Official BuzzFest Announcement


Okay all you Em Effers, ………………..My good friend CorEy Johnson asked me to post this as a blog, instead of just on themessage board.  Since he and I are MFCA comrades,  I obliged him.

There will be no BuzzFest this year.  I have other things that require my time, and as much fun as it is, …………this event is not on my priority list.  Family and work comes first.  Not that the BuzzFest isn’t work, because, I can tell you it is a hell of a lot of work!

Mondays after the BuzzFest, I am usually spent.  I’m too tired to perform my teaching duties, which makes it not only a long day, ………………………….but it turns into a long week as I have to play catch up by the end of the week.

And that is after the event.  Pre-event time spent starts at the end of January and goes up to the event.  That’s evenings and weekends.

If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It’s that simple, ………..I can’t run the tournament at the high level I have in the past.

I want to thank Mike Pratt, Chris Stacey, Rich Parks, Mike Guttman, Jeff Lau, Ray Fanara, and Paul “Raiderman” Bartels for various degrees of support during all the events that took place.  Summer Slam, WinterFest, BuzzBall conventions, and BuzzFest were all the events those guys helped me make successful in terms of participants’ enjoyment.

I also want to thank many of you that keep emailing me about the BuzzFest and telling me it is the best tournament around.  I appreciate your sentiments…………………and you are right,……………. it IS the best tournament going………………maybe next year.

The BuzzBall events introduced things like team inspections, and basic thoroughly explained rule sets.  The BuzzBall Conventions were the first ever of their kind.  No tournament, just workshops all day.  Finally guys had come together to share knowledge, something that was not done years ago.  Now, many folks are very giving of their knowledge and support, so I guess we accomplished our mission.

The evolving hobby lexicon over the years has come out with some good ones from BuzzBall events.  Late nights, cigars, adult beverages and side splitting laughter were all key ingredients to some great terms.  Terms like “Chaloopa” and “Chop Suey Luey” are just two that come to mind.

And I think, Ed “Smoke Stack” Scott is the only Em Effer to be present at all the events!  The first Summer Slam, Ed arrived late after the games had started.  He gave me his entry fee and I when I tried to give it back telling him that we couldn’t put him in because the semis had already started, he said, “no you keep it, you are a business man and you need to cover your expense, I appreciate your effort.” What class, …………………..

This year, the hotel never got back to me with dates I had sent, after they had asked what dates I wanted.  It was just another thing for me to chase down……… there is that time thing again.

Thank you all for your support.


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  1. Coach k-lo says:

    I am sad that you are unable to pull it off this year. Wintetrfest has always been the real action for Bussball because most coaches have been using teir teams for over 3 to 4 months which made for some outstanding action!!!!

    Well, since there won’t be a buzzfest action in 2010…. it does not mean that the format is R>I>P….Come to the Beltsville Bash – Apr 23-25, 2010!!!!!!!!

    You can experence some of the great action, just in a different location!


  2. coachrip says:

    yes, …….the competition has always been close and the gameplay at a very high level.

  3. Ed Scott says:


    Thank you for your comments. I truly enjoyed each and every event over the years. I posited some years ago (think back lands on matt with ur head hitting it privatge moment..) that the BB events would soon rival some of the best in the nation.

    One need only look around the room in the early afternoon on Saturday to realize that they were in the mecca of competitive electric football. Your events always drew the best and brightest in the NE and right coast. I am sure there are better players out there in other parts of the country but arguably BB had them all in one place (including some who traveled across the country).

    I am quite sure your priorities are ordered. I can think of only a few in the hobby who could have their life priorities in the right order.

    Many thanks to you, your family, your tireless event staff, and all others who have made these events what they were. You neglected to mention how you structured the event over the years to ensure that coaches could participate in more than one game.

    Enjoy your time off with you family. I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with you whether it was at an event or enjoying your warm hospitality. We will keep you in our thoughts and look forward to seeing you again. I know you as a coach, innovator, strategist, but most of all as a solid family man who always takes care of business first.

    Stack (if you let me…)

  4. Andrew Stewart says:

    George, Sorry to hear the Buzzfest will not be held this year. I really looked forward to the BuzzFest the last couple of years. Hope to see you soon and hope you have it next year.

    Andrew Stewart

  5. the F.O.T.H. says:

    Well now we have closure.
    It was cool that you took my advice to announce it via your blog..and then it was more cool that you mentioned me in the blog!?!?
    With this news my work load of being authorized just went up a notch!!!!!
    I knew something had came out by the amount of text messages, and phone calls! LOL

    Enjoy your break, recharge your battery, and we all will see you in H-burg next year Boss.

    the Face Of The Hobby

  6. CoachRip says:

    Thanks Guys,

    CorEy, maybe you and Stack can get away for another weekend at my place like last year. It’s always great scrimmaging, having adult beverages, a steak, and lots of laughs…………

  7. Tom Ruesink says:

    It’s a sad day but I certainly understand, George. It takes a ton out of you to run a tournament and I hope that maybe the year off will recharge the batteries.

    Regardless, thank you so much for hosting a premier event and for your friendship and fellowship.

    Elvis lives – hunka hunka burning hockey!

  8. Morgan Scott says:

    Hey George,
    My son Elijah and myself would like to thank you so much for the oppurtunity you provided us with….Most don’t realize but these events your in particular allowed me and him to spend lots of quality time together which will leave me and him with very fond memories…he loved Buzzfest…he looked forward to it every year…so from The Scott’s to you….Thanks for the memories…c ya Next year…..

  9. CoachRip says:


    You know what tournament can do to you physically and mentally, ……….Morgan, ….I’m very happy to read about your quality time with your son, ……..I’m not saying anyone with kids doesn’t already know, ……………cherish the time you have with them NOW, ………they grow up quick.

  10. Joe Ram says:

    Certainly understood and can appreciate your time off needed, was seriously thinking of coming up so I could do a tourney up North and meet some of the guys up there. Perhaps, next year, enjoy your time…


    Joe Ram

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