Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Nerf H-O-R-S-E games transcend this world

The more I learn about Nerf balls, the more I question the human race.

As a lad growing up in Cleveland, Nerf balls were a part of my everyday existence. The foam football was fabulous and the basketball - forget it about! I'd play H-O-R-S-E and have slam dunk contests with friends and family. Sometimes, Nerf H-O-R-S-E games transcended this world.

Who didn't love Nerf balls?

As I recently reminisced about Nerf balls, I realized that I hardly see them any more, and I was wondering why. After doing some extensive Internet research, I learned that the Nerf company took a drastic turn in the 1990s. Instead of marketing their cushy, lovable balls, the company focused on selling NERF guns and killing devices.The Nerf company is now about guns and rockets and crap like that. The company went awry and even chose an equally horrid slogan - "It's Nerf or nothing!"

I have toyed with the idea of embracing the new Nerf world. Maybe I'd get a couple Nerf guns and blast the XMan. But, no, when given the choice of "Nerf or nothing," I choose nothing.

But that doesn't mean I still don't fondly remember my slam-dunk contests and super-human H-O-R-S-E games.

"OK, this one, you got to bounce it off the floor, then bank it in off the ceiling. Lefty."

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