Kenny Speaks: “Did You Know by Kenny: THE FIRST ON DECK SHUFFLEBOAD COURTS HAD SCORING BOXES OF 1 THRU 10 AND 10 OFF???”
AND “EARLY SHUFFLEBOARD IN ENGLAND SOMETIMES HAD TIME LIMITS ON MATCHES.——-APPARENTLY THEY HAD SLOW PLAYERS THEN EVEN THOUGH NO DRIFT CARDS WERE USED.”
Roy Norman Speaks: DID YOU KNOW that No other sport has the sudden reversals like the game of shuffleboard!!
No other sport has the sudden reversals like the game of shuffleboard and so frequently we hear the expression – “that’s shuffleboard”. Experienced shufflers attribute this unpredictability for quick reversals to the minus ten score for a disc ending up, or being bumped, in the “kitchen” zone.
Doreen and Roy Norma entered the Polk County Senior Shuffleboard Tournaments – in the year 2002 and again this year 2013.
On the second day, February 26th , Doreen won all her games to earn the Gold, in the 75 to 79 age group, in the Women’s Singles Tournament.
On the third day Doreen and Roy competed in the 75-79 Any Doubles tournament. They lost one match to two good players Lionel Young and Jim Gaisalbach(Sp ?). At this point they are playing for 3rd position, competing for the BRONZE medallions.
And now the highly charged shuffleboard drama begins.
The Normans have a terrible first half playing 8-frames with the Black discs on an unpredictable court number 8 at Parker Lake Park (Lakeland, FL). Adjacent to court 8 is a series of benches where several senior spectators were seated. Doreen normally plays at the Foot of the court, however because her opponent was a women she elected to keep score half-time and playing at the Head of the court.
Now, down to the last frame of the game, with Normans playing the Yellow discs, and behind by a hopeless score of 23 to 57. Roy is unable to see the score, because of many factors, and his opponent can’t help because his glasses were recently broken. With the usual strategy, when desperately in arrears, Roy shoots his first disc into the 7 zone as “kitchen bait“. The opponent clears, forcefully, however “sticks” in the 7 zone. Roy manages to dump this Black disc into the “kitchen” for a minus 10 score for the Black team. A second yellow disc for “kitchen bait” is sent to the zone 7 area. Again cleared by Black but again “sticking” in 7 zone. Now a second Black disc is “dumped” into the “kitchen”, for a minus 20 score. This Black disc is only about 8 inches apart from the first Black disc in the kitchen and with the yellow disc scoring in the 7 point zone. Roy’s opponent then shoots his last Black disc with the intention to clear both of his “kitchen discs”. His disc goes between the two Black discs in the kitchen, touching one very slightly but not sufficiently to remove it from the kitchen.
Now with 20 points to be subtracted from the Black score and 7 points to be added to the yellow score Roy, being unable to see the score clearly, asks the score keeper .- “What is the score” ? The general surrounding noise at that time made it impossible to hear Doreen when she was trying to tell Roy the score.
Doreen’s opponent was becoming very excited, because she thought Doreen should not be standing up to give the score, so she also stood up objecting with waving arms. With both ladies/women standing, Roy asked both players at the Head of the court to please sit down as he prepared to take his final shot. Still not being 100% clear as to what was the score. Roy shoots the last disc (128th) of the game scoring 8 additional points. Roy happens to glance at an excited spectator, now standing, in the bench area who is signalling by holding up one finger and clearly “mouthing” the words ……. “YOU WON BY ONE POINT“.