Dodgeball, a "sport" that school boards have been trying to remove from the curriculum for years because it's allegedly demeaning, is hot these days. From Ben Stiller's Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story to the Game Show Network's Extreme Dodgeball, the game's a hit -- although not among teens in baggy gym uniforms. Instead, 18- to 35-year-olds are embracing this demolition derby, welts and all. For old and new enthusiasts, the American Dodgeball Federation recommends spending "plenty of time stretching, as it's easy to blow out a hamstring or injure your shoulder in this game." The website fails to mention ducking. But dodgeball fans will definitely remember to duck today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when South Suburban Parks and Recreation hosts Dodgin' in the Sun, an outdoor dodgeball tournament. Although the timing of the event may appear to be linked to the sport's sudden return to popularity, the district has actually been putting these tournaments on for the past three years. Dodgin' players need to be at least eighteen and must sign up in coed teams of six, evenly split by gender. The entry fee is $80 per team, but don't sweat it: After the rubber flies at deKoevend Park, 6315 South University Boulevard in Centennial, the good people at the Platte River Bar & Grill will provide participants with free beer, which should help soften the blows. For more information, call the SSPR at 303-798-7515. -- Cub Buenning
Rootin' Tootin' Shootin'
Buffalo Bill Days ride the golf range
For generations, legends have circulated about Buffalo Bill and his gun-slinging precision. Today, sharpshooters will once again take aim in his name -- on the links. Bill's fans will have eagles and birdies, not bison, in their sights at the annual Buffalo Bill Days Fossil Trace Golf Club Tournament, at 3050 Illinois Street in Golden. The $125 registration buys greens fees, balls, carts and admission to an awards buffet; the shotgun tee time is 1:30 p.m. The tourney fires off Golden's traditional Buffalo Bill Days, a weekend of fun that begins with a parade followed by a Wild West Show on Saturday, July 24, and a vintage car show on Sunday, July 25, in Parfet Park at 10th Street and Washington Avenue in Golden. "This is our biggest and best event yet," says organizer Charlene Pazar. "And now it has its very own golf tournament, too."
Ready, aim, fore! Call 303-384-0003 for golf registration and more information. -- Kity Ironton