Archive for the ‘Taboo Championship Cup’ Category

Twenty Year Change in Taboo

Friday, November 27th, 2015

As regular readers know, there is a very important tradition in my family.  The Taboo Championship Cup.  The Cup has sat proudly in my office for the last year, and with Thanksgiving, it was time for the men’s team to defend their title.   However for the first time in the history of the cup…we changed the game.  We made the jump from Taboo © 1989 to Taboo © 2009.   In making this twenty year leap, words such as “VCR” have been replaced by references to “Twilight,” but the heart of the game is the same.  Grandchildren still perform the necessary Yoga pose to score a point and (somehow) consider the opposite of a pancake to be a waffle.

Even with this change, the men reclaimed their title, winning 54-49.  Josh (the Yoga poser of this year) proudly holds the cup.

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and the women again served with dignityunnamed

However, as a family, we all shook hands after the match and came together for a victory tunnel to celebrate our time honored tradition.


Different Location: Typical Result

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

The Browns, Hemans, Morices, Rogers and Rineharts took Turkey Day to a new location this year: my aunt and uncle’s lake house in St. Charles.  Still had the Turkey, still had the stuffing, and most importantly, still had the annual Taboo Championship competition.  This year, there was no controversial counting of points by nuns.  And the men rightfully reclaimed their Taboo Title.


The women, however, were in good spirits…and served pie with dignity.


Taboo Championship 2013: 61*

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

In the annual Men versus Women Taboo Championship – The women have now Three-Peated.


As can be seen above, I think it safe to say that Jenna is the Tim of the Women’s team in terms of excitement (or at least takes after her father).

This year’s match was much closer than last’s.  By tradition, scorekeeping was done by Pius – a nun.  Going into the final turn, this lady of the cloth reported that the men were down 61 – 54 and needed 7 to tie or 8 to win.  I was up for the final turn and got the needed 7, making the game 61-61.  We had the first tie in Taboo Championship cup history and were befuddled of what to do (and more importantly questioning Who would serve pie?)

A midst the confusion, the sister scorekeeper spoke up and said that she had made an error, and the men only had 60.  This caused a minor uproar among the men’s team – but Jeff calmed us down (and wanted to eat) – so for the third year in a row Jeff cut, Jim plopped on the whip cream, and the rest of the men served with dignity (as we always do).

As the unofficial captain of the Men’s team, I am still taking this loss somewhat hard.  However, I am encouraged by the prospects we have in our farm system.


I mean, look at all those cards on the ground.


10th Year of the Taboo Championship Cup

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

The Flowers, Rogers, Hemans, Morices, and Browns convened yesterday to battle for the Taboo Championship Cup (oh…and I suppose to be thankful and eat turkey). It was the 10th year of the cup (but as Emily points out, the battle has been going on for much longer).

It was women versus men, and the women defended their title. I can’t even deny it. The men got clobbered, so they served cobbler. And in honor of the competition, there is now a “prize” for the losers.

A Taboo Pie Server.

And the women took home the cup for the second year in a row…

…and the men served pie.

Men Serve the Pie

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Well, Thanksgiving was last week. And regular readers know what that means: The Taboo Championship Cup was on the line.

Now the men in my family have been on a pretty good streak. Winning in 2008, 2009, and 2010. But this Thanksgiving was the first one where Karen Ann Rogers Rinehart was back in town since being married. Karen led the women to victory, and now the Taboo Championship Cup for the first time is in Wisconsin.

It is a rare experience for the men, but the tradition is that losers of Taboo serve the pie. So Jeff got to slicing it up, Jim threw on some whipped cream, and I served.

The men may be in some trouble in future years. Generally Barb is the women’s MVP, but she and Tim spent Thanksgiving in KC. If the women get Barb and Karen together at the same Thanksgiving, we may be doomed.

Still Champions

Friday, November 26th, 2010

The annual Taboo Championship was yesterday. Even with Barb in town from Kansas City, the men took the title again. Jeff (holding trophy) was the Men’s MVP this year giving us a 1 point lead with his 12 point round.

The women seemed to be happy losers this year.   As compared to years past.

Mom got the honor of the “Losers” Taboo Pie Serving Apron.

I believe this is what they call a three-peat.

Title Defended

Friday, November 27th, 2009

In the annual holiday tradition, the men defended their Taboo Championship. Most promising for the men’s team is the development of our farm system of Keegan, Michael, and Josh. However the women have some good up and comers in Kayla and Jenna. In respect of this, Michael is the holder of the cup.

The Winners


The Losers and Pie Servers