We Take You to Rio de Janeiro Brazil >> 2005. 24th ISA. GOOD READ >> YOU HAVE TIME!!!

REPORT #1 FROM  THE 24th ISA IN RIO DE JANEIRO

There are MANY GREAT PIX >> ESPECIIALLY NEAR THE END!!!

Saturday, September 17th was ARRIVAL DAY, and in general terms things went as per plan!!  Some, such as the Cowells may not be in complete agreement with my assessment as they were unable to make the required flight connection ~~ through no fault of theirs, and by necessity will be arriving on Sunday, Sep 18th

For the Eastern Canadians, their air journey began in Toronto at 17:00 with a 3 hour flight to Houston TX.  From Houston we had a 9.5 hr flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil, followed by a 25 min flight to Rio!!!  At Houston we met up with the Western Component of the Canadian Team, had but a few minutes together before boarding the plane for the long haul to Rio. The majority of the Canadians arrived in Rio at noon on Saturday; the Americans about 10:00. Bus transportation from the Airport in Rio to our Hotel in Niteroi went without a hitch. 

You will not be surprised that half of us were in need of a shave, and all of us needed nourishment!! 

That needed nourishment was available upon arrival at our Hotel.  Just a great lunch in an enjoyable setting.  Following lunch, and following a shower, many adjourned to the patio where we sampled some great local brew!!  Dinner, keeping to Brazilian custom, began at 19:00.  The dinner was of course far more than partaking of food!!  It was the first occasion where all the players gathered at the same location at the same time.  The conversation never ended; there was no end of great food; and try as we might, we could not seem to diminish the supply of “suds”!! Michael ended with a prayer, a prayer with a good deal of humility and humour!!  He then introduced our translators, about 7 attractive young women and 1 young man.  The translators will be with us throughout the tournament and for their work they will receive a credit to assist in their academic studies.  The Japanese translator was unavailable for the Dinner but will be arriving tomorrow.

All in all, a great start, everyone was in high spirits and looking forward to the coming week.  While I cannot speak for all, I was very tired, ready to “hit the pit” early, circa 22:00, and never woke until the alarm went off at 06:30.  Some told me that a “friendly rooster”, adjacent to our hotel, began crowing at 04:30!!  

Stan McCormack from Rio de Janeiro  Reporting for THE SHUFFLER:  2005 09 17. 

Monday Report:  2005 09 19, 24th ISA

The day we have been anxiously awaiting has arrived!!  The 24th ISA begins to-day!!  Just to give you some indication of the impact of the event, many players were up at 05:00, and one couple told me they were up at 02:30???  Is that energy with anticipation or what???  Max Tate, team captain for Canada had laid down the law for the Canadian Men!  Be on the 1st bus, it leaves at 07:30!!  I am sure that Walt Wedell, Joe Casias and the Captains for the Women’s Team had given similar encouraging remarks to their respective players. 

As soon as both bus loads had arrived, Michael set to work in organizing the “walk-in” of the players for each team.  As he planned to announce names as we entered the auditorium it was important that we maintained our assigned position.  The Opening Ceremonies began at 09:30 and lasted about an hour.  Participants marched in to the music of the Niteroi Police Band and while this made Michael’s task of announcing the names more difficult, we all enjoyed the fine music.   Each nation paraded around the auditorium, waving or saluting or otherwise acknowledging the dignitaries on stage.  Each nation returned to their point of origin and waited until all had taken up their original location.  At that time, the flag bearer for the particular country took 2 steps forward, moved their flag to the 45 degree position and stood with pride as the national anthem of their country was played.  Michael then introduced our invited guests assembled on the stage.  Municipal representatives, representatives from the various tourism departments, as well as the manager of the Club where we were holding our event.  All offered brief remarks and later they had an opportunity to “test the courts”!!  And finally, to officially open the event, two of the dignitaries, assisted by President Messier of the ISA, and the official mascot for the Brazilian Shuffleboard assn., Michael Zellner’s son, all propelled one disc each toward the foot of the Court!!  Michael proclaimed the games in progress and the announcement was greeted with a good deal of fanfare.  The very first official games began at 11:00 sharp. 

