4:23 PM: Start the live blogging! Pairings are, in order of their standing within their team, Bowman/A. Fiszbein, McKenzie/Smith, Grob/Krieger, J. Fiszbein/South, Clark/Stock, Pianowski/Zeigler and Kopczak/Knapp.
4:26 PM: At the featured table, Alex Fiszbein opens with CURTAIL. His post-bingo draw is TZAREVA ... and Brian plays an N in the wrong spot.
4:27 PM: Again, 49-49 and whoever wins this round wins the tournament.
4:32 PM: Michigan strikes first on two other boards: Knapp's RAMEKIn and Grob's (L)ANGUETS. McKenzie and Smith trade bingos: REPENTS for Jason and TRUsTER for Kelly.
4:39 PM: Bowman takes the lead at the featured table by playing cAIQU(E) for 72 and drawing the other blank, playing what I believe would be (c)OALEScE judging from his verbal blank designation. Zeigler gets the first bingo in his game with TRoLLEY.
4:42 PM: Pianowski gets away with (C)ARBOnED*; CARBOyED is good, though.
4:47 PM: Looks good for Michigan ... Knapp has GEOI?AL set up on his rack (it has a home, not sure if it's his turn) and Clark played MUSH (missing HUMaTES and MUTcHES) for a 24-point lead with the case blank.
4:53 PM: Did some unused tally slip collecting ... not sure where things stand, but tally slips should start coming in in a few. Alex did seem a bit aggrieved when he restarted the clock after what I assume what resolving a score discrepancy, though.
4:57 PM: Spoke too soon on the Knapp game ... Kopczak actually leads, coming down to a tight endgame. Grob looks to be comfortably up on Krieger. Can't really tell about the rest of the room.
4:59 PM: Ben reports that Bowman has won the featured table game, and therefore the tournament. His third MvO win.
5:04 PM: Kopczak beats Knapp. 50-49 Ohio.
5:07 PM: Looks like Ohio's if Bowman makes 51, Kelly McKenzie (well up on Smith) makes 52 and Joe South makes 53, and I believe South has beaten Jeff Fiszbein.
No featured table game (our video guy isn't a morning person), and color will be light to non-existent as I eat breakfast, etc. Easing our way back into things as last afternoon turned the team competition from an 11-round tourney into a 7-round one.
Brian Bowman, at table 1 right in front of me, was sighing and shaking his head a lot this game. Afterwards, he said "that's ridiccalus," a la Marlon Hill.
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