2015 Spring Playoffs!

The lasting impression from our 5th season’s playoffs was one of amazement of how much fun coming together to play pinball can be. The camaraderie we have in the SFPD is simply unbelievable. To have so many people stay late to watch the final matches really made for an awesome atmosphere.

 

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James vs. Tony

 

 

The A-division finals were some of the most exciting we have ever had. We’ve gotten used to have James in the finals, but Tony was the surprise of the day. James took a 2-0 lead by winning Medieval Madness & Tron very convincingly. Tony then picked his bread and butter game, Attack from Mars. This was the moment when the finals really heated up and got the crowd into it. After an excellent game of 10.1 billion points, Tony had to wait and see what James would put up. James had himself a great game but came up about 70 million points short! The lead was now 2-1 and they moved on to Paragon.

 

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Paragon can chew you up and spit you out like few games can. But we keep coming back for more, ain’t that right James? Squires put up a respectable 67 000, only to see his score narrowly get beat by Tony’s 71 000 points! The series was now tied at 2-2.

 

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James last pick of the season was AC/DC, one of Steve Ritchie’s best designs. He never got things rolling like he is capable of, and meanwhile, Tony was hitting on all cylinders. The game was over without Tony having to play his third ball (he had 83 million after 2 balls).  We had a new SFPD champion, Tony Urso!

 

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Tony hoisting the Ball & Chain trophy. Take good care of her!

 

 

In the B-finals, FGW owner showed his chops and took home 1st prize in the finals against Chris L.

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Matt has worked hard for his success, both professionally and pinballeristicly speaking.

 

 

 

The C-finals were played between Jessica R & Tim, and in the end Jessica was victorious!

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J-Ro bringing home the win on Cactus Canyon

 

 

Talk about dedication, Eric showed up after work and manned the scoring station.
Talk about dedication, Eric showed up after work and manned the scoring station.

 

 

Some players use the stats available on the website to their advantage.
Some players use the stats available on the website to their advantage.

 

 

Plaque winners of the C-divsion. _Nate, Jessica, & Tim. Congrats!
Plaque winners of the C-division. Nate, Jessica, & Tim. Congrats!

 

Dominic was the Runner up in the Rookie of the Season race. Mike M took top honors.
Dominic was the Runner up in the Rookie of the Season race. Mike M took top honors.

 

Hardware
Hardware

 

Top 3 of the SFPD! Andreas, James, & Tony.
Top 3 of the SFPD! Andreas, James, & Tony.

 

Last game of the season.
Last game of the season.

 

AFM action!
AFM action!

 

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Tony’s new favorite game – Paragon!

 

 

Yup, you got it.
Yup, you got it.

 

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Top 8 bracket

 

Kickin' James
Kickin’ James

 

How sweet it is
How sweet it is

 

Thanks to all members and guests who made this a fantastic season in the SFPD. See you again on August 12th!

 

Until the, keep on flippin'
Until the, keep on flippin’

 

 

 

Round 10

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The last round of the season is traditionally a meeting that brings your nerves into play. Players are jousting for position in order to get a good seed, or to get into the playoffs for the first time. This season ender was no exception. 63 people came to play, and after it was all said and done, the reigning champ Andrei had added another regular season champ title to his impressive collection.

Our season ending playoffs will take place on Saturday, May 9th. Players need to be checked in by 1:30 PM, so that play can commence at 2 PM.

These are the fields for the playoffs:

2015 Spring SFPD playoff contestants

  A B C
1 Andrei Eric R Scott
2 Per Dave Nate R
3 Zac Erin R Maura
4 Jeff F Jay Ron
5 Rob C Allison Eddie
6 Jeremy Jaime Jessica R
7 Darren Matt H Anish
8 Matt W Richard L Sally
9 James Jon D Flor
10 Tony Kevin Tim
11 Josh L Chris L Jason He
12 Andreas John L Derek
13 Dominic D Brian S Jody
14 Chris H Louise Walter
15 Andy Shon Randy
16 Brian O Sammy Helene
 
 

 

On the bubble: Willy, Bridget.

Under the bubble: Any other member who isn’t named here. If there’s space in the C-division, I’ll put you in, but you have to show up on Saturday.

 

Toe Knee placed 2nd in the 2nd wppr race and collected more wpprs than he could carry on his broad shoulders.
Toe Knee placed 2nd in the 2nd wppr race and collected more wpprs than he could carry on his broad shoulders.
KevMo is in the B-playoffs.
KevMo is in the B-playoffs.
Amy Jo I
Amy Jo 1
2...
2…
3!
3!