While we will not post specific results at this time, we will remind you that a match consists of One Sixteen Frame Game, 8 frames on one colour, 8 on the opposite.  Two shots for speed at the beginning of the match and 4 shots for setup at your choice.  The 4 shots are repeated at the completion of 8 frames, i.e. coincident with the change in colour. No speed shots are allowed when you change colour.  One interesting change has been the method of colour determination, i.e. who has the choice of colour to begin play.  One of the players is selected to toss the dice; if he/she turns up yellow, they begin play on yellow.  Conversely, if the player tossing the dice turns up black, they begin on black.  Another aspect, slightly different that previous ISAs is that the player shooting yellow makes the determination as to whether or not a disc is counting, and signals same to the opposite end. Of course, if the disc is “too close to call”, the player at the opposite end of the Court is so advised and may choose to come and examine the disc. 

No, we have not forgotten the player shooting black, he/she marks the score on the chalkboard. 

I KNOW, YOU ALL WANT TO KNOW HOW THE DAY ENDED!!!  The final game, the 2nd game as there were only 2 played on Day 01, ended at about 17:30 and at that time there was a rush for the Bar!!!  Suffice to say that the Canadian Men had a desire to reinforce their courage, to redouble their resolve to do better on Tuesday, Day 2!!  The USA Men, in contrast seemed to be in more of a celebratory mood!!  The United Nations Team had that very civil and disciplined manner about them so indicative of public servants the world over!!! 

The Women’s Event My Friends is Much Much Closer.  I do not believe any of the 3 teams will go to bed this evening with any sense of just how their event may turn out.  In fact folks, this is just a preview!!  Two games does not a tournament make!!  Stay Tuned to THE SHUFFLER.  Stan in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  2005 09 19.  

The Tuesday Report From Niteroi, Rio, Brazil.

Tuesday was actually our 1st full day of competition, and full it was.  Many were down for breakfast at 06:00, even though the official opening for breakfast is 06:30.  As we have informed you earlier, breakfast in Brasil (the correct spelling in Portuguese) is a treat.  Some are getting to enjoy the “half and half” coffee, real strong coffee with hot milk added.  Fruits abound and of course we continue to have the traditional bacon and eggs as well as cerial. 

As the 1st games begin at 08:30 it was essential that those participating at this time be on the 1st Bus.  To be kind to those who were late arriving, we experienced some confusion as a result of their untimely arrival.  Do hope we now have this sorted out.  Unlike many previous ISA Events, once we depart from our Hotel for the Club, we remain at the Club until activities end that evening.  We lunch, we have our dinner there, and we have entertainment following dinner. 

To-day was no exception.  We have posted the end of day results; and we did tell you at that time that the Japanese Women are in the lead.  They are overjoyed by this fact and openly demonstrate their joy for all to share.  We have posted a couple of pix which clearly demonstrate that. 

The ISA Board was served a Brazilian Style BBQ in the Club BBQ Pit ~~ high up the hill at the Club.  Indeed it was a new experience with a variety of tasty food.  Michael supplied some Brazilian Red Wine and we put it to good use by offering a number of toasts. 

The General Meeting followed.  President Joe did an overview of activities of the ISA as seen by him.  He announced to the General Meeting that the nomination to the ISA Hall of Fame of John Weston, President of the CNSA, and Cecil Messier, Secretary of the ISA, had been approved, and that their Induction would take place at the next ISA Event.  Max Tate, 1st VP of the CNSA, made a presentation regarding Canada hosting the 25th ISA in the province of Alberta.  The event is planned to take place mid-way between the two major cities of Alberta, Calgary and Edmonton,  thus providing the opportunity for participants to experience as much additional enjoyment as they wish.  The 2007 event will take place sometime during the 1st 3 weeks of July, 2007.  Many reading this will be aware of the many and varied tourist opportunities available in Alberta ~~ from adventure of the Calgary Stampede, “The Greatest Show on Earth”, to the West Edmonton Mall, “The Largest Shopping Mall in the World”, and of course the natural beauty of Banff and Jasper National Parks, both within reasonable driving distance.  Why not check these items out by “searching the web”.  At the conclusion of the Meeting we boarded our bus and made the trip back to our hotel.  Most went to bed, yours truly went to work to transmit material to THE SHUFFLER!!  Stan and Alf of THE SHUFFLER.  Stan in Rio, Alf in Sarnia, ON.  2005 09 20

