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Wednesday, May 11, 2021

shuffled away
Curse you both, NHL and NHLPA! Look at what young people in the Bay area are resorting to in the absence of hockey: Freakin’ shuffleboard!

It is kind of funny, the notion that a group of hip 20- and 30-somethings might give up their Friday nights to play a sport more popular among septuagenarians and cruise ship passengers.

But over the past month, a swelling crowd has turned out at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club for weekly matches organized by a group of preservationists and young artists. They view art, listen to music and mingle with friends, just as they would in a loft or bar. Only they’re doing it on the city’s historic shuffleboard courts.

“It’s, like, kitschy beyond kitschy. It’s uber-kitsch,” said Phillip Clark, director of the Artillery, the St. Petersburg artists’ collective behind the tournaments. “It’s this weird, seemingly old person’s sport. But it’s just dying to have someone come in and freshen it up.”

Kitschy, my ass. No one in their right minds under the age of 100 would get into shuffleboard, ironic intent or not. I’m telling you, this can be correlated directly to the lockout; these hipsters normally would be kickin’ it at the St. Pete Times Forum instead of making like Sheldon Shuffleboard.

If this isn’t enough to get the two sides to declare “Game On!” this October, I don’t know what will. Think of the kids!

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/11/2021 03:52:39 PM
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