2019-2020 (Season 15)
Tie for points results in first tiebreaker for league title
It was fitting that in a milestone 15th season filled with several new records, the Buffalo, NY KanJam League came down to the closest finish in league history. Since 2005, this has been a random-draw league, where players are randomly paired up with a new partner each week, making for different matchups throughout the season. For this reason, stats and standings are all individual-based for this league. Eleven weeks, 35 players, 127 unique teams, and 1,016 total KanJam games played - even with the top two players each competing in 176 games each over the season, it still came down to one game to decide the league title. On the final week, Connor Matteson finished the night at 13-3, forcing Eric Klavoon to win his final two games to match Connor's weekly record. Sure enough, Eric won the final two games in overtime to land the first-ever tie in points overall for first place. Since both players competed in the same amount of weeks, the tiebreaker was number of wins. Eric finished the season with four more wins than Connor to win his 10th league championship. Eric is the third different league champion crowned in the last three seasons, speaking to the parity of talent in this league.
Players in this league are awarded one point for every win and points for placement. For example, if there are 10 teams on a given night, first place would be awarded with 10 placement points plus the number of wins they collected. In addition, there are "drop weeks." This marked the sixth season utilizing two drop weeks for points. This means each player's worst two weeks in points are dropped from the overall standings, allowing those that miss weeks to still be competitive. There were a total of 16 players that missed only two weeks or less. Certainly, the commitment of the players week in and out is what makes this league so much fun, competitive, and successful. Speaking of which, six players in Season 15 have been in the league since Season 1: Eric Klavoon, Dana Misenheimer, Josh Greenauer, Bob Greenauer, Tim Klavoon, and Phil Schneider. The league welcomed in new regulars Charles Rizzo, Evan Kelly, and Brad Kibler, along with other new jammers as subs: Mike Ciminella, Ajay Cybulski, Matt Weber, Mike Girling, Matt Schuh, and Brett Schmitz.
Over the course of the season, 10 players collected a first place weekly finish. Eric Klavoon collected three top finishes along the way, leading the league in overall points (tied with Connor M at 211), wins (135), winning % (.767), perfect games (52), and overtime winning % (.704). This is one of the most dominant seasons to date, coming one win shy of tying the all-time win record in a single season (11 weeks) and smashing the prior perfect game record (more on that later). With averaging 12 wins per week, Eric was one of three players to not have a losing record any week, and continues a streak now of 53 weeks in a row with an 8-8 record or better.
Connor Matteson finished the season as the runner-up, marking his second #2 finish in the last three seasons. Connor made quite the jump in the last three weeks to pass Jon Sandino, going 42-6 with 20 perfect games during that span. He tied Jon with a league-leading four top finishes during the season, and was second in the league in wins (131). Connor threw 41 perfect games on the season, passing his own prior mark of 38, so he now holds the second most all-time in a single season.
#1 Eric Klavoon, #2 Connor Matteson, #3 Jon Sandino, #4 Austin Matteson, & #5 Matt Nelson
Jon Sandino took third place in yet another strong season. Like Connor, Jon posted four top finishes along the way, including three in a row at one point. For a majority of the season, Jon held the #1 spot overall, but was passed by Eric and Connor in the last few weeks. Jon put up 123 wins, 32 perfect games, and threw one Instant Win, coincidentally, against his Stallion Survivor teammate, Eric. Jon broke the record for the most overtime wins in a season with 46, beating his own prior mark of 45, and shared a tie with Austin Matteson for the most overtime games played this season with 69.
In 4th place was Austin Matteson, which is now his third time in the top five. Austin tied Jon for 4th most perfect games thrown (32), as well as number of overtime games played (69). Along the way, Austin picked up a total of 112 wins and put up two top weekly finishes.
In another tie, both Matt Nelson and Josh Greenauer ended the season with 181 points in a battle for fifth place. Since they played a different amount of weeks, the number of wins could not break the tie, so it came down to their head-to-head record against each other over the course of the season. In a very close finish, Matt finished with a record of 7-6 against Josh to land fifth place, while Josh ended the season just outside of the top five in sixth place. For Matt, who missed two weeks, he still nearly put up 100 wins, coming just one shy with 99 on the season. He also recorded three top weekly finishes, including back-to-back weeks where he posted a record of 30-2.
