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Shake It, Baby!

Posted by Ren McCormack on May 29, 2008

Post-Game Wrap Up

I missed the last game, so you’ll have to get the recap from someone else.  Officially we tied 1-1.  In a handshake agreement we played another 2 (?) innings and lost.  But as far as the record books go, we won.  And I hear that we kicked ass on the flip cup table, so that’s what really matters. 

 

Action Item 1:  Who’s Playing?

Tonight we play Ram Rod at 6:30.  Please let me know whether (or not) you will be at tonight’s game. 

 

Scouting Report

Ram Rod is the team of the league president, Amanda.  While she does not take the game seriously AT ALL, some of her male teammates do.  We played them the first game last year, and if you go into the archives and read my scouting report, I thought that they would be a good tune-up game.  Kinda like how Michigan thought that Appalachian State last year.  So, this year I won’t make the same mistake.  This is a completely winnable game, but they won’t be a push over. 

 

Action Item 2:  Warning & Libations

Amanda sent notice that the cops were patrolling the fields last night and had the paddy wagon out there.  My recommendation is that instead of frothy brew that we make some adult punch.  I can bring a big jug to mix it in and some hard alcohol.  Can one or two people pick up ice, cups, and either a few gallons of juice or juice mix and a few gallons of water?  Discuss among yourselves. 

 

Reffing Duties

We play the early game, so someone will have to stay to ref the late game.  I don’t mind doing it. 

 

Captain’s Tip of the Day

          Ancient Chinese Proverb say:  “Ball kicked on grass no can be caught by hummingbird in air.” 

          If you are the catcher, just be cautious of runners coming home—you don’t want to get plowed into.  If it is a force out at home—meaning the runner on third base has to run home, then you may either touch the base or the runner.  If it is not a force out, then you must touch the runner with the ball (this is called a non-force out). 

          The division is starting to play with 2 first bases.  As a kicker, run to the outside base (the one to the right).  If you play first base, the one that you need to touch is the inside base.  This is a safety measure.   

 

Social Calendar

An addendum to the social calendar:  it looks like the mid-season party/scavenger hunt will be Saturday, June 28.  I don’t have the details yet, but wanted to let you know so you can mark your calendars. 

 

WAKA Sucks a Big Fat One

I can tell you why later, but don’t want to ruin my night getting fired up.  Basically, they are money grubbing dickheads.  (That’s not slander…don’t sue me!)  We should have switched to DC Kickball.  After 7+ years in WAKA, they have lost my business.  Competition is a good thing. 

 

Speaking of law suits, here is the ruling of WAKA v DC Kickball:  https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2006cv0984-22

 

This is nothing new, just something I found yesterday.  Here’s a reading hint:  skip to the conclusion at the end. 

 

Chochskies

I haven’t had time to buy new ringer socks yet, but I should have them by next week.  If you have any ideas of how to expand on our 80s garb, let me know! 

 

I’ll have the checklist tonight and will be taking donations. 

 

 

 

We started drinkin’, weren’t thinkin’ too straight
She was doin’ 80 and she slammed on the brakes
Got so high we had to pull to the side
We did some shakin’ till the middle of the nightShakin’
Snappin’ her fingers
She was up and down and ’round and ’round
Shakin’

Shakin’

 

 

 

Shakin’ – Eddie Money (from ’82 album No Control)

 

If you’re a fan of Guitar Hero:  80s Edition, then you know this song!

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Tiger Purrrrrrr

Posted by Ren McCormack on May 14, 2008

Post-Game Wrap-up

We got the season started right with a 4-2 victory over Flippin’ Sweet (formerly Terry Tate Office Linebackers).  We jumped out to an early lead and it looked like we were going to walk (or slip, given how wet it was out there) away with an easy victory.  By the 3rd inning, though, they cut the lead in half at what would be the final score.  Our defense was stellar, shutting them down 4 of 5 innings.  We looked a little shakey that one inning, but came out OK because of Steve’s fantastic pitching.  Or something like that. 

I normally give out a game ball, but I don’t think there was any single standout, so we all get a little piece of rubber this week.  <insert dirty joke here>

For pics of week 1, check out my Flickr account to the right.  —->

Scouting Report

This week we play Tony’s Tigers, one of the long-time teams in the division.  They always have a high turnover rate, however, because they work for a government contractor.  Of course, about half of our roster is new too, so I can’t give either team the advantage.  The Tigers played after us last week, so if you watched any of the game, you saw what they have.  They beat a new team (I forget the score).  I think some of their guys purposely tried to aim for right field, so whoever plays out there needs to be aware of that.  Don’t be distracted by their over-enthusiastic “Tiger” cheers.  You gotta love their enthusiasm, but dang does it get old. 

