The Unlikely Rise of … Shuffleboard?
This summer’s hottest new game is best known as a geezer’s pastime. But this new wave has a competitive pro circuit, a party atmosphere, and even advanced analytics. Shuffleboard is cool now.
Tom Petty and REO Speedwagon boomed off the grandstand seats. Players were illuminated by twinkling white Christmas lights hanging from the rafters above the open-air setup. The hubbub was punctuated by the rhythmic smacking of heavy plastic discs against each other and the intermittent eruption of cheers. I stood, stunned into silence, marveling at this unfettered display of youthful vigor. When did shuffleboard — that bastion of geriatric time-killing — become cool?
Florida is home to all manner of kitschy roadside attractions, but the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club — which bills itself as the “world’s largest shuffleboard club” — is no Gatorland. I certainly wasn’t expecting a party. But when I arrived this spring, I was greeted by a tailgate gone…
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The St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club’s spring league regular seasons came to an end this week. The Monday and Wednesday leagues combined for over 400 players and more than 70 teams. Each league has a 12 team playoff that will be held the week of the 21st, and you can find the standings (and clever team names) attached to this post. Our leagues have been what has really helped grow the club over the past few years. I attached a few pictures of some of our league players and what the facility looks like at sunset. The leagues wouldn’t be possible without our league manager, Jignesh Patel, and the members who help clean up each night. If anyone has any questions about our leagues feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.–
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