For Josh, who ended in 6th place, he had no losing weeks this season, threw 27 perfect games, and posted an impressive .642 overtime winning percentage. In addition, he tied for the league lead with two Instant Wins thrown, including a dramatic over-the-top shot on the final week.
There were a total of six players to crack 100 wins in Season 15, and a couple more that just missed this milestone. Here were the leaders in wins this season and how many seasons they've hit 100 or more:
- Eric Klavoon: 135 (15th time)
- Connor Matteson: 131 (3rd time)
- Jon Sandino: 123 (6th time)
- Austin Matteson: 112 (3rd time)
- Josh Greenauer: 109 (12th time)
- Matt Lafferty: 103 (1st time)
- Matt Nelson: 99
- Scott Silverman: 98
Including this season, since the league changed over from 12 weeks of play down to 11, only two players have hit 130 or more wins in a season: Eric Klavoon (Season 4, 5, 8, and 15) and Connor Matteson (Season 15). The record is 136, done twice by Eric, and he nearly hit it this season with 135. In the first three seasons of the league where there were 12 weeks of play, the most wins in a season were: Bob Greenauer (154, Season 3), Josh Greenauer (152, Season 1), and Eric Klavoon (150, Season 1).
In the rest of the top 10, there were a few other close battles. Matt Lafferty beat out Scott Silverman for #7 overall by three points. For Matt, he had an outstanding season: first top 10, first 100-win season, 36 perfect games (4th most all-time in a single season), one Instant Win, and one top finish. Scott returned to the top 10 again with 98 wins and one top weekly finish, including a run of 28-4 with 11 perfect games in the final two weeks of the season. In ninth place was Bob Greenauer with 17 perfect games, one Instant Win, and one top finish. And finally, Alex Reinecke made the top 10 for his third year in a row with 10 perfect games, one Instant Win, and two top finishes on the season.
A season of records! There were plenty of new records set in Season 15, and no doubt the headline was perfect games. For the longest time, the record for a player was 27 perfect games thrown in a season, until Connor Matteson set the new bar a couple seasons ago with 38. This season, five players hit 30 or more perfect games, and Eric Klavoon's 52 thrown this season will now be the new mark to beat. Here's the updated record: Eric Klavoon (52, Season 15), Connor Matteson (41, Season 15), Connor Matteson (38, Season 13), Matt Lafferty (36, Season 15), Jon Sandino (32, Season 15), and Austin Matteson (32, Season 15).
In addition, the most perfect games in a single week was insane. Prior to this season, here were the totals for the most perfect games thrown by a team in a single week: 9 (once, still the record), 7 (once), and 6 (five times). Season 15 saw these pairups throw this many in a single week:
- 8 perfect games: Eric Klavoon & Austin Matteson
- 8 perfect games: Eric Klavoon & Matt Lafferty
- 7 perfect games: Eric Klavoon & Jon Sandino
- 7 perfect games: Josh Greenauer & Matt Lafferty
- 7 perfect games: Connor Matteson & Kyle Merrifield
- 7 perfect games: Scott Silverman & Connor Matteson
- 6 perfect games: Matt Lafferty & Jon Sandino
- 6 perfect games: Matt Lafferty & Connor Matteson
- 6 perfect games: Adam Williams & TJ Burns
For the entire league, the last two seasons saw a total of 151 and then 152 total perfect games thrown. This season, a total of 215 perfect games were thrown, destroying the prior mark. And of the 30 regular players, all 30 of them threw at least one perfect game on the season, with 10 of those 30 throwing at least 20 or more.
While the perfect games went way up, the number of Instant Wins thrown went down. However, while there were only a total of 14 Instant Wins thrown on the season, many of them came in clutch situations when they were needed. Josh Greenauer and Jacob Fairbanks each threw two, while 10 others each threw one: Jon Sandino, Matt Lafferty, Bob Greenauer, Alex Reinecke, Kim Miller, Dana Misenheimer (19th of career, leads all-time), Adam Williams, Chad Cowell, Evan Kelly, and Mike Girling.
