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03-01-2005, 05:56 AM
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Two air hockey fans battle in a partners game. (Staff photo)

Air hockey blows into Norwood
By Brian Falla / Daily News Staff
Tuesday, March 1, 2005


NORWOOD -- The best "bubble boy" hockey players in the country will be converging on Norwood for the third annual King of New England tournament.
Mad Maggie's Billiard Parlor will host the event Saturday that will feature doubles and singles tournaments. The puck drops in the doubles tournament at 11 a.m., and 24 teams will compete. The singles tournament will follow.
"It's always a great time," said organizer Al Jennings. "You meet some of the nicest people and some of these players are really incredible."
Jennings will have 10 Chexx table hockey games at the site to keep the action moving, but said the event typically takes all day. Teams compete in a four-team division and then get placed into playoff brackets. Playoffs are best two out of three.
Jennings expects teams to come from Chicago, New York, Colorado and Philadelphia, as well as most of the New England states.
Jennings estimates 60 percent of the participants will be tournament regulars. But to Jennings, that's part of the fun, because most of the players will get together for a "pre-game skate" Friday night.
"It's a nice time, especially for people coming in from out of town, and we get together and play a little," said Jennings, who said many of the players have become friends over the years. In fact, a local team put a wager on the Super Bowl with a team from Philadelphia, stating whoever lost the Super Bowl would have to wear the winning team's shirts to the King of New England tournament.
"So, we'll see some Philly fans in a Patriots jersey, which is cool," said Jennings.
But, as always, Jennings said there will be new faces.
"The home market for these games is growing, and I think that's helping to produce some good players," said Jennings.
Jennings said the divisional standings also dictate whether teams get put into the A Pool or B Pool.
"Anybody who's just starting out with the game will learn a ton just watching," said Jennings. "Some of the moves and plays you'll see are amazing. Even for the good players, it's always fun to see the new moves and variations on old plays."
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ChuckR
03-01-2005, 06:51 AM
Bet this will help my straight and 9 ball games. ChuckR

LARRY_BOY
03-01-2005, 09:35 AM
Hay maybe these guys will notice the pool tables and give it a try.......maybe there is still hope for them.