Friday, October 2, 2009

Citywide Bocce Tournament Finals at Pelham Bay Park This Weekend (Members Only Jackets Required)

The New York Times 'Spare Times' reports the following:

15TH ANNUAL CITYWIDE BOCCE TOURNAMENT: Preliminaries on Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at select parks in the five boroughs. The finals on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. will be in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. Sponsored by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Registration: (212)360-8207 or

In researching whether or not registration for the event was still open (it's not, but we still highly recommend this event as a spectator event), we came across one of the best videos we've seen in a while.

It's a Parks Dept. video covering the 2006 Bocce Tournament Finals at Pelham Bay Park. Think lots of gold chains, wind suits, and Members Only jackets. At the 1:55 point in the video, you can even watch an old Italian guy yell at another old Italian guy (presumably a referee of sorts). While gesturing wildly (as only old Italian guys can) he shouts, "I told the guy to watch the line - eh! eh!"

Another old Bocce enthusiast in the video dismisses such confrontations, saying, "We argue, but that's part of the game. It's a lot of fun to argue. You can't just play bocce and not talk, ya know?"

Sounds like fun... Here's hoping no one gets whacked!

Click here to view the video if you're trying to kill some time at work today.


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