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Images from the Judge Competition

February 16, 2009

Our final competition of the evening was the Judge Competition, in which the competitors turned the tables on our judges and sat in judgment of them. Please note that our Live Action Role-Play Family Potluck Dinner, Spelling Bee, Solitary Isolation, Jump-rope, and Judge Competition have been eliminated from the judging either because winners were determined by group consensus, or because it just seemed too confusing.

Judges were awarded a range of 0 to 7 points based on their display of: FAIRNESS, ACCURACY, and AWESOMENESS.

And the competitors were:

  • Roman Petruniak, for The Game Where You Win                       
  • Matthew Joynt, for the Fashion Competition
  • Bryce Dwyer, for Run Around the Block and We’ll Time You               
  • Kristen Cox, for Class-Conscious Kickball                       
  • AEM, for Spectator Sport                       
  • Heidi Weigant, for the Synchronized Game                       
  • Liz & Joe Mason of Shameless Karaoke, for the Karaoke Competition

A special write-in category was created to judge the Chicago 2016 Committee on FAIRNESS, ACCURACY, and AWESOMENESS. Of a potential point range well exceeding 50,000, the Chicago 2016 Committee was awarded 2 total points, none in the category of FAIRNESS.

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* Roman Petruniak received one exclamation point in the category of Awesomeness, valued by for the purposes of this game at 30,000 points.

** Please note that Bryce Dwyer received 4 expressions of unquantifiable love, valued for the purposes of this game at 7,500 points each.

*** Anne Elizabeth Moore received three different awards of one million poetry bucks in each category, but we’re all aware that poetry doesn’t count for much, so while it’s appreciated deeply, this did not change her final score.

Images from the Karaoke Competition

February 16, 2009

 

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

In a moment already deemed among the “Top Ten of 2009”, Matthew Joynt and Heidi Wiegandt blew the minds of all in singing distance with a roller-skating / light-up glasses / karaoke combo that took first place and won them the coveted “Golden Microphone,” which Matt had constructed himself earlier in the day.

 

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Among other memorable moments were no less than eight full-room singalongs (You Oughta Know, Man in Motion, and several Neil Diamond hits were among crowd favorites), on-the-fly choreographed dance moves, and the amazing stylings of Liz and Joe Mason of Shameless Karaoke.

 

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Laura Pearson, our Spelling Bee Pronouncer, correctly pinned the crowd’s emotional milieu—they were filled with the Unlympic Spirit—with a rousing rendition of an Eminem song.

by Bryce Dwyer

by Bryce Dwyer

by Bryce Dwyer

by Bryce Dwyer

Joe Mason of Shameless Karaoke. “He becomes a different man when he does this song,” claimed Liz Mason, also of Shameless Karaoke.

 

by Bryce Dwyer

by Bryce Dwyer

Daniel Durden does a truly swoony rendition of Sweet Transvestite which, in addition to his labor in photocopying the karaoke ballots, rightly earned him the Silver in the Karaoke Competition.

Images from Duration Jump-roping

February 16, 2009

 

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

The crowd was wowed by the supreme jump-roping abilities on display by one Roman Petruniak, who bested Jonathan Eyler-Werve in a contest that lasted no more than two minutes, total.

 

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Despite that all games were open to all-gendered contestants, women demanded a separate competition in the Duration Jump-roping category, we have no idea why, but Kristin Cox and Kathryn Lucatelli happily congratulated each other upon completion of the game. This marked our only gendered competition in the history of the Unlympic Games.

Images from Telekenetic Synchronicity

February 16, 2009

 

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

 

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

 

by Bryce Dwyer

by Bryce Dwyer

 

 

 

 

Heidi Wiegandts’ amazing Valentine’s Day-themed synchronized game invention, Telekenetic Synchronicity, had contestants reading each others’ minds to draw the same concept of “love” without looking at each other’s papers. It is possible that several future couples were formed during this amazing game.

Images from the Solitary Isolation Game

February 16, 2009

 

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Stanley Howard—tortured by Jon Burge and Chicago Police Officers under his command, then sentenced to death row based on confessions extracted under torture but later commuted by Governor Ryan—called from prison to kick off the Emotional Games with a plea to bring problems in Chicago, and in Illinois, under control before embarking on a project like the Olympics. Julien Ball of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty kindly provided the context and the cell phone.

 

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Stephen F. Eisenberg and Laurie Jo Reynolds of Tamms Year Ten introduce the Solitary Isolation Game and give a brief history of isolation as a prisoner reform tactic, before its condemnation by several international human rights tribunals.

 

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

 

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Pre-hooding, the audience was treated to a talk by the 29-year-old Mustafa Afrika (above—his speech was so captivating our photographer was rendered useless) in which he described his early imprisonment and subsequent isolation at Tamms Supermax in great detail, as well as the lingering physical and emotional effects of spending several years with no human contact. Afrika, who has since returned to life on the South Side of Chicago, described the daily, ongoing police activity in his neighborhood, acknowledging that any increase to this hostility, such as that brought about by the Olympic Games’ presence in the area, would be extremely damaging to residents.

 

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Johnny Walton, incarcerated at Tamms, described to the hooded audience the chilling long-term effects of solitary isolation. Describing prisoners whose only human contact was shouting over walls to fellow inmates for several years and men who became so desperate for human contact they would create a ruckus, causing guards to come in and physically quiet them, Walton was brilliantly impassioned. Several hooded audience members explained later that they were only relieved for the hoods because it kept others from being able to see them cry.

