Bocce ball – A summer evening lawn game that is simple yet competitively addictive


#1

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#2

7000 years?
Citation is needed.


#3

They did make things a bit better back then.


#4

Bocce is a lot of fun. But you know what’s moar fun…?

ETA

What am I talking about. Archery is even more fun, and without practice I can shoot 25+ yards with okay accuracy (not good enough for hunting or competition, and recurve not compound).


#5

I think that’s a typo and they meant 2K.
Either way, it’s indeed fun to play.


#6

“Bocce balls!” Forever immortalized as the exclamation of the Park Service Ranger, played by Lowell Ganz, as he watched a naked Daryl Hannah emerge from the water at the Statue of Liberty, in the movie Splash.

“Welcome to the Statue of Liberty. The Statue is a gift from French citizens and has come to symbolize hope for naked women everywhere. BOCCE BALLS”!


#7

Kubb is the summer lawn game of kings! Yeah, you can buy a set, but if you do any woodworking, you probably have all you need to make a serviceable set in your scrap pile. Plans are easily found online.
Rules.


#8

Here you go: a 7,000-year-old receipt for a “Lil’ Alalngar Bocce Ball” playset, written plain as day.


#9

Are those converse styled crocs? I think we have a competitor for new worst shoe ever.


#10

I dislike the term “bocce ball” as much as some dislike “■■■■■”. In basketball, baskets are involved, baseball, bases, football, feet, etc. but you aren’t playing with “bocces” you are playing a game called bocce. I know I can’t stop anyone but it feels good to tell people.

Same with hieroglyphic. Nobody points to the sphinx to remark on the Egyptian monolithic.


#11

I dunno, the range (public park in S Ca if you can actually believe that) where I practiced archery growing up had a bocce court right next to it. On any weekend day there were usually at least a dozen elderly gentlemen , probably about two dozen bottles of wine, and they seemed to be having a right good time (more fun than can be had safely whilst handling weapons).


#12

You can’t fool me so easily. It’s only 4000 years old and it’s a printout of a Facebook page.


#13

Bocce? Real men ( :wink: ) play Boules. Totally different!


#14

So the French are real men and the Italians aren’t?
That’s an argument not to get into.


#15

Pétanque, a weighty game…


#16

Silly arguments over regional games? Unheard of!


#17

Boules? So you toss bread?

I guess… But wouldn’t clam chowder be better?


#18

I’ll tell you in about 20 minutes when it’s cooled enough to eat.

(edit: yes, this bread is slightly better than throwing balls around)


#19

Pfft. Real men pitch shoes.


#20

Or hand grenades. They are similar in that they are just about the only thing where getting close still counts, as my grandfather and others of his generation liked to say.