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Sex and Victory

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 31, 2008

Post-Game Wrap-Up

Last week we escaped with a 3-1 victory over 13th seed, Kickin’ Nuggets.  Not to be a Debby Downer, but we had no offensive firepower and we made some questionable defensive plays.  To put it in perspective, Spin racked up 30+ runs on them the week before.   But in the tourny a win is a win, and we’re still alive.   In the end, the team that makes the fewest errors wins, and we came out on top. 

 

The tournament is single elimination, so is we loose, our season is done.  Good thing that we won’t lose.

 

Action Item 1:  RSVP

Respond whether or not you can make it to tonight’s 6:30 game vs We Got the Runs.     

 

Scouting Report

We beat the Runs earlier this year 7-0.  I actually ran into one of their players at the Nats game last night, and he was quick to point out that they were missing a lot of their good guy players at that game, so expect this to be a different team than the one we played before.  If we play like we have before, we will win.  If we play like we did last week, it’s anyone’s game. 

 

I was not a very good coach last week.  After watching their week firepower, I should have made mid-game adjustments.  I’ll strategerize better this week and move people around as needed. 

 

A plus for us is that PJ and Russell are back (despite Becky’s cruel prank, perpetrated by yours truly, that told them we lost).  A negative is that Tweety Pete is somewhere between here and Denver and Aaron is in NYC.    

 

The highest that Footloose has ever been was a 5 seed, and we have not made it past the semifinal round.  Should we win tonight, this will mark the farthest that we’ve ever made it.  Make it so. 

 

Captains Tip of the Day

          Don’t pop out, beotches.

          Re-read last week’s tips, which are gold Jerry, gold! 

          Kickers should wait for a nice pitch.   (yea, this was one from last week—so what?!)

          The infield needs to talk when there is a short grounder.  This usually affects the catcher, pitcher, and 3rd baseman.  It also could affect the 1st baseman (you know who you are).  Call it if it’s your ball; you may have to call off another player.  For example, if Jed is on 3rd, he may call off the pitcher because he has a straight line on the ball compared to the pitcher who has to collect the ball then turn 140 degrees to throw to 1st.  Also, the pitcher, catcher, and 3rd baseman need to communicate if they start bunting. 

          Base coaching  was suspect last week.   Runners:  listen to your coaches.  Coaches:  be vocal, load, and correct with your instructions (keeping in mind the runner’s capabilities). 

 

Libations

I’ll bring the beer, cups, & ice as long as you promise to bring home a victory.      

 

Action Item 2:  Theme

This week is a free-for-all.  Pick your own piece of 80s nostalgia.  It could be a toy, band, fad, tv/movie character—whatever you want! 

 

Social Calendar

  Screen on the Green is the next four Monday nights.  Even if you aren’t familiar with the movie (like me), they are fun/relaxing to sit on the Mall, eat, drink, and chat.  I’ll send and evite each Monday.    The upcoming movie is The Apartment.    In two weeks it’s the finale, Superman.   For the finale, you have to get there nice and early (I can only save so much real estate). 

  Aug. 21 is Brew at the Zoo.  Tix are $55 for non-members (*ouch!), but it’s fun and for a good cause.  http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/YoungProfessionals/AfterHours/

– We should do a Footloose night at a Nats game on a Friday.  Because not a single person replied whether or not they had interest, I’m just going to plan it and send the details.   

 

Love and hope and sex and dreams
Pride and joy, fast cars, ice cream
Jet black hair, soft socks and shoes
Let’s fish around, free air again
Golden madness, feed off dead meat
Time not lost, but sold white teeth
We want victory, we want truth
A million stars move into view

Slender Fungus – Tones on Tail

 

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Time to Put Out or Shut Up

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 24, 2008

Post-Game Wrap-Up

Last week we showed the league that we deserve the #4 seed as we took down the returning champs 9-1. Our offense was kicking and we had a pretty staunch D with few errors. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—the team that makes the fewest errors wins. Jed locked down 3rd base, PJ showed his ballet technique with a nice petit allégro over a throw at 2nd, and Pete skipped the X to get laid. So all three were all stars.

