Lance and Rich from Woburn get the win!
Rich Queen returned to action Tuesday night at Great American Tavern and notched a victory with Lance, a nice guy from Woburn (did I just write that!?) as his partner. The new champs took two out of three from the best losers, Wreck it Ralph PJ and Mike R. Each match could be characterized by streaks with none bigger than the 20-0 lead that Rich and Lance jumped out to in the decisive game. Congrats to our winners! Tuesday also marked the end of the Dirty Dots winning streak as Mike Doherty and Rob Doherty were single-handedly knocked out by the runner-ups. With the Tavern decked out in holiday decor, the Dots played as if their opponents' belts were made out of mistletoe! But, third place isn't so bad; better luck next week!
John's name was chosen for the Money Shot this past week. While he came close by landing two on the MCB Skinny board, none of the bags found the bottom of the hole making our GAT competitors 0-8 over the past two weeks. Last Man Standing honors went to Mike R. who ousted Lance at two bags. We switched things up a bit with our last tourney of the night being a singles event with six competitors. The Dots (getting way too much press in this blog for not winning anything) were matched up against each other in the first round. While they play well together as a team, they often bicker about who is better and rumor has it that they calculate who scores more points each night. This debate is like comparing the advantages of living in New Jersey over Syracuse; nonetheless, the argument is out there adding a bit of significance to the match. After a back and forth battle, it was Mike Doherty taking it with a 21-20 victory. Dare I say that we have found the Alpha Doherty? Maybe I should stay out of that one, but don't be surprised if Big Sexy shows up to Toys for Tots with the Captain's "C" sewn on his shirt! The celebration was short lived as Mike D. was knocked out in the next round. Mike R. closed the night with a win over PJ in the nightcap finals. We are back at it again on Tuesday in North Reading for cornhole and to celebrate one of our favorite's birthday! See you there!
Heading in to December, let's wrap up a great year of cornhole with a few more fun Tuesday Nights at Great American Tavern! As always, I am extremely grateful to all who choose to spend some time pitching bags with us! Last Man Standing came down to Barry and Brownie, who both have had success in this singles event in the past. On this night, Brownie was unable to "find the keys" to victory making it a successful return to Tuesday Night Cornhole for Barry after a lengthy absence. Congrats to Barry; it was sort of nice to see you again! On to tournament play, let's give credit to Rob and Mike Doherty who made it two wins in as many weeks with an undefeated run and finals victory over "Wreck it Ralph" PJ and Barry. Since the summer, strong showings have become routine for this duo and they proved that they can get some victories without Justin Knowlton and Joe Schroeder around to choke big leads. Will the Dirty Dots be a factor in the Toys for Tots Tournament on December 14th? I'm skeptical, but I know that they would love to prove me wrong. In the blind draw tourney, it was the tag team of Brownie and "Wreck it Ralph PJ" outlasting Moynihan and Barry. Contenders or Pretenders for T4T on 12/14?What's "the skinny" on cornhole last night at Great American Tavern? Well, if you have frequented our Tuesday night events, you know that I am not talking about our regulars. I am referring to the debut of Skinny Boards provided last night by McKinnon Cornhole Boards for the "Money Shot"! Fittingly, Justin's name was drawn, but in putting a goose egg up, he was unable to take advantage of pitching on his own equipment. Up until now, I have been hesitant to take the NRA card carrying board builder to task on the blog, but based on his aim in the Money Shot, I don't think a jab here or there puts my safety in the slightest bit of danger! Seriously, a big thanks to Justin McKinnon who has been a strong Boston Cornhole ally in 2013.
Two in a row for these two at GAT
It was a very successful night for the North Reading Nightmare as he notched a win in each of the events this past Tuesday night. As good as Ken was, he wasn't even the hottest tosser on the night which speaks volumes for the level of competition at GAT. In the bring your own partner draw, Phil used razor sharp accuracy and lightning quick reflexes to lay a spanking on the defending champs! Kevin and Phil won the winner's bracket as Ken and Mike were sent down to the loser's bracket to get it right. In the rematch in the finals, it was Ken and Mike who were Phil-ing the hole for the double dip victory! The matches were competitive, but Phil and Kevin came up a little bit short. The blind draw tourney came down to Mike and Moynihan versus Rob and Ken. After building an early lead, Ken and Rob held on for the victory to close out the night. Afterwards, Rob said: "It's much easier for me to concentrate on my game when I don't have to continually fetch bags from in front of the board."...I think that's a nod to Ken!
