Buffalo Wild Wings Block Party (Trussville, AL)

Wings, beer, live music, silent auction, and Monkeyball….all to raise money for The Bright House Foundation.  The SoMoCo crew came out again in full force to throw the ropes (and throw back some brews!)  Early estimates are that over $2,000 was raised!  The tournament featured 4 of the top 16 world-ranked Monkeyballers, but the newbies really made it exciting!

Jason Salmon, #2 in the world, looked sharp all day going 4-0 to win Bracket A.  He didn’t drop a game until his semi-final matchup with #7 Sean Dameron.  He overcame that loss, as he stomped Sean the next game 15-0 to secure his spot in the finals. #16 Scott Salmon played well going 3-1 and securing the #2 seed into the afternoon.  Newcomer Michele O’Brien proved to be too strong for Scott today, as she took him out in a 3 game quarterfinal battle. #5 Kevin Singleton lost his first match of the day to newcomer, Jason Gulledge.  He took the 4th seed out of Bracket B by winning his next four matches in the loser’s bracket before Michele beat him to secure the 3rd seed.  Michele eventually lost in the semifinals getting beat by Todd Bragan.
Todd was on fire all day!!  (I can vouch for that because he threw a 12 monkeys on the first rack as he monkey-stomped me 15-0 to win Bracket B!)  Todd took out Joey Whitehurst in a 3-game battle in the quarterfinals & Michele O’Brien in the semis,  before he lost to Jason Salmon in the finals.  Todd took home the silver Monkeyballs and already has his eyes set on MB7!!

Joey Whitehurst has only played in one other tournament, but today he looked like a seasoned veteran.  He started off with a win and then lost to #16 Scott Salmon.  Joey blamed everyone and everything but himself, and it worked for him.  He put up four straight victories on his way to locking up the #4 seed in Bracket A.  He’s already started work on his own set of MB ladders, so he’ll be a force in future tournaments.
Jeremy Long started off his tourney with a loss…but he turned it around quickly and won 6 in a row to secure a #3 seed into the afternoon.  He played Sean Dameron in a rain-soaked battle of MB5 proportions.  #7 Sean won that battle,  then lost in the semis to eventual winner, Jason Salmon.  (who by the way also threw a 12 monkeys on me!)

Michele O’Brien and Sean Dameron played a one game match for the bronze Monkeyballs.  Michele really wanted the bronze, but came up just short and Sean took home 3rd place. Congrats to Jason Salmon on the win!  In addition to taking home the golden Monkeyballs, he also won a 2-night beach trip to the Gulf, courtesy of Kaiser Realty.

We all had lots of fun!  Many thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings Trussville for hosting!  Thanks to Jeff Tyler for providing the live music in the afternoon, Jeff Otwell for providing the music that night, Bob’s Collectibles for donating the silent auction memorabilia, Budweiser for the beer, and thanks to all the Monkeyballers who came out to play!  A lot of good will be done by Tony and Nancy Kurre of the Bright House Foundation with the $$ raised!!!

Winner: Jason Salmon
Runner-Up: Todd Bragan
# of Players: 36

Bracket/Results (PDF)


  1. Jealous baller says:

    damn that Salmon is one hell of a baller! i really wish i could beat him, but he is just too damn good. he will likely lose to Frush or Allen at Worlds, but I can’t get to that level yet. Damn! Practice? talking about practice? Yep…guess I will have to keep practicing.

  2. Dean says:

    Salmon beat me last year, he’s the number 1 contender!

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