Calling All TOCers Class of 2001

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Calling All TOCers Class of 2001

Postby MarkBarrett » Tue May 28, 2013 6:45 pm

Just to mix it up once again I will rank this group by UTOC success since 14/15 players competed in it. Sorry, Ryan Moore. The money shown is initial appearances only.

Brad Rutter (5 wins) $55,102 (UTOC winner)
Pam Mueller (C) $50,000 (Super Six)
Lan Djang (5) $51,100 (Elite 18)
Mark Eckard (5) $69,600 (Round 2)
Tad Carithers (5) $60,400 (Round 2)
Rick Knutsen (5) $57,300 (Round 2)
Doug Lach (5) $85,400 (Round 1)
Babu Srinivasan (5) $75,100 (Round 1)
Andrew Garen (5) $56,100 (Round 1)
Michelle Clum (5) $50,200 (Round 1)
Kevin Keach (5) $50,703 (Round 1)
Bob Fleenor (5) $55,700 (Round 1)
Larry Cloud (5) $66,100 (Round 1)
Michael Arnone (5) $54,499 (Round 1)
Ryan Moore (5) $39,800 (DNP)

Platinum chances for the 45: Brad Rutter

24-Carat Gold chances for the 45: Pam Mueller

Gold-Plated chances for the 45: Lan Djang

Silver chances for the 45: Babu Srinivasan, Tad Carithers and Rick Knutsen

Bronze chances for the 45: Mark Eckard

Copper chances for the 45: Doug Lach, Michelle Clum and Ryan Moore

Tin chances for the 45: Bob Fleenor, Larry Cloud, Andrew Garen, Kevin Keach, and Michael Arnone

The 2001 TOC Field is a deep one with 1/3 of the UTOC Super Six. Brad and Pam have to be in included in the Decades tournament.

I'm guessing that Lan's success in the UTOC will help his cause. If the powers keep their concentration to money, wins and TOC only then Lan's stock goes down. Rick and Tad both made the finals of the TOC and won a match in the UTOC.

Babu gets silver as well for hitting big wagers in the TOC and a painful UTOC loss with "All's Quiet..."

Mark Eckard can't be dismissed, but how many slots can one group get?

I put Ryan in the Copper with Doug and Michelle for the sympathy card of seeing all 14 of his TOC opponents get to the UTOC with him being the only one on the sidelines.

If Babu's UTOC loss was painful then I'll call Doug's UTOC loss, heartbreaking. (No offense to Leah.) Doug led 26,400 to 23,400 and called the famous Van Gogh work "Starry Nights" while Leah knew the proper title. From Ruttered in the TOC QF game to that Doug has had tough times on J! His fame lives on with Lach Trash though.

Bob, Larry, Andrew and Kevin had forgettable TOC results, but all four made good showings in losing efforts in the UTOC.

Michael Arnone was 2400-2400=0 in the TOC and 4000-4000=0 in the UTOC.
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Re: Calling All TOCers Class of 2001

Postby MDaunt » Tue May 28, 2013 7:06 pm

Hard to argue with that.
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Re: Calling All TOCers Class of 2001

Postby StevenH » Tue May 28, 2013 7:30 pm

I think that you may be underestimating Babu's chances. He was a fan favorite, which is how he got into the Million Dollar Masters tournament. TPTB may not pass up the opportunity to have him on again. I could see the whole Million Dollar Masters tournament field being invited back, save Leslie Shannon and maybe Kate Waits.

I would love to see Michelle Clum get another chance, after being eliminated in her ToC QF when she wagered to cover from the lead and missed FJ, and then had to play Jerome Vered in the first round of the UToC.
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Re: Calling All TOCers Class of 2001

Postby seaborgium » Tue May 28, 2013 10:02 pm

MarkBarrett wrote:If Babu's UTOC loss was painful then I'll call Doug's UTOC loss, heartbreaking. (No offense to Leah.) Doug led 26,400 to 23,400 and called the famous Van Gogh work "Starry Nights" while Leah knew the proper title. From Ruttered in the TOC QF game to that Doug has had tough times on J! His fame lives on with Lach Trash though.

Someone recently observed on this board that that clue was BS; the Van Gogh quote in the clue ("<quote> the artist wrote of this work") had nothing to do with any painting of his. And even though Doug came up with the right painting and misnamed it, I have to think that the clue creates a similar situation to the "Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead" FJ. (Scott Wells had a crush lead and lost on a sole miss in the FJ category "Classic Songs from Movies," but the clue quoted a verse that wasn't used in The Wizard of Oz, and he was invited back as a result.) I think they could choose to make it up to him by bringing him back once more.

As far as the sympathy invitation to those who had tough times in the "post-season," I like to think of it as the "Lionel Goldbart effect," and I think Brian Weikle and Doug Lach have the strongest chances of benefiting, at least among this century's ToCers.
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