THE SHUFFLER HAS MANY MORE PIX WHICH WE WILL POST IN AN ALBUM AVAILABLE FROM OUR HOME PAGE.  It is difficult to transmit the pix to the Site at this time.  

REPORT AS OF END OF PLAY ON TUESDAY, SEP 20

               MEN  

               WINS           LOSSES

BRAZIL        15             35

CANADA        26             20

UNITED NAT.   26             22

USA           31             21

                 WOMEN

BRAZIL        10             40

CANADA        28             18

JAPAN         31             17

USA           29             23

The race is a whole lot tighter as we complete play on Tuesday!!  Remember, all teams will play the same # of matches.  We did have some significant surprises on the Courts to-day!! One significant pleasant surprise is the stnding of the Women’s Team for Japan!!  Such a happy group you never did see???  Tomorrow, Wednesday, is tour day.  Stay tuned Stan in Rio!! 2005 09 20

TRAVEL DAY REPORT!!  WEDNESDAY, SEP 21

Expectations were high as we set out on our Travel Day!!  Our Brazilian hosts had a great day planned for us and we eagerly set out on our journey immediately after breakfast. 

To reach our 1st point of interest we had to travel by bus from Niteroi into Rio de Janeiro.  Atop a mountain overlooking the harbour stands the statute of Christ the Redeemer (Christhe Redeemer)!!  This monument was inaugurated on the day of Our Lady of Aparaecida, October, 1931.  The head and arms were assembled in France and shipped to Rio.  The main body was constructed on site by the local population with many participating by carrying stones up the mountain to be incorporated into the massive “body”.  It is indeed a magnificent site and it has served as a beacon for those returning to the harbour; seen by many as the image of faith and friendliness.  It is referred to as “THE WONDER OF RIO” by local residents.  It stands on the top of 710 meter Corcovado Mountain; the monument itself is 38 meters.  At the time of our visit the top of the monuments was “moving in and out of fog” which prevented a totally unobstructed view.  It did however; add a spiritual effect.  There is now a train which takes tourists to a reasonable walking distance from the monument. 

We also visited “SUGAR LOAF” which is a Cable Car ride to the top of another high point overlooking the Rio Harbour.  The Cable Car opened in 1912. It was the 1st Cable Car of Brazil and the 3rd in the world.  As of the 90th anniversary ~~ 2002, the Cable Car has attracted 31 million tourist.  It is a breathtaking ride as you ascend to the top.  We did have a bit of a surprise when we arrived as we were expecting a restaurant ~~ only to find an outlet for sandwiches, chips, beer and ice cream!!!!   Michael dug deep as many of us “ate up”!!  The plus side was that as we dined on our patio, we could look out over the city and the harbour of Rio!!  All enjoyed the ride. 

Prior to my trip I read in a travel magazine that Rio is being called “the New Paris” ~~ a compliment indeed!!  The area which contributes to this fashion label is “IPANEMA”.  And yes we toured this area extensively by motor bus.  This sophisticated district offers a lively night life scene with an enticing blend of beach, bars and boutiques.  A major attraction throughout the day, its sands also welcome countless after-dark visitors including joggers and other athletes.  We observed young adults both practising and playing soccer, the national sport of Brazil.  IPANEMA reflects the Carioca spirit of the people of Rio, welcoming visitors to join in. 

In summary, Rio is the focus of the travel industry in Latin America and unique in terms of its history and the contagious fun of its residents!!  The Brazilians participating in the International exemplified  this joi de vivre!! They made us welcome ~~ and if you did not have a great experience, it certainly was not because of any shortcoming on their part. Thank you to each and every Brazilian Participant and of course a special thanks to those who helped in any way to organize the event. 

