Sunday, September 25, 2005
Bowing to the necessities of sport invention, Tennis Polo has become an official game with impressively official rules, but that doesn't keep the idea of the game from being an inspiration to any of us with a bunch of old tennis racquets.
One of the neat things about tennis equipment is that eventually it gets thrown away - racquets get warped or something, balls get dirty or wet or just lose their bounce. So there's all this once-costly junk around just waiting for some playful mind to recycle it into a new invitation to fun. Tennis Polo, despite (and maybe because of) its official status and well-documented, mpeg-illustrated instructions, is just such an invitation. The designers have done everything possible to gain the respect needed for Tennis Polo a.k.a. Toccer to be seen as a "real" sport. And we, the junkmasters of the world, can accept that invitation, completely, but not necessarily literally. All signs point to Tennis Polo being something fun to play, no matter where or with whom or with what we are playing. People in wheel chairs, in a parking lot, with old ping pong paddles and semi-feathered badminton birdies can have just as much fun with this as college athletes on a football field.
Thank you Tennis Polo Toccer creators. It is a gift.