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the northwood playground: [Aug. 14th, 2004|11:12 am]
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[What's on blast? |coolin at the playground, ya know? by another bad creation]

remember the games you played in elementary school? do you? you may have or have not played these games cause elementary playground games had different names depending on your geographical location and im sure sometimes the rules of a particular game varied but i think at the core, alot of the games were similar. now the word old school would be fitting right now but these games arent "old" cause im sure elementary kids are STILL playing these games today...you know, in between taking calls on their cell phones and two way paging their homies on which drinking fountain to meet up at.

butts up:

now i know what youre thinking: "what kind of sick ass games did this school have you kids playing?!" the name is very misleading but truthfully this game was the shit in elementary school. the game was played with a tennis ball and you could play, oh i dont know up to 5 kids max maybe. you could in essence have as many players as you want but too many kids got crowded. and the object of the game was to simply throw the ball against the wall and thats it. kids would just throw the ball against the wall as hard as they could and someone else would get the ball and proceed to throw it against the wall as hard as they could themselves. sound boring? well to us elementary kids this was alot of fun. but if you missed the ball and if the ball(either from bouncing off the wall from a previous throw or you attempting to catch the ball coming towards you) hit the ground after touching you, you have to abandon the ball(which is now a "live" or "wild" ball) and immediately run towards the wall and touch it BEFORE another kid playing with you retrieves the ball and throws and hits the wall BEFORE you manage to touch it. if you get to the wall first then its all good, youre safe. but if you dont, then you have to stand facing the wall with your arms extended(like a policeman would a criminal) while everyone playing with you gets a shot to throw the tennis ball as hard as they can at your ass, hence the name butts up.

heads up 7up:

this game isnt a "playground game" but a classic game nonetheless. it was one of those games we played on rainy days. this game really has no winners at all. seven kids were in front of the class. the teacher would turn the lights off and the game would begin. the rest of the class laid their heads down on their desk with their eyes closed and their hand extended with their thumb sticking up. the seven kids in front went out and each touched a person. that person would put his or her thumb down. then the seven would say "heads up seven up", the teacher would turn the lights back on and each student got one chance to guess which of the seven touched him if they guessed right than they changed places. if they did not the same person got to stay up.

i love this game but when youre playing with a bunch of elementary kids youre gonna get alot of cheating, so youd often see kids with their heads down and thumbs up but their face was looking down but off the table a little so you could see the people walking around and if you got picked you got a glance of their shoes and could then figure out who picked you. it was hilarious when the round of picking was over and the lights came on the people that got picked started scanning the shoes of the kids that were doing the picking haha. in my defense, if i hadnt done this, i would have never guessed who picked me.

steal the bacon:

now this was the classic right here. this was the one. this is the epitome of all elementary playground games(even though some may argue kick ball but id have to disagree). you know the rules and if you dont you better ask somebody. seriously, if you never played steal the bacon, you were a deprived youngin. even kids that grew up without parents turn out better than kids that have never played s.t.b., being deprived of stb is a overlooked form of child abuse imo. you divide your class in half have them line up on opposite sides of say a basketball court(long ways), go down the line and number off with the kid standing parallel from you. then you place the chalkboard eraser(bacon) in the middle of the court and your teacher calls out random numbers and once your number is called you have to run out and retrieve the "bacon" and bring it back to your side before the other kid with your number steals it and takes it to their side, simple. this game provides so much joy and laughter as a kid. cause it was so suspenseful waiting for your number to be called. you constantly thinking "is my number next? is my number next?" lol, now this game is really unfair to overweight kids and you ALWAYS rejoiced when you got numbered against a bigger, slower kid. i remember always trying to line myself up against a slower kid, it was part of the game. this game also made for great rivalries. cause you knew the fast kids in your class from the daily game of tag so when you saw to fast kids paired up you know once their number was called it was gonna be good and this very game of steal the bacon would determine who was the faster of the two. this game is so dope, im thinking of calling all of my friends and getting a pick up game of street steal the bacon going. people walking by would laugh at first but within 5 minutes, theyd be playing. im telling you.

this is hands down my FAVORITE elementary playground game of all time.


