INSIDE FOOS Newsletter NO.
12 March 2004 Published By Inside Foos
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10th Annual Hall of Fame Classic
Hall of Fame Classic Results
Inside the Pro Tour
Inside the Numbers
Inside Foos Special Offers
10th ANNUAL HALL OF FAME CLASSIC KICKS OFF 2004 SEASON
The hugely-anticipated 2004
foosball season finally got underway this past March 3-7 as the USTSA and
Tornado Table Soccer once again presented one of the sport's most popular and
well-attended events, the $65,000 Hall of Fame Classic. For the seventh year in
a row the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was the host venue for this
annual tour kickoff, which always seems to provide us with some of the major pro
tour season's more interesting and unexpected results. That trend would continue
at this year's Classic with an astonishing, history-making performance in Mixed
Doubles, and an amazing (but not entirely surprising) sprint through the Open
Singles event by one of the tour's most popular and exciting young players.
Canadian super-forward Moya Tielens and her partner Garret Scherkenbach of
Colorado shocked two-time defending world champions Frederic Collignon and Cindy
Head in a breathtaking final match to become the first team in the sport's
history to win a Mixed Doubles title with the pair's female half playing the
entire event at the forward position. Moya and Garret played sensational
foosball throughout the competition, and defeated Collignon and Head in the
winner's bracket to reach the final. Frederico and Cindy, the event's defending
champs, then defeated Steve Beine and Christina Fuchs to win the bracket's
loser's side and earn a rematch with Moya and Garret. The two-time world
champions proceeded to take the match to a second set with a quick two game win
(5-3 and 5-4)in the opening two-out-of-three, but could only
look on in awe as Moya and Garret completely dismantled them in the second set,
winning 5-2, and 5-3, to earn the title and make foosball history. Moya, who is
playing the forward position as well as any woman ever has, also added the
Women's Doubles title to her list of Vegas achievements, winning for the fourth
year in a row with new partner Dusty Bambanek of Ohio.
Future Hall of Famers Collignon and Head did, however, eventually find their way
to the winner's circle in Las Vegas. Frederico combined with his legendary
partner Todd Loffredo to win their second career Hall of Fame doubles title,
defeating 2003 national champs Dave Gummeson and Tracy McMillin, while the
ultra-competitive Ms. Head avenged her loss to Tielens with a double-dip win in
the Women's Singles final.
Meanwhile, in the Open Singles competition, 18-year-old Billy Pappas of
Massachusetts, staged one of the most brilliant runs of recent foosball seasons.
Entering the event as the 43rd ranked player in the USTSA ratings, Pappas
defeated #5 Todd Loffredo (in 4 games), #12 Scott Wydman (4 games), #4 Trevor
Park (3 games), #1 Rob Mares (5 games, 5-1 in the fifth), and #2 Terry Moore (5
games, 5-0 in the fifth) to reach his first-ever major open final.
In the loser's bracket, Frederic Collignon, after an early loss to Mike
Archer-who seems to have his number-steadily worked his way back, winning seven
straight matches to reach the singles final in Las Vegas for the fourth time in
the past five years. "Rico" continued his hot streak in the opening
set, Taking just 15 minutes to defeat an overwhelmed Pappas in three straight
one-sided games. But in the second set, these two amazingly talented foosers
really put on a show. In an awe-inspiring exhibition of how to play one-on-one
foosball, Collignon and Pappas went back and forth in a match that saw the huge
crowd of spectators responding to every brilliant move they made. Collignon won
the first game 5-1, but Pappas answered by going 5 for 6 from his 3-rod to win
game two, 5-4. Collignon won a tight game three by a score of 5-4, but young
Billy, the crowd favorite throughout the match, won 5-3 to take the match down
to one final game. In the fifth game Frederic Collignon, perhaps the sport's
greatest closer, elevated his game to yet another level, using his incomparable
euro-pin and unmatched hand speed to win the game, 5-2, and earn his first-ever
Hall of Fame Classic singles title. Collignon may have won the championship but
none of us in attendance will ever forget the performance of "Billy the
Vegas DVDs: Don't forget, you can witness all of the exciting Vegas
action on DVD by going to http://www.insidefoos.com and ordering the 6-hour, 3
Disc set of Hall of Fame Classic DVDs. You can also purchase the economical 2004
Full Season Package and receive the HoFC, along with The Texas States, The
Nationals, and the 10 hour World Championships on DVD, all for one low price.
