Great recap Tom! I wish Brian Dawkins getting inducted into the Hall of Fame was not the same day as Tecmo Cleveland so I could have been there for the whole event. Having said that, I was happy to be a part of the setup Friday night, last minute setup Saturday morning, organizing the brackets, playing in pool play before having to bow out early, then playing in NBA Jam on Sunday. So many great guys in this community both locally and abroad that helped make this event special. You (Tom) certainly have put a ton of time into this promoting via social media, TV, radio, billboards, etc. I don't know how you do it especially with a few little ones at home - but your passion for the game and the community are undeniable.
It was also great to see Troy (@trojan1979) again in person doing livestream broadcasts with rotating color guys. I wish I could have gotten on the mic with him for at least one game as I really enjoyed calling some games with him during the Tupa Bowl in Columbus and several online since. Troy is a great guy who loves this community and wants to see it grow - I believe his skill and professionalism behind the mic are part of what is taking the game we all love to another level. I realize there are other players and people in the community that stream and do a great job, but when Troy comes to an event (at least the ones I have been to or watched online) it is purely to focus on streaming. He enjoys it, is good at it and I believe new talent will be unearthed because people want to play in a livestream broadcast format.
After being a part of this community for over 8 years now, each event I am able to attend becomes more special. They really become more like a family reunion and less like a tournament. When I found out Jordan (@Woodshed) won after I got back from the HOF, I was so happy for him. Jordan is a really good player who finally was able to breakthrough and win one. Great to see someone new win a major tournament (and from Ohio!). There are so many good guys and good players whose passion keep this game as much fun (if not more) than when it first came out.
Much love to everyone who came out and supported Tecmo Cleveland this year!