The Captains pretend to be friends...but on this day, it was all business.
On June 27, 2010, the Heartbreakers and Shenanigans renewed their historic (1 year) rivalry in West Homewood, AL. While people from around the globe tuned in (to the World Cup), JAMBOE Cup II was on in a big way.
The Shenanigans revamped their roster and looked to exact revenge on the team that took their manhood last year in dramatic fashion. The captaincies shifted to Ben Beaumont (Shenanigans) and "The Godfather" David Knight (Heartbreakers) from last year's vocal duo Jackson and Eady.
After some announcements were made on rules and what was at stake, it was GAME ON. The blazing sun was no match for the competitive fire that burned throughout the day.
Announcements at the beginning
Captain's meeting before gameplay begins
The Heartbreakers jumped out to an early lead behind big victories from Knight, Jackson, and Tyler Franks who took down the captain, co-captain, and hot newcomer to the Shenanigans in Eady, Beaumont, and Maddox Casey. But the Shenanigans struck a late blow in the round behind an unexpected Jay Dillon victory over Seth Grissom in straight sets, and Damon Jones coming from behind to win Games 2 and 3 and the buzzer.
Franks over Casey 21-0; 23-5
Hufstetler over King 16-21; 21-10; 21-6
Knight over Eady 21-19; 21-10
Dillon over Grissom 22-13; 23-18
Brister over Pennington 22-16; 5-21; 21-6
Garrison over Lee (Lo) 22-7; 21-19
J Reese over D Eady 22-15; 24-17
Jones over T Reese 15-21; 21-18; 21-20
Jackson over Beaumont 21-17; 21-2
McPhillips over Mosely 21-3; 21-0
After the captains deliberated and set the orders, it was another round of singles competition. Once again, The Heartbreakers took advantage on the scoreboard.
The Shenanigans took the opening three matches of round 2, but were then defeated in 6 of the next 7, including a devastating 3 set loss to Tyler Reese by Maddox Casey.
After 2 rounds:
The third round was team play, and a chance for the Shenanigans to grab some momentum before the final round. Alas, it was not to be as The Heartbreakers widened the gap on the strength of a JD King and Tyler Franks victory "swing match."
Dillon/Pennington over J Reese/Lo 21-11; 21-9
Knight/Brister over Beaumont/Huffy 21-1; 21-9
M. Eady/ Casey over T.Reese/Grissom 23-10; 23-13
Franks/King over D.Eady/Jones 10-21; 21-12; 21-12
Jackson/McPhillips over Mosely/Garrison 27-2; 21-2
As the final round began, the Shenanigans knew they had to win four of the five matches to achieve their dreams of tasting victory in the JAMBOE Cup. The Heartbreakers knew that if they took care of business early, they could be home in time for a matinee. In the end, the Heartbreakers broke the will of their opponents and swept the final round, rendering the last two matches meaningless and unplayed.
JReese/Lo over Mosely/D Eady 21-12; 21-4
TReese/King over Jones/Garrison 22-4; 20-21; 21-6
Franks/Grissom over Beaumont/Pennington 22-4; 21-17
After Seth Grissom clinches the Cup, the Heartbreakers celebrate.
Least Valuable Player - Ben Beaumont (Shenanigans, team captain)
Most Mary Ellens - David Eady (Shenanigans, did not wear the bikini)
Most Valuable Player - Kent Jackson (Heartbreakers)
Most Clutch - Tyler Franks (Heartbreakers)
Head games or friendship? No one knows on the day of JAMBOE Cup
Individual Winners Franks and Jackson
Tyler Reese, David Knight, Kent Jackson, Robert Brister, Jason Reese, JD King, Seth Grissom, Tyler Franks, Jason Lo Lee, and Jay McPhillips. The JAMBOE Cup II Champions.
Coming soon: the video of Captain Knight getting the gatorade bath.
Let the preparations begin for JAMBOE Cup III, and in the mean time, enjoy the Cup Heartbreakers! Feel free to post your thoughts and reflections in the comments section.