Mac & Mike's Pick: Irish Road Bowling

By WEEK Producer

May 9, 2011 Updated May 9, 2011 at 10:49 PM CDT

If you've never heard of Irish Road Bowling--you're forgiven. Neither had we until this piece of video happened our way.

The requirements and rules are fairly simple. First of all, you need a road. Anyone will do, however someplace without much traffic is preferred--for reasons soon to be obvious.

Secondly, you need the ball -- a two pound steel ball the size of a tennis ball.

Players try to heave the ball down a road for-say-three miles. The player with the fewest throws wins. A road shower advises the player about the throw like a caddy, while another helper stands ahead of the thrower, feet apart, to show the best line or path in the
road.

In Ireland, this sort of thing has been going on since the 1600s...

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