Why is a sport (game) with a name like cornhole so popular? Or is supposed to be corn hole? Either way, a lot of Grand Junction people are playing it.

What is it about two slanted broads, 27 feet apart, eight bags stuffed with corn and two holes that have attracted so many people to this activity? To find out I had to go back to the beginning.

The modern take of cornhole can be traced all the way back to a game played in 1883 called 'Parlor Quoits.' The main difference is that the hole was square, not round. Heyliger de Windt was the first to patent the game. He also switched over to bean bags and the slanted boards so people could play inside as well.

From there the game would soon be known as 'Faba Baga' when a Massachusettes toy company bought the rights. But, these new boards had two holes of differing sizes.

The term cornhole, I guess, comes from the fact that the bags are stuffed with corn kernels. If you have any other theories on the name, let us know.

But still, why is this game so immensely popular? I did some inner office investigating and came up with two of the most common answers:

  • Boredom
  • Beer

Usually, it was a combination of those two factors. And one respondent replied that the beer is necessary as it is used as a counterweight to the 16-ounce bean bags. Whatever the reasons may be, it doesn't look like cornhole is going to go away anytime soon.

To become more familiar with the game here are so common terms associated with playing:

  • Cow Pie - bags lands on the board
  • Cornfusion - teams cannot agree on scoring
  • Dirty Bag - bag on the ground or hanging off of board touching the ground
  • Slippery Granny - three bags in a row scoring on the board only
  • Four Bagger - All four bags in the hole in one single round