Hello Shuffleboard Nation!
Pluckypea and The Moonshooter
are coming at you live
from the booming metropolis of Tokyo.
It’s our first time in this incredible city
and I have to say,
it reminds us a ton
of our homes in NYC and Chicago.
The urban experience is in so many ways universal.
People who live in these cities
are choosing to be surrounded
by an absolute teeming mass of humanity.
Millions of souls willingly compelled to share
the same buildings, sidewalks and trains
and in doing so inherently embracing community.
Perhaps our most special day was spent
playing shuffleboard in a little city outside Yokohama.
We were ushered to the Forrest Tsuziki Club
by our friends Kazunari and Mioko
who we’d met playing in the ISA tournaments
in Brazil, Canada and Florida.
This 40 year old shuffleboard club
sports 12 glorious outdoor courts
and about 100 mostly senior members.
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Despite what I thought was a late afternoon start, around 75 Hemet shufflers showed up to hear Lou Wilson share his knowledge of the game of Shuffleboard. Newer players and what I call “seasoned” players all can benefit from a few hints on strategy. We all want to improve our play of course, and Lou kindly showed us ways to do just that.
Lou startted playing in 1992. His record is a long one with wins in most of the yearly tournaments played here in Hemet. He has played in Nationals, Internationals and many times he traveled to Arizona to play in th big Western Team Tournament. His proudest moments were the times he was able to best Rocky Briggs and Roland Schneider, legendary Hemet shufflers. And he shared tidbits from Fred Day and Gigi Briggs. Two of Hemet’s best teachers of the game.
The class lasted about an hour. There were many scenarios accompanied by, “always do this”, “you can try this” and “never do this”.
I’m sure each shuffler present learned something and all said a big,
THANK YOU, LOU WILSON
Jim and Beth Allen Speak: Anticipation. One of the greatest emotions we as human beings are blessed to behold. Today Beth and I are filled with great anticipation as we roll into High River and greet our shuffling friends from all over the world.
The 37th World Championships start Monday, but in reality they begin the moment you see a friend in the hotel lobby, or maybe even in the airport. Or maybe just a Facebook post from a traveler. For I believe there are 2 events in High River- and each carries tremendous importance to us all.
The games themselves are one event, and who takes home medals are yet to be determined. Anticipation of the victory – and the optimistic spirit all competitors enjoy at this moment runs rampart to each and every player.
The second event is found in the friendships, the camaraderie, the bonding of human…
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Remember, High River AB, the location of the 37th ISA is situated right in the Wild West!! Some of you may have attended the Calgary Stampede, the epitome of Wild West Behaviour; if you have, I need say no more. The organizers of the ISA Event tell me that the “37th” will have some of the Western Spirit, some of the Western Adventure!! We, at “The Shuffler” will endeavour to capture some of that spirit, some of that adventure.
I well remember the first time I attended the Stampede, circa 55 years ago. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans led the parade! Click on pic of them to bring back memories you may have. Apparently I was keen at taking pix, even then. I insert the next two family pix to prove to you that we too, were young once. That is me with two of our sons, and next pic…
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By Kevin Rushworth
Players from around the world will soon travel to High River for the 37th International Shuffleboard Association (ISA) World Championship, and local organizers are eagerly anticipating their arrival.
Ken Wardley, vice president of the Foothills Shuffleboard Association (FSA), said they initially applied to the ISA two years ago and received confirmation of the town being the host site in October 2016.
The competition takes place at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex from July 15 to 20.
“One of the biggest things is certainly having the exposure of shuffleboard in High River (and) hopefully we’ll have a lot of spectators who will watch this international play,” he told the Times.
As reported, the club received support from Wayne Anderson, Highwood MLA, MP John Barlow and the MD of Foothills. The Town of High River granted the use…
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