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[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-08-14 12:55 pm (UTC)

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"wall ball" was on my list to write about but i chose not to add it cause then this post would be so long haha. i LOVE wall ball. it was very much the shit!
From: sunlitesearcher
2004-08-14 01:29 pm (UTC)

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isnt wall ball the same thing as butts up?
hmm...i never heard of butts up...it just sounded like wall ball....maybe east coast kids dun have the same games ;)
haha- steal the bacon was never in elem school 4 me....it was used at as basketball drill...2 learn 2 b super agressive...girls on the bball team would take it so seriously haha
heads up 7 up was a good one
hehe, did u ever play silent ball?
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-08-14 05:17 pm (UTC)

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well, im my school wall ball was played with a bigger red bouncy ball. and the rules were different, our wall ball was a one on one game where the ball would have to hit the ground first before hitting the wall and you would take turns hitting it and when one kid allowed the ball to hit the ground twice or hit the wall before it hitting the ground first was out and the next kid in line would be up.

that was our version of wall ball.

i remember silent ball! haha, i know im forgetting ALOT of playground games.
From: ang3lxsw33t13
2004-08-14 12:34 pm (UTC)

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Wow... I remember those games... lol. Those were the good times. =)
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-08-14 12:57 pm (UTC)

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seriously, how can people forget "heads up 7up" and "steal the bacon"? good times right?

honorable mentions:

kick ball
wall ball
freeze tag
[User Picture]From: aurenfaie
2004-08-14 12:58 pm (UTC)

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I loved Heads Up 7-up when I was a child!! Also Red Rover, Red Rover and Red Light, Green light. And I remember Steal the Bacon, too, but not too clearly. XD Ah... nostalgia!
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-08-15 12:00 am (UTC)

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i love how everyone remembers these games. you know i hardly played red rover but mad kids at my school did.
[User Picture]From: flaminglips
2004-08-14 01:00 pm (UTC)

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butts up = the BEST!!!!

but I loved heads up 7up, too.

and stb. and all those games... red rover, etc.

good times.
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-08-15 12:05 am (UTC)

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good times indeed flaming lips. i swear to god next time theres a picnic in the park with my friends, im bringing a chalk board eraser.
From: arkera
2004-08-14 01:59 pm (UTC)

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Oh HELL YES... STB!!! I was the badass mother fucker on the court!

...man, good times those were.
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-08-15 12:12 am (UTC)

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oh werd? haha you should have those pulp fiction wallets that say: bad ass motherfucker on it.
From: arkera
2004-08-16 12:59 am (UTC)

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Dude I like totally should. The entire world needs to know about my prowess @ STB. If it were an Olympic sport I'd be in Greece right now laying the smack down on the rest of the world.

...yes a wallet sounds badass.
[User Picture]From: korean_guy_01
2004-08-14 03:33 pm (UTC)

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I played all those games in elementary, but I think for Steal the Bacon we used a ball instead. Instead of Butts Up, it was Wall Ball.
[User Picture]From: korean_guy_01
2004-08-14 03:34 pm (UTC)

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By the way, nothing will ever beat dodgeball. Hitting someone in the head who couldn't shut their damn mouth over how great they were = BEST FEELING EVER.
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-08-14 05:20 pm (UTC)

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dodge ball was classic! yeah it didnt get much better than hitting a shit talker right square in the mouth. and then after sitting out, them getting back in and IMMEDIATELY chucking the ball and smackin them again. that always shut them up.
[User Picture]From: dularigandhi
2004-08-14 04:04 pm (UTC)

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we used to call "wall ball" "suicide" when i was kid, and i must say, i ROCKED at that game.

i was one of those little idiot cheaters at 7-up who looked at the shoes, lol. i was such a punk.

steal the bacon was nice, but i sucked at it.

but what i remember, and what i LOVED was "red light, green light, 1 2 3!" i was GREAT at that game. i can stop on a dime, lol.

great post, brought back a lot of memories. :)
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-08-14 05:24 pm (UTC)

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"suicide" would have been a way cooler name to use.

ahhh red light green light. that was a fun game cause it also had the suspense factor to it. your heart would pound so hard the closer you got to the finish. i never won that game cause i COULDNT stop on a dime.
[User Picture]From: dularigandhi
2004-08-14 06:26 pm (UTC)

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it takes a special finesse to stop on a dime, lol. thankfully i am blessed with all the coolness in the world. ;)

nah, but for real, i know what you mean about your heart pounding. sometimes your heart would be pounding so hard that you're sure you ARE moving, even when you're not. *sigh* what a great game. the last time i played was in my senior year in high school, when a bunch of us ladies did it in the hallway in our skirts and high heels. it was never more fun, so that pick up game of stb should work out just fine. :)
[User Picture]From: tuluum
2004-08-14 05:51 pm (UTC)

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never heard of those games :) mmm another bad creation :) i thought iwas the only person who still listened to them :D
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-08-14 11:52 pm (UTC)

