What's with the oranges?

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I played hockey (field hockey for you Americans) when I was a kid. At half time, one of the parents would rush out with a bag of oranges all cut up nicely into quarters (wedges, segments, sectors, surely there is a mathematical name for a quartered orange) and all us kids would scoff as many as we could and then run back out onto the field.

I was a fullback, on a team of pretty good players, so I used to stand down my end of the field waiting for the game to turn so that I got to play defence. I would stand there wondering what the hell the orange was supposed to be doing. I couldn't feel the vitamin C coursing in my veins. I didn't feel stronger or revived anything else. For the most part all I felt was sticky!

But they are still dragging out the oranges at half time at the kids netball games. Ali and Sarah don't look any different after a dose of orange. Maybe we feed our kids half time oranges because thats what we did when we were kids.

I wonder if the Packers or the All Blacks have orange at half time?

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Posted: Wednesday, 17 August, 2005 22:11

Captured: 2005:08:13 12:44:11

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  • I sure they would if they could fit a sponsers message on them. I seem to remember Orange stationary was a sponser in the NRL. Did they send on oranges? NO ! What was there maketing division thinking.
    David Serville - Thursday, 18 August, 2005 7:34
  • jeesh my spelling gets worse
    David Serville - Thursday, 18 August, 2005 7:34
  • When I was 12, my rugby coach yelled at me, "If you don't get your act together I'm going to pull you off at halftime". I yelled back, "normally we just get oranges"!
    RikiJ - Thursday, 18 August, 2005 8:26
  • Dave, I've helped to man a mile station at the Madison Marathon a few times. We stand there and hand out water, gatorade, bananas and yes, oranges to the runners as they pass us by. Yes, someone should discover "why, oranges?".
    Jody - Thursday, 18 August, 2005 9:35
  • Is the grass in this picture fake? Man, I haven't seen grass that green in a long time. We're in the middle of a drought here in the midwest, you know!
    Jody - Thursday, 18 August, 2005 9:37
  • Oranges have a high glycemic index...they raise blood sugars quickly, excellent for half time energy boosts. Apparently the 'new' oranges are actually those jelly lollies? I suppose kids eat them more eagerly?
    Dinny - Thursday, 18 August, 2005 19:59
  • Ohh, I like the colours here. And the framing. Makes me wanna reach out and grab a slice of orange ;)
    Ivan Rios - Sunday, 21 August, 2005 7:45
  • halftime oranges have been about since the old days, when oranges were served to the men in battle - giving them a boost in energy but, more importantly, making their sword-hands sticky so they didn't lose their grip.
    roscoe - Thursday, 8 September, 2005 21:18
  • i'm making a movie about these oranges! feel free to add suggestions.
    holly - Friday, 30 September, 2005 23:09
  • actually, oranges are really bad for you at half times because of like the acids mixing with your stomach acids...so dont bring out the oranges, bring out the bananas mann!!
    Captain Hook - Wednesday, 1 August, 2007 21:08

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