Old Game: Atherstone Shrove Tuesday Ball Game
Ah another lovely Shrove Tuesday. Oh look it’s 3:00. Time to beat the shit out of my neighbor until 4:30. Welcome to the Atherstone Ball Game.
The first rule of Atherstone Ball Game is no killing allowed. The second rule is there’s only one rule. Anything goes except death. The ball game is not new. It’s over 800 years old. The objective as far as we can tell is to possess the ball at 4:30. Anything goes between 3:00 when the ball is dropped from the window of the local Barclay’s Bank until 4:30-5:00. The team that has the ball when time is called wins and gets to keep the ball. It’s not edible and there’s no gold in it. I find it best not to question barbarians. Figure I’ll live longer.
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