Knitting, Dogs and More: BLOG CONTEST

Monday, July 11, 2005

BLOG CONTEST

This has nothing to do with knitting. It is just something silly I’ve tried to figure out and just can’t remember from my childhood. I REALLY want to know for some reason and thought a little contest might do the trick.

Okay, Here it is:

When I was a child we used to play a game. It started with two teams. You would be at opposite ends of the playing field (someone’s front yard). The team whose turn it was (team A) would choose a profession. (Let’s use Cowboy for an example). The teams would meet in the middle and we would say a chant (call and response). At the end of the chant team A would act out their profession (cowboy – riding horses, roping, etc.) As soon as someone from the other team guessed what it was and yelled it out, team A would have to run back to their side of the field with the other team chasing them. If someone was tagged they went to the other team. The game was over when there was only one team or when someone's Mom called us home. This was one of my favorite games!

Now the contest is, tell me the complete chant if you know it (or can find it). I’ll give you clues from my memory: The chant was in call and response form. One of the responses was “Lemonade”. Another part was “Where are you from?” and the response was “New Orleans!”

The Winner will recieve a set of hand-made stitch markers (I'll ask you questions about colors and preferences to make them custom for you) and I'll look for something I can offer from my stash.

So if you know, either email me or leave a comment. Thanks everyone and take care!

Hi All, I think I may have mislead people with the reference I made to Red Rover on Fiber Raok group. The game is more like charades and tag put together with a catchy chant. The chant is what I'm after. Maybe the chant is something that is said without the game? If I remember more clues I'll post them in the comments.

5 Comments:

Blogger Debbie said...

Red Rover
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Red Rover (also known as Red Rover, Red Rover; Forcing the City Gates; Pom, Pom Pullaway; and Octopus Tag) is a game played primarily by children in which the players form two teams. Each team holds hands in a line, thus forming two parallel lines (or chains) facing each other. The game starts when the first team (usually the East or South team) calls out, "Red rover, red rover, send [name of player on opposite team] right over."

The immediate goal for the person called is to run to the other line and break the chain (formed by the linking of hands). If the person called fails to break the chain, this player joins the team which called "Red rover." However, if the player successfully breaks the chain, this player may take his/her pick of either of the two "links" broken by his/her successful jaunt. This unfortunate broken link then joins the team that had been called out. The other team then enjoys the opportunity and challenge of calling out "Red rover" for a player on the first team, and so on.

The ultimate goal for this game is for one long super-chain to be formed, thereby creating a symbiotic relationship amongst all the players. Ultimately, there are no losers in Red rover because a communal whole greater than the sum of its parts has been created, and some time has been spent in a collegial fashion amongst the diverse participants.

It should be noted that the east-west and north-south configurations are not hard and fast rules, so long as the participants are in agreement and form two lines approximately parallel to one another. In fact, given the relative absence of compasses or similar tools among likely players (small children) or even the adults charged with supervising said play, the alignment of the teams could fall along any points of the compass without violating any known regulatory authority.

The distance between the two lines is also subject to variation, but tends to fall within about 30 feet.

"Red rover" was very popular into the 1970s, but with the invention of other forms of entertainment for children (deriving mainly from electronic devices such as television and video games), the game has declined in its popularity and is primarily played on school or playgrounds, where such modern devices are not present.

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Strategy
The calling team will usually have a leader or confer to select the opposing player to call. Typically the weakest player is chosen to run. When running, the player has the choice of all the links. By selecting the weakest link, the chance of breaking the line increases.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Tori said...

Hi All, I think I may have mislead people with the reference I made to Red Rover on Fiber Raok group. The game is more like charades and tag put together with a catchy chant. The chant is what I'm after. Maybe the chant is something that is said without the game? If I remember more clues I'll post them in the comments.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Tori said...

Okay, I found my answer on the Internet. I'll still leave the contest as is to see if anyone else finds it or something similar. Glad I did the contest. I waited half the day and decided to search for it again. Take care all! Tori

7:21 PM  
Blogger Jenifer said...

Hmmm ... I'll have to think of this one! I'll get back ... Jenifer http://knittingat5337.blogdrive.com

7:25 AM  
Blogger Stariel said...

Is it this one?

Here we come
Where are you from?
New Orleans
What’s your trade?
Ice cream and lemonade

I vaguely remember playing this with my cousins - I think my aunt taught us.

9:21 AM  

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