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LeslieWhat
Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2003 - 12:01 pm:   

Lacrossetitutes: Students on Lacrosse scholarships for who have demonstrated limited intellectual repertoires.

Crewcest: The unfortunate habit of crew team members to socialize only within their group.

Doing a Disc: A method of consuming beer developed by Ultimate Frisbee Players and involving turning a Frisbee upside-down and filling it with brew, then guzzling.

(My daughter's school has only a laughable football team or I'm sure I would have learned others.)


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M. Bishop
Posted on Friday, September 05, 2003 - 05:18 am:   

Hey, this is funny stuff. Too bad others haven't showed up to add to the vocabulary. It may simply be that they find themselves at a loss to compete with these. I know that I do. But, then again, I gave up basketball about a year ago after twisting my ankle and haven't gotten into any other athletic pastimes (that aren't spectator sports).

Have you ever heard of toli? It's an Indian stickball game only somewhat similar to lacrosse, and my son got very interested in it, and quite adept at it, while a student at the Univ. of Georgia in Athens. Most of the young people who played were anthropology students, but Jamie, who majored in German, got into it so heavily that he began making his own sticks. Each player carries two, and each stick has a small woven cup on the business end with which to scoop up the hard woven ball (about the size of a baseball, maybe a little smaller). Players then use both sticks to catapault the ball at an upright goal. You get points for striking the pole, but you also have to contend with the fact that nearly every one of your opponents is trying to tackle you, knock you down, or lop off your throwing arm with their own sticks. Wish I knew the jock talk -- beyond toli -- that must accompany this "sport."
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Tuesday, September 09, 2003 - 08:34 am:   

I had never heard of lacrosse and thought it interesting to see so many young men outside with their butterfly nets. So no, hadn't heard of toli. Sounds fun.

Sports utilizing dangerous implements are the best to watch.

As a kid, I was a competitive ice skater. One scar on my chin from an unfortunate fall but am otherwise intact.
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Richard Parks
Posted on Tuesday, September 09, 2003 - 01:39 pm:   

Speaking of dangerous implements, the Choctaw and Chickasaw indians used to play a game called "chunkey." It was played by rolling a large round disc of stone as far as possible, then the players would run after it and throw eight-foot poles at the stone, trying to anticipate where the stone would stop. The one closest scored. Each village used to have a long flat space cleared for play, just as we have football fields now. I grew up about 8 miles from a town named "Chunky," after a large playing field that used to be at the site.
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M. Bishop
Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 05:16 am:   

Never heard of "chunkey" before, but find it fascinating. I'll have to pass along this info to my son, the toli player. He played in several matches against the Choctaw, and the college kids (males and females, both) invariably lost to the native Americans, primarily because the Choctaws, Jamie said, played all-out, and for blood, and the general "rulelessness" of the contests prompted all sorts of creative ways to hamstring, literally and figuratively, one's opponents. In what state, by the way, is this town named Chunky, Richard?
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Richard Parks
Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 08:52 am:   

It's in Mississippi. Most of the state belonged to the Choctaw back in the day, except for the Chickasaw in the northwest and the Natchez and Hanno further south.

That "all out" play seems characteristic, from what I've read about Chunkey. People were reported to suicide after losing a match, and it wasn't unusual to bet large amounts on the outcome, including everything the players owned.
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M. Bishop
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 05:53 am:   

Maybe we should try to import this all-out sports potlatch concept to the NFL. On the other hand, maybe we already have . . .
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 01:42 pm:   

Stick sports are so primitive and exciting.

And then there's croquet...
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bluejack
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 03:07 pm:   

Perhaps it could be considered a general rule that sports in which good long sticks are used energetically (lacross, hockey, perhaps even baseball) are more interesting than sports such as golf and croquet in which the sticks, fundamentally, just dangle.

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LeslieWhat
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2003 - 02:53 pm:   

I have to admit to watching golf tournaments and getting a thrill, but then, when I'm not doing something exciting I lead a dull life.
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bluejack
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2003 - 04:05 pm:   

I can get into watching golf in a sort of a birdwatching way, a zen thing, a meditative contemplation on the essential nature of green (along with occasional snarky comments about plaid), but a thrill?

Nope.

Now one stick sport I have never been able to appreciate is cricket. I am told it has devotees, but like most dumb americans, I just haven't been able to fathom the attraction.
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M. Bishop
Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2003 - 07:55 am:   

Let's get back to croquet.
Although I must admit
That cricket provides a nice alliterative stem in our stick-game bouquet --
Even if Alice, so far as I know,
Never played it, since she was having a fit
Trying to firm up her flamingo.
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LesalieWhat
Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2003 - 10:19 am:   

Nice.
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2003 - 12:34 pm:   

I'm feeling especially argumentative today and just want to say something that no rational decent American can disagree with: Go Cubs!
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M. Bishop
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 06:33 am:   

