The Gulf Wars

March 11, 2008 at 9:53 pm 17 comments

Guest Post from T. Russell:

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Oh yeah!!! You guys remember the Medieval Club in college?  You know, the ones below the math club in popularity?  Well my co-worker has a neighbor who is currently on “vacation” in Mississippi at the annual SCA Gulf Wars (SCA is the official name of the club).  Ever wonder what those guys were doing in between the HFAC and the Wilk, swinging 20 ft. wooden broad swords?  That’s right – practicing to fight in a fake war.

Back to the neighbor.  When asked about Medieval Times, he related the story that I guess is now known in SCA circles as “the Incident”.  At one point, MT invited members of SCA to legitimize the restaurant chain but the plan backfired.  Apparently there was an open tab offered SCA as means to lure them into the grandstands.  When one of the drunken minstrels in the party found out that MT was staffing the show with only actors and fake fighting, he became infuriated and cleared the bench.  They challenged Red Knight to a duel and the rest is history.  SCA members have been barred from Medieval Times.

Here is a little clip of what is going on right now at the SCA Gulf Wars:


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17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lemare  |  March 11, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    I pray that Christopher Guest saw this segment and has his inspiration for his next mockumentary!

  • 2. Sportsattitude  |  March 11, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    I guess this is like the Civil War re-enactments, only much cooler. Cooler not only from the standpoint of more fun to watch as a spectator, but I’m sure their outfits are more “refreshing” to wear than those heavy wool coats the Blues and the Greys sport when they slap each other around.

  • 3. TRussell  |  March 12, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    There are just so many things to comment on that leave you speechless.

    Ever wonder how it might be to throw that in a real war? All the time…

    The harpsichord at the end.

    I’m not the King, but I will be.

    I say we don’t wait for CG. We can mock them on our own.

  • 4. Marcus  |  March 12, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    To further illustrate TRussell’s point about there being so many things to comment on, how about if we all take a moment to reflect on the state of our nation’s morality and the ways in which the “right to privacy” has been hijacked to be both overinclusive and underinclusive to the point where this guy can kneel down behind a minor girl and take a picture up her skirt in a SuperTarget and the court of appeals says she has no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public place (amazing, I know. These judges haven’t heard the last from me), yet a woman who gets a partial-birth abortion (which, by the way, is performed in a room with a bunch of strangers) IS somehow covered by the right to privacy–which, I might add, isn’t in any copy of the Bill of Rights I’ve ever seen. What in the world were these judges thinking? So, by consenting to go out in public, you’re consenting to having someone look up your skirt? And she’s a minor, right?! So it’s child pornography if it’s shot in a home, but in a SuperTarget it’s fine. Amazing.

  • 5. lemare  |  March 12, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Marcus–that is unbelievable! Wonder if they’ll take this one to a higher court?

  • 6. Natedog  |  March 12, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    TRussell – So somtimes on Sunday morning when Morgan (our 1 year old) gets up really early I happen to catch up on my BYU news. I thought it was just more than coinsidence that you talked about it also. Enjoy!!!

    Go to the bottom of the page, in the Episodes section: Select week 3/1/08 – It’s the video in the Feature Stories section.

  • 7. Marcus  |  March 12, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Wow. Natedog, that video was disturbing. My mind is on joke overload.

  • 8. TRussell  |  March 12, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    “Its like doing genealogy…But with SWORDS!”

  • 9. Massimo  |  March 13, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    A few observations:

    1. Why is it that medieval enthusiasts always seem to be the most in need of modern (er, mundane) amenities—like antidepressants and benzoyl peroxide? Maybe Prozac and Proactiv should sponsor participants, like Viagra does at NASCAR races.

    2. “Mundane world” is etymologically redundant.

    3. A feudal prince who sells mutual funds is no more anachronistic than a medieval army with access to a harpsichord. I mean really, people. Pick up a book. At least one where you don’t choose your own adventure.

    4. Rattan weapons? Isn’t that like being assaulted by the Golden Girls’ living room? As LeMare’s beloved Sophia would say, “Enough wicker!”

    5. Some of those warriors really need to switch to the diet grog. (That GG reference was also for you, LeMare.)

    6. A mechanic from the Household of NOVA? I hear his father belonged to the Household of PINTO, until someone battered him from behind.

  • 10. lemare  |  March 13, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    I let out an audible gasp of delight when i read #4, Massimo.

  • 11. stephanie  |  March 13, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Massimo, my 3 year old just asked me what was so funny. Oh my!

    I have a close friend who has family members that do this kind of stuff except the battling part. They wish they could do that.

    Ah, the things I see and learn on IRF.

  • 12. critts  |  March 13, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    I think Marcus needs to just start guest posting.

  • 13. critts  |  March 13, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Oh, and I can definitely see a Christopher Guest film developing from this. Someone please contact him!

  • 14. Agamedes  |  November 2, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    thats us..the Spartans !!! SPARTAAAAAAAAA !!!!!!!!

  • 15. Thorrocco Whitewolf  |  January 27, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Ok, first, it’s the SCA. Second, this is a living and changing group that recreates the conditions of pre 16 century. The so called “Golden Girls Living room furniture is sturdy enough to put a one of those men that need to be on a “Diet Grog” in the hospital for a very long time. I have seen people’s bones broken from one handed and two handed swords not to mention the large objects that are thrown out of the siege weapons. At the event in question, Gulf Wars, most people stay the whole event, one week, with minimal mundane commodities. The house of NOVA is a household that actually has their campsite right behind ours. They are of Scandinavian persona I think. Go to they main website,, do a little research, and you might actually like us. As for Massimo, your prejudice is not heard.

  • 16. Cait O'Hara  |  March 9, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Here, here Thorrocco! I totally agree. I will be attending my first Gulf Wars this year. I am really excited. We do actual historical re-enactment. Yes, most of us are just normal people. We aren’t your average hippy from Berkley. A lot of us are teachers, professors, mechanics, moms, dads, computer nerds, and many other everyday things. I have been in the SCA for about 15 years, off and on. I think this is a great organization that really teaches history (just like the Civil War guys, the Revolutionary guys, and all the other groups). Like Thorrocco said, check us out before you make all the rash judgments, or

  • 17. glasnost  |  March 19, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Well Done! I Like it!


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