Friday, November 2, 2007
1. Jeff Gates - 18 Tournament Pts.
2. Stephen Priest - 15 Tournament Pts.
3. Frank Schultz - 12 Tournament Pts.
4. Angus Guberman - 8 Tournament Pts.
5. Dave Altherr - 7.5 Tournament Pts.
6. Lee Wilkins - 5.5 Tournament Pts.
7. Tom Pittard - 3.0 Tournament Pts. (37.2 Scoring Avg.)
8. Todd Leopold - 3.0 Tournament Pts. (31.5 Scoring Avg.)
The Championship is a single-elimination event, so the first round matches would be Guberman v. Altherr, Schultz v. Wilkins, Priest v. Pittard, and Gates v. Leopold.
In the event that any of the top eight seeds withdraw, alternates will be invited to fill out the bracket, with the seeding adjusted accordingly. The alternate list is as follows:
A1. Conner Allred
A2. Gus Glaw
A3. Rex Batson
A4. Chris Rijo
A5. Missy Pollack
A6. Shelly Curson
A7. Guillermo Palermo
A8. Tass Harper
A9. Tom Durrett
Alternates may not "reserve" a bracket slot if early withdrawals are announced, but must be present and ready to toss at case time.
Monday, September 24, 2007
The Watering Hole is on the right off of Lawrenceville Hwy. just as it hits Hugh Howell Rd. For more info and detailed directions head to www.boohooramblers.com.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Saturday, July 21st - James Joyce Pub, Avondale 8-10pm
Friday, July 27th - Front Page News, L5P 10:30pm-2am
Monday, July 30th - Blind Willie's, VA-Highlands, 10pm-1am
Also, maybe some shows in early August at the Last Great Watering Hole in Tucker.
Occasional rain-sprinkles did not prevent many a loud bang from being heard at the Montgomery Street Tossing Grounds this past Saturday. Brady and Señor Palermo made their season debuts and provided some moments of excitement, but the skills and experience of their opponents was too much to overcome with novice enthusiasm alone.
Mr. Jeff Gates won all three of his contests, impoving his season mark to 7-1, comfortably in first place in the EKA Chapter Standings. The other highlight of the day was a record-setting scoring performance from Mr. Stephen Priest; initial reports had the new mark at 48 points, but a review of the score sheet revealed that Mr. Priest had become the first player to reach 50 points in organized chapter play.
Summary of Results
Gates 34 Brady 21
Schultz 22 Palermo 21
Priest 50 Brady 21
Gates 33 Schultz 28
Guberman 20 Curson 13
Schultz 29 Wilkins 27
Gates 33 Schultz 23
Guberman 33 Palermo 15
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
A detailed report of case play will be posted at a later date, but readers are encouraged to check out the Edgewood-Kirkwood, Atlanta Chapter's current standings for some indication of the results. As we always strive to provide complete information, any details about the proper names of Saturday's female comptetitors would be most welcome.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Mr. Gates broke open an even match with a 7-nil fourth dalrymple, then frustrated any comeback hopes for Mr. Leopold with back-to-back botflies to open the seventh. The 8-2 dalrymple effectively sealed the case, pending only the intervention of a benevolent Ganesha; none was forthcoming.
The second case of the day saw Mr. Stephen Priest make his first appearance on the pitch this season, and he overcame some early rustiness to rout Mr. Rex Batson 41-22. Mr. Batson aided Mr. Priest in the first end by getting but one hit in the sixteen quarries; the one thudding crunch failed to win the quarry point in a dubious decision by the judge, who perhaps awarded the quarry to Mr. Priest out of habit. The only remaining suspense was over who would win the second end point, as Mr. Batson rallied but fell just short in a 23-21 second end.
In the third case, Edgewood-Kirkwood Chapter President Mr. Lee Wilkins battled to an 18-16 lead over Mr. Gates after the first end, but then went cold after switching sides of the field. Mr. Gates again used a strong seventh dalrymple to take charge of the case, with the 7-2 result giving him an eight-point margin heading to the eighth. A final-quarry boc by Mr. Wilkins would have tied or won the case, but he pulled his toss to the right. The ball fell harmlessly to the ground and trickled into the shrubbery, concluding competitive play for the day as Mr. Gates notched the 31-24 triumph.
The final tosses of the day, however, belonged to the young Durretts, who played a one-end exhibition of Under-12 Rules Half-Court Boccelism, with none other than the parental unit Mr. Tom Durrett presiding as judge. The girls delighted the spectators with a spirited contest as Allison out-dueled Rebecca 7-4.