In Last Man Standing, Brownie was looking to up his streak to three consecutive wins and was on pace to do so. However, at two bags, it was Ken who won the battle of the big guys to dethrone Brownie. Tuesday also marked the return of Debbie who quickly learned that a long absence translates in to an early exit. After two matches, Debbie took her bruised knees and ego to the couch for popcorn and chicken wings!
The Salem dress rehearsal went as planned Here we are in November in New England and there are still numerous opportunities to play cornhole! Let's start where we CANNOT play this week, Great American Tavern in North Reading. Due to a private event, we will not be playing on Tuesday, November 5th, but will be back again on the 12th. Last week at GAT was a good one with great competition. Priming themselves for the Salem Witches Tournament, Ken and Mike turned back the South Shore challenge from Jeff and Charlie. Charlie would go on to have success later in the week, but not in our house! Jeff did get some redemption by drawing Cindy and winning the blind draw! Two blind draw wins in a row for Cindy! In Last Man Standing, it was Brownie getting his second victory in his past two Last Man outings. Afterwards, he stated that his key to winning is to play with himself (paraphrase). If you have difficulty spelling, trust us, there's definitely an "I" in Brownie! Off this week, but we hope to see everyone back on the 12th in North Reading! This Friday, the show rolls in to Salem, MA for the Salem Witches Tournament. Our first competitive tournament in Salem as Doherty Custom Boards debuts as host of a tournament. $60 per team and the champs could win up to $400! Cash prizes for 1st - 3rd will ultimately depend on the number of teams who compete. Come on out to support the Salem cheerleading and pop warner programs!
Fall Brawl in the Pines is on Sunday
Saturday and Sunday the scene shifts to the South Shore where we need to see more Northerners out there pitching bags! On Saturday, head to the home of Norton God, Andy Gomes and play in his Birthday Cornhole Tournament! After his win in NJ, stop by, get an autograph, and guess what the larger number is...his hat size or his age! The weekend finishes up in Taunton for South Shore Cornhole's Fall Brawl in the Pines at the Lafayette Club. Always a great time and turnout, say hello to Jeff and company!
40 Plus gets it done in Woburn once again! It was another great day for the Tanner Ta Ta Foundation and cornhole yesterday in Woburn as more than 50 teams battled it out over the course of five hours. In the end, it was the local favorites, 40 Plus, made up of Rich Queen and Randy Parker taking the title. But, there was a bump in the road as they dropped a semifinal match in the winner's bracket to the runner-ups, Mike Doherty and Rob Doherty. The semifinal was certainly an upset, but not a complete surprise as I have seen the Dirty Dots duo improve on a weekly basis on Tuesdays in North Reading. After overcoming an early deficit in the loser's bracket final, 40 Plus rode some hot hands and momentum for a quick double dip victory to close out the evening. Rounding out the top three was the South Shore Cornhole and Boston Cornhole tandem of Jeff Bachand and Mike Rielly; their only losses coming against the top two teams.
While there is only room for three on the podium, there were many other very good teams competing on Saturday. Year after year, that seems to be the trend. The state of cornhole continues to get better and better in the Boston area!
1. Forty Plus (Rich Queen and Randy Parker)
2. Dirty Dots (Mike Doherty and Rob Doherty)
3. South Shore Cornhole and Boston Cornhole (Jeff Bachand and Mike Rielly)
Scott Lane and Chris Cuccia in victory lane It was a beautiful, sunny day last Saturday for the inaugural Fenway Cornhole Classic at Fenway Park prior to the Blue Jays versus Red Sox game. Unexpectedly, despite the splendid weather, we arrived to a flooded Big Concourse. Per standard operating procedures, the concourses are hosed down each morning. It took some court rearrangements and lots of drying, but the team did a great job getting the courts ready and there was not a single wet bag all day long! After the water came a small kitchen fire during the registration period stalling our start time by 20 minutes. Following the initial few hurdles, it was smooth sailing as bags flew for the next five hours sans interruption! Probably the most unexpected was the response of one team after they were called for their first match: "Oh, this is cornhole, we don't want to play this!" The team defaulted, but it begs the question, what were they expecting!?
