So there was Bossy, last night, bowl of popcorn on her lap and glass of wine teetering on the windowsill, all set to watch her Philadelphia Phillies smoke the last of the Tampa Bay Rays to win the World Series.
Meanwhile o’er the land fell a rain; a light rain.
It wasn’t a terribly disturbing rain, despite the 38-degree temperature and wind on the field.
In fact it was just enough rain to douse the sweet black hair collecting around the nape of a certain player’s neck.
But suddenly everyone was dropping baseballs and squinting into gusts of rain and hydroplaning into bases while the fans blew out of their stadium seats.
And the next thing you know the officials had suspended the game, which was tied 2-2 in the sixth inning—the game to be continued when the weather lets up, and it’s not letting up any time soon. Never before in the history of the World Series has anything like this ever happened, except for, like, a century ago, but Bossy can barely remember what she did yesterday, let alone one-hundred years ago.
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy about the oddest sporting event you ever witnessed?
And don’t forget to check back here later today for the whackest stories on the web.
Rabbi's Wife saysOctober 28, 2008 at 8:44 am
Ultimate Frisbee, men in Kilts, Dan runs into pole. ER.
It was one of those permanently embedded steel volleyball poles. The EMT’s finally found out what is under a man’s kilt!
David saysOctober 28, 2008 at 8:53 am
Wait, it’s baseball season? So this isn’t the Winter Olympics?
Shelley saysOctober 28, 2008 at 8:56 am
Longhorn football game last season. One point safety. What the?
Debby saysOctober 28, 2008 at 8:57 am
A long Astro’s game that went lots of extra innings
Philly saysOctober 28, 2008 at 8:58 am
Doesn’t look like there will a game tonight either. Shitty outside. The grounds crew have their hands full !!
Cole Hamels is a cutie putie, but me likey like Pat Burrell.
pam saysOctober 28, 2008 at 8:59 am
I’m all baseball? what? But if Bossy’s husband Cole is in it I’m in! Wow. Are all the players this pretty?
Kimi saysOctober 28, 2008 at 9:08 am
opposing team kept kicking it to Vanover, who kept scoring.
Cheri @ Blog This Mom! saysOctober 28, 2008 at 9:10 am
A Dodgers game complete with boxing match in the stands.
hulagirlatheart saysOctober 28, 2008 at 9:20 am
Competitive cheerleading. Surreal mostly because of the hair and makeup.
Lauren saysOctober 28, 2008 at 9:25 am
Inside dark convention center watching Koreans compete in Starcraft tournament.
Asthmagirl saysOctober 28, 2008 at 9:33 am
snow in seattle during packer’s game. 6 hour drive home.
Gee saysOctober 28, 2008 at 9:34 am
Game in England, men throwing balls out of motorcycle fenders.
Jenn @ Juggling Life saysOctober 28, 2008 at 9:36 am
High school Water Polo tourney. Goalie scores at buzzer. Win!
Little Miss Sunshine State saysOctober 28, 2008 at 9:50 am
Patriots-Dolphins. Snow Bowl! Snow Plow ! Kick Good! Pats Win!
Jeri saysOctober 28, 2008 at 10:00 am
Lacrosse…..alot like soccer with butterfly nets and padding, weird
linda Carson saysOctober 28, 2008 at 10:02 am
Caps vs Islanders…playoff Game 7 1987…6.5 hours…heartbreak.
soNOTcool saysOctober 28, 2008 at 10:08 am
What’s weird is that I’ve attended exactly one event: hockey.
Jujupiter saysOctober 28, 2008 at 10:13 am
My sister and me eating nutella toasts on the sofa.
By the way, he’s MY husband.
Bridget saysOctober 28, 2008 at 10:24 am
Beer ball tournament of epic proportions. Banned from bar forever.
Maggie Garcia saysOctober 28, 2008 at 10:39 am
I’m not sure if I can make the 10 word challenge, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the fact that you took pictures of the television set.
rockle saysOctober 28, 2008 at 10:46 am
Swim meet, complete with punching and bloody noses. No joke.
Oh, BOSSY, you and I aren’t going to get any sleep this week, are we? Until this Series is over and the Phillies are victorious and/or we are butt-faced drunk?
Julie saysOctober 28, 2008 at 10:51 am
Neighborhood cricket: Tea breaks, unintelligible rules, laughing at the American.
Windy saysOctober 28, 2008 at 10:53 am
The Detroit Pistons and fans vs. the Indiana Pacers. Crazy.
