Sunday, July 29, 2007

More Rain.....But We Got In A Game!

Having tentatively planed a Summer-Boule-Get-Together, on Sunday, the weather forecast foresaw many a gray cloud heading our way, so with the humidity soring we called it off , but by late morning the rain hadn't come so we dashed out and managed to get a few games in before the first drops hit the Oak leaves. So we will be having a Brooklyn Boule get together in a few weeks, when the crazy weather returns to normalish. Stay tuned for more updates...

Friday, July 27, 2007

Sweaty Early Morning Boule Practice.......

Hmmmmmmm.... The humidity of a confused New York Summer. Bruce and I have taken to playing early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day, but alas it's not that easy. Yet our wonderful photographer Lilly caught us dripping in action as the boule rolled under the Oaks....

New Photo Updates From Bastille Day......

Check below or click "HERE" for a few more images of Brooklyn Boule playing in the Bar Tabac Tournament 2007. I beleive there is still more to come so i shall keep uploading as they come in.....

Monday, July 23, 2007

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Petanque America's Photo Album From Bastille Day At Bar Tabac 2007

Finally a collection of nice photos is now available on Petanque America's Blog, a comprehensive record of that fine day under a hot Brooklyn sun. Thanks to Philippe and all the other photographers for submitting their pics, but if there are any more please let us know...

Bastille Day Album
The Finals Album

Petanque America

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Ahhhh..... Back under the oaks on a cool Tuesday night, as the Bastille day falls into a time past, now it's the return to our own Piste and the comfort of rough terrain, broken glass, hand made dirt-castles and the Tuesday Knights. Nothing quite beats Home Sweet Home...... Not to mention that Bruce has caught the fever and is now playing like a pro, or is it the power of the quest of the Grail that has won him over?......we shall see. But the gallant Knights share the park well and let us play in peace, but for how long? Will there be more? What else will McCarren Park draw, Civil War reenactments? Pig racing? public executions? Who knows, but it's home and it's fun, what ever night of the week and there's always room for petanque....Let the Boule Roll Brooklyn style......

Missing in Action......

From Petanque America:

An appeal for photos......

Right after the trophy awards at BarTabac in Brooklyn, my camera disappeared.It must have dropped from my belt (with or without the help of someone else...) and that was it.Which means I have lost around 300 photos of Bryant Park (D'Artagnan Trophy) , the PïtStop tournament, the 60th Street Bastille Fair, and BarTabac...Anyone who has photos of these events, please email them so we can share them

In addition:

Lost in Brooklyn

Not just petanque games were lost in Brooklyn, there were some other things as well. Namely, Philippe Boet's digital camera with hundreds of photos in the memory of the entire Bastille Day weekend, as well as Joe Z.'s cellphone which had hundreds of telephone numbers in it (probably 90% women) - kidding. So, if anyone back on Smith Street, or thereabouts sees a digital camera speaking in French

"Brooklyn Boule" is offering a "HUGE" reward for the return of Philippe's camera but not for the cell phone......

Monday, July 16, 2007

Bastille Day in Brooklyn, vive le France.

Thanks to just2w4tch

Bar Tabac Bastille Day Petanque Tournament 2007 - Bruce, Bruce and Bruce....Bonza!!!!

Well Well Well, another exciting, yet, excruciating July 15th in Brooklyn Bar Tabac Tournament, as the sun beat down all day long. As the Bruces didn't quite make the cut for the final 8 teams out of 40 (40 Blue/40 Red) we left early for some liquid refreshments and unfortunately missed the finals (and the rain); and we're still waiting to here the results and how the weather effected the end games. So I shall leave this post open and update as I gather more information.

Brooklyn Boule's Bruces put up a great fight all the way through, playing fantastically on a road covered with sand, not our usual terrain, and we missed the shade of the Oaks. Superb pointing by Laura; and Mark and Tristram aggressively shooting, pointing and the occasional carreau, united our teams harmony, friendship and love for the game. Many thanks Bruces and may our pride and perseverance see us there next year. Roll on 2008........

"Brooklyn Boule" would like to thank Bar Tabac, Robin des Bois, Ricard, Ernesto Santos, La boule newyorkais, all the other fine and friendly players at the Bar Tabac Bastille Day tournament and to our mentor and great friend Christophe Chambers.

