The New Traditionalists

According to The New York Times, American ad men and ad women are increasingly taking to the beach with balls that don’t float.

Bocce, the genteel Italian sport once played exclusively by leathery men in alabaster outfits on courts made of crushed seashells, has been adopted by young professionals.
One hundred men and women, most of whom work in the advertising industry, play in the Los Angeles chapter of the Beach Bocce Ball League, and 50 more participate in the Chicago branch.
The early Romans were among the first to play the game as it exists today. Thus bocce is especially ingrained in Italian culture. In the 1950s, for instance, certain models of Fiat automobiles came with a bocce set in the trunk.

It has yet to be determined if the trend is ironic, or not.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. Bocce is fun, easy, and playable while holding a beverage.
    No irony there.