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Scavenger? I Hardly Even Know Her!

Posted by Ren McCormack on May 30, 2006

Mid-season Party!

We are only 3 weeks into the season, but it's tome to start thinking about the division's mid-season party, which will be Saturday, June 10.  We're going to do a scavener hunt (like the past 2 seasons), which basically means that you traverse DC going to different bars and doing silly tasks for points.  We are teaming up with one of those "other" kickball leagues and SMASHED (a social/charity group), so we will have a ton of energetic, young beer drinkers canvasing DC that day.  All teams then will end up at the Front Page for a private party.  That's right, we got the Front Page in Dupont for a private party on a Saturday night.  We're trying to get Heiniken to sponsor it too, which would make this even more off the hook than it already will be.   

Team Requirements:

1. Teams must have 6-8 people

2. You must be 21 or older to participate

3. You must have at least one member of each sex on your team

Pre-register:

To register your team please send your team name along with all team players names to melonyb625@yahoo.com no later than 12 noon Wednesday, June 8th.  Please indicate in your e-mail who is a registered WAKA player and who is not.  WAKA will be paying for the $10 entry fee for all WAKA members, others are on their own.  There is no need to register on DCSMASHED@gmail.com— the Board will handle registration for all teams that are playing through WAKA.  If there are others on the team who will not be taking part in the Scavenger Hunt but still want to get their drink on at the after party, please e-mail Mel a list of those names as well.   WAKA will be paying for $10 of the $20 entry fee to the party.  The “PARTY ONLY” people that they would still owe  $10 for the party which can be paid at the door at the designated WAKA table

The hunt begins promptly at 12 noon and all team members must check in between 11:00am and 11:59am on Saturday June 10th at the Front Page in Dupont. For more details and there are a lot more, go to www.smashed.geekpad.com/scavenger/.

I will not be hunting, so you kiddos will have to organize yourselves.  We are all (relatively) mature adults, so I think that you can handle it.  Posting comments here should be useful. 

The last hunts were full of crazy stories…belly shots, lap dances, hot girl-on-girl action, baby oil, dancing… I expect to hear great stories with lots of scandalous pics…

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Practice, Practice, Practice

Posted by Ren McCormack on May 25, 2006

What are the 3 keys to success?  Here's a hint:  see the title of this post.

I've received requests from some newbies that having a little teaching session would be a good thing.  Some of the vets could use a little brush up too.  So, we are going to take advantage of an off week to have a team practice/scrimmage tonight (Thursday, May 25) at 6:45 on the usual fields.  We'll go over the positions, kicking techniques, chugging techniques, and then play a little game called kickball until it gets dark or we get tired. 

Afterwards, we'll head up to the X for dinner/drinks.  I know of at least 5 other teams that will be out tonight, so it should be a good night (5 teams on an off night ain't too shabby). 

Our next game is Thursday, June 1, at 7:15.  We'll  need a volunteer to bring the drinks/cups to that game because Angie & Meg promissed to bring plenty of cold brewskies tonight. 

Here is today's newsletter, the Ghost Man on Third, Issue 3

Action Item:  post a comment letting me know whether (or not) you are coming tonight.  This also lets the Bringer of Beverage know how much to buy. 

See you tonight!

Ben (i.e., Ren)

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Team Poll: Taking the Theme Over the Top

Posted by Ren McCormack on May 23, 2006

I consider myself a fairly creative guy (although, the personality test I just took for a work training says otherwise).  Halloween has always been my favorite holidy because I absolutely love dressing in costume.  Still do to this day.  And Halloween is even better now that Snickers bars have been replaced by cold beers, but I digress. 

We started Footloose in 2001 with a vision.  A vision of of the days of yuppies, when Burt still loved Lonnie, when everyone wondered who shot JR.  To take the 80s theme to gnarly new heights, I bought 200 wristbands on e-bay (no, I'm not joking), a gross of jelly braclets (again, not kidding there), and hunted down the old school tube socks with the stripes at the top (I really wanted to buy team leg warmers, but the guys on the team refused to wear them.  Putzes).  In 2002 I bought the boom box and the tunes helped set the scene.  In 2003 we added the name tags with the rotating theme (80s movie characters, toys, etc.).  In 2004 we added the hair ties and clips and Metal Mania made it's first tour stop on the National Mall–and will have it's 3rd stop this summer this June (so hit up the local Goodwill). 