The 2nd wppr race top 10:

1,Per 139
2,Tony 134
3,Jeff F 130
4,Josh L 129
4,Darren 129
4,Rob C 129
7,Zac 127
8,Mike M 125
9,James 123
10,Brian O 121

46 straight appearances makes Chris the Iron Man of the SFPD.
46 straight appearances makes Chris the Iron Man of the SFPD. Tim is not so sure though.
Ron & Mickey are debating shapes of pizzas .
Ron & Mickey are debating shapes of pizzas.
Derek will be in the C-playoffs his rookie year!
Derek will be in the C-playoffs his rookie year!
...As will Sally and Willy.
…As will Sally and Willy.
Inaugural league champ James has got what it takes.
Inaugural league champ James has got what it takes.
Pray tell, is that the iwatch?
Pray tell, is that the iwatch?
Paragon...Paragon...Paragon.
Paragon…Paragon…Paragon.
Jody, we'll miss you.
Jody, we’ll miss you.

 

You too Lianna!
You too Lianna!

Round 9

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It’s getting near the end of the season, and our penultimate regular season round saw many good scores from the players fighting for position to get into the playoffs.

Our defending champ Andrei had a perfect night going until dragon slayer Paragon rejected his efforts. So that’s how you get to him….very interesting indeed.

Jeff with all the F’s posted a night high 33 points, while Per, Michael J, & Nate R all had 31 points. 29’s were had by the aforementioned Andrei, along with Tim, James, & Leann.

The last regular season round will be played this Wednesday, May 6th. Remember that the first tiebreaker is the total score, should the adjusted scores be identical.

Andreas is pushing Demo Man to the limit.
Andreas is pushing Demo Man to the limit.

 

Look everyone, we have guests! Eastbay Ellen came to play.
Look everyone, we have guests! Ellen came to play.

 

Oh no, it's Flor!
Flor drain

 

Again? She'll do anything to influence the officials.
Again? She’ll do anything to be in the picture (and influence the officials).

 

 

Here are the top 10 in the 2nd wppr race.

1,Per S               112
2,Zac W            110
3,Tony U          107
4,Jeff F             105
5,Darren E       98
5,Rob C             98
5,Josh L            98
5,Andreas H     98
5,Chris H           98
10,Brian O’       96
10,James S       96

 

Helene the Queen & Vanessa the Contessa.
Helene the Queen & Vanessa the Contessa.

 

Tim & Jon stand out in a crowd.
Tim & Jon stand out in a crowd.

 

Jay's doing the drain dance.
Jay’s doing the drain dance.

 

R-WoHoooo!
R-WoHoooo!

 

Jeremy and Brian are checking out Lianna's chops.
Jeremy and Brian are checking out Lianna’s chops.

 

E-Booty, sorry, E-Wag is keeping a watchful eye on things.
E-Booty, sorry, E-Wag is keeping a watchful eye on things.

 

The Man, the Muscles, The Mind. It's E-RRR!
The Man, the Muscles, the Mind. It’s E-RRR.

 

Dave in action. Both he and E-RRR are in playoff contention.
Dave in action. Both he and E-RRR are in playoff contention.
Well, if it isn't Captain Fantastic himself.
Well, if it isn’t Captain Jefftastic himself!

 

Round 8

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A season low 60 (which still is pretty damn great for a Wednesday evening) people showed up for league night. The best scores of the evening were:

Rob C – 33

Josh L & Tony – 31

Zac, Per, & Eric R – 29

Leann, Matt W, & Ryan H – 27

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This is the top 10 in the 2nd wppr race, (which is comprised of rounds 6-10) if my math is correct:

Zac 85

Per 81
Tony 81

Andreas 75
Chris H 75
Brian O 75
Rob C 75

Darren 73
Mike M 73
Josh L 73

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One
One
Two
Two
Three!
Three!

 

If you have ever wondered about our long standing member Darren, and what he might be up to on other nights, well, wonder no more! Apparently he’s an accomplished, long haired musician who can be found tickling the ivories in various bars of the City.  Thanks to Flor for breaking the story.

Pinball Darren
Pinball Darren
Piano Darren
Piano Darren

*Update! As I was walking on Chestnut Street this morning, my jaw dropped as I saw Piano Darren in the flesh! And he was wearing the same shirt as in the picture. For the record, he completely ignored me.

 

One...
One…
Two!
Two!

 

Round 7

Flipper Fuel!
Flipper Fuel!

69 players (60 members + 9 guests) came out to play on a beautiful spring night. Notable scores were had by guest player and provider of fine beverages Aaron, with 33. Andrei had a strong round of 32, while KevMo, Dave H, & Per all had 31’s. Dave is having himself quite a season and is flirting with A-division playoffs. E-Wag had 25 points, and they were all 2nd place finishes! I don’t know that it’s been done before in a 4-player group.

In the rookie race, Mike M is tearing it up and he is laying claim to the #6 overall spot for the time being. Dominic D is in the #14 spot, just 6 points behind.

My non scientific prediction has the cutoffs for the playoffs as follows:

A-Division: 203 points

B-Division: 181 points

C-Division: 149 points

 

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Pizza! (Thanks Allison...)
Pizza! (Thanks Allison…)

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Brian thinks

 

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