Triple Crown of Bocce

You may have heard of horse racing’s triple crown or even baseball’s triple crown, but maybe you don’t know that Syracuse hosted a triple crown that’s way better than either of those. The triple crown of bocce! 2013 was witness to three of the biggest bocce tournaments in Syracuse history (including the biggest in Syracuse history). Only the Turbo Bocce league tournament was exclusive to Turbo Bocce players, but as is our custom Turbo Bocce players won all three champions (yes, I just threw this last sentence in to brag).

As a refresher, lets quickly recap all three tournaments.

The first tournament took place on June 22nd and was dubbed the Syracuse Bocce Blast. 150 people from all over Syracuse came to participate in one single elimination mega-bracket. After a long and drunk day that resulted in 146 players being eliminated, the championship came down to Rob Mead (of Puzzles) and Tim Maynard (of Lord of the Balls) vs. Mike Aylesworth and Colin Donahoe (of Droppin Balls) playing bocce under the lights. Rob and Tim walked away with the title. There was no third place game.

The second tournament was the Turbo Bocce championship. This tournament was a best of three series between 40 Turbo Bocce teams that spanned three weeks but was settled on August 31st. The final four game down to Robb Jones and Mark Streiff (Mark & Robb), Jeremy Jackson and Rob Calvani (Kentucky Bourbon), Anson Zeppetello and Dan Hanley (Sweet Italian Bocce Balls), and Jake Schatz and Garth Coviello (Ball Don’t Lie). With Mark & Robb winning the title, Kentucky Bourbon finishing in second, and Sweet Italian Bocce Balls finishing in third.

The final big tournament of the year was the Syracuse Italian Festival. This tournament was a double elimination tournament played between 28 four player teams. Rob Mead, Andy Ingalls, Phil Martino and George Christou won the tournament. Jim Whipple, John Bowman, Robb Jones, and Chris Chafee won second place, and Mike Aylesworth, Colin Donahoe, Tim Maynard, and Rob Mead won third place.

If you didn’t notice, there was no actual triple crown winner, as different people won all three events. So we are going to have to develop a point system to determine who did the best in the combined competitions. In this respect, I think simplicity is best, so I am assigning three points for winning an event, two points for coming in second, and one point for coming in third. When you tally the points for all three events, the score sheet comes out looking like this:

Syracuse Bocce Blast

Rob Mead – 3

Tim Maynard – 3

Mike Aylesworth – 2

Colin Donahoe – 2

Turbo Bocce Final

Robb Jones – 3

Mark Streiff – 3

Rob Calvani – 2

Jeremy Jackson – 2

Anson Zeppetello – 1

Dan Hanley – 1

Italian Fest

Phil Martino – 3

George Christou – 3

Andy Ingalls – 3

Joe Mead – 3

Robb Jones – 2

Jim Whipple – 2

Chris Chaffee – 2

John Bowman – 2

Rob Mead – 1

Tim Maynard – 1

Mike Aylesworth – 1

Colin Donahoe – 1

Total

Robb Jones – 5

Tim Maynard – 4

Rob Mead – 4

Mark Streiff – 3

Phil Martino – 3

Andy Ingalls – 3

Joe Mead – 3

Mike Aylesworth – 3

Colin Donahoe – 3

George Christou – 3

Rob Calvani – 2

Jeremy Jackson – 2

Jim Whipple – 2

John Bowman – 2

Chris Chaffee – 2

Dan Hanley – 1

Anson Zeppetello – 1

As you can see Robb Jones is this years bocce triple crown champion with 5 points. And considering the three tournaments we had this year were each the biggest of their kind, I think getting any kind of score in this most elite competition is quite an achievement.