Yes, we're getting a little crazy with the hidden page ideas, but this one was thought up in, get this, 1998!!! Basically, here's the idea...Kart 64 Basketball teams. It works kinda like an all-star type thing, or maybe an olympics thing, where each country sends its best for that time. Of course, we're not sticking to only one time period, so this idea doesn't work fully. Anyway, at very least, it's like an all-star team page.

Still, I need to mention again that this was originally started to be like basketball teams. I came up with the idea, and told Booth about the possibility of having a joke type page with a Center, 2 Guards and 2 Forwards per team. He, however, suggested that, since Kart is a 4 player game, that there be 4 players per team (plus a coach). Seemed reasonable enough, so I'm going with it. Also, since I know not everyone out there is a basketball fan, I suppose that you can just imagine these teams to be for the sport of your choice. For Kevin, Myles and myself, basketball works just fine. However, people like Louis enjoy wrestling...well, this could be the Kart 64 wrestli....wait, what am I saying? No, actually, if you like wrestling, ignore this, and just think of it as basketball teams. Let's see...ah, yes, people like Mike Simmons like swimming, so this could be the Kart 64 swim te...um, nevermind that one too. Tell ya what, just stick with basketball.

The reasoning for the players on each team will be told after the teams are listed. So, here are the teams...

Team USA
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Coach

Kevin Booth

Coach

David Wonn

Player 1

Brian Gallo

Player 1

Kevin Booth

Player 2

Mike Simmons

Player 2

Mike Simmons

Player 3

Myles Bukrim

Player 3

Myles Bukrim

Player 4

Matt Batastini

Player 4

Jason Whalls

Pretty self-explanitory team, if you ask me. For NonSC, these are the best US players...hard to argue that. Batastini could potentially be argued out, but Booth and I agreed that he was worthy. Booth coaches because 1) he's done the most to help people already and 2) am I really gonna tell him he can't be the coach?

For shortcut, Wonn is coach because of his inseparable connection with shortcuts in the history of Kart. However, in being one of the top 5 US Karters, he is not. So, sorry #5...you got screwed...take it out on Wonn. As for the rest, they're our best US SCers. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out.

Team Canada
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Coach

Jonathan Bernier

Coach

Jonathan Bernier

Player 1

Jonathan Bernier

Player 1

Jonathan Bernier

Player 2

L-P Sabbagh

Player 2

L-P Sabbagh

Player 3

Alfred Popp

Player 3

Malcomb Young

Player 4

Ryan Fawcett

Player 4

David Landry

We were already pretty much going to allow the coaches to be players as well in the teams, because if you're in these lists at all, you obviously played at a high enough level at some point. However, just to re-inforce that fact, Bernier gets both a player and a coach position. Sorry Canada, but increase the star player output, and we'll make better tables.

Also, funny stuff...David Landry gets a mention. For those of you who don't know him (that's you, most likely) he was a 1997 player...never horribly talented at Kart, but he did at one point hold the FS SC lap WR at 5"48. I think he was the first to achieve this as well, because I saw an old page of Andy's with him and me tied at 5"48, and that's it. I don't believe I did it first, so there you go. David Landry's claim to fame...FS SC lap! (Actually, his claim to fame was Booth calling him David Laundry, but that's another story altogether.)

Team Europe
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Coach

Steven Zwartjes

Coach

Dave Hines

Player 1

Sami Cetin

Player 1

Sami Cetin

Player 2

Peter Elsaesser

Player 2

Greg Ihnatenko

Player 3

Michael Liem

Player 3

Steven Zwartjes

Player 4

William Lacey

Player 4

Lars Nouwen

Team Europe, like USA, is pretty self-explanitory. You probably know who the players are, and why they are where they are...except for Shortcut. There, we ran short after a couple big names, and even part-time shortcutters got in (cough...zwart...cough).

A bit about the coaches...Zwart for NonSC for obvious reasons. He's the best of the best, he is proven, and he has helped multiple Karters with strats and such. Hines for SC...some of you may not even know Dave Hines. Anyway, he had a few glory moments, and we picked him for coach because we thought it was a damn cool idea. Realistically, Ihnatenko better fits the job description, but let's face it...Coach Ihnatenko...no one wants to say that.

Team Australia
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Coach

Alex Penev

Coach

Alex Penev

Player 1

Ben Miller

Player 1

Ben Miller

Player 2

Alex Tsagouris

Player 2

Alex Tsagouris

Player 3

Craig Makepeace

Player 3

Craig Makepeace

Player 4

Russel Clapham

Player 4

Russel Clapham

Yes, you read correctly. Their teams are exactly the same. The choices are pretty obvious if you look at the Player's List, but then, so is the fact that Australia the big ass island version of Canada. The outback doesn't seem to produce the superstars like other places as well. Just a side note here...Penev for Coach because he's been around longer than Miller, is higher ranked, and well...I dunno. It's a pretty simple choice.

