The remarks below, in caps, were offered by Presenter Ken Offenther in support of Ed O’Neal being awarded an MVPerson as an integral part of the celebrations of this, our 100th year of shuffleboard in the State. Ed’s work with the computer causes each of us to reflect on the amount and type of progress we have made during the 100 years, a fitting way to help us celebrate!!
ALTHOUGH NOT KNOWN PRIMARILY AS A PLAYER, BY HIS OWN BRILLIANT ANALYTICAL CALCULATIONS HE WILL BECOME ONE IN 2019!
THIS NATIVE CANADIAN’S EXPERTISE IS AS AN INFORMATION PROGRAM DESIGNER. HIS PROGRAM BROUGHT FLORIDA SHUFFLEBOARD INTO THE 21ST CENTURY WITH COMPUTER TOURNAMENT APPLICATIONS. FOR THE F.S.A. HE WEARS 3 HATS, KEEPER OF THE RECORDS, STATE WEBMASTER, and PREVIEW EDITOR WHERE OVER THE LAST 3 YEARS HIS TALENTS HAVE SAVED US THOUDANDS OF DOLLARS.
2 DAYS AGO ED LEARNED HE WILL BE INDUCTED IN THE FSA HALL OF FAME. TODAY WE HONOR HIM WITH A MOST VALUABLE PERSON PIN. 2012 10 15.
Ed ONeal – Special Award Southern District Ed moved to Sebring, FL in 1998. He served as Avon Park Shuffleboard Club Treasurer during the 2000-2001 season. Ed made State Amateur in 2001 and Pro in 2003. He became a Tournament Director in 2001 and currently directs in the Southern District. Ed developed the Tourn-A-Mation program to run tournaments on a computer. From 2001-2009, he produced a Central District Calendar and Club Directories for Avon Park, Sebring and Lakeland. From 2002-2009, he was the Central District Webmaster and KOR. Ed became the FSA KOR in 2008 and FSA Preview Editor in 2009. In 2009, he received the Central District Hall of Fame “Special Award.” In 2010, Ed took over the layout and design of the Preview. He also developed the NSA Record System Software.
Earl Speaks: I’m sure no one starts out playing shuffleboard with any thought of scoring 1000 points or winning a hundred tournaments any more than Babe Ruth started out to hit 700 home runs, let alone 60 in a season; it just happens!
Here’s the bare outline of how I did it with many, many side stories for a later time! In 1999 around the Labor Day time frame I was in Hendersonville North Carolina to play the Eastern National Singles. I took 2nd but beat some great players in doing it. Among others were Dave Minnich and Skip McCoy before Mickey Henson beat me for the Championship; leading to Tournament Director Glen Peltier advising me to try the Pro circuit in Florida that winter. I did and as they say, the rest is history. I lined up Don Darwin, a great Zephyrhills Player, for the 1st Tournament in Pt Charlotte, we didn’t place. I had Ken Offenther for the 2nd Tournament in St Pete and Ken worked his fanny off and dragged me to a 3rd place finish in Consolation, I had placed in only my 2nd tournament. The 4th Tournament was in City Island which is Daytona. My Partner was Stan Williamson and we took 2nd place making me an instant Pro; we only lost because I made a terrible mistake late in the 3rd game. Stan and I went on to win the 1st National Championship of the new Millennium in January. I was living the whole experience so I didn’t realize I was doing anything special but when I won the Tournament of Champions, giving me 42 points for the season, I qualified for the “Masters” as a rookie. I’ve qualified every year since and am the only one ever to do so. Stan became my partner for most tournaments and in January 2002 I earned my 100th point with Stan. Point number 200, and qualification for the “Hall of Fame”, came with Mel Erb in 2004 at Clearwater. Number 300 was with Joan Cook at Winter Haven in a Mixed Doubles Championship in November 2006. I made number 400 with Henry Strong in Leesburg during 2008; Henry and I were playing several tournaments together by that time. 500 came with Stan in 2010 at St Cloud and 600 was with Judy Ross in Clearwater in October 2011. Number 700 came at home in Betmar with Henry Strong during the 2012 season. 800 was also with Henry, once again in Betmar during the 2014 season. Henry was also with me for #900 at Leesburg in February 2016. The general census of opinion is that I will make #1000 this season (I need 13 more points) if I stay out of the cemetery this summer and in all likelihood Henry will be my Partner since we play them all together, except the possibility exists that I will make it in one of the early season Mixed Tournaments.
