Why Broomball Rules
Everyone stinks, and everyone knows it
What is it about broomball that makes it BU’s most popular intramural sport? “Nobody is very good at it,” says Scott Nalette, manager of intramural sports at BU. “Nobody has a chance to practice, so everyone plays at the same level, and everyone knows that.”
Broomball is a strange sport: one part ice hockey, one part curling, one part golf, and several thousand parts silliness. Players are expected to move rapidly on perfectly smooth ice, wearing rubber-soled shoes while hitting a ball into a net with a broom-like stick. To most spectators, the only thing that makes any sense is the object of the game: scoring more points than the opposing team. The rest appears to be confusion, adrenalin, and fun. A lot of fun, apparently, because this past year, BU intramural broomball had 106 teams — none of them very good.
Alan Wong can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Why Broomball Rules" originally appeared on BU Today on April 4, 2007.