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SPREDMAN AND PAPPAS DOMINATE RECORD-BREAKING TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS The 2004 Texas State Championships, held this past May
28-30 in the city of Irving, certainly lived up to its billing as "the pro
tour's fourth major championship" with an exciting, record-setting weekend
of high quality foosball. More than 320 individual players made their way to the
Holiday Inn Select near Dallas/Fort Worth Airport for this annual Memorial Day
extravaganza, and when the dust finally cleared it was the sport's two young
lions, Tony Spredeman and Billy Pappas, who stood head and shoulders above the
In one of the most dynamic Open Doubles performances of recent years 2003 world
singles champ Spredeman and his talented partner Pappas, both just 19 years old,
held off the hard-charging Mike Archer and Brandon Moreland to win the title in
impressive, and mostly one-sided, fashion. With the aggressive Spredeman playing
primarily the forward position, Tony and Billy dismantled one team after another
to win their first title together while playing as a team for the very first
After winning 5-4 in the fifth game of a tight early round match against
hot-shooting Mike Philbrook and partner Tom Goff, Tony and Billy soundly
defeated 1996 World Champions Tommy Adkisson and Rob Mares in four games, and
followed that up with a solid semifinal win over pre-tournament favorites Terry
Moore and Louis Cartwright to advance to the winner's bracket final.
On the other side of the winner's bracket, hall of famer Steve Murray and
partner Terry Rue defeated David Radack and Brandon Whiten in a stirring
come-from-behind effort to earn a matchup with Spredeman and Pappas to see who
would be the first team to reach the 2004 Texas State Open Doubles final. In
that match Murray and Rue lost the first two games to Radack and Whiten before
storming back and winning the next three to secure their place in the winner's
Tony Spredeman and Billy Pappas continued to play dominating foosball in the
winner's bracket final, defeating Murray and Rue in three straight games, 5-2,
5-1, and 5-4, to advance to the final. Moving to the loser's side, Murray and
Rue faced two-time defending Texas State champions Mike Archer and Brandon
Moreland in the loser's bracket final. Archer and Moreland, who had come all the
way back after a loss in the second round to Brian Turman and Jim McKenney,
continued their winning ways, defeating Murray and Rue to advance to the Texas
State final for the third straight year.
In the final Archer and Moreland, looking for a third straight Texas title,
defeated Tony and Billy 5-3 in the first game. But Sprdeeman caught fire in game
two, leading his team to a 5-1 victory, and then continued his hot shooting in a
one-sided third game win, again by a score of 5-1. Mike and Brandon kept their
hopes alive, pulling-out a tightly-contested fourth game, 5-4, but Spredeman and
Pappas again seized control as Billy Pappas scored a long pull shot from goal,
his only point of the match, to win the fifth game 5-4 and win their first title
as a team.
And Pappas wasn't finished there. Billy also paired with Moya Tielens to win the
Mixed Doubles title over Rob Mares and Debra Pflipsen, and defeated tour veteran
Tom Yore to earn the Open Singles title in very impressive style. With his three
open victories Billy became the first player to ever "triple" at the
prestigious Texas event.
In the always competitive women's events, Canadian superstar Moya Tielens won
her third straight Texas State singles title over Dusty Bambanek, while Dusty
and fellow Ohioan Lisa Pride claimed their first title together, winning the
Women's Doubles title over Keisha Rue and Gena Murray.
TEXAS STATE DVDS: You can order the four hour, two disc set of Texas
State DVDs at http://www.insidefoos.com for only $35. To help with your decision
we have included the complete video listings below. You can also order the 2004
full-season package and receive the Texas State DVDs at no charge. Go to the
homepage at http://www.insidefoos.com for ordering information.