We dined in down town Rio and plans were to take in the “Flea Market”.  However; rain interfered with that plan ~~~ to the extreme delight of many.  It had been a very long day and each of us was well aware that another busy day awaited us on Thursday.  Most of us “fell into our beds” about 23:00 hrs. 

Stan, yes, sitting by the pool having a cool one on Thursday at 16:30.  I have finished my shuffling for to-day but there the final round for the day is still in progress.  Stan in Rio; Alf in Sarnia: THE SHUFFLER 2005 09 22

THE HUMOROUS SIDE OF SHUFFLING AT THE

24th ISA IN NITEROI, RIO de JANEIRO!!

SETTING THE STAGE:  I thought it would be revealing to talk to the people gathered pool side after the end of shuffling on Thursday which is actually the 3rd day of Shuffling.  Each of the  speakers had been celebrating ~~ albeit only a little, as we relaxed in preparation for dinner.  Gathered at the table were the Tates, the Normans, the Cowells, Ron Williams, Grace Lintz, and Lois and Stan.  If you check the “end of day” results you will see that the tournament is close, very close, and still far to close to call.  Every person at the table recognized that but no person could resist the opportunity to have a little fun!!

I had stimulated the conversation by making the statement that “on paper” the American Men had the strongest team,that they had more “raw talent” than the Canadians!! 

Roy Norman responded: I think Stan that what is going to happen is that it will be like a Hollywood script; the good guys start off, they get knocked around and eventually they come through in the end riding high, quick on the draw.

Stan; “a la John Wayne” sort of thing??

Roy; Yes, that is it!! 

Stan; By inference, since you have used the term “good guys”, you are implying that the Canadians may be favoured at this time.  Given that this is an ISA event, could that remark not be considered somewhat selfish?  (in he he style?)

Roy; with much laughter by all at the table: I am thinking of the “raw material we have”, I am thinking of Stan McCormack who is 100% “raw material” so far!!! (at that point the decibel meter went off the scale!!)  (I am now re-reading this article at 05:42 on Friday morning.  To permit readers to participate in the humor, I have to tell you that Stan has been fortunate enough to get this far without a loss!! My heavy end of the tournament begins to-day. I suffer from no delusions!!!!)   

President Michael Zellner, Roy and Dooreen Norman and Presenter Stan McCormack

Stan; Thank you so much for that Roy Norman. 

Stan: I am now going to ask the Canadian Team Captain to make a comment on the tournament thus far. 

Max Tate: “The tournament has gone very well Stan, and even though the Canadians had a very poor start ~ we are right in the thick of things now; I will not make a prediction as to the outcome ~~ BUT!!”

Stan; THE SHUFFLER does not wish to be accused of sexual discrimination ~ so, we will now go to the Captain of the Canadian Women’s Team, Ruth Tate.

Ruth: What I would like to say is that my Gals are doing a super job and we are number one as of Thursday night!!

Stan: Thanks for that Ruth.  We also have at the table one of the players from Alberta, that fine province to the west ~~ somewhere west of Ontario but not quite to the Pacific ocean and while we are not too certain of our geography, we are certain that it is a fine place to live. 

Grace Lintz: Well, it is the best place to live, there is no question about that.  We are enjoying the tournament very much, we are enjoying Brazil and the many things they are showing us.  We had a beautiful tour yesterday ~~ up to see the Statute and Sugar Loaf Mountain and it is just a real enjoyable time.  We are working very hard and we want to “bring home the gold”!! 

Stan: Thanks so much for that Grace.  (Grace has been advocating the use of medals for the ISA ~~ an idea worthy of your support!!) 

Stan’s Note:  Do hope you got some enjoyment out of this article.  We had fun and do hope it is received in good taste!!   ISA shuffling provides an abundance of opportunities to sit around and truly enjoy each other’s company.  About the time we were winding up this little session, Walt Wedel, American Team Captain stopped by and made this observation:  “This is where we truly get to know each other; we have so little opportunity while competing in Florida.”  If you shuffle in Florida, why not think of some ideas to create this type of environment!!!!  Present them to your District President.

