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Post-Game Wrap-Up

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 30, 2006

The bad news is that we lost 12-3 bringing our record to 0-4-3.  Let’s go for the tie next game so that we can be 0-4-4.  We had a nice run at the bottom of the 5th inning to pull in 2 runs to make the score look a bit more respectible.  We did not do a good job of gettting base runners on.  I think that I need to follow my own advice and kick the ball on the ground (popped out 2x).  Our defense was ok.   Not great, not terrible.  Spin had some well-placed kicks and some smart base running.  The game ball this week went to Jaime for stepping up and doing some fantastic pitching.  Angie got the offensive game ball.  I forget why.  I think I have a drinking problem. 

The good news is that we’ve played the best teams in the division, so games can’t get any harder.  Our final two regular season games are versus sub-par, fun teams (the each have only 1 victory).  Let’s close out the season on a high note and build some momentum going into the playoffs. 

We do not have a game next week because of the holiday.  I propose that we have a team happy hour next Thursday.  If there is interest, I’ll try to find a team to scrimmage.  I challenged 10 Drunks and a Driver (the grey team) because they are fun.  But they are wussies and not up to the challenge that Footloose brings.  I’ll get on it and find another team. 

July 13 is our next game.  Remember that it is Halloween in July.  The polls are now closed and the winner of the theme is………………………………………………………………………..Pretty in Pink.  That gives you 2 weeks to find the worst, cheesiest, puffiest, frilliest, pinkest (no, it doesn’t need to be pink), chiffonest dress you can find.  Yes guys, that means you too.  We also need to vote on who will be Ducky (just one person).  I want the crazy outfit and the fauxhawk.  I vote for Matt.  The movie poster says it all: “Blane’s a pretty cool guy. Andie’s pretty in pink. And Ducky’s pretty crazy.”  And did you know that Pretty in Pink 2: Ducky’s Revenge is possibly in the works?  Seriously, would I tease you about that?  Google it. 

We will need volunteers to bring libations next week.  Thanks to Jed and Ren McCormick for stepping up at the last minute this week.  If you have not brought brewskies yet, your time is up (cups and ice don’t count, cheapass). 

Have a great holiday weekend.  Try to keep those livers in shape.

Pretty In Pink    Pretty In Pink    Duckie

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You Spin Me Round Round

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 29, 2006

Footloose,

Action Item 1:  Post a comment whether (or not) you will be at tonight’s 7:15 game vs. Spin the Bottle.

Action Item 2:  Who’s bringing the cups & libations?

Scouting Report:

Spin is a periennial powerhouse in the division.  They have a rap for taking the game seriously.  What goes with that is that if we are beating them or if the game is close they tend to get down on each other.  So here’s what I want to see:  Footloose taking a 2 or 3 run lead going into the 3rd inning.  Then we can watch them yell at each other. 

Their guys can kick the ball pretty far, so play a little deeper than usual in the outfield.  The upside is that if we catch their pop flys, those are easy outs.  No guys will bunt, but some females will.  Their lead-off kicker, Hoops, will bunt, and she’s quick.  The gal who plays shortstop (Kim) can both kick and catch well, so don’t be caught off guard.  Their third baseman, Spags, can throw the ball like a lazer, so make sure to run hard and through first base.  Their guy outfielder with the leg brace can gun the ball too, so be cautious when running the bases.  They play a male catcher (their captain, Scott), so if you bunt you had better run like the Dickens.  I don’t know what a Dickens is, but apparently Charles was quite the runner. 

Bottom line:  this is a good time, but very beatable. 

And Alisa thinks that after the 3rd inning we need to play a round of spin the bottle on home plate.  [No, I’m not making this up either.]

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

Well, my scouting report gave a few tips.  But here are a few more for good measure:

  • Keep your kicks snuggly on the ground.  I know you like to snuggle.  Don’t deny it. 
  • The ball may be a bit wet because of the 34 inches of rain that we’ve received the past week.  Remember that the key to catching a fly ball is to accept it to your bosom.  Arms in front of you, palms to the sky. 
  • The right fielder has to back up throws to 1st base.  Without our star first baseman, Chuck, this is esp. important this week. 
  • Get the ball back to the pitcher ASAP.  We’ve become a little lazy here.

