The Championship Game

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The Championship Game: #1 vs #1


The moment has arrived! It has all come down to this—Tweezer Madness’ championship game on the hallowed grounds of Limestone, Maine. 66 versions started and only two remain—The Palace of Auburn Hills from December 6, 1997, and Nassau Coliseum from February 28, 2003. Arguably, the two most illustrious Tweezers in history will battle it out for the ultimate in cyberspace supremacy. But how did we get here? Let’s take a look back at the national semi-finals.

Final Four Recap

#1 Nassau 58 #3 Denver, CO 45

This semi-final matchup saw two opposing squads that hadn’t been challenged all tournament long. Denver had pulled huge upsets in the past two rounds, taking out Mud Island and Raleigh by surprisingly large margins, and Nassau had steamrolled everything in its path on its way to Limestone. But when the ball tipped, the mettle of each version was put to the test. Nassau threw it’s multi-stylistic offense at Denver, while Denver responded with a groove-centric onslaught. versions wouldn’t budge in a highly competitive affair. It was the proverbial immoveable object versus the unstoppable force—which would crack first? The two versions remained within a couple points of each other for the for the first half of the game, with neither able to build any separation. At the beginning of the second half, however, Nassau built a ten point lead that it maintained the rest of the way. In an incredible showing, Denver’s version—a jam that is not even the main highlight if its own show—went toe-to-toe with the post-hiatus behemoth in a quest to reach the title game. But the show-opening version ultimately fell short, as Nassau—an early favorite to reach the title game—moves on to compete for all the marbles.

#1 Auburn Hills 79 #2 Lake Tahoe 28

The other semi-final matchup proved to be the polar opposite of the first game, as Lake Tahoe was no competition for the top-seeded version from Auburn Hills. After staging a battle for the ages versus Magnaball in the Gorge regional final, Tahoe came out flat against the monster from the Palace, and never made the game competitive. Meanwhile, Auburn Hills, expecting its first real test of the tournament, took no prisoners and ran up the score without concern, toppling the 3.0 version by the gaudy score of 79-28. Auburn Hills was able to sit its starters for the last ten minutes of the game, a rarity in a contest of such magnitude, and a luxury that may behoove them in the tournament final. Tahoe’s cheerleaders tried to “Woo!” their team back into it, but their enthusiasm fell on deaf ears, as the squad folded down the stretch.

30 Responses to “The Championship Game”

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  1. RoosterPizza Says:

    And Auburn Hills comes out mannaman.

  2. BooVT Says:

    Worthy finalists indeed.
    Can’t wait for Fenway.

  3. uncle-jimmy Says:

    So, remember when you guys did the voting spread-sheet of the best Phish Hams of all-time? I was a hard lurker at the time and made a playlist of every jam that was submitted/available on the live Phish app. It’s like 62 songs and 23 hrs long. Thanks for all the dank recs. Been spinning this for a long time.


  4. RoosterPizza Says:

    Uncle Jimmy gunning for the all star game in his rookie season!

  5. kayatosh Says:

    yo, yo, yo. will have to spin these two. I vaguely recall really liking nassau. it’s been a while.

    shout out to 10.19.16 Golden Age. short jam, but man, it hits the sweet spot. floydian. spacey $$$+

    shout out to plant based livin, ital. shout out to jah herb

  6. kayatosh Says:

    shout out to 12.6.97 Tweezer. got 7 minutes in and my head is bobbin. clavinated mayo funk. $$$$

  7. kayatosh Says:

    12.6.97 Tweezer – the time when trey and page shared the same brain, which was spawned by the brain shared by fish and mike

    mothership funk. beam me the cuss up an i’ll have what they’re havin

  8. phishm Says:

    So I just turned on the Youtube for the 7/31/18 Everything’s Right and found this review under. I felt that it summed up a lot of that which I’ve tried to put into words and thus have failed. Anyway after a long day it’s time for tunes.

    New Phish fan here; an “old dude” of 58 who was invited by a friend to see this band for the very first time on our Annual
    Guy’s Vegas Trip 11/1/18 (thanks, BobN!). This was opening number. All I can say is, “Wow!” I hear so many wonderful influences in them, but they certainly make everything their own. Lighting kicked major ass, and I was amazed by how the band includes every member of the audience in its performance. First chord rang out, and the entire crowd became one united, living, breathing “thing” that didn’t stop until they did. Amazing.

  9. Random Poster...Nutbag Says:

    That’s a great review phishm. Nice share. Thanks for the playlist Jimmy. That should keep folks busy.

  10. Joe Says:

    I’m putting more thought into this vote than any presidential election I’ve ever voted in

  11. RoosterPizza Says:

    Mr C’s Trailblazers! CJ McCollum and Rodney Hood were huge in the OTs. I was up until 2:30 watching that instant classic.

    The Celtics whining about the pace of the game and reffing, but their approach to defending Antetokounmpo is to run in front of him and fall over. How about standing up and playing some actual defense? I’ve always maintained that drawing charges is completely against the spirit of the game and also dangerous for both players (especially when the offensive player is airborne). Player control fouls can prevent offensive players from barreling into people— the charge has become a complete joke.

  12. uncle-jimmy Says:

    I had a lot of the dates messed up on the PHISHTHOUGHTJAMS playlist. Here is a fresh link with chronological dates corrected.

    P.S. I didn’t vote before, so I added Amsterdam Cities to the new link because that is my ham. Adult Swim Phish. Deeeep end of the pool.

  13. uncle-jimmy Says:

    Yo Kayabraham. You get down to the Rasta music. What are a couple of your must have reggae vinyl? Been really loving The Harder They Come soundtrack I just got my hands on. Sitting in Limbo = many dollar signs

  14. Kayatosh Says:

    I love reggae music Must have reggae? Kaya, Natty Dread, Abyssinians- Forward, Tosh – Bush Doctor, Scientist meets the Roots Radics, Gregory Isaacs- Cool Ruler and Night Nurse, LSP – Super Ape and Kung Fu . ., Jackie Mittoo – In Cold Blood, Roots Reggae Party Vol. 1 and 2 (Silver Camel label), Little John – Reggae Dance

    ^^ faves from the vinyl collection

  15. uncle-jimmy Says:

    Thanks vape! My local record shop didn’t have any of your recs today, but dude is gonna keep an eye out for me. Grabbed this crazy dope reggae
    doo-woo infused album though. The Chantells: Waiting in the Park.

  16. uncle-jimmy Says:

    Children of Jah- 3 and a half legal tenders

  17. neemor Says:

    You guys still in here?

  18. RoosterPizza Says:

    2.28.80 Church of Catfish John on this excellent Sunday morning. Time to go walk around Mont Royal with several pre-rolls.

  19. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Oh hey hi neems.

  20. uncle-jimmy Says:

    Fock yeah Roo. Church music. I love that Catfish, especially the laser beam section. Beam me up Ozzie!

    What up neemor.

  21. Kayatosh Says:

    Crazy train. 10 9 8 76ers!

  22. RoosterPizza Says:

    And thank you to TIII for hooking me up with 2.28.80!

  23. RoosterPizza Says:

    I just went Raleigh Tweezer, Raleigh Sand, Big Cypress Mike’s, Fukuoka Twist on the BB playlist Uncle J shared.

  24. BingosBrother Says:

    That’s some gourmet shit.

  25. RoosterPizza Says:

    A bunch of herb also just came in the mail. Nudie magazine day!

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