The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 40 - November 7, 2005 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news & readers' feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 4, Issue #40 - November 7, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

Bocce buddies,

No issue last week - my apologies. Felt "jet lag" last weekend after our whirlwind Manhattan tour of the Isaac Mizrahi Show (E! Entertainment). We brought along a bocce court, balls, and scoreboard so the fashion designer could play a game with Soprano star Steve Schirripa.

The trip to the Big Apple and the Isaac Mizrahi Show was great. Can't post any photos yet as we have to get permission from E! Entertainment.

I can tell you that the show will launch in December and is sure to be a success. Our little bocce episode with Steve Schirripa (who plays Soprano character Bobby Bacala) was great fun and we got some good exposure for bocce. Look for more details below and in future issues.


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Bocce news & readers' feedback
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Bocce on the Isaac Mizrahi Show

Last weekend's trip to The Big Apple was a big success and great fun for me and the Martignetti brothers (Sandro, Anthony and Paul). Martignetti Enterprises built a special portable court (24' by 8') that fit perfectly on the space allowed by the show's producers.

Fashion designer Mizrahi will host a new E! Entertainment show (filming now, launching in December) where he not only interviews his guests, but gets them involved in "related" activities.

One of his guests during our visit was Steve Schirripa (who plays Soprano character Bobby Bacala). Isaac and guest played a little bocce (actually just one frame - such is the nature of TV). After the frame, with Schirripa scoring three points, the camera zoomed in on the scoreboard where I had strategically placed In addition, Mizrahi thanked "my friends from" and we will also get a screen credit. So, this winter we may get some high profile exposure for our sport and for the Joy of Bocce too.

The Isaac Mizrahi Show is destined to be successful. He is very talented and funny. His crew seems top shelf and the show apparently brings in excellent guests.

More details and photos (if we get permission from the studio) to follow.


Bocce in Iraq?

The Boccemon, Tom McNutt has spearheaded a drive to ship his oyster shell bocce surface for a bocce court for American troops stationed in Iraq.

McNutt writes...

"Hope you have had a great week and that your head fits through your shirts again after the big trip to the Big Apple.

Remember I told you we had been contacted by some troops in Iraq? Please check out the page on my website and tell me what you think of this crazy bocce story.

The postage on all the boxes has been spoken for by individuals, families, and businesses."

{McNutt is shipping his oyster shell mix in US Postal Flat Rate Boxes - a unique and very economical way to send the product. Check out the details and photos at - no need to send donations - shipping for all the flat rate boxes has been, as McNutt says, "spoken for". Great job by the bocce community in the Bellingham Bay area. Tom's busy packaging and shipping hundreds of boxes to Iraq, so email your comments and questions to me and I'll forward. }


Deborah Albers writes...

"I am the Connecticut Bocce coach for the Special Olympics National Games in 2006 in Iowa. My four athletes and I are looking for an indoor Bocce Court, where we could practice once a week during the winter. It's difficult to find information online. My husband subscribes to the "Joy of Bocce Weekly" and I thought I'd write to you to see if you or any Bocce players out there might be able to help us out."

{I know that there are indoor courts in Waterbury and Danbury, CT. Debbie is in the northeast corner of the state. Can any reader offer a suggestion? REPLY or contact her directly at . We are now gearing up to manufacture and ship the type of portable indoor courts we took to the Isaac Mizrahi set and that we use in our indoor facility over Astroturf. Anyone can request a quote by emailing the length and width of the court(s) desired. We'll get a quote to you including shipping charge. Look for a link for this on my web site soon.}


In a rules discussion on the Yahoo! group bocceanonymous, Chuck made the most sense.

"I have never played in an official tournament, but have never had any problems in interpretations of the rules with anyone I have ever played with. If something new comes up we just agree to it that way for the rest of the games."

{Amen. It's supposed to be fun...if you are not following a pre-approved set of rules (like North American Open Rules), let's just settle on a decision and abide by it in the spirit of good natured competition.}


Another bocceanonymous faithful chimed in with something that makes perfect sense to me...