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of course not! i still love that album! nearly every song i played out. "jealous girl" that new edition cover they did was classic though.

michael bivins brought out alot of groups in the early 90's.
[User Picture]From: m4n3k1_n3k0
2004-08-14 07:35 pm (UTC)

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i played dodgeball / king's court. that was my fave. you had to stand in a 3'x3' square, and there were four squares. they went counterclockwise, 4-3-2-1 in order. if you got out, you had to go in line, but when you got in, you'd start at the bottom-right 1 square.
the object was to take a tennis ball, and you had to crush it against any of the three opponents' areas, and they had to catch it on the way up. if they missed, and it dropped, they were out. you could whale on a square as hard as you could, and make the runt have to run half a kilometre to catch it, or you could fake out the leader by jumping high and spiking it down hard.... except you pull your shot, and let it just go *bip-bip* ..and he's eliminated. heh.

i'm sure it was called something else.
incidentally, the game always took a very fun turn in winter. you get to those -20C temperatures (what's that... -3000 Farenheit?) and the ball becomes a deadly weapon, capable of disemboweling. wellllll, maybe not. but it did have that potential of causing nosebleeds. heh.

lethal. pure lethal. *laughs*
i also loved 500-up. hit a baseball to a bunch of kids with gloves, and see who gets it.
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-08-14 11:59 pm (UTC)

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man, we never had kings court. but that sounds like a game i would have loved. i cant believe we didnt have that. and lol at pulling your shot and going *bip-bip*(nice choice of words), sneaky tactics are the best.

we played sort of a variation of 500 up. instead wed play with a bunch of soccer balls and a bunch of kids would be on both sides of a basketball court and wed just kick balls as high as we could back and fourth. well, i guess its not really like 500 up but whatever.
[User Picture]From: theninja
2004-08-15 06:56 pm (UTC)

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king's court, ya mean 4square! i used to ROCK some foursquare.

dude, i just got back from playing kickball. we play every sunday in the park, it's the ppl from the club i play at vs the restaurant down the street (for the most part). sundays are mad fun!

except when you pull a groin muscle. owwwwwch.

how about German Dodgeball? the variety that you see in the movie "dodgeball" . . . the kind with the circle, i consider the original form, but German style is the way to go. NOBODY gets me. NOBODY.

steal the bacon is the shit! hmmm. how about:

duck duck goose
red rover
and
SMEAR THE QUEER :-O
From: arkera
2004-08-16 01:01 am (UTC)

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Even though I don't know anyone who is posting on this thread we shoud still totally all get together some day just to relive our elementary school days since we all seem to agree that these games were one helluva lot more fun than anything we're doing right now.
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-08-16 11:50 am (UTC)

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arkera: yes, an lj game of steal the bacon would be fun. then when everyones tired of playing in the hot ass sun, we can go inside and play heads up 7up in a cool air conditioned classroom.
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-08-16 11:52 am (UTC)

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ninja: you still play kickball? man, that makes me jealous. im gonna get a league together now. thats awesome man.

smear the queer was alot of fun but we hardly got to tackle someone cause theyd launch it before people got to tackling them. so we'd take em down anyway. im not gonna lie, i abandoned that ball when heads got too close haha.
From: m4n3k1_n3k0
2004-08-16 08:44 pm (UTC)

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4square.. you're right.
so.. didja ever play it in the sub-zero? lethal!!!
*laughs*
[User Picture]From: oddrid
2004-08-16 12:16 pm (UTC)

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Heh, Heads Up Seven Up is considered an elementary school game? I still play that...

::has growing-up issues::
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-08-17 12:29 pm (UTC)

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lol

it should be an olympic event.
From: hedo319
2004-08-18 06:08 pm (UTC)

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Hey...started a new LJ, username is Kukavan. Will add you to that one, I probably won't use this one again.

All my damn 7th graders wanted to do when I was student teaching was play heads up 7up. No wonder they think Africa is a country. No time to worry about that type of shit.

And...I don't wanna sound dumb..but is the Wu's first LP Enter the Wu Tang 36 chambers? If so I'll have to send you my Bosnian rap CD where they rap over Tearz in Serbo-Croatian jibba jabba.

hope to talk to you soon

<3 Hedo
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-08-19 10:59 am (UTC)

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for sure, i'll add you man.

yeah "tearz" is on the first joint. thats the song right there. rza and ghost come fierce on that track. yeah send that cd man, i would be interested to check that out. i'll hit you up soon.