But I feel like we've become stale.  We need to add a new element to our garb, but my creative side letting me down here (maybe that personality test was right).  So here is what I'm looking for:  fresh ideas.  Do you have any?  Post a comment and let me know. 

On a related note, this stuff ain't cheap.  If you re-read my first post, I asked everyone for a few duckets to cover this stuff (I spent $52 on tube socks 3 weeks ago).  So far I've received a grand total of $0.  I cordially request that each person give me $3, $4, $5…whatever.  It's much appreciated. 

See everyone Thursday for our practice/intra-squad scrimmage.  Let's say, 6:45?  I'll have a bag of equipment.  I know of at least 5 other teams that plan to go to the X that night, so it should be a fun night.  Plus, I'm taking Friday off to beat the traffic to Dewey, so you know that I'm going to be in fine form.  I still have 4 openings in my beach house that I need to fill…let met know ASAP if you're interested!

– Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto. 

ps- If you want to read my personality assessment, let me know…it's pretty spot on.  Do you think that I have a dominence style, influencer style, supportive style, or compliance style? 

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Post-Game Wrapup: Week 2

Posted by Ren McCormack on May 18, 2006

I gotta say that I like the pattern this team is forming:  2 games, 2 ties, and the last team standing at the X again (and that's really more important to me than winning games).  Our flip cup record was pretty dismal, though.  Terry Tate's Office Linebackers pretty much manhandled us, then the K-funk Allstars treated us like an ugly stepchild.  And I'll take some credit there–I'm not a habitual 3-flipper, but was last night.  Bullocks!  On a good note, I actually remember the ride home last night, and the bag of chips that Pete and I ripped through at 12:30 surely helped stave off the hangover today.  Becky– hopefully you didn't fill your apartment with smoke again this week after exploding a burrito in the microwave. 

The game was great too.  We took an early 3-0 lead, then added two more runs in the 2nd inning.  Our offence stalled a bit after that, though we did continue to get base runners on.  We had a few defensive errors that let in Tony's Tigers last two runs, but thanks to Zeb's (the game ball winner) pitching and some steller 5th inning D, we held off a Tiger Ralley to secure the tie. 

My favorite play was, by far, when Brandon scopped up a ball in left field and drilled a gal who must have weight all of 90 pounds from a  distance of about 5 feet.  Of course the ball bounced off her and went into foul territory allowing the base runners to advance, but it was pretty funny.  Oh, and did I mention that she was already thrown out at 2nd base?  Nice one, chief. 

Second play for the blooper real:  a kick to shallow left center.  Kathryn, playing short stop, yells out, "oh God!" and back tracks.  Arms outstreched, she's lined up to make the grab.  Then Pete "macho man" Reinhardt come in from the outfield, yells, "I got it!" about 0.00367 seconds before the ball was going to make contact with Kathryn's hands.  Seeing the immienent collision, Pete slams on the breaks, slides into Kathryn, and the ball bounces off his face as the sidelines let out a collective "ooooooohhhhhhhhhh!" 

Angie and Meg stepped up to bring the cups & drinks next game.  Thanks, ladies.  Paul told me that you would make good additions to the team.  Of course, that came from the guy who has passed out in a chair at my last TWO parties with a full can of beer in hand…

If anyone is willing to trade shirts to go a size larger, please let me know.  Erin ordered a medium and ended up with an XL.  If someone with a large is willing to step up to an XL, Jed agreed to take the Large and give his medium to Erin.  It's kinda pretzel logic, I know, but whatever works.  Post a comment and let us know if you're willing to do the honorable thing.  (ohhh…a little guilt there…)

We do not have a game next week.  But, if there is interest, we will hold our own scrimmage.  I'm told that I do not do enough on-field coaching, so a little intrateam play may help to work out the kinks.  Action Item:  Let me know if you are interested in scrimmaging/drinking next week and what night you prefer. 

Footloose at the X     Alisa     Footloose at the X

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Game 2…Still On

Posted by Ren McCormack on May 17, 2006

It's 4:33 pm and tonight's game is still on.  Plan to show up as usual.  Worst case scenario– we get a little wet, play some slip n' slide, then go to the X and play flip n' slide.  Come ready to play.  Call only if needed. 

