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FootGolf at last

FootGolf, the site explains, “is a combination of the popular sports of soccer and golf.” As far as I’m concerned, that’s all we need to know. You should be able to figure the rest out yourself. In fact, that’s probably more fun than following instructions (given our Junkyard spirit). The site, however, goes on: “The […]


You won’t really understand why anything called a Tugball and looking like this: can lead to such athletic grace, almost primal glee, and such deeply challenging play until you see it in action. So, before I go any further, let us visualize: That’s something that goes deep into who we are, that strength-testing battle for […]

Strap a Hula Hoop on your head, why don’t you

There’s a new sport. It’s not a serious sport. In fact, it’s not anything you’d think of as a “real” sport. But is something you most definitely would think of as fun. It’s called Opener. It’s a creation of Tom Russotti, aesthletician, inventor of Megasoccer. I quote: Opener is a game that transforms the players […]

Mitt Rowdy

So, here’s this game. They call it Mitt Rowdy. It’s my kind of game. Silly. Intimate. Competitive, in a loving way. No score, really. I mean, somebody wins, but that’s not the point, actually. Not a game to be taken seriously – not when you’re wearing oven mits and trying to pick up a coin […]


The requirements for playing Johnball are: Bats “As long as you use any foam or plastic bat, you’ll be fine. (Obviously, you’ll want to steer clear of all metallic and wooden bats.) These can be picked up at a variety of stores, but it’s highly suggested that you first check out whatever thrift stores you […]


My son Jackson and I invented the sport, hence the name. There is a picture of him working out rules with his toys and the boundaries drawn in chalk, a picture of an example referee uniform he made, and also a picture of him busking to raise money for supplies, such as referee whistles, orange […]

Stuffie Wars

The game is like dodgeball, but using stuffed animal toys instead of balls. If you are hit by a stuffie, you can no longer throw, and instead have to begin to act like the animal that hit you. You are required to put effort into playing your animal. Each team has a Psychologist, who is […]


“Another design was a random array of dots. We approached these as spots to be claimed, and thought of ways of gradually spreading across the field, with the possibility of the spots changing hands. “We landed upon using cones that could be tossed to land upon a dot to claim it. The cone would be […]


Two trees in a field led to the evolution of yet another excellent example of creative Junkyard Sportliness from The League “Germaine had been thinking about a game (1) in which the playing field would change shape, and (2) that would make use of the two huge maple trees that stand outside the field house. […]

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