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TOP REGIONAL PROMOTERS KEEP FOOSBALL NATION BUSY
America's top table-soccer promoters are making sure that the next couple of months are busy ones in the world of foosball with a number of exciting state and regional competitions marking the national schedule. More than $55,000 in combined prize money will be offered in these events which are being presented by some of the nation's hardest-working foosball people. This lucrative list of upcoming regional tournaments includes the "pro tour's 4th major" also known as the $25,000 Texas State Championships, which takes place over Memorial Day weekend just south of DFW Airport in the city of Irving. As we make our way towards July 4th and the National Championships in Minneapolis, this string of late spring events gives foosball players of every skill level the opportunity to hone their skills and test their talents in preparation for that great annual event.
In the foosball-crazy upper midwest, promoter Dan Doubler is offering more than $8500 in regional competitions in the state of Iowa, while Phil Gootee, Jarred Taggert and company are following-up the success of their recent $9000 Liberty National event in the twin cities with a four-grander beginning May 30th in Duluth. South Dakota promoter Loyd Mandel will also be offering players the chance to compete, with three scheduled events, two in South Dakota and one in Mankato, Minnesota, offering-up more than $12,000 in prize money.
Mary Moore and her Independant Foosball Promotions are hosting a $3500 Warm up event on the weekend of June 16, in anticipation of the always well-attended Kentucky State Championships in Lexington at the end of July. Up north, our old friend Jim McKenney is busy preparing for his $2500 Western New York Championships on the 16th of June, as he continues to work as hard as anyone at promoting the sport. The foosball-rich state of Colorado will also host a solid regional event, the Mile High Open, on June 6th. See the "Upcoming Events" section below for more details on all these upcoming tournaments.
With the Texas State Championships only weeks away, the foosball world turns it's collective attention to the Lone Star State where Steve Murray, David Radack and their hard-working crew are preparing for what is looking like a record turnout for this traditional event. More than any other regional championship, "Texas States" has both the feel and the field of a major pro tour competition. Most of the sport's elite players are expected to attend this big-money event, which has grown into an unparalleled $25,000 table-soccer spectacular. Names like Moore, Loffredo, Yore, Diaz, Zamora, Park, Cartwright, McMillin, Sipiora, Rosa, Tielens and Mares are expected to attend, all hoping to dethrone 2002 doubles champions Mike Archer and Brandon Moreland. Inside Foos Productions will also be in attendance to cover and record all the exciting foosball actvity.
Just five weeks after Texas, the center of the foosball world will be downtown Minneapolis, where the Hyatt Regency Hotel will host the $55,000 U.S.T.S.A. National Championships, as the major pro tour returns to Minnesota for the first time since 1998. Along with the normally scheduled rookie, semi pro, pro and Open events, the Nationals also feature one of the tour's annual favorites, the Masters Singles event. This pro-only, single elimination battle for the green jacket never fails to give us some of the season's most entertaining action. Both Todd Loffredo and Robert Mares will be looking to become the first three-time winner of the competition, which starts on Saturday evening at the Hyatt.
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INSIDE THE PRO TOUR...
Clearing-out my left-over notes from the Hall
of Fame Classic...
Todd Loffredo's victory in singles is all the more remarkable when you consider that his first major title came nearly 26 years ago, or right about the time his doubles partner Frederic Collignon was born...
The classy Tracy McMillin had another solid weekend in Las Vegas, finishing 2nd in Mixed Doubles, 3rd in Open Doubles, and 7th in Singles...
Another classy guy and one of the tour's most underrated players, Merlin Arment, teamed with partner Thor "The Hammer" Donovan to finish 7th in Open Doubles...
If you see Merlin on tour, be sure and ask him to show you some trick shots...
Speaking of trick-shooting, is there a more exciting offensive goalie on the pro tour than Brandon Moreland?
Brandon actually outscored his forward Mike Archer in one of their Las Vegas doubles wins, and seemed to fire up his team with at least one wicked-looking two-rod shot every time I watched him play...
The ultra-consistent Terry Moore has now won at least one event at 10 of the last 11 season-openers...
Veteran Washington state lady-fooser Lotus Chesborough continued her impressive run on the pro tour by finishing 2nd in both Mixed Doubles and Singles, while also placing fourth in Women's Doubles...
Lotus finished 2nd, 5th and 5th at last year's worlds...
>From the Dinosaur Doubles Domination Department: Mike Smith of Michigan claimed the 35 And Over title at the Hall of Fame Classic for the second year in a row, after also winning the old man's event with partner Keith Maurer at last September's World Championships...
The tough and talented Tony Spredeman continued his climb towards the top with a solid fifth-place Open Doubles result with the underrated Dana Marr...
Tony and Dana's only losses came to world champs Collignon and Loffredo, and eventual winners Moore and Macias, both in tough five game matches...
