The never-ending salvo of big red balls. The flutter of panic as the beefy redheaded kid picks you out of the crowd. The sharp sting of humiliation as the homing missile of a playground ball strikes you in the gut. Sound like a distant memory? Don't look now, but dodgeball is back.
This Halloween, the junior-high sport returns, all grown-up and ready to dish out some punishment. The Garden City Boys and Girls Club invites you to witness the madness that is 8 Man Mayhem, an 18-and-up dodgeball extravaganza. The tournament will pit 32 teams of eight against one another in red-balled battle until only the dodgiest remains. More than $4,000 in prizes up for grabs. All proceeds will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Ada County, so you can feel good about yourself as you wallop opposing players relentlessly.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m., $200 per team of eight, Garden City Boys and Girls Club, 610 E 42nd St., 208-376-4960, 8manmayhem.com.