Polo Anyone?

September 10th, 2010, 4:45 pm by Greg

Polo @ Saratoga

Editor’s note: You might think that Nippertown’s man about town Andrzej Pilarczyk has his hands full going out to see, photograph and write about concerts almost every night – sometimes two or three concerts on the same night. Ah, but apparently that’s not the case. This summer, Andrzej also discovered the joys of polo…

Watching a polo match is kind of like seeing an amalgam of about six other sports. There’s the lightning-fast speed of basketball and soccer with the ball flying back and forth from one side of the field to the other. You have sticks to hit the ball, like in hockey with lots of physical pushing – including even the occasional body slam. There are elements of horse racing with ponies and riders streaking across the field to get to the ball first and bang it up field through the goal. And last but not least, polo even reminds you a little bit of croquette because of the size of the ball and the shape of the mallets used to bang it around.

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