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Welcome to the 2006 Season!

Posted by Ren McCormack on April 29, 2006

Welcome to the 2006 season!  Five seasons running, Footloose has a strong history of excellence.  Just not a strong history of kickball excellence.  And that's…OK (a tip of the hat to Stewart Smalley there). 

Footloose is a team with a theme.  If the name "Footloose" didn't give it away, maybe this will:  do you like jelly bracelets?  Do you still wear tube socks with the stripes at the top?  Do you still fall asleep with a Glow Worm tucked snuggly under your arm?  Do you look Pretty in Pink?  Because you know, and knowing is half the battle.  Because you're just a small town girl living in a lonely world.  Because you're Hungry Like the Wolf, you've joined a team that loves everything cheesy about the 80s.  So get ready to do the Safety Dance, flip too many cups to count, and maybe, just maybe, play a little kickball. 

What are my expectations as the team captain? 

  • First and foremost, the only thing that I ask of each player is that they respond to the questions that I ask in this blog each week by posting a comment.  This will typically be something very complex such as "please let me know whether you will be at tonight's game."  Now let me be a snotball and give everyone a lesson in basic English.  The word "whether" expresses an alternative, as in "whether or not" (i.e., give me a yes or no answer).   

  • Next, read my weekly posts.  They will contain little tips of success and 80s trivia.  For example, what's the first rule of kicking?  Just ask a veteran.  What's the top selling album of 1983?  That should be a gimmy, as it's also the world's overall top selling album:  Michael Jackson's Thriller ( 

Album cover (Special Edition)

  • If you do not respond to this blog letting me know that you are coming to a game and you show up, that's cool, just know that you'll be at the bottom of the kicking order.  Fair warning. 

  • Footloose strives to find a balance between being goofy and being competitive.  What's that mean?  Rock the wristbands, but still rock the other team.  I really want to improve on our 2005 record of 3-8 (and two of those victories were by forfeit). 

Here are some other tidbits of info:

  • Jed has graciously agreed to be my co-captain and go-to guy again this season.  Hopefully I won't need Jed's services, but the reality of work is that we get a lot of hot potatoes (or flaming turds, as my boss calls 'em) that may keep me in the office late.  

  • All newbies must be initiated.  What's that mean?  We'll let you know. 

  • The pre-season pick-up games and party are May 4.  Mark you calendars.  The first game is Wednesday, May 10.  We have 4 Wednesday games and 5 Thursday games.  The league opted to do a pretty even split of Wednesday/Thursday games this year.   

  • We will handle on-field drinks the same as last season:  We will rotate who supplies cups and drinks for each game.  The type of drink is up to you.  A couple 30 packs?  That's cool.  Sangria?  That makes for a fun night.  Jungle juice?  Hells yea!  Officially, drinking is not allowed on the Mall.  Officially, we do not drink on the Mall.  Just don't ask what's in the cups.  Discretion is key.

  •  I ask that each person give me $4 for miscellaneous expenses. 

  • There will be a few games where we are responsible for taking an equipment bag and bringing it the following week.  So I'm not stuck lugging the thing on the Metro, if anyone is driving and knows that they will be at the next game, I'd be very grateful if you stepped up and volunteered to take/bring it. 

  • There will be at least two costume games this summer (other than our normal 80s garb, of course).  Metal Mania III and the league-sponsored "Halloween in July."  What's Metal Mania?  It's your chance to flex a little creative muscle and use a lot of Hairnet.  Basically, each team member creates their own 80s metal band personality and comes decked out and ready to rock.  I have a couple ideas for Halloween in July, but more ideas are welcome.  Stayed tuned for future posts on both costume events.  In the mean time, hit the local Goodwill and stock up on acid wash jeans and snakeskin vests.  


Metal Mania

I'm really pumped for the season, and I hope that you are too! 


3 Responses to “Welcome to the 2006 Season!”

  1. Is there a way to post pictures into the blog? Most blogs can if they are hosted on a public domain…

  2. Paul said

    I will be there Thursday Ben…sounds like fun!!

  3. Personally, I never use more than one life on this if I understand this correclty. I just wonder why so many do not understand how this is. I guess that is the beauty of it all. Good post though!!

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