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Davis Nation makes a statement in Monroeville, PA

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Wow what a dominant performance by the Davis family coming up from North Carolina to compete at this weekends Major in Monroeville, PA.

Erick Davis:

  1. World Singles Major Champion
  2. World Doubles  Major Champion
  3. Juniors Major Champion

Robbie Davis:

  1. World Doubles Major Champion
  2. World Singles Major Third Place

Braden Davis:

  1. World Doubles Major Second Place
  2. World Singles Major Fourth

It was a very impressive showing by one of the deepest blood lines in cornhole.

Look out Guy Nation / Avery Nation there is clearly another Nation that has been formed. I’m excited to see what happens with the rest of this season and am looking forward to following this family as they make their run in Montgomery, AL this year at the ACO World Championships of Cornhole 13.

On another note:

Hat’s off to Drew Brown and his Trifecta run of nearly sweeping through every Davis to win the title. He actually did win back to back to back games against each of them, however since he was coming out of the losers bracket he had to win two games against Erick to win the overall title in the championship match. While he just fell short, it was a very impressive run by Mr. Drew Brown up from Georgia for the ACO Monroeville Major, Season 13.

 

Cornhole community loses a good guy….

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Mike Blate pictured in his store, Slick Woodys Cornhole Company

Michael J. Blate, age 53 (1964-2017)of North Canton, passed away Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. He was born in Akron, Ohio on Sept. 22, 1964. Mike was a 1982 graduate of Central Catholic High School, and attended Walsh University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Management and Finance. Mike was a member of St. Paul Catholic Parish and was a leader in the EDGE program. He loved all sports and in particular Walsh University basketball. He previously coached his boys in football at Jackson Pee Wee Football League and St. Michael.

While I didn’t have the chance to know Michael Blate very well,  I did do some business with him over the years and he always seemed like an honest and hardworking man. He was self-employed like myself, who built  IPG Global Marketing and Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company over the last decade. Both businesses had become very successful for him and his family. Matt Guy,  the seven time ACO World Champion “King of Cornhole”, was a very good friend of Mike’s and had nothing but great things to say about him when we discussed his passing the other day at the OK Horseshoe Club in Cincinnati.

It was a great loss for his family, Matt Guy and the Cornhole community.

Rest in peace.

 

 

That’s me and my dad….

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This is probably one of my favorite cornhole items. My oldest son, Bailey, had a school artwork project when he was in 4th grade back in the April of 2007. The project was to build a shadow box. My son Bailey decided to build his shadow box around a day in our lives. He forever captured that memory for us with the shadow box he built around that day we spent together. We played cornhole in the morning and then enjoyed a mid-afternoon lunch at one of our favorite burger joints in Cincinnati.

baileyCORNHOLEshadowbox2

I love this piece of artwork and keep it prominently displayed in my office.

My Cornhole Journey

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I should have started my cornhole blog some 13 years ago when I entered the world of cornhole from the advertising industry. I came across cornhole by accident while tailgating before a Cincinnati Bengals football game. Yes sorry to say it is true I’m a Cincinnati fan. The game immediately caught my interest as an incredible social activity and a great branding opportunity for businesses through customizing the boards and bags. I also realized by actually playing the game that it was highly addictive and brought out the competitive nature in people.

I soon wondered why it couldn’t become more than just a tailgate / backyard game. I thought to myself if this was properly organized and promoted it could certainly evolve into something bigger, the vision was to make it a recognized global sport. I had no intentions of being a comedian, but in the eyes of my friends and wife when I explained to them that I was going to leave my current business and pursue my passion and dream to take this bean bag tossing game called Cornhole to another level, they laughed. I actually made my wife cry that day back in the Summer of 2005.

Fast forward to 2017 and cornhole is now being looked at by major sports networks. Cornhole is being used by businesses for team building, brand awareness and networking functions. There are now countless companies selling boards and bags in what has clearly become a multi-million dollar industry, if not more. There are also numerous charities around the country using it for fundraising purposes. To top it all off the ACO World Championships of Cornhole which crowns the single best player on the planet in July annually will be hosting over 500 players from 25 plus states at this years event in July 24-28, 2017 in Montgomery, AL. This event will carry a minimum of $68,000.00 in purse and prizes. It also will likely be televised by a national sports network. The point is cornhole is going big time and we are a huge part of picture.

My name is Frank Geers and I am the “CORNHOLE DUDE”. I am the founder of the American Cornhole Organization or ACO. I founded the company in October of 2005 and it has become the recognized governing body to the sport of cornhole. We didn’t invent the game, we just made it better.

I’m going to use this blog to keep track of my life in general and the continuation of my journey to make cornhole a global sport and the Worlds most played game.

Get ready for a pitchin’ fun journey.

GAME ON!

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