The Great Cornholio

Are you threatening me!?!?

Are you threatening me!?!?

YAY, it’s Photo Prompt Frisbee Wednesday again… sponsored as always by Marilyn over at Serendipity.  I’ll keep it brief this week since I spent the better part of two hours getting my stones checked this morning…

Wait, that didn’t come out right.  I had my semi-annual kidney stone checkup this morning and the good news is that my internal plumbing is all still clean as a whistle.  I coulda used that as my inspiration for this week’s photo prompt by showing off my 5 millimeter diameter stone I passed three years ago, which I have as a keepsake… but I’ll spare you the trouble of unfollowing me if I did that.

So instead, let’s talk about fun and games!

Gotta get my bag in one of the holes!

Gotta get my bag in one of the holes!

Since I managed to get lost trying to find Lake Erie on the very first out of town trip I ever took by myself, I wound up circling the wagons and retreating to downtown Cleveland prior to the Tigers/Indians game I planned on attending on September 23, 2009.  I parked my criminally unappealing Neon and burned off a couple hours walking through the streets of the area around Jacobs Progressive Field.  Of the many interesting pictures I took while wandering about this strange city, the one that always sticks in my mind is the photo I featured above.  Not because I really thought anything of it at the time…. no, it was when someone told me just what that guy’s doing that I can’t look at this picture without giggling like a preverted junior high schooler…

The dude is cornholing!!!!

squirrel shocked

In broad daylight!?!?!? Arrest that man!!!

No, it’s not as dirty as it sounds.  In fact, cornhole is apparently a pretty popular backyard recreational sport that my lack of engaging in social activities has probably helped to keep me in the dark of.  From the rules of the game I have found, it sounds like a poor man’s game of horseshoes… with the added detriment that you can’t seriously injure your opponent by throwing a bag full of corn.  Just toss your makeshift ball through the hole to score points… it’s like the Grand Prize Game, only without the scary clown possum.

I'll bet I can take a whiz all the way into bucket number six from here.

I’ll bet I can take a whiz all the way into bucket number six from here.

So if you ever get bored while visiting downtown Cleveland, just pick yourself up a few bags and cornhole it up.  Just try to keep those corn filled sacks away from those hungry little squirrels, or your game may have to be called on account of dinner…

Sorry, pal.  We needed your food for the Cornhole Olympics.

Sorry, pal. We needed your food for the Cornhole Olympics.

We’ll do this again next week.  The photo prompt, not cornholing.  Where did I put that set of lawn darts….?


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32 Responses to The Great Cornholio

  1. I do not know why I find this so hilarious, but I simply can’t stop laughing. Cleveland has sidewalk cornholing. Yukka yukka. I know, it isn’t funny. So why am I laughing?

  2. Ally Bean says:

    Cornhole, aka Bean Bag Toss, is popular here. So much so that there are indoor competitions at malls during the winter. The “athletes” involved in these competitions take it seriously. It’s worth watching a game or two just to see them flinch when a baby cries in the mall– and throws off their concentration.

    • That’s great! I’m surprised THE Ohio State University doesn’t have a varsity cornholing team. Of course, I’ve always said if the competitors can’t compete without complete silence, it isn’t really a spectator sport. I’d love to see an angry cornholer take on a distracting cornholing fan, though…

  3. AWW… Bozo!! You know who Bozo is??? I’m impressed! As for Cornhole game, that’s a new take on an old phenomena. I had a game called Toss Across where you had a Tic-Tac-Toe board your threw bean bags at and they flipped over! It was great!! That takes greater skill than just gettin’ it in da hole! LOL!! 😉

    • I used to watch Bozo’s show on WGN (the cable network… I grew up in “downstate”, aka, any part of Illinois that isn’t Chicago) every morning before school, so I’m familiar with him, Cookie and that silly Grand Prize Game. I also remember that bean bag Tic Tac Toe game… I think my family had one when we were kids, though with how quickly me and my sisters tore stuff up, it’s hard to recall exactly what toys we all had!

  4. I’d go to a Cornhole game. Are there scholarships for that?

  5. Trisha says:

    I knew this post would be funny just from the title. “I am the great Cornholio! I need TP for my bunghole!” is one of my favorite lines from Beavis and Butthead. But I had no idea cornholing was a real, non-dirty thing! If I heard people talking about cornholing, I would have been just like Evil Squirrel and covered the kids’ eyes. If any version of that game is played here, we must have some less dirty-sounding West Coast name for it!

    • That may not be quite my favorite episode of B&B, but it was definitely the one that transformed the series from its more edgier but dull start into a hilarious guilty pleasure. I can’t imagine how Mike Judge and the gang even came up with The Great Cornholio… it all seems so random!

      I guess that’s your assignment for next week… look into the Pacific Northwest cornholing underbelly. I’ll bet they play it upstairs at you know where! 😉

      • Trisha says:

        LOL!!! They probably did play cornholing there back in the brothel heydays! As curious as I am about whether the real, non-dirty game of cornholing made it to the Pacific Northwest, I’m not brave enough to go around asking any old timers. It just sounds too dirty!

  6. gh0stpupp3t says:

    Ahhh!!! I remember that. Gods I loved B&B. Still do. 🙂 Cornholio! *dies laughing*

  7. Merbear74 says:

    Cleveland rocks.
    I suck at cornhole.
    That is all.

  8. JackieP says:

    Cornhole…..really? I’m from Wisconsin and I’ve never heard of this!! Hm, must be my avoiding socializing that did it too. lol
    I will have to tell my mom about this. She will get the biggest giggle. She loves words that sound dirty but aren’t. 😉 Like say the word ‘vagina’ around her and she will bust out with a fit of giggles better than anyone I’ve ever known……

    • I can’t help but laugh around dirty sounding words… that was kind of the whole appeal to Beavis & Butthead! Before watching that cartoon, I had no idea there was such a thing as crampons…

  9. 1jaded1 says:

    We do cornholio up here, at the Sox games, too. Snicker at the word every single time.

  10. crimsonowl63 says:

    Mer is right. Cleveland Rocks and I also suck at Cornhole. I can’t believe when I saw the first pic I didn’t notice the cornhole, but I thought, hey that looks like downtown Cleveland. I think it is pretty difficult to talk about cornhole at all without giggling. Cornhole tournaments! Cornhole at picnics, family reunions and now right on the street.

    • So judging by what my Cleveland contingent has said, can I assume this is a very popular activity in the area? I’m surprised Cleveland hasn’t marketed itself as the cornholing capital of the world yet! 😉

  11. Quirky Girl says:

    Cornholes and The Great Cornholio! Good ol’ Beavis and Butthead. That was actually one of my favorite episodes way back when. 😀

  12. gentlestitches says:

    My friend who lives south of Swan Hill in a town called Tittybong, thinks you Americans have funny names for things. 😀

  13. Mental Mama says:

    My hairdresser plays that game a lot when she goes camping with her family. I think she even makes the bags sometimes and sells them. Weird name though.

  14. markbialczak says:

    Worst named game ever, Bill. Just saying. Do you know where those bean bags have been? 😮

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