 

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Images from the Intellectual Games’ Spelling Bee

February 8, 2009

 

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Our very first speller, Silvana Naguib, spelled with aplomb. Not the word, though. I think her word was “lasso.”

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Elizabeth Crane spells, somewhat tentatively.
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The jauntiest speller, Joshua Brach Farnum, goes down.

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

The Amazin’ Asian, Stephanie Velasco, and word pronouncer Laura Pearson.

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Our sentence constructor Jonathan Messinger.

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Danielle Dahlin is skeptical of that word.

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Aay Preston-Mint, Speller #8, nabs the gold!

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Danielle’s second-place medal, created by Brian Shapiro.

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Aay Preston-Mint’s first place trophy. Some winners also received copies of the audio CD “Touring Olympia” and gift bags from Quimby’s!

Images from the Live Action Role Play Family Potluck Dinner

February 4, 2009

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Tuts (Gianofer Fields) obsessively serves Vandermolen (Nick Vandermolen) while Aunt Mabel (Salem Collo-Julin) and Princess (Liz Mason) ingest mind-altering substances.
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Uncle Phil (Joe Zarrow) distributes his late holiday gifts: make-your-own caramel (sugar in baggies.)
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Mandy (Nell Taylor)—Princess’s personal assistant—brings out a birthday cake for Princess’s friend, Justin Timberlake, and all sing.
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Aunt Mabel retorts.
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Sir (Joe Mason) is hit by a snowball thrown by family juvenile delinquent, Vandermolen.

Submitted by the audience, who sat in silent judgment of the entire family, the following lessons were taken from the LARP Family Potluck Dinner:

  • You should never tell your family what you really think of them.
  • Family is forever.
  • Stokely Carmichael was adventurous.
  • Spit/drool makes us gag.
  • Improve makes us excessively uncomfortable.
  • Very little about the Olympics.
  • The cathartic value of familial role-playing.
  • Darkness.

Images from the Fashion Competition

February 4, 2009

 

by Liz Wuerffel

by Liz Wuerffel

by Liz Wuerffel

by Liz Wuerffel

Judged by Matthew Joynt, Co-Secretary of the Unlympics Organizing Committee, the beauty and wonder of the Winter 2009 Fashion Competition speaks for itself.

 

Photographs by Liz Wuerffel.

Indoor/Outdoor Games (sponsored by the Chicago Working Group on Extreme Inequality)

February 2, 2009

Run Around the Block and We'll Time You

The Indoor/Outdoor Games were off to a rousing start as the costumed and uncostumed alike competed in the competition Run Around the Block and We’ll Time You, modified here to be Run Around the Pole and We’ll Time You.

Winner's Circle

Two winners took home Gold Medals in this competition: One for speed and one for style. (You can already see several contestants who came prepared for the Fashion Competition.)

Matt Evens the Playing Field

Matthew Joynt, Co-Secretary of the Unlympics Organizing Committee, shovels snow off the baseline to even the playing field for Class-Conscious Kickball.

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Unfortunately, the rich had all the advantages in the game, which allowed some to get to Third Base . . .

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. . . and other unable to make it to First.

Finally, Max Power (brilliantly played by Salem Collo-Julin), representing a confluence of wealth and power, took the field.img_3983

Leaving several bodies in her wake—appropriately enough in Washington Park, the site of the future Olympic Stadium and potential rampant displacement of Chicago residents from their homes—Max Power attacks the ref, takes the ball, and pronounces herself the winner.

Kristin and Joe

Kristin Cox, of sponsor organization Chicago Working Group on Extreme Inequality, narrates the events of Class-Conscious Kickball while Official Unlympics Commentator Joe Mason facilitates.

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The evening’s game, Live Action Role Play Family Potluck Dinner, became excessively messy as family members argued the merits and downsides of the Chicago 2016 bid. 

All photos by Secretary of the Unlympics Organizing Committee Anne Elizabeth Moore, and you can see more of them here.

Images from the Opening Day Ceremonies

January 25, 2009

The Parade of Notions was the the shortest and coldest parade of our lives, and possibly also the most fun.

 

by Sarah Jane Rhee

by Sarah Jane Rhee

 

 

 

We had to dance to keep warm.

 

by Sarah Jane Rhee

by Sarah Jane Rhee

 

 

Then came the ribbon dance by the Anne Glickman Dancers.

by Sarah Jane Rhee

by Sarah Jane Rhee

Photographer Sarah Jane Rhee captured all of the glory and all of the depravity we think of as “sport” in this single image, during the Lighting of Stuff on Fire. (Besides the fire hazard, the sparklers were one of several genuinely moving moments during the ceremonies.)

 

 

by Sarah Jane Rhee

by Sarah Jane Rhee

I provide some ridiculous background on the history of the Unlympics Movement, wearing every item of clothing I own that has anything to do with sports at all.

 

by Sarah Jane Rhee

by Sarah Jane Rhee

Roman, having been sworn in as an Unlympics Judge, who now must abide by either the rules as written in our Program Guide and Rule Book, or by the rules with which is most comfortable abiding, initiate the Game Where You Win.

 

by Sarah Jane Rhee

by Sarah Jane Rhee

Lombardo Barnyard takes home the gold!

 

by Sarah Jane Rhee

by Sarah Jane Rhee

Do see the rest of Sarah Jane Rhee’s amazing photos here, or a few more from the faulty camera of the Unlympics Organizing Committee Secretary AEM here.