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  World Soccer Cup 2018  (32 players)

1st Place - Alex Bell (726/818)     2nd Place - Tracy Ashley (725/818)     3rd Place - Todd Laffaye (719/818)

Summary: We had 32 players for our first ever World Soccer Cup pool.  After the initial group play, when 16 of the 32 teams qualified to move on, Alex Bell took over first place.  His top ten selected teams all made it to the round of 16 - not an easy feat by any means.  Evans Boney was second at that point with his top six in the 16, and Brandon Smyth was third with his top pick already gone, but his next seven still alive.  As we moved forward Alex kept his hold on the top spot all the way through to the championship giving him the Gold.  By the time we got to four teams, Todd Laffaye was in second and Tracy Ashley was third.  Then France beat Belgium letting Tracy pass Todd, and those standings stood to the end - Alex, Tracy and Todd.  The championship game saw France beat Croatia, but we were all settled by that time.  Alex won with 726 points while a perfect set of picks would have reached 818, so he scored 88.75% of what was possible.  This was Alex's first Waldarry Gold ever, and Tracy's first Waldarry award ever.  She is the 113th member of the Waldarry Hall of Champions.  It was Todd's first Bronze, but he does have three Silvers to his credit.


  NBA Playoffs 2018  (18 players)

1st Place - Billy Waldman (62/64)     2nd Place - Pam Wood (61/64)     3rd Place - Brent Koplitz (61/64)

Summary: Ten of our 18 players picked Houston to dethrone last year's Golden State champions, and five picked Golden State to repeat.  The Warriors were able to eliminate the Rockets in a seven game series and move on to face LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the finals.  Cleveland was no match for Golden State and was easily swept in four games.  Billy Waldman only missed two first round picks, and his 62 points gave him the Gold.  Five players then tied at 61.  Pam Wood took the Silver with 16 points in round 3 and 15 out of 16 points in round 2, and Brent Koplitz grabbed the Bronze with 16 points in round 3.  It was Billy's second medal in this pool (Silver in 2015), Pam's third (Gold in 2008 and Silver in 2012) and Brent's third (Silver in 2013 and Bronze in 2016).  Pam extended her record to 12 straight years winning a Waldarry medal.


  NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018  (25 players)

1st Place - Larry F. Waldman (58/64)     2nd Place - Penny Bergstrom (58/64)     3rd Place - Steve Mayhew (57/64)

Summary: We had eight different teams picked to win it, with Washington getting three supporters and expansion team Vegas getting two.  It came down to Washington and Vegas in the finals, neither of which had ever won a Stanley Cup.  Vegas was the Cinderella team, starting the season at 500-1 odds to win it all.  The Caps finally put down Vegas in a five game finale, to bring DC its first ever championship.  Larry F. Waldman had Washington for 15 in the finals, with consistently high numbers for Vegas and the Caps giving him our Gold trophy.  Penny Bergstrom tied him, but had the Caps for only 14 in the final round.  Steve Mayhew came in one point behind them for the Bronze.  This was Larry's second consecutive Gold Medal in this pool, the first player to achieve that distinction.  This was Penny's second Silver in this pool, her first being in 2013.  Steve took the Silver in this pool in 2011.


  NBA Regular Season 2017-2018  (14 players)

1st Place - Bob Waldman (140/150)     2nd Place - James Waldron (140/150)     3rd Place - Penny Bergstrom & Joe Milano (138/150)

Summary: This was a tight pool as is usual in the NBA.  Only four points separated our first from ninth places.  There were two key NBA positions that made all the difference to us.  Boston broke out to a large lead early in the season, and 13 of our 14 players gave them the first place slot in the Atlantic Division.  Bob Waldman held out to pick Toronto in first late in the season after Toronto had displaced Boston.  In the Northwest Division, Utah started off quite cold, and attracted last place picks from all but Bob, James Waldron and Pam Wood.  Utah went on a roar late in the season and actually wound up challenging for the top spot before actually finishing third.  The three players wound up correctly putting Denver in last place.  Bob's double Toronto/Boston and Utah/Denver picks kept him at the top for most of the season, with James second.  Pam Wood had a decent hold on third until the very last night, when an Oklahoma win combined with a Utah loss knocked her back and let Penny Bergstrom and Joe Milano each claim a share of the Bronze.  Penny and Joe had identical picks all the way through, even to all the tiebreakers.  Bob and James tied on top at 140, with Bob winning the tiebreaker with five correct champions to James' four.  For Bob, this Gold was his fourth medal in the pool, and allowed him to become the 9th player to hit for the cycle in any pool (a Gold, Silver and Bronze in the same pool).  Bob took his Gold in 2018, a Silver in 2009, and Bronze medals in 2011 and 2014.  This was James' first Silver Medal in any pool, adding it to the Gold he took in the 2016 NBA Playoffs.  This was Penny's record breaking 5th medal in this pool breaking a tie with Larry F. Waldman, and Joe's second medal in this pool (Silver in 2011).


  NHL Regular Season 2018  (17 players)

1st Place - Bob Waldman (220/240)     2nd Place - George Rosevally (216/240)     3rd Place - Larry F. Waldman (212/240)

Summary: This was a most interesting season.  Pittsburgh was expected to be one of the top teams, and expansion team Vegas was expected to be the worst.  Seven of our players put Vegas last in the first week, and eleven put Pittsburgh first early on.  Vegas roared out of the gate, and for the first time ever in any sport, an expansion team actually won their division!  The Penguins dawdled near the bottom of their division before finally coming on strong, but not strong enough to catch Washington.  Bob Waldman did not go with Vegas last or Pittsburgh first during the first part of the season and was able to use this to grab a big early lead.  The rest of the field moved around a lot, with George Rosevally grabbing second place about 2/3 through the season.  Third place was volatile, and going into the last night of the season it looked like Bob would win a close race against George, with Brandon Smyth grabbing the Bronze.  But on the very last night Philadelphia, Columbus and New Jersey completely rearranged themselves to finish in that order with just a single point between all three.  This enabled Larry F. Waldman to shoot up from his hidden 7th place position and run off with the Bronze.  Nobody saw this coming, and it was quite a surprise even to him.  Bob did indeed hold onto the Gold getting only his second NHL award ever, having taken the Bronze in the 2014 playoffs.  George's Silver was his first hockey award, and Larry won his second straight Bronze in this pool.


  Golf Majors 2018  (31 players)

1st Place -       2nd Place -       3rd Place

Masters Blake Oakes $3,340,150
US Open Bill Brewster $3,350,230
British Open    
PGA    

Summary: Blake Oakes was our only player to pick #24 seed Patrick Reed, who finished on top, and along with third finisher Jordan Spieth and fifth finisher Rory McIlroy it drove Blake to our Masters championship.  Bill Brewster was one of five players to correctly pick Brooks Koepka to take the US Open, and also having third finisher Dustin Johnson was enough to earn him our top spot.


  NCAA March Madness 2018  (56 players)

1st Place - Mike Defede (136/192)     2nd Place - Josh Keller (136/192)     3rd Place - Larry F. Waldman (133/192)

Summary: Our top picks this year were Virginia and Villanova, each with 14 selections.  Virginia became the first #1 seed to lose to a #16 when University of Maryland Baltimore County took them out in the very first round.  On the other hand Villanova kept winning and made it all the way to the finals to face Michigan.  Aaron Butcher was our only player to pick Michigan to win it all.  We had four players with Villanova beating Michigan, and Aaron had Michigan beating Villanova.  Villanova took the final, 79-62.  Mike Defede, Josh Keller, and Larry F. Waldman had that right (as did Larry J. Waldman, but he lost out on total pool points with 127).  Mike and Josh tied at 136, with Mike taking the final score tie-breaker by just two total points in the final game.  Mike needed 142 or less and the final score total was 141.  Larry F. came in third at 133 pool points.  For Mike it was his second medal in this pool, having taken the Bronze in 2013.  It was also his second Gold, winning the top prize in NCAA Football in 2015.  Josh's Silver was his first full medal, having won a week in NFL Pick 'Em in 2017.  Larry's Bronze was his 19th all-time medal, and propelled him back into the coveted all time Waldarry Top Ten. 


  Winter Olympics - PyeongChang - 2018  (22 players)

1st Place - Joe Milano (372/388)     2nd Place - George Rosevally (372/388)     3rd Place - Ryan Milligan (372/388)

Summary:

Erin Mulloy was our only player who selected the Netherlands, and they got off to a strong start.  This let Erin lead the pack for the first quarter of the competition.  Then Norway and Germany came streaming forward, allowing George Rosevally, Ryan Milligan and Mike Defede (our triplets who all had the exact same picks) to forge to the front.  As we approached the mid-point, Joe Milano leveraged France, Italy and Slovakia, in addition to Norway and Germany, to grab the top position.  From that point forward Joe and the triplets maintained the top four positions.  At times Joe was ahead, and at times they were tied.  But Joe owned the first tie-breaker (seven countries chosen versus six), so he was in the number one position throughout.  The triplets had to break their tie using the number of points for the leading country.  George had 119, Ryan 118 and Mike 115.  Norway was at 118 going into the final day and pulled off a Gold to reach 123, making the order George, Ryan and Mike.  Hence Joe got the Gold, George the Silver and Ryan the Bronze.  Poor Mike got left out in the cold.  For Joe this was his fifth Gold Medal of all-time, and first ever medal in an Olympics.  George also grabbed his first Olympic medal, and fifth Silver all-time.  Ryan's Bronze followed his winning the Gold in the last Olympics, summer of 2016.  He ties Pam Wood winning for consecutive medals in the Olympics Pools.

  NFL Playoffs 2018  (27 players)

1st Place - Craig Thomas (44/48)     2nd Place - Mark Laffaye (44/48)     3rd Place - Phil Suraci (42/48)

Summary: New England, as has become usual, received 14 of our 27 place votes, with Minnesota getting 5 and Pittsburgh 4.  The Philly Eagles had just one first place choice coming from avid Eagle fan Craig Thomas.  The home team underdog Eagles, with their backup quarterback Nick Foles, took out Atlanta and then Minnesota to get the unenviable task of becoming the underdog against the New England Patriots in the SuperBowl.  Yes, they managed to pull off their third upset in a row to crown themselves NFL Champions, 41-33!  Faithful fan Craig Thomas let his heart lead him to this Waldarry Gold Medal.  Mark Laffaye, who gave the Eagles 11 points, rode that pick to a Silver, enabling the rookie to become the 112th member of the fabled Waldarry Hall of Champions.  Phil Suraci, giving Philly 9 points, brought home the Bronze.  For Craig this was his first Gold Medal ever, his 5th medal all-time, and his second medal in this pool (Bronze in 2009).  This was, of course, Mark's first medal.  Phil got his third medal all-time, and his second medal in this pool (Silver in 2016). 


  College Football Bowl Pool 2017-2018  (24 players)

1st Place - Barry Shuman (567/820)     2nd Place - Todd Laffaye (557/820)     3rd Place - Brandon Smyth (543/820)

Summary: There were the usual fair number of upsets knocking our scores down as we moved through the pool.  However, Barry Shuman managed to take an early lead and managed to hang onto the top spot almost throughout the duration of the pool, claiming the victory even before the championship game.  Todd Laffaye hung around a little below the top, and then came on strong down the stretch to grab the Silver, again even before the final game was played.  As the final few games were being played, Brandon Smyth and Michael Arvold came up from the middle of the pack passing Larry F. Waldman and Shana Thomas, seeking to stake their claim on the Bronze.  It came down to the final game, and Alabama's overtime win over Georgia let Brandon beat out Michael for the Bronze.  For Barry this was his third medal in this pool, allowing him to "hit for the cycle" with a Silver in 2015 and a Bronze in 2010.  Todd's Silver was his third Silver Medal, all in 2018 football pools, and this was Brandon's third medal all-time.  


  NFL Regular Season Survival Pool 2017-2018  (52 players)

1st Place - Larry J. Waldman (15/17)     2nd Place -  Todd Laffaye (11/17)     3rd Place - Ali Jian (10/17)

Summary: The first seven weeks were brutal and we lost 46 of our 52 players.  Four of the remaining six were knocked out in week 11 with a Kansas City loss.  Ali Jian owned the tie-breaker at that point, so he came away with the Bronze.  The very next week Todd Laffaye went down with the same Kansas City team, grabbing the Silver.  That left Larry J. Waldman taking home the Gold with his winning Cincinnati pick.  For Larry that is his sixth Gold all-time (the record is 8), and his second medal in this pool.  He took the Bronze in 2013.  For Todd it is his first full medal, having only a weekly win from last year's NFL Pick 'Em pool.  Ali broke a four-way tie and became the first three medal winner in this pool, having won a medal in 2009 and 2010.  Larry kept his streak going for 15 weeks and then failed to make a pick in week 16, ending his shot at tying the record of 17 weeks.


  MLB World Series - 2017  (20 players)

  1st Place - Len Bergstrom (20/24)      2nd Place - Joyce Fubini (19/24)      3rd Place - Brent Koplitz (19/24)

Summary: Our favorites this year were Cleveland, Washington, the Dodgers and the Yankees.  The Yankees drove Cleveland out in the first round, and then Houston knocked out the Yankees.  The Dodgers hung in to make it to the World Series against the Astros.  It was a super exciting series that went the full seven games, with the Astros taking the final for the title.  Dan Massey needed a Dodger win for the Gold, so he succumbed to Len Bergstrom when Houston took it.  That gave the Silver to Joyce Fubini and the Bronze to Brent Koplitz.  Len is the first two-time Gold Medal winner in this pool (first in 2009), and has extended his record from 4 to 5 total medals in this pool, starting in 2008.  It was Joyce' second medal in this pool (also a Silver in 2015) and Brent's first Medal in this pool.


  MLB Regular Season - 2017  (23 players)

  1st Place - Larry J. Waldman (140/150)      2nd Place - George Rosevally (140/150)      3rd Place - Bob Waldman (136/150)

Summary: This was a rather unusual season, as all six division champions had decent leads toward the end of the season.  Our top 14 players had all six champions correct.  Larry J. Waldman got off to a really good start and was at or near the top of the pack throughout the season.  After him, about a half dozen players were scrambling for medal positions.  It came down to the last day with five players still fighting for a top three spot.  A New York Mets loss dropped two of them out, and a Texas loss allowed Larry J to clinch the Gold, leaving the Silver to George Rosevally and the Bronze to Bob Waldman.  It was Larry's second Gold in this pool (first was 2013) and his record tying fourth medal in this pool throughout the years.  George's Silver was his first medal in this pool, and Bob's Bronze was his third medal in this pool.

  NFL Regular Season - 2017-2018  (70 players)

 1st Place - Penny Bergstrom (1528/2066)         2nd Place - Todd Laffaye (1527/2066)         3rd Place - Noe Nalvarte (1523/2066)

Week 1 - Brendan Hansen (97/120)

Week 7 - Evans Boney (119/120) Week 13 - Brent Koplitz (121/136)

Week 2 - Matt Kopchick (133/136)

Week 8 - Dennis Chi (91/91) Week 14 - Bill Reynolds (97/136)

Week 3 - Kevin Mulloy (97/136)

Week 9 - Connie Mulloy (73/91) Week 15 - Sue Friborg (136/136)

Week 4 - Alek Zanjani (103/136)

Week 10 - Matt Kopchick (99/105) Week 16 - Len Bergstrom (128/136)

Week 5 - Bill Reynolds (93/105)

Week 11 - Craig Thomas (91/105) Week 17 - Billy Waldman (110/136)

Week 6 - James Waldron (65/105)

Week 12 - David Blamphin (132/136)  

Summary: Kevin Mulloy, Andrew Wang and Alek Zanjani were our early leaders.  In week 9 Todd Laffaye took over and led for three weeks.  Week 12 saw Noe Nalvarte take over and hold it for two weeks.  In week 14 Penny Bergstrom took over, and held it for three of the final four weeks.  In the end Penny held on for the Gold by just one point over Todd Laffaye, with Noe Nalvarte in third, another four points back.  This was Penny's record ninth Gold Medal, and record 7th year in a row winning a Gold Medal.  Todd added the Silver here to the Silver that he took in the parallel 2018 NFL Survivor pool.  Noe's Bronze is added to the four weekly wins he has earned through the years.  Matt Kopchick and Bill Reynolds each won two weeks this season, and Sue Friborg became only our fifth player to have a perfect 136 point score.


  NBA Playoffs 2017  (18 players)

1st Place - Penny Bergstrom (63/64)     2nd Place & 3rd Place [tie] - Bob Waldman & Lucca Rivera  (63/64)

Summary: This was a most unusual pool as 8 of our 18 contestants lost only one point in the first round and then had identical correct picks the rest of the way resulting in Golden State beating Cleveland in the finals.  So much for a balanced league.  We wound up with an eight way tie at the top, having to go to tie-breakers for final resolution.  The Warriors won in five games.  Penny Bergstrom was the only player to choose five games and hence took home the Gold.  Bob Waldman had 4 games and Lucca Rivera, Steve Mayhew and Pam Wood had 6 games, causing us to look at final game winning margin.  Steve had 2, Pam 3, Lucca 4 and Bob 14.  The actual result was 9 points so Bob and Lucca split the Silver and Bronze.  It is interesting to note that in the eleven years of this pool we have had eleven different Gold Medal winners.  Penny has now tied Pam Wood with 8 all-time Gold Medals.  She has also become the tenth player to "hit for the cycle" in a pool, having taken the Gold in 2017, Silver in 2008 and Bronze in 2011.  Steve Mayhew has also hit for the cycle in this pool.  Additionally, Penny has extended her record to six years in a row winning a Gold (2012 to 2017).  For Bob, this was his first medal in this pool.  Lucca won the Bronze in 2014.


  NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017  (18 players)

1st Place - Larry F. Waldman (52/64)     2nd Place - Brandon Smyth (49/64)     3rd Place - Larry J. Waldman (49/64)

Summary: Five different teams were chosen to be the champs, with Washington getting 10 of our 18 selections.  Pittsburgh got two, and Nashville got none.  In fact, Nashville was not given more than 9 points out of a possible 16 in the final round.  Washington did indeed beat Toronto in the opening round, but succumbed to Pittsburgh in round 2.  Nashville upset Chicago in the first round, although every one of our players picked the Blackhawks to win.  The Penguins and Predators continued their winning ways and wound up facing each other in the finals.  Devon Shuman was seeking his record third Gold and sixth overall medal in this pool, needing a Nashville win to pull it off.  Larry F. Waldman, one of the two players to pick the Penguins to take it all, was Devon's competition.  Pittsburgh wound up coming through with a 4 games to 2 championship, giving Larry the Gold Medal.  Brandon Smyth, the other player to pick Pittsburgh going all the way took the Silver, and Larry's cousin, Larry J. Waldman, brought home the Bronze.  This was the first medal in this pool for each of the award winners.


  NBA Regular Season 2016-2017  (16 players)

1st Place - Pam Wood (146/150)     2nd Place - George Rosevally (138/150)     3rd Place - Billy Waldman (138/150)

Summary: This was a very tight season right up until the final week.  After 23 of the 30 picks were made, Pam Wood was in 6th place, George Rosevally in 14th and Billy Waldman in 15th.  But here were some key flips, and Pam was able to grab the top spot after the 27th pick and then hold on.  Many of our players rotated into and out of the top and bottom of the standings below her right up to and into the last week of the season.  With one day still to go, George Rosevally clinched second and Billy Waldman clinched third, making the final day irrelevant.  George and Billy tied for the second spot, but George took it with his pick of Golden State having 67 wins - dead on accurate.  Billy had them with 69 wins.  Each of our three winners won their second trophy in this pool.


  Golf Majors 2017  (31 players)

1st Place -  Sean Tuohy Jr. ($8,130,354)     2nd Place -  Blake Oakes ($6,841,883)    3rd Place - Kevin Mulloy ($6,135,433)

Masters Len Bergstrom $3,834,050
US Open Alex Bell, Aaron Butcher (tie) $2,498,161
British Open Steve Mayhew $3,312,070
PGA Barry Shuman $2,688,500

Summary: Len Bergstrom broke out to a big early lead, riding Sergio Garcia's Masters victory.  He then came down to earth as Alex Bell and Aaron Butcher tied to take the US Open, where Brooks Koepka was victorious.  Steve Mayhew had a great British Open along with Jordan Spieth.  Finally Barry Shuman came out of nowhere, along with Justin Thomas, in PGA Round 4 to grab the PGA.  Overall, however, the master of consistency was Sean Tuohy Jr., our only competitor to pass $1 million in each of the four tournaments, and even reached over $2M in the last three.  That gave him total 2017 earnings of a record $8.1M, about $1.3M greater than Blake Oakes' second place earnings of $6.8M.  Kevin Mulloy grabbed the Bronze with $6.1M.  For Sean, this was his maiden entry into the Hall of Champions, as its 111th member.  A grand way to enter!  Blake's Silver raises him from 64th to 46th on the all-time leaderboard, and Kevin has won the Bronze Medal for the second year in a row, a Wall of Records accomplishment since this is only the second year of this pool.


  NHL Regular Season 2017  (15 players)

1st Place - Billy Waldman (220/240)     2nd Place - Penny Bergstrom (220/240)     3rd Place - Larry F. Waldman (220/240)

Summary: This was one of the most spectacular finishes we have had for a fill-the-standings pool.  Penny Bergstrom took over first place just before mid-season and held it into the final day of the season.  Billy and Larry F. Waldman held second and third for most of the second half of the season.  Then came the final day.  Somehow it got close in the last week, setting up Billy for a last day shot to knock Penny from the top.  He needed Detroit, Tampa Bay and Columbus to all win their games.  Detroit and Tampa Bay won first, and then Columbus scored two goals to come from behind for their win.  This gave us a three way tie for the top spot, with Billy taking the Gold based upon Washington's 118 points (Billy picked 120 versus Penny's 108).  Larry took third, having the Penguins with the most points.  This was Billy's second medal in this pool, taking the Silver in 2014.  Penny won her record third straight medal in this pool (a Bronze in 2015 and another Silver last year).  It was Larry's first medal in this pool.


  NCAA March Madness 2017  (59 players)

1st Place - Mike Vicars (135/192)     2nd Place - Alex Bell (131/192)     3rd Place - Steve Mayhew (122/192)

Summary: Although our overall scores were not very good this year due to early failures by Duke and Villanova, two of our favorites did make it to the finals.  North Carolina had the most picks from us (12), and Gonzaga was tied with Kansas for second (9).  It was North Carolina and Gonzaga that made it to the finals.  Both were number one seeds.  Pam Wood needed a Gonzaga win to take the Gold, and rookie Mike Vicars needed North Carolina.  North Carolina won in the last couple of minutes, 71-65, giving Mike the Gold and Alex Bell the Silver.  For both players it was their first ever Waldarry medals, and makes them the 109th and 110th members in the Waldarry Hall of Champions.  Veteran Steve Mayhew took the Bronze after taking the Silver in this pool ten years ago.


  NFL Playoffs 2017  (37 players)

1st Place - Brandon Smyth (47/48)     2nd Place - George Rosevally (47/48)     3rd Place - David Blamphin (47/48)

Summary: A full 27 of our 37 players picked the Patriots to go all the way, and only Brent Koplitz had the Falcons taking the trophy.  These two teams are the ones that made it to the Superbowl.  It was quite the game, with Atlanta opening up a 28-3 lead by the third quarter.  But then Atlanta scored 25 unanswered points to send the game into overtime and won the game with a touchdown on their first possession.  It was the biggest comeback in Superbowl history, and the first overtime game.  New England's comeback allowed Waldarry rookie Brandon Smyth to capture the Gold and become the 108th member in the Waldarry Hall of Champions!  He enters in 38th place on the all-time leaderboard.  Brandon only missed Houston's win over Oakland in the first round, leaving him with a record tying 47 point score.  George Rosevally and David Blamphin tied for second place, also at 47, each losing one point in the second round.  George's pick of 67 total points in the Superbowl was closest to the actual 62 points scored versus David's pick of 48 points, so George took the Silver.  This was George's second medal in this pool, also having won the Silver nine years earlier.  It was David's first medal in this pool, and second Bronze medal of all time (NHL Playoffs in 2015).


  College Football Bowl Pool 2016-2017  (27 players)

1st Place - Len Bergstrom (656/861)     2nd Place - Pat Laffaye (584/861)     3rd Place - Larry F. Waldman (575/861)

Summary: There were lots of upsets this year.  There was an interesting juxtaposition of players picking lower point values early, versus those who picked higher values early.  Neither strategy seemed particularly effective versus the other, and it came down to simply picking winning teams correctly.  It turned out that Len Bergstrom (the only player to get 28 of the 41 picks correct) was able to come away with the Gold even before the championship game.  That game, a repeat of the prior year's Alabama-Clemson matchup, remained key for allocating the Silver and Bronze between Pat Laffaye, Larry F. Waldman and Penny Bergstrom.  All three picked Alabama, who wound up losing to Clemson on a touchdown with one second remaining.  That let Pat hang onto the Silver, with Larry bringing home the Bronze.  Penny was the odd player out.  This was the first medal in this pool for both Len and Larry, while Pat's Silver gave him the cycle having added it to an earlier Gold (2010) and Bronze (2016).


  NFL Regular Season Survival Pool 2016-2017  (52 players)

1st Place - Nat Twarog (10/17)     2nd Place -  Craig Thomas (9/17)     3rd Place - Dan Cissell (7/17)

Summary: This year nine of the record 52 players made it to week 8, when a surprise Minnesota loss knocked out seven of them.  Based on tie-breaker rules, Dan Cissell was awarded the Bronze.  Craig Thomas and Nat Twarog made it through and began their fight for the Gold.  They each made it through week 9, but in week 10 Craig went down with San Diego by 7 points, while Nat's Arizona pick pulled out a late 3 point victory.  So Nat Twarog got his first Gold Medal ever, Craig won his third Silver, and Dan his first Bronze, already having a Gold and Silver on his trophy shelf.  For all three winners, this was their first medal in the NFL Survival Pool.  Nat's streak ended at 10 as he did not make a pick for week 11.


  MLB World Series - 2016  (20 players)

  1st Place - Penny Bergstrom (23/24)      2nd Place - Steve Mayhew (22/24)      3rd Place - George Rosevally (22/24)

Summary: This was a most exciting year for baseball.  The World Series came down to the Cubs, who had not won a title in 108 years, against the Indians who had a drought of 68 years.  The Cubs had a good team and were the most picked by our players with seven selecting them to go all the way.  Cleveland had two picks to go the full route.  Penny Bergstrom (picking Chicago) and George Rosevally (with Cleveland) fought for the Gold, with the loser getting the Bronze.  Steve Mayhew needed the Cubs for the Silver and David Blamphin needed the Indians.  The tribe went up 3 games to 1, but the Cubs got it to a seventh game in Cleveland, and then it went to extra innings.  It even included a rain delay after nine innings.  In the tenth the Cubs scored twice and Cleveland only got one, so an 8-7 victory gave the Cubs their first championship in 108 years!  That made our winners Penny, Steve and George.  It was Penny's fourth 2016 medal win tying the all-time record for a year.  It was also her 7th Gold Medal all-time tying Pam Wood for that honor.  Steve completed a trifecta for this pool, having taken the Gold in 2013 and the Bronze in 2008.  This was George's first medal for this pool!


  MLB Regular Season - 2016  (20 players)

  1st Place - Joe Milano (146/150)      2nd Place - Len Bergstrom (146/150)      3rd Place - Larry J. Waldman (146/150)

Summary: This was a close exciting season that came down to the very last day.  Bob Waldman needed a San Diego win in its final three game series against Arizona to insure a Gold or Silver medal.  They lost all three.  Chad Martin needed a Toronto loss on the final day to grab the Gold.  Toronto won.  This set up a four way tie for the top spot between Joe Milano, Len Bergstrom, Larry J. Waldman and Evans Boney.  All had five of the six division champions correct.  The first three correctly had the Cubs with the most wins, but Evans had the Dodgers so he was eliminated.  The Cubs had 103 wins, so Joe took the Gold with a projected 95 wins, Len the Silver with 94, and Larry the Bronze with 93.  It does not get much closer.  The leading score of 146 points blew away the prior record of 140 set in 2013 by the very same Joe and Larry J.  This was Joe's record tying fourth medal in this pool, and Len's record-tying third straight year winning a medal in this pool (tying Bill Brewster from 2010 to 2012).  This was Larry J's second medal in this pool, having taken the Gold in 2013.

  NFL Regular Season - 2016-2017  (73 players)

 1st Place - Bobbie Arvold (1491/2065)       2nd Place - David Leib (1487/2065)         3rd Place - Chris Green (1453/2065)

Week 1 - Iason Leiloglou (120/136)

Week 7 - Noe Nalvarte (87/120) Week 13 - David Leib (113/120)

Week 2 - Kevin Mulloy (107/136)

Week 8 - Penny Bergstrom (76/91) Week 14 - Kevin Mulloy (115/136)

Week 3 - Luca Guyer (105/136)

Week 9 - Matt Kopchick (84/91) Week 15 - Phil Johnson (126/136)

Week 4 - Noe Nalvarte (88/120)

Week 10 - Todd Laffaye (75/105) Week 16 - Luca Guyer (114/136)

Week 5 - Angela Lemon (85/105)

Week 11 - Bobbie Arvold (95/105) Week 17 - Craig Thomas (136/136)

Week 6 - James Waldron (97/120)

Week 12 - Josh Keller (127/136)  

Summary: This was an exciting season for us, as we had a real dogfight for first place between Bobbie Arvold and David Leib, and an equally hard fight for third among a handful of players.  Bobbie took over the top spot in the third week of the season, and by week seven David Leib had climbed into second place.  It stayed that way until a weekly win in week 13 by David propelled him to take the lead from Bobbie.  David hung on until the very last week of the season when Bobbie was able to squeak back past him and take the season by four points.  Quite a one-two throughout the season.  Third place was another story.  Kevin Mulloy looked strong early, but in week 11 Len Bergstrom took over the spot.  Others in the scramble included Chris Green, Sue Friborg, and Mark Laffaye.  When the dust had cleared, Chris Green eked out the Bronze by one point over Sue Friborg, two points over Mark Laffaye, and three points over Len Bergstrom.  For Bobbie Arvold, this is her first Waldarry Gold ever, having won the Bronze in this pool in 2010.  She has moved up from 49th to 17th place on the all-time leaderboard.  David Leib has now "hit for the circuit" in this pool, having taken the Gold in 2013, the Silver now, and the Bronze in 2015.  Chris Green, a Waldarry rookie, is honored to become the 107th member of the fabled Waldarry Hall of Champions, entering in 72nd place!  Finally, there were three double weekly winners this season - Kevin Mulloy, Luca Guyer and Noe Nalvarte.


  Summer Olympics - Rio - 2016  (24 players)

1st Place - Ryan Milligan (979/1040)     2nd Place - Penny Bergstrom (936/1040)     3rd Place - Pam Wood (935/1040)

Summary: The early lead in this Summer Olympics pool went to Connie and Kevin Mulloy and Joe Milano, but they all quickly faded as the pool moved forward.  Pam Wood, Len Bergstrom and Ryan Milligan started a push upward at about the halfway point.  Around the three quarter mark Penny nudged husband Len aside and Pam, Ryan and Penny took the lead.  They held the top three spots from that point forward.  At the 90% mark Ryan began pulling away from the other two, and in the end he took the Gold by 43 points.  Penny took the Silver with Pam just one point behind her for the Bronze.  Billy Waldman came on strong right at the end to miss the Bronze by just one point.  This was Ryan's third Gold Medal overall, and Penny's record setting 10th Silver Medal.  Pam took the Silver Medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics, so she is the first Waldarry Olympics double medal winner!


  NBA Playoffs 2016  (20 players)

1st Place - James Waldron (62/64)     2nd Place - Len Bergstrom (61/64)     3rd Place - Brent Koplitz  (61/64)

Summary: Thirteen of our 20 players took the Golden State Warriors to repeat as champs, four took San Antonio to upset them in the western finals, and three took Cleveland to beat them in the finals.  Oklahoma City knocked out the Spurs early, but could not hold a 3-1 lead over Golden State and missed their chance at the finals.  Cleveland did indeed take the east, so we had a repeat matchup of the Warriors and the Cavaliers.  Golden State took a 3-1 lead, one never overcome in the history of the finals.  But LeBron James was not to be denied, and he mustered up whatever it took to drive Cleveland to their first ever NBA Championship.  Our three players that picked the Cavaliers to win it all were our medal winners.  James Waldron, a rookie whose first entry to the Hall of Champions was earlier this year with a weekly NFL win, takes home his first full Medal, a Waldarry Gold!  Len Bergstrom took the Silver and Brent Koplitz the Bronze.  Their tie was broken by the winning margin in the final game, 4 points, with Len having 6 and Brent having 8.  Len and Brent are both long-time Waldarry veterans, and this gave them their first Waldarry 2016 wins.


  NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2016  (24 players)

1st Place - Michael Arvold (56/64)     2nd Place - Connie Mulloy (54/64)     3rd Place - Joel Leger (52/64)

Summary: Washington was the big favorite this year with 11 players picking them to win it all.  They went down to defeat in the second round to the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The Penguins and the San Jose Sharks each had two picks, and they managed to make it to the Stanley Cup finals, where Pittsburgh came out on top, 4 games to 2.  The Gold Medal winner was Michael Arvold, who gave 14 points to the Penguins, and had generally good picks throughout the playoffs.  Connie Mulloy came in second, and Joel Leger, who had the Penguins winning it all but had poor picks for the Sharks, held on for the Bronze.  Brent Koplitz also had Pittsburgh winning the Cup, but had many wrong picks earlier and could  not reach medal territory.  This pool presented an historic event for Waldarry Sports Pools.  Michael Arvold's Gold gave him the first ever Waldarry Golden Hat Trick - three Gold Medals in one calendar year!  Michael won the Gold in the NFL regular season pool, NCAA March Madness, and this Stanley Cup playoff pool.  Eleven players had shared the record of two Gold Medals in one year.  This was also Michael's second Gold Medal in this pool (he also won it in 2010), tying Devon Shuman for that honor.  For Connie Mulloy, this was her second major medal, having taken the Gold in the 2013 NFL playoff pool.  Joel Leger's Bronze was his first ever Waldarry Medal, making him the 102nd member inducted into the fabled Waldarry Hall of Champions!


  Golf Majors 2016  (27 players)

1st Place - Aaron Butcher ($5,892,359)     2nd Place - Billy Waldman ($5,345,738)     3rd Place - Kevin Mulloy ($4,860,539)

Masters Kevin Mulloy $2,848,333
US Open Larry J. Waldman $2,416,590
British Open Penny Bergstrom $1,911,030
PGA Katie Beltrone $1,297,689

Summary: This was our first-ever golf majors pool, and it turned out to be quite exciting.  Kevin Mulloy rode Danny Willet's win to the Masters championship, Larry J. Waldman used Dustin Johnson's top finish to grab the US Open title, Henrik Stenson's final hole win gave Penny Bergstrom the British Open crown, and nobody had Jimmy Walker (49th seed) winning the PGA, but Katie Beltrone's pick of Jason Day, who finished second, allowed her to take the PGA title.  For the full majors, Aaron Butcher proved the most consistent, taking a 2nd place, 3rd place, 10th place and 7th place, to total $5.9 million dollars of earnings and bring home the Gold.  Billy Waldman managed a 3rd, 5th, 3rd and then fell to 18th, hanging on for the Silver with $5.3 million in earnings.  Kevin Mulloy used his Masters win plus a 23rd, 21st, and a then a recovering 2nd place in the PGA to bring him back up to grab the Bronze Medal.  It was a good first competitive foray into the world of golf for the Waldarry players.


