Category: Sunday Morning Roundup

Sunday Morning Roundup: May 6, 2018

It’s already been a few weeks since the first edition of the Sunday Morning Roundup, but a lot has transpired in the championship pictures of DubPoints, particularly in the last few days. Let’s recap all six title pictures for you and give some insight into where we are going next!

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Following Joe Patterson’s victory in a Fatal 4-way match for Brad Uhrig’s World Championship, Patterson now sits alone at the top of the brand. He still owes Uhrig a contractually obligated one-on-one rematch at some point over the next month. While that has not been officially scheduled, all signs indicate this may very well be the “Salty Bet Challenge” that Uhrig originally wanted, though anything is subject to change at this point.

It’s still unknown when the match will take place, but expect those details to be hammered out this week, as summer schedules and vacations always throw a wrench in DubPoints match plans at this time of the year.

The two are setting up for a potential back-and-forth feud over the next few months, but only if Uhrig can capture the title back in this next match. As we will elaborate further along in the article, there is already a surprise top contender waiting in the wings if Patterson can retain by vanquishing Uhrig.

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Mike Kendjorsky captured the Internet Championship last month in a match featuring about a dozen competitors, dethroning the former champ (and current #1 contender) Donnie Yeager. The contest, which was a WWE PPV Prediction Challenge, looks to be the standard for this division going forward, at least for now. Kendjorsky will now defend the title against the former champ in a one-on-one match that takes place tonight, when they try to correctly predict the results of the WWE Backlash PPV.

The move of this belt to a prediction-based contest has also opened up opportunities elsewhere. Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar has opened this month’s contest up to the general public (though only Kendjorsky and Yeager are eligible for the title) as part of a multi-pronged approach to have an objective scoring/qualification system for other contests. More on that as well, further in the article.

A Yeager win today would see yet another rematch between these two next month. If Kendjorsky retains, the rumor is that Edgar has already decided a #1 contender for the title in Yeager’s wake.

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Following the controversy that was the first match for the Ohio Valley belt contested under YTR rules, Michael Clyde is now the holder of this prestigious belt, but owes Mike Kendjorsky a rematch in the next 30 days. It looks like it’s going to be difficult to schedule, but Commissioner Edgar should be pushing for some answers this week as to when and where this will take place, and, more importantly, if the commissioner can be physically present for it.

Clyde’s dominance in this contest over the years has to make him the favorite to retain, though a win-back by Kendjorsky (who could again be holding two belts by the end of the month) is not out of the question. Logic would dictate that Jared Bloom would be the next in line on the contendership ladder, but it’s not a sure thing, as there are questions whether he can hold up in another marathon match. He would still likely get the nod for next month if Clyde retains while Edgar builds up a strong contender list behind him over the next couple of months.

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The long-awaited Board Game Championship finally made its debut on Thursday, when Lance Delbrugge defeated Chris Dominquez in the finals of a 16-person Yahtzee tournament for the inaugural title.

The finals, which were contested live on Facebook as a best-of-5 series, saw Delbrugge earn his 6th overall DubPoints title, 3 games to 1. Dominquez trailed 2-0 early on, but won Game 3 and was building a lot of momentum towards forcing a Game 5 rubber match, but a wild and crazy sequence of lucky bounces and roles allowed Delbrugge to hold on to a slim Game 4 margin and capture the championship.

Commissioner Edgar stated that his goal for the belt is for it to be defended in multi-person matches on a regular basis. Delbrugge would get to pick the game for his first title defense, so expect that announcement this week. Dominquez has at least one title shot this month, or whenever he is able to take it. Nicholas Griffin and Charles Wilfong have been announced as the other two people in line for the title, so it’s possible Delbrugge takes on all three this month, if they are available.

31402972_833863304974_7938450575035727872_nGang Wars Championship

A month ago, it looked like Gang Wars was going to be cancelled or undergo some major revisions, but it returned for a 16th season a couple of weeks ago. The surprise winner this time was the debuting Brittany Kendjorsky, who defeated Rodney Gentile in the playoff final. This followed a season which saw two people (Jim Jasinski and a debuting Mike Markus) set a record for most regular season wins with 21, only to be ousted in the first round in both of their matches.

As a result of Kendjorsky’s win, she was named as the next World Championship contender, following the results of the Patterson-Uhrig match. It remains to be seen if this will be a one-on-one matchup, but it probably will be unless the two most recent champions trade the title back and forth all summer amidst a bunch of rematch clauses. It’s unknown whether the next winner of the league will be afforded the same opportunity.

Season XVII is expected to begin in late May, and Commissioner Edgar is already teasing some major changes. It would appear that the results of the WWE Backlash Prediction Challenge will have some influence on scoring, and that there could be a major influx of new talent. That in itself could mean one of two things — we see some low-performing competitors on their way out, or the field just gets that much bigger.

One of the things that former World Champion Charles Wilfong suggested last month was to send out some kind of monthly survey, the results of which would have an impact on statistics and scoring. Edgar seems to have already done this with the PPV survey people filled out this week, but it’s also likely something else will be sent out before the season kicks off. The field of players should be announced in the next few days.

Fantasy Sports Championship

In the slowest part of the year, Fantasy Baseball is still in its infancy. However, Edgar has ordered plaques for the winners of all previous leagues and should be distributing them over the next couple of weeks, as well as belts to anyone who is owed them.

