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Screen on the Green: Part III

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 31, 2006

Who’s in for tonight?  I’ll be there around 7pm once the temp cools down a bit.  Bring dinner, wine, blanket, and a low chair (if you have one).  Bug spray is a good idea too.

This week’s movie:  Bullitt. 

Cool and charismatic Steve McQueen has the title role, the one that cemented his superstar status. He’s a hardened San Francisco detective tracking the shooter who blasted a mob informer in his custody. The highlight of this spare crime drama is the legendary car chase that careens up and down the hills of Frisco. Not surprisingly, the macho star did not feel the need for a stunt driver. That’s Steve in the ’68 Ford Mustang. The bad guys drive Dodge Chargers. (Warner Bros.) — Jim Byerley


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And the Verdict Is…

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 28, 2006

Congrats on our 2nd victory of the season!  In a strange turn of events, we beat Yo Momma! 2-1.  In the bottom of the fourth with one out Yo Momma! had the bases loaded and crushed a ball into right field.  by the time we got the ball in, 3 runs scored.  But, the 3rd run to score lapped the 2nd baserunner thinking he was the 3rd base coach.  The ref called a double play and only one run counted.  Shew!  In the top of the fifth Jed once again had some agressive baserunning and a couple of well-placed kicks gave us the go-ahead run. 

The game ball this week goes to the dude on their team that lapped his teammate which, in effect, gave us the win. 

And now for the news you’ve been waiting for…

We are the 11th seed (of 16) in the Silver Spur Tournament.  We play the 5th seed, Vandalay Industries, Wednesday at 7:15.  I tried to orchestrate a Thursday game, but for that to happen the president would have to switch his night, and that wasn’t going to happen.  I won’t lie, Vandy is a good team.  They know how to play and don’t make dumb errors.  We will need to bring our A game.  If we lose, this is our last game.  When we win, we will play the following Wednesday. 

Have a great weekend!

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Red + White + Bad Prom Dress = Pretty in Pink

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 27, 2006

Tonight’s the night that you’ve been looking forward to (or lamenting…one or the other)– Halloween in July.  I can’t wait to see what crazy costumes you drunks came up with.  Remember, that the team with the best costume tonight wins 10 free pitchers of beer.  And I know that you like beer almost as much as I do. 

Action Item 1:  Post a response stating whether (or not) you will be at tonight’s 6:30 game vs. Yo Momma!

History:  Footloose has never lost to this team.  But that’s not entirely true.  Let me explain.  In 2001 the NY Times ran an article on kickball in DC and interviewed members of Footloose.  The author described the team that we were playing, the Bahama Mommas and Pappas, as our “cross-town rival.”  Well, I happend to be friends with the captain, and every since then we have been rivals.  In 2002 the Mommas and Pappas folded, and my buddy formed a new team, With Themselves (as in this week, Footloose will be playing With Themselves).  We narrowly defeated With Themselves last season on a controversial foul ball on the 3rd base line.  With Themselves folded this year, but members from that team and the now defunct Ball Hogs combined forces to form Yo Momma!  Now, we have lost to the Ball Hogs in the past, but never the Bahamma Mommas or With Themselves. 

Wow, that was a lot to absorb.  I don’t think anyone on Yo Momma even knows the history.  Damn…I’ve been playing this silly game waaaaay too long…

Scouting Report:

Yo Momma! is ranked 10th with a record of 3-4-1.  With our big win last week, we moved up in the rankings to 13th with a record of 1-4-3.  They may have 2 more victories, but one more run in 2 games and we’d have the same record.  I’ve reffed a few of their games, and here are my observations:  sometimes they play really well (they handed the #2 team, the Well Hungarians, who we lost to, their lone loss) and other times really crappy. 

