Tomczak XII Prize Challenges

These challenges will still apply in 2023

Last year, instead of raffling off prizes, we decided to give our trash to participants based on them being the first to complete various challenges we set out. This year is no exception.

Basic Rules:

  • All challenges must be achieved in actual tournament competition to be valid. No side games will be considered.
  • Challenge awards will be given to the first competitor to confirm completion of the challenge by notifying either Jake I. or Nick R. and showing them the final score blue screen.
  • At the end of the tourney, any unclaimed challenge prizes may be awarded to whomever the tourney managers deem worthy.

Here are the challenges we have in store for Tomczak XII.

Mike Tomczak Challenge

Objective: Win as the Bears with Tomczak as your leading passer. 

Prize: Autographed 8×10 Tomczak photo


 Bonus: $20 added if you win with Tomczak as leading rusher.

Jim Jensen Challenge

Objective: Win as the Dolphins with Jim Jensen as your leading receiver. 

Prize: Jim Jensen autograph card

Bonus: $20 added if you win and Jensen leads your team with 100+ yards receiving. 

Chadwick-Skansi Challenge

Objective: Win as the Seahawks. 

Prize: Old school Seahawks coffee mug


Bonus: $20 added if you win as Seahawks with either Jeff Chadwick or Paul Skansi as your leading receiver.

Tomczak Bowl XII

Back from the dead, it’s everyone’s favorite sweaty, beer-soaked, low-rent Tecmo tournament!

Tomczak Bowl is a double elimination tourney that has featured some of the best players the Midwest has to offer. Do you have what it takes to win the Tomczak and wear the glorious Champion blazer?

If you suck that’s ok, because all two-and-out competitors automatically qualify for the Peter Tom Willis Cup, America’s favorite janky single elimination loser tournament. It’s like fifth quarter basketball for all the fat uncoordinated kids.

Aside from cash prizes for the top finishers, we’ll be sure to have some other prizes that we’ll give away in various challenges. It may not be an autographed jersey, but I can assure you, no expense was spared in acquiring our trash finds from eBay or Goodwill or the lost and found at the bus station.

WHAT: Tomczak Bowl XII
WHEN: Saturday, March 25, 2023
WHERE: Fox Den Motel, 920 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001
Buy-In: $20

Format: Double elimination
Prizes: Cash prizes to top 3 finishers. Trophy and coveted Tomczak Champion Blazer to winner.

Live Stream: ‪

Live Bracket: TBA

Tomczak Bowl X Update

If you have registered you can find yourself on the current bracket at

The bracket will be subject to change right up until the tourney start that day.

The tourney is Saturday, February 24, 2018. If you can arrive around 11am to get checked in and set up any equipment you might have we can hopefully get things going around noon. I estimate the tournament to end sometime in the evening.

The tourney will be at The Venue/Green Room at 285 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001

You can find it on Google Maps at

The bar is in the basement of this building.

The entry fee to play is $30. We will be taking cash the day of the tournament. I do believe the bar has an ATM if you need one.

If you have any friends that want to play bring them along too. The more participants the better.

Equipment: If you put down that you can bring equipment in your registration please do so. It appears if everyone brings what they claimed we should be in good shape. The people that can bring televisions is most important as that will be the biggest factor in how many setups we can have going.

Prizes and Stuff: We’ve got various prizes and goodies for everyone.

Cash Prize: Money will be awarded to First, Second, and Third place.

Trophy and Jacket: The champion will be awarded this year’s custom made trophy and champion’s blazer.

Participant swag: Each paid participant will get a one drink token for the bar and a pack of 1991 Upper Deck football cards.

Raffle prizes: We will be raffling off a couple items

  1. A Todd McFarlane Bo Jackson figure.
  2. A genuine media field vest from Super Bowl XXV

Challenge prizes: We will have prizes to whoever completes the following challenges.

  • Mike Tomczak Challenge: The first person to win a tourney match with the Bears AND have Mike Tomczak as their leading passer will win a 1988 Topps Mike Tomczak autographed card.
  • Super Bowl XXV Challenge: The first person to win a Giants-Bills matchup (with either team) will win a bottle of Super Bowl XXV commemorative cologne.

Peter Tom Willis Cup: All players that go 2 and out in the tournament will be placed into a single elimination bracket to play for the Peter Tom Willis Cup.

Lodging: If you’re looking for hotels there are plenty to choose from in Dubuque. If you want one within walking distance from the bar there is a Holiday Inn downtown as well as the Hotel Julien. If you’re looking for someplace cheap, the Days Inn just up the highway is like $50 a night.

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