DVDs will be shipped 4-6 weeks after each event and in the order received, so
place your order early. For those of you who have already ordered, shipping will
begin next week.
"Toro's Corner", a brand new monthly column written by pro
player Mark Torres, who is quickly finding a home as an expert analyst on the
Inside Foos videos, makes its debut in this month's newsletter. Mark has proven
to be a highly competent "color man" since first joining Tom Yore and
me in the Inside Foos booth at last year's World
Championships. His colorful insights and understanding of the game have added
immensely to our product and he has kept the video booth laughing on a fairly
regular basis. In his new monthly column he offers our readers his unique
perspective and substantial knowledge of the sport, making us think, while
keeping things fun and, he hopes, humerous.
Foos Radio heard 'round the world: The 2004 Hall of Fame event also
marked the debut of Table Sports Radio which brought the sport its first-ever
"daily updates". Brad Anderson, the forward-thinking man behind this
innovative idea, worked extraordinarily hard to bring all of the Vegas action to
listeners "tuning in" across the United States and around the world.
Along with the daily previews, updates, and Inside Foos audio highlights, Brad
also interviewed 2003 World Champion Tony Spredeman, tour great Louis
Cartwright, and an excited Moya Tielens just an hour or so after her startling
victory in Mixed Doubles. Mr. Anderson also asked the inimitable Mark Torres and
me to do daily reports and we had a helluva lot of fun doing it. Thanks Brad!
You can access those entertaining daily radio reports by going to http://www.natsa.org/tsr.
Thanks again to all of our subscribers for your continuing support! The 2003
Worlds DVDs just set an Inside Foos record for single event sales, with foosball
followers in more than 25 different countries now able to watch the exploits of
Tony Spredeman, Frederic Collignon, Adrian Zamora & Eddy Gartman, and the
rest of last season'e biggest Dallas stars in the comfort of their own homes.
You can read my entire 2004 Hall of Fame Classic report in the next edition of
Table Talk Magazine, due out in the next couple of weeks...
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2004HALL OF FAME CLASSIC
RESULTS March 3-7
Riviera Hotel and Casino
1st FREDERICO COLLIGNON 2nd BILLY PAPPAS 3rd TERRY MOORE 4th ROBERT MARES 5/6th LOUIS CARTWRIGHT
1st FREDERICO COLLIGNON & TODD LOFFREDO 2nd DAVE GUMMESON & TRACY MCMILLIN 3rd FRANK BALECHA & DAN LEE 4th SCOTT WYDMAN & MIKE VANDEN BOSCH 5/6th ROBERT MARES & LOUIS CARTWRIGHT
TOM YORE & BOB DIAZ
Open Mixed Doubles
1st MOYA TIELENS & GARRET SCHERKENBACH 2nd FREDERICO COLLIGNON & CINDY HEAD 3rd STEVE BEINE & CHRISTINA FUCHS 4th TOM YORE & DUSTY BAMBENEK 5/6th TERRY RUE & KEISHA RUE
DAVE GUMMESON & LOTUS CHESBROUGH
1st MOYA TIELENS & DUSTY BAMBENEK 2nd CINDY HEAD & CHRISTINA FUCHS 3rd LOTUS CHESBROUGH & CARA RICHARDVILLE
Semi Pro Singles BRIAN WILLIAMS Semi Pro Doubles DARREN KUROSE & TED BROCKMAN Rookie Singles FRANK ASSAF Rookie Doubles MARIO ARIGANELLO & SEAN LEE Womens Rookie/Semi Pro Doubles AMIE LEBO & JANET BLANCO Womens Rookie Singles VANESSA CAMP Womens Rookie Doubles VANESSA CAMP & KAREN QUEBEC Pro Master/Pro DYP FERNANDO ROSA & JAMES CASTILLO No Pro DYP MONTY MELCHIOR & SCOTT JENSEN 3500 Limited Doubles BEN STONE & FERNANDO ROSA 35 & Over Doubles ANGELUS KARMIS & AMEDIO GILMORE Forward Shootout TOM ULBRICH Goalie War FORREST LINDSLEY Womens DYP CARA RICHARDVILLE & JENNIFER GENTRY
INSIDE THE PRO TOUR...