They will have a bunch of female bunters.  Therefore, we need to play a competant catcher who can scoop up the ball and make the throw to first.  Ann, are you up for the challenge?  You did well there last game.  As always, the catcher, pitcher, and 3rd baseman need to communicate on who is fielding the kick.  They also have a deep ball threat, so the outfield needs to be on its toes.  Their first basemen, Sarah, plays soccer and can kick well too (so outfield, don’t be up the infields ass when she kicks).  We did really well getting base runners on last game.  Not only does that make the game more fun, but that’s the only way to score.  Runs, that is.  Let’s keep up the scoring!  I want everyone to get to 3rd base tonight. 

All-in-all, this should be a good game.  One, because I know that they are coming in costume, and two because we seem to be fairly matched. 

Also, we need to make sure that we have 4 guys and 4 gals there at game time.  This team will take the forfeit if we don’t have proper numbers (we’ll still play, but they’d rather take the guaranteed win.  Lam-o, I know-o). 

Captains Tips of the Day:

  1. If you pop out, you owe the team 20 pushups.  Kick the ball on the ground.
  2. Don’t let your dress interfere with your play. 
  3. Real men aren’t afraid to wear goofy costumes. 
  4. Remember to tag up on pop flies.  What is tagging up?  When you are on base and there is a pop fly that is caught, you are allowed to run to the next base after you touch the base that you already are on.  If you’ve read previous tips, you know that it is often wise to go part way to the next base in case the ball is dropped.  In this circumstance, you would need to return to your base, touch it, then run to the next base.  If you never left the base, you may simply procede to the next base as soon as the ball is touched (not caught–note the distinction).  Also, you may tag up on a foul ball that is caught.  If a foul ball is dropped, you may not tag up. 

        Here’s a hypothetical situation.  Say we have a runner on 3rd and 1 out.  You already know from last week’s tips that it would be wise to kick the ball to the right side of the field.  IF there is a pop fly to right field or right-center, the 3rd base coach should tell the runner to stay on the base.  The second the ball is touched, the runner on 3rd should run home (whether the ball is caught or dropped).  If it’s caught, just make sure that it is obvious that you stayed on 3rd or touched it after it was caught. 

Ghost Man On Third:

Here is today’s newsletter, the Ghost Man On Third, Issue 12.  Paul B, I need your interview.  Remember to interview Edward tonight.  And don’t worry about the questions being “guy appropriate”– he swings both ways. 


Jed volunteered to bring a case tonight.  But, the way that we drink, we need another 12 or 24 pack and cups.  Who’s going to step up?  Action Item 2:  Who’s supplementing our addiction?


At the beginning of the season I asked for $4 or $5 from each player for miscellaneous expenses.  I have a list of who paid.  If you did not, don’t make me call you out.  You know who you are.  Get me back tonight or next week, please. 

Silver Spur Tournament:

After tonight’s games, the division will be able to rank the teams and set the bracket.  I should be able to post our day/time Friday afternoon sometime.  Check the blog then.  If we win tonight, we should jump up in the rankings and get an easier team to play.  That’s a good thing.  Looking at the standings, there is another important game for us tonight:  K-funk vs Tony’s Tigers.  If K-funk wins, and we win, we could jump up to the 11th seed (we would be tied with Yo Momma, but our poor run differential will hurt us–if we win by 10 or more runs, we will be the 10 seed) and possibly play the team we tied week 1–the Recess Warriors.  If K-funk wins and we lose, we’ll probably be the 14th seed and play either the Children Left Behind or Well Hungarians–both teams that we’ve lost to.  This is all speculative, of course; it depends on the outcomes of tonight’s games.    

Get ready to come out fired up!

Well, beat the drum and hold the phone – the sun came out today!
We’re born again, there’s new grass on the field.
A-roundin’ third, and headed for home, it’s a brown-eyed handsome man;
Anyone can understand the way I feel.

Oh, put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be Centerfield.

— Centerfield, John Fogerty

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It’s the Final Countdown

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 26, 2006

One day and counting till the Halloween in July makeup game versus Yo Momma!  I’m really looking forward to seeing your crazy costumes! 

Let’s use the momentum from last week’s victory and get another this week.

I’ll do the official game post Thursday.  Until then, get the Hair Net and crimpers ready…

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In the Words of Johnny Drama…”Victory!”

