Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, December 3, 2012

Fruit Basket Turn Over

Monday Musings on This 'N That
When I was younger I remember we played a game where adults and youth alike participated. Everyone sat is a circle. The only thing I remember happening in the game was that someone would yell "Fruit Basket Turn Over" and everybody had to get up and find another seat. The catch was that there was one person more than there were chairs. Someone always didn't find a seat.

Here at the end of college football season it seems someone yelled "Fruit Basket Turn Over" because several schools have lost their head coaches. When that happens most if not all of his assistant coaches, along with him, are running around like Fruit Basket Turn Over looking for another place to land.

Two years ago Auburn University was the number one team in the nation. Two years. They've just finished a dismal season. The usual powerhouse University of Tennessee also had a losing season and their head coach and the coaching staff are looking for another place. There probably are other college football programs in a similar situation. I only keep close tabs on the Southeastern Conference.

The name of the game of college football programs is WIN. Winning is paramount. If a team doesn't win nobody probably tells the coach his boys played well. If a team doesn't win probably nobody tells the coach they appreciate the effort he puts into the program. If a coach has two or three bad seasons, he's usually gone. The coaches that stay are the ones who have winning season. They have to WIN!

Maybe this Bible verse could be an encouragement to those coaches, their staffs, and their families: "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…" (Philippians 3:13, NIV). In other words, maybe you'll find something better as you press on.

Oh, if you know more about the Fruit Basket Turn Over game, please let me know in the comment section below.

The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Song of the Meadowlark by Sherri Wilson Johnson is Linda. I'll email you and Sherri will get the book out to you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. Yes, Jo, I do remember this game. A chair is removed each time while they are walking in the circle. The person left without a seat has to leave the game. The last person with a seat is the winner and usually gets a prize. They still play this for a prize at the school festivals. Prizes are usually cakes.. Now, they call it the Cake Walk. And, it is still fun! But, could keep the original name and be any prize. We had a lot of neat games back when, like anti over! Red Rover! Drop the handkerchief! Of course we girls also played jacks and skipped the rope! Also Hop Scotch. and others! We had exercise just from playing outside. Now, it is just electronic games, with no exersise. Maxie

    1. Maxie, thanks so much for refreshing my memory of Fruit Basket Turn Over. I also played the other games you mentioned. You hit on something with your last 2 sentences. Don't get me started...

  2. I meant to comment the other day, but didn't get it done. We called it Fruit Basket Upset. Everyone was given the name of a fruit. So if there were quite a few people, then 2 or 3 might be the same--like 3 apples, instead of only one. There would be enough chairs in a circle for all players minus one chair. The person without a chair would stand in the middle and call out names of fruit--like "apples and bananas". Everyone who was an apple or banana would jump up and trade places. Whoever was left w/o a chair was the one in the middle for the next round. The one in the middle could call out "Fruit Basket Upset"! Then everyone would switch seats. I loved that game for some reason--LOL!