That’s how a 1000 point career happens!
JUST ONE OF EARL’S THOUSANDS OF STORIES
1000 points the Morning After
It’s not yet 6:30 and I can’t help but reflect back on the tournament and how fortunate or outright lucky I am to have this goal completed. My partner, Ruthie Brown and I each got a lucky break to win our match on Monday evening against Jerry Miller and Ruth Stewart. We won the 1st game when I got a 22 and 10 off to get back into a game in which they led 37-26. The 2nd game was a clean game and they won. In the 3rd game they lead 40-28 and Ruthie got a 22 and 10 off to flip the game and we won earning a chance to play the ¼’s.
On Tuesday morning we played Doug and Pat Stockton in the ¼’s. I played Doug, the last time I played Pat she beat me up something awful. The Shuffleboard gods were with us as everything we did worked and by then they had used up their luck on the 1st day and we won. If you don’t know Doug and Pat you are losing out, they are wonderful people! Yes they were pulling for me but are also highly competitive and Ruthie and I had to earn our way past them. By now the crowd is beginning to grow and the journey isn’t over; I have two points but need to win another match to earn the 3rd point. We will play Marion Lohbush and Gus Bondi. Marion and I started in the game together and as partners; we won the State Amateur Tournament in Hawthorn two decades ago. Gus can hardly stand up but is shooting the eyes out of the shuffleboard disc’s. In the 1st game we threaten to run away and hide getting to 47 in short order and don’t you know we didn’t score another point! In the 2nd game we are about even. We have 59 and they have 54. I’m at the head and get two disc’s partly hidden on Gus but he makes a great shot taking both of mine off and hiding a seven, I miss the hammer. The score is now 59-61 and Ruthie needs to win the game on her own and she does. Marion put out a St Pete hide and it was a good one but Ruthie didn’t hesitate, she ran the alley for a good seven. Marion removed the cover and Ruthie had to stop and think, she still needed 10 to win. She decided to cover again hoping for a chance to shoot a 10 with her hammer. Marion removed the cover and Ruthie deliberated on her next move. She decided to put one on the other side of the board. I am sure she meant to put in an eight but wound up in the seven. Marion shot it for the kitchen but rolled off a little leaving our seven on but her’s stayed in the high 7 giving them 68 with two hammers coming depending on what Ruthie would do next. She decided to leave their good block and go for the win. She took a deep breath and shot another perfect seven for the win and to salvage the day to that point. The third game was the same way. We trailed 62-59 with two hammers coming and I was able to get a seven hidden but Gus used his last block to block off the board leaving a shot at a 10 as the only option. Of course I went for it and the shuffleboard gods made it stop in the high 10 for victory and it was over; I had the three points and the crowd all headed to my end of the court; everyone happy that I finally ended the journey.
We went on to play the finals which dragged on to the point that our opponents, Don and Pat Hartford, had to leave for another commitment. They had won the 1st game and were leading in the 2nd game but had to concede and we were Champions.
Earl has written so many articles for the Shuffler!! So many that it is difficult to print out an acceptable sample. Accordingly, I will give you a link for some of Earl’s articles. In my next posting, I will provide you with information vis – a – vis his 1,000 Point Achievment!!!
Jerry Deren was the MC this morning (2016 02 13) at Lakeland Shuffleboard Club for a special presentation to Four Club Members who are leaving the Club indefinitely.
Jerry Speaks: Hello & good morning everyone: We are here today, to not only shuffle in the 2016 Lakeland Shuffleboard club doubles tournament, but also to demonstrate our appreciation to our friends Paul & Marion Sauerwine and Stan & Lois McCormack.
