Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween Everyone!

I'd like to add that Maury and Eric pulled a six-pointer on Friday (all in one round). Maury beleives it is the first of the season and I'd say that is probably true. Good going guys!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mark gets a solid skunking from Buzz and Tim W.

Whew... what's that smell? Oh... another skunking. This time, Buzz and Tim W. delivered the goods against Mark and Tee. There was one moment when the 13/0 was going to be risked, but fortunately for Tim/Buzz it was Tee who pushed the opposition's boule in for a clean run of 13 points.

Other events: Mikey is back, and playing just as well as if he had never left. I'm not sure how he does it, but perhaps it is his Sampson-like beard growth... "don't shave Mike"

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Abu Gets a Skunking

Mary, of Honigman Miller, joined us today upon invitation from Maury. Let me tell you, she is a very quick learner, attributed perhaps to her many years of bowling. Right away Mary pointed with excellence, and if not for my lousy shooting, we would have taken that 5/4 game!

Mark cycled by, off to some important architect meeting no doubt...

I'll have to check in with Mikey as we've not heard about his move down to Florida.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pat Brings out his Big Balls

Jeff being called away for a fire drill, the players made do with their own boules. Pat brought out his 3 lb. wonders from Marseilles which served him well. "Maury's pointing was excellent," added Andonian - the pair took both games 13/6

Monday, October 26, 2009

Petanque... of Course!

What a nice combination of games for today! Our own game was pretty close, with Pat/Abu keeping slightly ahead of Tim and me... but then we had some lucky breaks, and Tim laid in a very close boule which Pat tried (3 boules!) to shoot away. Fortune was with us this day, 3 misses!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Chinese Invade Detroit - Can you say "Carreau" in Mandarin?

Amidst the loud Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat and heavy Thwumps of machine guns and mortar fire, the Detroit Petanque Club continued to roll their boules, like hand grenades, down the piste for their usual afternoon game playing. "I know that Detroit was rated Most Dangerous City in the United States," shouted Jeff Widen above the clamour, "but this is ridiculous!"

Actually, the noises were part of the production of the Red Dawn re-make that has been shooting in and around Detroit for a month. We're all getting used to buildings getting blown up, military vehicles including tanks and haf-tracks moving through the city as well as many uniformed Chinese "soldiers" marching about at $100 per day.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Close Game Says "Mob Rob"

Close game today (VIDEO) Maury was pointing perfectly, but we carefully planned our moves, letting Buzz lay in the strong anchoring first boule, then allowing the opposing team to over/under throw a few boules, then having Tim point in; Pat shoot away anything close and I came in for finishing up points. Effective strategy. We were behind 8 to 12 and had to hold them for three rounds, but we concentrated on not giving them their thirteenth point. May I add that Nancy and Buzz went boule for boule many times which always makes for a great game. Tim C. came in like a movie star with some difficult shots.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mild Weather = More Players

We had a nice crew today, with Pat playing with Deric (for the win 13/11) against Mark and Tim C. That was a close game.

I teamed up with Tee against Maury and Buzz (another close game, it came down to a 12/12 and i was able to roll in a 13th boule.)

The second round had Pat back to the office and Eric coming in as replacement. We mixed the teams and played to 7 points.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Weather Warmed Up - Let's Play Petanque!

Last week was horrible weather-wise. Today, however, very nice. No wind, pretty temperate out... about 60 degrees... some sun. Surprisingly, only Maury, Deric, Tee and me (Jeff) for the hour.

Ah well, just remember, the winters are Looooong in Michigan, so come out and toss a boule.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Getting Cold - but hardy Michiganders still make a showing

a tad freezing these days, but we'll try to make it out there as much as we can. The other day it was just me and Deric playing but it was a fun set of games (I don't typically "rank" the games with less than 4 players). Yesterday I had a surprise meeting so I couldn't make it out to the piste, but today, if it's not raining, I should be out at noontime.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Boule Disparity Creates Automatic Defensive Positioning

Tough day for my team. We had two teams of 4 players each - meaning: 16 boules in play. Unfortunately, it took us 4 or 5 boules to beat the close boule - leaving a disparity of boules... 7 boules for the opposition to use, and only 3 or 4 boules for us (after having depleted our pointers). This forced us into a defensive position almost immediately (stunting the shooting aspect of our team because the shooters now had to be the pointers). Upon reflection, I should have mixed up the "batting order" a bit earlier -- perhaps rolling in the initial boule ust to keep us at a 1:1 boule use ratio. Who can really say how it'd turn out?

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Widen Comes in With 2 Errors but Still Takes the Win

My shooting was waaaay off today giving the opposition at least 2 points today. Yesterday (Oct. 5th) Tim W. will note that I made a crucial error of 5 points to the opposition due to more of my flawed shooting.

Perhaps we should show ERRORS as a stat on the ranking chart...

BUT, despite a "protest" (as yet to be filed) by Andonian, LLP - we still took the win 13/4.

See you tomorrow. GO TIGERS!

Friday, October 02, 2009

Article 19 Ignored for the Fun of It

Thursday's game posed an interesting situation, but not one without an appropriate response via the official rules.

In Detroit, we play on semi-bordered courts, the sides are flagstones or a cement boundary and there are flagstones at the extent of either end.

Typically, after a shot is made, the boule will fly to the end of the gravel and if permitted to reach the end flagstones it will roll for another 200 feet. So we are in the habit of stopping the boule with our feet near the edge, but leaving the boule on the gravel.

Article-19 "Interference with Boules" states (in a nutshell) that if a boule is stopped/diverted purposely immediately disqualifies the player along with his/her team for the game in progress.

Well, in a tournament situation, yes, I'd say let the boule fly off the piste without disruption... But let's say it were an accidental stoppage of the boule. Then depending on who is doing the stopping there are consequences. If the throwing team's team member stopped the boule by accident, that boule is deemed void (and should be removed from the court). If a boule is accidently stopped by a member of the opposing team, can (on decision of the thrower) be re-played or left where it was stopped.

Of course, in our typical weekday playing, we hardly ever mark the boule positions, so there aren't any alternatives for when a boule that is hit is subsequently stopped/diverted by a player - but if the boule positions were marked (this is sometimes done in tournaments) - then the opponent of the thrower can leave the struck boule where it was stopped or it can be repositioned anywhere in a line from where it was originally to the place it ended up.

Lots of rules - yes... but clear rules end arguments.

SO, why do I mention this at all? Because at the time, we were sitting on 12 points (and a possible 13th (the stopped boule)) But for the sake of our leisure game, and to allow for more rounds, we discounted the 13th point. Truth be told, our opponents were at 6 points at the time and I never thought they'd gain the upper hand. They did! With a 12/13 conclusion!

Sometimes for the sake of having fun, the strict interpretation of a rule (during leisure play) can be dismissed.