  NBA Regular Season 2015-2016  (15 players)

1st Place - David Blamphin (146/150)     2nd Place - Penny Bergstrom (146/150)     3rd Place - Larry F. Waldman (146/150)

Summary: This was a very easy season to make picks until the last couple of weeks, at which time it became ridiculously difficult.  The badly off-balanced NBA made it fairly easy to place teams as they fell into their slots readily as the season progressed.  As late as three weeks to go, we still had 12 of our 15 players with the potential to earn a medal.  In the end it came down to Indiana and Detroit fighting for second place in the Central, and Miami, Atlanta and Charlotte all fighting for the top spot in the Southeast.  By the last day the big games involved Miami vs. Boston and Atlanta vs. Washington to decide on their division championship.  David Blamphin needed a Miami success for the Gold, and Penny Bergstrom needed Atlanta.  Atlanta needed a Miami loss and an Atlanta win to take it, and anything else gave it to Miami.  Miami was 24 points ahead of Boston at halftime, and then collapsed to lose by 10.  Atlanta just needed to take out Washington, but they managed to lose by 11.  So Miami wound up on top of what turned out to be a three-way tie (with Charlotte in there as well).  This gave David the Gold, with Penny picking up the Silver and Larry F. Waldman earning the Bronze.


  NHL Regular Season 2016  (15 players)

1st Place - Barry Shuman (214/240)     2nd Place - Penny Bergstrom (212/240)     3rd Place - Pam Wood (210/240)

Summary: Once again the NHL had a very dynamic season, with early leaders fading sharply, and teams moving significantly up and down the ladder during the season.  We mirrored that closely, with some of our early bottom dwellers rising to the top, and early leaders fading to the bottom.  It was about mid-season that Barry Shuman took over our top spot, and although it was often close, he never let go of it.  Pam Wood had been languishing at the bottom of the pack early, and made a late push to get into contention.  The two Bergstroms were in the fight all along, as was Billy Waldman.  But in the end, Barry took the Gold as expected, Penny Bergstrom took the Silver, and Pam won a tie-breaker versus Len Bergstrom to take the Bronze.    For Barry this is his record-setting second Gold Medal in this pool, his first being two years ago.  Penny won her record setting second medal in a row in this pool, having taken the Bronze last year.  And for Pam this was also her second regular season hockey medal having won another Bronze in 2014.


  NCAA March Madness 2016  (57 players)

1st Place - Michael Arvold (149/192)     2nd Place - Evans Boney (119/192)     3rd Place - Kevin Mulloy (106/192)

Summary: This year top seeds were Kansas (19 of us picked them to win it all), North Carolina (14), Virginia (2) and Oregon (0).  Second seeds included Michigan State (15) and Villanova (1) among them.    Michigan State lost their opener to 15th seed Middle Tennessee, knocking most of our players for a big loss.  After many upsets throughout, North Carolina was the only top seed to make the final four, and went on to face second seed Villanova for the championship.  It came down to a three point buzzer-beater for Villanova to take a 77-74 win for the Trophy.  Michael Arvold was our only player to pick Villanova to go all the way, and leveraged this for the Waldarry Gold.  Evans Boney had the correct teams in the finals, but had Villanova losing to North Carolina.  This was still good enough for Evans to take home the Silver.  Finally, Kevin Mulloy, who had Villanova losing a round too early, had North Carolina in the finals and managed to squeak out the Bronze.  For Michael Arvold this was his second Gold of this year, fifth all-time, and propelled him up to second place on the all-time leaderboard.  Evans Boney earned his first Silver Medal ever, and for Kevin Mulloy it was his second Bronze Medal.


  NFL Playoffs 2016  (44 players)

1st Place - Larry F. Waldman (47/48)     2nd Place - Phil Suraci (47/48)     3rd Place - Oliver Guyer (46/48)

Summary: We had a record 44 players in the pool this year, with 14 picking Carolina as champs, 7 taking each of Seattle, Arizona and New England, and 6 picking Denver.  A couple of other teams got a small amount of votes as well.  Unusually, the visiting teams (lower seeds) won each of the wild card games.  But after that, the favorites won all the way to the Superbowl.  That left the two top seeds, Denver and Carolina to go for the Championship, with the Panthers and Cam Newton being the 5.5 point favorites over the Broncos and Peyton Manning.  For us, rookie Mark Laffaye was lined up for the Gold if Carolina came away victorious, and that would be the first ever perfect 48 point score in this pool.  Mike Defede, David Guyer and Michael Arvold would vie for the Silver and Bronze based upon the final game score.  On the other hand, if Denver could pull off the upset, then Larry F. Waldman would claim the Gold, with Phil Suraci the Silver and either of two rookies, Bill Minty or Oliver Guyer, taking the Bronze based upon the final score.  In the end, the Denver defense proved too much for the powerful Carolina offense, and Denver came away with a 24-10 victory.  Larry's Gold was his second award in this pool, having taken the Silver in 2009.  It also gave Larry his first ever showing in the coveted Waldarry All-Time Top Ten in the Waldarry Hall of Champions.  For Phil this is his first Silver Award, following a Bronze in the 2014 March Madness pool.  Oliver Guyer took the Bronze based upon his lower total score pick for the Superbowl, and becomes the 101st member in the Waldarry Hall of Champions!


  College Football Bowl Pool 2015-2016  (25 players)

1st Place - Pam Wood (675/861)     2nd Place - Mike Defede (672/861)     3rd Place - Pat Laffaye (666/861)

Summary: As this pool came down the stretch, Mike Defede, last year's Gold Medal winner, took the lead, with Larry F. Waldman, David Blamphin, Pam Wood and Len Bergstrom holding the top spots.  Of huge consequece was the TCU versus Oregon game.  Oregon led 31-0 at the half, and a win would clinch the Gold Medal for Mike Defede for the second year in a row.  But Texas Christian scored 31 points in the second half to tie the game, and went on to win it in overtime.  This netted out to Pam Wood getting the Gold and forcing Mike to have to settle for the Silver.  For Pam, this was her record setting seventh Gold Medal over all pools through the years, breaking the tie she had with Bob Waldman and Penny Bergstrom at six.  The Bronze came down to the championship game, with Pat Laffaye needing an Alabama win, and Len Bergstrom needing Clemson.  The Crimson Tide prevailed 45-40, giving the Bronze to Pat.


  MLB World Series - 2015  (20 players)

  1st Place - Larry F. Waldman (22/24)      2nd Place - Joyce Fubini (22/24)      3rd Place - Len Bergstrom (20/24)

Summary: We used a new format for the pool this year, which included three full rounds of the playoffs.  Toronto was the favorite pick with seven selections, closely followed by the Dodgers with six.  The Dodgers went down in the first round to the Mets, and Kansas City wiped out Toronto in the second round.  The World Series came down to the Mets and the Royals.  Two players had the Royals going all the way and one had the Mets.  It only took five games for the Kansas City Royals to be crowned the champs.  Larry F. Waldman and Joyce Fubini had identical picks throughout, and were the only ones who picked the Royals to bring home the title.  Larry had a 6 game World Series and Joyce had 7, so Larry brought home the Gold and Joyce the Silver.  Len Bergstrom, who would have taken the Gold with a Mets win, took home the Bronze.


  NFL Regular Season Survival Pool 2015-2016  (45 players)

1st Place - Aaron Butcher (9/17)     2nd Place -  David Blamphin (5/17)     3rd Place - Shannon Mulloy (4/17)

Summary: This was an amazingly short season.  It didn't look that way after the first week, when only one of 45 players was eliminated.  But week 2 was a killer, with the top five favored NFL teams all losing.  Only three players escaped that wrath, Aaron Butcher, David Blamphin and Shannon Mulloy.  So the three award winners were determined after just two weeks!  Shannon went down to defeat in week 5, leaving her with the Bronze.  A week later an Arizona loss sent David to the Silver, with a New England win giving the Gold to Aaron.  This is Aaron's first Gold Medal ever, adding to a Silver he won in this same pool three years ago.  The medal ties Aaron with four other players who have won two medals in this pool.  For David it is his fourth medal overall, and his first in an NFL pool.  It is Shannon's first medal, although she does have two weekly NFL wins to her credit.  A surprisingly fast pool, but one that did provide lots of excitement for its three finalists.


  MLB Regular Season - 2015  (18 players)

  1st Place - Penny Bergstrom (136/150)      2nd Place - Larry F. Waldman (134/150)      3rd Place - Len Bergstrom (132/150)

Summary: This was a very tough season, with some early poor performing teams finishing strong, and the reverse also being true.  Fourteen of the eighteen of us had Texas in last place and they took the division championship.  Eleven had the Twins in last and they finished second.  So overall, scores were not too good.  But there were exciting matchups right until the final day of the season.  Texas, Houston and the Angels could all have rearranged on the last day, with the Pirates and the Cubs also coming down to the final day.  Penny Bergstrom, Larry F. Waldman and Len Bergstrom were at the top for the last few days, with challenges coming from three or four different players.  But the big three, while challenged hard, remained secure and they held the positions when the final bell tolled.  For Penny, this is her second straight Gold in this pool.  It is also her record setting fourth Medal in this pool, and record tying sixth Gold Medal over all pools.  Larry has earned his first Medal in this specific pool, and Len achieved his second straight Bronze in this pool.  Three veterans continuing their exemplary record.

  NFL Regular Season - 2015-2016  (69 players)

 1st Place - Michael Arvold (1410/2065)       2nd Place - Dan Cissell (1403/2065)         3rd Place - Rhonda Tenenbaum (1396/2065)

Week 1 - Katie Beltrone (116/136)

Week 7 - Dennis Chi (95/105) Week 13 - Craig Thomas (114/136)

Week 2 - Phil Suraci (76/136)

Week 8 - Andrew Wang (89/105) Week 14 - Matt Kopchick (123/136)

Week 3 - Blake Oakes (136/136)

Week 9 - James Waldron (64/91) Week 15 - Brendan Hansen (129/136)

Week 4 - Ali Jian (102/120)

Week 10 - Luca Guyer (58/105) Week 16 - Jeremy Cone (91/136)

Week 5 - Katie Beltrone (90/105)

Week 11 - Matt Kopchick (95/105) Week 17 - Billy Waldman (108/136)

Week 6 - Andrew Wang (89/105)

Week 12 - Erin Mulloy (109/136)  

Summary:  This year's pool came down to the very last game of the season!  For the prior four weeks, Dan Cissell and Michael Arvold held the top two spots, with Dan ahead in three of the four weeks.  It took until week 12 for Rhonda Tenenbaum to enter the top ten, but she worked her way up to third in a fight against Ali Jian, Bobbie Arvold, Bill Brewster and Pam Wood.  The very last game of the season pitted favored Green Bay against Minnesota.  A Green Bay win would give the Gold to Dan, and a Minnesota upset would give it to Michael.  Michael picked the Vikings to win the game, as they are his favorite team.  His faithfulness paid off, as the Vikings prevailed, giving our Gold, Silver and Bronze to Michael Arvold, Dan Cissell and Rhonda Tenenbaum respectively.  This is Michael's first full-season medal in this pool (he has five weekly wins to his credit).  It is his fourth Gold Medal over all pools.  Dan adds this Silver to the Gold he won in this pool in 2010.  For rookie Rhonda, this is her first ever Waldarry award, making her the 100th player inducted into the fabled Waldarry Hall of Champions!  There were three double week winners this year - Katie Beltrone, Andrew Wang and Matt Kopchick.  For Katie, Andrew, and Luca Guyer (as well as Rhonda), this pool provided their initial induction into the Waldarry Hall of Champions.


  NBA Playoffs 2015  (18 players)

1st Place - Esteban Rivera (63/64)     2nd Place - Billy Waldman (63/64)     3rd PlaceSteve Mayhew  (62/64)

Summary: Eleven of our 18 players had Golden State taking it all, and this time we got it right.  Two had Cleveland, the Warriors opponent in the finals, from which the Warriors came out the champs in six games.  Esteban Rivera tied Billy Waldman for the top spot with 63 out of 64 points.  Each missed one winner in the first round and then had a perfect set of picks.  Since Esteban forecast the Warriors in six and Billy had them in seven, Esteban took the tie-breaker to get the Gold, with Billy pulling in the Silver.  Steve Mayhew, at 62 points took the Bronze.  Esteban enters the Waldarry Hall of Champions in style with a Gold, becoming the Hall's 95th member.  For Billy this is his 16th trophy overall, but first ever in this pool.  Steve, who took the Gold in this pool last year, has tied two NHL Playoff records - it is his third straight year winning a medal in this pool, and his fourth medal in this pool overall.  He is now tied with Joe Milano in both of these categories.


  NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2015  (17 players)

1st Place - Pam Wood (57/64)     2nd Place - Joe Milano (54/64)     3rd Place - David Blamphin (54/64)

Summary: For the second year in a row, not one player picked the ultimate winner.  Chicago beat Tampa Bay for the championship.  One player (Larry F. Waldman) had Tampa Bay picked, and none had the Blackhawks.  In the end, the Gold was a contest between Blake Oakes needing Tampa Bay (he had much stronger earlier picks than Larry), and Pam Wood needing Chicago.  So Pam came away with our version of the Stanley Cup, with Joe Milano taking the Silver and David Blamphin the Bronze.  This was Pam's first trophy in this pool, but is her sixth Waldarry Gold, tying her with Bob Waldman for the most Gold Medals ever earned.  It was Joe's second trophy in this pool, having taken the Gold in 2011.  It was his 19th trophy overall, passing Len Bergstrom for the second most behind Pam Wood's 24.  For David Blamphin this was his first Bronze Medal, but he already has a Gold and a Silver in other pools, so he has now hit for the cycle.  It is interesting to note that Devon Shuman, the perennial hero in this pool, actually finished tied for second, but fell to fourth based upon tie-breakers.  It would have been his fifth year in a row taking a trophy in this pool.


  NBA Regular Season 2014-2015  (15 players)

1st Place - Penny Bergstrom (144/150)     2nd Place - Larry F. Waldman (144/150)     3rd PlaceRyan Milligan (144/150)

Summary: This was a wild season in many ways, and our pool had a phenomenal ending on the very last day of the season.  We had three games of critical importance on the final day, and all three games were equally critical to the NBA teams involved for playoff qualifications or placement.  San Antonio, Houston and Memphis were all fighting for positioning within the top three teams in their division, and the final order was also critical to us.  Penny Bergstrom, Ryan Milligan and Larry F. Waldman all had a shot at the Gold depending on how those three teams wound up.  Lots of hot TV watching that night.  San Antonio lost, while Houston and Memphis won, giving a final order of Houston, Memphis and San Antonio.  This set up a wild five way tie at the top of our standings.  Len Bergstrom was quickly eliminated as he had only four correct champs while the other four players had five.  Penny and Larry had the Clippers with the most wins, while Ryan and Brent Koplitz had Cleveland.  The Clippers won 56 to Cleveland's 53, so Penny and Larry were still tied.  Penny's 58 wins prediction was closer than Larry's 61, so she took the Gold while Larry took the Silver.  Ryan's 60 wins for Cleveland was closer than Brent's 65, so Ryan took the Bronze.  A spectacular final night that led to third level tie-breakers for all medals!  This was Penny's third Gold Medal in this pool breaking the tie she had with Enrique Rivera at two.  For Larry, this was his third overall Medal in this pool, putting him in a tie with Penny, Enrique and Bob Waldman.    Ryan, last year's Gold Medal winner had a shot at being the first consecutive Gold Medal winner, but had to settle for a Bronze. 


  NHL Regular Season 2015  (14 players)

1st Place - Steve Mayhew (214/240)     2nd Place - Ryan Milligan (214/240)     3rd Place - Penny Bergstrom (212/240)

Summary: This was a wild season for the NHL.  Teams moved up and down frequently, and many early season favorites did not fare so well, some not even making the playoffs.  Our standings also shifted quite a bit, with frequent moves back and forth between the bottom half and the top half of the standings.  The season actually came down to the very final day, with Steve Mayhew, Ryan Milligan, Penny Bergstrom, Larry J. Waldman and Billy Waldman all vying for medals.  The big issue was who would finish in first - the Montreal Canadiens or the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Montreal won their game in a shootout, giving them the top spot, and giving Steve, Ryan and Penny the medals.  Steve's Gold was his fourth Gold Medal, and allowed him to move up from 10th place to 7th place on the prestigious Top Ten.  Ryan actually tied Steve on points, but wound up with the Silver as his Blackhawks had only 102 points compared to Steve's Montreal pick netting 110.  For Ryan, this was his fourth Medal, now having two Golds and two Silvers.  He moved up one notch from 21st to 20th on the all-time leaderboard.  Penny tied Larry J for the third spot, but she had two division champions correct to Larry's one.  This was Penny's 16th Medal of all-time, but she fell from 9th to 10th in the Top Ten, with Steve using his Gold to pass her by.


  NCAA March Madness 2015  (58 players)

1st Place - Jack Thomas (143/192)     2nd Place - Jeremy Cone (136/192)     3rd Place - Jeff Cone (131/192)

Summary: Kentucky (with an undefeated regular season), Villanova, Duke and Wisconsin came in as number one seeds.  Villanova failed to make it to the Round of 16, while Kentucky fell to Wisconsin in the semi-finals.  That set up a Duke versus Wisconsin final.  The final saw many, many lead changes, with Duke down most of the game, but they came back in the end to win 68-63.  Blake Oakes put up a great fight for the Gold with his Wisconsin Badgers, but in the end it was Jack Thomas' Duke Blue Devils that brought the trophy home.  It was Jack's first ever Waldarry Gold (he already had a Silver and a Bronze in his trophy case).  Jeremy Cone came through with the Silver, making his first ever appearance in the Waldarry Hall of Champions as its 94th member.  Jeff Cone, Jeremy's father, took home the Bronze, his third trophy of the year, following two Golds in NFL Pools.


  NFL Playoffs 2015  (29 players)

1st Place - Jeff Cone (46/48)     2nd Place - Blake Oakes (45/48)     3rd Place - Steve Mayhew (45/48)

Summary: Of our 29 players, 13 picked Seattle to win it all, and 7 picked New England.  They were the two favorites and they indeed wound up facing each other in the Superbowl.  Throughout the entire playoffs there were only two upsets - Baltimore beat Pittsburgh in round 1, and Indianapolis beat Denver in round 2.  Jeff Cone got the Baltimore win correct, lost a point on Denver's loss, and got everything else right making it to the Superbowl as the already-crowned Gold Medal winner.  The Superbowl was super exciting, and came down to the last 30 seconds, when Seattle threw an interception at the goal line to lose the game to New England, 28-24.  Blake Oakes and Steve Mayhew tied for the second spot, with Blake taking the Silver on his pick of 47 total points in the game being closer than Steve's pick of 46.  For Jeff, his Gold Medal was his second, following up on his first in the NFL Survival Pool this year.  Blake's Silver is his very first entry into the Waldarry Hall of Champions.  He is the 93rd distinguished member.  Steve is a Waldarry veteran, further maintaining his standing in the Waldarry all-time Top Ten.