Team Poll:

Place your vote for costume theme for Halloween in July (July 12/13).  Text your message to 4224 for Pretty in Pink.  Text to 4225 for Pacman.  Action Item 3:  vote.   

Ghost Man On Third:

Read up on all the kickball news that’s fit to print:  Ghost Man On Third, Issue 8

Battle of the Bands:

Friday, July 7.  Nissan Pavillion.  Journey and Def Leppard in concert.  A team with an 80s theme simply cannot miss this one.  Metal Mania costumes are optional.  Tix are $30.  I’m taking a head count to see if there is interest in renting a bus to go.  A plush coach with a restroom.  It’ll leave at 5pm from Balston Mall and return after the concert around 11pm.  Why take a bus?  So we can tailgate, get ripped up, and not have to worry about sitting in traffic while telling yourself that you are not drunk.  Action Item 4:  are you interested in the concert?  The bus?  both?

Party Time:

Remember that Jaime is having a party saturday and that Alisa is having a fireworks-watching party Tuesday.  Reply to their e-vites. 

Ok guys– see you tonight! 

The Ambiuously Gay Duo    cimg1224.JPG     cimg1253.JPG

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Post-Mania Wrap-Up

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 27, 2006

Sorry for the delay in posting the post-game wrap-up.  Better late than never, right?   RIGHT? 

I must say that Metal Mania III was the best Metal Mania yet!  A big thank you to everyone– you dressed up in silly costumes and brought the bravado that accompanies being in a fake 80s metal hair band.  There were some great costumes:  Paul’s “flasher” outfit was downright scary.  Zeb (unintentionally) looked like Barney Rubble.  Justin was part of the Cobra Ki dojo and definitely swept the leg.  Ang and Meg were “Twisted Teecherz,” and definitely looked like no teacher I had growing up (unfortunately).  The “orange-mango surprise” was quite the elixir.  Cheers to Chuck and Paul for their masterpiece of a concoction. 

I have approximately 1,258 pics from the night, about 1,121 of which are from the last 30 minutes at Heaven & Hell before they kicked us to the curb to get jumbo slice.  I’ll post/share them when I can.  Also, I hear that there were nasty thunderstorms at 11pm and 1am, but i wouldn’t know because were were tearing up the dance floor, popping balloons, and drinking Miller Lite bottles like they were going out of fashion. 

I’m sure that the CBS Early Show got some great shots of us in full metal regalia…I’m kinda scared to see what we look like on TV…but definitely looking forward to seeing it.  Once I know the date it is set to air, I’ll let ya’ll know. 

Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to a 3-year Footloose vet, Chuck, who went and did something stupid– bought a house in Louisiana with his girlfriend.  Gosh Chuck, I thought that kickball was the most important thing in your life.  Well is should be, damnit.  My personal feelings of loss and abandonment aside, we all wish you the best and hope that you can make it up to your Nation’s capital for some games (or just to pound some brewskies). 

This Week’s Schedule:

Wednesday:  Happy hour at the Front Page in Arlington (Balston) for $1 beers.  Then off to watch the new Superman movie at the Balston Mall.  Have you noticed how some reviewers think Superman is gay while others think that he’s a reference to Christ?  I wonder what the Christian Right has to say about a gay Christ. 

Thursday:  We are scheduled to play the 7:15 game vs. Spin the Bottle.  This division does play in light rain (hell, we played the first week’s games (not ours) in heavy rain while there was a tornado warning).  But, if games are cancelled, where are we going for happy hour? 

Saturday:  Jaime sent an e-vite for her around the world party at her apartment complex in Cleveland Park.

Next Tuesday:  Alisa sent an e-vite for a fireworks-watching party at her apartment in VA Square. 