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 21, 2006

Way to go, Footloose!  We pulled out the our first victory of the season with a 2-1 win over K-funk.  We took an early one-run lead in the first, then K-funk tied it up in the 2nd.  We were deadlocked until Jed’s stellar homerun to, where else, right field.  Looks like someone read the Captain’s Tip of the Day! 

Game Ball:

I got to give Jed his 3rd game ball of the year for his game-winning home run. 

I’ve got the all-star iron ons; I just keep forgetting to hand them out.  Remind me and I’ll hand them out to the winners at the next game. 


Flipmania! went off without a hitch.  I was fully expecting the park popo to put an end to the shenanigans, but we pulled it off.  The tree cover must have hid us.  Riiiiiiight. 

Pretty in Pink:

Remember that next Thursday at 6:30 is our make-up game vs. Yo Momma!  I’ve talked to their team captains, and their entire team is dressing up.  I fully expect that Footloose will make a good showing too.  You’ve got one week to pull your costume together.  While bad prom dresses are preferable for everyone, a bad tux jacket is ok too (bow tie and cumberbund optional).  At the very least, have some kind of 80s costume. 

You’ve been really good about dressing up for our theme nights–the Ronnie Classic & Metal Mania III.  I promise this will be the last time, so let’s go out strong.  Oh, and the best team costumes wins 10 free pitchers of beer.  What other motivation do you need?

Silver Spur Tourney:

In 2 weeks the division tournament will start.  Once the final round of games are played next Thursday, the division will do the final rankings, then they’ll pair the teams and put them into a bracket.  Then we’ll know what day/time we play the first week in August.  Check the blog for the info. 

Have a great weekend!

We are the champions – my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting – till the end
We are the champions 
We are the champions
No time for losers
‘Cause we are the champions – of the world

Ok, Ok– you purists out there will note that “We Will Rock You” is not an 80s tune.  But, it’s timeless, so it counts.  Plus, it’s just too appropriate not to use this week.  News of the World is a Queen album released on October 28, 1977. Containing such hit songs as “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” (which are both commonly heard at sporting events) and “Spread Your Wings“, the album went four times platinum in the United States alone.

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Posted by Ren McCormack on July 20, 2006

Tonight has the potential to be ridiculous.  What do you get when you have a 16-foot long flip cup table; 2 fun party teams; many, many beers; and a kamikaze start to each flip cup game?  Ridiculousity.  That’s what.  And that’s just down at the fields. 

Action Item 1:  Please let me know whether you will be at tonight’s 7:15 game versus Grabassky & the K-funk All Stars. 

Scouting Report:

I’ve only reffed one of their games (vs. Spin the Bottle…perhaps you saw my stellar performance on the CBS Early Show…(as I said that, I puffed on my fingers and wiped them on my chest with a pompous smirk)).  They have roughly the same record as we do; K-funk is 1-4-2 and we are 0-4-3.  This should be a really good game, and one that I want to win real bad for bragging rights.  I don’t expect any male bunters, but there may be a few female bunters.  Oh, and between innings we are playing flip cup and the losing team has to add the number of cups to their side that they are down in score (i.e., if we are winning 5-3, K-funk adds 2 cups).  Hence, Flipmania!    Like I said, Ridiculousity will ensue. 

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

  1. You know where to kick the ball.
  2. We can exploit their right field (particularly if Grabs is out there… ;).  If you have the ability to crank it to the right-side outfield, go for it.  But remember that pop ups are easy outs. 
  3. Play does not end until the pitcher has the ball on the mound. So… (A) Get the ball back to the pitcher ASAP, and (B) exploit this when baserunning.  If they are putzing around holding the ball, don’t be afraid to “steal” the base.  Yes, technically stealing is not legal, but this also technically is not stealing. 
  4. When there is a pop fly and you are on base, take a few steps and be prepared to either run or return to the base.  The exception here is if the pop fly is close to the base you are on.  The base coaches must be vocal and help our less experienced base runners out.
  5. If you are catching and there is a throw to home that is not a force out, you must tag the runner with the ball to get them out.  This is true no matter what base you are playing, I just used home plate as the example.  What’s a force out?  A force out is when a runner must run.  In force out cases, simply touching the base constitutes an out.  In non-force out circumstances, you must tag or throw the ball at the runner. 