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Week 2

Posted by Ren McCormack on May 17, 2006

Action Item 1:

Please let me know whether you will be at tonight’s 7:15 game vs. Tony’s Tigers. 

Scouting Report: 

The Tigers are tied for the #2 ranking right now.  Not that this means too much after one game, though.  When we played the Tigers last season, about half way through the season, we were the bottom two teams of the division.  So I did what any spry young captain would do—I challenged their captain to a bet.  Loser bought the other captain a shot.  Simple enough.  Well, let’s just say that Bob enjoyed his double shot of Jack.  The Tigers were the 15th seed (of 16) in the Silver Spur Tournament, and made it to the championship game. 

I don’t have much to report on for this season.  They beat Yo Momma 5-1 last week.  Yo Momma is comprised of former members of With Themselves and the Ball Hogs—neither of which were exactly powerhouses last year (With Themselves was our only non-forfeit victory). 

My only advise is to not get distracted by the loud, kinda obnoxious dude who roars and yells “Tiger ____ [fill in the blank].”  For example, “Tiger Kick!” 

Captain’s Tip of the Day: 

  • Keep your kicks on the ground!
  • The base coaches need to help our less experienced runners.
  • Play does not end until the pitcher has the ball in control and on the mound; return the ball to the pitcher ASAP.  Otherwise, runners may continue to run around the bases.
  • Runners may over-run first base, but must turn RIGHT into foul territory.  Runners may not run past second or third base. 
  • No leading.
  • No stealing.
  • Tagging up is allowed.  What’s “tagging up”?  Pretend you are a base runner.  After Chuck pops the ball up and it is caught by the other team, you may run to the next base, but you MUST touch the base you are running from first.  If you were standing on the base, you may simply run.  Remember that the team can get you out by either 1) tagging you, or 2) throwing the ball at you because it is not a force out.
  • What is a “force out”?  A force is when a runner must proceed to the next base once the ball is kicked because you cannot have two runners on the same base.  For example, if there are runners on first and second, there is a force out at third.  To get the out, the fielding team may 1) tag the runner, 2) throw the ball at the runner, or 3) throw the ball to the 3rd baseman, who may touch the base with his/her foot or the ball before the runner touches the base. 
  • What is a “non-force out”?  Non-force outs are when the runner does not need to run, but chooses to anyway.  For example, if there are runners on first and third, the runner on first must proceed to the next base, but the runner on third does not need to run.  Should the runner on third choose to run, he/she must be tagged or hit with the ball on the way to home plate. 

Theme of the Week:  This week’s 80s theme will be….[drum roll]…80s toys.  Action Item 2:  Include in your post what your 80s toy will be for your name tag tonight.  No duplicates allowed! 

Ghost Man on Third:

If you did not receive the Ghost Man on Third, Issue 2 by e-mail today, check it out. 

Libations:

Who is bringing the drinks and cups tonight:  Action Item 3:  Include in your post whether you volunteer to bring the fun. 

See you tonight,

Ren

With a bottle of wine in one hand and a woman in the other
'Cause he was a ladies man
He never stopped to worry what the next day would bring
Because the girls would sing:
Rock me Amadeus,
Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus,
Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus,
Oh oh oh Amadeus.
 

Rock Me Amadeus – Falco

Falco was the most internationally successful pop artist ever to come out of
Austria, best known for his 1986 chart-topping hit "Rock Me Amadeus." Born Johann Holzel in Vienna on February 19, 1957, he was a classically trained child prodigy, but after graduating from the Vienna Conservatoire, he relocated to West Berlin and began fronting a jazz-rock band. Rechristening himself Falco in honor of the German skier Falko Weissflog, he returned to Vienna in time to play bass on the punk outfit Drahdiwaberl's 1979 album Psycho Today, penning their best-known song, "Ganz Wein." Falco began his solo career in 1982 with the LP Einzelhaft; his "Der Kommissar," which fused techno-pop with rapped German lyrics, became a major European hit and a club favorite in the U.S., with a cover version by the group After the Fire reaching the Top Five in 1983. The follow-up, "Jeanny," was banned outright by radio as a result of its theme of prostitution, but nevertheless went on to top the German charts. While 1984's Junge Roemer attracted little attention, in 1986 Falco issued Falco 3, highlighted by the single "Rock Me Amadeus," a campy blend of classical music and synth pop which topped both the American and British charts. While the rock ballad "Vienna Calling" was a minor hit, Falco's subsequent efforts, including 1986's Emotional and 1988's Wiener Blut, fared poorly; he had been long out of the spotlight when he died in a car accident on February 6, 1998 at the age of 40.

