Guys Play Complex Game of Tag— for 23 Years
Old school buddies stay in touch ... literally
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2013 3:36 PM CST
A man playing tag ... we think.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Imagine hiding in the trunk of your friend's car as part of a game of tag—and doing it as an adult. That's exactly what Sean Raftis, a priest, did in the 1990s to tag his old school buddy Joe Tombari. When the trunk opened, Raftis jumped out and touched Tombari, whose startled wife fell back and tore a knee ligament. "I still feel bad about it," says Raftis. "But I got Joe." It's all part of a game that friends from Spokane, Washington, have been playing across America since the 1980s, the Wall Street Journal reports.

At a reunion, they decided to revive their old high-school game of tag as a way to stay in touch. Now they play each February, and whoever's "It" on March 1st has to stay that way all year. So these 40-somethings will be crossing state lines, hiding in bushes, and sneaking onto private properties in the wee hours, all to keep the game, and the friendships, alive. And Raftis knows it's pretty much his turn to be "It" again. "Once I step foot outside the rectory, all bets are off," he says. "I have to be a little more careful."

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Feb 3, 2013 2:45 PM CST
When we were young ˜ 1968 we had a game similar. We would drop off someone ˜25 miles from home and they would have to get back without being seen by the 10 to 20 people looking for them using cars. We always did this at night so the chasers had to be close to see the "it person". One time we dropped off two people on Grosse Ile Mi, an island in the Detroit river with only 2 bridges to get to the mainland. These two maniacs climbed under the bridge and worked their way to the main land, from their they ran, borrowed bikes,(which they returned) and even hopped cars. The two guys sat the record for "chase" with I don't believe has ever been broken in Downriver Detroit. Try it some times either way it's a gas.
Feb 3, 2013 5:51 AM CST
That is so cool. Wish I had thought of that. There's so many people I would still be in touch with.
Feb 2, 2013 8:02 PM CST
Really cool. Have fun!