This section discusses many of the various types of shots that are known to have been attempted during a Rat Puck round. Each is also given a Nancyboy Rating from one Nancyboy rat to five Nancyboy rats indicating how much of a whimp out shot it is. Our friend the Nancyboy rat is used to indicate the rating. Click on him to see the full sized image of the Nancyboy rat. We think he's pretty cute!
Stud Puckin' refers to making shots in the most basic manner. The rat is pucked straight forward off the end of the stick. All shots are assumed to be Stud Pucks unless called otherwise. All of the rest of the shots listed below are called shots and must be announced prior to attempting them. Forgetting to call a shot appropriately is a "Stroke penalty!" Most of the tournaments are run as Stud Puckin' only.
The Irish Curve is useful when your rat is lying directly behind a tree such that you would have to Stud Puck to the side to get out in the clear. With this shot the puck stick is moved in an arc thus allowing the pucker to clear around obstacles in the way. The Irish Curve is often referred to as a Nancyboy Shot.
The Australian Float is a shot where the pucker is allowed to take one step while balancing the rat upon the end of his pucking stick for several seconds. This shot is used to ensure good placement of the rat upon the target -- usually in order to get a Stroke Off. The Australian Float is often referred to as a Nancyboy Shot
With the Spanish O'erthrow the pucker actually faces away from his intended target and pucks his rat up and backwards over his head thus gaining quite a bit of loft and distance. This shot isn't usually considered as much of a Nancyboy Shot as some of the others, but it's still not Stud Puckin'.
The Armada is a combination of the Spanish O'erthrow and the Australian Float. The pucker faces away from his intended target and pucks backward over his head as with the Spanish O'erthrow, but also takes one step and gently floats his rat on the end of his stick like the Australian Float. This is a Nancyboy Shot if I've ever seen one.
The Armada was created and named one fine puckin' morning in 1997 at the Sterling Faire. The hole being pucked was "Alan's Hole" so named because Alan "Tiger" Killenbeck had scored a Rat In Naught on this very hole in 1996. The object of the hole is to puck from the start line through the crotch of a tree and strike an only tree directly beyond. Passing through the crotch of the first tree and striking the target tree on the same shot is considered a Stroke Off.
On this particular day in 1997 Alan had pucked past the tree with the crotch without passing through it. He therefore had to come back and go through the crotch of the first tree. He was debating between an Australian Float and a Spanish O'erthrow in order to accomplish this with only one shot when he decided to use a Floating Spanish Overthrow. After his successful completion of the Floating Spanish O'erthrow some debate between Alan, Nathaniel, and myself ensued as to what to name the shot. Thus was born the Armada!
The Beasley Bumble. Oh, where to start! This shot is loosely defined as any shot involving extreme stupidity, clumsiness, bodily harm, and showmanship -- all on the part of the pucker performing the shot. The hard part about this one is that you never know if you've successfully met the criteria until after you've completed the shot. For, your fellow puckers are the final judges and usually render their verdict by popular vote.
There have been two great occurrances of the Beasley Bumble. The first was its creation. The second was its re-enactment at the Muddy Pit by its creator.
While puckin' the Pesky Hole at the Sterling Faire in 1996, Friar Beasley found himself a fair distance from the target and at an awkward approach angle. I believe he had called a Nordic Track in order to get his rat into the target. In performing his shot the good Friar tripped, jammed his puckin' stick between the tree and the ground, fell upon it, and snapped his stick right in half. Oh, the howls of laughter! That was the birth of the Beasley Bumble, and the game of Rat Puck would never be the same again.
Later in 1996 Friar Beasley was puckin' at the Muddy Pit when his rat went to the left and behind the stage area. The target for the hole was a bit of cloth hanging on the stage's back wall facing the audience that had gathered in preparation for the upcoming Mud Show. From behind and to the left of the stage was heard the good Friar's voice, "I'm callin' the Bumble!" Soon followed the cry of, "Cheese!" And then, Friar Beasley appeared, hurling his rat at the target as he flung himself full body into the Muddy Pit! "Huzzah!" the crowd cheered! It was the greatest Bumble re-enactment to date, and one that may never be topped!
The Bumble is not really a Nancyboy Shot, but it's still not Stud Puckin'.
The ultimate in Nancyboy Shots, the Nordic Track combines the Irish Curve with a two step Australian Float. If you ever use this shot, be prepared to take a lot of razzing from your fellow puckers. That and you'll probably end up buyin' at the pub after the round!
This stroke was created by Pucker Corbin, and he describes it thusly:
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