Stan McCormack of THE SHUFFLER in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro Brazil.  2005 09 22.     

RESULTS AS OF END OF PLAY ON 05 09 23

                          MEN                   WOMEN

               WINS       LOSSES    WINS       LOSSES

 BRAZIL        31           72       22         81

CANADA         62           41       68         35

UNITED NATIONS 53           53 JAPAN 58         48

USA            64           44       62         46

SPORTS FANS!!  WE HAVE WORLD CHAMPIONS FOR 2005!!

The 24th ISA is over and we have a new Team Champion in the Women’s Event!!!

The Canadian Women performed admirably!!  At the early stages of this competition we had expectations that the Japanese Women’s Team would end up in 1st Place!!  Our attention then turned to the American Women’s Team as they showed their “stuff”!!  However; that was not to be!!  The Canadian Women captained by Ruth Tate persevered; they played their disciplined game and it paid off in the end!!  All team members are to be congratulated; all team members helped in this event; all team  members are celebrating their win graciously!! 

The Men’s event as I type this report ~~ 16:25 in the Auditorium as the 3 final matches take place, ARE TOO CLOSE TO CALL!!! Just the kind of International Event we hoped and dreamed  about.  As our Banquet and Awards Presentation is this evening, Saturday, I do not expect they will release the official results until the banquet.  What I can tell you is that the Men’s Championship for the 24th ISA Event will go to one of the countries sharing the North American Continent!!  Check THE SHSUFFLER either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning and we will let you know if that Nation is north of south of the 49th parallel!!   STAN IN RIO, ALF IN SARNIA 2005 09 24.    

CONGRATULATIONS CHAMPIONS!!

You played well, you overcame, you persevered in the face of defeat, you showed your depth, you proved to be great competitors and I’m sure you will be Champions we can all be proud of.  Congratulations to the Canadian National Men’s and Women’s teams.

Earl Ball 2005 09 26. 

TO BE READ IN EACH OF THE 3 LANGUAGES (2005 09 24) 

MY NAME IS Stan AND IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE THE BLACKSTOCK PRAYER.

BLACKSTOCK IS A VERY SMALL VILLAGE IN ONTARIO, CANADA

HOWEVER; IT COULD BE A SMALL VILLAGE IN BRASIL; IN JAPAN OR AMERICA.

OUR SHUFFLEBOARD CLUB (OF BLACKSTOCK) HOSTS A VERY SPECIAL EVENT EACH YEAR.

I WANTED AN INVOCATION, AND IT ALSO HAD TO BE VERY SPECIAL.

I REMEMBERED THE INVOCATION BY ROY NORMAN AT THE CLEARWATER 22nd ISA.

ACCORDINGLY, I CONTACTED ROY AND REQUESTED HE ATTEND AND OFFER THE INVOCATION.

IN MAY OF 2005 WITH 70 SHUFFLERS IN ATTENDANCE INCLUDING THE MAYOR OF THE TOWNSHIP, THE BLACKSTOCK PRAYER WAS OFFERED. 

THE MAYOR WAS IMPRESSED; SHE CARRIED THE PRAYER TO A NATIONAL MEETING OF SMALL MUNICIPALITIES; SHE USES THE PRAYER AT HER COUNCIL MEETINGS, ALSO a SMALL COMMUNITY.  WE HOPE THAT YOU FIND SOMETHING IN THE PRAYER FOR YOU,

AND WE INVITE YOU TO PICK UP A COPY OF THE PRAYER IN YOUR LANGUAGE, AS YOU LEAVE THIS EVENING.    

SATURDAY SUMMARY–SEP 24, AT 24TH ISA IN  RIO!!

The last day of play was not unlike the others!!  Full of excitement as all players did their best to either maintain their team position or better still and more difficult, to improve their team standing.  Most players had 3 games on Saturday, 2 before lunch and one after.  The Canadian Women’s team had steadily improved their position since “day one” although it must be said that it looked like the Japanese team did have a chance to pull off a major upset.  This did not come about and one can only guess as to the impact of such an upset. 

