SBS Guide to: H-O-R-S-E

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Published on : May 13, 2017

 

H-O-R-S-E is a basketball skills/shooting competition that can be enjoyed with any number of players (2 minimum). This driveway staple has been providing NBA inspired thrills for decades. It’s one of the truly perfect and simple games that will live forever because it’s easy to play and very satisfying at all ability levels. Gather the crew and crack some sports drink, this is your ScoreBoredSports guide to H-O-R-S-E.

 

Rules

Basic mechanics are like this. Player A calls their shot from the floor, if they make it, it is now on Player B to make the same exact shot. If Player B misses, they get a letter (An ‘H’ if it’s your first). Get all the letters to spell “HORSE” and you are out.

 

If Player A misses their called shot, then it’s Player B’s turn to call a shot. After a letter is given out, the next player in the order is up. So in a two person game, the loser gets a letter and the winner is back to picking a challenge.

 

When playing with a group, same rules apply, the person who misses the shot gets the letter. So if Player A makes a hook shot from the elbow, then each player goes until someone misses. If everyone makes it, Player A must invent something else.

 

horse dunk

 

Rule variations

For a shorter or longer game, change the target word. Instead of H-O-R-S-E, we would play P-I-G or G-R-A-N-D-M-A-M-A depending how much time we had.

 

If Player A calls a shot and everyone makes it then player A gets a letter. This rule encourages you to take difficult shots. Player A is such a wuss for playing it safe.

 

Try teams. You and your partner takes turns shooting but collect letters together. This only seems necessary if you have huge numbers that want in and if that’s the case then just play real 5-5 basketball.

 

Play on horseback. Never done this, seems too rich for my blood. Could be awesome. Isn’t this just polo?

 

Strategy

Practice a trick shot. At least one move that’s irregular and you have decent odds of making. Every game of H-O-R-S-E I’ve ever played had some jerk making a backwards shot that no one could reproduce.

 

backwards shot 2

 

Play to your opponent’s weaknesses. Do you know Timmy can’t use his left hand? Then maybe a reverse southpaw layup may trip him up. Or maybe the other players don’t have much range, try a 3 from well beyond the line, Steph Curry style.

 

If you are way out-classed in terms of basketball skills then make sure you are at least smarter and better at spelling than the competition. That may buy you a few extra letters before you get bounced off the cooouuuurrrttttt.

 

H-O-R-S-E rocks because you don’t have to break a sweat to feel like you’ve competed. Plus it’s possible you can beat a much more athletic person than yourself. And in general, it’s a great lazy way to spend a summer day. My go-to shot is the granny-style free throw. Leave your fav trick shot in the comments below and maybe I’ll see you in the driveway. At least until the street lights come on.

 

No real horses were harmed in the making of this.

 

 


SBS Guide to: The 4th of July

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Published on : July 3, 2016

 

 

The 4th of July means a day off to sit back with family and friends and celebrate the awesome freedoms we have here in the states. Everyone has their own traditions of food and activities, but the day isn’t complete without some light competition. I think playing a game or participating in a sport on the holiday is a great way to honor the hard work and determination of our fore-fathers. Here is a small guide on how to squeeze the most out of your summertime bash.

 

Keep it simple

Games like Washers, Bags (AKA Cornhole), Horseshoes, and Lawn Darts take little set up and create hours of fun. There is no reason not to have at least one of these for your guests’ enjoyment. Just please find a safe place to play. That means away from heavy traffic areas. Nowhere people keep crossing back and forth. Washers is the easiest to make. All you need is two metal coffee cans, two short walled boxes for the cans to sit in and maybe two dozen metal washers from the hardware store. 2-3 inch washers work best. Teams go back and forth tossing the washers into the cans. 2 points for a washer in the can, 1 point if it lands in the box. Simple. Also way safer then Lawn Darts or Horseshoes.

 

washers

 

Get Physical

Play some Catch (baseball or football). Get a two-hand touch game going. Or maybe Monkey-in-the-Middle. 500. Find some grass and play 3 on 3 soccer. Don’t have a goal? No problem, use a pile of rocks or your t-shirt. Is there a basketball hoop in the driveway? Then get Knockout (AKA Lightning), 21, Around the World, H-O-R-S-E going if you can’t find a full teams. Throw a frisbee around with a human or a dog. My favorite memory was when we would go to the field behind my friend’s place and we would play Home Run Derby. Seeing how many deep shots we could hit. The takeaway here is to break a sweat. Earn that third helping of potato salad. Then cool down with a frosty drink and watch some fireworks.

 

Go for it

Don’t be scared. Someone will be playing something at the 4th of July party and you should join them. Who cares if you’re any good? It’s all about saying yes to life and living it up for our ancestors. Don’t feel embarrassed either. This is THE holiday for wacky backyard games like Badminton, Duck Duck Goose and Freeze Tag. Indulge. Hell, go fly a kite.

 

badminton

 

A last note on fireworks. Be SUPER CAREFUL. Remember what happened to Justin Pierre-Paul? Here is a follow up from ESPN with a video. Warning: graphic images. Don’t ruin everyone’s good time by hurting yourself. Just eat too much and have fun. Isn’t that what America is all about?

 

Freedom.

 

 


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