Clearing out the Hall of Fame Classic
Frederic Collignon and Todd Loffredo proved that they are still the team to beat
on the pro tour with a dominant performance at this year's season-opener...
Rico and "The Duke" won 12 of their last 14 games on the way to
a second career Hall of Fame doubles title...
In the Open Doubles final, Loffredo allowed Dave Gummeson, one of the tour's top
scoring forwards, to shoot only 24 percent (6 of 25) from his 3-rod while
Collignon was scoring at a 52 percent rate (12 of 23) using his versatile and
Third place finishers Frank Balecha and Dan Lee were also impressive in Vegas,
finishing a full 30 places above their number 33 seeding...
Balecha also played well at last year's event, taking eventual Open Singles
runner-up Fernando Rosa down to the final ball, before losing in the winner's
His partner Lee reached the finals of the 1999 Hall of Fame Classic playing with
In a dissapointing start to the 2004 season, 2003 finalists Mike Archer and
Brandon Moreland finished out of the money at this year's Hall of Fame event...
However, the fast-handed Moreland did place an impressive fifth in Open Singles,
while Archer again defeated the great Collignon, his third win over the great
Belgian in the last two Vegas openers...
Archer's win over Collignon was one of only three matches that Frederico lost
during the entire weekend...
The other two were to Moya Tielens and Garret Scherkenbach in the historic Mixed
Frederico, now universally recognized as the sport's greatest player, competed
in all three open finals in Las Vegas, the fourth time that he has accomplished
this rare feat on the American tour...
With his three open final appearances in Las Vegas, the great Collignon now
moves into the number one spot in the USTSA ratings for
the first time ever...
His narrow win over a red-hot Billy Pappas in the Open Singles final was one of
the more entertainig battles of recent seasons...
Both players shot better than 60 percent from their 3-rods but it was
Collignon's ability to finish the job that won him the 2004 title...
2003 World Champions Tony Spredeman, Adrian Zamora and Eddy Gartman also
experienced difficulties in their 2004 debuts...
Singles winner Spredeman finished in a tie for 17th, while AZ and Eddy's Vegas
efforts resulted in only a 25th place result...
Moya Tielen's performance in Mixed Doubles was definitely one for the ages...
Moya out-passed some of the game's top male 5-rows and used her smooth and
well-timed pull shot to score a high percentage in every match she played...
Her partner Garret Scherkenbach, who has always been a solid defensive goalie,
scored two in the first game of the final's second set to give his team
momentum, and spur them on to victory...
The #2 rated Tielens and #1 ranked Cindy Head faced-off in all three open finals
with Moya winning mixed and doubles, and Cindy taking the singles crown...
With her win in Women's Singles, Cindy has now won the event at 6 of the
previous 7 Hall of Fame Classics...
TRIVIA TIME: Which lady player, and in what event, has achieved the
highest Open Doubles finish ever on the Tornado pro tour?
One of the nation's most popular men's magazines, FHM, sent a staff reporter and
photographer to Las Vegas to do a comprehensive report on the Hall of Fame
Classic for thier June 2004 edition...
FHM Magazine is the 78th most read magazine in the United States with a
circulation of more than 1.1 million each month...
New England player (and writer to be) Nathan Thomas deserves much of the credit
for bringing in the FHM crew, a move which should result in some tremendous, and
badly needed exposure for our sport...
Steve Murray, David Radack and company have released the latest Texas State
Championship information at http://home.swbell.net/dradack...
