Misty May-Treanor of the U.S. hits the ball past her team mate Kerri Walsh Jennings during their women's beach volleyball semifinal match against China's Xue Chen and Zhang Xi at Horse Guards Parade during the London 2012 Olympic Games .
Misty May-Treanor of the U.S. hits the ball past her team mate Kerri Walsh Jennings during their women's beach volleyball semifinal match against China's Xue Chen and Zhang Xi at Horse Guards Parade during the London 2012 Olympic Games .
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Volleyball? That’s the one they play on beaches where it’s warm, right?

Volleyball is on it’s way to becoming the latest offical sport of Massachusetts, because apparently it was invented in Holyoke. Or something.

The state senate voted Tuesday to declare volleyball the latest ‘Official Thing’ of the commonwealth, according to My Fox Boston.

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Wait a minute, you may be thinking, wasn’t basketball invented in Massachusetts? Yes, it was. There’s even a Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield (which cartographers tell us is a city in the western part of the state). It has been the official state sport of Massachusetts since 2006.

But we can’t have two official state sports, so the Senate decided to declare volleyball the “official recreational and team sport.” Because basketball is not a team sport, you see.

Let’s put aside the “Everybody gets a trophy!” aspect of naming things the Official Something of Massachusetts. Volleyball may have been invented here, but when’s the last time you and the fellas decided to head over to the beach, string up a net, carefully secure the support wires in the sand, and start screaming “Side out!” or whatever the hell you do when you play volleyball?

Lots of love to Holyoke, which is one of those good Massachusetts cities that gets no love (See also Springfield, mercilessly mocked above), but is honoring a two-bit sport people know from Top Gun and ogling women at the Olympics really the spark that city needs for a 21st-century renaissance?