What's broomball ?

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  1. RogueMonkey

    RogueMonkey compensating hose clamp

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    DULUTH (AP) - An ice resurfacing machine exploded Sunday night inside Peterson Arena, starting a fire at the ice rink and sending one broomball player to the hospital, witnesses said.

    About 30 people - including two broomball teams and a handful of fans - were inside the building when the explosion happened at about 9:40 p.m. A small blast was followed by a larger explosion, the Duluth News Tribune reported in its Monday editions.

    Player Ryan Ringsred, who was bandaged, picked small pieces of Plexiglas from the back of his neck. He was on the ice when the explosion occurred.

    "I was facing the boards when they blew up," Ringsred said. "I was on the ice and the Zamboni blew up behind me. I was flat on the ice."

    Even his helmet was dented.

    "It's brand new," he said. "It did its job, I guess."

    The building was evacuated and the players watched the fire from a small warming house about 30 yards away. By 10:15 p.m., the fire had engulfed the north side of the building and police cleared out the warming house when it looked like the fire might reach nearby power lines.

    Joe Buckley, the driver of the Zamboni, which resurfaces the ice, said he was sweeping up when the blast occurred.

    http://www.kstp.com/article/stories/S5048.html?cat=64
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  2. Chopperman

    Chopperman I am dead

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    broomball rocks. Zambonis Rock! :super

    Think hockey without skates, using a tennis ball and your moms broom.
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  3. cRAsH

    cRAsH Banned

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    I still have bone chips in my elbows from broomball.
    The stick is just like a broom with the bristles cut off, and the ball is plastic and hurts like a motherfucker when it hits you. You hit the ball with the edge of the broom, not the broad side. So it goes really, really fast.
    Did I mention how much it hurts when some crazy fucker from Meenasooota winds up and smacks you with the ball?
    We also had special shoes - just like old Chuck Taylor hi-tops except the sole was a very soft, squishy compound that looked like a ping pong paddle in texture.

    Full checking, baybee! :thumb

    Loved that game - it's just really hard on your body.

    Overheard from some hockey players watching us practice:
    "Broomball? What's that?"
    "Crazy fucking game even I won't play"
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  4. Chopperman

    Chopperman I am dead

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    jeebus. we never played anything that organized. Just old brooms on a frozen pond. It did get rough tho. but since the boards were snobanks you could really smash someone into them. The trick was to hop just before you hit so you didnt go head first into the bank.
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  5. road2blue

    road2blue road2blue

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    Poor Loki....no broomball in your youth? Do you even get natural ice down there? :rofl
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  6. Hodag

    Hodag native

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    Just another excuse to get drunk and cause bodily injury to other people. Its fun.
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  7. RogueMonkey

    RogueMonkey compensating hose clamp

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    :lol3
    Are you talking about beer ? We did enjoy whacking the puck from one side of the pond to the other. Once in a while some poor bystander would catch it in the face. Oh, the laughs we had....

    Wait, we still do that :freaky
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  8. road2blue

    road2blue road2blue

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    now you're getting close....wdith broomball, particularly on the Canadian prairies....at 40 below, the broom bristles freeze hard as a stick, the tennis ball freezes hard as a puck.....the only padding is layers of clothes.....same ugly shit happens :freaky
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  9. ilmostro

    ilmostro Under Da Sea

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    Broomball, Ringette and Curling.


    What are three things drunk Canadians do during the winter to keep from going crazy Alex?
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  10. Titania

    Titania Scourge of the East

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    It was probably the number 1 intramural sport at UVM in the late 70's when I was there.
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  11. Commuter Boy

    Commuter Boy Long timer

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    The broomball league my mom used to play in back east when I was a kid was
    one of the most vicious sports I ever saw.

    Imagine a hockey rink with two teams of women, weilding "brooms" which were
    in fact long sticks with a club like bunch of bristles, made solid by being dipped
    in hard plastic.

    Kind of like women's field hockey with body armor. Way worse than the men's
    hockey match that would usually follow.
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  12. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    Biggest bunch of poser idiots wannabe's... I suppose the sport is OK, wellll maybe for a church group or a one time outing, but the folks the leagues attracted were terds.

    They were all a bunch of folks who could not/would not play hockey so they attempted to be badass broomies... Idiots. These are the same idiots that would want to try and push a ref around on skates - not too bright with the whole traction issue them broomies got - even with those ridiculous shoes...

    I actually played once. Never plan to again. Why go skirting around in shoes when you can do it so much better with a pair of blades?

    Have I said the game attracts idiots? Have I said there are more injuries due to the idiots who think they are playing hockey and checkin' each other? Friggin bozos...

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  13. RogueMonkey

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    I remember my mom playing broomball on my ass when I came home late at night, snot frozen to my face, hat nowhere to be found. My butt was already numb so couldn't feel much. When she wasn't up to it, she would yell to my dad, "look at him, he looks like he just came off the street !!!"....But, I did....not the be..., ow, ow,...not the belt !!! :lol3
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  14. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    In the military, to refer to someone as a broomball player is to say that they are homosexual. Usually used in reference to the womens team, as most of their teams I ever knew were more than 80% homosexual. That data was told to me by my ex, who was on the team.
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  15. cRAsH

    cRAsH Banned

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    I suppose it really depends on your point of view, doesn't it?
    I played for fun, and because the thought of shelling out thousands on hockey gear didn't appeal to a waiter.
    That and the fact that the hockey players were a bunch of pussies who couldn't handle the violence so they played in "no checking" leagues.

    :ymca

    :evil
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  16. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    Fair enough crash... Besides, I can take a check, but I doubt I would relish meeting your big ass on the boards at speed...

    I have yet to play again out here in Kali (I assume that is where you were referring to the puss's?). Too bad, checkin' keeps everyone honest.

    Just my experience with a bunch of bozos who would rather bitch than play anyways...

    Me? I am staying on the blades.

    M


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  17. Uncle Remus

    Uncle Remus zippety do dah

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    I played a version with a spongy red ball cut in half instead of a whole ball. That frickin' thing was hard to hit, moved up and down. Not made any easier by the 10 Shaeffer beers I'd probably polished off.


    BTW, none of us were/are homos:viking ... I think ...
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  18. apeirce

    apeirce So I was following Andrew

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    Fixed it for you,

    What was his name?
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  19. choirboy

    choirboy Yankee Racers - Founder

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    Broomball is how I injured my shoulder and had to endure six weeks of physical therapy. Broomball rocks!
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