Thursday, February 10, 2005
Arena Ball requires only:
1 SuperBall®and a large open space within which to bounce.
1 large cardboard box (around 18"w x 18"h x 18"d)
2 medium cardboard boxes (around 9"w x 16"h x 18"d)
1 very small cardboard box (around 4"w x 4"h x 6"d)
1 Nerf® football
2 or 3 garbage bags full of clothes
"Arena Ball," the inventors explain, "was created by Lloyd Morris and his business partner. They moved into a new office that had an attached warehouse space. Their goal was to use the warehouse to house machinery, but when they first moved in to the office, the warehouse was empty. Not wanting the room to go to waste, the duo set up some cardboard boxes, found a SuperBall®, and the rest is Arena Ball history."
Arena Ball is yet another testimony to the spirit of play and the phenomenon of junkyard sports. The inspiration - an empty warehouse. The junk: a superball, cardboard boxes, garbage bags, and a nerf football. The spirit - perhaps most clearly exemplified by the Sporking rule:
"Each player gets to use one 'Spork' during the game. This is a defensive tactic used to stop another player from winning. For example, it is Player One's turn, and he/she has 14 points. Player Two wants to Spork him to try and stop him from winning. Before Player One throws the ball Player Two yells 'Spork!' Player Two then grabs the Spork (Nerf football) and goes to the Spork Area...After Player Two is in the Spork Area, Player One throws the ball. Player Two then tries to hit the ball with the Spork. If Player Two hits the ball away, it is a successful Spork."
Spork on, Lloyd Morris and business partner, spork on.