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Act like you've been there before Mike Doherty!
Mother Nature seems to have it in for us on Tuesday nights this year. Fortunately, this past Tuesday, the snow stopped just prior to the start of our tournament. Less than two hours later, the reign was over too! Mike R. and Lance were able to weather an early loss to make it back to the finals against Mike D. and Rob. After splitting a pair of matches on the night, the Dirty Dots captured the decisive rubber match preventing the three-peat. It was an impressive performance with both Dohertys bringing their A-game on the same night! Just as one team appears to separate itself from the others one week, another closes the gap the next. This is how we all get better! Speaking of strong teams, the blind draw pairing of Lance and Ken rolled the field in the night cap!
Last Man Standing witnessed several pitchers making it down to a single bag. In the end, it was Rob Doherty taking the title and making his case for player of the night. For the second consecutive week, Ken was the one 27 feet away from the DCB skinny board chasing cash in the Money Shot. Sitting at 0-7 over the past two weeks, the North Reading Nightmare holed his final bag to the applause of the crowd! Still a pretty big pot heading in to next week! Honorable mention goes out to our two new cornholers, Mike and Jay. While perhaps a bit delusional with regards to their skill level, their enthusiasm and determination are much appreciated!
Rich is 1 for 1 in ACO events
Two weeks ago we were pitching on the Star Logo Boards for the ACO Icehole Regional in North Reading. Rich Queen was King for the day as he went undefeated in the singles competition topping the field of 18. In doubles play, it was Jay and Brad, better known as team "Drink for Free" who defeated their Bridgewater buddies, Tim and Mike, in the finals for the regional win. It was a great turnout for our second ACO event!
Cornhole Madness is our next regional on March 1st once again at Great American Tavern in North Reading. Please arrive at 11:30 AM to check-in and begin frame games. We hope to complete the singles and doubles competition; however, depending on the number of singles, we may need to postpone doubles to later in the month; not a bad problem to have. We are anticipating another great turnout, see you on the 1st of March!
Icehole Singles Results
1. Rich Queen
2. Michael Rielly
3. Jason Baldeck
4. Mike Lounge
5. Dave Moran
5. Larry Coleman
7. Ken Lord
7. Randy Crook
9. John Moran
9. John Sirvio
9. Mike Doherty
9. Tim Grew
13. Justin McKinnon
13. Phil Enos
13. Rob Doherty
13. Taylor Luffman
17. Brad Bishop
17. Tom Covert
Icehole Doubles Results
1. Jason Baldeck and Brad Bishop
2. Tim Grew and Mike Lounge
3. Phil Enos and Mike Rielly
4. Randy Crook and Larry Coleman
5. Mike Doherty and Rob Doherty
5. John Moran and Dave Moran
7. Cindy Boutiette and Ken Lord
7. Tom Covert and Justin McKinnon
Mike and Lance, the new Champs!
At the beginning of month, Punxsutawney Phil made sure winter would continue just a little bit longer. Well, it’s a good thing he was not in North Reading last Tuesday, as every team was playing in the shadow cast by our new champs! After a string of second place finishes, Lance and Mike finally put it all together for an undefeated victory. The pair withstood a torrid start from Amish Rake Fight and a competitive final from the game, but outgunned Woburn BFFs, Barry and Fish. Something tells me this reign has the potential to last more than six weeks… In the blind draw tourney, Larry and Barry not only had the rhyme, but also the rhythm to turn back all challengers and notch a win.
For the second time, Rob’s name was chosen for the Money Shot and for the second time, he was unable to convert a bag. If you are wondering if making your own boards provides an advantage, wonder no more! Guess who won
Last Lance Man Standing? That’s two in a row for Lance, but Rob was a worthy adversary as the contest went down to a single sack!
So much fun and excitement at Great American Tavern for Tuesday Night Cornhole! Come play with us!
