Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Ashley, journalist and Kenny, photo-journalist joined us today from The Detroit Hub, a website of journalists dedicated to telling the stories of the people, and organizations that are transforming Metro-Detroit. I wasn't sure they would be entirely up to our salty group but as it turned out, they seemed to thoroughly enjoy the trash-talking experience. Not one to allow others to passively watch, we drew them both into the action after a short lesson on how to play. We split into two teams, with Pat A., Tim C., Fred K., and Kenny verses Jeff W., Abu M., Ashley, and Nathan. Nathan, by the way, is from Vietnam where petanque is regularly played. While Ashley had progressed at an exceptional pace throughout the two games we played; Kenny displayed a superhuman expertise with the boule. No doubt we would be in for a strong competition. The first game went as expected, with the more seasoned players on Pat's team pulling 13 points to our 2. The second game, a revenge match - had a completely different scheme as we quickly ascended to six points to our opponent's ... zero! It took quite a bit of
yelling coaching on Pat's account to bully inspire his team to gain five points. Time being a constraint, we decided to end the game at that round, and as such, our final result gave Team-Pat the win (13/12 modified).
|Nice group for a Wednesday|
|Kenny displays his mastery of the boule to Ashley|
Friday, September 16, 2011
As an interesting variation to petanque, we had our first player on a segway try the game out. The rules of petanque permit (kinda) a segway player to participate. As long as one wheel is in the circle... I'm not sure what advantage segway players would have, however, because the machine keeps wanting to "right itself" which throws the aim completely off for a player.
Posted by Baby Nubbins at 4:29 PM
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Today's game was a happy mixture of petanque players with Society for Creative Anachronism friends. Matt S. and Cheryl D. were walking through Campus Martius Park and we pulled them into our lunchtime game. Cheryl is an experienced boule player, but this was Matt's first petanque game - though admittedly, he has played bocci before. I decided to make a true tournament - with Cheryl, Matt, and me representing the S.C.A. against the petanque regulars. So how did we do? Not bad at all. Matt and Cheryl pointed really closely on a consistent basis while I made a few of my shots (a VERY few). This put us out in the lead for a while until Pat's team got wise and caught up. In the end, they took the win - but it was not a milk-run by any imagination.
|We can see that Pat is extremely happy with the current status of the game|
|Matt (as usual) was spectacular at Petanque. Afterwards we went over to try out the bean-bag toss . . .|
Posted by Baby Nubbins at 3:02 PM
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Playing boule upon the same surface every time can give you a false sense of predictability. Tournaments played on your home court will give you some advantage as you familiarity with the "lay of the land" should give you inside information to all of the dips and "puddles" of gravel that might not be apparent. That is why you should try to mix things up a bit by either varying the places you play petanque (in our case, moving across the street from our usual stomping grounds) or throwing some small twigs and rocks upon the surface to give you and your team a modified terrain. Remember, the original game of petanque is played in the town squares in the South of France and those squares are littered with bumps, tree roots, and even small trees!
|Pat and Sam really warmed up to the different ground surface, which was very FAST running with sparse gravel|
Posted by Baby Nubbins at 5:57 PM
Monday, September 12, 2011
Campus Martius Park playing, the lawnside court was a tad on the narrow and meandering side, with lunch-goers eating feet away from where we threw - but as this is the norm for playing in France and in New York - I thought it was important for our players to experience the game under varied circumstances. iI think our being there, next to the gaming equipment (ping-pong; bean-bag) helps to bring onlookers into the communal gaming experience. That is always good: a small town experience in a big city.
Posted by Baby Nubbins at 3:39 PM
Friday, September 09, 2011
|Playing petanque across the street at Campus Martius Park among players of table tennis and bean-bag toss|
In another great trade (because Mark had to leave a tad early) Sam went to the other side, giving him (along with Pat, Mark, and Fred a nice win. Sam was really rolling in the great points suspiciously when he was playing on Fred's team. We'll have to investigate this matter further.
|Detroit Firefighters Commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of 9-11 at Campus Martius Park|
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Thursday, September 01, 2011
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