Mark “Yodi” Reilly was both the first Singles Champion and the first Ultimate Schmoedown Tournament winner. Yet, the last time Reilly held the belt was 2017, and since then he’s been on a downswing in the division. Many fans have said that he’s lost his touch and no longer the competitor he once was. A tournament run can remind them just how special the former two-time champion is, and that starts with a win over Videodrew.
She wouldn’t make it easy for him though as Reilly (12-7) barely pulled together a 12-11 win over Videodrew (0-2) to survive and advance to the next round.
Reilly was confident coming into the match.
“The tournaments are always so much fun,” the former champion said. “Every time one comes around I love to just prep, get in the headspace. It’s fun. Today, I found myself waking up excited like Christmas morning … It’s a new feeling I have. It feels different.”
That confidence quickly went away after a tough first round that saw Reilly and Videodrew tied at 5-5. In Round Two, Yodi elected to spin first, landing on Denzel Washington and going 3/4 for 6 PTS. Unfortunately, the former champion also gave up a 1-point steal to his opponent, giving Videodrew some momentum going into the category of Mel Brooks. She went a similar 3/4 for 6 PTS in the bottom of the second round, but the steal gave her a one-point lead heading into the final round.
Reilly stepped up to bat first in Round Three and calmly knocked down his two-pointer in the category of Animated films to bounce it back to his opponent. Fortunately for him, Videodrew was unable to pull a single question at the end of the game, giving the former champion the ugly 12-11 win.
His manager, Bobby Gucci, was happy to get the win but recognized that they still have a lot of work to do if they want to go the distance.
“I thought I was going to have a heart attack,” Gucci said following the contest. “Tough match. I mean, you know, we know … that’s not gonna win games, you know. He knows it. But, luckily, we escape with a victory here.”
Reilly picks up 3 PTS with the win and returns the Finstock Exchange to the top of the leaderboard.
“Everyone knows that the Finstock Exchange needs as many points as we can get right now, there’s no question about it,” Gucci continued. “You know, Reilly in this tournament is a big linchpin for us. You know, this was a must-win and we got it, thank the Lord.”
Yodi advances to take on “Scary” Perri Nemiroff in the next round of the tournament, after her big upset of Mike “The Killer” Kalinowski last week.
“You don’t underestimate Perri,” Reilly said about his upcoming opponent. “Look at this, she just beat Kalinowski. Good on ya Perri. That’s the thing about this tournament, you know. … [A]s you can see with Perri Nemirroff taking Mike Kalinowski and taking that match, it’s anyone’s game. Sometimes you have good matches, sometimes not and gosh I’m ready. I hate this match that I just did because I know how much better I am. So, Perri, I love her to death, but she better be prepared. I gotta go through her just to get to the belt.”