The virgin voyage to the winner's circle for Stackers
Dan Marino, Karl Malone, Larry Coleman...which name does not belong with the other two? If only the SATs or simple grammar was this easy! While the first two perennial all-stars have never been crowned champions, Larry and John shed that distinction this past Tuesday night! Team Stackers, the league leaders in buckets of beer per night, finished an undefeated effort with a 21-20 victory over Mike and Lance. The runner-ups stumbled out of the gate, then put together an impressive run, but went down in the finals. In the blind draw tournament, the team of Ken and Lance got it done.
Many new faces on Tuesday night including Justin who was selected to try his luck at The Money Shot. Like his predecessors, Justin failed to put a bag through the hole on the skinny boards. Will anybody ever hit one of these shots!? In Last Man Standing, it was Lance outlasting everyone at two bags. Tuesdays keep getting better and better at Great American in North Reading. Join us for Tuesday Night Cornhole and become part of the fun!
Expecting someone else?
The boards arrived yesterday and we held our first ACO Regional singles tournament today at Great American Tavern in North Reading! The new boards were pretty slick and played havoc with the SCRs. But after getting accustomed to the new equipment, play became pretty competitive with the two pre-tournament favorites, Randy Parker and John Moran making it to the finals. John got the better of it early by defeating Randy in the winner's bracket finals. However, in the end, it was Randy pulling off the double dip with a 21-19 victory in the decisive match. Congrats to Randy! The complete results are listed below.
|| Randy Parker
|| John Moran
|| Mike Rielly
|| Lance Madden
|| Brian Barnett
|| Ken Lord
|| Justin McKinnon
|| Mike Doherty
|| Kevin Brown
|| Kyle DeLuca
|| Rob Doherty
A good start to 2014 for Amish Rake Fight! Only one day as a certified official and ACO members are already winning the tournaments! Ken and Cindy, two of Boston's best and newest ACO members started 2014 in the winner's circle! The duo took two out of three matches from Fred and Mike in the opening tournament for the victory. The nightcap, random draw tourney was on the skinny boards and for Cindy, it was new partner, same result! Mike R. and Cindy enjoyed an undefeated run with Cindy delivering the dagger with a walk-off airmail in the finals to close the show over the runner-ups, Rob and Kevin. Rob's name was chosen for the Money Shot and with the chance to pitch on his own skinny boards, Rob put up a goose egg. No shame in that as we are yet to have somebody hit a single bag in the contest! Last Man Standing came down to a single sack with Mike R. outlasting Rob and the field of eight.
ACO Events arrive in Boston in 2014
We are pleased to announce that Boston Cornhole has partnered with the American Cornhole Organization (ACO) to run Certified ACO Master Series Regional Tournaments. Being an ACO Certified Official permits Boston Cornhole to offer Boston's best cornholers the opportunity to rank against the nation's top players. The ACO is currently in Season IX which culminates in July with the King of Cornhole (KOC). Those who wish to purchase the season membership for $20 may begin earning points at our first ACO regional tournament in January (most likely January 18th). It is important to stress that the ACO events will not replace the events currently offered by Boston Cornhole, but will be a special monthly addition to the schedule. In fact, the biggest events in the Boston area such as Cornhole Commotion will NOT be ACO sanctioned.
It is also important to note that our affiliation with American Cornhole should not imply that we are anti-anybody, nor should it imply that we wish to sever any ties with our current vendors. In Boston, we have love for most cornhole players and vendors that are out there! Many in Boston are not familiar with the ACO rules and regulations; therefore, below is a Question and Answer section with regards to the ACO and Boston Cornhole.
Q: Do I need to buy an ACO Membership to play at Boston Cornhole events?
A: No, Boston Cornhole events such as Tuesday Night Cornhole at Great American Tavern remain unchanged and will not require any special membership for participation. Additionally, the ACO equipment and format restrictions do not permit our larger tournaments to be ACO-sanctioned events.
