Tale Of The Tape Backyard Edition: Bocci vs. Cornhole

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  • History
    A similar game was played in ancient Rome and it's unknown when it took its current shape, but was developed in Italy.
    Unknown origins, but it's believed it formed when Native Americans used to fill pig bladders with dried beans.
  • Also Known As...
    Bocce (Italy), Bocanje (Croatia), Boule Lyonnaise (South France)
    Bagg-o, Bags, Beanbag Toss
  • Players
    Two teams of two-to-four (usually older Italian men)
    Two teams of two (usually lightly-to-heavily buzzed tailgaters)
  • Playing Field
    90 ft grass or asphalt court
    Anywhere you've got 30 feet of space; boards can be customized with a little paint
  • You Throw...
    (or bowl) Bocce balls towards "the jack," trying to knock you opponents out of the way
    Bags filled with corn or dried beans onto a board with a hole in the middle, also trying to knock opponents out of the way
  • Hazards
    Possible broken toes (those balls are heavy), fractured family
    Fractured friendships
  • Glory
    Endless bragging rights at the next family gathering
    Bragging rights for the rest of the day/tailgate (to anyone who is coherent enough to remember)
RESULTS
Bocce will go down in the history as one of the greatest backyard games ever. But really, if you're playing either game, everyone wins.

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