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Here's what La boule newyorkais posted on their site:
Sunday eighty teams played in the sweltering heat in Brooklyn, on Smith Street, outside of Bar Tabac. We had teams and players come from Philadelphia, Detroit, Westchester, California, and as far as Morocco. The quarter-finals were all teams from LBNY. In the finals, Team Jeannot-Frank-Lahouari beat Team Mo-Loi-Hery, 11-5.

Here's an article in The New York Sun: A Sand-Filled Bastille Day Storms Brooklyn

PS: If anyone has any pictures, video or stories of the tournament; or "Brooklyn Boule" playing, please send them to
so I can put them on the Blog.....Thanks.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Bruces' Bastille Bash

Cheers to Team Bruce for excellent play today;
I'm proud to be a part such a fine team.

Blazing sun, good friends, great boule...
Cheers to all the other teams who played today.
Here's to the next tourney!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Happy Bastille Day........

As the French Celebrate Bastille day all around the world, Brooklyn Boule take our hats off to you. And may the Boule be rolling to the sounds of the "The Marseillaise" and the sipping of pastis. VIVE LA FRANCE!!

Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix

We will be paying our respect and participating, tomorrow, at the Bar Tabac Tournament. See you then..... Clack Clack!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Brooklyn Based

Brooklyn Based is a local web newsletter guide to events and happenings around Brooklyn. They have posted a short article about the Bastille Day Bar Tabac tournament. It's always nice to have press about Petanque and also to let people know that the game is pretty much played all year round (especially with the invention of Petanque Molle)


Tuesday Night Knights....

Last night the Knights were back, attacking each other with sword-like broom handles. Drawing quite a crowd as we played peacefully beside them, the whack! whack! of simulated amour and the occasional grunt wasn't too distracting,in the cool air after a very hot day in Brooklyn. The gathering onlookers with cameras out, were definitely yearning for a fatal blow or at least a bit of blood, but alas..... Clack! Clack!......

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Bar Tabac Bastille Day

Information from Bar Tabac

Join us for the biggest Bastille Day celebration outside of France! Sunday July 15, 2007, Bar Tabac, Robin des Bois, and Ricard sponsor a day-long outdoor festival celebrating all things French. Brooklyn's Smith Street is closed to traffic between Bergen and Pacific Streets where the tarmac is transformed to sandy pŽtanque courts. Live Music (Blue Orchid) and a wide variety of tasty food options fuel a scene that is growing in size and reputation with each new year. Bring the kids for a great Sunday afternoon! Bar Tabac and Robin des Bois will be serving brunch and dinner as usual. Out on the street the grill offers merguez sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, and of course, French fries! The outdoor uvette serves up beer, Ricard, and chilled rosŽ. Fly the tri-color and pitch some boules with us.

128 Smith Street @ Dean Street

Take the G or F to Bergen Street Station

For images of previous years click "HERE"

Hope to see you there...

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Monday, July 9, 2007


Our dear friend Tom stopped over after a hot Central Park Summer Stage performance, the day before, with The Cinematic Orchestra. Coupling up with Laura, the SOUUUUUFFFFF London Absentee, now Bouling over Barcelona, proceeded to kick the Bruce's Behinds, three games in a row; and leave with a smile on his face. I blamed it on too much early morning coffee, but maybe it's the "Pork and Clams" that work wonders for these Europeans. We demand a rematch, sans coffee.Bless you Tom, come back soon.........

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Bruce's New Boule....

Finally Mark acquired his first set of competition boule, through Petanque America and Phillipe's marvelous support of boule players all around America. Thanks Phillipe. And to celebrate we had lovely pre 4th of July afternoon in the Park shaded under the Oaks, and a perfect sunny day with a light breeze, cooling us as finally the weather has been tamed and it felt like late spring. Then returned in the evening, playing along side the Medieval Knights fighting each other in full battle regalia, truly bizarre, not sure if they do that every week but Tuesday seems to be their day of warned they "reenact" right by the Piste under the oaks and have weapons covered in duct tape. Gotta-lov-it.....