It's time for some overtime! Jon Sandino and Austin Matteson led the league with 69 overtime games played, followed by Dana Misenheimer (67) and Connor Matteson (64). Prior to this season, in regards to overtime wins, the record was 45. This season, this was another record that was broken, as Jon Sandino hit 46 overtime wins, breaking his own prior mark. Next best on the season was Austin Matteson with 42 overtime wins, and Connor Matteson with 40. In terms of actual overtime winning percentage, the leader was Eric Klavoon, with a clip of .704 in overtime games (38-16). The most overtime games played in a week this season was 10, and this was done three times by these pairings: Evan Sardo & Matt Nelson (Week 6), Alex Reinecke & Charles Rizzo (Week 6), and Jon Sandino & Alex Reinecke (Week 10). The best performances in overtime were:
- Jon Sandino & Matt Nelson (8-1) - Week 4
- Austin Matteson & Jon Sandino (7-1) - Week 6
- Eric Klavoon & Matt Nelson (7-1) - Week 7
It should be noted that Jon and Matt's eight overtime wins in Week 4 tied the record for the most overtime wins in a single week, which was also done two other times (Bob Greenauer & Alex Reinecke in Season 9 and Jon Sandino & Josh Greenauer in Season 11).
And now to yet another new record set regarding overtime: the longest game ever. Prior to this season, the record for the longest game ever was nine overtime rounds, and this was done twice in season's past. This season, two games went longer. Here they are:
- 11 overtime rounds: Evan Sardo & Matt Nelson vs Matt Weber & Shaun Pierce
- 10 overtime rounds: Austin Matteson & Josh Greenauer vs Scott Silverman & Connor Matteson
The longest game is now a whopping 11 overtime rounds, which is almost the equivalent of four regulation games. This game was won by Evan Sardo and Matt Nelson. It should be noted that while the 10 overtime round game was one round shy of the record, the first nine rounds of this game were all perfect buckets by both teams, making it one of the best played games of all-time. This game was won by Austin Matteson and Josh Greenauer.
Over the course of the season, there were two tiebreaker games needed to determine first place. On Week 5, and it was between Eric Klavoon & Jon Sandino and Josh Greenauer & Matt Lafferty. Both teams finished at 13-3 and split their series in head-to-head play to set up a tiebreaker game. In fitting fashion, the tiebreaker went perfect to 21 and into overtime where Eric & Jon ultimately won. On Week 8, Bob Greenauer & Austin Matteson tied in record with Matt Lafferty & Jon Sandino at 14-2, also splitting their series. Bob & Austin won the tiebreaker game to take first place that week. There were also five other weeks where the top two teams tied in record, but head-to-head play decided the ties in those cases. Week 7 also saw a crazy five-way tie in record for 6th place, though head-to-head record broke the tie in most cases except for one tiebreaker game between the middle teams.
For the second straight season, there were no undefeated weeks, but there were a few 15-1 records posted. Here were the top weekly performances of the season:
- 15-1 with 7 perfect games, 5-1 in OT (Week 10: Scott Silverman & Connor Matteson) - 1st place
- 15-1 with 3 perfect games, 8-1 in OT (Week 4: Jon Sandino & Matt Nelson) - 1st place
- 15-1 with 3 perfect games, 3-1 in OT (Week 1: Connor Matteson & Jon Sandino) - 1st place
- 15-1 with 3 perfect games, 3-1 in OT (Week 3: Alex Reinecke & Matt Nelson) - 1st place
- 14-2 with 5 perfect games, 7-1 in OT (Week 6: Austin Matteson & Jon Sandino) - 1st place
- 14-2 with 4 perfect games, 5-1 in OT (Week 8: Bob Greenauer & Austin Matteson) - 1st place
- 14-2 with 3 perfect games, 5-1 in OT (Week 9: Eric Klavoon & Alex Reinecke) - 1st place
- 14-2 with 8 perfect games, 5-1 in OT (Week 6: Eric Klavoon & Matt Lafferty) - 2nd place
- 14-2 with 7 perfect games, 5-1 in OT (Week 9: Connor Matteson & Kyle Merrifield) - 2nd place
- 14-2 with 6 perfect games, 3-0 in OT (Week 8: Matt Lafferty & Jon Sandino) - 2nd place
Here are the totals by season, with this season (15) highlighted:
There were an average of about 11+ teams (22 total players) each league night. In addition, with this league compiled of many major tournament players, there were a few instances of current and past major tournament teams that got randomly paired up in Season 15:
- Der Geheime Bruder (Austin Matteson & Evan Sardo) - Week 2
- Dorkus Malorkus (Bob Greenauer & Josh Greenauer) - Week 3
- Stallion Survivors (Eric Klavoon & Jon Sandino) - Week 5
- Game of Throws (Bob Greenauer & Scott Silverman) - Week 9
- No Big Deal (Matt Nelson & Shane Nelson) - Week 10
- The Heroes of Kanton (Adam Williams & TJ Burns) - Week 11
No new players joined the 1,000 win club for their league career, though Jon Sandino came close, coming up just eight wins shy of this milestone. For sure, he will join this club next season. Here are some milestones in reach for next season:
- Jon Sandino (992) - Needs 8 more wins
- Alex Reinecke (877) - Needs 123 more wins
- TJ Burns (867) - Needs 133 more wins
- Eric Klavoon (1,942) - Needs 58 more wins
20 Instant Wins:
- Dana Misenheimer (19) - Needs 1 more Instant Win
- Tim Klavoon (16) - Needs 4 more Instant Wins
500 Overtime Wins:
- Eric Klavoon (463) - Needs 37 more overtime wins
Also, in order to be eligible for the all-time overall standings, a player needs to participate in at least 60 weeks of league. Currently, there are 15 players on the all-time list. However, there are a few players that can join next season:
- Matt Lafferty (59) - Needs to play 1 more week
- Evan Sardo (58) - Needs to play 2 more weeks
- Brian Schultz (53) - Needs to play 7 more weeks
- Austin Matteson (52) - Needs to play 8 more weeks
- Jeff Clemo (52) - Needs to play 8 more weeks
- Kim Miller (49) - Needs to play 11 more weeks
- Shane Nelson (49) - Needs to play 11 more weeks
Check out the updated all-time overall standings here.
KANJAM WEEKLY CHALLENGES:
Something new that was introduced this season was the weekly KanJam Challenge. This essentially was unique KanJam mini games that were done after league games each night. The winners of each challenge were tallied and a prize was drawn randomly from that group at the season-end party. Here were the games done each week and the winners:
- Week 1: 75 ft Deuce shot: All players lined up and attempted to hit a deuce (direct shot) from 75 ft. If the shot was made, that player moved on, otherwise, they were eliminated. After the first round, no league member hit the goal (despite some close encounters by TJ and Chad Cowell). Each player stepped up for the second round, where eventually Kyle and Shane nailed the goal and advanced. These two competitors battled for close to 10 rounds, with Kyle eventually walking away as winner.
- Week 2: Darts/Cricket: Players paired up into teams of two and played KanJam's version of darts "21." Each team started at 20 points and needed to convert a one-point play. The teams worked their way down to needing to hit a "double-bucket" for six points before then working their way back up from needing six points to one point. After each round, if a team failed to convert they were eliminated. In the end it came down to Connor M & Matt L versus Shane & Alex. Connor M & Matt L were victorious.
- Week 3: 4-Team Relay: Each team consisted of five players and the goal was to make five straight buckets before your opponent. What made this intriguing was the goals were spread throughout the playing and spectator areas, meaning players had to throw and tip around obstacles such as chairs, tables and a stage. The winning fab five consisted of Charles, Alex, Jeff, Phil and Scott. They edged out Connor M, Josh, Eric, Trevor and Shane in the finals.
- Week 4: Baseball: The two teams consisted of nine players and the goal was to outscore your opponent. Each team set their "batting order" and attempted to score runs while their opponent attempted to play defense and thwart any scoring opportunities. The batting team had four strategically placed goals to throw at which ranged from one-run to a four-point home run. While throwing, they had to battle three defenders at a time. The higher scoring goals were in areas which were easier to defend, thus making it tougher on the batters. Strategy was key in this game, as all points scored ended up being from the one-point bucket. In the end, the home team of Evan, Josh, Brad Kibler, Kyle, Austin, Mike, Charles, Connor M and Jon were the victors, winning 8-4.