"Hi Gang, Go to this site and subscribe to the Joy of Bocce, it comes out every week. It is an e-zine which is a magazine via e-mail and it's free. It will give you a wealth of information and you will enjoy it."

{Bless you, my son.}


Vic Ottolino asks about bocce league scheduling software...

"I am in charge of our Florida bocce program for the winter. We have ten men and ten women teams. I need to find a source where I can locate a software program that will schedule team play for us."

{I don't know of any specifically for bocce, but scheduling would be the same as for a baseball or softball league, and there are many of those for sale on-line. Should be no problem to "Google one up." Here's one I found with little effort . }

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Photos of the week
This week's pictures come from three sources. The first are of the Grass Valley's Bocce Courts (Nevada City, CA). The courts were donated in 1982 by the Gold Country Italian-American Club. Dimensions are 10' by 70'. The courts are open to the public but reservations are encouraged for weekend play.

A couple other photos are of new courts at City Park in Iowa City. Ron Grassi of Coralville, IA says...

"Bocce courts were built here in Iowa City, Iowa, by the Parks and Recreation Department. I've been trying for a couple of years to get them built. Another bocce player contacted me, and we talked to the Parks and Recreation Commission about getting them built. They thought it a good idea, and the courts were built by the City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department with construction starting on August 15, and finished on August 19, using city park employees.

Myself and my son maintain the courts. The courts are 12 X 60, using 6 X 6 timbers, and have 3 inches of limestone for the top dressing, over 3 inches of rock for the base."

Finally, the third set of photos are courtesy of Georgia's George Danner...

"We played our 5th Bocce Cup with Griffin winning 11 games to Peachtree City's 8 games.

This tournament is in its 10th year and we play it every 2 years. PTC holds the lead with 3 victories to Griffin's 2. Each team has 12 players, (10 min), and the captain of each team selects the players and writes their names on a 5x7 card and then puts the card in the official container (under guard by two bocce officials) just before the match.

This way, no one knows who the rollers are going to be until the match. There are 21 matches. First team to win 11 is the winner. There are 6 singles matches (#1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16), 3 doubles, 4 balls/player (#2, 5, 8), 3 foursomes 2 balls/player (# 3, 6, 9), 5 doubles 2 balls/player (#11, 14, 17, 19, 20), 4 foursomes 1 ball/player (# 12, 15, 18, 21).

The tournament is based on the Ryder Cup. The food is a 5 star event. Lance Taylor's ribs are the best in Georgia - Curt Stevens smoked turkey, quail and dove - David Rice's special salad and dip and, of course, a lot of alcohol compliments of Tim Dender of Dender Distributors in Griffin.

Griffin won the first 4 matches and then had to settle down to keep PTC from gaining the big MO. The tournament started around 7pm and lasted until 2am Great times...”

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Bocce product of the week

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Non bocce product of the week
{Hey, bocce's great, but I'm always on the look-out for all kinds of good products for my readers}

Vitamins in Isotonic form

Here is a vitamin line in an "isotonic state." By adding a specified amount of water to these powdered vitamins they approximate the composition as your body fluids. There is no need for digestion, the product passing directly into the small intestine and the blood stream. It becomes what nutritionists call bio-available, not like pills and tablets which are poorly assimilated by the body.

Vitamin C
Vitamin B-12
Trace Minerals
Co-Enzyme Q10

Click the link below to get more info...improve your health and maybe even your bocce game too!

Learn more about isotonic vitamins and your health...

Tournament update
{chronological order}

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November 10-13, 2005 - Nevada - Reno - Peppermill Open – 4 Person. Contact 800-648-6992.


November 12, 2005 - Massachusetts - North Andover - 4-person teams - fund-raiser for Child Abuse Prevention. Event will be on 80' by 12' courts set on Astroturf. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or or Al Pappalardo @ 978-618-0513.


March 31 - April 1, 2006 - Arizona American Italian Club
$200 team entry / 4 person teams and $4000.00 first prize. Contact Pasquale D'Alisio @ 602-569-9149 or


April 29, 2006 - Washington - Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - 4th annual charity fundraiser ( this year for Hospice ). Four person teams $20/person, 32 teams. Details at or contact Tom at 360-224-2909.

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