On to the play, the tournament was divided up in to four quadrants and the top two teams from each quadrant advanced to the quarterfinals and a second, eight-team, double elimination tournament. The Boston Cornhole quadrant saw local favorites 40 Plus take the top spot with the Rhode Island challengers led by Dave Moran grabbing the second spot. The McKinnon Cornhole Boards quadrant advanced the Floridians, Scott Lane and Chris Cuccia along with Dave Chaves and Jay Berube. The Craig Boards quadrant was won by Carpe Diem; the runner-ups were the Norton Gods. Playing out in the sun, the Lafayette quadrant witnessed a few upsets as Gus Bruker's Rhode Island team won the quadrant with the Drink for Free Bridgewater boys taking the last spot in the final eight.
The battle among the final eight teams quickly became a competition of the pre-tournament favorites. In the winner's bracket final, it was Lane and Cuccia overcoming an early hole to send 40 Plus down to the loser's bracket to face Carpe Diem who they had just beaten one round earlier. In the rematch, things went differently as Carpe Diem jumped out to a big lead and never looked back cruising to an easy victory and spot in the finals. Riding the wave of momentum, Kang and Craig took the first game of the finals against Lane and Cuccia. But, the Floridians did not allow themselves to be double-dipped and rallied for a victory in the final match of the tournament to take the title!
1. Scott Lane and Chris Cuccia (Florida)
2. Carpe Diem - Kang Cutes (NJ) and Craig Gagnon (MD)
3. 40 Plus - Rich Queen and Randy Parker (Woburn, MA)
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who played in the 100+ team tournament! A special thanks to all who provided equipment and helped the quadrants run smoothly. See you next year!
Will Cuccia and Lane be money in Titletown? With the Fenway Cornhole Classic less than a week away, the 110 teams have been finalized and we are ready to go! There are many strong teams in the draw from all over the East Coast with perhaps none stronger than the pairing of Chris Cuccia and Scott Lane, the reigning ACO Social Doubles Champions; Scott also currently holds the King of Sling title! Fortunately, tournaments are not won on paper and we will get to see the Floridians battle it out next Saturday. Hometown favorites, 40 Plus, are always up for a challenge or maybe team Carpe Diem seizes not only the day, but the title too!
For all who will be playing, THANK YOU for being part of this wonderful event. Please plan to arrive at Fenway Park and check-in by 10:15 AM. The tournament will begin promptly at 11 AM. See you Saturday!
- $15/person - Purchase Tickets Here
- Cornhole courts will be located in parking area
- Check-in at 4:30 PM - Tournament starts at 5 PM
- Single-elimination tournament limited to the first 64 two person teams
- 10-frame frame games or play to 21 for first four rounds (whatever happens first)
- Semifinals and beyond are played to 21
Tournament Details SomerStreets' Strike up the Bands is on 9/8We are excited to return to Somerville for another cornhole tournament as part of SomerStreet's Strike Up The Bands Event on Sunday, September 8th. We will be located outside of PJ Ryan's in Teele Square. Winners of the tournament take home September 14th Yankees vs. Red Sox tickets! Check-in at 12 PM and tourney to begin promptly at 12:30 PM. Parking and street access may be tough, so please plan accordingly. Register via PayPal below!
- $20/two-person team entry fee; register via PayPal below
- Check-in at 12 PM; tourney starts at 12:30 PM
- Double-elimination tournament
- 1st Place: 9/14 Yankees vs. Red Sox Tickets ($52 tickets near Pesky Pole) & PJ Ryan's gift card
- 2nd Place: PJ Ryan's gift card
- Last Man Standing
The best in Southern NH are from the Bay State The cornhole buzz this weekend focused on the tournament in Nashville and rightfully so with big payouts and even bigger names attending the event. Well, we didn't make it to Nashville, but we did make it north of the border to Nashua, NH for the Gate City Brewfest Cornhole Finals. A few months ago, the search began for the best cornhole players in Southern NH with a series of qualifying tournaments that culminated with 24 teams playing in the finals this past Saturday. An added twist to the tournament was playing by ACA rules that scored the board and hole independently permitting both teams to score in the same frame. In any event, it was still cornhole and at the end of the day, it was Keith and I who were crowned champs winning the Ultimate Red Sox Package courtesy of Budweiser. It was a beautiful day at Holman Stadium and great to see cornhole take center stage in the Granite State!