THE 2004 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The pro tour now heads to the twin
cities for the second major championship on the tournament calendar as Tornado
Table Soccer and the USTSA present the 2004 $60,000 National Championships June
30-July 4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. At last
year's event local boy Dave Gummeson teamed with Texan Tracy McMillin to win the
doubles title, while Rob Mares staged an extraordinary comeback against Todd
Loffredo to win his first National Open Singles title. Down 4-1 in the fifth and
deciding game, Mares blocked four potential championship-winning shots by the
legendary Loffredo and scored four straight points to comeback and win the
The National Championships are also home to the higly-prestigious Masters
Singles competition, which features the world's top players competing in a
single elimination bracket to determine who will earn the title of Masters
Champion. Last year Todd Loffredo defeated Adrian Zamora to become the first
player to be rewarded with the green jacket three different times. The Nationals
are always one of the year's most exciting and memorable events on the annual
tournament schedule and this year should be no different.
WHAT'S NEW? The Inside Foos Newsletter welcomes a brand new column to our
publication as tour veteran Kevin Munro offers us a look into "The
Zone". Kevin gives us his views on how to optimize performance through
proper nutrition and physical/mental balance.
The Inside Foos team heads to Minnesota next week to once again cover the
sport's national championship. As usual we will bring you all the top stories
from what is shaping up as yet another great pro tour event.
Thanks for your support, and we'll seeya foosin',
Inside Foos Newsletter
State Championships DVD Listings
DISC 1 TONY SPREDEMAN/BILLY
PAPPAS VS. MIKE PHILBROOK/TOM GOFF
TONY SPREDEMAN/BILLY PAPPAS VS. ROB MARES/TOMMY ADKISSON
BRANDON WHITEN/DAVID RADACK VS. STEVE MURRAY/TERRY RUE
WINNER'S BRACKET FINAL: TOM YORE VS. BILLY PAPPAS
LOSER'S BRACKET FINAL: TOM YORE VS. TERRY MOORE
BILL BELL/JOHN SMITH VS. TERRY MOORE/LOUIS CARTWRIGHT
DISC 2 WINNER'S BRACKET FINAL: STEVE MURRAY/TERRY RUE VS. BILLY
LOSER'S BRACKET FINAL: STEVE MURRAY/TERRY RUE VS. MIKE ARCHER/BRANDON MORELAND
OPEN SINGLES FINAL: TOM YORE VS. BILLY PAPPAS
OPEN DOUBLES FINAL: TONY SPREDEMAN/BILLY PAPPAS VS. MIKE ARCHER/BRANDON MORELAND
AVAILABLE NOW AT http://www.insidefoos.com: 2004 TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
2004 HALL OF FAME CLASSIC
2004 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Pre-Order)
2004 FULL SEASON PACKAGE (HoFC, Nats, 10 hour World Championships)
TEXAS STATE RESULTS
1st BILLY PAPPAS 2nd TOM YORE 3rd TERRY MOORE 4th LOUIS CARTWRIGHT 5/6th DON SWAN
1st BILLY PAPPAS & TONY SPREDEMAN 2nd BRANDON MORELAND & MICHAEL ARCHER 3rd STEVE MURRAY & TERRY RUE 4th BILL BELL & JOHN SMITH 5/6th TERRY MOORE & LOUIS CARTWRIGHT
DAVID RADACK & BRANDON WHITEN
Open Mixed Doubles
1st BILLY PAPPAS & MOYA TIELENS
2nd ROBERT MARES & DEBRA PFLIPSEN
3rd GREGG PERRIE & LISA PRIDE
1st LISA PRIDE & DUSTY BAMBENEK
2nd KEISHA RUE & GENA MURRAY 3rd JOY STEWARD & MOYA TIELENS
SEMI PRO SINGLES Randy Chavez SEMI PRO DOUBLES DAVID CHAPMAN/BRANDON LISLE ROOKIE SINGLES PAUL RODRIGUEZ ROOKIE DOUBLES CHRIS HESANO/WAFIR HALAWI 3500 LIMITED DOUBLES LAXCY VINCENT/ADAM HOROWITZ FRIDAY DYP TERRY MOORE/BOBBY SIMS
INSIDE THE PRO TOUR
Clearing out the Texas State notebook...
