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On The Fence

Bobby Leach "The Rooster" | 7/1/2015, 4:15 p.m.
Let the games begin! Celebrating our nation's birthday this weekend with the July 4th holiday falling on a Saturday this ...
Bobby Leach

Let the games begin! Celebrating our nation's birthday this weekend with the July 4th holiday falling on a Saturday this calendar year, I am pretty sure there will be plenty of outdoor activity that will force even the most non competitive into weekend warriors as we all celebrate what is commonly counted among the favorite annual holidays. Sure there are a few sporting tournaments I could catch but honestly I'll spend much of this holiday competing at what most wouldn't consider sport but that all depends on who you ask!

I will offer up an activity that has been turned into sport in my circles starting with Cornhole. This is a fairly new game which has become a weekend staple over the past decade or more and believe it or not there is a national group and website that basically offers rules, equipment guideline and other tips useful to find an edge when heading into competition for the beginner and experienced called the American Cornhole Association (ACA). Argue if you like, the fact that there is an organization out there for this game tells me that this is definitely a sport and the skill it takes to be successful is something that takes practice.

Games like Horseshoes, Bocce Ball and Darts are just a few activities that I frankly consider to be a sport based on the fact that there are physical skills needed to play, breaking a sweat is not uncommon and there always seems to be a peanut gallery there to either cheer or enjoy heckling players. There are other games like Poker that while can be classified as sport probubly aren't considered to be by most however I will point out if you're married and lose some money at a card game you will need some athleticism to dodge a tossed household object or at the very least good running stamina.

All kidding aside, all of us here at the Times Weekly wish you and yours the very best of times this weekend around your barbeque grills, family gatherings or at any one of the multitude of athletic tournaments taking place in our are this weekend. Please observe local ordinances with regards to fireworks and above all stay safe!