This routine from actor/comedian Jeff Lewis may be, simultaneously, the reason for the existence of Streetplay.com and our choice for “video of the century.” As Rod Serling would say, “submitted for your approval”…
It is like the Twilight Zone, isn’t it? No further comment from us other than, “Get out and play.” Thanks again to the ever perspicacious Lenore Skenazy for bringing this video to our attention.
Steve was a good man and a friend to Streetplay. His absence is still sorely missed. His name and memory lives in our hearts and minds at Streetplay as well as legions of people in the NYC stickball community.
Steve Mercado plays stickball on the National Mall, 2001
We were sad to hear of today’s passing of Dennis Hopper. Dennis and Streetplay crossed paths in 1999 during the filming of Knockaround Guys, which featured a scene where he and John Malkovich played handball (see our coverage of behind-the-scenes action). Here’s the film trailer:
This wasn’t Hopper’s crowning cinematic achievement (they waited until 2002 to even release the picture), but we still have fond memories of seeing him chasing a little blue ball around the court.
Perhaps more memorable in Hopper’s connection to sport was his popular series of Nike advertisements playing the paranoid, unhinged character Stanley. Here’s a memorable ad, a 1995 Super Bowl commercial:
Also not to be forgotten is Hopper’s portrayal of the down-and-out “Shooter” in the film Hoosiers. Here’s a scene featuring a temporarily rehabilitated Shooter:
We’ve mentioned Lenore Skenazy more than once here on our blog; here’s a video of her positing the idea that parents don’t necessarily need to get involved and drive their kids’ play, suggesting that it may actually be detrimental. After Lenore, a bunch of mothers you’ve never heard of chime in, agreeing or disagreeing based on their own experiences.
It would have been preposterous, at least for me or anyone I ever knew as a child, for parents to hunker down with us as we played stickball, skully, or anything else outside. That time was referred to as “going out to play” by parents and kids alike. We figured things out on our own, learned basics of fair play, wrote our own script for the day. And had fun.
I did play board games like Scrabble enough with my parents, but that’s not what I remember as “play.” What do you all think?
Careful readers of this blog may remember our last post about Baron Ambrosia, the host of Bronxnet’s show Bronx Flavor, and a YouTube clip showing him playing handball against someone dressed like Divine’s character in Pink Flamingos. The Baron has explained it all in his recently released episode: he’s playing for the Bronx against the evil “Queen of Westchester” to determine the ownership of City Island:
Baron Ambrosia plays handball-click to watch the episode on BronxFlavor.com
The Baron doesn’t provide an embed code for us to plant the show in our blog–and it’s not on YouTube–so click through Web 1.0 style and enjoy the contest! By the way: I’ve seen The Queen of Westchester many a time lurking through the Galleria in White Plains.
So as we’re putting together our Streetplay YouTube channel, we stumbled across this video of people playing a “Traditional Malaysian game” with bottlecaps on a round tabletop. Looks like fun!
If anyone has more information on what the heck this game is called or how it’s played, let us know in the comments section of this post! Until we find out, we’re going to call it “Malaysian skully“–kind of like “Chinese handball” but hopefully without the racist overtones.
We had videos on Streetplay way before there was a YouTube, but we have to admit, those guys have done it a little better than us. So, in the “if you can’t beat ’em, use ’em” kind of way, we’ve added our own channel on YouTube:
The LaGrange Crew working hard to dry the courts after a summer shower. nbsp; nbsp; LA GRANGE, Ill. nbsp; -- nbsp; The 24th Annual LaGrange 3-Wall Tournament (http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=14134) will be held in conjunction with the 2015 National 3-Wall Junior Championships, hosted by the Illinois Handball Association (http://www.illinoishandball.org/). nbsp; The courts at LaGrange #39;s Gordon Park […]
Finalist Timbo Gonzalez (left) with new Men #39;s Pro Singles champion Tywan Cook. nbsp; Gonzalez teamed with Allan Sanchez to win the Men #39;s Pro Doubles over last year #39;s champs Oscar Cardenas and Givonni Vazquez. nbsp; QUEENS, N.Y. -- A round of new champions were crowned for all Men #39;s and Women #39;s Pro […]
Chavez/Lenning win Four-Wall Doubles. nbsp; Hernandez/Ruiz win Inaugural Four-Wall Big Ball Doubles. nbsp; Samzon Hernandez steps into a shot in the Men #39;s Big Ball Open Doubles final. nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- Eleven years after winning his first Open Doubles title, 41-year-old Marcos Chavez won again-this time with Sean Lenning. nbsp; […]
The accompanying ldquo;Study of Protective Eyewear for Handball rdquo; was conducted last winter at Pacific University. Principal investigators were Benjamin Schmid and David Steinberg. Consultants were Karl Citek, MS, O.D., PhD, and Professor Fraser Horn, O.D., chairman of the Sports Vision Council of the American Optometric Association. Videographer was Jeff Kastner. See the unabridged Study […]
USHA #39;s Tournament Calendar! (component/option,com_extcalendar/Itemid,266/extmode,flat/) nbsp; nbsp; Just go to the new USHA Tournament Submission (tournamentBuilder.pl) page to include your event. nbsp; Once approved, it will appear on the USHA Tournament Calendar and the New Interactive Tournament Map. (TournamentBuilder/TournamentMap.html) CHECK OUT THE NEW MAP HERE (TournamentBuilder/TournamentMap.html). Now players can just look at the Tournament Map […]
Join us this Sunday as we congratulate this year's All Stars from each of the NYESL teams and celebrate Father's day. Each team has voted their best players to represent their teams in Sundays exhibition. Tito Rivera will manage the best players from the Emperors, Leland Legends, Saints and Brew Crew top players representing the […]
The 1st place Emperors, Leland, Gold & Ravens had a chance to gain ground in the standings as each team played games versus 2 teams from this set on Sunday. The other set of games were played between the 2nd place Royals, DBacks, Saints & Brew Crew. On Field 2 Gold vs Leland was a matchup between the top 2 regular […]
D'Backs vs Ravens- The D'Backs and Ravens both come into this game struggling. After their good start to the season, the D'Backs are 1-5-1 in their last seven games. The Ravens have had a tough season, but still have some time to turn things around. Gold vs Saints- The Saints come into week 7 as one […]
JC Saints 5 vs Emperors 3- The Emperors were riding high after taking the Memorial Day crown, but they ran into a Saints team who was looking to bounce back from the curse of 6-0. The Emperors opened the scoring in the 2nd inning on Eric's RBI triple. RBI's by 40 and Ty extended the […]
After much anticipation, the 2015 NYESL Memorial Day tournament has come and gone and the Bronx Emperors were the last team standing. The Emperors have been on an impressive run the last few years, and continued to show the stickball world why they are the team to beat. The weekend was filled with plenty of […]