MB Mayhem (Birmingham, AL)

6 couples and 14 kids….you can easily see why this was MB mayhem!  (and no, Andi Osters, none of the kiddos played in the tourney!)  It was a typical fall Saturday in Alabama….college football, grilling out, playing MB and enjoying the 80-degree weather.  Our games started in the late afternoon, and stretched into the night before we crowned a champ.  (Many thanks to Jeff Wright for providing the lights with his pick-up!)

Rookies Matt & Bethany Redmond started us off in a friendly husband-wife battle, with Matt taking out his wife for his first career MB victory.  Next up were husband & wife, Scott & Beth Scharding, who also made their MB debut.  Scott showed no mercy on his wife, and won 11-1.  (It doesn’t take long to get a newbie hooked on MB, and I overheard Scott talking about measuring the distance in his front yard and making a set of ladders!)  We’ll talk more about Scott in a second, as he made a run to the finals in his first tourney!  Jeff Wright took on Matt Dover, but unfortunately for Jeff, Alabama fan Matt took out his football frustration (South Carolina beat Alabama 35-21) on his way to an 11-0 thumping.  #4 World-ranked Sean Dameron took on Karen Dover in his first match, but Karen put on a show.  She quickly put up 6 quick points, and led 7-1 after 2 rounds.  Sean eventually found a rhythm, and won 11-7, but Karen is one to watch out for, going 3-2 in her MB debut.  Gina Young lost her first match to Karen, also, but made a racket in the loser’s bracket beating her husband, Ed, in the longest match I’ve ever seen.  (It’s tough to play when you have 2 little ones running circles around you!!)  I think their match lasted about 2 hours… :)  Hostess, Missy Dameron, didn’t have her best tourney, but she had run a 5k that morning, and had a massive bee sting on her throwing arm.  She’s always a threat, but was eventually taken out by phenom Karen Dover.

In between hot dogs, MB ropes in trees, the sun setting, & kids running through the ladders, a lot of MB was played.  As the sun went down, it became difficult to see until the street lights came on and Jeff put his truck on the lawn!  Sean Dameron took out Matt Dover in the first semi, and then Scott and Matt battled for a spot in the finals.  Scott eventually edged out Matt 16-14 to reach his first MB finals.  In the first SoMoCo finals under the lights, Sean took out Scott 15-5.

Champion: Sean Dameron
Runner-Up: Scott Scharding
# of Players: 11

Results/Brackets (PDF)


  1. Andi says:

    Congrats, Sean! Oh… and nice recap. :)

  2. Kevin Singleton says:


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