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Hey New York: Kickball Ruined D.C. First

Kickball D.C.

On the Lower East Side of Manhattan, residents have launched a petition to try to ban kickball from the neighborhood, on the grounds that "it is a very frat-house behavior." ""I have lived in the neighborhood when there were gangs running around, heroin, but this is one of the most annoying, obnoxious things," three-decade Lower East Sider Karen Gehres says.

But like our very own Capital Bikeshare—which, upon importation to New York, drove the Wall Street Journal's Dorothy Rabinowitz completely insane—kickball's been stirring up trouble in D.C. for a lot longer. Eight years ago, the "sport" generated a federal lawsuit. Yet another case of the District starting a trend and New York following behind!

The difference, of course, is that bike-sharing is actually a pretty great concept, while kickball for adults really is one of the most annoying, obnoxious things.

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  • john

    Why don't they have a duck-duck-goose league on the mall like every other "sport"? Or do they?

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