We were seated inside for the first time all year. And what fun it was. Bunt Funk was kind enough to flash us for the promise of $5, then we had a flip cup royale vs. Vandy that came down to a team flip off (we won after starting out 2 cups behind). After trying to get Dance Party USA started at the bar, we took the party to Madhatter. The best part: both bars played the Kenny Loggin’s classic song, Footloose.

Action Item 1: RSVP

Tonight the tournament starts. Here’s how it works: it’s single elimination, which means one loss and your season is done. Jed sent the GMOT, which includes the bracket.

Respond whether or not you can make it tonight.

Jed agreed to squat, which I bet means that he’ll ref for us too.

Scouting Report

We are the 4 seed playing the 13 seed, Kickin’ Nuggets. Now the Nuggets got blasted by Spin the Bottle last week. But here’s the deal—anything can happen in the playoffs because teams take the games more seriously and actually try…I mean TRY! Last year Vandy won as the 6 seed and before that Tony’s Tigers came from 14 seed to get to the championship game before falling to Spin (their adrenaline was pretty much spent after the quarterfinal game).

Bottom line: I want to live to play another day, so let’s Kick them in the Nuggets then go drink at the bar.

After we win tonight, we will play next week at 6:30 against the winner of (likely) We Got the Runs (the 5 seed) and the Headhunters. If you want to know why that is likely, then read the GMOT.

Captains Tip of the Day

Kick the ball on the ground so that it can’t be caught for an easy out.

Get the ball back to the pitcher ASAP, even if there is commotion (for example, earlier in the season there was disagreement over whether someone was safe or out. As the bickering ensued, a smart runner on 3rd trotted home). So think out there as both a fielder and runner.

A big mistake that inexperienced teams make is throwing the ball around chasing a runner. Some times it’s better to cut your losses and get the ball back to the pitcher. For example, say we throw the ball to 2nd and miss. Then we try to peg him at 3rd and miss, and he scored. Meanwhile, the runner on first is now standing at 3rd base instead of 1st. It’s a judgment call, so just use your heads and listen to your teammates.

Right field: remember to back up throws to 1st; we don’t want to give up any free bases.

Whoever pitches, remember that a ball with a little bounce to it is easier for the kicker to pop up, so don’t make the pitches too smooth.

Kickers: you don’t have to kick every pitch. Wait for a nice one. You get 4 foul balls and 3 strikes before you are called out, so wait for a nice one.

Action Item 2: Libations

Who’s bringing the booze this week? If you haven’t brought it yet, time to step up! Some of us have brought 2x now. Remember to bring ice and cups too.

Action Item 3: Theme

This week’s theme is my all-time favorite. I don’t recall the exact origins, but 3 seasons ago we came up with the idea, and boy did it go a place I wasn’t expecting (which was very naïve of me). The theme? Create your own Care Bear. Much like the game Never Have I Ever, it doesn’t take long before people’s minds go to a dirty, dirty place. Ever since that first fateful year we introduced the theme, it’s become tradition to repeat it the first playoff game of the year.

My favorite story was from our little vet Alisa who now is in NYC for some crazy reason. I get an e-mail the next day that says something to the affect of, “So I’m on the metro on my way home at the end of the night and I realize that everyone is giving me strange looks. Now, I thought that it was because I was wearing a cool kickball shirt. Nope. I still had my Bend Me Over Bear name tag on.”

I can’t wait to see what you pervs come up with.

Goodbye to You

As you may know, we are loosing a stalwart of the Footloose dynasty. Our own little Pony Tail Pete is moving to the greener pastures of Denver and this will be his last game after 7 years on the team (tied for 2nd longest). So let’s send him off in style—with strippers and booze! Oh, and a victory.