Source:  Yahoo! Music

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Post-Game Wrapup: Week 1

Posted by Ren McCormack on May 16, 2006

Great game last week, Footloose!

 After falling in the hole 2-0, we worked our way back to tie 2-2.  Meg got the first RKI (Run Kicked In) of the season to bring us within one run.  In the bottom of the 5th, Jed stepped up to the plate and sent the ball into right field.  The next few batters got on base, and before you know it Jed was the tying run.  Because he also pitched a great game, Jed gets the game ball this week.  (Note:  each week I'll give out a game ball to the team MVP.  No, you won't actually get a ball.  But you will get a snazzy iron-on MVP patch for your jersey.) 

We also had a great night at the bar.  I'm proud to say that we were officially the last team standing.  And thanks to whoever drove me home (Pete?), because I don't remember how I got home at all (who ordered those 15 carbombs anyway?).  I'm also happy to report that our flip cup skills greatly improved over the pre-season party. 

On a related note, Matt way overpaid (to the tune of $80+).  So we need to take care of him this week.  If anyone else overpaid, speak up. 

Footloose      Footloose at the X, Week 1      Footloose at the X, Week 1

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Ghost Man on Third

Posted by Ren McCormack on May 15, 2006

Quick Poll: 

Who on Footloose received the division's newsletter, the Ghost Man on Third, that was issued last Wednesday, May 10?  Please respond by posting a comment. 

View the Ghost Man on Third here!

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Game On!

Posted by Ren McCormack on May 9, 2006

Only one day and counting until the 2006 season officially begins.  Are you pumped?  Cause I am!

Pre-season Party Recap:

What a great party last Thursday…3 hours of free beer…man, I was in lush heaven.  It was good to get the team out there so that we met each other and competed on the flip cup grid iron.  Though, I must admit that I hope that our kickball skills are better than our flip cup skills, because we got waxed.  I'll chalk that up to first game gitters.  But let's come out flippin' like nobody's business this week.

Jess, Chuck, Ann, Pete, and Bridget          Pete and Ann          Wendy, Meghan, Angie, and Yoamys

Action Item 1:  Post a comment and let me know whether (or not) you will be at our 7:15 game Wednesday night against the Recess Warriors.  My rule is that if you come to a game but did not RSVP, then you are relgated to the bottom of the kicking order and won't start.  I think that's fair enough.   

Scouting Report: 

In this section I will share some tips and tendencies that I pick up on when watching/reffing games.   

The Recess Warriors are one of the original teams from the founding of the league in 2001.  It's too early in the season to know their tendencies.  I did scout them out at spring training camp in Clearwater, Florida, and picked up a few things.  Their captains will argue calls, including balls & strikes.  Don't take any BS (it'll be directed towards the ref, but don't be intimidated).  One of the co-captains, Margaux, just happens to date Jed, our co-captain, so this should make for an interesting battle.  The Retard Warriors are usually a middle-of-the-pack team, and I would expect the same this year. 

Captain's Tip O' the Day:

 In this section I'll give my keys to kickball success.

  • A ball kicked on the ground cannot be caught.  Popups are easy outs.  Kick the ball on the ground.
  • The rules are basically the same as baseball/softball rules, with a few execptions, such as:  
  1.  
    1. Balls, strikes, and foul balls are each counted separately.  Four fouls = an out. 
    2. You can throw the ball at someone to get them out, but you cannot hit them in the head.  If a runner is hit in the head, they are safe (unless they were sliding or intentially moved to create a head shot). 
    3. There is no infield fly rule.  Don't know what that is?  Don't worry about it.
    4. No leading.
    5. No stealing (tagging up is allowed).
  • 4 guys and 4 gals must play the field.  A max of 11 people can play the field at one time.  I'll rotate players to make sure that everyone gets playing time.
  • The kicking order is set at the beginning of the game and remains static.  We are not limited to only 11 kickers; our full roster (26 people) can kick if they show up.
  • When kicking, each team has to provide a 1st and 3rd base coach.  From the division's perspective, their function is to shag foul balls.  From my perspective as captain, the base coaches are there to assist runners by telling them when to run, when to stay, when to go part way (to see if the ball is caught or dropped), and when to tag up. 