TEAM POLL:

I promised this in my last post, and the time is here to pick our team theme for “Halloween in July” on July 12.  Here are the two front runners:

  1. Pretty in Pink:  everyone, and I do mean everyone, wears a bad 80s prom dress (a bad bride’s maid dress will suffice too).  Ok, I really don’t mean everyone.  We will pick one person to be Ducky.  The thrift store were I bought my faux snakeskin pants had dresses for $10-$30.  We could have a group field trip to try on dresses…HA!   
  2. Mr. and Ms. Pacman:  This one is more difficult, but we could have one person as Pacman and one Ms. Pacman.  Everyone else is either a ghost, a dot, or a piece of fruit.  The ghosts are pretty easy: a colored sheet cut with a ragged bottom and felt eyes would work.  Although, they wouldn’t have much “body” to them.  The dots, fruit, and pacpersons (how PC is that?) are more difficult.  I do have a few ideas on how to make Pacman though.  We could have a costume assembly party at my place in Alex the Monday or Tuesday before the game to get everything in order.  Maybe we’ll even watch the Footloose DVD that Pete gave me a few years ago as motivation. 

Place your vote now! 

Mr. Miller         Footloose in Metal Mania Costumes      Group at Heaven & Hell     Chuck and Honeys

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EXTRA! EXTRA!

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 22, 2006

Newsflash…Washington, DC–

I got word last night that the CBS Early Show will be filming our games tonight (Thurs.)!  Get ready for your 15 seconds of fame. 

Because of the TV crew and a potential backlash, we have to be very cautious with our libations tonight.  We stilldon't have a volunteer for cups/drinks.  Whoever steps up to the plate, I encourage some form of jungle juice so that we don't have to deal with popping and hiding cans.  When the cameras are around, keeping the drinking on the DL.  Still have fun, but the division wants to be cautious to ensure that we continue to be left alone by the park po-po.

If you have any 80s hair metal that you want to bring tonight, feel free. 

If you haven't responded to the blog (2 posts prior to this one) please do so.    Remember to come in costume, with a fake glam metal band name, and pumped with enthusiasm! 

It's the final countdown…

ps-  go USA and Italia!  (We need to win our match today and have Italy win to advance to the next round…cross your fingers, rub the rabbit, knock on wood, or whatever else brings good luck.)

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Ghost Man On Third

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 21, 2006

Here is Issue 7 of the Ghost Man On Third.

Please remember to respond to the post below so that I know who is coming.

– Iron Poontang

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Rock Out With Your C*ck Out

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 20, 2006

Metal Mania III

That's right, this week the metal mayhem begins.  I can't wait to see all the crazy costumes and band names that you all created.  I've heard rumors or cod pieces, spiked leather dog collars, and mullet wigs.  Personally, I’ll be sporting leather pants, so I hope that it’s not 90 degrees with 90% humidity.  Even if it is, my ass simply looks too good in them to not wear them.    

In addition to your feather boas and Aerosmith-inspired unitards, each of you should come up with your fictitious band name.  Use these classics as inspiration:  Dokken, Guar, Danger Kitty (a fake one), Faster Pussycat, Warrant, Ratt, LA Guns, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Moterhead, Stryper, Poison, Motley Crue, Fat Guy Trio, King Cobra, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Slaughter, Clay Aiken, Spinal Tap, and Skid Row.    If you can't come up with your own name, try combining parts of 2 of the above bands.  For example, Quiet Tap or Twisted Poison.  

Need some inspiration?  Use the websites below:

www.bighairmetal.com 

Which 80s Hair Band Are You?  http://selectsmart.com/FREE/select.php?client=hairband  

VH1:  www.vh1.com/music/radio/stations/hair_band/station.jhtml 

Hair Metal Confidential:  www.globalpopconspiracy.com/confidential/hairmetal/ 

Wiki:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glam_Metal

Metal Sludge, premier Glam Metal site & community:  www.metalsludge.tv

Sleaze Roxx, band bios:  www.sleazeroxx.com

Glam Metal, news & interviews:   http://glam-metal.com/

Action Item:

Let me know whether you will be at Thursday’s 7:15 game against the #1 team, My Left Foot.

Scouting Report:

Another team of bunters.  I can arrange for no Munters, but the chicks will bunt.  They are usually guy-heavy and tend to take it a bit too seriously.  They still laugh and have fun, but trust me, they relish that they are the #1 squad.  So let’s glam it up and show them that being goofy is more fun than scoring.  Runs, that is. 

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

         You know the deal by now.  Kick the ball on the ground. 

         The right and left fielder backs up throws to 1st and 3rd, respectively. 

         Remember that playing 2nd base means that you actually stand in between 1st base and 2nd base

         Work out substitutions with someone of the same sex between innings. 