Paul Sauerwine has been the President of the Lakeland Shuffleboard club for five + years. He and Marion worked tirelessly to make our shuffleboard club one of the best in FL. Paul was instrumental in helping maintain the courts and discs; conversing with the city of Lakeland on issues concerning our courts; organizing and getting the membership book printed; making coffee @ the REINEY & potluck events; cleaning the restrooms & making sure there was paper hand towels & toilet paper, getting food for the REINEY & other events. This was all done with Marion’s significant advice and assistance. …
Many of our current readers, but not all, will remember TheShuffler.org. It was a website operated by Alf Primeau. Stan McCormack was the lead writer > but we had many talented individuals who regularly contributed. Below is a kind of time line of the Shuffler.org.
THE SHUFFLER: NEWS AND VIEWS OF INTEREST TO ALL SHUFFLERS!! NowApproaching 250,000 hits!!
ON AUGUST 30th, 2004 WE wrote: In July of 2003 Ruby Withington won a prize for becoming the 10,000th person to log on!! If you check our counter at the bottom of the Home Page, it now reads ~~ depending on when you read this, about 40,000. Alf and I are of course pleased that the response has exceeded our wildest expectations ~~ pleased that Shufflers continue to return to the Site to obtain information, to view photographs of fellow shufflers, to read suggestions on how to improve their game, to read editorial opinion, to determine where the next major shuffling event will take place and to determine how to get there, and of course to view the results of these same competitions!!
While I have singled out Stan and Alf, we want to acknowledge the significant and ongoing contributions of Earl Ball, Sandi Quinn, Michael Zellner, and the Allen Family, Sam and Jim. All have provided insightful, interesting and timely reports on the sport they enjoy so much. Sandi’s summer reports from Ohio and North Carolina have added a new dimension and style to “Reporting Results”!! We know that we speak for our readers when we express the hope that Sandi will continue to report as the Quinns move on to Arizona, and finally to Texas for the winter!! Earl has given our readers information in the “how to aspect” of the game, as well as providing that much needed State Pro insight point of view. We look forward to Earl’s continuing input on a wide range of topics.
Michael continues to provide informative and useful information for those planning the trip to the ISA Event of 2005! Michael’s role will expand as we draw closer to that major international event!! Sam and Jim (Allen) have both been willing to provide input and it has been appreciated. There is room for others to submit articles, for others to become regular “reporters”!
THE SHUFFLER PRIDES ITSELF ON BEING THE WEBSITE WITH “NEWS AND VIEWS OF INTEREST TO ALL SHUFFLERS”! Each of us works very hard to come as close as we can to making that statement truthful. In the end however; we can only achieve that objective with your co-operation. That is correct; we need input; we need accurate and timely input in order to share it with our readers~~ the Shuffling Public!! Many times it is difficult to obtain such information. Quite frankly, that “blows my mind”!! We at THE SHUFFLER have demonstrated willingness and an ability to prepare and present material to our public in a professional and pleasing manner. We work many hours each week in research and preparation of the articles we pass on to you. Given this, you will understand the disappointment and frustration we experience when some, just some, of our elected Shuffleboard officials demonstrate either an unwillingness or an inability to keep you the shuffler well informed. Folks, how many times have you and I heard these same officials complain about the lack of press coverage that shuffling receives?? May I respectfully suggest to them that the Internet is the press of the 21st Century.
The Future is Now!! Let’s all work together to promote the Sport of Shuffling.
Stan of THE SHUFFLER. 2004 08 30.
STAN AND ALF WRITE IN JUNE OF 2007: Have things changed since we posted the above article; we believe that they have in that we now do have more shufflers willing to both provide information AND TO submit an article on their own behalf. No; the shift has not been dramatic, but marginal improvement is better than no improvement!!
ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE: Brazil is now a regular participant at ISA Events and Germany joined the ISA in 2006. Both will be at the ISA Event in Midland, ON beginning August 12, 2007. Our coverage of the ISA Events has been one of the significant areas of growth and we look forward to continuing that portion of our coverage.
One new development which we are working on is the Negative Image Advertising of the Sport. Terry Rainwater has taken the lead on this project with the support of Wilbur Estes. Terry’s superior writing skills have already produced results. However; it is far too soon to gloat over any success. The damage has been done and it will take judgment, good planning and determination to rebound from the adverse effect on the Sport of Shuffleboard by these and similar type adds.
Wilbur Estes, “The Guy Who Wrote The Book”, the book being Modular Shuffleboard, has been a regular contributor for a good deal of our ON LINE experience. Wilbur’s dedicated column has been a resounding success in excess of a year.