I will miss this game because I’ll be recovering from a bachelor party the night before in Madison, WI, as we drive to Minneapolis.  Tell me how jealous you are.  (Actually, it’s going to be a kick-ass weekend.)  Co-captains Jed and Becky will be running the show, so you must do whatever they say.  And I mean whatever

Also, I forget who took the bag of equipment (PJ?), but remember to get it to the field by 6:15 so the fields can be set up by 6:30.  I’m trying to work out a trade with the captain who was scheduled to take it so that we don’t have to take it again. 

Action Item 1

Post a response letting Jed and Becky know whether you will be at the 7:15 game.  The word “whether” implies “whether or not,” in case your 2nd grade teacher (mine was Mrs. Lovett) didn’t teach you that.  It’s important that the captains know how many people will be at the games.  We need a minimum of 4 guys and 4 gals to play or we have to forfeit.  More than 3 forfeits and we are not allowed to play in the division tournament, which would crush my dreams of world kickball domination. 

Captain’s Tip of the Day

  • Kick the ball on the ground so that it can’t be caught.  Don’t overthink it, just try to keep it low. 
  • Did you know that you can overrun 1st base?  Well, you can.  The advantage of this is that you can keep your momentum going all the way through the base.  You just need to turn to your right into foul territory.  Note, however, that you cannot overrun 2nd or 3rd base.  If you overrun these bases, the other team can tag you out.
  • What’s a tag out?  It’s when you touched with the ball, either when someone is holding the ball or when they throw it at you and you are not on the base. 
  • So I can drill someone with the ball?  Damn straight.  Just don’t be a douche about it.  However, head shots do not count as an out unless the runner intentionally bends to get hit in the head. 
  • There is no infield fly rule.  If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry about it, cause it’s not a kickball rule. 
  • Is there a strike zone?  Yes, yes there is.  It’s one foot to either side of the plate and one foot high–at the ref’s discretion.  Different refs call the strike zone wider or narrower than others.   
  • Can I bunt?  Technically yes, you can.  But we’re not a bunting team (I won’t call anyone out here…ahem…).  Some teams do, but we’re not “one of those.”  Some teams are anti munt (male bunt) but allow their females to bunt.  I’m not really a big fan of that either.  It’s called KICKball for a reason. 

Action Item 2

We need a volunteer ref for the 6:30 game.  Who can do it this week? 

Action Item 3

Who is the bringer of libations and cups?

Heads Up on Things to Come

I’ll give more details later, but there are a few season events:

  • Metal Mania will be in June.  It’s a “create your 80s hair band” night.  So start thinking about the most outrageous costume you can.
  • Halloween in July.  We need a team theme, so start thinking of ideas. 
  • Scavenger Hunt, our mid-season party, is usually in mid-June.  The date is not set yet. 

Ok gang, let’s keep the wins coming.  We do not have a game the next week because of people going out of town for Memorial Day, so I’ll see you in 3 weeks.

That’s when a sport was a sport
And groovin’ was groovin’
And dancin’ meant everything
We were young and we were improvin’
Laughin’, laughin’ with our friends
Holdin’ hands meant somethin’ baby
Outside the club “Cherry Bomb”
Our hearts were really thumpin’
Say yeah yeah yeah
Say yeah yeah yeah
  

Cherry Bomb – John Cougar Mellencamp 

  

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Put Me In Coach!

Posted by Ren McCormack on May 8, 2008

Welcome to the 2008 season!

 

I hope that everyone is excited to get the season started with our first victory.  We play Flippin’ Sweet tonight at 6:30.  Our shirts are scheduled to arrive tonight, so where whatever you feel.  Because it may rain, I highly suggest that all women wear white.  For the vets, remember to wear your ringer socks!  Try to show up at least 15 min early so we can get logistical stuff taken care of . 

 

Action Item 1:  Are you going to make the game (yes or no answer, please)?  It’s Footloose policy that if someone doesn’t let me know that they will make the game and shows up that you are automatically relegated to the bottom of the kicking order (I usually make up the order on the Metro ride in).  So that’s your incentive to reply to each blog. 