Libations:Action Item 2:  Who’s bringing the cups & booze?  Hopefully you worked this out last week.    

Heaven isn't too far away,
Closer to it every day. (oh-oh)
No matter what your friends might say…
We'll find a way
(Whoa, yeah, babe)

–Heaven,  Warrant

A little something about Warrant…

Warrant was formed in Los Angeles by guitarist Erik Turner in July 1984.  In January 1988 Warrant signed a contract with Columbia Records, and in April they began recording their debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich. It was a significant success, spawning 3 hits: the #2 power ballads "Heaven" and "Sometimes She Cries", and the rock anthem "Down Boys".Shortly following the release of the album, Warrant toured with Paul Stanley, Queensrÿche, Cinderella, Poison, Mötley Crüe and Kingdom Come. Kingdom Come members Rick Steier and James Kottak would later join Warrant.The band's second record, the Cherry Pie, was released in March 1990, and featured guest appearances by Poison's C.C. DeVille, Danger Danger's Bruno Ravel and Steve West, and Fiona. The album, which spawned the hits "Cherry Pie", "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "I Saw Red", reached the Top Ten in the United States, and went on to sell 3 million copies. The record's title track, only included on the album as a result of record company pressure, received strong exposure on MTV and became the band's most successful single.The release of "Cherry Pie" was followed by a tour with the band Poison.

And then grunge hit…

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glam_metal#Bands   

Poison     Ratt     Twisted Sister

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Being Quirky In Albu…Ahhh…Forget It

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 13, 2006

Hey gang,

Greetings from Albuquerque! 

Well, it's 1:23 am.  Let me just say that a few Jack & Cokes at this altitude makes you feel gooooood.  Staffing the company booth at 8am tomorrow is gonna suck BIG time, though.  Well, it's nothing that I'm not used to after a kickball night, so no complaints.  And let me say that drinking mararitas with the program exec then hearing stories about your dad running down the hall in his boxers just make make the trip worth missing a week of kickball.  (Yea, Dante is really at the conference.) 

I just wanted to say hi to everyone, remind you that Jed will be running the show this week, that the Family Guy that's on TV right now is hysterical, and that the scavenger hunt was frickin awesome!  when you hear a teammate say, "I have to leave…I've kissed WAYYYY too many random people today," well, you know it was just one of those wacky days.  who says that we are too old to play spin the bottle on the dance floor of the front page (and hearing the DJ call us out was funny sheet)?  who says that pouring beer on each other is stupid–ok, so it was.  so what?  (oh, and i dind't have time to shower before my flight…i'm sure that i smelled great.  Quick footloose story:  the first year we had a "footloose initiation."  it basically was pouring beer on each other on the dance flor of the hatter.  it was amusing the first few weeks, until i doused a dude on another team.  actually, it was the gold team….funny.  anyway, the guy got realllly pissed.  the next week he told me off how i embarrassed him, immasculated him, blah blah blah.  turns out what he was really mad about was that Camalot wouldn't let him in.  HA! 

Anyway, kick some ass at the game.  Watch out for the bunts (both from the peni and the peni-less).  be sure to take them down in flip clup. 

also, in 2 weeks it's Metal Mania, so get hit the Goodwill this weekend and get your costume in order.

rock on,

b.

footloose.jpg     footloose2.jpg     footloose3.jpg

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Post-Game Wrap-up: The Fall of Footloose

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 8, 2006

Well, the inevitable happened—we lost our undefeated status to the testosterone-laden Well Hungarians 16-1 (was that the score?).  Seriously, what do they have, 5 women on their team?  We didn’t really do anything wrong—their balls just seemed to find our open spots on the field.  Plus, we didn’t really get base runners, which makes it hard to score.  Just remember our team motto, “We’re not here to win, we’re here to score.” 

Aside from the food order taking an hour, I would say that the Ronnie Classic was a success.  Thanks to everyone who dressed up.  Sure, we all looked goofy, but that’s the point.  And if we’re all goofy together, that somehow makes it ok.  Remember that Metal Mania III is scheduled June 21, so get your Hair Metal costume in order.  I suggest assless leather chaps and a feather boa. 

