L’Observateur : Free Bird Edition
The Patequé “cock” is the same principle as a badminton shuttlecock, except it’s made out of leather and rooster feathers. In France they make a version out of foam and plastic.
The game itself is like a cross between hacky sack and tennis and you can hit it with your palms or feet. It’s best played on a badminton-sized court.
Legend has it that Japanese soldiers stationed in Korea played this game to stay fit.
The other day my neighbor Francesco Bevenuti set up a net in his front yard. We played two-on-two for about three hours. The American team was vanquished 3-1 to a team comprised of an Italian and a Brazilian. We never had a chance.
Francesco and I have taken to calling this game “Cock Holder.”