Even a fleeting whiff of the game would fill your nostrils with nothing but pure joy.
Einstein once famously said, “The pursuit of truth and beauty is Johnball- an activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”
And now, just for you, 24 photos from across the wide and wild world of Johnball. You’ll see what that crazy theoretical physicist was talking about.
“Civilize the mind but make savage the body.”
There are many things you will find if you take the time to observe a game of Johnball. One thing you will always find, however, is exuberant friendship and friendly exuberance.
Case in point: Ryan and Andrew after working together to win a game of Detonation.
At other times, you might see people playing football on this Johnball field.
In a game of Johnball, everyone’s fate is administered by the johnball itself. When you control that ball you’re a herald of justice, a harbinger of death. It’s a frightening prospect in every respect.
The Minneapolis Chapter of Johnball: a cool crew of champions, a rockstar troupe of goofs.
“100 years from now kids will gaze upon this fine masterpiece in awe while on a field trip to some fancy museum whilst the tour guide spins wondrous tales of Johnball, “University of Wisconsin Stout Johnballer Carly Lorenz once commented.
She then went on to say, “And that could very well be a run-on sentence.”
Noble North Dakotan Johnballers outfitted like the Eskimo warriors they are.
This could be a poster for a kickbutt buddy cop movie. And by buddy cop movie, we mean Johnball buddy cop movie.
(It’s an obscure yet growing sub-genre.)
SJU Johnballer Phillip Adelman takes some time to show a small herd of young ‘uns what life is really all about.
The intensity of a Siberian Tiger, the grace of a Russian prima ballerina, the heart of the Brave Little Toaster.
“There is an art, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
-The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
“Awaken an old memory
Emblematical of love and war.
Happier-thoughted are the days spent
Marked down in Johnball-lore.”
-WB Yeats (1865-1939)
A bloodthirsty zombie attacks the last of the uninfected.
Johnball warriors are found in all shapes and sizes.
Downright good times on Clemens Field at Saint John’s University.
Mother Nature has always been a big supporter of Johnball.
Inside the Ring of Death, heroes are made. These guys are like ninjas with Force powers.
“The Hunger Games”: an alternative way to kick off any game of Johnball.
Ensuing bloodbath: 100% guaranteed.
“No, I can talk. It’s fine. What’s up, Grandma?”
The most important thing to do is to stare down the johnball and calmly show it no fear.
The sun never sets on the Johnball empire.
Hope that was a reasonably enjoyable experience for you.
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