The game ball this week goes to Jam Master Jed for filling in as captain and leading the troops, squatting the fields (amazingly, we got 4 fields), and bringing the libations.  Jed will be leading you into kickball battle next week too because I’ll be in
Albuquerque at a conference all week with FEMA and those wacky floodplain managers.  I expect many drunk dials Wednesday night. 

Action Item:  Who is bringing the libations next week? 

Remember that Matt proposed a team outing that the Clarendon Grill tonight (Thursday) around 8:30-9pm to see the 80s cover band The Reflex (http://www.myspace.com/thereflex).  If you’ve shaken off the hangover from the Anacostia Ice Tea (I haven’t yet, and it’s 1:48 pm), try to make it.  (Note that it’s at the C.Grill, not the Ballroom like I stated in the previous post. 

Lastly, check out the pics in the right-hand side bar.  I added almost all the pics that I’ve received thus far this season to my Flickr account.  Unfortunately, in doing so I lost the 2001, 2002, and part of the 2003 pics.  I have not posted the 2004 or 2005 pics because I’ve exceeded the amount of memory that I’m allowed to upload in a single month.    There are some really good pics in there (though, not many of kickball…hum…wonder why?). 

To all the hunters, I’ll see you Saturday!  Strap on those seatbelts, ‘cause it’s gonna be one wild ride! 

                              *************************

Sister Christian, oh the time has come
And you know that you're the only one to say
Okay
Where you goin', what you looking for?
You know those boys don't want to play no more with you
It's true
You're motoring
What's your price for flight,
And finding Mister Right?
You'll be all right tonight

Sister Christian – Night Ranger  

Check out the video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TerqsvsK9Ec

A little something about Night Ranger Night Ranger formed in San Francisco in 1981. The quintet are most known for the power-ballad "Sister Christian," which peaked at #5 in early 1984.  In 1982, the band changed its name from Ranger to Night Ranger after a country band, The Rangers, claimed a trademark infringement. ger a deal with MCA Camel in 1983.The band's modest hit single, "Don't Tell Me You Love Me," received a boost through its MTV video airplay and managed to peak at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Jack Blades' puppy-dog appeal seemed to win over female fans, while Gillis and Watson's duelling guitars pleased the male audience. Their first albums struck a balance between hard rockers ladened with sexual innuendo, and accessible pop ballads to guarantee airplay.Night Ranger's hold solidified with their second album, "Midnight Madness," which featured the ballads "When You Close Your Eyes," and the aforementioned "Sister Christian," written and sung by Kelly Keagy for his own sister. It became a cautionary anthem for teenage girls across a conservative
America, warning them not to "give it up before their time is due."
In 1985, Night Ranger continued headlining their own tours in support of "Seven Wishes," which followed a very loose concept of the band flying across the ocean in a B-25 Mitchell bomber. In 1987, they co-wrote the title theme to the Michael J. Fox film, The Secret of My Success, which served as the lead single from "Big Life."   Later, Jack Blades left Night Ranger to form the popular supergroup Damn Yankees with Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw of Styx.

Sourcehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Ranger

  Ben & Chau     YAR!     Pete & Chau    

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Game 4: Gipper’s Return

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 7, 2006

Action Item 1:  Please post whether you plan to be at tonight’s 6:30 game versus the Well Hungarians by 3pm today.  It’s very likely that I will be running late tonight (it’s the week preceding our major conference), so our co-captain Jed is going to run the ship.  He also has the bag of equipment and will squat the field for us.  Everyone needs to give Jed a hardy smack on the ass for stepping up to take care of all this. 

Tonight is the Ronnie Classic.  The entire division (all 16 teams) will be out there.  We will try to get 4 kickball fields, but I bet we only get 3.  Both at the fields and at the X, please be patient because things will be a bit hectic.  It’s going to be a madhouse! 

Scouting Report:

The Hungarians are a very good team.  They took down the defending champs, Spin the Bottle, in week one.  They tied Yo Momma (a decent team) in week 2, and they crushed the pathetic new team Natural Born Kickers 16-0 last week.  This will be a test for us.  Are we a good 0-0-3 team or a bad 0-0-3 team? 

