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Animal Ball!

September 1, 2010

Building camaraderie for serious pursuits has long been achieved by forms of play.

I can hardly type this blog tonight after playing Animal Ball with the alpha male candidates in the pool tonight. My hands are swollen up like hams. No: one hand is like a ham, the other is like a baseball mitt. It’s good to play Animal Ball with the young bucks. No rules in Animal Ball, just two teams in the water trying to make baskets and outscore one another. In the coming days, when the men are giving everything they have and are to preach the gospel among Muslims in far off lands, they can look back to the fun we had tonight and say that we are a band of brothers.


A band of brothers! That’s from Shakespeare’s Henry V, as you probably know. It’s the morning of the battle of Agincourt in 1415, St. Crispin’s Day, and Henry speaks to his troops:

This story shall the good man teach his son;

And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,

From this day to the ending of the world,

But we in it shall be remembered-

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

For he to-day that sheds his blood with me

Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,

This day shall gentle his condition;

And gentlemen in England now-a-bed

Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,

And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks

That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.


And gentlemen everywhere shall think themselves accursed who were not here to play Animal Ball tonight.

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  1. September 2, 2010 3:13 pm

    Animal ball… what fond memories the term itself retieves from the clouds of my memory. My last chance was… ’97? In Sjogrens pool. Wow.

    Keep on keeping on.


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