Fantasy Boccelism players and stat junkies can download EKA's www.boccelism.com/images/photos/JULY14STATS.pdf to get all the details on your favorite players.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
The Edgewood-Kirkwood, Atlanta Chapter (ABA South Region) celebrated Opening Day of the 2007 Regular Season on April 21st at the Montgomery Street Tossing Grounds. The festivities included the introduction of an electronic scoreboard and a splashy debut by rookie tosser Mr. Jeff Gates.
Tossing began as Judge Durrett declared "Case On" from the chair, with Mr. Rex Batson challenging the newcomer Gates. Mr. Gates swung the momentum in his favor with a devastating boc in the fourth quarry of the first dalrymple, and never looked back while coasting to a 29-19 victory.
In other action, former South Region Governor Mr. Tom Pittard returned to the fray after a long absence from the grounds, but showed no sign of rust as he demolished Mr. Tom Durrett 36-16. Lopsided scores were the theme of the day as "Thunderball" Mr. Todd Leopold lowered the wood on Mr. Frank Schultz 36-19. Mr. Schultz licked his wounds and recovered in time to school the rookie while posting the high score of the day in a 37-17 dismantling of Mr. Gates.
After a hiatus in play, EKA Chapter President and South Region Governor Mr. Lee Wilkins took on Mr. Durrett; tossing under the lights and under the influence resulted in a lower-scoring, but closer duel, with Mr. Wilkins eeking out a 21-17 win and bringing Opening Day's competition to a close.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Should players embrace this suggestion, all Official Cases shall be between members of different teams. Standings for the day will be determined by Tournament Points; for a refresher on the awarding of Tournament Points here is an excerpt from Article IV, Section 8 of the ABA Code Of Laws:
"Section 8. For every case played, three Tournament (or Team) Points shall be awarded. The points shall be awarded as follows: One point shall go to the player or team that scores the most points in the first end; one point shall go to the player or team that scores the most points in the second end; and one point shall go to the player or team which scores the most points in the case.
In the event that the players or teams score an equal number of points in an end, then the point for that end shall be divided, with each player or team being awarded one half-point."
UPDATE: Reserve your roster number prior to Opening Day. The following numbers are "pre-reserved" until Opening Day. Failure by these players to make an active reservation or to appear on Opening Day to lay claim will result in these numbers reverting to available status:
2 - GUBERMAN
3 - FELDMAN
5 - CURSON
8 - NUMBA EIGHT
13 - DURRETT
14 - MITCHELL
16 - BATSON
17 - SCHULTZ
41 - LEOPOLD
64 - GALE
The following numbers are on permanent reserve by ABA and EKA Officers:
6 - POTVIN
11 - PRIEST
67 - WILKINS
All remaining one- and two-digit numbers (including 0 and 00) are availble for reservation.
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Saturday April 21st has been selected as Opening Day for the 2007 Regular Season of the Edgewood-Kirkwood, Atlanta chapter (ABA South Region). Starting time and location are To Be Announced at a later date. More details will be posted here as they become available.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
The mystery of the origins of boccélism is one that will never be solved until the wizards of modernity succeed in achieving H. G. Wells’ vision of a Time Machine. Only then will the historians of sport be able to trace the tenuous line of development that goes all the way back, perhaps, to some unlikely australopithecine; one might imagine this prehuman ancestor stooped by the edge of a watering hole to drink, when a smooth, shiny stone catches its eye.
Moving ahead several million years past that speculative scene to the early civilizations of the Fertile Crescent takes us to the first tantalizing hints of evidence of a nascent sport. Archaeologists have been hard-pressed to explain the peculiar discovery in one Sumerian city of small, malformed pottery jars, each containing a single, hand-tooled sphere of basalt. Surrounding each jar was a multitude of potsherds and fragments; the bland hypothesis that this was the result of some heretofore unknown “ritual behavior” is supremely unsatisfying.
Could it be that the mistakes of the potters became the objects (dare we say “targets”?) of some friendly tosses by the artisans and their apprentices? The experts scoff at such notions, but can offer no better explanation - and what of Stonehenge? The purpose behind the chalk balls found in the Aubrey holes at the prehistoric English site goes unexplained, Gerald Hawkins’ theory from the 1960s and 70s about an eclipse calculator having been largely discredited; could the Early Bronze Age peoples of Britain have learned to toss independently from their distant Mesopotamian kin?
More definite are the writings of Classical historians that make mention of the vulgar recreations of the common folk. Herodotus describes a barbarian general who erected a stelae on the site of each of his conquests, inscribed with his name and a list of his deeds of prowess; and if the subdued populace did not accept his challenge of a game of “Quaeron”, he would add to the stelae a depiction of female genitals. What quaeron was, exactly, is unknown, although it has been thought to involve making sport using the heads of casualties from the defeated soldiers (which might explain the reluctance of the locals to participate); some have gone so far as to suggest that the term “quarry” derives from this mysterious game.
