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Cornhole Fri Sep 16 2011

Chicago Way Ahead of the "Cornhole" Curve

The popularity of "cornhole" may just now be reaching the east coast but the Midwest -- or "flyover states" as so nicely put in the New York Times -- has been playing bags (as we like to call it in Chicago) for quite some time. In fact while they may now just be discovering the fun to be had throwing around some beanbags, we Midwesterners have already mastered the game with a beer in our hand and producing homemade boards. New York was introduced to the popular sport when FOX News anchor Bill Hemmer was introduced to the backyard game on a trip back to Cincinnati. One could say Hemmer brought the cultural phenomenon of cornhole to the East Coast.

Hemmer even brought several sets of cornhole back with him for his cowokers at FOX News.

So when the cool weather finally clears and the evenings grow longer, Chicago bars all around the area and into the suburbs open their outdoor areas and offer complimentary bag sets for patrons to use. Some bars even have regular bag tournaments.

In fact, the area has its own Chicago Cornhole league that plays on a year-round basis.

The game itself is very simple to learn and most people play the same rules or variations of them. The most difficult part of the game is figuring out your form when tossing the bag. People have all different ways of tossing such as the arc, or the slide but the most important thing to do when tossing bags is to keep your form, and stay consistent.

For the Midwest, playing bags usually goes hand in hand with drinking. Most of the time people play games where keeping a beer in hand at all times is required. Others just drink constantly while playing to "help" their game.

It seems safe to say that even though some people may consider the Midwest nothing more than flyover states, we know how to have some good ol' fashioned fun in the backyard tossing around some beanbags.

Breeann Tuch

Bar Games Tue Oct 05 2010

Big Buck Hunter Crowns Champion, Everyone Drinks


Athletics can be a tricky concept to define. Sure, there's always the LeBron James or Usain Bolt or Albert Pujols to point to and say: "Indeed, there goes a world-class athlete. A genetic lottery winner. Half human/half physical deity." But what of the hand-eye coordination required to blast away at digital critters, varmints and beasts whilst half-blasted on a) whiskey b) beer c) both? That sort of acumen, ability and athletic dedication is what separates the best from the rest with regards to the drunken battlefield of Big Buck Hunter. This past weekend a new BBH champion was crowned and just like the game itself, the new hero hails from suburban Chicago. His name is Trevor Floren and he thrashed the field. Chess amongst checkers; man amongst boys; wolf amongst sheep. Utter domination.

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Brian Lauvray

Bar Games Mon Oct 19 2009

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet...

big_buck_hunter.jpgIt's hunting without the hours of sitting in the cold or the messy carcass stripping. The popular barroom and home video game "Big Buck Hunter Safari" got a serious upgrade over the weekend when a national champion was crowned at District Bar on Ontario Street. The tournament winner, Jerad Berg of Blaine, Minnesota, took home $10,000 for killing deer comprised of computer code and pixels. But lest you think he's all talk and no stalk, Berg also hunts the real thing.

Ken Green

Bar Games Wed Sep 02 2009

Stupid Bar Tricks

cruisecocktail.jpgChicago baseball... it's enough to drive you to drink. So do it while watching some of the most talented bartenders in the city when it comes to bar tricks.

Streeter's Tavern at 50 E. Chicago, will host "It's Tricky", billed as "a celebration of bar tricks, bad jokes and light magic" on Sunday, Sept. 6. The staff of Streeter's will show off their skills at cocktail shaker juggling, flaming shots, etc., and you can vote on the best. Cubs tickets will go to the winners (or losers depending on your outlook). You can get in on the action, too, and demonstrate your own tricks. So that thing you do where you open a beer bottle with your ear just might actually get an audience. Get more info here.

Ken Green

News Fri Jan 16 2009

Short Hops

  • Remember when the Chicago Cardinals were the toast of the town? Neither do we. Here's some footage to show you what the big deal was.
  • Barack Obama is a continuation in a long like of athletically-active presidents, although we're pretty sure that list doesn't include Taft. Wait, we take that back.
  • Albert Belle, Dennis Rodman, A.J. Pierzinski... we're fast becoming the home for athletes that rub everyone else the wrong way. So why NOT Terrell Owens?
  • Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija is getting used to sudden fame...
  • ...while fellow Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano nearly breaks a water cooler over the CTA fare increase (OK, not really).
  • Sox fans, the Twins are retooling for an AL Central title and just might used Joe Crede to do it.
  • Study of Sports analyzes the Sox-Bartolo Colon deal and raises the issue of the "S" word ("S" being steroids).
  • Bleacher Report lists the 10 most annoying type of fans. Did you make the cut?
  • Despite a struggling economy, the Chicago Red Stars have sold 1,000 season tickets for their inaugural women's professional soccer season. Granted, season tickets are only $99, but still...
  • Martin Luther Knig Holiday Weekend prep hoops action includes the High School Hoops Showdown and the MLK Dream Classic at Whitney Young, where you just might see some of the top 40 area players.
  • Winter cornhole league play kicks off at Joe's on Weeds Street, with proceeds benefitting the Chicago Cornhole Charity Initiatitve. Yeah, you read it right.
  • Like father, like... daughter? Brittney Payton, daughter of Walter, tries out for the Chicago Force.

