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Summer Olympic Challenge: Zephyrs Place Silver!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 9:11 pm

Today was the final competition for the summer 2010 staff Olympics. As is the tradition, the event is a mystery. All the teams know is that we have to be ready to accomplish a number of odd tasks.

This year, the four competitors from each team had to:
Keep the Balls in the Air

  • juggle a beach ball without dropping it as they moved to their individual challenge. If you dropped it, you have to start that segment over

Use the Baloon Air to Clear Cups Off

  • Challenge 1 was to blow up a balloon and use the air in the balloon to blow paper cups off the top of a cardboard box (JP)

Toss 2 Balls in the Cone

  • Challenge 2 was to throw 2 tennis balls into a traffic cone that was being held on the forehead of the third team player (Prentice throwing to Barry)

Makes the Pedometer Go 150 Steps

  • Challenge 3 was to advance a funky pedometer forward 150 positions. The pedometer was mounted to a string that was tied around the team player’s head (Barry)

Mary Beth Edges Up the Hot Tamale

  • Challenge 4 was to balance a “hot tamale (candy)” on two secured-together pencils that were attached on two string on either end. The strings were draped over team member 4’s ears and the team member had to carefully raise the tamale laden pencil up to her mouth and eat the candy and do this THREE times (Mary Beth).

Without a doubt, Barry receive MVP Player of the Week for the Zephyrs. I think the pedometers were losing functionality by the time the last two teams got to them (That was us and our competitors, Klassy).

But since Klassy came in first and we came in second (By only TWO points), I guess it would be in bad taste to contest the results :-)

Kudos to the Grand Finale team: JP, Barry, Mary Beth and Prentice, who did ZSR Library proud today!
Mystery Task Team

Zephyrs roll the lanes in Week 4

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 7:37 pm

Carolyn rolls a strike!

The Zephyrs hit the lanes today to bowl in the Summer Olympics Challenge. We are an ethical group so didn’t try to sneak Wanda into the line up! It was tempting though…..Our primary competitors were Audra, Erik, JP and Carolyn. Carolyn was the anchor, with the most experience and consistency. Over the course of 2 games, she rolled at least 5 strikes! The first game was for top individual scores. We had fun. The second game was for overall best team. During this game, we were allowed to use substitutes, so Heather and Susan checked out some bowling shoes and joined in. Once again, we had fun! To see the bowling forms of some of the Zephyrs, check out these pics.

ZSR Zephyrs Bowlers

Zephyr Bowlers: Jean-Paul Bessou, Audra Eagle, Erik Mitchell, Carolyn McCallum, Heather Gillette. Not pictured (behind the camera), Susan Smith.

Zephyrs’ Summer Olympic Odyssey: Week 3

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 7:37 pm

This week was one of the most grueling weekly competitions: Inner Tube Water Polo. Not only is it physically challenging (you have to paddle up and down the pool chasing the ball and warding off attacks from the opposing team), but you have to show yourself to all your University colleagues in a swim suit!


This year the starting line up was all women: Carolyn, Heather, Mary Beth, and Susan (what’s with that, guys???). Carolyn manned the net and the rest of us ranged over the court. We soon found out why it’s important to have a guy or two on your team. This year the court was the full length of the pool with a shooting distance limitation that prevented getting in close and doing “layups”. In essence, you had to be a three-point type of shooter to throw all the way into the goal, something that is hard for us ladies to accomplish. We excelled at getting to the ball first and getting into position, but just didn’t have the strength to slam a shot in from a third court away :-(

So, Erik came to the rescue in the second half (which were LONG 7 minute halves). Carolyn rotated out, MB took over goalie duties and we made Erik our shooter. It was a tough battle against a talented (strong) team, but Erik prevented us from getting skunked and scored one goal.

Erik Takes a Shot at Goal

The upside to losing our match is that we didn’t have to go into the semifinals, which would have been even more brutal. We still eked out a tie for third place (hmm, the only teams that didn’t place were the ones that didn’t show up!).

JP and Audra served as the photographers so there are more images to see (and laugh at!). Prentice came to cheer us on and brought Travis. It was a fun event in spite of all our challenges.

Stay tuned for next week: Bowling! (wish we could put Wanda in as our ringer).

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