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Archive for February, 2007

I Don’t Like Polka Music.

Saturday, February 24th, 2007 - By William Leon "The King" Mackenzie

You see, for about three years now the SRS Ukrainian Ladies Booster Club has been putting on a dance every second week. Oh sure we head off to Pixely, Hooterville, and Soho for their major social gatherings, but in essence this is the only dance in town.

At first old Bill thoroughly enjoyed being spun around the dance floor by some lady that has wrists the size of my thighs. But now the sheen has worn off. If you threw The Beer Barrel Polka into the mix from time to time I wouldn�t throw up, but wall to wall accordion and tuba is another story.

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TH History - It was: Country vs. Country…

Thursday, February 15th, 2007 - By Sabre_in_Virginia

Sabre_in_VirginiaTH History - It was: Country vs. Country, City vs. City, and Player vs. Player. It was Round 3 of the “2nd Annual Burlington International”, Canada, 1978.

Twenty-nine players began this tournament: Six from the States, twenty-three from Canada. By Round Three, sixteen players remained in the hunt for the Championship. The Americans made up only 20% of the total number of players in the tournament. However, of the original American contingent they lost only one player, 83% made it to Round Three. Of the original Canadian contingent, only 47% had advanced. The Canadians lost their four-to-one advantage in players. Attrition. Nonetheless, the Canadians still had double the Americans in quantity of players.

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Farm team flys, A-team fails.

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 - By William Leon "The King" Mackenzie

So old Bill is a blogger. My mother would be so proud. I can hear her now. “What the hell is that?” she would say. Well mother, at first I really didn’t know. Accordingly, I went to Snake River’s most famous scientist, Willy Bates Macron. At first he was speechifying regarding the how of the thing. More three-letter acronyms than potatoes at Pervis Spikes still. Eventually he realized who he was talking to, and went on to say, “Just act as if you were submitting an article for the world’s largest newspaper. A rag so colossal in its magnitude, that if each page were ever stacked end to end, the damn thing would go to the moon and beyond. Your discourse, although just one in ten billion, could be read by practically anyone and everyone.”

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Meet Dr. Kevin Rafferty

Monday, February 12th, 2007 - By KevinSoCal

I want to thank Warren for the opportunity to contribute on the Table Hockey Heaven blog. We all owe Warren a huge debt of gratitude for his efforts to make this awesome website available to everyone.

Table hockey is the greatest game!

Since discovering organized table hockey while online about a year ago, it has been quite a ride!

Click to see this game! My earliest memories of table hockey go back to Christmas morning when I was six years old. Santa brought my three brothers and I a beautiful, brand new 1963 Eagle Stanley Cup table hockey game (table top model). How I wish I could get my hands on another one! Jeff Mancini or anyone have one?

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TABLE HOCKEY MATTERS: RIFF I

Friday, February 9th, 2007 - By johnbenej

Hello All!� Thanks for taking the time to check out my table hockey weblog here on table hockey heaven.� Thanks also to Warren for inviting me and encouraging me to participate.� You are doing great work and all of us table hockey players really appreciate it.

For my first weblog I am going to explain why I believe that table hockey is a sport that empowers the players and why it is worth investing your time, energy and hard earned dollars into.� This is just the first of four “Riffs” that I hope you take the time to read and comment upon–I have thick skin so don’t be gentle if you don’t agree.

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Board wars

Friday, February 9th, 2007 - By Joshua Schroeder

Sometimes I wish I lived in Sweden. Over there you will never hear an argument over which table hockey board is the best. The conversation would never get past Stiga over there. In a way, the standardization would be nice. But at the same time, I’ve always been of two minds about standardization.
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TH History - 1978, 2nd Annual Burlington Classic

Friday, February 9th, 2007 - By Sabre_in_Virginia

Sabre_in_Virginia How good were the Americans back in the 1970s? Who were they? Where did they come from in the States? Who did they compete against in Canada? Are any of them still playing?

Let me digress a bit before I present and discuss the guys from America who ventured north of the border to compete. Let me tell you how I found this tournament. Remember, there was no Internet, no websites, no email, and no free long distance calling. It was a different time. I don’t wear my tight butterscotch background with red plaid bell bottom pants anymore. Things change right? Well, some don’t. Here we are thirty plus years later and we’re still playing table hockey. Oh, sure we don’t have to ask our moms if we can play, which we could after our chores were done. No, now we have to ask our wives….after some of the “honey-do / to-do” list has been worked off.

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In The Beginning (Notes of a Champ)

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 - By William Leon "The King" Mackenzie

It all started on April 20th 1972. I was Born. Started playing Table Hockey & Ice Hockey at the age of 3. Like my brother Gino, I wanted to follow in his foot steps and play the goalie position. I was blessed to have such a great brother and friend, and he is the one who showed me the ropes as they say.

We picked at the time the 21 teams, actually picked 10 each so 20! Had complete seasons and beleive it or not, we found the scores of those games this summer while cleaning the attick. He use to beat me 9 times out of 10. He was 8 and I was 3. For this reason everytime I would win we would put a “C” beside the games score, because it happened so little.

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Bienvenue! Welcome!

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 - By Sabre_in_Virginia

Sabre_in_Virginia First, let me welcome you to Table Hockey Heaven’s (THH) newest feature, a web log. More commonly known as a Blog. Second, I am honored to have been chosen as one of THH’s Blog Authors.

When I was a policeman, I was quite capable of writing very detailed reports. I was told (teased kindly) that a few people in our administrative office and over at headquarters would look forward to reading one of my reports over morning coffee. My reports tended to stray from the simple who, what, when, where, why and how (the 5 W’s+H). I tended add a bit of color.

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What a weekend!

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 - By Joshua Schroeder

Stiga table hockey in EdmontonThe weekend of February 2nd and 3rd presented me with the opportunity to make a road trip 5 hours up the Queen Elizabeth II highway to Edmonton and fully engulf myself in my Canadian identity. A great convenience to me was that I was able to ‘kill two birds with one stone’ by participating in the 2007 Alberta Stiga Championships and attending a pair of Canadian university hockey games. You see, in addition to being an avid table hockey player, I also shoot photos and write newspaper articles covering the University of Lethbridge men’s hockey team.

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