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shepherd
12-30-2007, 11:48 PM
Now this game looks like fun.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2007/12/30/GR2007123000170.html

It is one of the oldest and most physical sports, and it's almost certainly the most simple. Half of the men in Kirkwall, called Doonies, try to push a small ball into the sea using any means necessary. The other half, called Uppies, work to push the ball to a wall one mile across town. The ba', which refers to both the game and the ball with which it is played, can last anywhere from four minutes to nine hours in freezing temperatures and hurricane-force winds.

Check out the pics: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2007/12/28/GA2007122802243.html

TMCNo1
12-31-2007, 03:48 PM
I think they play a game simular to that in our town, over a $10 bag of Crack!:rolleyes: :D

chudson
12-31-2007, 04:14 PM
Two hundred year old game, what a tradition. Pretty Cool!!!