 

Scouting Report:

 

Flippin’ Sweet is the new name for a returning team, Terry Tate Office Linebackers.  We had a pretty competitive game with them last season, so I expect another one this year.  Get ready to rumble!

 

Libations:

 

This is how we handle drinks each game:  we have one or two volunteers bring a case or two of beer and cups (preferably not clear cups) to the field.  There is a 9-game regular season plus playoffs, so with a team of 25 people, you should only have to bring drinks once.  And it doesn’t need to be beer.  In the past, some inventive people have brought (or made on field) jungle juice or sangria.  Jello shots are quite popular as well. 

 

I normally brings beers the first week, but I have some running around to do after work to get ready for tonight’s game.  

 

Action Item 2:  Who’s gonna bring libations & cups to get the night started right?

 

Weather Report:

 

There is a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms tonight, which could force the division to cancel games.  Here is the division’s rain policy:  we don’t like to cancel games and we will play in light rain.  The prez will notify captains by 4pm only if games are cancelled.  If they are cancelled between 4pm and game time, she will call me.  I’ll then notify each of you, likely by mass text message (and by e-mail, if I’m still in the office).  There is not a call-in number (although I suggested this to WAKA years ago). 

 

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

 

Each post, I’ll give some advice or explain a rule.  We have a lot of newbies this year, so hopefully this will help explain some basics of the game.

 

         The easiest way to get out in kickball is a pop fly.  Therefore, try to kick the ball on the ground.  This is easier said than done. 

         You do not need to kick every pitch.  Balls and strikes are called.  So wait for a pitch that you want to kick.  I personally tend to get excited and want to kick the first pitch that comes rolling (or bouncing) my way.  Bouncing pitches tend to be popped out (see rule no. 1).    

         The strike zone is one foot to either side of the plate and one foot high.  If the pitch is outside of that, don’t kick it.  That said, we don’t want to be a douchebag team who takes walks when pitches were good enough to kick. 

         The play does not end until the pitcher has the ball in control and in the mound area.  Therefore, it is crucial that we get the ball back to the pitcher ASAP.  Sneaky runners like Jed will exploit teams who do not get the ball to the pitcher.  While Jed loves to be exploited, I don’t think the rest of us do. 

 

Theme of the Week

 

Because we have so many new players, we’re going to keep up the tradition of “Hello, My Name Is” name tags.  To add a little Footloose flair, each week we’ll have a different 80s theme.  So your name tag will include both your real name and your 80s nickname. 

This week’s theme will be 80s cartoon characters.  As an example, I’ll be Cobra Commander. 

 

Action Item 3:  Who’s your 80s cartoon character? 

 

Mulla

 

To help offset season expenses, I ask for $4-5 from each player.  This will go towards the chochkees that I buy throughout the season and the 124 batteries that we blow through.  And yes, I do keep track of who paid and who skimped out.

 

I got a new CD for the season to accompany the other 7 80s CDs we’ve created over the years:  Monsters of Rock (it was an impulse purchase at Target.  It’s 18 songs of pure 80s hair bands.  Oh yea!  Sorry, Pete, that’s “Monsters of Rock,” not “Monsters of C*ck.” 

 

Ref Duties

 

Before/after each game we are responsible for providing a ref.  If we play the 6:30 game, we have to provide a ref for the 7:15, and vice versa.  I’ll take most of these duties unless I can’t get out of work early enough.  I like the abuse of power.  Mruhahahaha! 

 

Chili Cookoff

 

Did anyone get tix?  Who’s going?

 

 

Ok, I think that’s enough for week one.  Respond to the 3 action items.  I’ll go over positions on the field.  Maybe I’ll even draw up some graphics. 

 

See ya tonight! 

 

– Cobra Commander

 

Got a beat-up glove, a homemade bat, and brand-new pair of shoes;
You know I think it’s time to give this game a ride.
Just to hit the ball and touch ’em all – a moment in the sun;
(pop) It’s gone and you can tell that one goodbye!

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

 

A little something about John Fogerty: 

 

Fogerty’s musical career started with Credence Clearwater Revival.  He released two solo albums in the 70s (one under his name and one under the Blue Ridge Rangers) with limited success.  His solo career hit full stride with 1985s Centerfield.  He was actually sued by his previous publishing company who claimed that his top-ten hit “The Old Man Down the Road” sounded too much like the CCR hit “Run Through the Jungle.”  This has to be the only time that an artist was sued for sounding too much like himself. 

 

No, there is no problem with our legal system…

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