I mentioned yesterday “the strange games that guys play” and oggie ball is at the top of the list. I don’t know if that’s exactly how you spell it because, honestly, I don’t know anyone else outside this group who even knows what the game is. Here’s the idea – all the males in the group who choose to play (and you kind of have to, or else you’re a wuss) split into two teams, and line up on either side of the room, like so:
Next, whichever team is starting, takes a playground ball and proceeds to bounce it toward the other team, in an effort to hit an opposing team member in the crotch. If you flinch, whoever bounced the ball gets another shot at you. If he hits you, you’re out – and, as far as I can tell, in pain. (As you can see in the above picture, there was a direct hit, so poor Joey became a spectator. See below.) The objective is to get the other team out completely – simple enough.
And here’s the thing that I don’t get: you know it’ll hurt. That’s a guarantee. So why do it? Now, I’ve clearly never had personal experience, but I’ve seen guys curled up in the fetal position after a particularly well-executed ball tap, and can’t imagine why they’d continue the game.
I wish I could chalk it up to some juvenile middle school shenanigans – it was a junior high camp, after all. But these guys range in age from 16 to 44; the only common factor is gender.
Perhaps the other odd thing is that while they’re playing, we ladies are sitting there watching this display of “manliness.” It’s kind of like a car wreck – you don’t want to stare, but you can’t pull yourself away.
So gentlemen, this question’s for you: would you play this game (or a version of it)? Is it some sort of guy thing that I’ll just never understand? Or are my camp friends just a special kind of crazy?