Beast from the East

Thursday’s 4 Square game was EPIC! Just look at the happy people dancing about! And they’re not even playing the game! Craziness…

This week we welcomed back Tavit (from NYC) to our home in the Rockridge BART Station parking lot and manifested some coastal unity on the asphalt. If you didn’t know, Mr. Tavit runs the Brooklyn chapter of our great 4 Square network and is one of the founders of they style of square carried on by 4SEB. Give respect, show love, but don’t let him get you out. Additional players included new-comers Edwardo, Adam, Mali and Paul, regulars Angie, Liz, Uriah, Mike, Sam, Jordan and Caroline and long lost friends of the square Gabe and Sarah. Jessie and Austin did ride-bys on their bikes to say ‘Waaaassssupppp?!’ before pedaling off to do less fun things.

The action was off the chains from the very beginning as players came 0n strong, slapping balls around, sending people running. Rules started popping up and this excitement was capped off by a 15 second spin round that sent the ball shooting towards an onlooking bottle. Unfortunately for the bottle it did not survive. Instead it exploded in spectacular movie fashion. Glass was cleaned up, but the moves got dirtier. Players were vicious (yet friendly) forcing everyone to step up their game. To combat any potential feelings of animosity brought on by the increased intensity the line broke into a lovely rendition of ‘Lean On Me’ where everyone ended up leaning on each other.

Many good rules were called like the ‘Party in your own square’ rule but the one that took the night by storm had to be ‘Strip Square’ (thanks Sarah). Simply put, you gotta remove an article of clothing after you hit the ball. Don’t worry, nothing X rated happened because everyone found out that it is remarkably hard to pull a sweatshirt over your head and return a ball at the same time. Still…

At midnight, elimination was called for and after a couple fierce rounds, the final battle lines were drawn with Sarah on one side and Gabe on the other. The duel was spectacular with many cross-square shots, lobs, hard hits and trickery, but in the end Sarah’s shoe flew off her foot as Gabe made a diving corner shot for the win. As stated at the beginning … EPIC! Congrats Gabe, enjoy the spoils of your victory!

That’s it for now! Thanks for reading, check again next week when there will be another recap! Perhaps you will be in it?


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