View Full Version : The (really) old ba' game

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


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

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

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