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May 9, 2013
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Kuuup22

I play for the Blue Chips IL 60's and the Chicago Hitmen 65's. My team, Chips, were in Indianapolis last weekend. As 60's we played Saturday and Sunday. We had games from 7:30am until 9pm on Saturday. This is ridiculous. I talked to Dave Dowell and he said they had all fields committed, and didn't want to tire players out. My suggestion is to group the different ages together...Morning, Afternoon, and Evening, and play all your games for that day in a row or with 1 game break maximum. Also,put the youngest ages at night. Their eyes are better than the older players. Also, the wives come to watch and expect a decent dinner after the games. The schedule last weekend left no time for that. My team and I would rather do 4 in a row or 4 of 5 to avoid this happening again. A lot of the 50 and 55 players still work and, I think, would rather play later and be able to work....Any thoughts, anyone???
Feb. 21, 2011
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC Tournament Dates

I would like to know why the TOC can't be at the time Ft. Myers is and vice-versa. It makes more sense to have the TOC as the last tournament of the calendar year, and Ft. Myers as the first tournament of the coming season. Your roster would be set for TOC instead of inviting members of your next year team for Ft. Myers and then re-assembling your last year team for TOC in February, not to mention everyone will still be in game shape in November, unlike February when cold weather teams don't get to play for 2 months. Another issue is weather. It was cold and iffy in Feb. and the dinner was a disaster because of it. Does anyone else feel the same way? KUUUP 22
Feb. 23, 2005
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Passing of a Friend

Hello all, I became a member of the Chicago Classics in 2002. My team was a blend of my South side senior team and a group of "North siders" that no one from my team wanted to be paired with for a tournament team. From day 1 with the Classics, there was one person that went out of his way to make the South side infiltrators feel welcome. As the 2002 season went on, there were controversies and problems meshing together two teams not used to playing with each other. It was a difficult task at best with tempers and egos constantly getting in the way. Throughout that topsy-turvy season there was one constant of comraderie for all. MARK MATHEWS!!! He was always there for anyone who needed to vent...and vent we all did. As the season went on, we learned to be a team and focus on the job (tournament) at hand, culminating with the first World Championship of the Chicago Classics organization in Phoenix. There have been others since then, but no other team can claim to be the first. I am proud to say that I knew Mark Mathews, played with him, and considered him a true friend. I'm sure anyone who has had contact with Mark feels the same as me. I will miss you big man more than you know.
Jim Kupiec (kuuup22)
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