Texas Cornhole League concluded it's 10th season with a record setting Conference Tournament this past July in Denton. Considering how the season was affected by the nationwide pandemic which forced several events to be cancelled, TCL still experienced incredible growth. This growth is evident at every event as there continues to be new players who step up and throw some serious heat. They just keep coming folks and so does another TCL season as Bryan/College Station and the Brazos County Expo will host Season XI's first TCL Signature Series event this September 11-12. Jump on board y'all, this train is rollin' and it's going to be bigger and better than ever!
In 1860 the Houston and Texas Central Railway began to build through the region and coincidentally, 11 years later the site was chosen as the location for a proposed Agriculture and Mechanical College of Texas. In 1876 as our nation celebrated its centennial, the school opened its doors as the first public institution of higher education in Texas. In 1963 it was renamed Texas A&M University and through the years many traditions have evolved. One being the Aggie bonfire which was held each year as part of the football rivalry with the University of Texas. It was halted following a collapse in 1999 killing 12 and injuring 27 and has since been restarted off campus. Another tradition is the legendary Dixie Chicken. Opened in 1974, the bar is directly across the campus in a old rugged wood structure best known for its cold beer, old country music, perpetual ice in the pee troughs and Tijuana Fries! The bar had its roof collapse this past spring and the joints pet rattlesnake, known as "Sneaky Snake" is doing well despite reports it had escaped during the collapse...yikes!
As with any type of growth you sometimes have to make changes and with the sport making huge strides in popularity, TCL has made some changes for the upcoming season. One such change involves the schedule for play for the Signature events. Typically these events draw large numbers of players and usually take longer to run requiring some really late nights! To help with this issue, the start time for Singles on Friday has been moved up to 1:00 instead of 5:30. TCL and it's crew run very efficient events so this should help solve the late night issues!
The addition of Super Regional Events is also something new. TCL is including this year with the intent to provide players an opportunity to compete against the best players within their conference. Winning one of these babies will garner the winner 300 points for first place which can be vital to those battling for a spot in the Top 60.
TCL is also looking into adding a 5th Signature event which will not only add more opportunity for points but will also increase the overall yearly payout! This is gonna be good y'all! The TCL League Championship scheduled for July 2021 will have no less than $25,000 in total payouts. With all these events and all that cash, it's no wonder so many people are wanting to play TCL!
I had mentioned that there were many new up and coming players who are making noise all across the state. I got some feedback from a few Regional Directors and wanted to mention some players who are looking to make a splash this season. Northeast Texas Cornhole led by Will Davis has several players who are really playing well including Matt Ball and JR Reyes, both being recently added "B" players. Seth Roberts and Cayle Watson in Social and Steven Helm in Competitive have also been filling it up.
North Texas Cornhole also has some impressive players according to Director Taylor Stone. "C" players John Garnica, Jr., John Garnica, Sr, Chuck Cordell, Michael Gomez and Trey Sparks all have shown improvement here recently.
Other players who are coming on include Lane McManus from Ray Roberts, Jon White from Dallas and Neal Cook who plays with the group from 360. Angel Cruz, another player from Dallas has been posing for pictures standing next to a board holding wads of cash a lot here of late which only means this cat has been doing some winning. Young gun Austin McQuistion, who recently got moved to a "B" player has been slinging several 12's lately as well. Dallas Director Rob Ochoa has it going on folks! All the players mentioned have really stepped up their games and should be moving on up soon. I will include more names of up and coming players in each of my blogs so if I didn't give you a mention, keep strummin' and I'll get ya some ink soon!
The grates have been shaken, the dead ash has been evacuated, the fireboxes are loaded with Anthracite and this locomotive is smoking as it barrels towards Bryan/College Station. It's going to be a good one y'all so get on board and get ready for a great weekend of cornhole! Next stop..Bryan/College Station!!
Keep slingin' em' y'all!