The real race was in the Men’s division and for a while on Saturday there was a real chance that the American Men could have rebounded and ended in 1st place.  In this regard it must be noted that the United Nations Team added to the uncertainty.  They had some very strong players and each time they met either an American or Canadian player, the outcome of that match was watched with a nervous eye by all!  By the end of the 1st match after lunch on Saturday it was evident that we would have a double Canadian win ~~ that is in the Men’s division and the Women’s division.  The win for the Men followed wins in Mesa in March of 2004 and Clearwater in 2002.  The Canadian women had finished 2nd in Mesa in 2004.

Following lunch on Saturday the officials had an opportunity to “have a go” on the Courts.  There was every indication that all enjoyed themselves.  We should point out that without willing workers, many willing workers, major events such as this could not be possible.  OUR SINCERE THANKS!! 

Next item on the agenda was a quick trip back to our hotel to allow everyone an opportunity to shower and get into their uniform.  The banquet was to begin at 19:00 and it was to take place in the hall below our cafeteria at the Club.  We will pause now and return to provide you coverage of the Banquet in another story.   Stanistheman in a Boeing 767 flying over the tropical forest of Brazil at 23:30 on Sunday evening.  2005 09 25.        

THE WINDUP BANQUET 24TH ISA sep 24th

Players arrived by 19:00 and took their places with fellow team members at assigned tables.  National flags identified the tables.  Bar service was available and until about 21:00, there was a constant chatter as players  mixed to discuss the event, to exchange views and to take a multitude of pix!!! 

Michael opened the formal part of the evening by remembering all players who had died during the past year.  A table had been prepared; on the table had been placed 4 settings, one for each of the 4 participating nations; a glass of red wine had been poured at each setting; in the centre of the table was a single red rose; on the 4 plates were the names of the deceased players; the nationality of the plate had been identified by the placement of a player cap on the back of the chair.  It was tastefully done and Michael’s remarks dignified this section of the evening programme.  

Next came the Invocation.  Stan McCormack came forward and invited the Japanese translator, the Portuguese translator, and Dolores Brown to come forward.  Stan then explained how the BLACKSTOCK PRAYER had come to be; the explanation was read by each of the 2 interpreters, and then line by line, beginning with English, the Blackstock Prayer was read.  The author of the prayer, Roy Norman had arranged to have the prayer translated into both Portuguese and Japanese and had earlier made available copies of the prayer to all who wished to receive same.  I believe it is fair to say that everyone was moved by this part of the programme.  Should you be reading this and would like to receive a copy of the prayer in digital format, just send along an e-mail to stanistheman_200@yahoo.com 

TO BE READ IN EACH OF THE 3 LANGUAGES (2005 09 24) 

MY NAME IS Stan AND IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE THE BLACKSTOCK PRAYER.

BLACKSTOCK IS A VERY SMALL VILLAGE IN ONTARIO, CANADA

HOWEVER; IT COULD BE A SMALL VILLAGE IN BRASIL; IN JAPAN OR AMERICA.

OUR SHUFFLEBOARD CLUB (OF BLACKSTOCK) HOSTS A VERY SPECIAL EVENT EACH YEAR.

I WANTED AN INVOCATION, AND IT ALSO HAD TO BE VERY SPECIAL.

I REMEMBERED THE INVOCATION BY ROY NORMAN AT THE CLEARWATER 22nd ISA.

ACCORDINGLY, I CONTACTED ROY AND REQUESTED HE ATTEND AND OFFER THE INVOCATION.

IN MAY OF 2005 WITH 70 SHUFFLERS IN ATTENDANCE INCLUDING THE MAYOR OF THE TOWNSHIP, THE BLACKSTOCK PRAYER WAS OFFERED. 