Steve Murray and company truly outdid themselves at this year's event, staging
one of the greatest regional foosball championships of this or any year...
Kudos to David Radack, Bill Maloney, Ben Kennon, Marcos Reyes, Rex Bennett,
Stefan "Stash" Glenn, Carlos Hernandez and everyone who helped make
this year's lone star foos festival such a success...
Murray also found time to place third with Terry Rue in a very tough Open
Speaking of success, Billy Pappas was truly unbeatable in Texas, going
undefeated on the way to his first-ever "triple"...
Pappas and partner Moya Tielens did lose the opening set of the Mixed final
before coming back to defeat Rob Mares and Debra Pflipsen 5-4 in the final's
Billy's doubles partner Tony Spredeman also put on a show in Texas, playing the
forward position about as well as it can be played...
Tony "the Tiger" is virtually unstoppable when he gets his game
Florida tour veteran Tom Yore also played well in Texas, using a newly unveiled
high-speed, on-the-fly playing style to finish second to Pappas in Open
In an amazing loser's bracket final performance against Terry Moore, Yore shot
nearly everything on the run, defeating Moore in four games while scoring only 2
of his 19 total goals from traditional pull shot position...
It was reminiscent of Don Swan's amazing high-speed performance at the 1997
At that event Swan seemed to never allow the ball to stop on the way to a
victory over Terry Moore in the Masters final in a match that took only 14
minutes to play...
In the final Tom continued to use a fast paced, quick transition style, but the
talented young Mr. Pappas was simply too quick, defeating him in three
Moya Tielens continued her Lone Star State dominance, winning both Women's
Singles and Mixed Doubles, her fourth and fifth Texas State titles in the
last three years...
The 2004 Texas event also saw another great effort from two-time champs Mike
Archer and Brandon Moreland, who fought their way back to the finals after an
early round Open Doubles loss...
The creative and sharpshooting goalie Moreland will play with Billy Pappas at
the Nationals in Minnesota...
Earmark them as one of the early favorites...
TRIVIA TIME: What was the last team to go through an entire Open Doubles
competition at a major tour event without losing a single game?
Congratulations to 2004 Texas Legends of Foosball inductees Tracy McMillin and
Mark Snyder who were honored in a ceremony at the Texas State event...
McMillin is a former world champion and current national champion, while Snyder
is an ex-world singles finalist and perhaps the greatest push-shot shooter in
the sport's history...
Steve Murray was also kind enough to honor Christina Fuchs and me with
"Texas Legends" ststus as well...
Thanks from both of us Steve...
TRIVIA ANSWER: Todd Loffredo and Scotty Wydman who won the 1995 National
Championship by sweeping ever one of their matches in three straight games...
NEXT MONTH: A full National Championship report...
TORO'S CORNERby mark torres
The Art of 'Splitting': Yet Another Ancient Foos Mystery
v. split, split.ting, splits: To divide, as for convenience or proper
ordering: Want to be friends? Let's split the money and be friends.
Have you ever 'split' in a foosball tournament? For those of you who don't know,
this means to allow your opponent to advance beyond you with the financial
benefit of sharing in one or both players winning purses. For example, two
players are set to play to advance into a winner's bracket final, one or both of
them decide that they do not wish to actually compete to advance, therefore one
allows the other to advance usually compensated with a percentage of the other
player's winnings. Pretty simple?
How often does it happen? It happens all the time and everywhere. It's a part of
our game. It happens at local tournaments up and through the three major events.
It happens at the Rookie level and all the way up to the Master level. By the
end of a tournament, so many side deals may have been cut that it takes an
accountant (or a very savvy money managing fooser) to figure out who owes whom
what and exactly how much.
I can remember the exact last time I 'split' in a tournament. I was playing for
9th place in Semi-Pro Singles at the Cal State Tournament several years back.
