My cat had a mini tetherball in my living room that she barely touched (she preferred to scratch the furniture directly) but perhaps I was looking at the thing all wrong. She didn’t just want to swap it, she needed a partner to play the game.
These two cats have the right idea, executing the fierce competition from their comfy beds. Note how the owner watches closely, with a paddle in hand in case it’s needed, though it looks like these two are doing fine on their own.
The only question is, who won?