How do they rack up so many runs?  Bunting.  And not just female bunters, they have male bunters, or Munters, too.  So we are going to shake up the traditional positions a bit.  We’re going to play a male catcher who has the arm to make it to 1st.  Our firstbaseman also needs to have his A game on tonight, knowing when to stretch to get the out and when to bag it and prevent the ball from being overthrown.  It also is imperitive that the catcher and pitcher have good communication.  If they both go for the ball full force, it’ll only lead to confusion.  Your last girlfriend gave you good advice—communication is key to making any relationship work.  Listen to her—she was a wise sage.  Additionally, the right fielder needs to back up all throws to first base.  Overthrows at 1st will kill us tonight if we let it. 

That said, not everyone is a bunter, so the other positions need to be ready. 

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

  • Kick the ball on the ground!  Where?  On the ground!
  • If your name starts with B, ends in N, and has and E in the middle, your job tonight is to not kick the first pitch, no matter how tempting it looks. 
  • A general rule of kickball is that the team that makes the fewest errors wins.  Let’s be that team today. 
  • The strike zone is 1foot to either side of home plate and 1 foot high.  If the pitch is bouncy or you just don’t like it, you do not have to kick it.  Wait for a pitch that you like. 
  • There are 4 balls (then you walk), 4 fouls (then you’re out), and 3 strikes (then your out).  That’s a lot of pitches, so let me reiterate to wait for a pitch that you like.  The ref will tell you the count (the number of balls, strikes, and fouls). 
  • The short stop, shallow center fielder, and 2nd baseman need to communicate who is taking throws to 2nd base before each play. 
  • The pitcher needs to make sure that fielders are ready before each kicker steps to the plate.  Just take a quick survey so that we are not caught out of position, talking to the hottie on the other team, or drinking our beer. 
  • For the outfielders, it is easier to run in on the ball than to run out to get it.  For their stronger kickers, play a few steps back. 

Mid-season Party:

As you know, this Saturday is the mid-season party.  Thanks to Becky for captaining our team.  If you can’t make the hunt, you can still make the post party at the Front Page in DC.  We have 12 free kegs, so get their early.  The division is covering half of the $20 cover charge.  Try to make it! 

Theme:

Remember that tonight’s theme includes wearing blazers and neckties.  Everyone’s name tag will say “Gipper” in honor of the Ronnie Classic. 

Libations:

I don’t remember who volunteered to bring beer/cups this week.  Jed?  Action Item 2:  who’s bringing the booze? 

Ghost Man on Third:

Here is the Ghost Man On Third, Issue 5.    

Thursday Night:

Matt pointed out that we all like to drink and listen to cheesy 80s music.  In light of this, Matt suggests that we meet at the Clarendon Ballroom Thursday night to see The Reflex (http://www.myspace.com/thereflex).  The band goes on at 9:30.  The Ballroom has a great rooftop deck, so I would suggest getting there for the $2
Corona bottle happy hour (till 8pm).  You also beat the $5 (or so) cover charge.  Action Item 3:  Anyone interested in going to the Ballroom Thursday night? 

Remember to respond to the three action items!

And we danced, like a wave on the ocean, romanced
We were liars in love and we danced
Swept away for a moment by chance
Yeah, we danced and danced and danced

And We Danced – The Hooters 

A little something about The Hooters

The original line-up of the Philadelphia pop/rock act the Hooters came together in 1980, but despite indications that the band was on the road to commercial success they broke up in 1983. Founding members Eric Bazillian and Rob Hyman stayed in touch, however, and both worked on Cyndi Lauper's 1983 debut album "She's So Unusual. Hyman co-wrote the hit "Time After Time" with Lauper as well as playing keyboards, and Bazilian is credited as playing the "hooter" (melodica) as well as guitar and bass for the album. Happy with their work on Lauper's album, Columbia records approached Bazilian and Hyman with a record deal for then-defunct Hooters. Original drummer David Uosikkinen came back on board, and new bass and guitar players were recruited to record the revamped band's first album, "Nervous Night."  Things fell in place nicely for the band in 1985.  "Nervous Night" sold well, and they had hits with "And We Danced" and the biblically-inspired "All You Zombies."  And on top of playing their first shows abroad, the Hooters were given international exposure when they opened the American side of "Live-Aid," the African famine relief event the line-up of which reads as a who's-who of 1980s music.

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Post-game Wrap-up: Now It’s Even Personaler

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 2, 2006

What can I say?  Three games, three ties.  This is kickball, not soccer, people!  I actually think that it’s quite hysterical.  And I liked the “un-de-feat-ed” chant after the game. 

