Looking back,*and a youtube search* I think it was also playing Track and Field too that broke the Wicos. We ended up with 4 sticks with 2 that worked and too that broke an used as parts. I think one the base broke and the other we broke the white button on top.
I also had an "unroller" controller. Instead of a roller ball, it just had a round top that you pushed in the directions. I ended up getting blisters from it and didn't use the much again.