Standing in front of me was a local Semi-Pro who I was completely uninspired to
play (how's it going Dan Tyvoll?). I wanted out of that match, and out of that
tournament. I asked him politely if he wanted to 'split' and move up in the
loser's bracket. He gleefully accepted and we agreed to play the match out but
that he (Dan) would proceed. Needless to say, I crushed him so badly in
uninspired fashion that there was no way I was going to let him advance (he
would have got pounded by a corpse leaning on the rods in his next match). I was
stuck advancing! Now, not only did I want out of the tournament, but I also
wanted to hang myself for not being able to effectively throw a match! I was so
frustrated that I came to the conclusion that if I was going to stay in that
tournament room for another three hours, I was going to give it everything I
I went on to win that tournament. It was the last time I 'split', and it will be
the last time I ever 'split'. It comes down to the fact that we are competing in
foosball and so we can't possibly be playing simply 'for the money.' If you are
so financially destitute that you are inclined to take the safe road and 'split'
a purse with someone, than you should actually not be at a foosball tournament
and should instead be standing outside a Home Depot looking for a job or
something much more productive. What does splitting' say about the competitive
spirit or our players? What does it say about why we enter tournaments in arenas
with players that have worked very hard to prepare? As members of a
'Professional Touring Organization' what does it say about our respect for the
integrity of the game?
It says nothing. It says that we would rather lie down in an ocean of
meaningless excuses rather than dig in and fight for it. If you make it deep
enough into a bracket to actually be eligible for money, you owe it to all of
the players you beat to get to that spot, your pending competition, and most
importantly to yourself to hit your punch card and go to work. If you drank too
much the night before, or you are scared, or you don't think you can win, or you
just don't feel like playing, than either wish your opponent good luck and walk
away, or flip a coin and fight. IF you are a Pro/Master, you should contemplate
no other choice than to stand and deliver. How will foosball ever get to the
'next level' if the community doesn't fight for it? This is a big part of
the big picture. Now, fight for it.
THE ZONEby kevin munro
Staying in "The Zone"
It's been said that winning tournaments can be almost as much a
matter of eliminating the things that can go wrong, as it is a matter of skill.
You've practiced for countless hours, bought the right wraps, bought your plane
ticket and hotel room etc., youıre ready and you want to win.
We play in a sport that demands extreme energy and concentration for short
bursts, and a need to be ready to play at a moments notice, after sometimes
waiting hours on end. Being ready at all times can't win a tournament for you,
but it can keep you from losing matches unnecessarily.
Have you ever shown up to a match and realized that you haven't eaten in 6 hours
and your energy level has crashed? Or, on the other hand, have you ever been
called up to a match right after eating a heavy meal like a cheeseburger with
fries and not been able to get your game going? That middle ground is where
you need to be to maximize your chances of playing your best, and is an
integral part of being in "The Zone.² A phrase coined by Arthur Ashe
right after he won the Wimbledon Tennis Championship, "The Zone" is a
unique psychological/physiological state of balance or
homeostasis. Itıs being confident in your skills, fully aware of the ball on
the table in the moment, not looking back to prior matches or looking ahead, and
having a good balance of energy and calm.
What can you do to improve your chances of getting into "The Zone" and
1) Getting enough sleep ... for some, light meditation helps too.
2) Being ready to play your game and knowing what your strengths and weaknesses
are, so that you can be confident in your decisions, no matter who you play.
3) Maintaining hydration and electrolytic balance. Dehydration is the
primary cause of fatigue, but too much water can be harmful if you're
not getting the right minerals as well. Avoid the caffeine alcohol roller
4) Controlled breathing and emotions. Donıt over dramatize mistakes; just
continue to play the ball where itıs at. Remember to breathe.
5) Switching your concentration onto something else in between playing to
maintain the focus and the zone, (like you see the tennis pros do in between
serves when they stare at the racket in their hand picking at the strings).
6) Proper nutrition*. Several books have been written recently about keeping a
good balance between Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat to ensure efficient health
7) When to eat is as important as what you eat. After a workout, eat something
high in protein.
Good Luck at the Majors!
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