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SIM Søren Peschardt

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Dear friends and NFL-freaks!

With this I have the pleasure to report from my recent trip to London. It was at the same time better and worse than last year. Worse for 2 reasons: The game it self was very boring. Bucs simply is one of the worst teams this year - there was never any doubt about the result. Even worse was, that there were NO CHEERLEADERS at the tailgate party!!! OK, they gave a short performance on the stage (did not see it) but last year we were able to get pictures with them. Was impossible this year :-(
Better for one reason: My company and roommate was definately prettier than last year :-)

Atmosphere both at and inside the stadium was simply GREAT! Almost 85.000 all dressed up in different team colours. Really sorry Glen - did not see even ONE dressed up in a Bills-uniform (wonder why?) - but I managed to find one pretty girl for you Franklin. Complimented her for the courage to show up in such a uniform - her answer was: Well, I was born there :-))

Also met a celebrity of some kind - anybody knows, who he is?

Enough for now - another report will follow next year!

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SIM Søren Peschardt

I'm 54 years old and live in Sevilla, Spain. Left Denmark in October 2009 to join up with my cheerleader Esperanza (see above) and her 2 sons. Still work for my Danish company -  a big hospital just outside Copenhagen in the computer department. I'm not a programmer and not a technician either! Give me a screwdriver, and I can ruin almost anything! My responsibilities are handling of incidents and service request in the IT-environment - and to act as project manager in all possible kind of projects - small and big.

Søren at Wembley
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In my spare time I like to play badminton, OTB-chess (FIDE 2167) and I also read a lot (mostly detective novels and about history). Am also very interested in all kind of sports - I attend all home games of my favourite soccer club FC Copenhagen.

How did I get into the NFL? Well ICCF is to blame for that! In my first correspondence chess tournament WT/III/132 - all the way back in 1974-76 - I was lucky to meet an opponent from the US Eugene Robbins, Euclid Ave in Dravosburg (suburb to Pittsburgh). Very quickly we switched from postcards to loooong letters - and in 1998 he invited me to visit him in his mobile home! And, here it comes: On my 22nd birthday (August 5th 1978) he took me to Three Rivers Stadium for a NFL preseason game Falcons@Steelers. The action on the field got me immediately - hey I did not even know the sport existed…..

Back home in DEN I missed the NFL a lot! Nothing in the newspapers (not even results) and nothing on TV! Luckily about a decade later somebody invented the Internet - and then I started to learn and read everything about the Steelers. And to my big surprise (and joy) I realized, that I had actually seen the winners of SuperBowl XIII.

10 years ago Danish TV suddenly started to show NFL-games. The first couple of years only the SuperBowl - but the last 5 years I have been able to watch NFL every Sunday!

I have been so lucky to attend 2 more live games: In 2000 after the ICCF Congress in Daytona Beach George Packers (Sorry: Pyrich) and I drove to Tampa to see the Jets@Buccanners - and last year Andy was so kind to invite me to London for the Dolphins@Giants game at Wembley! And we are going again this year!!

Go Søren!!

I have stayed in the ICCF family without any breaks since 1974 - and I got the IM-title in 2004 and the SIM-title in 2006. Next year I will most likely get my last title: IA. I have had several different ICCF positions - webmaster, title tournaments commissioner and lately FD-assistant and organizer of the Money Prize Tournaments. I became the delegate from Denmark in 1997 and have attended every Congress since. A little curiosity: In the first draft of this profile Franklin gave me the title of Grandmaster SIM - and everybody was yelling at him for that! But the "title" is really not completely wrong!! In ICCF I'm only a SIM - but in the TV gameshow Jeopardy I am a Grandmaster!! I have the show on a disc - so if anyone can teach me how to create an Internet compatible video from a disk - you will be able to watch it here! It is not a threat - it is a promise :

  • Favourite team: Pittsburgh Steelers - only dissapointment: They have NO Cheerleaders!!
  • Favourite player (past): Jack Lambert
  • Favourite player (present): Ben Roethlisberger - see below
  • Favourite player (non-US): Morten Andersen - recold holder in the NFL - most scored points in history!!
  • Favourite position: Nose tackle - but I have actually never held a football in my hands!!
  • Wish for Christmas: That NFL will relocate the Baltimore Ravens back to Cleveland - so we can beat the Browns 4 times a year!!

Ben - the big no 7: 1st round draft choise in 2004 and plays QB as I play chess! Excellent athlete, strong arm, great escaping trouble by running away - and has a burger named after him!! Make this on any given Sunday: The original burger can be eaten at Peppi's, 927 Western Ave, Pittsburgh - of course the prize is 7 USD!!

George Pyrich and me at a rainy
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa 2000

My Steeler Buddy Gene and me at Niagara Falls, 1978. Some years after my visit in "the Burgh" we lost contact - but 10 years ago, I tracked him down at the Internet! Since that day we have played friendly games at This is what ICCF really can give us - if we grab the chance - lifetime friendships!


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