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Cornhole: More than just a game

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hi All!

In light of the MLB postseason, NFL and NHL regular season and the multitude of other sporting events going on this time of year, I want to write to you all about the most important sport of them all. This sport gets less media coverage than professional and college sports, but it is nonetheless a crucial part of any college student’s life. On par with campus golf (golf played with a tennis ball on a college campus), Cornhole is a sport which requires enormous amounts of hand eye coordination and physical prowess.

                The rules of Cornhole are simple: throw the bag on the board or through the hole on the board in order to receive points. Teams of two play against each other until one team reaches a pre-determined amount of points. It is a game which is often seen being played in backyards or while tailgating, and has the potential to bring out the best and the worst in people. These matches are especially competitive among people in their late teens and early twenties, and are important in resolving disputes, proving athletic ability, and having an overall fun time. Seeing as this game is such an important part of college life, I decided that I must have Cornhole for myself. Instead of buying the game though, I decided to build it with the help of my roommates. What came out of this experience was much more than just a cornhole set.

                From this adventure of constructing a cornhole set, I learned 3 very valuable skills.

  1. How to use a jigsaw.

After constructing the frame for the set, we needed to cut a circle out of the board. Before doing this, none of us had ever used a jigsaw, nor knew how to use one. After constructing the set, we knew both how to use a jigsaw and just how difficult it is to cut a perfect circle. (Nothing a little sanding couldn’t fix though)

  1. How to use a sewing machine.

This is an incredibly valuable skill to have. When it was time to sew the beanbags, no one knew how we were going to get a sewing machine or how to operate one. Luckily, a friend had one in their possession and allowed us to use it. After hours of trying to figure out how to use a sewing machine, we were finally able to sew up the beanbags and were on our way to completing the set.

  1. Sloppy painting ruins clothes.

Nearing the end of or construction, we were eager to finish painting the top and sides of the boards. However, hurried painting rarely ends well and usually ends up ruining whatever one happens to be wearing while they are painting. This is exactly what happened to me as the shorts I was wearing got covered in paint.

Anyways, Cornhole is a great game to play whether you want to be competitive or just relax with some friends. It is also fairly easy to build on your own and a source of endless hours of fun.

Until next time,

Philippe

Go Buffs!

(PS- For any of you who are wondering, my dodgeball team lost in the semifinals of the intramural tournament despite our best efforts to win)

Philippe
Mathematics and Education • Boulder, CO

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