The Burger Mayhem Crue was out in full force for some burgers at Marleys Gotham Grill in Hackettstown New Jersey. In attendance was Chris, Mark (an honorary crue member), and myself as well as Chris’s brother Joe and his buddy Dan. We met up to try a new joint in Hackettstown but more importantly to raise money for a good cause.
After having burgers at Marleys Gotham Grill we went to the Knights of Columbus hall in Hackettstown to play Brooklyn Shuz for the Joey Johnson fund. Joey is a two-year-old boy who was diagnosed with brain cancer. As soon as Chris brought the story to my attention I was on board for the charity but after reading Joey’s story I felt even more compelled to be a part of helping. I have a two-year-old daughter that has stolen my heart. I have no idea how I would deal with what that family is going through. I wish them the best.
What is Brooklyn Shuz? Well it seems to be a cross between corn hole and horseshoes. Matt Gandley is the creator and I have to say the game was really fun. The object is each team of two faces off and throws these small rubber disks about the size of a drain cap at a target painted on what looks like a wooden draw with a backdrop. Like horeshoes in the whole is three, a leaner is two and closest to the hole is 1 point. The first to twenty-one wins equals winner, winner, chicken dinner.
Chris and his brother John were on one team while Mark and I were on another. I talked a big game coming up to the tournament (as I do with anything) but after a practice round Mark was looking to trade teammates. Yeah so maybe I didn’t even come close to hitting the board. I don’t blame him for wanting to bail on me but he knew he had to shoulder the load (eeww) because I’ve had to bail him out in beer pong more than once. Chris and his brother threw like they were born to do it in true (and typical) Russo fashion. The tournament was set up in a winner and looser bracket showdown with 5 lanes. We chose our team names, paid our entry and headed to the bar to fuel up until our team names were called.
Round One: “The Crooked Arms” were called over the PA. It was go time and Mark and I were as ready as we were going to be. We faced a married couple that had played the game many times before. In fact the wife was one of the people involved with organizing the event. So to make a long story short and despite Marks best efforts we were off to the loser bracket (Whatev man!!). Chris’s team the R2′s quickly advanced to the second round of the winners bracket.
Round Two: Two beers later the Crooked Arms were up as their last ditch effort to stay alive. We faced off against a couple of dudes who had also lost so maybe there was hope. All of a sudden my mojo kicked in. Boom, Boom, two “ringers” back to back. Then Mark went. Boom,Boom,Boom! Three ringers from Mark! “Razzle Dazzle” we were on fire (see NBA JAM for quotes). The Crooked Arms walked away proud. Our confidence was high and we were ready for the next losers in our bracket. Until then back to the bar. The R2′s had lost so now the drama of a Burger Mayhem head to head dual was on the table.
Round Three: “The Demise” — We came upon a duo of crushers. I think one of the guys were actually a co — creator of the game or something like that. They gave us schooling in a hurry. Oh well it was just for charity anyway. R2 also fell to a painful loss that kicked them out of the bracket as well.
At this point there was nothing left to do but head back to our cars and stop back in for a final drink at Marley’s Gotham Grill. We had a great time and we helped raise money for a great cause so to me the night was a “great success“. It was great to hang out with the crue especially since Mark and Chris have kids under one and my little bambiono is just over two. I think it was amazing we could even get to hang out together. It’s good to get out with the guys when you can. Finding a cool bar with great burgers and beer accompanied by playing drinking sports to raise money was a great time.
Good luck in the future to the Johnson family. If you’d like to help you can write to Heartworks c/o Marcie Furlong, PO Box 389, Denville, NJ 07834. Checks can be made out to Heartworks with “Joey Johnson Fund” in the memo.