I had written a marginally clever lead-in to this week’s list, and the list itself, but this stupid blog software has been misbehaving all day and thus nothing got saved.
Hope my swearing didn’t wake up any neighbors.
And, since it’s nearly 1 a.m. on what’s technically a vacation day for me, I don’t really feel like recreating everything.
My apologies for the lame nature of this post, which was inspired because a certain game of “violence, degradation and exclusion,” as it’s described in the movie “Dodgeball,” was referenced in yesterday’s missive.
So, before I smash this laptop, here’s this week’s list, my Top 7 physical education class games.
1) Dodgeball, which was commonly referred to as prison ball in my hardscrabble Milwaukie neighborhood.
2) Speedball, which was kind of a cross between soccer, football and rugby, minus the tackling.
3) Hawaiian football, kind of a freestyle touch football game without downs or a line of scrimmage.
4) Team handball, which is actually an Olympic sport though pretty obscure in America. Kind of a blend of basketball and lacrosse.
5) Lacrosse, which at Putnam high referred to a game played on the knees, by two teams of about seven, in the wrestling room. You tried to throw a ball into a goal while not being annihilated by guys from the other team, who could tackle, smother, etc.
6) Gym hockey, played with plastic pucks and sticks.
7) Kickball, which was pretty much baseball/softball that involved striking a playground ball with your feet.