However rainy it is during the day, it always seems to stop raining when bocce starts. Just a little tidbit to keep in the back of your mind.
Though the sun was out the entire time we played, it had rained all day and the conditions were a little wet. No puddles on the field, no mud, but there was some excess water on the bocce balls and that can affect your throw. That’s why I have a tip for everybody whenever you wake up on a Wednesday and the weather report calls for rain – bring a towel.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams has a few things to say on the subject of towels:
“A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical value — you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble‐sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand‐to‐hand‐combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindbogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you — daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might have accidentally “lost.”. What the strag will think is that any man that can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in “Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)”
Also, if you’re not hitchhiking through outer-space you can, you know, wipe your hands on a towel, and make it easier to throw a bocce ball. So there’s that.
Today marked the first appearance of Turbo Bocce’s official mascot Sanguine French. Expect him to show up intermittently throughout the year in different costumes and make you laugh and think. I’d describe him as both wonderful and mysterious. My advice, don’t over-think it, just go with it.
Week 3 had a great bounty game between two great teams (with two great team names!) Mayhem & Deboccery vs. We Came In Like A Bocce Ball. Mayhem & Deboccery won the series 2-1 thus winning the bounty prize.
I want to give one last tip on how to win bocce games, and then we will delve into individual accomplishments. My tip is,. always give 100% . . . unless you’re giving blood, in that case 100% would be too much.
20 Point Club
John Bowman (2x) – John’s team, Balls of Fury played two games this week because they wanted to get ahead of things knowing they will miss a few games later on in the summer, and John scored 21 points in both. Wow. His team also went 6-0. Right now they are 15-0. The all time best record ever is 27-3. I am issuing a challenge to the league. Beat Balls of Fury! Sure they are good . . . great actually . . . but you can be great too. You can win! Go for it!
Paul Colabufo – Jay & Silent Botch – 21
Matt Capogreco – Mayhem & Deboccery – 20 and a bounty win! Way to come through when it matters Matt!
Matt Kuczek – For the Love of Bocce – 20 and three wins, Matt is putting together a stellar season so far.
Fun fact: Did you know that 10% of our league is named Matt? True story.
5 Bocce Club
Kelly Edmundston – De-Bocce-ry – 6
Meg Dyer – De-Bocce-ry – 6, you do not want to make a good shot against De-Bocce-ry, because they’ll knock it out!
Val Cushman – Mashed Potatoes & Gravy – 5
Jay Mandresh (2x) – Jay & Silent Botch – After missing the first week, Jay got 5 bocce’s twice both in his week three game and his make up game.
Multiple Ace Club
John Bowman – Balls of Fury – 3
Janet Ridgeway – Peace, Love, and Bocce – 2
There are plenty more pics on Facebook, be sure to check them out.
Season Leader board:
Top of the standings (BCS)
Balls of Fury – 2.407
Two Che Conquistadors – 2.296
Thunderballz – 2.250
Till Bocce Do Us Part – 2.000
Whip- Andy- 2.000
Points (players who have played 3 weeks)
Matt Kuczek – 54
Oscar Ocampo – 54
Tom Weigle – 51
Paul Colabufo – 50
Val Cushman – 44
Kelly Edmundston – 14
Britt Lauth – 13
Jay Mandresh – 13
Courtney Razzante – 11
Ken Brenner – 11
Jenn Elia – 7
John Bowman- 5
Kristen Hetler – 4
Mark Avery Claridge – 4
Matt Taranto – 4