  College Football Bowl Pool 2014-2015  (21 players)

1st Place - Mike Defede (525/780)     2nd Place - Barry Shuman (513/780)     3rd Place - Brent Koplitz (500/780)

Summary: Once this pool started to take shape, Brent Koplitz, Mike Defede, Craig Thomas, Dave Blamphin, Michael Arvold and Jack Thomas were fighting for the top spots.  As some fell by the wayside, Barry Shuman jumped up to join the finalists.  When it came down to the final championship game, Mike Defede had already clinched the Gold Medal.  Oregon played Ohio State in the final game, and Craig Thomas, Brent Koplitz and Barry Shuman were vying for the two remaining medals.  Underdog Ohio State came away with the championship, which allowed OSU alumnus Barry Shuman to take the Silver, while Brent Koplitz grabbed the Bronze.  Craig Thomas lost out on the last day.  For Mike this was his first ever Waldarry Gold Medal, adding to the two Bronze in his trophy room.  For veterans Barry and Brent, this was their 10th and 16th medal respectively.


  MLB World Series - 2014  (21 players)

  1st Place - Barry Shuman (30/45)      2nd Place - Len Bergstrom (29/45)      3rd Place - Michael Arvold (28/45)

Summary: This was a year for big upsets.  Baltimore and St. Louis were the favorites to reach the World Series, and neither made it.  Both lost early, and the two wild-card game winners, the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants made it all the way to the World Series.  The finals went the full seven games, with the Giants taking a 3-2 win to give them their third championship in five years.  None of our players correctly had the Giants beating the Royals in the finals.  Barry Shuman and Len Bergstrom, who both had the Royals and Giants reaching the World Series, but incorrectly had the Royals taking it, finished in the top two spots.  The Bronze went to Michael Arvold, who did indeed have the Giants taking the title, but had them beating Baltimore, not Kansas City.  All in all some pretty poor results for our participants, but that's what happens with a few major upsets.  For Barry, this is his third Gold Medal.  It is Len's seventh Silver, and Michael now has 3.5 Bronze Medals.  Another pool where three veterans show they have not lost any of their talents!


  NFL Regular Season Survival Pool 2014-2015  (43 players)

1st Place - Jeff Cone (15/17)     2nd Place -  Tod Cohen (7/17)     3rd Place - Larry F. Waldman (7/17)

Summary: This was a quick season, with only three players making it into week 8.  Jeff Cone took Cleveland, who beat Oakland by ten points on Sunday.  Tod Cohen and Larry F. Waldman both went with heavily favored Dallas over Washington in the Monday night game.  It was a heart-breaker, as it went into overtime, with Washington pulling off the upset by an overtime field goal.  This gave Jeff Cone his first ever Waldarry Gold Medal.  Tod took the Silver based upon Arizona's 11 point win the prior week versus Larry's 2 point New England win.  This was Tod's second Silver Medal, following his Silver in the 2014 NFL Playoff Pool.  Larry now has 2.5 Bronze awards in his repertoire.  Jeff was able to carry his streak all the way to 15 games, losing with Buffalo in week 16.


  MLB Regular Season - 2014  (14 players)

  1st Place - Penny Bergstrom (138/150)      2nd Place - Joe Milano (136/150)      3rd Place - Len Bergstrom (134/150)

Summary: Billy Waldman and Bob Waldman were very strong in this pool early on, with the Giants, Oakland and Milwaukee opening up big leads in their divisions.  However, all three folded big-time starting in mid-summer, and none were able to hold onto their top spots.  They were replaced by the Dodgers, the Angels and St. Louis.  This enabled Penny Bergstrom to take our Gold Medal and Joe Milano to take the Silver, both pretty much wrapping up their honors with about a week to go.  The Bronze came down to the last day of the season, with Pam Wood needing a Yankee loss and a Toronto victory to pick up the award.  Neither game went her way, so Len Bergstrom carried home the final trophy.  We set a record this year with 14 entries, breaking the old record of 13 set in 2012.  Penny tied Bill Brewster with her third trophy in this pool, having won Silver Awards in 2011 and 2012.  For Joe, this was his second straight Silver and his third overall award in this pool, joining Bill and Penny with that record.  Len had 1/2 of a Bronze award in the 2010 contest.  Three veterans continue to show that they have not yet begun to decline!
 

  NFL Regular Season - 2014-2015  (60 players)

 1st Place - Chad Martin (1507/2052)        2nd Place - Pam Wood (1498/2052)         3rd Place - David Leib (1496/2052)

Week 1 - Barry Shuman (106/136)

Week 7 - Aaron Butcher (99/120) Week 13 - Brent Koplitz (108/136)

Week 2 - Connie Mulloy (101/136)

Week 8 - Billy Reynolds (111/120) Week 14 - Kevin Mulloy (115/136)

Week 3 - Steve Mayhew (117/136)

Week 9 - Rodney Brown (78/91) Week 15 - Shawn Hodges (133/136)

Week 4 - Billy Waldman (82/91)

Week 10 - Bill Brewster (79/91) Week 16 - Kevin Mulloy (118/136)

Week 5 - Torin Cone (115/120)

Week 11 - David Leib (78/91) Week 17 - Alek Zanjani (120/136)

Week 6 - Ali Jian (106/120)

Week 12 - Shannon Mulloy (112/120)  

Summary Starting in week 12, the top six spots were fought over by brothers Torin and Jeremy Cone, Len and Penny Bergstrom, Pam Wood and David Leib. In week 14 Chad Martin joined the fray, knocking Len from the top six. Week 16 saw Chad take the top spot from David, with Pam grabbing third. Chad hung on for the win a week later, while Pam passed David for the Silver, and David settled for the Bronze. This was Chad's first Waldarry Gold in any pool, while Pam and David were both former Gold winners in this specific pool. Pam also won the Silver last year.  We had 16 different weekly winners, with Kevin Mulloy being the only repeat winner.


  NBA Playoffs 2014  (16 players)

1st Place - Steve Mayhew (62/64)     2nd Place - Len Bergstrom (62/64)     3rd Place - Lucca Rivera  (62/64)

Summary: A Miami three-peat was the choice for seven of us, while four picked San Antonio, three Oklahoma City, and one each for the Clippers and Indiana.  In an unusual occurrence, our top two choices wound up playing for the championship.  The Spurs played a really powerful finals, beating back the Heat in a five game series, earning three of their wins by 15 or more points.  Something of a blow-away, which left many Miami haters quite pleased.  We wound up with a three way tie at the top, with Steve Mayhew, Len Bergstrom and Lucca Rivera each getting an impressive 62 points out of 64.  Steve and Len both had the Spurs with 16 points in the final round, while Luca had 15, so Lucca was relegated to the Bronze.  Steve and Len had identical picks throughout (missing only round one upsets of Washington over Chicago and Portland over Houston).  They went to the "number of games" tie-breaker in the finals.  Steve had six and Len had seven.  Since it was a five game series, Steve took the Gold and Len the Silver.  For Steve, this was his third Gold of all-time, while for Len it was his sixth Silver.  Lucca's Bronze gave him his first entry into the Waldarry Hall of Champions, becoming its 89th member.


  NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2014  (25 players)

1st Place - Devon Shuman (60/64)     2nd Place - Rusty Stevens (59/64)     3rd Place - Bob Waldman (50/64)

Summary: Boston was the big favorite this year with 11 picks to win it all, with eight teams overall receiving votes.  Nobody picked the LA Kings to take home the Stanley Cup, so of course they managed to pull it off.  They downed the Rangers in a 5 game finals.  One of their wins was in overtime, and two were in double overtime.  So while the games were close, the series was not.  Both Devon Shuman and Rusty Stevens gave the Kings 15 points in the final round, and that led them to the Gold and Silver respectively.  Devon had the Rangers stronger than Rusty did, and that gave him the edge for the Gold.  Both had their positions clinched before the final round.  The Bronze came down to Len Bergstrom (Rangers) versus Bob Waldman (Kings), so Bob took home the Bronze.  This was Devon's second Gold Medal in this pool.  He has now won a medal in five of the six years that this pool has been in existence - amazing!  Rusty Stevens has earned his first Waldarry Pool medal, hence making his initial entry into the Waldarry Hall of Champions!  Bob Waldman has earned his eighth Bronze Medal, a Waldarry record.


  NBA Regular Season 2013-2014  (14 players)

1st Place - Ryan Milligan (146/150)     2nd Place - Len Bergstrom (144/150)     3rd PlaceBob Waldman (144/150)

Summary: With a pretty unbalanced set of teams in the NBA, early picks were easy ands this pool did not really become interesting until the second half of the season.  It was the middle of the standings that provided most of the interesting action, with the bottoms and tops well established.  Late in the season Ryan Milligan, Len Bergstrom and Bob Waldman started to show strength at the top of our standings.  There was a lot of back and forth, and believe it or not, the Gold was not determined until the final game on the final night of the season.  Ryan needed a Memphis win over Dallas, and Len needed a Dallas win over Memphis.  To add to the amazement of this last minute finish the game actually went into overtime!  Memphis pulled it out by one point to give Ryan the coveted Gold Medal.  Len, Bob and George Rosevally tied for second.  They all had either Miami or Houston with the best record, and that too came down to the final night with the teams exactly tying in their season record.  Len took the Bronze based on his forecasted number of wins, and Bob took the Bronze based on his forecast.  This is Ryan's second Gold Medal (first was 2009 March Madness), with Len and Bob being frequent visitors to the Hall of Champions.


  NHL Regular Season 2014  (15 players)

1st Place - Barry Shuman (224/240)     2nd Place - Billy Waldman (222/240)     3rd Place - Pam Wood (222/240)

Summary: This was our first ever NHL Regular Season Pool, and it proved to be full of action right down to the final day.  Early on Philly gave every impression of being a last place team, but they wound up getting hot and finishing third.  That cost a lot of players five important points.  There were fights for the top spots between Colorado, St. Louis and Chicago, as well as Anaheim and San Jose.  Anyway, it came down to the last night, with Barry Shuman and Pam Wood fighting for the Gold.  Pam had it, but Barry needed Tampa Bay to beat Washington to take it from her.  The game wound up zero-zero and headed for s shootout.  Tampa Bay took it, finally, 1-0, beating Montreal for second place and giving the Gold to Barry.  Billy managed to tie Pam for the Silver, but took it from her based on the number of Chicago wins, the ultimate tie-breaker.  Pam took the Bronze.  All three are Waldarry veterans, and they now are hockey champions as well.


  NCAA March Madness 2014  (55 players)

1st Place - Joyce Fubini (101/192)     2nd Place - Brendan Hansen (77/192)     3rd Place - Phil Suraci (76/192)

Summary: This was a rough year for the NCAA bracket players.  Of our record 55 players in the pool, we had 21 who picked favorite Florida to go all the way.  First seeded Florida did make it to the Final Four, but lost there to seventh seeded Connecticut.  On the other side of the bracket 2nd seed Wisconsin lost by one point to 8th seed Kentucky, setting up the Connecticut vs. Kentucky Final.  This was the highest number total seed ever for a March Madness final, 7th against 8th.  In one of the most amazing selections in Waldarry Pool history, Joyce Fubini actually had Connecticut playing Kentucky in the Finals, which gave her the easy Gold Medal in the pool this year.  Brendan Hansen had Florida and Wisconsin in the Final Four which helped him land the Silver, and Phil Suraci had only Florida, but did have five of the Elite Eight correct to grab the Bronze.  For Joyce, this was her second Gold Medal, the first being in the 2009 NHL playoffs.  This was Brendan's first entry into the Waldarry Hall of Champions, becoming its 87th member.  Phil Suraci has won five weekly NFL competitions, with this being his first full season medal.  Although it had no effect on our pool, Connecticut went on to beat Kentucky and become national champions.


  Winter Olympics Sochi - 2014  (16 players)

1st Place - Brent Koplitz (440/458)     2nd Place - Pam Wood (422/458)     3rd Place - Mike Defede (416/458)

Summary: This was our first Waldarry Olympics Pool.  Pam Wood and Joe Milano grabbed the early lead, with Mike Defede and Ryan Milligan close behind.  Brent Koplitz was in the middle of the pack, but as the Olympics reached about 40% completion Brent shot up to the top based on strong showings from Switzerland and Sweden.  Then some surprising strength from Belarus helped Brent open up a commanding 49 point lead at the 60% point in the Olympics.  At that point it became a contest for the Silver and Bronze, with Pam, Joe, Mike and Ryan in close contention.  Finland and Slovenia helped Pam get a decent grip on the Silver, and Joe had the Bronze at the start of the final day.  But Latvia came through with a bobsledding Silver and the three points set up a three way tie between Joe, Mike and Ryan.  Mike and Ryan beat Joe because they used more countries in their pick set.  For Mike and Ryan it came down to the leading country's score as a tie-breaker, and Mike's 108 prediction was just one point off of Russia's final 107 tally, giving him the Bronze.


  NFL Playoffs 2014  (37 players)

1st Place - Bob Waldman (47/48)     2nd Place - Tod Cohen (46/48)     3rd Place - Bill Brewster (46/48)

Summary: Seattle was the big favorite this year with 16 picks to win it all.  Denver was second with 8, and the other 13 were scattered among 7 other teams.  Favorites were strong throughout the playoffs, and Denver indeed wound up facing Seattle in the Superbowl.  Seattle romped in the big game, winning 43-8.  Winner Bob Waldman was perfect with the exception of San Diego beating Cincinnati in round 1.  His upset pick of New Orleans over Philly was key in propelling him to the top.  He correctly had San Francisco and New England joining Seattle and Denver in the final four.  Silver medalist Tod Cohen also had the final four, but missed two picks in the first round.  The Bronze went to Bill Brewster who did not give San Francisco the full four points in the semi-final round.  Bob's 47 points set an all-time record for this pool.


  College Football Bowl Pool 2013-2014  (18 players)

1st Place - Torin Cone (445/630)     2nd Place - Steve Mayhew (429/630)     3rd Place - Joe Milano (423/630)

Summary: Steve Mayhew started off strong, and wound up with a pool high of 24 correct picks out of 35.  He had the early lead, but Torin Cone and Joe Milano kept close behind.  Torin had some great late picks to propel himself to the top, and managed to clinch the Gold after the next to last game.  That left a fight for the Silver and Bronze that came down to the big Florida State versus Auburn finale.  FSU's win on a touchdown pass with 13 seconds to go gave the awards to Steve Mayhew and Joe Milano over Len Bergstrom and Larry F. Waldman, who  needed an Auburn victory.  This is Torin's first entry into the Hall of Champions, with Steve and Joe being Hall veterans.  It is Joe's record third medal in this pool, breaking his tie at two with Penny Bergstrom.


  NFL Regular Season Survival Pool 2013-2014  (41 players)

1st Place - Billy Waldman (11/17)     2nd Place -  Penny Bergstrom (10/17)     3rd Place - Bill Brewster (9/17)

Summary: We had fourteen players make it into week 10, and twelve of them were eliminated when heavily favored Tennessee lost to Jacksonville's first win of the season.  Bill Brewster held the tie breaker with a 24 point win the prior week, landing him the Bronze Medal.  Billy Waldman and Penny Bergstrom carried on to fight for the Gold.  It took only one more week, as Billy's Arizona win landed him the Gold, while Penny's Houston pick went down to defeat leaving her with the Silver.  This was Billy's fifth overall Gold Medal, tying him with three others at that level.  It was also his second medal in this pool, tying him with three others there as well.  He did lose the following week, ending his run at 11 weeks.  It was Penny's seventh Silver Medal, passing Pam Wood for the leadership in that category.  In addition it enabled Penny to move into tenth place on the all-time leadership board.  This was Bill's first Bronze ever, but his tenth medal overall.  Three Waldarry veterans putting on another great showing.


  MLB World Series - 2013  (15 players)

  1st Place - Steve Mayhew (43/45)      2nd Place - Dave Blamphin (43/45)      3rd Place - Pam Wood (36/45)

Summary: This year it was the Tigers and Red Sox in the American League and the Dodgers and Cardinals in the National League.  Boston and LA were our most common picks - Boston came through, but the Cardinals beat the Dodgers.  Boston was the World Series favorite with six picks, and the Cardinals had only one championship pick.  For a change, we were right, and Boston took the championship.  All three series went six games.  Steve Mayhew and Dave Blamphin were our only players who picked the Red Sox over the Cardinals in the World Series, and that led to them picking up the Gold and Silver Medals.  Steve got the Gold by correctly picking the Red Sox in six games, while Dave had picked seven games.  Veteran Pam Wood grabbed the Bronze, even though she had the Dodgers beating the Cardinals.  Pam became the first player to win consecutive medals in this pool, having taken the Silver last year.  Steve and Dave tied the all-time record of 43 points for this pool, and we have had eight different winners in the eight year history of this pool.


  MLB Regular Season - 2013  (12 players)

  1st Place - Larry J. Waldman (140/150)      2nd Place - Joe Milano (140/150)      3rd Place - Pam Wood (138/150)

Summary: About mid-season Larry J. Waldman, Joe Milano, Len Bergstrom and Penny Bergstrom took over the four top spots and fought with each other for the most part.  Toward the end Larry held on to the top most of the time, Penny fell back, and Pam Wood came up to join the fight with Joe and Len for the Silver and Bronze.  Larry clinched the Gold early in the last week, and the Silver and Bronze came down to the last day of the season.  Joe grabbed the Silver with a Yankee 14 inning win in their finale, and Len and Pam depended upon the Giant-Padre game to close out the season.  The Giants scored two in the bottom of the ninth to beat San Diego and allow Pam to grab the Bronze from Len.  Quite a finish!  Larry took the top spot in a tie-breaker with Joe.  Both picked Washington with the most wins, with Larry closer on the forecast number of wins.  Pam actually tied Len and Bob Waldman with 138 points, taking the tiebreaker by getting all six division champions correct.  Larry and Joe's 140 points set a new record for this pool.  This year also ended Bill Brewster's record run of three straight Golds in this pool.
 