Because no one seems to want to step up and bring beer, cups, and ice, I’ll do it again this week.  But you beotches have to cover my drinks at the bar and libations for the last 2 games.  With 26 people on the roster, this should not be a problem. 

Ghost Man On Third:

Here is the Ghost Man On Third, Issue 11.  It’s all the news that’s fit to kick. 

With a Little Help From My Friends:

Because of Flipmania! I’m doing something I hate doing…driving on a kickball night.  I’m going to try to get to the fields at 6:30 to snag one of the primo parking spots on Constitution.  Having a set or two of helping hands to carry stuff up to the upper “tree” field would be very much appreciated.  Also, we need to supply a ref (I got to be a hardass (different than my tight ass) last night and give 2 teams forfeits for not supplying a ref) for the 6:30 game.  Like I said, I’ll be there and can do it, but I’ll also be getting the table set up (and wouldn’t mind playing a game or two of pong before our game…). 

Theme O’ the Week:

It’s been a little while since we’ve done a theme/nametags.  This week’s theme will be 80s TV characters.  Action Item 2: come up with your character.  Also,please remember to wear your ringer socks tonight–I was copied on K-funk’s pre-game e-mail, and Grabs mentioned our 80s garb, so I don’t want to disappoint.  I’ll have the purple bag of goodies too…just help yourself to its contents (wristbands, hairbands, etc.).   

Get ready for the Ridiculousity….

I turn my back to the wind
To catch my breath
Before I start off again.
Driven on without a moment to spend
To pass an evening with a drink and a friend

–Time Stand Still, Rush (one of my all-time favorite bands)

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Screen on the Green

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 17, 2006

It’s that time of year again.  For the next five Monday nights there will be classic movies shown on the Mall near the Capitol.  Screen on the Green is a great summer DC event.  Get there early, set up a blanket, bring dinner & wine, and chill out while watching a flick with friends.  The movie starts at sundown, around 9pm.  For a good viewing spot, get there early.  If yinz want to meet up, let me know. 

This week’s movie:  The Day the Earth Stood Still. 

A UFO lands in Washington and a regal alien emerges. He warns the peoples of Earth to stop nuclear testing and to live in peace, or else! A landmark of Hollywood sci-fi, it can be seen as an atomic age parable. Patricia Neal and Michael Rennie are the stars, along with the seven-foot doorman from Grauman’s Chinese Theater who plays the forbidding robot Gort. Music is by Bernard Herrmann and direction by Robert Wise. Don’t forget these handy words… ”Klaatu Barada Nikto.” (Fox) — Jim Byerley

                                   The Day the Earth Stood Still

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Through the Looking Glass

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 14, 2006

The end is in site (unfortunately). 

Next week we play Thursday at 7:15 vs. Grabassky and the K-funk Allstars for what very well could be the most fun game of the season.  I have a few surprises in store…look out…

Our rained out game from this week will be made up Thursday, July 27 at 6:30.  It still will be a costume night, so that means those dresses haven’t gone to waste.  If you have notgotten your costume in order yet, first off, that’s BS bc you had 3 weeks notice.  But, you got a nice reprieve.  You now have 2 more weeks to get your costume.  If you think that your playing without one, think again…Jed and I went shopping and picked up some beauties.  Once again, I ask who is going to be Ducky???

The playoffs will be the first week in August, night/time TBD after the regular season is over and the division puts the bracket together.  We are guaranteed at least one game…if we keep winning, we keep playing. 

Thursday, Aug. 10 will be the championship game and Silver Spur Sloshing (translation, free beer–like the pre-season party).  August 12 is scheduled to be the official end-of-season party (location and details TBD).  However, we may bump it back to August 19. 