Squatter/Ref:

Because we play the late game, we do not need to squat fields this week. 

We do need to provide a ref for the 6:30 game.  I'm more than willing to handle this.  I'll need someone (Jed?) to help the team get organized on the sideline (take their t-shirt, making sure they receive the proper size).  I also will have team socks and other accessories for the team. 

Refreshments:

Action Item 2:  Is someone willing to volunteer to bring liquid refreshments for the team?  What you bring is up to the volunteer (see my first post, which covers this).  Remember cups– we have to be discreet on the Mall (because, you know, 200 people drinking out of red Solo cups fools the popo). 

Only 27 hours and 10 minutes until kickoff…

– Ren

So cum on feel the noize

Girls rock your boys

We get wild, wild, wild

We get wild, wild, wild

So cum on feel the noize

Girls rock your boys

We get wild, wild, wild

At your door

— Cum On Feel the Noize, Quiet Riot

Here's some inside info:  this song is a remake of the 70s glam band Slade.  The album Metal Health also was one of the first cassette tapes that i owned (along with Thriller).  Ha!  Metal Health also was one of the first metal albums to break into the top of the U.S. charts and paved the way for Def Leppard's pyromania (released later in 1983) and Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet (1986). 

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Pre-Season Party

Posted by Ren McCormack on May 2, 2006

Part I:  The Games

We’ll play a few informal games until it gets dark or we get thirsty.

When: Thursday, May 4th, 6:30 pm

Where: The Fields

Part II:  The Party

After the games, we’ll tap the kegs of FREE BEER and kick off the season with a bang. We worked out a deal of 3 hours of FREE BEER from 7:30-10:30.

When:  After the games.

Where:  The Exchange, 17th/G Streets

Cost:  Free for all Federal Division players, $10 for everyone else.

Rain Info:  If it rains, the party will start at 7:30 pm. Note that NO free beer will be served before 7:30, that anything other than beer (wine, food, mixed drinks) are on you, and that everyone must have a wristband in order to participate.

 Beer                        Pitcher                        Beer 

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X Marks the Spot

Posted by Ren McCormack on May 1, 2006

The fields are the same as last year, and are located near the Viet Nam Memorial.  The nearest intersection is 21st and Constitution. The X, our sponsor bar, is located at 17th/G Streets, a few blocks from the fields and Farragut Square (and the Metro).

Click here for a Field, Bar, and Metro Map

The Exchange

The nearest Metro to the fields is Foggy Bottom (Blue line), and is a 10-15 minute walk. Parking along Constitution Ave opens up at 6:30.  Please take Metro and parking time into consideration.  Remember, games start at 6:30 and 7:15.

Because permits are not issued for the fields, we fight for the space with softball and anyone else who wants to use the space.  Therefore, we are required to “squat” the fields. What’s that mean? At least one person needs to get to the fields early to save the space. Coming from Alexandria, I can’t do it.  It should ideally rotate duties when we have the early (6:30) game.

Squatting is no big deal–you just arrive early, chat with other kickballers, have a drinkee-poo, set up the equipment (if it’s there), and sometimes tell softballers “uh, sorry, kickball has this space.”  If the person taking the equipment can also squat, that would be ever so nice.

Only 9 days and counting until the start of the 2006 season!

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Roster Opening

Posted by Ren McCormack on May 1, 2006

We have one remaining spot on the team because someone needed to drop out at the last minute. My qualifications for joing the team are: 1) fun peeps; 2) partiers; 3) people who can make the games (taking travel time/Metro/parking into consideration); 4) people who want to come to the pre-, mid-, and post-season parties; and 5) one flip flip-cuppers.

If you know of someone who wants to play, let me know.

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