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WSOBP VII Predictions, World Series of Beer Pong 7 Recap
December 19, 2012 - Brandon Marx

2nd Annual Pongstars.net Fantasy Beer Pong Draft

Research, research, research! If you’ve ever played a fantasy sport before, you know the advantages that come with having done your research before draft day. If you’re caught up on who’s playing for what teams and how they’ve been performing in the off-season, you have a leg up on anybody who didn’t bother to read anything before showing up to the draft. The same is true of fantasy beer pong.

Last year was the first year for fantasy pong. I had gotten into fantasy football in a big way, and thought the same thing could easily be applied to my favorite pastime. Eleven of us got together and drafted players. You can read about that first draft here. It was a lot of fun. I was worried about my makeshift point system not functioning as intended, but the top two players ended up scoring within 3 points of each other, which I felt served as all the justification I needed. For the record, Gabriel Montoya beat Ryan de Hoop by 3 points, thanks to primarily to grabbing Matt White in the middle rounds and Vince Catizone as his first pick.

This year would prove to be an entirely different animal than last year. The biggest change had to do with the WSOBP’s shift to their new website and new registration process. As a result of the move, there is no current list of teams along with players. Sure you can trick the system into giving you a list of team names, but there is no place to check who is registered with whom. This made research incredibly difficult, as everything relied on word of mouth. The second change had to do with preparedness. Last year none of us really knew what to expect. Players were drafted based on individual merit, and not necessarily on their potential team performance. In fact, there were at least three players drafted last year who didn’t even attend the Series! This year we only had one of those, which I’ll get to. It really came down to who had done the best research for the late round picks.

Anyway, on to the draft. As with last year I’ll recount what my strategy was throughout the draft, as well as my reactions to other people’s picks.

Participants (and draft order):

Ryan de Hoop
Zachary Corsi
Craig Palmisano
Chris Kingsbury
Steve Healy
Mike Vit
Brandon Marx
Jeremy Peckens
Chris Gillooly
Gabriel Montoya
Kevin Kessler
Round 1

De Hoop picks Ross Hampton
Corsi picks Dane Ellis
Palmisano picks Vince Catizone
Kingsbury picks Kevin Kessler
Healy picks Brandon Marx
Vit picks Michael Popielarski
Marx picks Zach Luckey
Peckens picks Ron Hamilton
Gillooly picks Edan Hemphill
Montoya picks Mark Pimentel
Kessler picks Thomas Reap

A big question I had been wondering before determining draft order was which team would go first. There are basically three teams in my mind who all could justifiably be drafted first: Moment of Truth, Smashing Time, and the woefully named DangeRoss. Smashing Time’s record is enough evidence in itself, Kessler has been a favorite every year he’s attended the Series, and Ross has proven this year that he can win just about any tournament with any partner. One could also make the argument for Stupid Fucking Easy, but I think the favorites are those three teams.

With that in mind, who goes first if you get the first or second seed? This year my strategy was all about drafting teams, not players, and my pre-draft list represented that. In the end I favored Kessler and Vince overall, but I’d be happy with any of the six. Sadly, I didn’t get any of the first 6 seeds, so I was resigned to grab Luckey once it got to me (I assumed Marx would grab himself, obviously). Predictably, Ross and Dane went in the first two picks. Healy threw a favorable wrench in my gameplan, though, when he grabbed Marx with his first pick, allowing Ron to slip to me with the 8th pick.

The rest of the first round went as expected, with the exception of Gillooly spending his first pick on ABQ player Edan Hemphill. Now believe me, I don’t for a second doubt Edan’s talent, but in any fantasy sport the key is to get value for your picks. I think Edan would have definitely slipped to the third round, meaning Gillooly could have spent his first pick getting better value, even if he thinks Edan is the best player still available. Gillooly’s strategy would continue to perplex the rest of us throughout the draft.

