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Sunday, March 30, 2014

MooPig's "I Feel a Limerick Coming on" Department :: "Rugby, Warwickshire, England"

It Takes Leather Balls, and a Little Bit of Dementia, to Play Rugby
Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Mar 30, 2014  |  Bryan TX

[Picture Credit] St Andrew's Church, in the town center, is Rugby's original parish church. A church has stood on the site since the 13th century.

Rugby, Warwickshire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Rugby is most famous for the invention of rugby football, which is played throughout the world. The invention of the game is credited to William Webb Ellis whilst breaking the existing rules of a football match played in 1823 at Rugby School, which is near the center of Rugby."

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It's a shame that I cannot justify paying cable TV so I can watch Rugby. There is one sport channel for Rugby, but I would have to subscribe. Watching online is expensive too. It takes a bunch of Gigabytes to stream anything these days. I only have 5 Gb's a month on my computer here at work for $59.99, that is about one Gb per week.

Young athletes see themselves as invincible and indestructible. The pursuit of short-term athletic glory overshadows the specter of long-term disability, especially when the symptoms of C.T.E. may be delayed by decades. No one knows certain how much head trauma is needed for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, C.T.E., to develop. But for some of us who are candidates for C.T.E., it would explain some of those rugby songs we used to sing:

Rang a Dang Doo

[Starts with The Chorus:]

A Rang A Dang Doo
Pray, what is that?
Its got fur all around
Like a pussy cat
Its oval shaped
And its split in two
And that’s what we call
A rang a dang doo

I knew a girl,
Whose name was Jeane
She was the sweetest girl
I’d ever seen
She loved a boy
Who was straight and true
He longed to play
On her Rang a Dang Doo


She took him to
Her father’s house
They crept upstairs
Quiet as a mouse
They locked the doors
And the window too
They played all night
On her rang a dang doo

The very next day
Her father said
You've gone and lost,
Your maiden head
So pack your bags
And your suitcase too
And bugger off, with your rang a dang doo

So she went off to be a whore,
And hung this sign above her door:
"One dollar each and three for two
To take a crack at her rang a dang doo."


They came by twos, they came by fours,
Until at last they came in scores,
But she was glad when they were through
For she still had her rang a dang doo.

Then Mary’s came
And Mary’s went,
Her price dropped down
To 50 cents
She got the crabs
And the herpes too
That was the end of her rang a dang doo

And now she lies beneath the sod;
Her soul, they say, is gone to God,
But down in Hell, when Satan's blue,
He takes a whirl at her rang a dang doo.

As you can see I am partial to anthologies. My last comfort and longest friend in travel companionship is my battered and well fingered "why was He Born so Beautiful, and other Rugby Songs," Prefaced by Michael Green. My weathered 1972 copy has been with me, just like my F2 Nikkormat, all over the world.

"Editorial Note: For more specialized insights into the social psychology of these songs, and to the fans who evidently take pleasure from singing them, a recent article by the eminent psychiatrist Dr. Stafford Clark is recommended."

I played football through high school. I went to a small private university, that had a football team, but I wanted to try something new. In college I took up Rugby.

I soon learned how to fake an injury for the team. Yes, sometimes the team is gasping for air, and barely able to scrum up, so the captain quietly whispers "Two Minutes Darnell" ... and I would feign an injury so the team could get a two minute blow. Sometimes, I didn't need to fake an injury, as some long legged Fly Half would run right over me, or a rabid Hooker who had it in for me.

You see, Rugby goes forward as the clock runs, there is no break between plays, and if you stop with the ball or fall down with it, you are the epicenter of a loose ruck. Plenty of opportunity to fake your own injury.

That's MooPig's Report from the Middle, where the men are meritorious, women are strong, and the children are above average. Thank you, Garrison Keillor.

Having taken part in two of the sports on the list, American Football and Rugby, I remember having my bell rung many times in practice and in games. It got to be a game in itself to see how fast I could recover in order to get back in the game. I played lineman, Guard, in the pit where head and shoulder strikes are the name of the game.

I plan to donate my brain to the institution that could slice it up and study it after I am gone. I think it will help many in their struggles with mid-life dementia.


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