Team NTSC
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Coach

Kevin Booth

Coach

Myles Bukrim

Player 1

Mike Simmons

Player 1

Mike Simmons

Player 2

Brian Gallo

Player 2

Greg Ihnatenko

Player 3

Jonathan Bernier

Player 3

Jonathan Bernier

Player 4

Myles Bukrim

Player 4

Jason Whalls

Well, we steal Bernier and Team NTSC Non-Shortcut is basically Team USA. More or less the same for SC, except we imported Ihnatenko as well. Oh yeah, and we dropped Wonn back off in Gahanna because we had too many top players to deal with to make the sacrifice of one of them worth it. Bukrim fills the position well though, because he, like Wonn, invented/improved on shortcuts, so he brings that unique aspect to the table. Plus, maybe he could teach us how to do DKJP SC lap.

Team PAL
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Coach

Steven Zwartjes

Coach

Alex Penev

Player 1

Alex Penev

Player 1

Ben Miller

Player 2

Sami Cetin

Player 2

Sami Cetin

Player 3

Peter Elsaesser

Player 3

Craig Makepeace

Player 4

Michael Liem

Player 4

Lars Nouwen

Team PAL brings in a powerful NonSC line up. There was a mild Liem/Lacey argument here, but Booth and I settled on Liem because of his experience. The rest of the NonSC team is obvious. For SC, we quickly realized that PAL doesn't have the same shortcut situation as NTSC. They seem to have lost quite a few greats to NonSC, so the SC team takes a swift shot to the junk. That's okay though, because the team doesn't suck. Pretty respectable group of SCers up there, and enough to make PAL happy...or at least moderately not-mad.

Team 1997
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Coach

Andy Launspach

Coach

David Wonn

Player 1

Kevin Booth

Player 1

Kevin Booth

Player 2

Jason Whalls

Player 2

Jason Whalls

Player 3

Jason Engel

Player 3

L-P Sabbagh

Player 4

Jonathan Bernier

Player 4

Jonathan Bernier

For NonSC, the almighty Feared Four, with the addition of Bernier, because he kicked ass late in the year. Some might question the Launspach pick for coach, but in 97, we didn't have Booth playing the role he is now, or has for the past few years. Rather, everyone looked to Andy for guidence, so he gets the pick.

For shortcut, Wonn was god for most of 97, but later, Bernier snuck in with the power. There were, of course, at least mild showings of skill from others, so the 3 other picks were the least crappy of the bunch. Not exactly a powerful shortcut team because the shortcuts were just getting a start. This picks up in later years.

Team 1998
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Coach

Kevin Booth

Coach

Jonathan Bernier

Player 1

Jason Whalls

Player 1

Dave Hines

Player 2

Jonathan Bernier

Player 2

Kevin Booth

Player 3

Peter Elsaesser

Player 3

David Wonn

Player 4

Alex Penev

Player 4

Alex Penev

This team is where we start to drift from the #1 players of the time, to the 'best playing' players of the time. I'm the major example here in NonSC. While I still made it up to the ranks where I probably would've made it in otherwise, I had a POY performance that was focused on NonSC. Hard to deny. The other players were more of the NonSC stars of the time, so their selections are the most predictable.

For Shortcut, Bernier played the star role, with mild appearances from the others on the team. He gets his coaching position for his knowledge and skill at the time.

Team 1999
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Coach

Brian Gallo

Coach

Myles Bukrim

Player 1

Steven Zwartjes

Player 1

Jason Whalls

Player 2

Mike Simmons

Player 2

Mike Simmons

Player 3

Peter Elsaesser

Player 3

Greg Ihnatenko

Player 4

Neil Marsden

Player 4

L-P Sabbagh

NonSC comments first...the main reason Gallo gets the coach award here is because of Marsden also reaching a high level. We figured that he obviously did something right, and therefore deserves this position. The other NonSC members are easy to see because they are now pretty solidified in history as strong NonSC players. This is where many of them really started to show their potential.

As for SC, we figured Bukrim to be the best coach during this time period because he had released tapes and knew how to do most of the shortcuts at a high level. Really though, it could've been anyone on the list (maybe minus Sabbagh=). I was in 1st, Simmons was showing SC excellence all around and Ihnatenko was becoming another SC specialist.

Team 2000
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Coach

Sami Cetin

Coach

Greg Ihnatenko

Player 1

Dave Crawford

Player 1

Alex Penev

Player 2

Matt Batastini

Player 2

Mike Simmons

Player 3

Craig Makepeace

Player 3

Myles Bukrim

Player 4

Booth/Whalls

Player 4

Kevin Booth

New faces in NonSC this year. Cetin takes the coaching position due to his huge run to the top ranks in NonSC, and the inability of anyone else to compare to what he did. Batastini and Makepeace also improve their NonSC standing by incredible amounts, so they earn the entry. As for the Booth/Whalls issue. We both had good years, and it was too hard to argue it. Booth had good time drops, rewrote his 32 NonSC times, put all of his 32 times to LD or better, and played a fair amount throughout the year. Whalls brought his NonSC stuff from Legend F to Legend C, improved 29/32 of his NonSC times, had 29/32 LD or better, but only played in a few huge sessions. I decided that we would both get the listing, and the coach could just then pick who he wanted playing for him. As an extra note, Team Michigan scores both of its members on the same team this year!