Lastly, if you haven’t replied to Justin’s e-vite for his wine-o party tonight, do it.  Do it. 

Private eyes
They’re watching you
They see your every move
Private eyes
They’re watching you
Private eyes
They’re watching you watching you watching you watching you

–Private Eyes, Darryl Hall & John Oates

Did you know that Hall & Oates was the top selling group of the 80s?  Yup.  Way to represent PA, boys. 

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Ghost Man On Third/Game OFF

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 12, 2006

Hot off the presses, here is the Ghost Man On Third, Issue 10

Game off because of the thunderstorms.  They will be rescheduled for July 26 or 27.  If tomorrow’s games are played, then we’ll be on the 27th.  If they are cancelled, we’ll play the 26. 

So, where is the happy hour tonight? 

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Pretty In Pink

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 11, 2006

Halloween in July is here, mein freunds.  I know that you are excited for this one.  And I knowthat you won’t disappoint the team by showing up sans-costume.  If you think that you’ll be tricky and show up without a costume, let’s just say that I just may have something for you to wear anyway, and it won’t be anything that you will want to wear–so go get your own damn costume.  Bad 80s prom dresses are encouraged.  If you want to wear a cheesy tux instead, I’d rather have that than no costume.  Who is going to be Ducky?  Somebody volunteer, please!

Need more motivation to go over the top with the costumes?  The best costumed team of the night wins 10 free pitchers of beer.  No, I am not joking.  If we have 18 people running around in bad prom dresses, we are bound to win. 

I will be going to the thrift store to buy my outfit tonight (Tuesday).  Most bad prom dresses I found were 1) God awful, and 2) about $15.  Action Item 1:  If you want to come with or you want me to pick up something (not so) tasteful, let me know.  I’ll probably leave around 6:30 or 7pm. 

Scouting Report: Yo Momma! currently is ranked #12 and we are #14.  Looking at mutually played teams may give us some clues:  They lost to Tony’s Tigers, who we tied.  They tied the Well Hungarians, who beat us.  They lost to the Recess Warriors, who we tied.  What’s that say?  This will be another close game, but this is like, totally winnable.  They will have some female bunters, and we really need to get those easy outs.  Their captain, Shanda, will argue any call she disagrees with.  Let me handle that (I have a way with the sistas).  We beat this team last year on a controversial call, so expect them to be out for revenge.  All I have to say about that is, “Bring it on!”  Action Item 2:  Post a response whether you will be at Wednesday’s 6:30 game.  Action Item 3:  Who’s bringing cups & libations?  Somebody step up, please. 

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

  • It’s hard to score runs if we don’t get base runners.  How about we try that tonight?
  • Defense wins championships.  Just ask Italy (what a glorious day Sunday was–Lucky Bar was rockin). 
  • Get the ball back to the pitcher ASAP.  Spin took advantage of this and got a few runs when we were lazy with throwing the ball in to end the play.
  • Do not play “chase the runner around” by throwing the ball at them–it’s better to get the ball to the pitcher.  These are those plays, such as an overthrow, where we try to get the runner out at 2nd, then there’s another overthrow, so we try to peg them at 3rd, miss, then they score.  Let’s not do that any more.  It’s often better to cut your losses. 
  • In my position scheme, I envision the shallow center fielder taking throws to 2nd base.  However, there still seems to be confusion with this, and I’m not sure why after 7 games.  When a runner is on 1st base, I want the 2nd baseman, short stop, and shallow center fielders to decide who is taking the throw.  Be vocal. 
  • Here’s a situation:  There is one out with a runner on 3rd.  Generally, where should you kick the ball?  First, on the ground.  Yes.  You know that already.  But you also should aim for the right side of the field.  It’s a long throw from 2nd base position to home.  You may get out at 1st, but you will score the run.  The 3rd base coach also needs to be vocal and tell the runner what to do (e.g., run, stay, or wait then run). 