Ken Green

The Outfit Tue Jan 06 2009

Get Over the Top with The Outfit

Raise your hand if you like cool bars, lots of beer, arm-wrestling, and tough chicks. Now take that hand and head over to Reggie's on Monday, Jan. 12 for the All-Girl Rock 'n Roll Amateur Arm Wrestling competition hosted by The Chicago Outfit Derby Girls. While the wrasslin' is ladies-only, men are certainly more than welcome to support their favorite toughie and enjoy live music by Super Priest.

Sign up is at 7 p.m., and there's a $100 cash prize to be had. A measly $5 donation is all they ask in return.

Kara Luger

News Thu Oct 02 2008

Short Hops

  • Eddie Vedder, Schmeddie Vedder. The Tampa Bay Rays have their own crooning fan in Kevin Costner.
  • Sure, they're involved in a heated playoff series. Doesn't mean that Derrek Lee and Mark DeRosa shouldn't think about their longterm future.
  • The Wrigley Field faithful aren't the only ones singing "Go, Cubs, Go". A "fan" in California wants them to win too, although for admittedly selfish reasons.
  • If the Twins had their way, it would have been double-or-nothing against the White Sox. (OK, not really, but...)
  • According to one writer, the Fire fans are some of the nicest around town.
  • Got an extra $90,000 or so lying around? You can sponsor your own triathlon.
  • Two more elite runners (PDF) announced for the Chicago Marathon field.
  • Now that Ben Gordon is back in the fold and Derrick Rose is in the lineup, the Bulls should be a front-runner in the NBA's Central Division, right? Not so fast...
  • Got crazy flipper fingers? A supple wrist? Check out the pinball expo.
  • The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby team host their last clash of the season when they take on the Hammer City Rollergirls of Hamilton, Ontario.

Ken Green

Feature Thu Sep 18 2008

Short Hops

  • If Chicago is the stress capital of the U.S., the New York Times has one reason why.
  • Meanwhile, The Trib's Steve Rosebloom sticks by his Cubs/White Sox World Series prediction. Um, has he looked at BOTH teams' bullpen?
  • Ozzie being Ozzie, part 37.
  • The good news: Carlos Quinten's cast has been removed. The bad news: They're not rushing him back.
  • Ok, so Kosuke Fukudome didn't exactly set the Chicago baseball world on fire. There could be another Japanese baseball star trying to make his mark at Wrigley Field next season.
  • They haven't had their first match yet, but the Chicago Red Stars already look like the team to beat, thanks to three new additions to their roster.
  • A survey says nearly every kid plays video games. Will the Jumbotrons of today be the playing fields of tomorrow?
  • Apparently he wasn't punched enough the first time. A local boxing promoter is returning to action IN the ring.
  • In case you missed it, the Chicago Open crowned a squash champion recently.
  • The Chicago Storm joined the four-team Xtreme Soccer League. You know it's wild because they spell it "Xtreme".
  • Check it out: U.S. Women's Soccer vs. Ireland at Toyota Park. The Chicago Cyclocross Cup at Jackson Park. The Blackhawks Training Camp Festival. The AIDS Run/Walk at Grant Park. Tuesday Night Pub Quiz at The Globe.

Ken Green

Bar Games Tue Apr 22 2008

Help Students Through Competitive Beer Drinking!

Does the combination of inebriation and philanthropy sound intriguing? The Hopscotch Network is providing Chicagoans with an opportunity to enjoy both at the First Annual Charity Beer Pong Tournament on Saturday, April 26th. Competition commences around 1 p.m. at Durkin's Tavern on Diversey and Halsted (see map). Winners of the 32 team, single elimination tournament will be lavishly rewarded with gift certificates, free travel, and other prizes. Even the losers will "win" with four hours of unlimited beer!

Where is the philanthropic aspect you might ask? Proceeds gained from $60 team entrance fees and $25 "all-you-can-drink" spectator admission will be donated to Urban Students Empowered. The program is dedicated to providing fellowships for highly motivated students in low-income Chicago Public Schools. Money raised at the Beer Pong Tournament will help facilitate mentoring, exam preparation, college visitations, and a new laptop for a Corliss High School student. In just two years, US Empowered has already increased the GPA of participating students from 2.95 to 3.41. More impressive is the 100% rate for both university acceptance and scholarship/financial aid.

Space is limited for participants, so register here or just attend for a few supportive drinks.

Andy Angelos

Bar Games Tue Apr 08 2008

Makeshift Games for Tailgating

I hold the distinction of missing each day of grade school when teachers explained the fundamentals of preparation. As a result of my non-existent planning skills, I regularly attend pool parties sans bathing suit and have even traveled to Greenland with only thin cotton tank tops! A frustrating life, but I manage to survive.

Naturally, my lack of preparation also hinders the tailgating experience. Depression usually kicks in after my six pack and Frisbee are upstaged by a collection of grills, patio furniture, bean-bag toss, and mobile entertainment systems. How can I compete without the ability to plan ahead? I want to join the fun as well! For others with similar problems, I want to share my plan for not planning at tailgates this summer. The following games should provide the impromptu fun every planning inept individual craves.

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Andy Angelos

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