  NFL Regular Season - 2013-2014  (62 players)

 1st Place - Len Bergstrom (1523/2065)    2nd Place - Pam Wood (1521/2065)     3rd Place - Nat Twarog (1503/2065)

Week 1 - Pam Wood (113/136)

Week 7 - Rob Wolter (105/120) Week 13 - Dennis Chi (124/136)

Week 2 - Nat Twarog (125/136)

Week 8 - Dennis Chi (87/91) Week 14 - Joe Milano (130/136)

Week 3 - Francis David (117/136)

Week 9 - Jeff Cone (69/91) Week 15 - Connie Mulloy (102/136)

Week 4 - Kelley Craver (115/120)

Week 10 - Andrew Perzel III (83/105) Week 16 - Matt Kopchick (108/136)

Week 5 - Kyle Mulloy (87/105)

Week 11 - Tod Cohen (108/120) Week 17 - Larry F. Waldman (130/136)

Week 6 - Shannon Mulloy (103/120)

Week 12 - Michael Arvold (66/105)  

Summary:  For the final thirteen weeks (since week 5) Len Bergstrom, Pam Wood and Nat Twarog held the top three spots in this pool.  During this period, Nat held the top spot seven times, Pam five times, and Len just once, but it was the last week that he grabbed it, taking the title by two points over Pam and twenty points over Nat.  Quite an exciting finish for those three players.  We had sixteen different weekly winners over the seventeen weeks, with Dennis Chi being the only repeat winner, taking weeks 8 and 13.  This was Len's first Gold Medal in this pool, adding to his Silver in 2012 and Bronze in 2009.  This was Pam's record fourth medal in this pool, and Nat's initial Waldarry Medal other than his having won week 2 this year.  Dennis Chi's two weekly wins gave him a record seven weekly wins in the history of the pool.  Two streaks came to an end, as Sue Friborg and Aaron Butcher failed to win a week after four straight years taking a weekly honor.  Michael Arvold won week 12, tying Dennis Chi, Sue and Aaron with four straight years winning a week, and he is the only one of them carrying such a streak into 2015 to try for a fifth year in a row.


  NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2013  (25 players)

1st Place - Billy Waldman (61/64)     2nd Place - Penny Bergstrom (61/64)     3rd Place - Devon Shuman (60/64)

Summary: There were no wild upsets this year.  Nine of our players had Pittsburgh, six Chicago, and three Boston.  The other seven players chose from five different teams.  Pittsburgh lost to Boston in round 3, and the Bruins and Blackhawks made it to the finals.  The Blackhawks downed Boston in six games to win their second championship in four years.  Billy Waldman took the Gold Medal, clinching it before the finals even began.  He had Chicago with 15 points (out of 16) to win the finals, but correctly had both Boston and Chicago making it to the finals.  Penny Bergstrom tied Billy with 61 points, but only gave Boston 7 (out of 8) in the semi-final round, giving her the Silver.  Devon Shuman had 60 points to claim the Bronze Medal.  The 61 point total tied Joe Milano for the all-time best in this pool, set in 2011.  This is Devon's third consecutive medal in this pool, and fourth overall.  His four medals in this pool ties Joe Milano's record of four all-time medals in one specific pool - he has four medals in NBA playoff pools.


  NBA Playoffs 2013  (16 players)

1st Place - Dave Blamphin (59/64)     2nd Place - Brent Koplitz (59/64)     3rd Place - Steve Mayhew  (59/64)

Summary: The Miami Heat with Lebron James were the heavy favorite going into the playoffs, and 13 of our 16 players had them going all the way.  It took a miraculous win in game six, and then a seven point win in game seven and they did indeed win the championship, playing against the San Antonio Spurs.  We had four players tie for the top spot at 59.  Dave Blamphin took the Gold, as one of only two players who had the Heat and the Spurs going into the championship round.  Brent Koplitz and Steve Mayhew tied for second with 15 points in the semi-final round, and Brent took the Silver based on closest winning margin in the final game, 8 versus 4 (it was actually 7).  Larry F. Waldman also tied at 59 points, but fell short in the semi-final round.  Esteban Rivera was the only other player to have the Heat and Spurs in the final round, but he fell short in earlier rounds.  For Dave Blamphin this is his first entry into the Waldarry Hall of Champions, making a blazing entry with a Gold Medal.  Brent and Steve are old-time veterans.  Brent stands out by taking the Silver in both the NBA regular season and playoff pool this year.  This is Steve's second trophy in this pool, having taken the Silver in 2010. 


  NBA Regular Season 2012-2013  (13 players)

1st Place - Penny Bergstrom (146/150)     2nd Place - Brent Koplitz (144/150)     3rd Place - George Rosevally & Larry F. Waldman (tie, 144/150)

Summary: This pool settled down with a few weeks to go, with Brent on top, Penny in second, and Enrique Rivera holding third.  It was only in the last two games that Charlotte was able to pass Orlando at the bottom of the Southeast Division, and this enabled Penny to take the Gold from Brent.  It also set up a six way tie for the second spot.  Brent took the Silver based on giving Miami 65 wins, and they came in at 66.  George and Larry F. split the Bronze as each had Miami with 63 wins.  Enrique, Joe and Len also had 144 points, but they did not have Miami with the most wins.  This was Penny's second Gold Medal in this pool, winning her initial one in 2007.  This ties Enrique for the most Golds - he took it in 2009 and 2011.  George and Larry F. both won their second trophy in this pool. 


  NCAA March Madness 2013  (43 players)

1st Place - Rob Wolter (128/192)     2nd Place - Meg McCormick (119/192)     3rd Place - Mike Defede (117/192)

Summary: Top seed Louisville was the favorite this year, with 18 of our 43 players making them their choice for champion.  No other top seed made it to the Final 8, and it came down to 4th seed Michigan against Louisville for the Championship.  Louisville took the game by six points.  Rob Wolter, with Louisville as his only correct pick in the Final 4, took home the Gold.  Meg McCormick, also with Louisville as her only correct Final 4 pick, grabbed the Silver.  Mike Defede, who also correctly had Syracuse in the Final 4, held on for the Bronze.  It was Rob's first Gold, and Meg and Mike's first entry in the Hall of Champions.


  NFL Playoffs 2013  (36 players)

1st Place - Connie Mulloy (40/48)     2nd Place - Dana Pryor (40/48)     3rd Place - Brent Koplitz (40/48)

Summary: This year 14 of our 36 players had Denver going all the way and 11 had New England.  Three had San Francisco and none had Baltimore.  After many upsets, we saw San Francisco and Baltimore make it to the Superbowl.  The 49ers were favored, but fell way behind early.  Then came the epic power failure and when the game resumed, San Francisco came storming back.  But in the end Baltimore held on and took the game 34-31.  This was great for Connie Mulloy, who had given Baltimore 11 points in the final game, and it allowed her to take home the Gold Medal as well as her very first entry into the Waldarry Hall of Champions.  Dana Pryor, who gave Baltimore 10 points in the Superbowl Round, in this her very first Waldarry Pool, used that strength to take the Silver Award.  Brent Koplitz and Bob Walter were tied for the Bronze, each giving Baltimore 8 points in the final game, but Brent took the Bronze based on his 10 points in the prior round versus Bob's 9 points.  Welcome to our two new Champions, Connie and Dana, and welcome back to our veteran Brent.


  College Football Bowl Pool 2012-2013  (21 players)

1st Place - Bob Waldman (484/630)     2nd Place - Mike Carroll (478/630)     3rd Place - Pam Wood (467/630)

Summary: Bob Waldman looked strong from the very beginning, and wound up with 25 out of 35 picks correct, two more than any other player.  Mike Carroll also showed strength throughout, and Bob and Mike clinched the top two spots even before the final game was played.  Pam Wood held the third spot, but needed an Alabama win over underdog Notre Dame to keep Penny Bergstrom from stealing the Bronze.  Alabama's 42-17 clobbering of Notre Dame insured the third spot for Pam.


  MLB World Series - 2012  (18 players)

  1st Place - Billy Waldman (35/45)      2nd Place - Pam Wood (27/45)      3rd Place - Bob Waldman (27/45)

Summary: Lots of surprises in this year's playoffs.  Detroit took out the Yankees in a four game sweep, the Giants came back to win three straight to finally defeat the Cardinals, and then the Giants swept the favored Tigers in four games.  Billy Waldman was the only player to have the Giants beating the Tigers in the World Series and that easily earned him the Gold.  Pam Wood and Bob Waldman had the right teams in the World Series, but both had the Tigers knocking off the Giants.  Pam edged Bob for the Silver with one extra World Series grid point.  Three players in the all-time top ten leaderboard once again showing great sports prognostication skills.


  NFL Regular Season Survival Pool 2012-2013  (38 players)

1st Place - Michael Arvold (13/17)     2nd Place -  Aaron Butcher (5/17)     3rd Place - Larry J. Waldman (3/17)

Summary: Last year was our shortest season ever, and this year broke that record.  We had 22 people go out in the second week, and another 12 in week 3.  Larry J. Waldman won the tie-breaker in week 3, so he took home the Bronze.  Both Michael Arvold and Aaron Butcher made it through week 4, but Aaron bit the dust in week 5 giving him the Silver, leaving Michael to take home the Gold.  All three are Waldarry veterans adding to their laurels!  Michael managed to continue on for quite a while, finally being eliminated in week 13!


   MLB Regular Season - 2012  (13 players)

  1st Place - Bill Brewster (164/180)      2nd Place - Penny Bergstrom (163/180)      3rd Place - Larry J. Waldman (162/180)

Summary: This was a tough season with some really big surprises in the standings - the biggest being the Red Sox finishing last and the Orioles finishing second.  Philly was also a big disappointment finishing third.  All of these surprises helped keep our season very fluid, with 12 of our 13 players being in medal-winning territory at some time during the season.  Bill Brewster spent the first half of the season near the bottom of the pack, and then began a slow ascent upwards, ultimately finishing on top.  Penny Bergstrom and Larry J. Waldman were in the middle most of the season and also bubbled up  near the end.  Larry actually was part of a five-way tie for third, taking the tiebreaker by having the Tigers with the most wins and a closer number of wins than Joe Milano.  It is interesting to note that Bill and Penny also took the Gold and Bronze last year, and for Bill this is his third straight Gold in this pool - an all-time record for such a repeat performance.  He must really know his baseball!  Additionally, this is Bill's fifth Gold Medal of all time (covering all pools), tying him with Pam Wood for the most in that category.
 

  NFL Regular Season - 2012-2013  (55 players)

 1st Place - David Leib (1511/2065)    2nd Place - Ann Laffaye (1484/2065)     3rd Place - Steve D'Amato (1482/2065)

Week 1 - Sue Friborg (108/136)

Week 7 - Iason Leiloglou (91/91) Week 13 - Kyle Mulloy (118/136)

Week 2 - Pat Laffaye (109/136)

Week 8 - Michael Arvold (92/105) Week 14 - Evans Boney (113/136)

Week 3 - Joe Barenzano (77/136)

Week 9 - Noe Nalvarte (98/105) Week 15 - Evans Boney (127/136)

Week 4 - Jacob Barrett (109/120)

Week 10 - Bob Waldman (82/105) Week 16 - Dan Cissell (132/136)

Week 5 - Brent Mahle (95/105)

Week 11 - Joe Milano (105/105) Week 17 - Aaron Butcher (128/136)

Week 6 - Aaron Butcher (72/105)

Week 12 - Phil Suraci (115/136)  

Summary:  David Leib pretty much ran away with the Gold this season, taking the top spot in week 11 and never letting go.  He passed Ann Laffaye to take that spot, and then Ann bounced around within the top five, coming back from fifth into second place in the final week to take the Silver.  Steve D'Amato was in the top six from week 8 on, and moved up from fourth to third in the last week to lock in the Bronze.  There were only two double weekly winners, with Evans Boney winning back to back weeks 14 and 15, and Aaron Butcher taking week 6 and week 17.  Joe Barenzano, Jacob Barrett and Kyle Mulloy used weekly wins to enter the Hall of Champions for the first time.


  NBA Playoffs 2012  (14 players)

1st Place - Larry F. Waldman (62/64)     2nd Place - Pam Wood (61/64)     3rd Place - Joe Milano  (61/64)

Summary: Miami and Chicago came in as the favorites this year, but a Derrick Rose injury right at the start knocked the Bulls out in the first round.  The Celtics were the surprise team, and they pushed the Heat to seven games before going down.  The Oklahoma City Thunder took the finals opener against the Heat, but then the Heat won four in a row to take the championship.  We had six players who had the Heat going all the way, so it was a close race.  Larry F. Waldman was the only player to have a perfect final four (Boston, Miami, San Antonio and Oklahoma City) which vaulted him up to the Gold Medal.  Pam Wood and Joe Milano were tied just one point behind.  Pam had a six game finals prediction and Joe had seven.  Since the Heat won in five, Pam got the Silver and Joe the Bronze.  All three trophy winners are Waldarry Pool veterans.


  NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012  (20 players)

1st Place - Devon Shuman (48/64)     2nd Place - Erin Mulloy (41/64)     3rd Place - Kevin Mulloy (36/64)

Summary: This was something of a shocker Stanley Cup Playoff.  Of the 16 teams in the playoffs, we had eight different picks to win it all.  Of course it was the unpicked 8th seeded Los Angeles Kings who took the title downing the 6th seeded New Jersey Devils in the finals.  This was the first 8th seed to win it all since the modern playoff format was implemented in 1994.  Devon Shuman, our Gold Medal winner was our only contestant to give them more than 7 points in the final round.  His 14 point final round prediction led him to a full seven point victory margin.  We can be very proud of our youth in this pool.  Both Devon and Silver medal winning Erin Mulloy are teenagers.  Erin's Dad, Kevin Mulloy, took the Bronze.  For Devon, this is his first Gold, and third medal overall.  He earned the Bronze in this same pool in 2009 and 2011, and is our only three time NHL Playoff medal winner.  Erin is making her initial entrance into the Waldarry Hall of Champions as its 69th member, and Kevin is getting his first Bronze award, after entering the Hall earlier this year with a weekly win in the NFL football pool.


  NBA Regular Season 2011-2012  (12 players)

1st Place - Larry F. Waldman (138/150)     2nd Place - Jon Etheart (138/150)     3rd Place - George Rosevally (138/150)

Summary: This was a strike-shortened season, so most weeks required two picks to be made.  Our leaders changed frequently throughout the season, until with about a month to go Larry F. Waldman took the lead and pretty much was able to hang on and grab the Gold.  The Bronze and Silver came down to the last day of the season, and a Raptors win over the Nets gave those trophies to Jon Etheart and George Rosevally over Steve Mayhew and Joe Milano.  We actually wound up with a four way tie at the top with 138 points.  Larry took the Gold with all six division champions picked correctly, Jon the Silver with Chicago having more wins than Miami, and George took the Bronze over Steve by having the closer number of wins for Miami.   For Larry, this is his eighth trophy, but his very first Gold award.  Jon made a big splash, as this was his very first Waldarry Pool - not many rookies grab a trophy in their maiden effort.  For George, this is his second Bronze award, to add to a Gold and a Silver in his repertoire.


  NCAA March Madness 2012  (38 players)

1st Place - Ann Laffaye (147/192)     2nd Place - Pat Laffaye (146/192)     3rd Place - Jason Harris (145/192)

Summary: This year saw favored Kentucky go all the way and take the championship, versus second seed Kansas in the finals.  Our three trophy winners all had Kentucky over Kansas in the final, and also had Ohio State making it to the Final Four.  Gold medal winner Ann Laffaye took the Silver medal in this pool last year, so she is becoming something of a college basketball guru.  It must be a family thing, as her husband, Pat Laffaye took the Silver this year.  Jason Harris, the Bronze winner, is entering the Waldarry Hall of Champions for the first time, as its 67th member.  Welcome Jason, and welcome back to the Laffayes.


  NFL Playoffs 2012  (27 players)

1st Place - Bill Brewster (37/48)     2nd Place - Penny Bergstrom (37/48)     3rd Place - Larry J. Waldman (36/48)

Summary: This was another year of upsets.  Fifteen of us had Green Bay going all the way, seven had New Orleans, and the rest were split between Baltimore and New England.  New England did indeed make it to the Superbowl, but they were beaten there by the upstart New York Giants, who no player even had winning the second round of the playoffs.  Bill Brewster had New York with seven points in the Superbowl round, enough to propel him to the Gold.  Penny Bergstrom's six Giants points in the final round and some good earlier picks earned her the Silver, and Larry J. Waldman parlayed the Giants' win into a Bronze.  Once again, Waldarry veterans have put their mettle on display.


  College Football Bowl Pool 2011-2012  (14 players)

1st Place - Penny Bergstrom (523/630)     2nd Place - Craig Thomas (509/630)     3rd Place - Joe Milano (508/630)

Summary: Clearly some of our players are getting very good at this pool.  Penny Bergstrom took the Gold, improving upon her Silver from last year.  Joe Milano gave a repeat performance of his Bronze from a year ago.  Craig Thomas came up to take the Silver - the same trophy his father took two years ago.  In a prominent show of strength, Penny clinched the Gold while there were still four games left to play.  It was in Joe's hands to take the Silver from Craig on the last night, but Joe's pick of LSU over Alabama fell flat, allowing Craig to hold onto the higher position.  For Penny, this is her second Waldarry Gold Medal, it is Craig's second Silver, and for Joe it is a record-tying fifth Bronze award.  A good showing by a group of Waldarry veterans.


  MLB World Series - 2011  (16 players)

  1st Place - Brent Koplitz (43/45)      2nd Place - Tom McClure (41/45)      3rd Place - Billy Waldman (34/45)

Summary: This was the year that the wild card St. Louis Cardinals surprised everyone and knocked off the favored Phillies in the first playoff round, and then rode through Milwaukee and Texas to grab the World Series crown.  Three of our sixteen players had St. Louis going all the way, and they took our trophies.  Brent Koplitz took the Gold, with spectacular picks of Texas and St. Louis in six games (both perfect), and then St. Louis in six, while it took them seven.  That gave him 43 out of a possible 45 points.  Tom McClure was close behind with the Silver, losing two more points having St. Louis in five instead of six in the NL championship game.  Billy Waldman was the only other player to have the Cardinals going all the way, and although he had Detroit beating Texas in the AL game, his Cardinals as champions pick allowed him to grab the Bronze.    This was Brent's first award in the MLB World Series pool, and his fourth Gold overall.  Tom won the Gold in this pool in 2008, and for Billy this is his third Bronze award. 