Picture Pages:

I uploaded new pics to my Flickr site.  Unfortunately, I found out that it caps the number of pics at 200.  I’ve received almost 300 from this season alone.  So much for using Flickr as the division archive.  If you read the last GMOT, you saw that I posted all the pics that I have to my Kodak Gallery account. 

Ghost Man On Third:

I have not done the GMOT yet…check back tomorrow for it. 

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When the Lights Go Down in the City…

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 7, 2006

Well, it’s 11:03 am and I still feel dizzy from last night.  Burnt Sienna put on a good show at the Ballroom, and some of us (once again) closed down the bar.  Man, I really am going to get myself fired if I keep this up…but I’m having a lot of fun on the way down…

Weekend Plans:

Saturday K-funk is sponsoring a BBQ/party in Arlington.  I previously forwarded an e-mail with the scoop.  It will be a fun night.  Before that, I propose the following:

  1.  Dress shopping.  Yes, dress shopping.  As you well know, next week is Halloween in July, and we are doing a Pretty in Pink theme.  Now gentlemen, you can take the wussy way out (Paul M) and where a bad tuxedo, or you can grow a pair and wear a dress.  So here’s what I’m thinking:  a Footloose outing to some thrift stores to try on and buy bad prom dresses.  How funny would that be?  If you want to partake, post a response.  Timewise, i’m thinking around 1pm after I recover from my post Journey/Def Lep hangover (ohhhh, man am I pumped for this concert tonight!). 
  2. World Cup Match.  The consolation final game of Germany/Portugal is at 3pm (yes?).  Let’s watch these hot Spanish men get sweaty.  (Did I just write that?)
  3. BBQ.   After the game we roll over to the party. 
  4. World Cup Final.  Sunday at 1:30 pm is the World Cup final.  Let’s watch it.  Together.  Then we’ll douse ourselves in baby oil and have Sumo wrestling matches after Italy takes it to France (I gotta cheer for the homeland). 

Calling on Ducky:

Action Item:  Who is going to be Ducky next week?  Someone either needs to step up or we just vote for Jed.  Post your wish. 

Ok gang, I’m off work in 23 minutes to head to Journey/Def Lep.  When I crack that first beer at 3:30 J-balls and I will be laughing at all you suckers that are still at work.  You had your chance to see these legiondary bands thrill the crowd with their signiture tunes…  But don’t worry, I’m sure that my drunk dialing fingers will be in full effect tonight. 

Steve Perry & Neil Schon     Def Leppard     Steve Perry

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Dirty Dancing

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 5, 2006

Instead of setting up a scrimmage in our off week, I decided that we would skip the wheat (kickball) and get right to the shaft (drinkin). 

Come out to the Clarendon Ballroom Thursday night.  We’ll start on the rooftop deck for $2 Miller Lite and Corona Bottles till 8pm.  Once we’re nice and juiced we’ll head downstairs to see a classic Delaware cover band–Burnt Sienna.  They will not disappoint.  Arrive whenever you want, but if you come before 8pm (I believe) you beat the $7 cover.  It’s really nice being up on the roof, so I suggest arriving early.  The weather forecast is 79 and sunny on Thursday–couldn’t ask for better deck weather.  I informed the other captains that Footloose will be rockin the joint, so hopefully we’ll get a decent league turnout. 

Check out the Ghost Man On Third, Issue 9.  This issue has the links that Paul sent for the CBS Early Show article and video as well as the links to my Kodak Gallery pages that have all 265 pics that I’ve receive this season.  And if you’re curious to see what I looked like with hair, check out the archives for the previous seasons.  Ah, hair, how do I miss thee…

Save the Date:  the end-of-season kickball party will be August 12.  Details are still being ironed out, but expect it to be cheap or free with free booze.  What else do I need to say? 

Thanks to everyone for some great parties this weekend.  I love that Footloose is coming together with a fun social network.  That’s what kickball is all about.

Ps- Does anyone remember the score of last week’s game vs. Spin the Bottle? 

Ben, Alisa, and Becky     Coke & Mentos     Drums

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