Spredeman's incredible "Far-Wall Stick-Pass into a Deadman Pull-Kick" shot is one of the sport's most exciting plays...
Put these names on your list of players to keep an eye on: Rob Atha, Frank Balecha, Rick Moeller, Laszlo Teke, Brian Turman and Cory Wichman...
One of the game's greatest teams ever, Tony Bacon and Don Chalifoux, who played in four world finals together in the 1980's, finished a very respectable 7th in Open Doubles in their Vegas tour comeback ...
Trivia Time: April 1st officially made it three full years that Robert Mares has held the top spot in the pro rankings. Who was the world's top rated player before Rob?
Looking to continue their red-hot run, Mike Archer and Brandon Moreland will have to work hard to defend their Open Doubles title at the upcoming Texas State extravaganza, which features the sport's toughest regional lineup of foosball stars...
It seems like only yesterday that Mike and Brandon were celebrating their 2002 Texas win after defeating Trevor Park and Brandt "Mad Dog" Tarumoto in a tough open final...
Actually, it was less than 6 months ago, the tournament having moved back to its original Memorial Day weekend spot on the schedule after two years at Thanksgiving...
Defending Singles champ Rob Mares and 2002 Mixed Doubles winners Tom Yore and Dusty Bambanek are also expected to attend, along with Women's Singles and Doubles titlist Moya Tielens...
Last year's field was one of the deepest ever assembled at a regional event and with Californians Adrian Zamora and Fernando Rosa making the trip, the 2003 event should be even stronger...
This year, $5000 has been added to the tournament pot by promoter Steve Murray who also tells me that there will be a light over every one of the event's brand-new tables...
The ballroom facilities at the Holiday Inn Select in Irving also offer a very comfortable, stadium-style movie theater that will carry the live tournament video feed along with recorded pro tour action...
Trivia Answer: Tommy Adkisson from 1998-2000...
The buzz has already started for the July 4th National Championships, being held at the downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis for the first time ever...
Having worked a Valley-sponsored dart tournament at the Hyatt back in 1997, I can tell you that it should be one of the nicest venues to have hosted a pro tour event in recent years...
The state of Minnesota has always been one of the sport's true hotbeds, spawning such legendary names as Furry, Wiswell, Belz, Bednar and Alwell, along with current stars Dave Gummeson and Steve Mohs...
Food for thought: The luxurious Hyatt Regency is also home to a number of outstanding eateries, including "Manny's", one of America's top 10 rated steakhouses...
Make mine medium-rare...
We'll see y'all in Texas...
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Frederic Collignon won 3 National titles at
last year's event in
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...
Atlanta in his first-ever appearance. Here is a list of the top
all-time title winners at the Tornado National Championships.
1. Todd Loffredo 11
2. Terry Moore 9
3. Scott Wydman 5
4. Rob Mares 3
5. Tommy Adkisson 2
5. Frederic Collignon 2
5. Dave Gummeson 2
1. Cindy Head 11
2. Liz (Hill) Helstern 8
3. Melanee Tosh 5
4. Tiffany Moore 4
5. Christina Fuchs 3
Todd Loffredo's victory in Las Vegas was his 14th major
singles title in the last 13 years, including 2 Masters wins.
Here is a list of the top major singles winners since 1990.
1. Todd Loffredo 14
2. Terry Moore 11
3. Tommy Adkisson 5
3. Louis Cartwright 5
5. Frederic Collignon 5
6. Robert Mares 4
6. Johnny Horton 4
8. Don Swan 3
8. Gregg Perrie 3
10. John Smith 2
10. Adrian Zamora 2
11. Dave Gummeson 2
11. Charles Britt 2
1. Cindy Head 21
2. Liz (Hill) Helstern 12
3. Tiffany Moore 7
4. Moya Tielens 4
Nine years ago at the U.S. Open in Minneapolis, Chris Dube
became the only forward in recent history to win a major
title shooting a Pull-Kick. Here is a list of the shots that
have won all of the major Men and Women's U.S.T.S.A.
titles since 1991.
1. Pull Shot 171 Wins
2. Roll-Over Snake 80
3. European Style Front-Pin 15
4. Push Shot 5
4. Push-Kick 5
6. Pull-Kick 1
When considering only Open Doubles, Singles and
Mixed Doubles (without women's event results)
the list of winning shots since '91 reads like this:
1. Pull Shot 78
2. Roll-Over Snake 72
3. European Style Front Pin 15
4. Push-Kick 5
5. Pull-Kick 1
Since 1997 the list shows a different trend:
1. Roll-Over Snake 40
2. Pull Shot 20
3. European Style Front Pin 15
NOTE: Amazingly, Front-Pin shots (Snakes + Euros)
have won 73% of the three major open titles since 1997.
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