THE MAYOR WAS IMPRESSED; SHE CARRIED THE PRAYER TO A NATIONAL MEETING OF SMALL MUNICIPALITIES; SHE USES THE PRAYER AT HER COUNCIL MEETINGS, ALSO a SMALL COMMUNITY.  WE HOPE THAT YOU FIND SOMETHING IN THE PRAYER FOR YOU,

AND WE INVITE YOU TO PICK UP A COPY OF THE PRAYER IN YOUR LANGUAGE, AS YOU LEAVE THIS EVENING.

The Blackstock Prayer;

A Prayer for all Human Beings on Planet Earth

Let us pray. Let us all pray together.

Let us pray, that our prayer will be acceptable to most human beings, that it will eventually be adopted by the United Nations.

Let us pray, that our prayer will be translated into many languages, that it will become a universal prayer, a prayer

for men, women and children, all around the world.

Let us pray, The power of prayer by billions of human beings will lead to Optimum Peace On Earth and Good Will to all Human Beings realizing that we must not be divided by race, colour, politics, religion, nationalities, wealth or any other reason.

Let us pray that all nations will realize that, at this time in our civilization, it is imperative that the United Nations be empowered with the support of all nations in order to develop the leadership, co-ordination and enforcement capabilities for the massive but necessary undertaking as suggested in the addendum to this prayer.

Finally, . . Let us pray that by united common objectives our leaders will provide the team work to permit a good and sustainable quality of life for everyone.

From the nurse on duty to Tournament Director Rocky Briggs, all came forward to applause and received their award.  Three male players had completed the event with only 1 loss; they were Max Tate, Earl Ball and Jim Bailey.  Cecile Messier of the American Women’s team had the best win/loss record for the Women’s Division.  Next came the presentation of the Canadian Women’s Team captained by Ruth Tate.  Ruth gave a gracious acceptance speech on behalf of her team, taking the opportunity to insert some humour into her remarks.  Next came the presentation to the Canadian Men’s Team captained by Max Tate.  Max responded with humility, thanking his players, our Brazilian hosts and the other competitors.   Next came approximately one hour of “Carnival” music and dancing.  I believe that just about everyone was on the dance floor for a good part of that hour.  I was able to get some great pix as people did things they would ordinarily never dream of doing!!!  Indeed it was a great evening!!  A good time was had by all!!  Stan ~~ still making my way over the Brazilian Rain Forest at about 9700 meters, proceeding north west at about 800 km per hour. 

A BIG THANK YOU TO THE BRASILIAN SHUFFLEBOARD ASSOCIATION!! 

The 24th ISA Rio Event is over!!  The 24th ISA Rio Event was a great success!!  The Shufflers of the world extend to the organizers and the participants our sincere appreciation for a job well done!!  From arrival to departure, everyone we came in contact with was eager to assist: ~~ the bus driver; the hotel staff; the employees of the AABB; and especially the Brasilian Players and those accompanying them.  Their courtesy, their attention to our needs, made the entire event most enjoyable. 

Thanks Brasilians!!  Stan of THE SHUFFLER, 2005 09 27.             

THE REAL HERO OF THE 24TH ISA IN RIO!!

All participants of the 24th ISA demonstrated varying degrees of skill, of enthusiasm, and finesse in the execution of their games.  However; one player demonstrated all of the above plus an immense amount of personal courage.  Wayne Engel was released from hospital just a day before leaving for Rio.  Wayne has lost one kidney to cancer and now that cancer has moved to his lungs.  His trip to the hospital was to have removed seven liters of fluid from the area of his lungs.  Wayne’s desire to participate one more time in an ISA Event outweighed any concern he may have had with regard to serious medical repercussions.  He made the decision to go to Rio!!  Wife Pat shared the view with me that she understood his great desire to participate and respected the decision he had made, albeit with a good deal of apprehension and anxiety.  Any of us who were close to Wayne at the tournament noticed the difficulty he experienced in breathing; any who watched more closely will realize that he gave his best while playing the game and that effort paid off in 8 wins of the 10 games Wayne played. I would call that nothing less than astounding!! It took determination, courage and “guts”!  We had a short conversation on the flight back to Houston from Rio.  It was evident that breathing was not easy for Wayne, but as during the competition, not a complaint did he utter.  Team Captain Max Tate offered this remark: “Wayne was an inspiration to the entire team!  His wins were vital to our success in this 24th ISA Event.”  Congratulations Wayne from all Shufflers, and special thanks to Pat for her role in all of this.  We wish you both the very best.  Stan of THE SHUFFLER 2005 09 27

THE SHUFFLER MAKES A CORRECTION!!

