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$25,000 TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS HIGHLIGHT
SPRING FOOSBALL TOUR
Two-time defending Texas State champions Mike Archer and Brandon Moreland will
try to make it three Open Doubles wins in row this Memorial Day weekend (May
28-30) as Americaıs largest regional foosball event, the $25,000 Texas State
Championships, returns once again to the Lone Star State. The Holiday Inn Select
(DFW South), located just a mile south of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in the city
of Irving, will be the host of this big-money event, which has grown into one of
the foosball seasonıs most popular and well-attended annual tour stops.
With a spacious, well-lit ballroom featuring 40 brand new Tornado tables, a
comfortable championship pit area, and a 75-seat big-screen theater offering the
live Inside Foos video feed, this annual Dallas area get-together definitely has
the feel of a major championship event. More than 75% of the worldıs top 20
rated players are expected to attend this highly competitive tournament, which
also offers competition in the Rookie and Semi Pro categories, along with a
gigantic open Draw Your Partner on Friday night.
At last yearıs event defending champs Archer and Moreland held off a
hard-charging Tony Spredeman and Amedio Gilmore in the Open Doubles final in two
entertaining and well-played sets to win for the second consecutive year. Coming
from the loserıs side, Spredeman and Gilmore crushed Mike and Brandon in three
straight games in the first set, before Archer and Moreland once again proved
that they were the eventıs top team with a solid 3 games to 1 second set win.
In the 2003 Open Singles final, seven time world champion Terry Moore avenged
his finals loss of a year earlier by defeating Rob Mares in four games in the
tournamentıs deciding match. 1996 World Singles titlist Louis Cartwright
finished third in the event, with Mike Yore earning an impressive fourth place
Mikeıs brother Tom Yore, a four-time tour champion, and his partner, Dusty
Bambanek of Ohio, also went back-to-back at last yearıs Texas spectacular,
defeating Adrian Zamora and Christina Fuchs in the Mixed Doubles final to win
for the second year in a row.
The womenıs competiton at last seasonıs ³fourth major² had a very familiar
look to it, with the worldıs two top female foosers both taking home Texas
State honors. 34-time world champion Cindy Head teamed with Georgiaıs Dawn
Foust to win doubles, while Canadian sensation Moya Tielens got revenge for her
doubles loss by defeating the fiery Ms. Head in the finals of Womenıs Singles.
Mr. Murray and friends will also once again be honoring two deserving
individuals from the Lone Star State with the ³Texas Legends of Foosball²
award, in a ceremony to be held at this yearıs Memorial Day tournament. Last
year, Texas greats Eddy Gartman, who went on to win the world title three months
later, and two-time Masters Singles winner Charles Britt became the newest
members of this prestigious club, which recognizes the achievements of some of
the sportıs biggest contributors.
This year's event will also feature a first-ever Package Deal Playoff. If you
are a non-Pro Master player and purchase an economical Package Deal you will be
eligible to compete for an extra $2500 in added bonus money. Rookie and Semi Pro
package players will square off for $1000 each in bonus money, while Pro rated
players will compete for $500 in single-elimination playoffs held on Sunday
So, make sure and mark down the weekend of May 28-31 (Monday the 31st is a ³travel
day²) on your foosball calendar, as the great state of Texas once again plays
host to the pro tourıs ³fourth major championship².
INTERNETFOOS RADIO IN TEXAS: Table Sports Radio's
Brad Anderson will be airing his daily internet radio show from the Texas States
for the first time ever this Memorial Day weekend. Table Sports Radio will be
"on the air" beginning the evening of Friday May 28th, with shows also
scheduled for Saturday the 29th, and Sunday the 30th. This exciting new concept,
which debuted at this year's season-opener in Las Vegas, will feature
interviews, updates, results, and Inside Foos audio highlights, allowing
non-attendees the ability to stay up-to-date on all the Texas State happenings.
To access TSR go to http://www.natsa.org/tsr. If you haven't yet heard his
entertaining Hall of Fame Classic reports they are also still available at the
link listed above.
VEGAS DVDS: For those of you who have ordered The 2004 Hall of Fame
Classic DVDs, they have all been shipped and have hopefully arrived at your
doorsteps. If you are interested in purchasing this year's opening event on DVD
go to the homepage at http://www.insidefoos.com. To help with your decision we
have included below a listing of the matches on this year's Vegas video set.