Ihnatenko may not have had the best SC year of the pack, but we figured that due to his knowledge of the shortcuts (he had all of at least Legend quality), that he deserved the coaching position. The other players on the team just had their usual great year, and were about impossible to ignore for their respective positions.

Team 2001
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Coach

William Lacey

Coach

Ben Miller

Player 1

Ben Miller

Player 1

Yrvin Van Wijk

Player 2

Dave Crawford

Player 2

Dave Crawford

Player 3

Chris Hames

Player 3

Alex Penev

Player 4

Lars Nouwen

Player 4

Kevin Booth

This team, of course, isn't written in stone...there are still months left for players to earn a position on the team. Still, to this point, Lacey and Miller were the obvious coach selections because the year they're having is just better than everyone else. Crawford scores his 2nd NonSC team in a row, so it seems he's bringing himself to a high level. Miller, Hames and Nouwen were also deemed to have been having the best of the NonSC years out of everyone else so far. They're all at least fairly high ranked, so with their PR output, it's hard to deny.

For shortcut, outside of Miller, and occasional brightness from others, this may be our weakest team. To give you an idea of what we were left with, for the last spot, Booth beat out me because he had 3 PRs with 2 WRs vs my 3 PRs with 1 NTSC record. 3 PRs, folks... We need some top players to get some good SC times and eliminate crap like this. At least for the other positions, we have slightly more active players, so it's not all bad. Still time left too, so maybe the SC Team 2001 can step it up and become a force to be reckoned with, like the past teams.

All-World 1st Team
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Coach

Steven Zwartjes

Coach

Mike Simmons

Player 1

Brian Gallo

Player 1

Jason Whalls

Player 2

Alex Penev

Player 2

Alex Penev

Player 3

Mike Simmons

Player 3

Greg Ihnatenko

Player 4

Sami Cetin

Player 4

Ben Miller

I don't think this one takes a lot of explanation. These players are the best of the best at their respective aspects, and are deserving of this position. Now, I must also add that not much history is factored in here, or else Booth might make the jump up to the higher level, etc.

The coaches get their positions because they both have an excellent knowledge of how to do everything, have good times themselves, and have been able to help people in the past.

All-World 2nd Team
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Coach

Kevin Booth

Coach

Myles Bukrim

Player 1

Jonathan Bernier

Player 1

Jonathan Bernier

Player 2

William Lacey

Player 2

Kevin Booth

Player 3

Peter Elsaesser

Player 3

L-P Sabbagh

Player 4

Michael Liem

Player 4

Sami Cetin

Another super solid team here. Booth and Bukrim make coaches because, of their groups, we feel that they have made the most significant impact so far, and would be able to offer the best help in that situation. Bukrim, I should add, is a potential 1st Teamer in SC, but he does have some inconsistencies, so the reasoning for this seemed justified.

Outside of that stuff, these guys are pretty much the next set of 5 after the first team in terms of rankings at the moment, so it seems pretty logical that they make the 2nd team.

All-World 3rd Team
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Coach

Jason Whalls

Coach

David Wonn

Player 1

Ben Miller

Player 1

Dave Hines

Player 2

Neil Marsden

Player 2

Dave Crawford

Player 3

Matt Batastini

Player 3

Brian Gallo

Player 4

Myles Bukrim

Player 4

Steven Zwartjes

The NonSC half of this team was fairly surprising to me. Still filled with pretty big name Karters. I let Booth pick coach here, and he decided on me, with Batastini taking runner-up. Reason for the selection was my experience vs the rest of the team, though I'm definitely not the best of them in terms of NonSC racing.

The SC half of the team struggled a little toward the end, so we had to pick two players who are generally defined as NonSC players. However, Gallo and Zwartjes have both shown the ability to at least be fairly productive in SC, so it's not too out of the blue. Wonn, of course, gets coaching job because he pretty much invented the SCs this team plays. An honorable mention goes out to Derek Clark, who definitely had a case to make this half of the team.


So there you have it...another hidden page down. I'm not too sure if we'll keep this one updated or not. There is definitely potential, because the teams could change, and yearly teams definitely could be added as time passes. If we don't manage to keep this going, I would just like to say that these teams are a reflection of what Booth and I thought they should be on July 22, 2001. This should allow everyone to get a bit of a historical idea of where everything stood back when this page was last updated.