tournament. Definitely worth the time and is a great warm-up for Madison in a month.