Round 2

Kessler picks Michael Seivert
Montoya picks Kris Fraser
Gillooly picks Corey Bareford
Peckens picks Sean Foster
Marx picks Byron Findley
Vit picks Deep Chakrabarty
Healy picks Jon Basile
Kingsbury picks Chris Kingsbury
Palmisano picks Matt White
Corsi picks Arnold Colella
De Hoop picks Zach Gilkison

And he doubled down on Corey Bareford. Same argument as before. I don’t doubt the team’s talent, I just think Gillooly could have grabbed them a couple rounds later, increasing their value. As the rest of us were giving him shit for his pick, Gillooly stated that it was “better than picking Deep again,” referring to his blunder last year in picking Deep Chakrabarty when the player wasn’t attending the Series. That brought a chuckle since most of us knew Deep was going this year, and was playing with MD champion Sean Foster, making him a very solid round 2 pick. In fact, following that logic, I took Foster followed closely by Vit taking Deep himself. Gillooly’s woes weren’t over, though. The rest of the round went unsurprisingly. I had Basile on my list, but didn’t know for sure who he was playing with and since my strategy was draft teams, I didn’t have him very high. Healy had more confidence, though.

Round 3

De Hoop picks Ricky Posada
Corsi picks Nick Syrigos
Palmisano picks Dan Range
Kingsbury picks Jason Chichester
Healy picks Austin Lanham
Vit picks Jordan McCallister
Marx picks Kenny Jennings
Peckens picks Christopher Cross
Gillooly picks Dan “Goliath” Altizio
Montoya picks Paul Bashaw
Kessler picks Mike Vit

Uh oh. It happened again. The very round after referring to his mistake in drafting a non-attending player the year prior, Gillooly picked Goliath. Any other year, this would obviously be a solid choice, but Goliath isn’t going this year. At the time of the draft, I didn’t know this for sure, but the fact that I hadn’t heard any news on who the big guy was playing with told me to keep him off my draft list. Poor Gillooly. I took a gamble on a repeat performance by Kingsbury/Cross, and took Kingsy’s partner.

Round 4

Kessler picks Seth Beglis
Montoya picks Jordon LeJeune
Gillooly picks David Glaser
Peckens picks Sonny Amparan
Marx picks Ricky Shepard
Vit picks Joe Giamarino
Healy picks James Riebl
Kingsbury picks Chris Van Nest
Palmisano picks Joseph Lyle
Corsi picks Peter Rusch
De Hoop picks Travis Carl

Round 4 is where people have to start making calculated gambles, as the sure things are all gone. Kessler took the rising Louisiana star Seth “Bugles”, and Gabe followed suit with Jordon LeJeune. I had hoped to have David Glaser in my lineup, but Gillooly forced me to pick his talkative partner instead. Healy’s pick of Riebl surprised everyone, but he seemed to be in gambling mood.

Round 5

De Hoop picks Nate Cunningham
Corsi picks Mike Wan
Palmisano picks Rob Dix
Kingsbury picks Ben Robelen
Healy picks Johnny Fourdyce
Vit picks Tom Taggart
Marx picks Vance Anzaldua
Peckens picks Gabriel Montoya
Gillooly picks Jeremy Peckens
Montoya picks Kurt Heizman
Kessler picks Andy Decaluwe

Vit had attempted to pick up “Fourdyce’s partner”, but unfortunately he didn’t know who that was. Heizman did get picked up later that round by Gabe. I have a lot of confidence in my team this year, even after our abysmal performance last year, and I wasn’t positive we’d slip another round, so I grabbed Gabe. Gillooly followed his apparent “ABQ only” strategy and grabbed me.

Round 6

Kessler picks Mark Cerrachio
Montoya picks Ryan Bladdick
Gillooly picks Tyler Holt
Peckens picks Chris Gracia
Marx picks Branden Moyle
Vit picks Nick Barbera
Healy picks Justin Spurrier
Kingsbury picks Mark Pettite
Palmisano picks Blake Foreman
Corsi picks Scott Frew
De Hoop picks Aaron Smith

In these later rounds people started going with their gut. I grabbed Gracia hoping that Nate Cunningham would figure out his financial shit before Vegas. I know this is a solid team, as they did very well at the Mesquite $10k last year. Assuming they do end up playing together, I feel very confident with taking Gracia in the 6th round.