Recent translations of certain texts indicate that Archimedes had a fondness for a tossing game that involved either earthenware pots or, intriguingly, wooden buckets as targets. Archimedes was slain, against the commanding general’s orders, by an invading Roman soldier during the conquest of Syracuse, and legend has it that the soldier became enraged after the elderly mathematician took umbrage at the soldier’s stepping on his geometric drawings in the sand. In light of the new translations, boccélism enthusiasts have suggested that perhaps instead the unnamed soldier drew the ire of Archimedes by arrogantly kicking away a target in mid-toss. The truth of the matter is lost to time, but boccélism fans everywhere could well understand the old man’s indignation at the interference.
The conquering Romans enjoyed spectacles for their entertainment, to be sure, but on a larger and generally bloodier scale than that of a humble game of what Cicero derisively referred to as “that. . .game bucket ball: a pastime fit only for drunkards, idlers, and fools.”(1) The rise of Christianity in the West did little to improve the climate for gaming of all sorts, particularly anything that might be associated with pagan revelry.
The prosperity and relative freedom of 17th-century Holland provided a more conducive environment for the growth in popularity for all types of bowling, including boccélism.(2) Among lore-masters of the game it is said that the first case of boccélism played in the Americas took place in New Amsterdam, with none other than Peter Stuyvesant, governor of the colony, presiding as judge, although there is no evidence to prove the claim (with the explosion in popularity of boccélism in recent years, there has been speculation from certain regional boosters that the ball courts of pre-Columbian Mexico were home to the New World’s first tossing, an attractive idea which sadly has no facts to stand behind it).
From New Amsterdam the sport spread quickly all over Colonial America, with an abundance of different rules and traditions springing up wherever it was played. Although the game was played across the continent, the Dutch communities were always the most active hotbeds; indeed, when Washington Irving penned his “Sketchbook”, he very nearly chose boccélism over nine-pins as the game of the Little People of the Catskills that helped lure poor Rip Van Winkle to his twenty-year nap.
Clearly this Mr. Wilkerson and the town fathers held the sport and its practitioners in little better regard than Cicero had in his time; the feelings, one suspects, were mutual: to this day in many quarters, a busybody neighbor that comes out to complain about a friendly game of boccélism is called, with some disparagement, a “Wilkerson”.
Only fragments of Frelinghuysen’s original notes remain, but he can be credited for fixing the distance between targets at 36 feet, specifying the sizes of the buckets and balls to be used, and perhaps most importantly, enshrining the unassailable authority of the judge. Previously, in the event of a tightly contested quarry the players might appeal to a trustworthy spectator, but it was not uncommon for vocal partisans to attempt to sway the decision, even resorting to threats or actual violence. Certainly those early judges did not receive immediate and universal acceptance and obedience, but over time most players were won over, not the least because of the veneer of respectability the game acquired through the rule of law.
Frelinghuysen also set down objective scoring rules, with any hit counting as a score; in many places it had been the practice that grazing or lightly touching the targets was not considered sufficient, with inevitable arguments resulting over whether a given hit was worthy. He also introduced the concept of the bonus point, giving extra credit for the “botbotfly” (now just botfly); others would later embellish his invention by adding a multitude of bonus categories.
Although he greatly enjoyed the sport, Frelinghuysen soon left control of the Commons to his lieutenants and moved on, learning to use his abilities in a loftier arena to persuade unlike minds to reach a consensus. Even so, his contributions have never been forgotten, and every year the champions of the American Boccélism Association’s National Invitational Tournament are awarded the Frelinghuysen Trophy in recognition of their achievement, and in honor of his.
The Civil War slowed the spread of Frelinghuysen’s Code, and after the War the Code still met with resistance in the South, where it was viewed as another form of Yankee oppression. Boccélism’s association with lovers of drink also brought it into conflict with the Temperance movement, as preachers and Prohibitionists loudly declared the game sinful. One Midwestern group of vehement Prohibitionists tried even to blame the Chicago Fire of 1871 on an errant toss knocking over a lantern. Fortunately for later generations of boccélism players, the rumor did not spread, and Mrs. O’Leary’s cow instead went into legend as the responsible party.
Despite the obstacles, the popularity of the organized version of the game gradually increased, with enthusiasts forming local clubs and associations, particularly in the Northeast. By the 1890s boccélism had largely lost most of the stigma of its humble origins, appealing to the elites as a less stodgy recreation than other yard entertainments, such as croquet. The leaders of the most prominent clubs, recognizing a need for a larger organizational structure, met in New York City on September 29th, 1900, and agreed that the advent of the new century should also be the advent of the American Boccé-lism Association (though in fact only representatives from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York State attended that first meeting).