Yes folks we are human and from time to time we do err!!  And when the correction is brought to your attention in such a classy fashion, it is gratifying and refreshing!! We wish to thank Ann Wedel for letting us know that not only did Cecile Messier win 10 games, so did Annette Hayse!!   Our sincere congratulations to both women, both members of the American Women’s Team.  Annette is shown in the margin ~~ top pix, Cecile in the lower pix!  Stan of THE SHUFFLER 2005 09 28.   

TEAM CAPTAINS CARRY AN ADDITIONAL LOAD!!

All players who participated in the 24th ISA Event in Rio will remember just how tired each of us became as the end of the day approached.  It is human tendency to do as much as possible when you have a finite time in any given situation; our finite time was the duration of the Event, and Michael had filled every moment of available time. NOW, imagine the additional responsibility of being the Team Captain, of remaining behind to maintain team records when you fellow players leave for a “cool one” at the bar; of dealing with late arrivals on the courts; or to the bus; or a dozen other problems which require someone’s attention, and that “someone” becomes the Captain.  However; the critical part of being Captain is “knitting your team together”, creating a common desire to carry your part of the load.  All Captains deserve our appreciation.  Thanks Guys and Gals!!  Not shown are the Captains of the Brazilian Teams or the Japanese Women’s Team.  Will someone reading this send along names and pix to stanistheman_200@yahoo.com  My sincere apologies to both the Japanese Women and to Brasil.  Max and Ruth Tate are in the top pix; Walt and Ann Wedel next; and finally Joe Casias, Captain of the United Nations Team.  Stan 2005 09 28. 

TOP SHUFFLERS AT RIO DEMONSTRATE THEIR SKILLS ON THE DANCE FLOOR!! 

The 3 “gentlemen” in the pix took the opportunity to prove that not only can they shuffle; they can also cavort on the dance floor!!  They took to the floor following our dinner at the Windup Banquet of the 24th ISA Event in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.  The “well dressed” gals very quickly had most of the men on the dance floor ~~ any guesses as to the reason??  Not to be outdone, the women joined in as everyone got into the spirit of CARNIVAL!! (If only I had a movie camera, you could see those bodies shake!!)   

We have featured Max Tate, Jim Bailey, and Earl Ball because it was they who finished the entire ISA Event with only 1 Loss!! Eleven wins and one loss is not bad!!  THE SHUFFLER congratulates each of them.  Stan 2005 09 28.   

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1 Response to We Take You to Rio de Janeiro Brazil >> 2005. 24th ISA. GOOD READ >> YOU HAVE TIME!!!

  1. Michael Zellner says:

    This was truly a memorable week. Dr Luiz Pimentel, Marcos Cardoso and Michael supervised our 45 person staff all working to make this the best possible international event to represent our country of Brazil. Beautiful tourism was included to one of the scenic Wonders of the World “ The Christ the Redeemer Statue” overlooking Rio de Janeiro. All meals were catered with shows contracted each night to wrap up the day and ended with the Carnival Dancer Girls in costume for the awards banquet. Our National President’s and Tournament Director were seen happily dancing with the girls out on the dance floor. A nurse was contracted for the week and took care of one National President and another competitor both in advanced stages of cancer but made this trip as their last Horrah and we welcomed them and their wives with open arms.
    Rocky and Gigi Briggs came a week earlier to guide Luiz and Michael on court fabrication, setup and operation and Rocky was the Tournament Director. Our goal was to make this the finest International Shuffleboard Championship in ISA history and we spared no expense in pulling it off. The fees we charged covered all the events and we finished with a few hundred dollars in reserve. Our goal was not to make money rather it was to make History.

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