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(Sun Journal (Maine))   The game of horseshoes has "ringers" and "leaners." Now there's "hoverers"   (sunjournal.com) divider line 26
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2012-08-10 06:27:49 AM
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2012-08-10 10:04:43 AM
I don't care what the rules say, that should be an automatic win.
 
2012-08-10 10:22:25 AM

Sybarite: I don't care what the rules say, that should be an automatic win.


This. I mean, I know they were winning anyway...but that's a tournament win, even. That's a "holy sh*t I'm never playing against this guy, ever" throw.
 
2012-08-10 10:24:25 AM
I also like that they quoted at least three people saying "I've been playing for ___ years and I've never seen anything like it." You don't have to use EVERY quote you got, guys. One of those is enough.
 
2012-08-10 10:25:34 AM
And then I finally get to the end of the article...they lost after that? They were up 15 and then threw that and they lost? What do they play to?
 
2012-08-10 12:59:16 PM
Is using a magnetized horseshoe against the rules?
 
2012-08-10 01:32:57 PM

basemetal: Is using a magnetized horseshoe against the rules?


Yes. Even if it's not in the rulebook, that's a shooting offense
 
2012-08-10 01:34:26 PM
Meanwhile, in Maine...
 
2012-08-10 01:41:37 PM
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2012-08-10 01:42:53 PM

The Cornballer: Meanwhile, in Maine...


That's their summer fun. Imagine what winter is like when there's 4 feet of snow on the ground already and it's snowing like a bastid.

/ Mexico, Maine. It smells like broccoli farts.
// It comes from the paper mill.
/// Seriously, it does.
 
2012-08-10 01:44:45 PM
In other news, people still play horseshoes. If you ever seen anyone playing them, be sure to ask how the Great Depression was, it won't be long before Dust Bowl memories are lost forever.
 
2012-08-10 01:47:14 PM

grinding_journalist: In other news, people still play horseshoes. If you ever seen anyone playing them, be sure to ask how the Great Depression was, it won't be long before Dust Bowl memories are lost forever.


Indeed. This generation gets "cornhole" which, in addition to its unfortunate name, also ensures no one can possibly get their toes hurt by a stray horseshoe thrown by some drunk when it rolls onto their toe while they're not paying any attention.

/horseshoes forever, cornhole never
 
2012-08-10 01:58:02 PM
I would think using extra large hooks on your horseshoes would be illegal.
 
2012-08-10 02:09:28 PM
one step closer to quidditch. maybe he should try flying on broomstick.
 
2012-08-10 02:12:06 PM

IAmRight: I also like that they quoted at least three people saying "I've been playing for ___ years and I've never seen anything like it." You don't have to use EVERY quote you got, guys. One of those is enough.


I know what you mean, I've been reading newspapers for 30 years and have never seen anything like it.
 
2012-08-10 02:59:36 PM
The great con-man and athlete, Titanic Thompson once bet the 1939 American horseshoe champion $5,000 that he could beat him in a match scheduled in exactly one year's time. He then built a horseshoe court that was 41 feet long. He practiced on it all year, and then held the match on it, winning handily.
 
2012-08-10 03:33:25 PM
The length of that article vastly exceeded my interest in the subject.
 
2012-08-10 03:44:29 PM
Horseshoe court?

I dont like to judge but that doesnt sound lucky. You are lucky Im not askin for a citation to horseshoe court. the guy who got beat by 41 feet shoulda asked for a bar examination.
 
2012-08-10 03:46:34 PM
That read an awful lot like an Onion article.
 
2012-08-10 03:54:51 PM

IAmRight: I also like that they quoted at least three people saying "I've been playing for ___ years and I've never seen anything like it." You don't have to use EVERY quote you got, guys. One of those is enough.


Considering my father plays in horseshoe tournaments in NE, I was hoping he was there and quoted in the article.

But, knowing him, if he was there, he probably said something racist and ended up the one guy they didn't quote.
 
2012-08-10 04:07:44 PM
There was a horseshoe club that used to play behind my old house. I woke up every Saturday and Sunday morning hungover as hell to the sound of: *ding* "Ringer!" "Get me another beer". Somehow I enjoy playing horseshoes despite this.
 
2012-08-10 09:28:31 PM

IAmRight: grinding_journalist: In other news, people still play horseshoes. If you ever seen anyone playing them, be sure to ask how the Great Depression was, it won't be long before Dust Bowl memories are lost forever.

Indeed. This generation gets "cornhole" which, in addition to its unfortunate name, also ensures no one can possibly get their toes hurt by a stray horseshoe thrown by some drunk when it rolls onto their toe while they're not paying any attention.

/horseshoes forever, cornhole never


Playing horseshoes is fun as hell. I suck at it (only play once a year at friends' anniversary party the last Saturday in July) but love it. No room here at home or at camp for pits.
 
2012-08-10 10:24:54 PM

Sybarite: I don't care what the rules say, that should be an automatic win.


No, this should be automatic disqualified from horseshoes for life. FTA:
"He said he was using Dubois' specialized horseshoes, which had big hooks on the ends."

Who the hell uses horseshoes with hooks on the end? If he did this with a normal shoe, sure winrar for life. With hooks, get the fark out of here.
 
2012-08-11 07:54:29 AM

IAmRight: And then I finally get to the end of the article...they lost after that? They were up 15 and then threw that and they lost? What do they play to?


Horseshoe nerd here...Each team throws a total of 40 shoes and the team with the most points wins. So theoretically, a team could score 119 points and still lose. Backyard/house rules are usually whover gets to 21 first and must win by 2 points. Either way you play it, it's fun!

*fun fact* Pro bowler Water Ray Williams Jr. is also a 9-time horseshoe pitching champion
 
2012-08-11 01:53:27 PM
Not enough witnesses. I choose not to believe.
 
2012-08-11 03:33:03 PM
i've thrown one that landed on edge and stayed. not stuck in the ground, just balanced on edge this is way cooler than that.
 
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