Noda Receives The 2007 Cock's-Eye 3PMJ Trophy
Noda received the 2007 Cock's-Eye 3-Player Mahjong Trophy at Kodama jansou on Friday 18th January.
This years trophy is in the likeness of a hawk louring on a rock, or a craggy outcrop, or a tree trunk or something. It replaces the misplaced "Bull" trophy* and is a particularly fine piece.
[*See blog entry for Friday January 28: "Never Trust A Japanese Lady With Your Bulls", below.]
Unfortunately, the chap in the basement of the antiques emporium where I unearthed this admirable artifact neglected to include two brass pins when he wrapped up the pieces; so we had to make do with matches to hold the wings in place.
The body of the bird is easily detached from the shapeless lump upon which it stands. One false move and the bird will fall off its perch and the plinth will drop off the bottom. That's why Noda is holding the thing so carefully.
I didn't get around to commissioning a brass plate with the legend "Noda - 3PMJ Champion 2007" so we had to make do with paper, biro and sellotape.
The 2007 Cock's-Eye "Louring Hawk" Trophy is expressive of the manner in which the 2007 champion who, after falling to pieces in the early running, got his act together towards the end of the year, soared to a great height on the Grand Accumulated Results Table and loured upon the prey beneath him with a threatening eye. If the hawk has a tendency to fall off its perch, so too, from time to time, does the champion - to the great delight of the other players.
The Louring Hawk is a fitting replacement for the Bull, which was so shockingly disposed of. It surpasses the Bull in size and weight and is such a thoroughly Awkward and Hideous Monstrosity that no further punishment need be inflicted upon our benighted champion and his lady than but one, which is that the Precious Eyesore be placed in a prominent position in the Noda household's display cabinet for the rest of the year.
Noda +133, -3, --, --, --, -- = +130
David --, -7, -24, +58, +45, -6 = +66
Kenyon -14, --, +15, -34, +12, +46 = +25
Jaime -48, +26, -36,** +5, -17, -22 = -92
Ray -71, -16, +45, -29, -40, -18 = -129