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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!


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?


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.



20 Responses to “Week 3: This Time It’s Personal”

  1. Becky Roemen said

    I’m in – and for the rest of the day and night, I will only respond to Smurfette.

    Don’t forget to respond if you want to be on the scavenger hunt team – we have myself, alisa and leigh so far!

  2. I’ll be there… and my 80’s cartoon character is Denver the Last Dinosaur.

  3. Justin said

    Action Item #1: I will be at the game.
    Action Item #2: From the world of Thunder Cats, I choose the name “Snarf”.
    Action Item #3: I have 36 Miller Lites in a cooler in my office right now. Libations- done and done.

  4. Paul M said

    I can dig it tonight.
    I’m back from Europe. The Iberian Peninsula now knows how to play flip-cup, but they insist on drinking sangria instead of beer.

    AI2: Voltron

    Brandon M wanted to be a Care Bear tonight, but he has class and can’t make it so that character is still open for selection.

  5. Angie said

    I’ll be at the game tonight. I’ll take on the Care Bear character for Brandon.

  6. Jamie Gross said

    1) playing tonight and 2) brighteyes (pound puppy)

  7. Matt said

    Cartoon toy ideas…Teddy Ruxpin is still up for grabs!

    Justin, how many beers will actually make it to the game?

    1. I’m in. Though I fear Terry Tate.
    2. Tranzor Z. Or “Z” for short.
    3. I’m Irish–we always bring the good times!

  8. Zeb & Erin said

    We’re unfortunately a scratch for tonight. Everyone make sure you have cover sheets on your TPS reports.

  9. Ann said

    I’ll be there!

  10. Paul said

    Im in! My character is “Dirty Dawg” (Circa 1981-82)

    Info on Dirt Dawg from :

    The conniving canine and his friend Ratso try to keep well-fed while mooching off the local dump and running afoul of the law. (sounds like me and Chuck now!)Aired as part of Tex Avery’s The Kwicky Koala Show. (Hanna Barberra)

  11. Bridget O said

    I’m in, name to follow…

  12. Justin said

    On a day as slow as today, you have no clue how tempting three dozen beers can be…

    Can we get some Whitesnake on the radio tonight?

    Chuck Norris put the laughter in manslaughter.

  13. Paul M said

    Chuck Norris was put on this earth to do two things: drink some beer and kick some ass. Chuck Norris successfully drank all of the beer this world had to offer by the time he was 3 months old. He has been kicking ass ever since.

  14. Paul said

    Homeless signs Chuck Norris would carry:

    Chuck Norris will eat for food.

    Chuck Norris will drink for beer.

    Chuck Norris will F*** for sex.

  15. Bridget W said

    I will be there but possibly late – just call me Grape Ape!

  16. The chief export of Chuck Norris is pain.

  17. Peter said

    I’ll be there. 80’s cartoon character is Ucla

  18. Alisa said

    1. I’ll be there
    2. I’m deciding between She-Ra PRincess of Power and Jem (from Jem and Holograms)
    3. I’ll be drinking Justin’s beer
    4. I think we should save all Care Bear names for the kinky care bears only day. that was quite entertaining last year!

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