  NFL Regular Season Survival Pool 2011-2012  (30 players)

1st Place - Mike Carroll (9/17)     2nd Place -  Brent Koplitz (6/17)     3rd Place - Bob Waldman (6/17)

Summary: This was our shortest season ever.  We lost 14 of our 30 players in the very first week, and lost 12 more in week 5.  We were down to three finalists by week 6, and two of them were knocked out in week 7.  Mike Carroll was our only player to make it into week 8, taking the Gold Medal, and lasting through week 9.  This is Mike's first Gold and second Waldarry trophy overall, having taken the Silver in the Hockey Pool in 2010.  Brent Koplitz and Bob Waldman tied for the Silver, with Brent taking it based upon tie-breaker rules.  It is Brent's eighth medal, and Bob's Bronze is his 12th medal.


   MLB Regular Season - 2011  (12 players)

  1st Place - Bill Brewster (166/180)      2nd Place - Penny Bergstrom (166/180)      3rd Place - Steve Mayhew (166/180)

Summary: This was our first "fill-the-standings" pool for Major League Baseball.  It was really quite exciting, with nine of our twelve players occupying the top spot at some time during the season.  It wasn't until late in the season that Bill Brewster and Penny Bergstrom started to look really strong, and they held on to grab the top two spots.  It was actually a three way tie at the top, and all three had five of the six division champs picked correctly.  But Bill correctly had the Phillies with the most wins, Penny took second with the Yankees having most wins, and Steve Mayhew took the Bronze, having picked the Red Sox with the most wins.  For Bill, most impressively, this is his second year in a row winning the Gold in this pool, and his third Waldarry Gold overall.  It was Penny's third Silver, and Steve now has a Waldarry record 4 1/3 Bronze trophies.  A bunch of old-timers adding to their laurels - congratulations to all.
 

  NFL Regular Season - 2011-2012  (51 players)

 1st Place - Larry J. Waldman (1566/2070)     2nd Place - Len Bergstrom (1554/2070)     3rd Place - Brent Koplitz (1537/2070)

Week 1 - Larry J. Waldman (110/136)

Week 7 - Brent Koplitz (79/91) Week 13 - Chad Martin (108/136)

Week 2 - Brent Koplitz (129/136)

Week 8 - Bobbie Arvold (78/91) Week 14 - Aaron Butcher (136/136)

Week 3 - Noe Nalvarte (117/136)

Week 9 - Michael Arvold (87/105) Week 15 - Dennis Chi (98/136)

Week 4 - Charles B. Smith (123/136)

Week 10 - Phil Suraci (86/136) Week 16 - Kevin Mulloy (125/136)

Week 5 - Sue Friborg (76/91)

Week 11 - Len Bergstrom (94/105) Week 17 - Barry Shuman (127/136)

Week 6 - Len Bergstrom (83/91)

Week 12 - Iason Leiloglou (128/136)  

Summary:  Larry J. Waldman won the first week, and leveraged that into the Gold Medal for the season.  He never fell below second place, and held the top spot for 13 of the 17 weeks as well as for the final eight weeks.  Brent Koplitz was on top for three of the weeks (weeks 7 to 9), won two weeks outright, bounced between 2nd and 3rd, and ultimately finished with the Bronze Medal.  Len Bergstrom, the only other player to win two weeks was never on top, but finished well and took the Silver Trophy.  Chad Martin came on strong in the end, and missed catching Brent for the Bronze by just one point.  Noe Nalvarte and Iason Leiloglou were the only two Waldarry rookies able to come away with a weekly win.  Kevin Mulloy won the sixteenth week, giving him his first entry into the Hall of Champions.


  NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011  (18 players)

1st Place - Joe Milano (61/64)     2nd Place - Steve Mayhew (60/64)     3rd Place - Devon Shuman (59/64)

Summary: Vancouver was the big favorite this year, with 9 of our 18 players taking them all the way.  San Jose had four votes, and then one each for Philly, Boston, Detroit, Washington and Pittsburgh.  Vancouver eliminated San Jose in the semi-finals, and Boston came through to face Vancouver for the championship.  This went the full seven games, with Boston shutting out Vancouver in Vancouver, 4-0, to take their first Stanley Cup championship since 1972.  Joe Milano had the correct Vancouver-Boston match-up in the finals, and his 15 points for Boston gave him the Gold.  Steve Mayhew also gave Boston 15, but only 7 in the semis, and he took the Silver.  Devon Shuman, who took the Bronze two years ago, took it again here.  He actually had Boston with the full 16 in the finals, but his earlier weak support of Tampa Bay in the second round cost him a bigger trophy.


  NBA Playoffs 2011  (14 players)

1st Place - Sheel Dandekar (52/64)     2nd Place - Joyce Fubini (52/64)     3rd Place - Penny Bergstrom  (52/64)

Summary: This was the year that LeBron, Wade and Bosh got together in Miami to conquer the world.  Four of us thought that the Lakers would stop them, three thought Miami would actually do it, and others picked Boston, Chicago and San Antonio.  San Antonio fell in the first round, Boston and the Lakers in the second, and Chicago in the third.  The surprise was Dallas, who made it all the way to the finals to take on the Miami squad.  Down 2 games to 1, Dallas won the final three games to eliminate the heavily favored Heat in a six game series.  None of us had Dallas going all the way, but Sheel Dandekar and Joyce Fubini gave them 11 out of 16 points in the final round, tying for first with a 52 point total score.  In the tie-breakers, both correctly has a six game series, but Sheel's nine point margin in the final game was closer than Joyce's five point projection (Dallas won the last game by 10), so Sheel walked off with the Gold, giving Joyce the Silver.  Penny Bergstrom also had a 52 point total, but giving only 10 points to Dallas in the final round left her with the Bronze.  For Sheel Dandekar, this Gold Medal is his first entry into the Hall of Champions, with Joyce returning for the fourth time, and Penny for the seventh.


  NBA Regular Season 2010-2011  (9 players)

1st Place - Enrique Rivera (148/150)     2nd Place - Joe Milano (146/150)     3rd Place - Bob Waldman (146/150)

Summary: This was our first "fill the standings" pool, and it proved most intriguing.  Since there were some clear top and bottom teams in the NBA this year, the first half of the season the picks were fairly easy.  But there were a few key contests that kept things lively.  Everybody got all six champions correct (Boston, Chicago, Miami, San Antonio, LA and Oklahoma City), as that was not very difficult.  The toughest calls turned out to be the Knicks versus Philly and New Orleans versus Memphis.  It came down to the last night of the season, with Len Bergstrom needing a Memphis win over the Clippers to take the Gold.  Alas, the Clips won by seven, and Len wound up tied for fourth.  Enrique Rivera took the Gold with a perfect set of picks except for inverting the Clippers and the Kings at the bottom of the Pacific Division, an error that all nine players made.  Bob Waldman and Joe Milano tied for second, also inverting Utah and Portland in the Northwest.  For the tie-breaker, Joe's Miami pick had more wins than Bob's Boston pick, so Joe grabbed the Silver, with Bob taking home the Bronze.


  NCAA March Madness 2011  (39 players)

1st Place - Bill Brewster (70/192)     2nd Place - Ann Laffaye (69/192)     3rd Place - Billy Waldman (66/192)

Summary: This was another wild year for March Madness.  Our 39 players had six different teams chosen as champions, and none of them even made it into the Final Four.  A Waldarry first-timer Jason Harris had Kentucky, and if they had beaten Connecticut in the semi-final he would have taken the Gold.  But they did not and he came away empty-handed.  Third-seed Connecticut played eighth seed Butler for the Championship, and came away the victor, 53-41.  Bill Brewster took the Gold with a Waldarry record first place low for this pool of 70 points (this was a very tough year), followed by Ann Laffaye at 69.  Each had only one of the Final Four teams correct.  Billy Waldman tied his father, Bob Waldman, for the third spot, and came away with the Bronze based on the very low scoring 94 point final game.  This is Bill Brewster's second Gold Medal (he won the MLB Regular Season pool last year).   All three medal winners are Waldarry old-timers, and we welcome them back.


  NFL Playoffs 2011  (29 players)

1st Place - Joe Milano (44/48)     2nd Place - Pat Laffaye (40/48)     3rd Place - Michael Arvold (40/48)

Summary: As always, there was a strong favorite, with 20 of our 29 players picking New England to take it all.  Four had Atlanta, two took Pittsburgh, and one each for the Jets, Green Bay, and New Orleans.  The Jets started strong, and downed Indy and then eliminated the favored New England squad.  But then Pittsburgh ended the Jets' dream, and headed for the Superbowl against slightly favored Green Bay.  Green Bay won by six points, making a genius out of Joe Milano, the only contestant who gave the Packers 12 points in the final.  While Jordan Hull and Billy Waldman gave Green Bay 11, their poor earlier round projections for Pittsburgh precluded them from passing Pat Laffaye and Michael Arvold, whose strong projections for both Pittsburgh and Green Bay allowed them to capture the Silver and Bronze trophies.  Joe, Pat and Michael are Waldarry veterans, and their expertise has shone through yet another time.


  College Football Bowl Pool 2010-2011  (16 players)

1st Place - Ann Laffaye (454/630)     2nd Place - Penny Bergstrom (440/630)     3rd Place - Joe Milano (412/630)

Summary: Ann Laffaye and Penny Bergstrom were near the top throughout, and third place was a wild scramble.  Ann wound up clinching the top spot even before the final game, but it took Auburn's win over Oregon in the championship game to cement Penny's hold on second, as well as vault Joe Milano out from the pack and into third place.  All three trophy winners are Waldarry old-timers, and this adds to their standings in the fabled Hall of Champions.  Well done, folks.


  NFL Regular Season - 2010-2011  (50 players)

 1st Place - Pam Wood (1448/2067)      2nd Place - Steve Mayhew (1446/2067)      3rd Place - Amir Avraham (1437/2067)

Week 1 - Charles B. Smith (124/136)

Week 7 - Chad Martin (81/105) Week 13 - Chad Martin (128/136)

Week 2 - Dennis Chi (99/136)

Week 8 - Barry Shuman (65/91) Week 14 - Sue Friborg (120/136)

Week 3 - Michael Arvold (119/136)

Week 9 - Pam Wood (85/91) Week 15 - Amir Avraham (118/136)

Week 4 - Aaron Butcher (89/105)

Week 10 - Penny Bergstrom (72/105) Week 16 - Brent Koplitz (91/136)

Week 5 - Reed Shaffner (74/105)

Week 11 - Larry J. Waldman (135/136) Week 17 - Len Bergstrom (116/136)

Week 6 - Larry F. Waldman (87/105)

Week 12 - Billy Reynolds (125/136)  

Summary:  The Gold Medal this year has once again gone to Pam Wood, who has now taken this pool for three of the last four years - a rather amazing feat.  While Michael Arvold held the top spot for the first ten weeks, Pam took it away in week 11.  From week 13 until the end, Pam and Steve Mayhew went back and forth in the top two spots.  Pam had a good last week and used that to nip Steve by just two points for the season title.  In the meantime, Waldarry rookie (and certainly the rookie-of-the-year!) Amir Avraham used a great week 15 to make his first appearance in the top ten, and then vaulted into third place for the last two weeks to bring home the Bronze.  Another interesting note is that Chad Martin was our only repeat winner during the year, taking weeks 7 and 13.  He finished sixth overall.  A great season, and congrats to our trophy winners!


  NFL Regular Season Survival Pool 2010-2011  (32 players)

1st Place - George Rosevally (16/17)     2nd Place -  Amir Avraham (16/17)     3rd Place - Len Bergstrom (16/17)

Summary: This was the first year that we added a set of tie-breaker rules to this pool, and it led to a truly exciting finish.  After dropping down to four finalists (George Rosevally, Amir Avraham, Len Bergstrom and Joe Milano) after week 13, they all made it to week 16, at which point all went out together.  George had a one point loss with Dallas, while the other three all lost by three points in overtime with Jacksonville.  Going backwards by week, Amir took the Silver with his 26 point win in week 15, and Len took the Bronze with his 21 point win in week 14.  The tie-breaker rules added a lot of excitement right down to the end.  Condolences to Joe on his near miss, and congrats to our winners!


  MLB World Series - 2010  (19 players)

  1st Place - Larry Byers (43/45)      2nd Place - Barry Shuman (41/45)      3rd Place - Bob Waldman (27/45)

Summary: In our best performance ever in this pool, Larry Byers pulled in 43 of the possible 45 points.  He correctly had Texas in 6 in the ALCS, had the Giants in 7 in the NLCS (they won in 6), and again correctly had the Giants in 5 in the World Series.  An absolutely phenomenal performance to take home the Gold.  Barry Shuman was no slacker either, as he took the Silver, having the same forecasts for the first two series, but choosing one too many games for the World Series.  After these two, it was something of a disaster.  All other players had Philly winning in the NLCS, and 13 of the 19 of us had the Yankees taking the ALCS.  This allowed Bob Waldman to sneak in for the Bronze, with a correct Texas in 6, and a National League in 6 in the World Series.  For Larry Byers, this Gold is a follow-up to his shared Bronze in the MLB regular season, which was his maiden entry in the Hall of Champions.  This is Barry's first Silver, to go with a Gold and two Bronze awards, and for Bob it is his 3rd Bronze and tenth trophy overall.  This was a tough pool to call, and at least the top two guys did a great job!


   MLB Regular Season - 2010  (12 players)

  1st Place - Bill Brewster (121/164)      2nd Place - Joyce Fubini (119/164)      3rd Place - Len Bergstrom & Larry Byers (tie, 117/164)

Summary: This was a very exciting pool.  There was not a lot of variation in the picks, so it was a close pool all the way.  On the final day of the season it was still possible for six different players to wind up taking medals.  In any event, Bill Brewster, who was at or near the top the entire season, hung on to take the Gold.  He had two correct division winners, the Twins and the Phillies, and nobody had more.  He had the NL East picked perfectly, and forecast the number of wins within 10 for 23 of the 30 teams.  Joyce Fubini took second, with the same two division winners.  There was a three way tie for third between Len Bergstrom, Larry Byers, and Larry J. Waldman.  Len and Larry Byers shared the Medal, as they had the same two division winners, while Larry J. only had Philly.  It is interesting to note that none of our contestants picked any of the other four division winners - Tampa Bay, Texas, Cincinnati, or San Francisco.  For Bill Brewster this is his first Gold Medal, and first Medal other than four weekly winners in the NFL Pick 'Em Pool.  This is Joyce's second Silver Medal, in addition to one Gold in her portfolio.  Len adds to his collection of eight Medals, and has moved up from fourth to third on the all-time Leaderboard.  And finally, we welcome Larry Byers into the Hall with his initial trophy, one half of the Bronze Medal.  Congrats to all!

  NBA Playoffs 2010  (18 players)

1st Place - Pat Laffaye (59/64)     2nd Place - Steve Mayhew (59/64)     3rd Place - Larry F. Waldman  (58/64)

Summary: This was the year of LeBron, and 10 of our 18 contestants picked Cleveland to go all the way.  In Round 2 they ran into the aging but experienced Celtics, and went down to defeat.  Boston then beat Orlando, sending them into the finals with the heavily favored Kobe-led Lakers.  We had four players with the Lakers, and one (Enrique Rivera) with his beloved Celtics.  Boston took a 3-2 lead, and then needed one of two in LA.  They lost the first badly, but then went down to the final minute of game seven, falling four points short in the end.  LA's victory gave the Gold to Pat Laffaye, who won the tie-breaker with Steve Mayhew by giving LA the full 16 points in the Final.  It is Pat's second Gold, his first being in this year's College Football Bowl Pool.  Steve has added to a collection of 5+ prior medals.  Larry F. Waldman took the Bronze tie from George Rosevally, also by giving the full 16 to the Lakers in the Final.  It is Larry's sixth overall trophy, including two weekly NFL medals.  Strong results from three long time Waldarry Hall of Famers!


  NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2010  (17 players)

1st Place - Michael Arvold (53/64)     2nd Place - Mike Carroll (52/64)     3rd Place - Ann Laffaye (50/64)

Summary: This pool got off to a very quick start.  Thirteen of our seventeen players picked top seeded Washington to go all the way, and they were eliminated in the first round by eighth seeded Montreal.  However, three of us did have Chicago to take it all, and they took the Stanley Cup in six games from the Philadelphia Flyers.  Michael Arvold, who was not one of the three picking Chicago, managed to come away with the Gold based on his strong support for Philly throughout the playoffs.  He correctly picked San Jose to face Chicago in the West Finals, and was the only player to give Philly a 3 out of 4 in the East.  This let him edge out Mike Carroll, who took the Silver, and correctly had Chicago on top in the end.  Ann Laffaye edged out hubby Pat, breaking the tie for third by having Chicago with the full 16 points in the Final.  For Michael Arvold, this is his second Gold Trophy, following up on his win in the MLB World Series in 2007.  Mike Carroll is making his grand entrance into the Hall, to be honored as its 57th member.  And for Ann Laffaye, this is her first trophy other than having won four individual weeks in the regular NFL season pools.  Congratulations to all, especially to Mike on his initial entry into the Hall!