Terry Tate can thank their lone run to their best player:  the wind.  Jed, being a good right fielder, backed up an errant throw to first base.  When the gal was running, he had her in his sights, lined up the throw, and gunned it.  Jed’s throw was dead on target and looked like an imminent out.  If it wasn’t for the damned wind, it would have been.  You could literally see the ball dying in the wind as it stopped just short of reaching her.  After we played a little “toss the ball around trying to get the runner out” (not a good idea, fyi), she scored the tying run. 

The game ball this week goes to Justin for his sliding catch in left field.  He dove in, feet first, caught the ball on his back, and managed to hold on to it for the 3rd out.  Had he missed it, they would have scored the winning run. 

Jed also pointed out this little stat:  we ended the last 2 innings with 6 straight batters popping out on 6 pitches.  That’s not a very good stat to have.  And I’m not pointing fingers, because I was one of them (ok, so I just pointed a finger, but I’m allowed to call myself out).  If anyone wants to give me a kicking clinic, I think I need one. 

Our turnout was fantastic both at the bar and the X again—20 people at the field, 18 at the bar.  Good stuff, people…keep it up!  And, for the 4th consecutive week (we’ve only played 3 games, but I’m going to count the off week too) our team closed the X.  Literally—they had go give us the boot.  And what was up with them cutting the beer before midnight.  LAME.  Though, it does feel good not to be hungover at work today.  Kinda odd, though…

Thanks to everyone for letting me run through my list of items at the bar.  I know that everyone was itching to flip dem cups.  Let’s rehash what we covered:

  • I’m disappointed with the lack of team sock wearing.  You bought ‘em (or you will, once you float me some cash), so wear ‘em!  The team we play June 14 just bought matching team soccer socks, so we gotta show them who’s shtick it is and rock the socks with pride.  I have 5 pairs of socks left, which means that 5 of you don’t have them.  I’m tired of bringing them each week, so snag a pair next game. 
  • I bring a purple bag each weak with the 80s garb—wristbands, jelly bracelets (I need to buy more), barrettes/What Would Jesus Do? hair ties (actually, when I bought them, I didn’t know they said “WWJD?”, but that just makes it all the funnier).  In previous post I took a team poll for new ideas.  Only 2 comments were posted, so I guess that you guys don’t have any ideas.  Hum. 
  • ALL games next week will be held WEDNESDAY for the Ronnie Classic.  Read the Ghost Man On Third, Issue 4 to learn more about the Ronnie Classic.  The rain date is Thursday.  And when I said ALL games, I meant ALL games—the entire division will be there at the same time!  It’s going to be a madhouse both at the fields and the X, so be prepared.
  • Action Item:  The division is encouraging teams to come in costume.  Last night we decided to come in our ringer socks, shorts, WAKA t-shirt, necktie and blazer of your choice.  Everyone’s name tag will say “Gipper.”    OK, so now the females are saying, “But Cap, I don’t have a necktie or blazer?  What do I do?”  Simple.  Hit the local Goodwill.  Ties cost $1.50 and blazers cost like $8.  I think you can afford it.  And if you women want to wear a plaid skirt and do the Catholic school girl thing.  Well, that would be hot. 
  • Metal Mania III:  I made an executive decision (about 24 minutes ago) and decided that Metal Mania III will be Thursday, June 22.  We play the #1 team that night, so we might as well have a great time and make them look like asses for taking it seriously.  So while you are at the Goodwill, look for clothes for your faux 80 metal/hair band costume.  Here’s a hint:  the women’s section has a better selection.  Don’t worry guys, we won’t question your sexuality if you shop in the women’s section and try on 3 different pink silk blouses.  You can handle it. 
  • Halloween in July is Wednesday, July 12.  We kicked around some good team costume ideas last night, so stay tuned for a future blog poll. 
  • I’m going to send Kathryn flowers from the team.  Kathryn, if you are reading this, act surprised when they arrive!  Get well soon—we need you at the flip cup table. 

