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2012 Memphis – Vanderbilt Cup – Round of 16: The Vale of Tears

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Six of the eight top seeding teams are out when the event is at quarter finals yet. After Nickell, fallen Wednesday, yesterday fell back Fleisher, Cayne, Monaco, Fireman, and Lynch. Famous names are between the casualties: Martel, Weinstein, Helgemo, Helness, Passell, Balicki, Zmudzinski, and still many others we don’t quote to do not bore the reader (we suppose that those players shall not complaint to be unnamed). Also are out all the Italians but Norberto Bocchi and Agustin Madala, who won in Jacobs-Levine (158-99).

The fire of Ventin, who two days ago burned Nickell, yesterday has been quenched by the chunky team of Allan Falk, John Lusky, Peter Friedland, and Mark Dahl. Only four players are maybe too little for an hard task like the Vanderbilt, but at least there are not argumentations about the battle formation.

Consus Red, the all Polish Team, has the higher original seeding number: 54. They beat Lynch (183-97), and today will face Leslie Amoils, Curtis Cheek, Joe Grue, Darren Wolpert, Ishmael Delmonte, Thomas Bessis.

Diamond defeated Ludewig (166-154); they will face Lou Ann O’Rourke and Marc Jacobus, Eddie Wold, Roger Bates, Sjoert Brink, Bas Drijver. Lou Ann, who defeated Fleisher, now bears their original number one.

From the quarter finals on, all are big matches, but we today recommend to follow Falk-Jacobs for at least two good reasons: Jacobs is the theoretical favourite, having the lower original seeding number, and in his team there is the strongest pair, Bocchi-Madala.


Paolo Enrico Garrisi

March 23, 2012


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