However, if you wish to participate in our monthly ACO regionals, that will require an ACO Membership which costs $20 for the season. The Certified Official package comes with 15 memberships. To encourage membership purchase, if you purchase one of the first 15 memberships from Boston Cornhole (not online) in January, you may play for free on Tuesdays nights for the month of January. If you play at GAT weekly, the membership could be essentially free. Membership purchase will be available starting Tuesday, January 7th at Great American Tavern.
Q: I like cornhole, should I purchase an ACO membership?
A: The ACO is not for all and I expect Boston's ACO events to be our most competitive tournaments. I would encourage ACO membership for those who meet some or all of the following criteria:
- Consider yourself a competitive player
- Wish to earn points and be ranked against other ACO players across the nation
- Are interested in traveling for ACO Majors or the KOC to compete against the best in the country
Q: When is the next Firehouse concert?
A: Ask Keith Lessard.
Q: Do ACO regional tournaments mean big cash prizes?
A: An emphatic No! As ACO certified tournaments require an ACO membership, it is anticipated that tourney fields will typically be smaller than our larger events. As such, the purses will be smaller. 70% of entry fees will be paid as prizes with 30% withheld to offset the cost of being a certified official. We also hope to pay deeper than has been the norm in Boston area tournaments; the number of places paid will depend on the number of participants. All prizes will be paid the day of the event. Play for ranking points, not cash!
Q: How frequently will regional ACO Tournaments be played?
A: The goal is to host monthly tournaments in singles and doubles. We have not done too much yet with singles in the Boston area, so we are excited about putting singles in to the fold! Hopefully, we can keep our ACO events on weekends to most easily accommodate those who may want to travel to an event. Frequency will also be gated by interest. For an ACO sanctioned event, we would need at least seven singles players and three teams of doubles.
Q: With the need for expensive equipment and limited cash purses, why become ACO certified?
A: The certified official program is a strategic investment for Boston Cornhole and does come with risk. The competition level in Boston continues to grow exponentially and we are reaching a level where we can see where we rank in the nation. Hate it or love it, the ACO sets the standard for cornhole in today's market. If cornhole continue to grow as it does today, Boston Cornhole will be in a good position as a certified official for years to come. A short term profit is not anticipated, but the 2014 business outlook should be able to offset the initial investment.
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40 Plus: Rich and a slimmer Randy defend the title
Two weeks ago, 19 teams battled it out in our 2nd Annual Toys for Tots Tournament at Great American Tavern in North Reading. With our larger tournaments, there is often opportunity for a few warm-up games before the going gets tough. That was not the case in this one as the field was densely stacked with talent. There weren't many pink hats in this one (The MCB guys wear grey)! As such, and as expected, we had some better than average teams go 0-2 and get knocked out quickly.
While the tots would receive more than the 40 toys that were collected, it was team 40 Plus, Randy Parker and Rich Queen, who cashed the biggest check on the day by winning the tournament for the second straight year! The runner-ups were Shawn and Sarah, who dropped their first game and last game, but won everything else in between. In 2013, I partnered with both Shawn and Sarah...not only did they combine for 2nd place, but they knocked my team out of the tournament! Rounding out the podium was team K2, Kyle and Keith Lessard, debuting new team jerseys. The Dracut Duo started strong with a nice run to the winner bracket's final, but dropped their last two matches to settle for third best. Honorable mention goes to team Drink for Free, Brad Bishop and Jason Baldeck; they had the vocal support from their Bridgewater Buddy who slipped out of girlfriend mode long enough to cheer them on to a fourth place finish. A new wrinkle to this year's event was the introduction of the Money Shot. Four different competitors each managed a single cornhole on the MCB Skinny Boards worth $105. Congrats go out to Kyle Lessard, Keith Lessard, Randy Parker, and Rob Doherty.
- 40 Plus
- Shawn and Sarah
As we close out a successful 2013, we look forward to an even bigger and better 2014. Stay tuned for some big announcements in January! Happy New Year!