  NBA Regular Season 2009-2010  (13 players)

1st Place - Larry J. Waldman (126/162)     2nd Place & 3rd Place (3 way tie) - Steve Mayhew, Enrique Rivera, Pam Wood (122/162)

Summary: With all of our players picking the same 5 out of 6 conference champions (Boston, Cleveland, Orlando, LA Lakers and San Antonio), this was destined to be a close race.  All of those picks won except San Antonio (Dallas beat them), so the final conference was key.  We had players picking Denver, Portland and Utah.  It came down to the last day of the season, and a Utah loss gave the conference to Denver.  Throughout the season cousins Larry J. Waldman and Larry F. Waldman fought over the top spot, with Enrique, Len, Steve and Pam hanging around.  Larry J. (who picked Denver) pulled away toward the end, and in the frantic fight for the remaining trophies, Steve Mayhew, Enrique Rivera and Pam Wood wound up tied for second.  Since they each had four correct champions they wound up sharing the second and third place trophies.  For Larry J., in his rookie season, this is his second straight Gold, following up on his win in NCAA March Madness.  Very, very impressive!  For Steve, Enrique and Pam, they are earning their 6th, 3rd, and record 13th trophy (or should we say 2/3 of a trophy) respectively.  It's nice to see the rookies and the veterans sharing the glory.


  NCAA March Madness 2010  (37 players)

1st Place - Larry J. Waldman (86/192)     2nd Place - Pam Wood (84/192)     3rd Place - Jack Thomas (79/192)

Summary: This was a wild version of March Madness.  Of our 37 contestants, seven different champions were predicted, with three of the number one seeds (Kansas, Kentucky and Syracuse) getting most of the picks.  Of course it was the fourth number one seed, Duke, who no one picked to win, that was the only one to even make it to the Final Four!  It was a fifth seed, Butler, that surprised everyone and took on Duke for the championship, losing only when a desperation shot at the buzzer clanked off the backboard and rim.  So we had a disastrous pool, with the winner scoring just 86 points out of a possible 192.  In contrast, prior year winners scored 154, 146, and 162.  At any rate, a Waldarry rookie, Larry J. Waldman, was able to rise to the top and bring home the Gold for his maiden entry into the Hall of Champions.  The perfect way to make a grand entrance.  Pam Wood, our perennial competitor, took the Silver - she also took the Silver last year, and the Bronze in 2008 - a great mark of consistency.  Jack Thomas hung in to land the Bronze taking a final score tie-breaker from Michael Arvold.  This follows up on Jack's Silver in the College Football Bowl Pool several months ago.  Congratulations to all, especially to Larry J. on his grand entrance to the Hall!


  NFL Playoffs 2010  (33 players)

1st Place - Brent Koplitz (45/48)     2nd Place - David Guyer (44/48)     3rd Place -  Rob Wolter (44/48)

Summary: This year San Diego and Indianapolis got 25 of our 33 votes to win it all.  New Orleans got four, with New England and Minnesota getting two each.  The Jets ousted San Diego early, and Indianapolis and New Orleans continued through to the Superbowl.  New Orleans was the big sentimental favorite, and was able to knock down Indy 31-17 in the big game.  Winner Brent Koplitz was right on with New Orleans going all the way.  In addition, he had a perfect first round, and lost only three points in the middle to finish with a very impressive 45 out of 48.  Even more remarkable, Brent is a repeat winner - he had champion Pittsburgh last year lead him to the top in 2009 as well.  Wow!  Our Silver and Bronze awards are also quite exciting.  David Guyer, with the Silver, and Rob Wolter, with the Bronze, are making their first entries into the Waldarry Hall of Champions.  David has been around a while, so it is great to see him finally crack the door, and Rob is a rookie showing great potential.  Well done, gentlemen.


  College Football Bowl Pool 2009-2010  (15 players)

1st Place - Pat Laffaye (418/595)     2nd Place - Jack Thomas (399/595)     3rd Place - Barry Shuman (392/595)

Summary: Jack Thomas took the early lead this year, with son Craig, Pat Laffaye and Barry Shuman hanging around near the top.  Jack and Pat clinched the top two spots before the final game, and Craig and Barry had their sights set on the Bronze.  It came down to Pat and Barry needing a win in the national championship game, and they got it as Alabama downed Texas.  This gave Pat the Gold, Jack the Silver, and Barry the Bronze.  For Pat, this is his first trophy other than a weekly win in NFL Pick 'Em last year.  For Jack, this is his first entry into the Hall of Champions!  For Barry, this is his second Bronze (he also has a Gold from the 2007 MLB Regular Season).  Well done, guys! 


  NFL Regular Season - 2009-2010  (50 players)

 1st Place - Dan Cissell (1568/2068)      2nd Place - Wendy Varga (1565/2068)      3rd Place - Bobbie Arvold (1559/2068)

Week 1 - Sue Friborg (134/136)

Week 7 - Craig Thomas (83/91) Week 13 - Brent Koplitz (116/136)

Week 2 - Dan Cissell (105/136)

Week 8 - Phil Suraci (75/91) Week 14 - Casey Johnson (119/136)

Week 3 - Dan Cissell (121/136)

Week 9 - Kate Nowicki (73/91) Week 15 - Ali Jian (97/136)

Week 4 - Len Bergstrom (105/105)

Week 10 - Aaron Butcher (87/120) Week 16 - Larry F. Waldman (103/136)

Week 5 - Ryan Nahas (89/105)

Week 11 - Dennis Chi (111/136) Week 17 - Evans Boney (119/136)

Week 6 - Charles B. Smith (86/105)

Week 12 - Penny Bergstrom (124/136)  

Summary:

This was another great season for our flagship NFL regular season pool.  It started to take shape as early as week two, when Dan Cissell won the week and earned his very first entry into the Waldarry Hall of Champions.  Amazingly, he followed that up with a win the following week, for our first ever back to back wins.  This propelled him into first place in our overall season standings, a place he never relinquished for the remainder of the season.  By week 5, Wendy Varga and Bobbie Arvold took over the 2nd and 3rd slots.  They gave up these positions periodically during the season, allowing entry from Pat Laffaye, Craig Thomas, and Steve Mayhew, but by week 11 Wendy and Bobbie kept them behind.  Wendy made a strong run at Dan, closing a 21 point gap down to just 3 points, but she simply ran out of time.  Of note, Dan was the only multiple week winner during the season.  So special congratulations to Dan Cissell on making a grand entrance into the Hall with a giant Gold and two weekly wins, to Wendy Varga on her Silver Medal and her first entry since taking week 2 in the 2006-2007 season, and to Bobbie Arvold taking her first Bronze, adding to her week 15 in last year's pool.


  NFL Regular Season Survival Pool 2009-2010  (32 players)

1st Place - Pam Wood (17/17)     2nd Place & 3rd Place -  Ali Jian & Brent Mahle (tie, 16/17)

Summary: This pool came down to be a last week thriller.  When David Leib lost in week 13, it left three players to battle it out for the three trophies - Ali Jian (who tied for third in this pool last year), Brent Mahle (who would be making his first entry into the Waldarry Hall of Champions), and Pam Wood (who won the NFL Regular Season Pick 'Em Pool the last two years).  They each won the next three weeks, bringing it all down to the last game of the season.  Ali and Brent went with Denver, who was upset by Kansas City.  Pam went with the Jets, who trounced Cincy for a game they needed to make the playoffs.  That gave Pam yet another Gold, and Ali and Brent share the Silver and Bronze.  So congratulations to Pam on expanding her first place lead on the all-time leaderboard, to Ali on adding another trophy (actually two half trophies) giving him a total of four and a half, and especially to Brent on his very first entry into the Hall of Champions!


  MLB World Series - 2009  (13 players)

  1st Place - Len Bergstrom (34/45)      2nd Place - Joe Milano (33/45)      3rd Place - Ryan Nahas (33/45)

Summary: We were a pretty biased group for this pool - 12 of 13 picked the Dodgers over the Phillies, and 10 picked the Yankees over the Angels.  Of course the Phillies downed the Dodgers, but the Yankees did manage to take out the Angels.  Billy had the Phillies to take it all, so he had a good shot at the Gold.  But the Yankees wiped them out in 6 games, pitting all those Yankee fans against each other.  Len and Joe both correctly has the Yankees in 6, which propelled them to the top two spots.  Len also correctly had the Yanks in 6 over the Angels, which earned him the Gold.  Ryan's Yanks in 7 in the World Series, with a correct Yanks in 6 over the Angels brought him to the Bronze.  Len has been red hot of late, making this his second Gold of 2009 (also the NBA playoffs), and he also managed the Silver in last year's MLB WS Pool - a great mark of consistency.  It is also his 8th entry into the Waldarry Hall of Champions.  Joe gets this Silver to follow up his Bronze in the MLB Regular Season pool, another great mark of consistency.  For Joe, it is his also his 8th entry into the Hall.  For Ryan, a 2009 rookie in our pools, he is following up on a recent weekly win in the NFL Pick 'Em pool with this Bronze - not a bad start at all!


  MLB Regular Season - 2009  (9 players)

  1st Place - Bob Waldman (128/164)      2nd Place - Pam Wood (126/164)      3rd Place - Joe Milano (122/164)

Summary: This was an exciting pool that came down to the final game of the season for us.  Bob had the early lead during the season, but as the Braves stumbled it led to a four way race between Bob, Pam, Joe and Ed.  They all bounced around the top four positions for a while, with Bob and Pam fighting it out for the top spot in the last week.  Len came up above Ed in the last couple of weeks, to fight Joe for the third spot.  On the last day of the season, based upon number of wins for several teams, Bob squeaked by Pam for the top spot.  Len and Joe had to go into the playoff tie-breaker between the Tigers and the Twins, and the Twins' 12th inning win gave the Bronze to Joe.  They actually tied at 122 points, but Joe had the tie-breaker, with four champs to Len's two.  Of great notice, Pam had a full five out of the six division winners picked correctly - the Yankees, Twins, Angels, Phillies and Dodgers.  Her only miss was picking the Cubs instead of the Cardinals.  Pam lost the top spot to Bob, who had four of the six champs (he missed the Phillies), by having only 16 teams within 10 wins (the lowest number in our pool) to Bob's 24 (the highest number in our pool).  All in all a great exciting season.


  NBA Playoffs 2009  (10 players)

1st Place - Len Bergstrom (62/64)     2nd Place - Larry F. Waldman (61/64)     3rd Place - Joe Milano  (59/64)

Summary: Of our ten players, five had Kobe and the Lakers and five had LeBron and the Cavaliers taking it all.  The Cavs caved to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Finals, and Kobe drove his Lakers all the way past the Magic for the Trophy.  Denver made it to the Western finals, and that cost a couple of our Lakers players several points, as they only gave Denver the lowest score (1 point) for reaching that level.  Len Bergstrom was nearly perfect at 62 points, riding to the Gold on Kobe's back.  Larry Waldman's 61 points drove to the Silver, and Joe Milano edged out Steve Mayhew and Bob Waldman for the Bronze.  Each had 59 points, but Joe took it on the tie-breakers.  Len, a frequent medal winner, makes this his second Gold Title, having taken the top spot in the NCAA March Madness Pool in '07.  For Larry this is his third Silver (adding to NFL Playoffs '09 and MLB WS '06), as he continues to chase that elusive Gold.  For Joe, he has made this pool his specialty.  He took the Gold in the NBA Playoffs in '07, and also pulled off the Bronze last year.  Three straight years earning a trophy in the same pool is a Waldarry record!  Great job, guys.


  NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2009  (11 players)

1st Place - Joyce Fubini (53/64)     2nd Place - Ryan Milligan (53/64)     3rd Place - Devon Shuman (52/64)

Summary: In our very first Stanley Cup playoff pool we showed an amazing lack of skill.  Our eleven players chose five different potential champions (five had Detroit), but not one had the ultimate champion, the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Pittsburgh downed Detroit, 2-1, in the seventh game of the finals.  Joyce Fubini, who was in last place at the conclusion of the first round, recovered smartly, and was able to leverage her 13 points given to Pittsburgh in the final round into her very first Gold Medal, after pulling off the Silver in the NBA regular season pool two years ago.  Ryan Milligan, also with 53 total points (but only 12 in the final round for Pittsburgh), grabbed the Silver, a nice follow-up to his Gold in the NCAA March Madness basketball pool this year.  Finally, Devon Shuman grabbed the Bronze.  He also had Pittsburgh with 13 points in the final round, but earlier shortfalls gave him an overall total of 52 points.  The 13 did allow him to nudge out Joe Milano (also 52 points) who had Pittsburgh with 12 in the finals.  This is Devon's first pool entry, and one of the few rookies to pull down a trophy on his first attempt.  Congratulations to all trophy winners! 


  NBA Regular Season 2008-2009  (10 players)

1st Place - Enrique Rivera (121/162)     2nd Place - Bob Waldman (119/162)     3rd Place - Steve Mayhew (117/162)

Summary: This was our closest regular season pool of any type ever.  First place to last place was a difference of just 12 points.  During the season six of our ten players spent at least a week in the top spot.  But as the season came down to its last month, Enrique Rivera and Bob Waldman began a back and forth battle at the top, with Steve, Joe and Tom in a fight for third place.  It came down to the last day of the season, with Enrique holding on for the Gold, and Bob having to settle for the Silver.  Portland tied Denver for the Western Conference crown, but Denver took it on a second level NBA tie-breaker.  That was the difference that gave the title to Enrique.  In a stunning last day as well, Steve Mayhew jumped all the way from fifth to third, as San Antonio passed Houston and Dallas passed New Orleans.  It was about as exciting as it could get, with so much based on the very last day of the season.  For Enrique, who finished third in this pool two years ago, it is his second entry into Hall, and his first time bringing home the Gold!  Bob and Steve have had multiple entries into the Hall - now at eight for Bob, and five for Steve.  Congratulations to all three on their return to the Hall of Champions!


  NCAA March Madness 2009  (44 players)

1st Place - Ryan Milligan (154/192)     2nd Place - Pam Wood (153/192)     3rd Place - Q Yi (140/192)

Summary: Nobody had the final four correct this year, but Ryan Milligan did get Michigan State, Connecticut and North Carolina right for the final four (he missed Villanova).  He correctly had North Carolina over Michigan State in the championship game, and edged second place Pam Wood by just one point.  Pam also had three of the final four, but had finalist Michigan State losing to Louisville earlier, which cost her the top spot.  North Carolina's win in the final locked up the third spot for Q Yi, who had two of the final four correctly picked, and North Carolina as the ultimate winner.  In all, 15 of our 44 players correctly picked North Carolina to win it all.  For Ryan, this was his fourth Waldarry pool entry, and his very first time entering the Waldarry Hall of Champions!  Pam is a Waldarry old-timer who has won several pool awards, and placed third in last year's NCAA March Madness Pool.  Q Yi has been in three Waldarry pools now, and this, too, is his first entry into the famous Hall of Champions.  Congratulations to first time entrants Ryan and Q, and welcome back to Pam!


  NFL Playoffs 2009  (27 players)

1st Place - Brent Koplitz (40/48)     2nd Place - Larry F. Waldman (40/48)     3rd Place -  Craig Thomas (39/48)

Summary: The surprising Giants took it all last year, so now 11 of our 27 players took them to repeat.  Then 5 each took Tennessee and Indianapolis, 4 had Pittsburgh, and 1 each for Philly and Carolina - a really good mix for a change.  In a shocking second week, three of the favorites - the Giants, Tennessee and Carolina - were all eliminated, with only Pittsburgh surviving.  Pittsburgh then went on to face Arizona in the Superbowl, and with a last minute touchdown took the game, 27-23.  Brent Koplitz and Larry Waldman both had Pittsburgh going all the way, with Brent edging out Larry for the Gold by getting 12 points in the second round versus Larry's 11 points.  Craig Thomas, who only had Pittsburgh with 11 out of 12 points in the Superbowl still managed to pull off the Bronze based on his very strong earlier picks.  For Brent this is a spectacular two Gold Medals in a row (he just took the top spot in the College Football Bowl Pool).  This is Larry's second Silver Medal (he won the same award in the Baseball World Series Pool in 2006).  Craig Thomas took the Silver in the 2008 March Madness college basketball pool, and won three weeks in this year's NFL Regular Season Pool.  So all three trophy winners are Waldarry Pool veterans - congratulations on returning to the Hall once again!


  College Football Bowl Pool 2008-2009  (17 players)

1st Place - Brent Koplitz (446/595)     2nd Place - David Leib (432/595)     3rd Place - George Rosevally (421/595)

Summary: This was the first Waldarry College Bowl Football Pool, based on 34 college bowl games played in December and early January.  Five players seemed to slug it out early and they remained at or near the top throughout the pool.  It came down to the final national championship game in which Florida downed Oklahoma, 24-14.  Brent Koplitz' pick of Florida gave him the Gold over David Leib, who went with Oklahoma.  George Rosevally also used Florida to hang onto the Bronze by 7 points over his nearest challenger.  Brent, who is proudly entering the Waldarry Hall of Champions for the first time, picked 24 of the 34 winners correctly, tying two others for that honor.  David and George are both making their second appearance in the Hall, David having won week 10 in the NFL Regular Season Pool this year, and George who took second place in the NFL Playoff Pool last year.  Congratulations to all three trophy winners and especially to Brent on riding a Gold into his first Hall entry!


  NFL Regular Season - 2008-2009  (46 players)

1st Place - Pam Wood (1480/2065)   2nd Place - Joe Milano (1475/2065)    3rd Place - Len Bergstrom (1465/2065)

Week 1 - Ryan Reading (115/136)

Week 7 - Ann Laffaye (91/105) Week 13 - Bill Brewster (110/136)

Week 2 - Scott Mellinger (128/136)

Week 8 - Pat Laffaye (96/105) Week 14 - Craig Thomas (120/136)

Week 3 - Leslie Johnson (116/136)

Week 9 - Michael Arvold (92/105) Week 15 - Bobbie Arvold (120/136)

Week 4 - Raj Soma (65/91)

Week 10 - David Leib (99/105) Week 16 - Bill Reynolds (99/136)

Week 5 - Larry F. Waldman (87/105)

Week 11 - Dennis Chi (116/136) Week 17 - Craig Thomas (120/136)

Week 6 - Craig Thomas (72/105)

Week 12 - Phil Suraci (111/136)  

Summary: Three long-time Waldarry Poolsters took the top three spots this season.  In an amazing display of football prognostication, Pam Wood made it two years in a row as the champ of the Waldarry Pick 'Em Pool.  Not an easy feat by any means.  Pam, Joe Milano and Len Bergstrom were joined by David Leib in a fierce fight for the top spot throughout the season, and they all hung on to remain in the top four spots.  Pam took the lead after week 15's results and held on for the Gold trophy.  Joe has claimed the Silver, and Len the Bronze.  Craig Thomas was the only multi-week winner during the season, walking away with weeks 6, 14 and 17, repeating the hat trick of Bill Brewster last season.  Very well done folks!


