[Editor’s note: what follows is a lightly edited thread of electronic mail dispatches exchanged in the wake of KJB’s claimed 2013 victory which surfaced on 1/28/2014]
Ladies and Gentlemen and all Friends of the Golden Mallet:
Pursuant to the rules, the 2013 Golden Mallet season closed on November 1, 2013. It is with great pleasure and pride that I am able to report that sufficient points in Official Games have been accumulated that a winner can be named:
The 2013 Winner of the Golden Mallet is
That’s right! ME! One of the Founding Generation of Golden Mallet Play has won the Golden Mallet for the first time in his life!! All of you: don’t you feel good about that?
To commemorate this historic event I have today commissioned Mr. KG, a noted malletmaker in Illinois, to craft a new set of croquet mallets for use exclusively on the Golden Mallet Field of Play. Many of you will recall that Mr. G crafted the current set of mallets decades ago and we should feel honored that he has accepted this project.
This document conforms to G.M. Rule 188.8.131.52.(d).(e). Submission of Names to the Rolls of Golden Mallet to the Archivist, and the Archivist is hereby instructed to comply with the Rule by entering my name into the Rolls. (See http://goldenmallet.org/)
[Response from KAG]
Congratulations KJB! Excited to hear about the new mallets, too!
I’d also like to tell everyone that KG [aforementioned Illinois-based malletmaker and long-time friend of the GM] made a new set of drink holders for the course out of some really cool lumber. Then, when I was up there in October, I saw that someone else had done the same. So, I’ll bring them up this summer and we’ll have many around for years to come, or we can hang a few elsewhere.
Congrats again on the GM, Hucka. And thanks for the lovely thought of new mallets from you and KG. Can’t wait to see them!
[Response from TCB]
I’d say, “Well deserved”, but having not seen the scoring sheet, I’m not exactly sure who your minimum of five victories were against. Meaning, were your adversaries on the field worthy enough to make this mallet as “golden” as it could be? It’s the difference between my Golden Mallet victories (four of them, which an independent auditor has verified as “Solid 24K Gold”, the highest purity golden alloy in the U.S.), and a substandard 9K gold “plating”. Now, I am NOT saying that your victory was of this lower purity/standard, I’m just asking you to look inward.
-TCB (proxy for the departed Golden Mallet GPGMCEO, TDB)
[Editor’s note, TCB includes a sincere offer of congratulations to KJB, which has been redacted due to its overly sappy nature]
[Response from DJB]
Like TCB, I eagerly look forward to reviewing the record and then officially conferring the 2013 Golden Mallet to its rightful holder this summer. KJB, here’s hoping that this will be an asterisk-free, first-time (!) win for you! As the Archivist and GM & Dir PO for PGM, I can assure you that you all will be the first to know.
Regarding new mallets: Thank you, KG, for undertaking this effort. Every time I enter the Field of Play I marvel at your mallets’ heft and craftsmanship. Thank you KJB for the commission. Huzzah!
I like KAGD’s suggestion of scattering the current set of well-worn mallets to the four corners. Personally, I would really enjoy rolling up to intramural matches in Brooklyn and opening a felt-lined case to reveal an authentic, GM-sanctioned KG Original Design Mallet™ (circa 1990) as my opponents tremble and gape.
Congrats* to you, KJB. Good news all around!
DJB, General Manager and Director for Player Operations, Archivist of the Golden Mallet
* Pending official review
[Ruminations from RXP]
Dear Loved Ones,
It was ‘round midnight when I saw KJB’s self-congratulatory email alerting us that he’d won this year’s Golden Mallet. Stunned as I was, I somehow managed to fall asleep only to wake up this morning to frigid temperatures, snow on the ground and my worst fear confirmed: hell hath frozen over.
It’s not that I am not thrilled for KJB but this is astonishing news for even the most cockeyed optimist among us:
See Hanging Chads, Bush v Gore – Was anyone one else involved in the final tabulation of official GM match results for 2013 season?
See Grandma Beeby and Danny Almonte rules - I recall there being doubts about the eligibility of certain wet-behind-the-ears croquet match participants during the 2013 campaign. But not being an expert on the rules and articles of GM, I will leave it to others to determine whether there were any improprieties that might challenge the legitimacy of these “GM” matches and, therefore, the validity of this year’s winner.
See 50 shades of grey – As well, the history and nature of GM is to reward the bad guy or, at the least, the player of questionable moral character. “It’s not cheating if no one sees it!” So, we are standing on shifting ground when we talk about deceit and bad behavior when it comes to GM. However, as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart might have concluded, I don’t know how you would define fraud in this case but I know it when I see it.
See HGH – Anthony Bosch and A-Rod gave the world the protocol for doing PEDs and not getting caught, so asking Ken for a urine sample is pointless.
See black magic at Lake Bellaire – Like Tituba, from The Crucible, it’s been rumored that KJB was seen dancing naked while waving his arms around the camp fire late at night.
See Watergate Hearings – If there has been any attempt to deceive and cook the books, can we assume that KJB acted alone? What about SB? What did SB know and when did she know it?
My friends this is all very confusing and I don’t know what to think but I find comfort, as I often do, in the words of Dicky Fox from Jerry Maguire fame: “Hey, I don’t have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.”
[Editor’s note, RXP included a sincere offer of congratulations to KJB, which has been redacted due to its overly sappy nature]. I look forward to testing out the new mallets in the coming years.
As I’m sure you are all aware, our rules state that “It is not how you played the game that counts, it’s whether you won or lost.” In this particular case, however, I suggest to you that the opposite is true. To wit, consider the following: 1) KJB’s assumptive and officious announcement of his “win” prior to satisfactory review, 2a) KJB’s proactive gesture of commissioning a new mallet set destined to serve as a reminder of his “win” for decades to come 2b) KJB’s noting that said project has been accepted by the generous and skilled KG, inferring it is therefore “underway,” and 3) KJB’s subtle but deft attempt to recruit another ally to his campaign by emailing me under separate cover to ensure I “know what is going on.”
And so, KJB, whether or not you win or lose this battle…whether or not you see your initials painted in gold…breathe the rarified air…know the abject joy of Golden Mallet status…I say to you WELL PLAYED, SIR! IN TRUE BEEBY FASHION, WELL PLAYED!
Archivist’s observation: if KJB is, indeed, the winner of the GM2013 he will be eligible to wear the Jacket of the Golden Mallet in 2014, but not the Hat of the Golden Mallet (until he wins another two OGMs). Supra: The Order of the Hat of the Golden Mallet