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What is your favorite backyard game?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 9, 2007

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Photo of Sarah Heider

“Croquet. I used to play a lot with my grandpa, so it’s kind of a family tradition.”

Photo of Pierre France

“Badminton, because you don’t have to have a huge area to play.”

Photo of James Bride

“We play a game that’s kind of like horseshoes where there a pole on each side with a bottle on it. You have to knock the bottle off with a Frisbee while the other team tries to catch it after it passes the pole.”

Photo of Lauren Chipman

“Horseshoes. It makes a great drinking game. There’s a big horseshoe pit out by where I live where they have tournaments.”


jonas 8 years, 3 months ago

Scoping out Sarah's backyard. Yowza! Hen piaoliang! Hen piaoling de nuhai'er.

geekin_topekan 8 years, 3 months ago

"Big Chief and the Farm Girl". As long as the neighbors are at work that is.

Linda Endicott 8 years, 3 months ago


And it can be a family activity, too. See how long each person can go before their face turns red...

Crossfire 8 years, 3 months ago

BOCCE BOWLS is a fine yard game. In Kansas better known as "Chigger-Land" it is better played on a gravel road. The little rocks can knock the paint off your bowl and jack though. To do this you need a wagon load of beverages. An old Western Flyer and a Thermos Chest work the best. Bowl on...

JoRight 8 years, 3 months ago

Lawn darts. . .but not the kind that is dangerous for a kid. 2 teams of 2, set about 20 feet apart. Each team places a beer between the two and throw regular darts at other team's beer. If you hit & pierce the beer, the other team has to chug said beer. First to 5 hits wins; win by 2.

Also, bocce ball is a blast.

booze_buds_03 8 years, 3 months ago

James-The game you are referring to is called Polish Horseshoes, I believe. I love the game. Also washers is a great, more relaxed, drinking game.

Crossfire 8 years, 3 months ago

Lawn Darts is a good traveling game too. Start in you own yard and pick a target in your neighbors yard. Then move on down the block. Any other yard you use for the game requires that you invite that home owner to join the game. By getting them to join your chances of playing without going to jail go way up. New contestants provide refreshments. BTW Don't use those big green boxes as targets.

ms_canada 8 years, 3 months ago

TOB - just make sure you don't bring that squirrel gun into my back yard or I'll be on you like a tiger. I have squirrels there and this year a lovely little family of chipmunks. Don't know where they came from. They are the tiniest things, you can hardly see the babies as they scurry around under my hosta plants. I love to watch them as I sit on my patio. that is my favourite backyard sport. So anyone with a gun is persona non grata in my yard.

concernedparent 8 years, 3 months ago

A beaver ran across the road in front of me yesterday.

ms_canada 8 years, 3 months ago

TOB - I do simpathize with you on your squirrel problem and say, what else can you do. Yes they do eat the bird seed and so we just put out a bit more, but then we only have on family of squirrels and one of chipmunks, soooooo. We also feed about 6 rabbits in the winter. I duno, I just get a get joy out of watching these creatures even though I live in the city. One winter we had a mama red fox with three young ones and they were so cute. One evening the mama was sitting on the bank of snow on the other side of the street watching the little ones as they tumbled and turned with each other on the street under the lamp post. (Ours is a quiet one way sort of street) I watched them with great delight for the longest time.. But you stick to your guns in your yard. AND RI - I may not give squirrel fishing a try. Lucky you to have a nice visit with sgtwolverine. I think I would enjoy a visit with him and also one of sue's breakfasts. I will have to listen real hard to see if my chipmunk family exercise their vocal cords in a quartet. If I lie real quiet on my sun cot, they are sure to venture onto the patio and perhaps will serenade me. Maybe they will do Hoola hoop

acg 8 years, 3 months ago

I usually sit on my deck and look out over the lake and I have a bowl of peanuts I bring with me. We have the squirrels who live in the backyard "trained" to come take a peanut, in the shell, out of your hand. It's pretty cool. It amuses my kids to no end. Then they'll sit there and shell the nut and munch it right beside us, with no fear. Then, more often than not, my hubby will creep up and shoot at the squirrels with his blow dart gun and I'll yell and he'll run off laughing. Ahh good times.

ms_canada 8 years, 3 months ago

OK - so I looked at the picture of squirrel fishing that RI mentioned. They appear to be much larger than our squirrels, much larger. And ACG, ours will eat out of hand also. Love it!! TOB - if your squirrels are the size of those in the picture, I don't blame you a bit for shooting them. They could clean out a whole garden. sunflower seeds and peanuts are just fine for our little guys.

sunflower_sue 8 years, 3 months ago

Alas, poor Sgt. got my 5 am version of breakfast..."Grab a bowl and I'll point you to the cereal." (I did make a pot of coffee) :) He'll just have to come back when he doesn't have to leave so blinkin' early. I'll make him something delish then. What a cool guy our Sgt is! As for me, I think I need a nap!

Squirrels: My mom has zero tomatoes on her plants. She was cleaned out in one day. She thinks it's pesky neighborhood children...I think it's squirrels. I would never kill a squirrel!!! (cough, cough)

My brother and his friend used to play "lawn dart chicken." They would stand in the opposing player's circle and see who would be the first to run out. Yes, they are (were) typical boys!

Ms_C, my in-laws are headed up your way today to go to that thar ro-dee-oh you have in Calgary. I told them they should just go on up north a bit to your place...I would! (Even if your yard is crawling with vermin. Hee hee) :)

Centrist 8 years, 3 months ago


The most under-exposed sport in America.

No.2 supported sport worldwide. Yes, number TWO, behind soccer.

Oh, those backyard games. They were great!

Crossfire 8 years, 3 months ago

Watch out T.O.B will probably want to shoot your pet Crickets. btw What are their names?

Crossfire 8 years, 3 months ago

Do Not Shoot The Skwerlz or you will suffer the Zen of Anger!!!!

sgtwolverine 8 years, 3 months ago

My favorite backyard game is the one where the backyard is air conditioned. Also, I like bocce ball.

And squirrels I don't much mind; it's raccoons that I would like to terminate. Unpleasant creatures.

Sue and R_I, after a 13-hour drive, I am safely back in Michigan. Thank you so much for your fun -- hilariously fun -- hospitality! I had a great time. And I was quite impressed that you were up to send us off, sue. I hope you get to make up for that lost sleep.

Oh, and when we got back into Michigan, we started listening to a Michigan radio station. And when he was giving the weather forecast, he said it was going to be hot. And then he said it would be 79 degrees. Um...yeah.

sgtwolverine 8 years, 3 months ago

I was actually a little surprised when he said 79 would be hot; it's not uncommon for us to get into the low 90s. That's still not a Kansas summer, but it certainly makes 79 something a bit less than hot.

The trip was worth whatever sleep I did miss. And now I'm going to bed.

jayhawk1234 8 years, 3 months ago

Is drinking beer and watching bugs get fried in the bug zapper a backyard game?? if so that my favorite backyard game.

sunflower_sue 8 years, 3 months ago

Sgt, glad to hear you made it home safe after what sounded like a roving lesson in sleep deprivation! You are welcome at my abode anytime! p.s. don't taunt us with your 79 degree heat wave! :P

sunflower_sue 8 years, 3 months ago

Oh, also...I learned something today: If I get up real early, it's nice to sit and chat with the hubby for a bit (on what I'm calling "my porch" at the moment) before kiddies wake up, drink coffee, and watch the sun come up. Who knew? Does this whole "sun thing" happen every morning?

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