Thanks for your support and we'll seeya in Texas,
Inside Foos Newsletter
OF Fame Classic DVD Listings
DISC 1 TODD LOFFREDO VS. BILLY PAPPAS
DON SWAN VS. TOM YORE
LOUIS CARTWRIGHT VS. STEVE BEINE
LOUIS CARTWRIGHT VS. MIKE ARCHER
ROB MARES VS. BILLY PAPPAS
TERRY MOORE VS. BILLY PAPPAS
TONY SPREDEMAN/RICK MACIAS VS. FREDERIC COLLIGNON/TODD LOFFREDO
DISC 2 FRANKBALECHA/DAN LEE VS.
SCOTT WYDMAN/MIKE VANDEN BOSCH
TOM YORE/BOB DIAZ VS. FREDERIC COLLIGNON/TODD LOFFREDO
FREDERIC COLLIGNON/TODD LOFFREDO VS. FRANK BALECHA/DAN LEE
ROB MARES/LOUIS CARTWRIGHT VS. SCOTT WYDMAN/MIKE VANDEN BOSCH
DAVE GUMMESON/TRACY McMILLIN VS. TOM YORE/BOB DIAZ
FREDERIC COLLIGNON VS.LOUIS CARTWRIGHT
DAVE GUMMESON/TRACY McMILLIN VS. FRANK BALECHA/DAN LEE
TERRY MOORE VS. FREDERIC COLLIGNON
DISC 3 TERRY MOORE VS. FREDERIC COLLIGNON (CONTINUED)
MIXED DOUBLES FINAL
MOYA TIELENS/GARRET SCHERKENBACH VS FREDERIC COLLIGNON/CINDY HEAD
OPEN DOUBLES FINAL
FREDERIC COLLIGNON/TODD LOFFREDO VS. DAVE GUMMESON/TRACY McMILLIN
OPEN SINGLES FINAL
BILLY PAPPAS VS.FREDERIC COLLIGNON
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TORO'S CORNERby mark torres
What is a Foosball Pro?
Hmmm.... I don't know. I suppose this month's column is going to be one of my
rambling streams of consciousness in an attempt to discover the answer. Let's
think about it. I guess it can be defined in crude terms as the criteria by
which a said points system indicates you are a 'Pro' Right? So if we are talking
about Tornado, if you have more than 1799 points you are technically a 'Pro'. If
we are talking about any of the other dozens of different foosball tables out
there the same can be held true. Is that what it's all about? There are many
foosers out there who really aspire to be 'Pros' in our sport. There is an
entire hierarchy, social and otherwise, of lower ranked players that approach
'Pros' for tutelage about the physical and mental aspects of their game, and
even as role models within the game. I see 'Pros' signing autographs all the
time. It's an important question, so the depth of the answer holds a lot of
meaning for our community in general.
I am thinking that there is more to it than the number of points we accumulate.
The same way you can have children and biologically be a 'father' and still
never be a 'dad', this philosophy holds true for the term 'Pro.' Who cares how
many points you accumulate? What is your contribution to the game and to the
community that proliferates the long term interests of both, and ultimately
garners the title 'Foosball Professional'? Even if your sole interest is
absolutely selfish, and you were only out to make money for yourself and hoard
all of your knowledge about the game, how you conduct yourself in the
competitive sphere and how you project this attitude among others whom aspire to
have similar success, permeates throughout our minor and therefore very easily
influenced little community. Foosers don't owe the community anything, and don't
owe the game anything, but then again there are a lot of 'Paper-Pros' who will
miss out on a richer fuller experience and reward had they participated
otherwise. In this regard, I can think of dozens of influences on my game and
experience in general who have never won anything and weren't even points book
'Pros' for that matter, that define the words 'Foosball Professional' for me.
All that gab and I don't think I have really even answered the question for
myself. I think Pros carry their ability, skill, talent, and success with
supreme humility. Pros don't feel empowered by others looking up to them and get
caught up in any bunk foosball hierarchy, but rather feel accountable and
responsible to engage those same people in a dialogue rich in modesty that
reflects sincere empathy towards their desire to improve. Pros care, and they
want other players, especially their own community, to be better. Pros have a
passion for the sport to be bigger than them, and therefore act in a manner that
exhibits that interest.
Maybe I am ascribing more meaning to the word than others do, but I think this
particular word carries this type of importance. Shouldn't we all be carrying
ourselves this way anyway? It's really not happening as much as it should. How
about the much larger question of 'What is a Master?' Quite frankly, Masters
should be the ambassadors of our sport, with a combination of success and manner
that warrants the very rare usage of this term. How many Masters do you think of
like this? Right now it just means you won enough matches to have more than 2499
If you think like a Pro you will be a Pro, but if you act like someone who
doesn't care about your impact on your community, I don't care how many points
you have, you will never be a Pro. If everyone had this vision, wouldn't we be
that much better? Sounds simple...
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