This $25,000 event has become one of the real highlights of the annual
Check out Susan Yeary's very informative interviews of Todd Loffredo and our
very own Christina Fuchs at foosworld.com (http://foosworld.com/site/default.aspx)...
Congratulations to the newest Foosball Hall of Fame inductee, goalie Brent
Brent, a product of the huge Minnesota high school program of the 1970s, teamed
with regular partner Mike Belz to win some of the sport's biggest early
Among their other titles "Belz and Bednar" won the World Championship
To this day, Bednar is considered the greatest "racing goalie" to ever
play the game...
Cudos to Jim Waterman, and Stacey and Clint Myers for all their hard work at the
new interactive foosball.com store...
Not only did they offer shirts, wraps, DVDs, and other foosball accoutrements,
but you could also call up your event's bracket and search the internet from
their all purpose foosball booth...
TRIVIA ANSWER: The now-retired Tracy Hill, who finished third with
partner Rob Mares at the inaugural Hall of Fame Classic back in 1995 in
Future Hall of Famer Tina Rhoton, also now in retirement, WON the 1985 National
Open Doubles title on the Dynamo tour playing with Gregg "Jeep" Perrie...
NEXT MONTH: More Hall of Fame Classic memories and a 2004 Texas State preview...
Toro's Corner Another Ancient Foos Mystery
Foosball--Strange sport isn't it? It's a weird word too.
You tell the
average person you play foosball and they will say, "What the heck did you
just call me?! Do I look French to you fool?!" Then you will say that word
to others who are more familiar with foos and they will tell you, "Oh yeah!
I can play Foolsball! In my frat in college, if you lost a game 11-0 you had
to run around the block BUTT NEKKID! Want to play a game? We can go get a
table right now at Toys 'R Us for $19.99 and I can show you what's up!!"
Yes, there is no denying that Foosball is NOT in the main stream of the
American sports scene. We are somewhere behind Horseshoes and Chess, but
slightly ahead of Midget Tossing and Star Trek Conventions (they have
competitive events like "Best Klingon Make-Up"' and "Best Romulan
So what's the draw? What exactly is the allure of foosball? Are we just some
minor population of a sub-culture, confused and mixed up on a game for
dorks? In a word: Yes. However, we all know foosball is so much more than
that. At its roots, foosball is a set of plastic men swinging at a plastic
ball. It's a game of kick the ball into the hole. But at its core, foosball
is the creative exasperation of the human condition. It is the struggle of
the human mind to overcome itself. It is YOU on a mental battlefield of wits
and skill, challenging yourself to overcome your fears and weaknesses and
transcend the matter before you. To bring meaning to matter is really the
point isn't it? At its highest levels, when we have forgotten the self and
the world becomes silent, with the rods in our hands and our opponents at
our whim; we have brought meaning to matter and we have become Artists. In
any sport, in any competitive arena, there is no finer reason to participate
That is my five-minute diatribe on why foosball is really one of the coolest
sports around. While other mere mortals try to get the ball in the hoop or
smack it around with a stick (is there anything more lame looking than
cricket?), we are engaged in battle of the most vicious variety-Psychological
Warfare. Trust me, you are not having fun until you have metminds with
your opposition and are trading blows like Jet-Li in a Kung-Fu flick. So what
if other athletes are making a few hundred million dollars playing their sport!
We are doing it for free! Could our reasons be anymore pure?? Then again,
many of us play foosball so that we have something to do while we are
THAT is an entirely different column. Until next time...
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...
Frederic Collignon played in three major finals, winning two, at the recent Hall
of Fame Classic. Here are the records of the players who have competed in at
least five open finals since the beginning of the 1995 season:
/ Finals Pct.
/11 .818 Frederic Collignon 18 / 25
Todd Loffredo 17
/ 28 .607
/ 54 .592
8 / 15
Tommy Adkisson 8 / 15
/ 23 .521
/ 20 .500
Dave Gummeson 4 / 8
/ 6 .500
4 / 9
Louis Cartwright 4 / 12
/ 6 .333
/ 6 .333
/ 6 .333
2 / 7
/ 7 .000
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