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solid footing became as big of a battle as it was to score.


T ey fought for angles to the goal and


best ways to defend. Goalies – whose hands were also “attached” to the hori- zontal moving rods – struggled to block the ball with every part of their body, except their hands.


T e soccer ball, which in the cold


weather turned rock hard (who knew?), ricocheted at lightning speed off of any- thing in its path – walls, shins, stom- achs, groins, a pretty face.


Amy Jacobs, whose On Deck team


was decked out in hula skirts and leis in honor of her birthday that day, took two direct shots to the face but came out in- tact and with a resemblance of a smile. “Oh, it was nothing but fun,” laughed Jacobs. “T e neat part about it is that all


kinds of people of athletic ability, and non-athletic ability, can play.”


It did prove to be a great equalizer. As


the winning team of Balls on Shins can attest, they were probably not the team with the most soccer savvy but did have the amazing fortitude to take a licking and keep on kicking.


Hundreds gathered, at fi rst out of dumb-founded curiosity then later out of pure entertainment and for a fi rst- ever spectator experience.


“It was a tremendous hit,” comment-


ed Karl Stubenvoll, one of the court constructors. “T ere was a great crowd cheering and watching, and the players were really into it.”


Human Foosball will return to this season’s Winter Festival, with the prom-


ise of expansions, tweaks, added par- ticipants, and perhaps an added court, softer balls and a lower bruise count.


And when Human Foosball becomes


the world-dominant sport that it is ob- viously bound to be, those weekend warriors that forged a brave new world that Saturday in February can tell their grandchildren: “When I played Human Foosball, we played without shin guards, in the winter, on the ice, without shoes, uphill, both ways…”


More pictures, video and information


of the human foosball tournament, can be seen by visiting the Fish Creek Winter Fes- tival Facebook Page or the Winter Festival page at www.visitfi shcreek.com.


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