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Shuffleboard: Game or Sport?

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We can all agree that baseball, basketball, and football are sports. Same goes for hockey and soccer. The discussion gets a little fishy when you start talking about golf and racing.

But, what about ... shuffleboard?

Let the debate begin.

Shuffleboard isn't just for cruise ships anymore. In downtown St. Petersburg, you can hear the clinking and clashing of shuffleboard biscuits, the disc that players send whizzing down the courts, every Friday night at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club.

The spike in popularity has the debate fired up downtown.

"It takes strategy," said Kelli Conley, who spent Friday playing with friends and family. "It's a mellower sport ... it has teams playing against each other. That's a sport."

She's not the only one who thinks it, either. At the Club, players come in all shapes, sizes, and ages -- from elementary school age to some enjoying their golden years. The fun of competition is what draws them all in.

"We have a great time here," said Patty Conley.

"It's normally -- it's pretty packed," added David Carmody, who was playing just a few days after breaking his arm. Not even a sling could keep him off the courts.

The Club has been in downtown St. Pete for 90 years and allows anyone to come experience the fast-growing game on Friday nights for free.

That price draws people in and the game -- make that the sport --keeps them coming back. 

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