Round 7

De Hoop picks Zack Johnson
Corsi picks Danny Kirby
Palmisano picks Andrew Hill
Kingsbury picks Nolan Jones
Healy picks Kevin Kwiatowski
Vit picks Jared Knierman
Marx picks Nate Adkins
Peckens picks Chris Boyce
Gillooly picks Solomon Hall
Montoya picks Dan “Wise” Smith
Kessler picks Joey Moler

My pick this round followed similar logic to the last one. I know Boyce and Dan Wise are a solid team with great chemistry. I only hope that Boyce isn’t too distracted when it comes time to play!

Round 8

Kessler picks Wes Rogers
Montoya picks Jake Christie
Gillooly picks Ian Hays
Peckens picks Grady Hunt
Marx picks Casey Costa
Vit picks Steve Healy
Healy picks Chris Baker
Kingsbury picks Nate Wong
Palmisano picks Ryan Conley
Corsi picks Ronald Savage
De Hoop picks Josh Hoag

Gillooly pretty much just pulled a Taco in this league, and in full form grabbed Clovis player Ian Hays. I normally wouldn’t be too critical of this pick, except Ian is not playing with regular partner Elliot Fite this year, so I don’t expect much out of him. I didn’t expect Grady to make it this far, so it was an obvious pick for me. If he had gone, I would have happily grabbed Herbie or Henshaw, and I am shocked neither of them were picked.

Final Rosters:

Ryan

Ross Hampton
Zach Gilkison
Ricky Posada
Travis Carl
Nate Cunningham
Aaron Smith
Zack Johnson
Josh Hoag
Corsi

Dane Ellis
Arnold Colella
Nick Syrigos
Peter Rusch
Mike Wan
Scott Frew
Kirby
Ronald Savage
Craig

Vince Catizone
Matt White
Dan Range
Joseph Lyle
Rob Dix
Blake Foreman
Andrew Hill
Ryan Conley
Kingsbury

Kevin Kessler
Chris Kingsbury
Jason Chichester
Chis van Nest
Ben Robelen
Mark Pettite
Nolan Jones
Nate Wong
Healy

Brandon Marx
Jon Basile
Austin Lanham
James Riebl
Johnny Fourdyce
Justin Spurrier
Kevin Kwiatowski
Chris Baker
Vit

Michael Popielarski
Deep Chakrabarty
Jordan McCallister
Joe Giammarino
Tom Taggart
Nick Barbera
Jared Knierman
Steve Healy
Marx

Zach Luckey
Byron Findley
Kenny Jennings
Rickey Shepard
Vance Anzaldua
Branden Moyle
Nate Adkins
Casey Costa
Jeremy

Ron Hamilton
Sean Foster
Christopher Cross
Sonny Amparan
Gabriel Montoya
Chris Gracia
Chris Boyce
Grady Hunt
Gillooly

Edan Hemphill
Corey Bareford
Dan “Goliath” Altizio
David Glaser
Jeremy Peckens
Tyler Holt
Solomon Hall
Ian Hays
Gabriel

Mark Pimentel
Kris Fraser
Paul Bashaw
Jordon LeJeune
Kurt Heizman
Ryan Bladdick
Dan “Wise” Smith
Jake Christie
Kessler

Thomas Reap
Michael Seivert
Mike Vit
Seth Beglis
Andy Decaluwe
Mark Cerrachio
Joey Moler
Wes Rogers
Braden

Lenny O’Rourke
Tyler Davis
Todd Felder
Michael Kloiber
Braden K Nading
Patrick Crosby
Patrick Reilly
Chewie Rich
This year ended up with much more competitive rosters than last year, but I’m pretty confident in my list (assuming Gracia does play with Nate). As soon as the draft was finished and people started posting their rosters, I was bombarded with requests to get in a fantasy league. Ugh. I posted for weeks asking who was interested, and nothing! Pongers are a frustrating demographic. In any case, I am sure there will be plenty of other leagues popping up this year, so just be on the lookout.

See you in Vegas!

– Clawless

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