Ever since, the ABA has continued to nurture and regulate the development of the sport; even the strains of the transition from wood to metal as the preferred target-making material did not cause the Association to split, as some thought possible. ABA representatives were instrumental in the 1949 meeting in Paris which resulted in the creation of the Federatíon Internatíonal de Boccélism (FIB), leading to greater interest in the sport around the globe, especially in Africa and Asia, where the game had been largely unknown. The next chapter in the history of boccélism shall be written by those devoteés whose actions and achievements will undoubtedly lead boccélism to ever-greater heights of popularity.
1 Lismae vicae ingenuus nullus dubitat, et iste ludus pilae et situlae est: oblectamentum aptus ad tantum potator, cessator, stultus. “None doubt the nobility of the village Lismus, and yet there is that one, the game of ball and bucket, a suitable pastime only for the sot, the idler, the fool.” Cicero’s use of the pronoun iste is remarkable, as the term is almost exclusively used in speeches in reference to an adversary, generally with contempt.
2 The Dutch word, unprintable here, for all the varieties of the game was considered crude and inappropriate in polite society, as it was a double entendre with graphic sexual overtones. The innocuous “Boccé-Lisma”, or Lisma-ball, referring to the Italian town renowned for its ardor for the game, came to be used instead; the vowel at the end was dropped when the word was Anglicized.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Watched by curious onlookers, some 20 worshippers gathered next to the ruins of the temple for a celebration organized by Ellinais, a year-old Athens-based group that is campaigning to revive old religious practices from the era when Greece was a fount of education and philosophy.
The group ignored a ban by the Culture Ministry, which declared the site off limits to any kind of organized activity to protect the monument.
But participants did not try to enter the temple itself, which is closed to everyone, and no officials sought to stop the ceremony.
Dressed in ancient costumes, worshippers standing near the temple's imposing Corinthian columns recited hymns calling on the Olympian Zeus, "King of the gods and the mover of things," to bring peace to the world.
"Our message is world peace and an ecological way of life in which everyone has the right to education," said Kostas Stathopoulos, one of three "high priests" overseeing the event, which celebrated the nuptials of Zeus and Hera, the goddess of love and marriage.
To the Greeks, ecological awareness was fundamental, Stathopoulos said after a priestess, with arms raised to the sky, called on Zeus "to bring rain to the planet."
A herald holding a metal staff topped with two snake heads proclaimed the beginning of the ceremony before priests in blue and red robes released two white doves as symbols of peace. A priest poured libations of wine and incense burned on a tiny copper tripod while a choir of men and women chanted hymns.
"Our hymns stress the brotherhood of man and do not single out nations," said priest Giorgos Alexelis.
More than a mere re-creation
For the organizers, who follow a calendar marking time from the first Olympiad in 776 B.C., the ceremony was far more than a simple re-creation.
"We are Greeks and we demand from the government the right to use our temples," said high priestess Doreta Peppa.
Ellinais was founded last year and has 34 official members, mainly academics, lawyers and other professionals. It won a court battle for state recognition of the ancient Greek religion and is demanding the government register its offices as a place of worship, a move that could allow the group to perform weddings and other rites.
Christianity rose to prominence in Greece in the fourth century after Roman Emperor Constantine's conversion. Emperor Theodosius wiped out the last vestige of the Olympian gods when he abolished the Olympic Games in A.D. 394.
Several isolated pockets of pagan worship lingered as late as the ninth century.
"The Christians shut down our schools and destroyed our temples," said Yiannis Panagidis, a 36-year-old accountant at the ceremony.
Most Greeks are baptized Orthodox Christians, and the church rejects ancient religious practices as pagan. Church officials have refused to attend flame ceremony re-enactments at Olympia before the Olympic Games because Apollo, the ancient god of light, is invoked.
Unlike the monotheistic religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, the old religion lacked written ethical guidelines, but its gods were said to strike down mortals who displayed excessive pride or "hubris" -- a recurring theme in the tragedies of Euripides and other ancient writers.
"We do not believe in dogmas and decrees, as the other religions do. We believe in freedom of thought," Stathopoulos said.
Friday, January 19, 2007
The Edgewood-Kirkwood Atlanta chapter (ABA-South) held its Winter Warm-Up in balmy conditions on Saturday, January 13th at the Ancient and Overgrown Tossing Grounds. Several exhibition cases were played, including the first tosses from a pair of newcomers to the sport. The Midwest Region seat on the Board of Governors may not be vacant much longer.
An exact date for Opening Day of the 2007 Regular Season has not been announced, but late March/early April is the likely timeframe for the start of serious bucket violence. As soon as a schedule is announced that information will be posted here.