Stan and Alf of THE SHUFFLER 2007 06 23.
HERE IT IS ONE YEAR LATER AND WE ARE HITTING ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE!! 200,000 HITS!!
We have a new motto: YOUR DOOR TO THE WORLD OF SHUFFLEBOARD given to us by Sebastian Runge, 1st VP of the German Shuffleboard Assn. >> Thank You Sebastian!!
ALSO: A BIG THANKS TO CHUCK MOULTON AND JIM HUNDLEY who regularly send along tournament results. Please keep them coming!!!
THE SHUFFLER was inducted into the Central District (FSA) Hall of Fame for their promotion of the sport >> our thanks to the Central District Board, their President Larry Brown and the entire membership of the District.
Our nomination to the ISA HOF was approved at the ISA Board Meeting in Midland in 2007 and the induction will take place in Australia this September. This award recognizes our contribution to shuffleboard at the International level and we wish to thank all those involved in advancing and approving the award. We must not let the warm feelings generated by the awards diminish our responsibility to report and promote as we see the need.
We thought it would be appropriate to post our very first article sent to Alf by Stan on the occasion of the 2002 ISA event in Clearwater, FL.
FROM OUR ARCHIVES of 2002 11 16
It was during the 2002 ISA Event in Clearwater, FL that THE SHUFFLER came on the scene ~~ so to speak. I filed a series of daily reports from Clearwater as “Reporter Stan”!! Here is the actual article filed on Nov 16th, 2002.
“Sports fans”, it is all over!! We have a Champion male Team and a Champion Female Team!! And this time both are from the same country AND THAT COUNTRY IS CANADA!!!
I know that all participants and all viewers join with me in congratulating the Canadian teams on their fine performance during this exciting tournament. They played hard and they played fairly!!
The American Men and Women finished a very strong second. We salute them. The Japanese and the Brazilians were worthy competitors each and every time they were on the court.
In Sport, and especially in shuffleboard, as important as your “placing”, are the friends you made during the tournament. This tournament was a great success. We thank all those who helped, especially those involved from the Clearwater Club, and very definitely their President, Basil Kerrill.
We are pleased to report that one player played the entire tournament without a loss, quite a feat!! That player was “Earl the Pearl” (Earl Ball) of the American team. Congratulations Earl.
Stan McCormack Your Onsite Reporter, Clearwater, FL. 2002 11 16
That is enough for this milestone >> Next one will be 250,000!! Good Shuffling and special thanks to everyone who has ever sent along a News Item!! We appreciate it!!
STAN AND ALF OF THE SHUFFLER. 2008 06 21.
AND NOW FOR THE ONE QUARTER MILLION MILESTONE!!
That is correct folks, we will reach the 250,000 mark before June 21, and that means that in the past 12 months we have had more than 50,000 hits.
We lost Wilbur Estes, The Guy Who Wrote the Book, but The Shuffler was pleased to be able to make a significant contribution to his eulogy which was very well attended by a cross section of Shufflers.
The induction of The Shuffler into the ISA Hall of Fame took place in Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia. Stan accepted the award on behalf of Alf and The Shuffler. And >> for the 1st time in the 27 Year History of the ISA, the Japanese Women finished in 1st Place!! Great, Just Great for the sport!! Congratulations to the Japanese Women!!
Not only did our readership increase but so did the number of shufflers submitting newsworthy items. Glenna Earle did a magnificent job in her reporting of the FSA Masters Event held in Zephyrhills, FL; Wilma Rudolph of TX sent along items along with many others. We thank each contributor; we post 99% of all articles received and make only minor adjustments to improve the message we believe the writer intends!!
Keep those articles and pix coming!! Help grow the sport we each enjoy so much!! If you have an idea or a question, send it along.
