And tan lines
When was the last time you took off your shirt and shoes and made a good kill? Never? Recently? Either way, here's your chance to do it right. Since 1993, more than 100 teams have met on the beach by the Hollywood Broadwalk (A1A and Johnson Street, Hollywood) to compete in the Florida Pro-Am Volleyball Tournament for glory and freebies.
Anyone can play, even you. Shirts are optional -- but ditching the farmer's tan first is recommended. Shoes will get you disqualified, and Speedos, as always, will earn the guys some awkward glances. Saturday's playoffs are where the losers get dropped; if you survive, you advance to the finals on Sunday. In the end, the top three finishers will be rewarded with T-shirts and volleyballs that they can turn into their very own Wilson replicas (blood not provided).
If getting sand in your sweaty crack doesn't sound like fun, stake out the games and players from one of the bars on the Broadwalk with a pitcher and pretend you're watching Top Gun. Games will be played from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arrive by 7:30 a.m. if you want to register. It's free to watch, $60 per team to play. Call 954-316-6642, or visit www.flbeachvolleyball.com. -- Jake Smith
Dogs get high for a shot on TV
There are no Olympics. There is no Super Bowl. For Frisbee-crazy dogs and their handlers, the pinnacle of sport is the ESPN Great Outdoor Games. Teams that want to get there -- alongside the world's best log rollers, lumberjacks, and archers -- have to qualify first. Interested? Anyone with a dog that can catch a disc is welcome at the International Disc Dog Handlers Association's Frisbee Dog Great Outdoors Qualifier on Sunday at Markham Park (16001 W. State Rd. 7, Sunrise). Beware: Your competition includes the South Florida Air K-9s, a seasoned team that puts on shows for corporate events and includes veterans of -- watch out! -- the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; the contest starts at 10. Call the park at 954-389-2000 or John Arnett with the South Florida Air K-9s at 954-520-8909. Visit www.iddha.com or www.airk-9s.com. -- Deirdra Funcheon
Take Me Out
To the ballgame
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While the Saint Louis Cardinals sit atop the NL Central, their single-A affiliate the Palm Beach Cards have been less than stellar. With a record hovering around .500, they sport one of the worst team batting averages in the league. But the minors are all about prospects, and none has been hotter than third-baseman Cody Haerther. Come catch Haerther and the Cards as they close out their four-game series with the Florida League-leading Lakeland Tigers on Sunday, May 22, at Roger Dean Stadium (4751 Main St., Jupiter) at 2:05 p.m. A Family Day package will get you four tickets, four hot dogs, four Cokes, and four popcorns for only $20. Call 561-775-1818, or visit www.palmbeachcardinals.com. -- Paul A. Leone
We Gotta Regatta
With all the throttle-happy power boaters 'round here, we don't get to eyeball sailboats very often. That's why you should take in the Hospice Regatta's 12-mile race, starting at 11 a.m off Fort Lauderdale Beach (A1A and Las Olas Boulevard), followed by a New England clambake at Esplanade Park (corner of SW Second Street and SW Second Avenue, Fort Lauderdale) at 6:30 p.m. The feast costs $75. Call 954-467-7423. -- Deirdra Funcheon