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Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 1-2 Stanford

September 20, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken Sept. 20, 2017 With Stanford kicking off at 10:30 Saturday evening against San Diego State, I was flying solo for my football-watching this past weekend. I stopped by a downtown Durham barcade, where I chatted and played pinball with my pal D— and his girlfriend; I also set a high […]

Non-adventures in dog-sitting, part 2

June 29, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken June 29, 2017 Late Tuesday afternoon, I showered, took the dog outside and set out for Sterling, Va., which is a 20 or 25-minute drive from where I’m staying. I was going to — well, let’s call it Massive Marvin’s, a dining establishment that a pair of Internet websites assured […]

March 25, 2017, mall Scrabble recap, part 3

April 8, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken April 8, 2017 Two straight defeats had dropped my record to an unremarkable 3-3, and my seventh game would hardly be a walk in the park. My opponent was to be K.L., the event’s second-highest-seeded player. Playing first, K.L. began the game with IODINE 16. My response, PEONY, garnered 15 points […]

March 25, 2017, mall Scrabble recap, part 2

April 7, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken April 7, 2017 Coming out of the lunch break, I was pitted against my friend D—, whom I’d beaten 395-344 in Delaware in December. (Our only other previous official encounter had been a 355-310 decision in his favor in September 2012.) Playing second, he took a 51-42 lead in turn […]

Delaware Scrabble recap, 12/28/2016 (finale)

January 5, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken Jan. 5, 2017 Going into the final round of the Delaware tournament, I had some bad news and some good news. The bad news was three-fold. One, I was not guaranteed to be the division victory; two, in the final round I’d be facing a skilled player; and three, that […]

Delaware Scrabble recap, 12/28/2016 (part 4)

January 5, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken Jan. 5, 2017 Although it felt as if hours had passed since I’d begun my game against Lady Persistence, I still had two more contests left to play. I convened my seventh-round match against KB, whom I’d beaten by 200 points the afternoon before, as hastily as I could. Although I […]

Delaware Scrabble recap, 12/28/2016 (part 1)

January 2, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken Jan. 2, 2017 I slept solidly my third night at the hotel, so I was feeling much better at the start of Wednesday’s competition than I had the day before. My goal for the day was to improve on Tuesday’s third-place 5-3 finish, preferably by at least matching the 7-1 second-place showing […]

Delaware Scrabble recap, 12/27/2016 (part 1)

January 1, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken Jan. 1, 2017 After our first day at the Delaware Scrabble tournament, D— and I had some more-or-less family-friendly adventures that I may write about in a future post. It was fun, but regrettably, I had a bear of a time falling asleep afterward. I tried going to bed a […]

Delaware Scrabble recap, 12/26/2016 (part 1)

December 30, 2016

Matthew E. Milliken Dec. 30, 2016 On Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, I did something that I’d never done before in my life: Played in a Scrabble tournament outside of the state of North Carolina. My pal D— and I had decided to attend the last three days in a five-day holiday Scrabble event at […]

Nov. 12, 2016, Scrabble tournament recap: Part 2

November 20, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken Nov. 20, 2016 After starting the tournament off with two wins in close games against strong opponents, my third match was a bit of a gimme. My foe this time out was P—, a first-time tournament player who had lost her first two games by large margins. I went ahead from the get-go, playing […]