The belt is undergoing a re-design at this stage and it will be the same for every Fantasy Sports Championship, regardless of league. It will also be black instead of white for the foreseeable future.

The rumor still going around is that all of the DubPoints Fantasy leagues will accommodate 30 participants, beginning with football in the fall.

Sunday Morning Roundup: April 15, 2018

I’d like to welcome you to a new feature here on the DubPoints website, theĀ Sunday Morning Roundup. Every Sunday, we will break down what is happening in every title picture, and try our best to recap the events of the week as well as what lies ahead. Let’s get started!

World Championship

Brad Uhrig captured his 3rd World Championship back in October, but has yet to really defend it in any significant way. That was set to change this past week when he announced Uhrig would defend the title in a Fatal 4-way match against Joe Klier, Nicholas Levi, and Joe Patterson. Uhrig’s original proposal for an in-person “Saltybet Challenge” fell through due to none of the competitors being able to make it. With Uhrig in town for the next few days, look for Edgar to make a ruling as early as today to get a match scheduled, even if it is something that Uhrig doesn’t prefer.

What’s next? Following the result of Uhrig’s title defense, he will get a one-on-one rematch next month (if he loses) or will have a one-on-one contest against either Klier, Levi, or Patterson..

Internet Championship

Mike Kendjorsky captured the Internet Championship following the results of a 2-day long WrestleMania Weekend Prediction Challenge, beating the 2-time champion Donnie Yeager in an attendance tiebreaker. The event, which was open to all participants, had nearly 20 people submit entries, giving Edgar yet another quick monthly contest he can implement (further details below). While the idea could use some refining, and will likely be tweaked in the coming months, we should expect to see the Internet Championship be almost exclusively defended in this fashion going forward.

What’s next? Kendjorsky will defend his title in a contractual rematch against the former champion Yeager on May 6, in another wrestling prediction challenge that will focus on WWE Backlash. While the contest will again be open to all participants (more details on that below), only these two will be competing for this particular championship.

Ohio Valley Championship

You can find full details on the zaniness that went on last night, but Michael Clyde defeated Mike Kendjorsky as a late replacement for Jared Bloom to capture the Ohio Valley title. This marks his 6th overall reign with a DubPoints belt, tied for the all-time record with Brad Uhrig. While there was some confusion due to the commissioner not being present, last night’s match brought a lot of interest and prestige to the title which had not been defended since November. Expect to see some equally crazy title defenses as we roll into the spring and summer months.

What’s next? Clyde will be defending his newly-won belt against Kendjorsky in a rematch in May, likely with the commissioner present to avoid any more shenanigans. Even though Bloom was a huge part of last night’s match, his withdrawal mid-contest doesn’t give him a direct route back to the title for now, though he should still be a huge part of the division going forward.

Board Game Championship

The yet-to-debut Board Game Championship should be crowned later this month, and hopefully before the next edition of this article. Lance Delbrugge and Chris Dominquez are slated to go at it in an in-person, best-of-three Yahtzee series for the inaugural title, in a contest that will most likely be livestreamed. Expect to see details on the when and where so that you can see one of these two men make history in what should be a fun new division of DubPoints.

What’s next? Edgar has stated that it’s likely this belt will be defended in multiple-person scenarios. The current plan for the winner is for them to defend next month against the runner-up, as well as two additional participants of Edgar’s choosing, in a board game chosen by the champion. There is no doubt that Delbrugge and Dominquez are already thinking of ideas for May’s title defense, should they emerge victorious this month.

Fantasy Sports Championship

We have entered the slowest part of the year for the Fantasy Sports division, after a two-day span where Andrew Biggert, Ryan Church, and John Edgar all captured their share of the title in the culmination of various fantasy seasons and contests. The focus now remains on baseball until the fall, when drafts and signups will begin for football, basketball, and hockey again.

What’s next? The baseball season will officially conclude on September 30, a few weeks after the start of fantasy football season. Edgar has no plans to add any more sports leagues this year (despite a small calling for golf and auto racing leagues), but he has made it known that he would like to expand the football league to 30 teams in 2018.

Gang Wars Championship

Following Brian Nicholson’s ascension to the title last month by winning Season XV of Gang Wars, it looks like major changes are set to be underway with the belt. Citing burnout from an excess of backside work needed to maintain the league, Edgar informed participants last week that he was looking at retiring the league while keeping the championship and belt active in some form.

Due to many calling for a contest involving THE WHEEL, and the inherit randomness of Gang Wars anyway, it looks like we are going to see a contest every month for those not directly involved in a current title picture. Edgar will be using the results of the monthly WWE Prediction Challenge described above to determine eligibility for the Gang Wars Championship, in addition to the winner of the Internet Championship match. It’s a unique idea, since not nearly everyone in DubPoints watches wrestling, but this title looks to be based mostly on participation and not skill.

What’s next? Ten participants will be “competing” for the title in April: Jeff Edzkowski, RJ Frohnapfel, Rodney Gentile, Nicholas Griffin, Eric Hersey, James Jasinski, Brittany Kendjorsky, Mike Markus, Jessica Mentzer, and Charles Wilfong. The title will also be undergoing a redesign and name change. It is likely that performance in this event will also goes towards determining top contenders for other belts in the absence of a contractual rematch.

That’s all for this week. As always, keep posted here for the latest news and information regarding DUBPOINTS!