Welcome Phoenix foosers to fall in Arizona! The foosball
scene here in the Valley of the Sun is keeping up with the triple digit
temperatures we’re still experiencing…or in simpler words…it’s HOT! The
2015 Summer League is in the midst of week 14 of an 18 week season followed
up by the playoffs and culminating in Foos Bowl XIV on November 14th.
The Phoenix Tour kicked off on September 18th and has been
another very popular addition to the already busy valley foosball landscape and
will become even hotter with the addition of the ‘King of the Ring’…but more on
This year’s league activity has been very eye opening as there
are a few new teams in the hunt for first place, let alone securing a playoff
spot. Both Antraxx (tied for 1st) and Flapjacks (
tied for 2nd) in the Western Conference and Claim Jumpers (
tied for 2nd) and Midlife Crisis (tied for 3rd) in
the Eastern Conference bring their non-traditional games to the weekly
competitions and have been experiencing favorable results.
The west has Money Shot, Antraxx, and Fireballs,
currently the hottest team in the league, tied for 1st, Flapjacks
and Ship of Foos tied for 4th, Fooz Your Daddy is
alone in 6th, Peaks & Valleys alone in 7th, and
Foos Brothers and Hammertime tied for 8th. While Stingers
is in 10th place they still haven’t eliminated themselves from a
playoff spot in the west.
Overall there are 19 teams (out of 23 total!) still vying
for the playoffs starting October 30th.
I’d like to also point out that after Foos Bowl XIV
we will be handing out the highest league awards ever in the form of cash and
pendants. Following are a list of the titles at stake:
League Champions: Winner of Foos Bowl XIV
League Stud: Best overall winning percentage
Goalie War Champion: Best Goalie War player
Forward Shoot Out Champion: Best Forward Shoot Out player
Five Bar War Champion: Best 5 Bar War player
Singles Champion: Best Singles player
Doubles Champion: Best Doubles player
Rollerball Champion: Best Rollerball player
Hired Gun: Best substitute player
Most Improved Player: League players vote for this champ at
The above titles, except Hired
Gun and Most Improved Player, will be determined by the best of each category
in both the Western and Eastern Conferences squaring off on November 14th
in head-to-head matches. Don’t dare miss out on each of these championship
matches as they always prove to be educational, hard fought, and full of
The Phoenix Tour started September 18th
and is being hosted by The Loft Again on Cave Creek Rd. For those of you not
familiar with what the Phoenix Tour is, following is an explanation
taken from our ArizonaFoosball.com website that provides all the details.
The Phoenix Tour is an ongoing promotion where
players compete in tournaments all around the Phoenix area and are rated for
overall performance during a three month stretch of events. The winner of a
given session will win a cash prize, have his/her name immortally embroidered
on the official "Phoenix Tour Champion" jacket, and be given
temporary ownership of the jacket until another player takes away his/her
title. It is a "points race" on steroids!
Runs for 3 months at a stretch, with 1 month in between each
"tour" (3 tours per year)
There are two main prizes for each session - one for the
overall champion, and another for the highest placing rookie. Each earns the
right to wear a championship jacket. See below details for additional prizes
up for grabs.
Grand Champion: The overall points champion for all Phoenix
Tour events will be awarded $150 and earns the right to wear very cool
"Phoenix Foosball Tour Champion" jacket* with his/her name
embroidered on back along with dates of holding title. The title holder will also
receive $2 off entry fees to any future Phoenix Tour event when he/she wears
the promotional jacket to the event and at the time of paying registration.
He/she maintains the rights to the jacket until a new champion takes away the
title. The overall champion will also receive a "Phoenix Tour Champion"
hat featuring his/her name and date of title.
Rookie Champion: The rookie champion will earn the
right to wear the "Phoenix Foosball Tour Rookie Champion"
jacket* for highest placing rookie (< 1100 tournament points and 4.0 league
rating). Similar to Grand Champion jacket, with name embroidered, and NO CASH
AWARD. The title holder will also receive $2 off entry fees to any future Phoenix
Tour event when he/she wears the promotional jacket to the event and at the
time of paying registration. He/she maintains the rights to the jacket until a
new champion takes away the title. The rookie champion will also receive a
"Phoenix Tour Champion" hat featuring his/her name and date of
Sharpshooter: the player with the highest scoring
AVERAGE per event (meeting minimum # events criteria) will receive a "Phoenix
Tour Champion" hat* featuring his/her name, title name, and date of
title. The title holder will also receive $1 off entry fees to any future Phoenix
Tour event when he/she wears the promotional hat to the event and at the
time of paying registration.
Venue King: the player with the most points per venue
will receive a "Phoenix Tour Champion" hat* featuring his/her
name, title name, and date of title.
Foosball retains ownership rights to championship jackets and hats, and
reserves the right to recall and/or transfer all tour titles, jackets and hats
at any time.
For each event/venue (currently hosted at Duke's, Stinger's,
Loft) points are awarded as follows:
Ø Event results:
Bonus points for player rank:
Only one event per night will be counted towards Phoenix Tour
Players who gain multiple entries to an official tour event
(e.g. due to early elimination in an event featuring an “X-man” player) will
only received tour points for the initial entry.
A brand new promotion, ‘King of the Ring’, begins October 2. Following is a brie
description (reprinted from ArizonaFoosball.com General Discussion Forum.)
As if we did not have
enough going on, singles will now be every week at Dukes! Also we will have a
singles point’s race, separate from the Phoenix Tour, that I am calling King
of the Ring. Starting this Friday, 10/2, for the next 15 weeks I will be
taking the dollar add to the pot and putting that aside each week. At the end
of the 15 weeks I will take that money along with an additional 50 of my own,
creating a sizable pot. The following outline the rules for the event...
Points will work exactly the same as they do for the Phoenix Tour where
participation will count as well as your result
At the end of the 15 weeks the top 6 players will be invited to a
playoff for all the marbles
The playoff will start as a handicapped round robin single game. Pros
must score 8, Experts 7, Amateurs 6, and Beginners 5
After the round robin the top two will square off in the finals, same
handicap rules. However the finals are goalies delight, meaning if you score
from the pits you get the ball in the pits to start the next point.
Winner gets 75% of the purse, 2nd gets 25%
If we average 10 players over the
next 15 weeks we are talking about a $200 dollar pot. Hope to see you all at
The current standings for the Phoenix Tour find Bryan
Hendricks in 1st place with 63 points and Ronnie Garrett in 2nd with 46 points,
both of which are veteran players listed as Pro and Expert, respectively.
Rookie Bob Duncan finds himself in 3rd place along with Rissa Salke; however
Bob is leading the Rookies with 44 points while Rissa is a Veteran with 44
points. Following are the balance of players rounding out the top 10 places:
5th: Afshin Mirzazadeh (Rookie) – 40 pts
6th: Jim King (Veteran) – 31 pts
7th: Ryan Bomberry (Rookie) – 28 pts
8th: Nick Bourdos (Veteran) – 26 pts
8th: Eric Friesen (Veteran) – 26 pts
10th: Leanne Diliberto – 23 pts
In summary we’ve had 50 players participating over the last
three weeks in the ‘tour’ and it appears to be off to another great start to a
Once again, if anyone is interested in getting involved in
Arizona Foosball Leagues in any capacity, visit www.ArizonaFoosball.com and register
using the current signup sheet, post in our forums, or contact Bill Nolan at
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