Social Calendar

Friday Aaron is is haven’t a launch party for the literary journal he and his buddy’s manage. It’s a $10 cover for OPEN BAR. $15 to receive a copy of the journal and help him defray the cost of publishing. It’s a roller derby theme, and there will be real like roller derby chicks there. Is this in a dingy bar? Hells no! It’s in an art gallery. Check yo evite.

– You should have received Aaron/my evite for the party on the 26th. If not, let me know. Hope you can make it! Please RSVP so we know how many kegs to buy.

Screen on the Green is the next four Monday nights. Even if you aren’t familiar with the movie (like me), they are fun/relaxing to sit on the Mall, eat, drink, and chat. I’ll send and evite each Monday.

Aug. 21 is Brew at the Zoo. Tix are $55 for non-members (*ouch!), but it’s fun and for a good cause. http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/YoungProfessionals/AfterHours/

– We should do a Footloose night at a Nats game. Either a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. I’m thinking Friday. Any interest?

Could I have loved someone like the one I see in you
I remember the good times baby now, and the bad times too
These last few weeks of holding on
The days are dull, the nights are long
Guess it’s better to say

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you

–Goodbye to You, Scandal

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Time to Heat Things Up

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 17, 2008

Post-Game Wrap-Up

Last week’s game got off to a veeeery late start bc the other team was waiting for their 4th gal. Now, we only had 3, but sssshhhh. But, she had shorts/sneaks/shirt for a guy, and they only had 8 or 9 people. That said, we crushed them, running up a score of 11-1 (and the 1 run was a give-me that they really didn’t earn, but more cause we weren’t paying attention and let them have it by the time we figured it out). With 1 out and 2 runners on base, there was a kick into right-center. I was playing deep cause the guy kicked a previous ball pretty deep. I ran in, collected it, and saw the guy running for 2nd. So I through the ball a good 5 feet in front of him, so when the ball got there, it bounced and hit him in the ass. Then Russell (?) threw it home for the 3rd out, saving the run. Oh, and we only played 3 innings, batting twice. Now that’s the offensive fire power that we need going into the playoffs!

The game ball goes to, well, anyone who hit a home run (too many to count).

Action Item 1: RSVP

Please let me know whether (or not…a lot of people forget that OR NOT part) at tonight’s 7:15 game vs Vandaley Industries. Let’s see if we can actually manage to get 4 gals out tonight. We lost V, but Zoli is back from her erotic journey from Milan to Minsk. Once the playoffs hit next week, we really need to have 4 gals so that we don’t have the threat of forfeit. No one has called us on it yet, but as we get deeper in the playoffs, some team will.

Hopefully I’ll be there to ref the early game.

Scouting Report

Vandy was the yellow team playing after us last week. They are the returning Silver Spur champs and have been in the league since it started in 2001. So they know how to play. They are one spot behind us in the standings and, according to Jed’s expert analysis, have zippy chance of catching us, so we are guaranteed at least a 4th seed. But let’s not get cocky. Having known their captains for 8 years, I fully expect them to bring it just to rub it in my face. They are a staunch anti-bunt team, so we don’t have to defend that. They lost last week because their D was a bit week. So we may be able to exploit that. But, that doesn’t give us free rain to bomb pop flies, which is the easiest way to get out. Their pitcher, bearded Brad, has a seriously wicked pitch—spinning, fast, and bouncy. Do NOT feel like you need to kick every pitch. You have 3 strikes, so pick a decent pitch to kick. And no, he won’t take it easier on you simply because you do not have a penis. That would be sexist. And that would be wrong. Also, one of their gals, April, is preggers, so she will kick and have a gal pinch runner. I’m ok with this. For those that remember ex-Footloosers Zeb and Erin, Brad and April are friends with them from Penn State.

Bottom line: this is one of the premier kickball teams when they want to be. They don’t have a great record this year, but don’t be fooled—they are still my bet to take the spur.

Captains Tip of the Day

Ø Relax and kick. But if you pop out, you owe the team a pitcher of beer.

