(Editor's Note: Some of the following story is slightly exaggerated for effect.)
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome back for the second installment of "10 Grown Men, 1 Arcade Machine, and the Worst Monday Morning of My Life"
We resume our tale not where the first part left off, but the following day. Each of the respective parties was preparing for the biggest event to hit the city of Ogdensburg since Mark Valley participated in the 2010 Founder's Day celebration.
Yes, it was going to be a big deal.
I woke up Saturday morning in somewhat of a haze. I've become somewhat of an early riser, but on Saturday I slept until 9:30 - strange, since I didn't have a drop to drink the night before. I didn't actually get out of bed until 10 a.m., then I went downstairs and fell asleep on the couch. I was destined to have a lazy day, knowing that the highlight would come with the tournament's commencement at 7 p.m. I spent the whole day resting up, lounging around the house and conserving energy for the evening's event. The Pinkerton's house was ablaze with anticipation, as they were expecting a house full.
Monnat and I arrived shortly after 7 o'clock with a 30-pack of Genny Light and a tin of the finest chewing tobacco on the market. We were set for an evening of competition, but were surprised to find only two people there when we arrived - neither of them the tenants of the house.
"Where is everybody?" I asked Teej.
"Don't know. Project and Rico are going to be here in a bit."
After killing time with some warm-up games, the contestants began trickling in. First Pat and Rico carrying a bag of McDonald's, then Brian, Dylan and a few others. Finally, Geary and Kyle arrived wearing matching ensembles - t-shirts that read "Boomshakalaka".
Excessive? Absolutely not.
Awesome? You bet.
After a few minutes of waiting for the final competitors to arrive, we got set to begin the tournament. The rules were as follows:
1) Teams of 2 are drawn from a hat.
2) Each team then gets to select 1 NBA team, which they will have to play with for the entirety of the tournament. Selections are made in the same order that the teams were drawn.
3) The tournament begins in a round-robin format to determine seeds for the playoffs.
4) The #4 & #5 qualifiers would play in a 'play-in' game to determine who would match up with the #1 seed to begin the playoff.
5) $20 per team / winner take all.
Team #1: Brian Pinkerton, T.J. Hannan (Phoenix Suns - Dan Majerle, Charles Barkley)
Team #2: Kyle Rhodes, Jake Morley (New York Knicks - Charles Oakley, Patrick Ewing)
Team #3: Mike Robinson, Dylan Reed (Orland Magic - Shaquille O'Neal, Scott Skiles)
Team #4: Ryan Geary, Eric Robinson (Utah Jazz - John Stockton, Karl Malone)
Team #5: Pat Pinkerton, Eric Monnat (Houston Rockets - Kenny Smith, Hakeem Olajuwan)
Everyone's early favorites were Team #3 and Team #5 - Pat & Monnat / Mike & Dylan. Monnat and Mike didn't have a whole lot of practice time on the arcade, but they have probably logged more video game hours than the rest of us combined. Pat had the opportunity to play the game the most, and therefore was most prepared. And Dylan was the surprise star in the pre-tournament warmups.