  NFL Regular Season Survival Pool 2008-2009  (24 players)

1st Place - Bob Waldman (17/17)     2nd Place - Billy Waldman (15/17)     3rd Place -  Michael Arvold & Ali Jian (tie, 10/17)

Summary: This was the very first Waldarry NFL Regular Season Survival Pool, in which each player tries to pick a single team that will win a game each week, and continues along until their pick loses.  You are limited in that you can only pick a given team one time during the season.  Of the 24 participants, six were eliminated in week one, six more in week two, two in week three, five in week four, and one in week six.  So only four of our 24 players made it past week 7.  Week 11 saw the elimination of Michael Arvold and Ali Jian, giving them a tie for the Bronze trophy.  Bob Waldman and son Billy Waldman then slugged it out until Billy fell in week 16.  That gave Bob the Gold, and he was able to continue through all 17 weeks picking winners and giving him a perfect undefeated season.  Over the entire Yahoo population only 1.04% made it through the season unscathed, so we can all be very proud of Bob's performance!  Congrats to all trophy winners!


  MLB World Series - 2008  (16 players)

  1st Place - Tom McClure (30/45)      2nd Place - Len Bergstrom (28/45)      3rd Place - Steve Mayhew (26/45)

Summary: We had sixteen players, with 8 picking Boston to win it all, 6 picking the Dodgers, 2 picking Tampa Bay, and zero picking Philadelphia.  So, of course, Philly won it all, giving all our players relatively low scores.  Tom McClure and Len Bergstrom were the only two players to even pick the World Series participants (Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia) correctly, and that led to their 1-2 finish in our standings.  For Tom, this was his maiden entry into the Waldarry Hall of Champions, a nice way to come in with a Gold Medal.  This is Len's first entry since he also took the Silver in the NBA Playoffs in 2007.  In a hot contest for third place, Steve Mayhew squeaked it out by one point over George and Joe, letting Steve follow up his Gold in the MLB regular season with a Bronze in the World Series pool - most impressive!


  MLB Regular Season - 2008  (14 players)

  1st Place - Steve Mayhew (118/164)      2nd Place - Jessie Novak-Cramer (112/164)      3rd Place - Billy Waldman (109/164)

Summary: It was a good run this year.  Early on Larry Waldman had the top spot, but that faded quickly and he ultimately dropped to the bottom.  Jessie Novak-Cramer took over the top spot, and she, Steve Mayhew, and Billy Waldman moved around a lot in the top positions.  About 80% of the way through the season Steve took over and never let go.  Jessie bounced around a bit, Billy and Jesse's dad, Ed, fought over the remaining top positions, and in the end Jessie took a solid second spot, with Billy edging out Ed for third based on the tie-breaker rules (three division champs versus two division champs).  Jessie and Billy were the only players to have three division champions picked correctly - both had the Angels, Phillies and Cubs.  Steve only had the Angels and the Cubs, but his overall standings were far more accurate, earning 92 points whereas Jessie and Billy only had 88 and 86 respectively.  Steve also had a pool-leading 22 of the 30 teams for which he predicted their number of wins within 10 of their final number.


  NBA Playoffs 2008  (13 players)

1st Place - Pam Wood (64/64)     2nd Place - Penny Bergstrom (63/64)     3rd Place - Joe Milano  (63/64)

Summary: Pam Wood has pulled off a Waldarry Sports Pool first - a perfect score!  Pam got every series correct from the first round through the championship for a perfect 64 out of 64 score.  This was the year the Boston Celtics returned to the top, and 8 of our 13 contestants picked them to take it all.  Three took LA, who also made it to the finals, and one each went down earlier with Detroit and San Antonio.  When the Celtics took out the Lakers in a six game finale, Pam notched her perfection, and Penny and Joe tied one point shy of the top.  Penny also had the Celtics, but she had New Orleans and not San Antonio in an earlier round.  Joe Milano, who finished third, was perfect right until the very end, where he had LA over Boston.  Penny took the tie for having the correct champion.  And finally, twin brothers Larry and Billy showed how close they really are, finishing 12th and 13th respectively - quite a showing.


  NBA Regular Season 2007-2008  (11 players)

1st Place - Billy Waldman (113/162)     2nd Place - Joyce Fubini (110/162)     3rd Place - Pam Wood (108/162)

Summary: In the early season, Len, Chris, Enrique and Larry fought over the top spots.  At about the 75% point in the season it was still very tight, and Joyce, Pam, Steve, Joe, Enrique and Billy were all jumping around for the top positions.  At the 80% point Billy Waldman vaulted to the top and did not let go.  Joyce, Pam and Joe fought it out for the 2, 3 and 4 slots.  Billy stayed on to claim the Gold, Joyce Fubini grabbed the Silver, and Pam Wood nudged out Joe Milano on the last day of the season to take the Bronze.  It is interesting to note that Steve Mayhew was the only player that picked three correct champions (Boston, Detroit and Utah), but his overall standings picks were mid-range, and his picking of the number of games won by each team was the lowest in the pool (9 right out of 30).  Both Billy and Joyce had Detroit and Utah as correct champions, and Pam had Boston and Detroit.  Chris was the only one who correctly chose Orlando to win their division, and nobody had the LA Lakers or the New Orleans Saints to come out on top.  As a matter of fact, everybody had New Orleans coming in fourth!  Billy had the best overall standings with 96 out of a possible 120 points, and Joe had the best prediction for team wins, with 15 of the 30 teams being correctly within 5.  A special congratulations to Joyce Fubini on her first entry into the Waldarry Hall of Champions, to Billy Waldman on his second Gold Medal (he took the NFL 2006-2007 regular season top spot), and to Pam Wood for taking back-to-back Bronze medals (she just took third in the March Madness College basketball pool).


  NCAA March Madness 2008  (37 players)

1st Place - Robert Kitts (146/192)     2nd Place - Craig Thomas (144/192)     3rd Place - Pam Wood (141/192)

Summary: This was the first time that all four number one seeds made it to the final four - North Carolina, UCLA, Memphis and Kansas.  We had 16 picking UCLA, 9 with NC, 8 with Kansas, and 3 with Memphis (one had 2nd seed Texas).   In two upsets, Memphis and Kansas knocked off UCLA and NC in the semis, setting up the evenly matched Memphis-Kansas championship game.  Only two of our players (Robert Kitts and Bob Waldman) had the right two teams in the final. Memphis (and Bob W.) were up by 9 points with 2:12 to go, blew the lead and then lost to Kansas in overtime.  This gave Robert Kitts his first entry into the Waldarry Hall of Champions with a Gold!  Craig Thomas, who had  Kansas over UCLA in the final also made his maiden entry into the Hall with the Silver, and Pam Wood, a Hall veteran, took the Bronze, also with a Kansas over UCLA final projection.  Congratulations to Robert and Craig on joining the prestigious Hall of Champions, and Pam on another entry.


  NFL Playoffs 2008  (24 players)

1st Place - Raj Soma (40/48)     2nd Place - George Rosevally (38/48)     3rd Place -  Bob Waldman (37/48)

Summary: The New England Patriots went 16-0 through the regular season and were odds-on favorites to take it all.  Twenty-one of our twenty-four players picked them to be Superbowl champions, with the other three votes going to Indianapolis.  San Diego knocked off Indy in Round 2, and New England continued their roll on to the Superbowl.  In the meantime the wild card Giants took out Tampa Bay, Dallas, and Green Bay, on their very unexpected march to the Superbowl.  In a most exciting final game, the NY Giants scored a touchdown in the last minute to hand New England their first loss of the season, 17-14, and cap their wild ride to the NFL Championship.  Raj Soma had put his faith in the Giants and gave them 9 points in the final round, giving him 40 of the possible 48 points, and the Gold Medal in our pool.  This is his first Gold Medal, which he can now add to his weekly wins, one this season and one last season.  George Rosevally had the upstart Giants with a relatively strong 6 in the final round and was able to use that to hit 38 points and a solid spot in second place.  This is George's first entry into the Waldarry Hall of Champions!  In a dogfight for third place, with three players (Bob, Len and Evans) tied for third at 37, Bob came away with the prize based upon his 6 points for the Giants in the Championship, and 10 points earned in the semi-final round.  Congratulations to our three winners, and of course to the New York Giants!


  NFL Regular Season - 2007-2008  (50 players)

1st Place - Pam Wood (1581/2067)       2nd Place - Ali Jian (1580/2067)       3rd Place - Kate Nowicki (1574/2067)

Week 1 - Billy Waldman (122/136)

Week 7 - Raj Soma (105/105) Week 13 - Joe Milano (118/136)

Week 2 - Curtis McCormick (101/136)

Week 8 - Bill Brewster (86/91) Week 14 - Steve D'Amato (136/136)

Week 3 - Phil Suraci (107/136)

Week 9 - Sue Friborg (98/105) Week 15 - Bob Walter (115/136)

Week 4 - Ann Laffaye (73/105)

Week 10 - Bill Brewster (71/105) Week 16 - Charles B. Smith (120/136)

Week 5 - Pritam Sharma (101/105)

Week 11 - Ali Jian (123/136) Week 17 - Pam Wood (127/136)

Week 6 - Bill Brewster (71/91)

Week 12 - Bob Waldman (116/136)  

Summary: This was about as exciting as it gets.  Pam Wood (nickname Newport Girl) bounced around between second and sixth all season, and then used a spectacular week-winning final week to jump into first place and take the Gold.  It came down to the very last game of the season, with Tennessee's 16-10 victory over Indianapolis to give her the one point edge that she needed.  Ali Jian (Turbanator) had several weeks in first place and won week 11, ultimately taking home the Silver.  Kate Nowicki (KaK AtaK) also held first place periodically, and in the end held on for the Bronze Trophy and her first entry into the Hall of Champions.  Unlike last year when there were five repeat weekly winners, this year there was only one, and it was Bill Brewster (ctdragons) who managed to win three weeks, weeks 6, 8 and 10.  All in all this was a great pool - congratulations to all weekly winners, and of course to our grand champions!


  MLB World Series - 2007  (12 players)

  1st Place - Michael Arvold (39/45)      2nd Place - Pam Wood (37/45)      3rd Place - Barry Shuman (37/45)

Summary: All 12 players picked Boston to beat Cleveland in the ALCS and they came back from a 3-1 deficit to take that series.  Nine out of 12 chose Colorado to down Arizona in the NLCS and they swept them in four.  Eleven of the 12 players took Boston to win it all, and win it all they did, sweeping Colorado in four games.  Winner Michael had Boston in 7 (right on), Colorado in 6 versus actual 4, and Boston in 5 versus actual 4.  Pam and Barry tied for second place with the same picks of Colorado and Boston in 6 and then Boston in 5.  Pam took the tie-breaker forecasting an average of 9.45 runs per game versus Barry's 9.21.  Actual came in at 9.87, a very high-scoring series.  All three award winners are making  their second entries into the Waldarry Hall of Champions, with Michael picking up his first Gold!  Note that Barry is following up on the Gold Medal he received for the baseball regular season pool that just ended, and Pam took second in last year's NFL Playoff Pool.  Very well done folks!


  MLB Regular Season - 2007  (9 players)

  1st Place - Barry Shuman (127/164)      2nd Place - Billy Waldman (120/164)      3rd Place - Bob Waldman (116/164)

Summary: It was an exciting season.  Barry took the lead around mid-season and never let go.  Billy came up to challenge a bit, but needed San Diego to take the NL West to have a chance and that just did not happen.  Bob & Len settled into a fight for third place late in the season, and Bob was able to pull it out by three points over Len.  With the late folds by the Mets and the Dodgers, and St. Louis going nowhere all season, only three players (Barry, Billy & Bob) had two of the six champions picked correctly.  Barry and Bob had Boston and the LA Angels, and Billy had Boston and Cleveland.  Not one player had a single National League Champion picked correctly (Philly, the Cubs and Arizona took the titles).  As to predicting the number of wins per team, Barry came within ten wins for an astounding 27 of the 30 teams! For overall placement of teams throughout the standings, Barry led with 96 points, Billy second with 94, and then it dropped to Len and Bob with 88.  Billy and Bob were the only players to have a division forecast perfectly - Boston, New York, Toronto, Baltimore, and Tampa Bay in the AL East.  The worst individual placement pick was Bob picking Arizona to finish last in the NL West and they won the division championship.  That was the only zero awarded for team placement.  Congratulations to Barry on his first entry into the Waldarry Hall of Champions (with a Gold no less!), and welcome back to Billy & Bob.


  NBA Playoffs 2007  (14 players)

1st Place - Joe Milano (57/64)     2nd Place - Len Bergstrom (57/64)     3rd Place - Michael Arvold  (56/64)

Summary: We had 8 of the 14 entrants picking best season record Dallas to go all the way, and they were eliminated in the first round by 8th seeded Golden State.  Chicago knocked off Miami (who had one player pick them as champs), also in the first round.  Two people picked Phoenix, who went down to San Antonio in the second round, and the three who picked San Antonio to go all the way got it right this time.  When Cleveland upset Detroit in the semi-finals it shook up our standings a bit, and then San Antonio aced Cleveland in four straight games to take the finals.  Joe Milano rode San Antonio through to take 57 of the 64 points and the Gold medal.  It is his first top three trophy in the Waldarry Hall of Champions, although he did take home one weekly winning in the NFL Regular Season pool.  Len Bergstrom continued to show his basketball prowess, following up his NCAA March Madness Gold with a Silver in this pool.  Len had San Antonio with only 15 out of 16 in the finals, but his earlier picks gave him the edge against Michael and Larry who had San Antonio going all the way, but some mess-ups earlier.  And finally, congrats to Michael Arvold, who makes his grand entry into the Waldarry Hall of Champions with the Bronze medal, as his San Antonio pick landed him a total of 56 points and third place overall. Great going, Joe, Len & Michael.


  NBA Regular Season 2006-2007  (12 players)

1st Place - Penny Bergstrom (122/162)     2nd Place - Len Bergstrom (121/162)     3rd Place - Enrique Rivera (119/162)

Summary: This was our first pool in which we tried to pick the final standings for a full season.  For a while Billy & Enrique were fighting it out at the top, but in the second half of the season husband & wife team Len & Penny began their successful challenge.  None of the 12 players picked Toronto to win the Atlantic Division, and only two players had Utah winning the Northwest.  Five players (Len, Enrique, George, Billy & Larry) had four of the six division champions chosen correctly.  Len was the only player to have two division final standings chosen perfectly from top to bottom, and Penny had forecast the number of wins within 5 for 18 of the 30 teams, which was one better than Enrique for the high in this category.  The final results were very close, with Penny's balance of standings, champions and wins giving her the very slight edge over Len and Enrique.


  NCAA March Madness 2007  (30 players)

1st Place - Len Bergstrom (162/192)     2nd Place - Steve Mayhew (158/192)     3rd Place - Gerald Williams (158/192)

Summary: For a while it looked like 2nd seeds UCLA and Georgetown might sneak into the top, but in the end it was two number one seeds, Florida and Ohio State playing for the title.  Len and Steve both correctly had Florida beating Ohio State for the championship, and that gave them the top two spots in our pool.  Gerald had Florida downing Georgetown, letting him capture the third spot.  One other player had the correct Florida over Ohio State final, but earlier errors relegated him to 149 points and fourth place.


  NFL Playoffs 2007  (30 players)

1st Place - Bob Waldman (46/48)     2nd Place - Pam Wood (45/48)     3rd Place -  Steve Mayhew (45/48)

Summary: The big favorite was San Diego, with 16 of the 30 players choosing them to be champs, and 6 more picking Baltimore.  Both teams were eliminated early, making it a wide open field for everyone.  Only 3 players had Indianapolis to take it all, which they did, downing Chicago in the Superbowl.  Bob's winning entry was perfect except for two first round losses costing him one point each.  Pam also had Indy (and a perfect first round as well), but lost 3 points when New Orleans won in the second round and she only gave them 1 of 4 possible points.  Steve, who edged out Larry for third, only gave Indy 11 out of the possible 12, but still beat Larry (who was the third player giving Indy the full 12) due to some earlier round mishaps in Larry's choices.  Congrats to all winners, especially Pam and Steve who have entered the Hall of Champions for the first time!


  NFL Regular Season - 2006-2007  (42 players)

1st Place - Billy Waldman (1397/2067)     2nd Place - Bob Walter (1385/2067)     3rd Place -  Bill MacDonald (1374/2067)

Week 1 - Billy Waldman (113/136)

Week 7 - Ann Laffaye (63/91) Week 13 - Bill Reynolds (94/136)

Week 2 - Wendy Varga (127/136)

Week 8 - Samir Patel (76/105) Week 14 - Dennis Chi (105/136)

Week 3 - Peter Lai (86/105)

Week 9 - Steve D'Amato (75/105) Week 15 - Bob Waldman (107/136)

Week 4 - Joe Milano (88/105)

Week 10 - Billy Waldman (101/136) Week 16 - Bill Reynolds (113/136)

Week 5 - Samir Patel (105/105)

Week 11 - Ann Laffaye (122/136) Week 17 - Raj Soma (107/136)

Week 6 - Steve D'Amato (75/91)

Week 12 - Sue Friborg (131/136)  

Summary: It was a very unusual season, as Billy won week one and managed to continue to hold the top spot for the entire season!  The fight for second and third was wicked, and it was just a matter of who held those spots when time ran out.  It was a really good battle all the way.  In another surprise, there were five repeat winners for the weekly results - Billy, Samir, Steve, Ann and Bill R. each won two weeks.  Some very surprising results compared to prior years.


  MLB World Series - 2006  (11 players)

  1st Place - Bob Waldman (25/45)      2nd Place - Larry F. Waldman (24/45)      3rd Place - Penny Bergstrom (21/45)

Summary: St. Louis beat Detroit to win the World Series.  Not one player picked St. Louis to win it all, and the only player that picked St. Louis to win the National League championship picked Oakland to win the American League and the WS.  So the scores were not very good, and Bob's New York over Detroit in 6 games prediction landed him 25 points out of 45, which was good enough for the top spot.


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