Hi Stan, I hope this finds you well, Stay safe and healthy. I thought you might be interested in what the Gerrits have been up to with regards to shuffleboard’ Henry and Leida Gerrits have been hard at work along with Gerrit and Gerdien Dykman. The Gerrits have a farm just outside of Clinton Ontario and they have changed a chicken barn into a first-class shuffleboard facility. They have 4 courts painted on the cement floor, with plenty of room between for social distancing due to the coronavirus. They have left plenty of room and are able to add at least 4 more courts. Marlene and I went up to have a look and play a game or two. The courts were reasonably fast and had a few drifts like most places. The facility was bright and airy and heated. They have put in a lot of work getting the place ready for shuffleboard. Henry and Leida said if anyone is interested in coming up or over for a game or two you are more than welcome. Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org Drop them an email and go and check out their courts. It is sure nice to see just what people can do when they put their minds to it. This is what shuffleboard is all about. Thank you, Henry and Leida for your wonderful hospitality. We had a great time. Henry and Leida are in the picture with the two of them you may not recognize them with their masks on.Jim Corbeil President CNSA 2020 11 15.
DOUG AND PAT STOCKMAN HALL OF FAME INDUCTION 2018 Our induction into the Central District Hall of Fame is breaking with tradition. As we are the first husband and wife players to be inducted in the same year, we will present each other. It is a major accomplishment to reach the 100 points to qualify for the Central District Hall of Fame. We are both proud of our success. We both graduated from Nova Scotia Teachers College and began teaching careers. Doug graduated in physical education and Pat in home economics. Once the first of our three daughters was born Pat became a full-time homemaker. She became active in her community, becoming involved in her church, Lionettes, and organizations in which our children were involved. She served as a Girl Guide leader, executive member of Nursery School, Figure Skating Club, and School Band Parents Association. Her hobbies include quilt making including quilting by hand and smocking. After teaching for a short period of time Doug continued his studies at the university level. Soon he became a school administrator and during his last seventeen years was a senior school board administrator for one of the largest school boards in Nova Scotia. As well, Doug was active in his community. Lions Club work was a passion for Doug. He held nearly every office on the executive of the Berwick and District Lions Club and is presently a Life Member of both the Lions Club and the Nova Scotia School Administrators Association. Doug was a basketball referee at the university level, provincial rulers interpreter, and college commissioner. In 2004 he received the Canadian Wink Willox Award of Merit for outstanding contributions made to basketball and basketball officiating. In July we will celebrate 57 years of marriage. Along with having each other, our lives mainly center on our family and in particular our three grandchildren. To reflect on our shuffleboard background is an interesting story. Unlike many of you who started playing in tournaments early in your shuffleboard career, we began by shuffling seven days a week at Sanlan. In addition, we were involved in an active inter park program, playing as partners. Eventually, we felt we needed a challenge beyond park and interpark playp and decided to try our first tournament at Winter Haven. We moved along at the same rate and within two years achieved pro status. We have been blessed with our tournament play as we have met so many accomplished shufflers and outstanding people. Many of those we have met have become lifelong friends. We have played in three Canadian Interprovincial Tournaments, as well as one International Tournament with good success. A private members bill by the Nova Scotia Legislature has recognized our success at the interprovincial and international levels. We have both served on the executive of the Nova Scotia Saltwater Shuffleboard Club since its beginning and are active participants there during the summer months. We are proud of our induction into the Central District Shuffleboard Hall of Fame. As you all know we have so many competitive players in our district, that you must have a strong partner in order to accumulate the necessary points for entry into the Hall of Fame. Thank you to all those partners who have made it possible for us to be here today. Thank you, thank you
Did you ever notice that the members of the KAST Club will never ever be heard to refer to their Club as anything other than the KAST CLUB? KAST, the Kissimmee All States Tourist Club where local residents have been greeting tourists with a full slate of activities since 1924.
For readers of The Shuffler, the best activity on the slate is Shuffleboard, and perhaps the best-known person associated with Shuffleboard is Dot Clark. Dot, shown above, has been managing tournaments for some 25 years. It was Dot who put together the historical notes read at the opening of the final Shuffleboard Tournament ever, at the KAST Club on February 26th, 2009. It was Dot who acted as a contact person with the City when plans first began to incorporate the KAST Club into an integrated city park.
Can you imagine the positive impact on Shuffleboard if each of us contributed at the same level as Dot!!
Dot will not be “out of a job” as a result of the KAST closing!! She will remain active in tournament directing for the local in inter club activities in the Kissimmee-St Cloud Area.
Stan McCormack. (Posted originally in 2009) And again on the occasion of her PASSING.