Many years ago, a number of the members of the G:TB editorial staff were among the founding fathers of the Northern Virginia region of the Magnificent Seven croquet league. Not exactly Etonian stuff, Mag 7, in which teams of seven competitors engaged in parallel competitions that tested both their croquet skills and their tolerance for mid-label beer. The croquet, in most cases, served as a pleasant diversion while each team raced to be the first to finish their allotted keg of suds.
As you might guess, most Mag 7 competitions ended in some form of disaster.
On one (less than) memorable occasion, one of our number (who shall remain
nameless but might be typing this) found himself passed out on top of a storage
shed and ripped a hole in his jeans from crotch to ankle while attempting to
climb down. On another, the homeowner who foolishly agreed to host the festivities
looked up to see one of the participants urinating from a second story window
upon the driveway below. Still a third time, the valiant warriors of the Sevens
awoke to find a backyard tree entirely spray-painted copper.
Imagine our surprise and pride, then, to stumble upon news of the evolution
of our sport. On April 28 and 29, the William and Mary Tribe Croquet Club swept
both the individual and team titles to earn the overall championship in the UnitedStates Croquet Association Collegiate Division at the historic Merion Club in
Haverford, PA. Stuart Veal and Dixon Muller won the individual title to pace
the Tribe, who topped traditional croquet powers such as SUNY New Paltz,
Oklahoma Wesleyan, and Northern Virginia Community College to claim the title.
Hark on the Gale, young Tribesman. You’ve mastered half of the skillset
necessary to succeed in Magnificant Seven play.