A player's experiences playing National Mah Jongg League mah jongg
Monday, September 19, 2011
Major League Mahjongg
(Your name here) North American Mah Jongg Champion!
Something is afoot in the world of mahjongg. I just received a very fancy flyer from the American Mah Jongg Association announcing their inaugural North American championship tournament in Atlantic City on November 28 - grand prize $2500 and coverage in "multiple media outlets". Mahjongg Madness is having their tournament on November 11-14 also in Atlantic City. There's also a tournament at a Wisconsin Dells resort that same weekend. On October 30th there are three - count 'em three -tournaments in the NY metropolitan area. If you click on the tournament schedule link to the left you'll find a bunch of great cruises are coming up in December and January. Sounds to me like mahjongg is getting hot. Can the mahjongg channel be far behind?
All this mahjongg activity has given me an idea. Why not have teams, like in Major League Baseball? Now that everyone is back from vacation and the fall mahjongg season has started, this would be a great time to organize. We've got about twelve people on the Forest Hills team raring to go, and I bet Century Village Pembroke Pines would make formidable opponents.
Here is how it would work: The season would begin when the new card arrives. Each team would have a uniform, of course; colorful T-shirts, jewelry made from tiles and other identifying paraphernalia such as mahjongg motif cat's-eye glasses or sneakers sponsored by Where the Winds Blow. The team would notify a tournament operator that four people will be attending on behalf of the team. The players would attend and play their darnndest, after which they would have their cumulative score certified by the tournament operator. Sometime in March before the new card comes out, a World Series will be held with the highest scoring teams playing in competitive faceoffs. The winning team will get to take possession of the Unger Award and declare themselves World Champions for a year. They will also appear in a commercial for Crunch N' Munch, and one lucky team will be the subject of a Ken Burns documentary.
I personally would be thrilled to go into the field and scout for talent, or better yet, create a training camp in Florida. I could coach or even own a team! Maybe create a mahjongg scholarship! Next stop Madison Square Garden! No, wait -Mahj Arena! So come on Cleveland Crakheads and Boca Boomer Bammers, let's roll the dice and make this happen!