I, too, am pulling for the Cubs -- after they beat Atlanta in a 5-game series -- but will have to admit that after last night's game, one begins to wonder about this alleged Curse the Cubbies have been playing -- laboring -- under for so many years. A game almost sewed up slips away in one disastrous inning. And any number of Cub fanatics want to blame the loss on a poor guy, in Cub regalia himself, who reaches up, but not out into the field, to catch a foul ball coming his way and possibly prevents the left fielder from making a catch. Me, I think almost any other Cub fan sitting in that seat would have done the same thing, paying more attention to the ball than to the outfielder motoring toward it, but the team, or some of its followers, apparently required a scapegoat for the sloppy play -- on the field -- that occurred after that pretty minor contretemps in the stands. Nonetheless, I still hope the Cubs beat the Marlins, Leslie.
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Minz
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 02:03 pm:   

The real culprits are the fans around/behind the guy, who didn't have the good sense to call him off/grab him & pull him back into his seat, since obviously his eyes were on the ball and instincts kicked in. This is a team sport, for the fans too.

Many times, I've seen the other fans help out by interfering with an earnest fan, so he can't block the player. And he had at least two others sticking their paws out right beside him. (Don't get me wrong, the Cubbies lose tonight, and I'll want this guy's head stuffed and mounted on the wall of my living room.)
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 09:09 pm:   

Boo hoo. My sister called after Wood's HR and we gloated for about five minutes.

I agree, it wasn't Steve's fault the Cubs lost. I had the thought that the Marlins ought to concede tonight to save said infamous fan's life. He's toast. I'm seriously worried for him.

Now it's time to root for the Marlins, who played great ball. Anyways, we think Pudge is cute and we're both ABTY kind of fans.

Oh dang. There I go being disagreeable again.



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Mike
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2003 - 05:17 am:   

I liked what Dusty Baker had to say about the incident in the stands. He completely absolved the fan of any real responsibility for the sixth-game loss, as anyone with both compassion and sense should have. Everyone chooses to forget that even if Alou had made that play, the Marlins still had an out remaining in the inning, and although the situation may have been somewhat defused, there's hardly a guarantee -- I'd say none, in fact -- that the Marlins would not have walloped several hits in a row, anyway. We'll never know, of course.

Jeb Bush, not a favorite of mine, offered the offending Cubs fan free access to seafront property in Florida for the next three months. And I can't help but ask, Why would anyone want that fan's head on the living-room wall as a daily, second-by-second, 24/7 reminder of the Flop? Under the back stoop maybe . . .
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Minz
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2003 - 07:54 am:   

I KNEW it was a vast right-wing conspiracy to keep the Cubs from winning!!! The Bush family planted this guy out there in order to help the Marlins rally! Those headphones of his were actually used for instructions! I bet they started planning this in the grassy knoll . . .

**sigh**

The Cubs didn't really lose last night, did they? In fact, they never really were in the playoffs, it was all just a bad dream (except for the part where they beat the Braves!) Just wait 'til next year.

And here's to hoping Pedro drops the Yankees lineup as hard as he dropped Zim.
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Mike
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2003 - 04:27 am:   

Well, our other cinderella team lost last night, Aaron Boone, benched because of his unreliable bat, hitting a home run in the eleventh to win it all for the Damned Yankees.

By the way, I think Alou's reaction to the fan's "interference" with his catch -- bending over, twisting his body around, shouting, and stamping his feet -- may have played a bigger role in screwing up the Cubbies' psyches than did the dropped ball. His body language communicated the likelihood of impending disaster to the whole stadium, not just anger that a fan had got in the way, and, sure enough, disaster befell.

There you have it, a new scapegoat: M. Alou.

When this year's World Series comes on television, I don't know about you folks, but I'll be reading a book.
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2003 - 07:10 pm:   

Series ads for poor man's Viagra, Levitra, are pretty funny. There's a guy who's cleaning out the garage and comes across an old football. He tries to throw it through a tire swing but keeps missing the hole. Then the voiceover tells us to ask our doctors about Levitra and the next thing you know, the guy can aim straight and the wife is smiling and he can toss that old pigskin through the hole any time he wants.

This reminds me of a joke...
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Mike
Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - 05:09 am:   

Okay, maybe I need to watch the series for the Levitra ads . . .

Nah.

But you could tell us your joke.
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - 09:39 am:   

The joke is about a rabbi, a priest, and a minister at a conference for the hearing impaired, and involves jokey ASL. You have to see it to get the punchline, but it has to do with missing the hole.

Let's watch tonight.
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Mike
Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2003 - 06:05 am:   

Didn't watch the series game last night, which I understand the (damned) Yankees won. Jeri and I saw Seabiscuit at a second-run theater in Columbus for a buck each, and, given the length of the film, we certainly got our money's worth. What I most enjoyed was the break from our kitchen-remodeling project, an interminable exercise in coordinating the uncoordinatable and steadily emptying our bank account. In fact, I'm seriously thinking about living in a second-run theater.

ASL? (American Sign Language?)
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2003 - 08:02 pm:   

ASL=American Sign Language yes.

Have yet to see Seabiscuit. We tried Finding Nemo at the $1.50 theater and couldn't take it. Too whiny and annoying for my tastes.

At the moment the Marlins are leading. I fell asleeep and missed three innings and woke up and decided to go on line.

I like the Miller High Life commercials (though I'd never drink the beer).

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