                                                      *****

You can't sleep, you can't eat
There's no doubt, you're in deep
Your throat is tight, you can't breathe
Another kiss is all you need
Whoa, you like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh
yeah
It's closer to the truth to say you can't get enough, you
know you're gonna have to face it, you're addicted to love

Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer 

A little something about RP:

His career actually started in the 70s with his first album, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, which actually is a pretty cool, kinda funky song—very different than the smoother songs he’s known for in the 80s.  His 1985 album Riptide produced the song we all associate with RP—Addicted to Love, for which he won Best Male Rock Vocal at the Grammies.  In 2003 RP died of a heart attack at age 54. 

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Palmer_(British_singer)

Metal Gods     Addicted to Love    PJ Kicking

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Week 3: This Time It’s Personal

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 1, 2006

Action Item 1:

Please post whether you will be at tonight’s 7:15 game versus Terry Tate’s Office Linebackers.

Scouting Report:

Terry is a new team to the division, but that doesn’t mean that they are new to kickball (they played in the Adams Morgan division last year).  Their record is 0-2-0 (win-loss-tie), but their run differential (runs scored vs. runs scored against) is -3 (meaning that 3 more runs have been scored against them than they scored; this means that their losses have been close games).  Currently, they are the 15th ranked team (of 16). 

I reffed a game or two of theirs, and was not impressed.  But one of those games was the monsoon that we played in during Week 1 (there actually was a tornado warning), so no one looked particularly good then.  I don’t remember if they bunt, so we’ll start one of our regular catchers and make an adjustment as needed. 

This game is completely winnable.  But let’s not get cocky here—remember that we are 0-0-2.   I expect us to come out Hungry Like the Wolf and ready to tare Terry apart. 

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

  • Kick the ball where?  Where?  Say it in unison now… “on the ground!”  Very good, boys and girls. 
  • The key to catching the big, red, rubber ball is hold your arms in front of you, elbows bent, palms up, and “accept” the ball to your bosom.  Yes, I just said that. 
  • There are 3 main kicking techniques; use whatever works for you:
    • The toe ball.  You have no control where a toe ball goes, but it’s not like you can really control the thing anyway. 
    • The instep.  You have much control here, but not as much power.
    • The toe-down.  You still have control with max power.  Remember the Simpsons episode where Homer changed his name legally to Maxx Power.  Good stuff.  He joined
      Springfield’s social elite because of his name and his take charge attitude.  Be Maxx Power. 

Whatever technique you use, remember these tips:

o       Take a few steps before you kick.  You do not want to stand flat footed and kick—you want a little momentum. 

o       Use your momentum and start running towards first base.  Kicking should be one fluid motion—the approach, the kick, and the run to first.  If you approach all three steps separately, you lose kicking power and speed. 

o       Do not watch the ball as you run to first.  This only slows you down.  The base coach will do you what to do.

o       Remember that you can over-run 1st as long as you turn to the right into foul territory.  You may not over-run 2nd or 3rd

o       Listen to your base coaches—they are there to tell you when to run, when not to, when to tag up, and when to go part way (e.g., when there is a pop fly and you want to see if it’s caught or dropped). 

Theme of the Week:

80s cartoon characters.  Action Item 2:  post what character you will be.  Remember—no duplicates!

Libations:

Did we decide after the practice who would bring the booze/cups this week?  Action Item 3:  who will be the bringer of good times tonight?

Reffing:

I should be able to ref  the early game, taking care of our team responsibility.

Team Poll:

In a previous post I took a team poll on how to step up our 80s theme.  If you have any ideas, please post them!

Mid-season Party:

See my previous post. 

Ghost Man on Third:

Here is today’s Ghost Man On Third, Issue 4.   

Ok gang—respond to all three Action Items.  See you tonight.

– Ben

If you like Piña Coladas,
And getting caught in the rain.
If you're not into yoga,
If you have half-a-brain.
If you like making love at midnight,
In the dunes of the cape.
I'm the lady you've looked for,
Write to me, and escape

— Escape (the Pina Colda Song), Rupert Holmes

OK, so this song actually came out in 1979, reaching the #1 spot in December 1979.  It dipped to #2 the first week in January, then returned to the #1 spot the following week.  So I can count it as an 80s song.  An interesting point is the Rupert (gotta love that name) is the first and so far only person single-handedly to receive Tony Awards for book, music and lyrics, for the 1986 Broadway musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_Holmes

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