- Week 5: No challenge was competed this week.
- Week 6: Relay deflecting: Every participant had the opportunity to jam one toss from each participating league member. The goal was set up at center court. If a player was able to make a bucket or score a dinger from outside the mid-court circle, and extra bonus point was added to their score. All other points were awarded as normal. The winner this week was Connor M with 46 points, edging out Ajay and Matt N, who both scored 41.
- Week 7: Relay Race: Players were divided up into two-teams of six players each. Each team started with a player at the far end jamming while the others lined up five strong. The first player would throw to the individual jamming. Once that play was over, the person jamming would sprint 50 feet with the disc and join the line of throwers. The previous thrower would also run to the other end and become the next to jam. This was a timed five-minute relay. At the end, the winning team of Phil, Bobbo, Shaun, Kyle, Chad, and Jon edged out their opponents 76-70.
- Week 8: Field Goal: A field goal was setup on a table comprised of KanJam cans, and players each took a shot from a designated line to throw the disc between the uprights. In the first round, the line was closer to the field goal uprights. If a player did not make it through, they were eliminated. Those that made the shot advanced to a longer throw line. It eventually boiled down to a third and farthest throw distance with two throwers left: Bob Greenauer and Matt Nelson. Ultimately, Matt Nelson was the winner when he made the shot in the final round.
- Week 9: Cross court buckets: Consisted of two teams, with each team trotting out two pairs at a time. The teammates were throwing cross court to one another. Each time the foursome threw a six-pack or 12-pack, they were awarded a point. Two rounds took place and the teams split 1-1. A final third round occurred, only this time with a mobile curtain in the middle, making it a "blind challenge." The team of Connor M, Kim Miller, Matt N, Kyle, Brad, Eric and Jon were victorious, taking the nightly KanJam challenge 2-1.
- Week 10: Square/baseball buckets: Two teams of four face off in KanJam's version of "Around the World." There were four goals set up in the shape of a large square, each 50-feet apart. If a team was able to go around the world and convert four buckets they were awarded a point. The game was up to seven and the team of Phil, Jon, Connor and Bobbo were victorious 7-0.
- Week 11: Ultimate KanJam: One of the best of the season, this is KanJam's take on Ultimate. Two teams of four each competed. One KanJam goal was placed at either end of the gym. Players would pass the disc down the field and eventually throw toward their deflector to score points. If the disc was dropped, possession changed to the other team. First to 21 won. In the first game, Josh, Jon, TJ, and Kyle defeated Austin, Scott, Evan S, and Bobbo by a score of 21-5. In the second game, TJ, Jon, Josh, and Bobbo beat Austin, Eric, Kyle, and Scott by a score of 21-14.
Just a recap of all the records either tied or broken in Season 15:
- Most perfect games thrown by a player in a single season: Eric Klavoon (52)
- Most perfect games thrown by the entire league for the season: 215
- Most overtime wins in a single season: Jon Sandino (46)
- Longest game in league history: 11 overtime rounds (Evan Sardo & Matt Nelson vs Matt Weber & Shaun Pierce)
- Most overtime wins in a single week (tie): Jon Sandino & Matt Nelson (8)
What an incredible season! A huge thank you goes out to all players for making it a record-breaking and memorable one in the 15th season. Without the commitment and dedication of the players week in and week out, this league would not be possible. This was the second season with the Top 5 personalized trophy discs, and first season with a bonus week Season-end party and awards week, which included prizes and a fun, random-draw tournament. This was also the 9th season for the Buffalo, NY KanJam League at The Apex, which provides the perfect venue to host the longest-running KanJam league. The next season will begin in the fall of 2020!
|Winning %:||Eric Klavoon||0.767|
|Instant Wins:||Josh Greenauer
|Perfect Games:||Eric Klavoon||52|
|OT Games Played:||Jon Sandino
|OT Wins:||Jon Sandino||46|
|OT Winning %:||Eric Klavoon||0.704|
|First Place Finishes||Connor Matteson