Shuffleboard—once banned in New England in the 1840s because there was too much betting on it—is a somewhat less active sport than Indian leg wrestling, but at the tournament level it requires a sound sense of tactics, extreme accuracy in placing the disks and on occasion a good deal of explosive energy.
The game, believe it or not, can be dangerous. “Board-cleaners,” the Mickey Mantles of the sport, shoot so hard in clearing opponents’ disks that the disks sometimes break into pieces and go hurtling all over the place. The leg of one scorekeeper was cracked by a board-cleaner’s disk in a recent St Petersburg tournament, and players have been whacked in the ankle by a wild disk from a nearby court.
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Stan McCormack. 2012 10 25.