Other "art-sports" discussed in the piece include “1 v 1,” an alternate-universe form of one-on-one basketball involving a paddle-wheel and ice tongs" and "bag tag, a relay where competitors change into costumes — polar bear, bag lady — as they race to scoop detritus like milk cartons or old stuffed animals into color-coordinated trash bins."
And then there's "whiffle hurling," which "constitutes art because its smirky costumes (ruffled collars, Indian dhotis) and team names (St. Brendan’s Reformatory for Incorrigible Self-Knowing) subvert the conventions of sportsdom."
What do the boys think?
Chip: "Just because you're a pale-skinned hipster who got picked last for baseball games in eighth-grade doesn't mean you have to 'subvert the conventions of sportsdom' and ruin things for the rest of us."
Richard: "I will not be at all surprised when I show up expecting to see a kickball game at Hobbs Field this summer and instead find local author King Tosser and local kickball star Reverend H. dressed as polar bears and engaged in a game of 'bag tag.'"
Speaking of unecessary sports, KU's baseball team ended their season with two major home victories (and capacity crowds) over 11th-ranked K-State. They will enter the Big 12 Tournament as a fifth-seed, their highest ever. LJ-World sports columnist Tom Keegan says in today's paper: "[Coach] Price calls everyone “Big Time.” It’s time to call Price’s baseball program the same."
Richard attended yesterday's game. Does he agree?
Richard: "When I took my seat at packed Hoglund yesterday, I thought to myself, This popularity is just a fluke, a bunch of bandwagon fans of the sort that packed the Fieldhouse for the women's basketball tournament. But when I saw White Owl appear in the third inning to rally the fans with a bizarre chant about rain, or maybe rainbows, I knew that we'd indeed hit the big time."
Each Monday we feature a new local Twitterer, and this week is Free State Brewery. Their Twitters sound about as drunken as you'd imagine:
"full at the bar open outside cask ad astra still on tap"
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