Carroll saysOctober 28, 2008 at 10:53 am
World Series at San Francisco. Giant earthquake! Bridge fell down 🙁
JK saysOctober 28, 2008 at 10:54 am
I don’t need ten words. How about two? “Synchronized swimming.”
MamaMo saysOctober 28, 2008 at 11:02 am
Guinea Pig maze racing – my daughters’ room; carrots & poop EVERYWHERE!!
awyn saysOctober 28, 2008 at 11:08 am
Los Angeles 1992. Dodgers played while Rodney King riots began.
Anonymous saysOctober 28, 2008 at 11:40 am
Mutton bustin’ – sheep bucking toddlers to the ground, parents cheering.
Anonymous saysOctober 28, 2008 at 11:41 am
Yanks v. Twins, rain, game goes 17, ends w/ grand slam.
Anonymous saysOctober 28, 2008 at 11:50 am
Curling. No, really, have you seen this? It’s deeply bizarre!
Shade and Sweetwater,
Anonymous saysOctober 28, 2008 at 11:55 am
Nebraska high school football playoffs. Played game in blizzard. Seriously.
Anonymous saysOctober 28, 2008 at 11:56 am
early morning college broomball*, on ice in sneakers, complete with hangovers
* Our team name: The Last Temptation of Wilma Flintstone
Anonymous saysOctober 28, 2008 at 11:59 am
Softball game, started 4 hours late, changed fields 3 times.
Anonymous saysOctober 28, 2008 at 11:59 am
Some guy lying on bed of nails sledgehammer breaking stuff.
.. or something like that.
Anonymous saysOctober 28, 2008 at 12:02 pm
Why don’t our names show up?
Anonymous saysOctober 28, 2008 at 12:04 pm
Disinterested niece (me), pouring rain. Endless wait. Then play resumed.
Not enough words to say I was visiting tedious aunt and uncle who were avid Pittsburgh ______ baseball fans. Sorry, don’t even know team name. I was overjoyed at the seventh inning when the downpour came. Only to discover, to my horror, that most times baseball fans WAIT til rain’s over.
My fave so far: ultimate frisbee in kilts. My imagination spins. Now THERE’s a sport I’d like to be spectator of! Thanks, Rabbi’s Wife!
edgy kay saysOctober 28, 2008 at 12:46 pm
World Series. Me, laboring. Twins win! Just one baby, though.
The Domestic Goddess saysOctober 28, 2008 at 1:04 pm
Curling. Have you ever been to a curling match? WTF? It’s a wwwweeeeeeird sport. Ahem.
Heather saysOctober 28, 2008 at 1:16 pm
12/31/1988 – Eagles @ Bears. Dense Fog. 10′ Visibility. Bears WIN!
ps – was there!
Stacey Ball saysOctober 28, 2008 at 1:17 pm
Swimming championship, exit the pool, guys staring, suit see through.
Issa saysOctober 28, 2008 at 1:32 pm
Brothers ice hockey game, medium earthquake, no one stopped playing.
**My second cousin or whatever is a part owner of the Rays. Man is my family pissed that they lost. Me, I kinda think it’s funny.
jan8mr.lootiato saysOctober 28, 2008 at 1:33 pm
A bubble gum contest in Casper Wyoming. Yes, big sport.
jp saysOctober 28, 2008 at 1:42 pm
High School, Little Brother, winning touchdown, whole family there, FABULOUS!
The Other Lisa saysOctober 28, 2008 at 2:02 pm
Was going to say Fog Bowl, but Heather beat me.
Seriously – what is it with Philadelphia sports and bizarre weather? Don’t say j*nx!!
Liz saysOctober 28, 2008 at 2:07 pm
Seven months pregnant, Indianapolis 500, bathroom dirty, crowded, far away.
Exactly WHY am I using commas in a sentence fragment?
Karen in DE saysOctober 28, 2008 at 2:22 pm
Eagles vs. Vikings, December 1968, fans pummeled Santa with snowballs!
Jill saysOctober 28, 2008 at 2:26 pm
World Series game. Beside me, my mother-in-law read a novel.
Domestic Goddess (in training) saysOctober 28, 2008 at 2:52 pm
Soccer practice, 8th grade. “LOOK DEER!” death by baseball fence.
Pamela from the dayton time saysOctober 28, 2008 at 2:57 pm
High-school basketball cheerleaders brawl. Cops arrested us, them, and coaches.
