TALE OF THE TAPE

Tale Of The Tape Backyard Edition: Bocci vs. Cornhole

Bocci
Cornhole
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(Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
(Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
History
A similar game was played in ancient Rome and it's unknown when it took its current shape, but was developed in Italy.
Winner Unknown origins, but it's believed it formed when Native Americans used to fill pig bladders with dried beans.
Also Known As...
Winner Bocce (Italy), Bocanje (Croatia), Boule Lyonnaise (South France)
Bagg-o, Bags, Beanbag Toss
Players
Two teams of two-to-four (usually older Italian men)
Winner Two teams of two (usually lightly-to-heavily buzzed tailgaters)
Playing Field
90 ft grass or asphalt court
Winner Anywhere you've got 30 feet of space; boards can be customized with a little paint
You Throw...
Winner (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
Winner Possible broken toes (those balls are heavy), fractured family
Fractured friendships
Glory
Winner 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)

The Winner Is

(Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
Winner Bocci
4 out of 7

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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