Debs saysOctober 28, 2008 at 3:37 pm
Didn’t exactly “witness” this one but I had tix to first four games of the 1989 World Series between Oakland and SF (Bay Bridge Series). Went to the first three and sold my tickets to Game 4. Glad I did, as that was the game when the earthquake hit. I can’t recall when they actually played Game 4…
Brando saysOctober 28, 2008 at 3:47 pm
Northwestern vs. Penn State, 1996. Snowstorm ONLY over the stadium.
MommyTime saysOctober 28, 2008 at 4:14 pm
Broom ball: like hockey with brooms, balls and no skates
(it’s a Vermont thing)
MommyTime saysOctober 28, 2008 at 4:14 pm
oops — should say
Broom ball: ICE hockey, with brooms, balls and no skates
Rory saysOctober 28, 2008 at 4:25 pm
Motorcycle roadrace including winner wheelie wipeout on the victory lap.
JennC saysOctober 28, 2008 at 4:27 pm
Think I saw that same Northwestern/PSU game that Brando did.
CC saysOctober 28, 2008 at 4:34 pm
Blood on ice. I played flute. La de dah. Splat
Erin saysOctober 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm
Cricket! A British game with it’s own language.
K saysOctober 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm
Jamaican neighborhood cricket, men shared athletic cup, drank much beer.
Bush Babe saysOctober 28, 2008 at 5:29 pm
Medieval tournaments – hapless horses, loopy ‘ladies’ and lance-a-lots!
KarinGal saysOctober 28, 2008 at 5:32 pm
Horse I bet on won race–then died. So sad.
rb saysOctober 28, 2008 at 6:32 pm
Fenway Park: naked fans on rain tarp – slip ‘n’ slide.
(I could not make this up.)
mommymae saysOctober 28, 2008 at 6:39 pm
8/8/08 – giving birth to my new babe during opening ceremonies
Bossy's Daughter saysOctober 28, 2008 at 6:49 pm
Boxing on every channel during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Mr Farty saysOctober 28, 2008 at 6:53 pm
That would be the kids riding sheep at the rodeo.
BOSSY saysOctober 28, 2008 at 7:12 pm
1996 Summer Olympics. Not weird but Bossy had a newborn.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysOctober 28, 2008 at 7:47 pm
Bossy’s Eternal Hunt for Husbands and Boyfriends cannot be beat.
bossy's friend martha's sister saysOctober 28, 2008 at 9:33 pm
Watching my big brother dislocate his shoulder during football game.
ShallowGal saysOctober 28, 2008 at 9:51 pm
Last night ! Could the announcer possibly have said “hydroplane” more?
Leaf, probably saysOctober 28, 2008 at 10:59 pm
Taekwon-Do sparring. Pain, blood, and more pain – One question: WHY?!!!
Susan saysOctober 28, 2008 at 11:01 pm
Watched my brother knockout opponent on Wide World of Sports.
paintandink saysOctober 28, 2008 at 11:16 pm
Saturday night. Three home runs, then win game in infield.
Rebeckah saysOctober 28, 2008 at 11:24 pm
I know, it was crazy, right. Your husband is very cute : ).
Kerri Anne saysOctober 29, 2008 at 12:08 am
Babycarrot sister broke her left thumb sliding into second. SAFE!
Isle Dance saysOctober 29, 2008 at 12:52 am
This is officially ((why)) I want my TV back. What a hot, hot, hottie. (Maybe if that baseball guy reads this, he’ll marry me.) Freaky thought: I’m guessing I’m ((older)) than him!
islaygirl saysOctober 29, 2008 at 1:36 am
first hockey game. wondering why refs don’t stop fight. boyfriend laughs til chokes.
ok, 13 words.
Lesley saysOctober 29, 2008 at 4:32 am
Watched Rick Monday rescue burning flag off Dodgers outfield. WHOA.
Catazon saysOctober 29, 2008 at 7:09 am
My foot one way
g saysOctober 29, 2008 at 10:31 am
Topanga T-ball – bandanna’d dog on field – swing til you hit.
Our egalitarian, “all kids can play” local pre-Little League neighborhood organization.
David saysOctober 29, 2008 at 11:23 am
At “the beaches” in Toronto, a genteel game of croquet.
Hula Hank saysOctober 30, 2008 at 9:48 am
Me at a sporting event is wacky enough in itself.
Just Jamie saysOctober 30, 2008 at 9:08 pm
My first girl fight ever in an NHL women’s restroom.
Robin saysOctober 31, 2008 at 1:21 pm
“Battle of the Sexes” match -Riggs vs King
Keyaan saysMay 4, 2011 at 2:31 am
At last! Someone who undertsdnas! Thanks for posting!