Ø On D, remember to spread out. There are times when we get bunched together, particularly around 2nd base.

Ø Get the ball back to the pitcher ASAP.

Ø Remember that its easier to throw the ball to a person rather than pegging a runner.

Ø Here’s the situation: there are 2 outs and you are a runner on 2nd with no one on 1st. There is a kick to 3rd base. What do you do? Run (after all, there are 2 outs)? Stay? The answer is… Depends. The old “run on 2 outs” rule is mostly true. Yes, most times you run, but because there is not a runner on 1st, you do not HAVE to run. Therefore, what you should do is take a few steps and watch what the 3rd baseman does. If he throws to 1st, then run. If he bobbles it, doesn’t throw it, or throws it to the pitcher, then don’t run. Your 3rd base coach should be vocal and tell you what to do.

Action Item 2: Libations

Who’s bringing beer/cups/ice tonight? Learn from PJ and don’t bring a warm 12 pack when it’s 93 degrees out… We’re the late game, so make sure we have enough to pre-game and take us through the game.

Action Item 3: Theme

We’re at the point in the season where coming up with new themes is getting tough. This week’s these is 80s pop culture icons. There are a million and one options here from music, to movies, to TV, to politics, to ad campaigns and beyond. Be creative!

Social Calendar

Ø You should have received Aaron/my evite for the party on the 26th. If not, let me know. Hope you can make it!

Ø Screen on the Green is the next four Monday nights. Even if you aren’t familiar with the movie (like me), they are fun/relaxing to sit on the Mall, eat, drink, and chat. I’ll send and evite each Monday. As an FYI, this upcoming Monday I have a softball game (yea, I cheat on you with them), so I won’t get down there until 8-8:15. So we’ll need someone/group to get there early and snag a big spot.

Ø Aug. 21 is Brew at the Zoo. Tix are $55 for non-members (*ouch!), but it’s fun and for a good cause. http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/YoungProfessionals/AfterHours/

Ø We should do a Footloose night at a Nats game. Any interest?

And now you find yourself in ’82
The disco hot spots hold no charm for you
You can concern yourself with bigger things
You catch a pearl and ride the dragon’s wings

It was the heat of the moment
Telling me what my heart meant
The heat of the moment showed in your eyes

– Heat of the Moment, Asia

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Vacation’s Over Bitches

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 10, 2008

Footloose,

I hope that you enjoyed your week off, but now it’s time to get your game face back on.

Post-Game Wrap-Up

The last game was ALL Footloose, all the time. We wiped up the Recess Rejects 8-0 despite playing on a super tiny field with plenty of distractions (like, say, the duechbag throwing the softball in the pond).

Post-Hunt Wrap-up

Unless your name was Steve and your pussed out and bailed early, it was a blast. For some reason, the kickball turnout was low this year. Not sure if it was because of the number of new teams, weddings, or if people took the next week off to make a 2-week vacation. But those that were there, well, don’t quite remember the entire day… Thanks PBR! The pics from the bar that Jed and I tsared are on Flickr.

Action Item 1

Are you coming to the 6:30 game vs the Cemetary Dawgs? Yes, no, or maybe so, please.

Scouting Report

The Dawgs are a new team this year, and I don’t foresee us having any problems handling them. This is the navy blue team that we played in flip cup a few week’s back. I think they’ll be a fun team to play.

Action Item 2

We need a volunteer for libations and cups.

Action Item 3

The theme this week is 80s fads. Be creative!

Captains Tip of the Day

  • When running to 1st after you kick, do not watch the ball– that slows you down. Just run hard assuming that it will be a close call.
  • Run through, not to, 1st base. That way you keep a full head of momentum and won’t hurt yourself trying to stop on the base.
  • If you sit out between innings, pick a person of the same sex to switch with the next inning so that we don’t delay the game.
  • Remember to help yourself to the schwag bag!

Social Calendar

Next Monday is the first Screen on the Green. I’ll probably send a separate e-mail about that.


Vacation

All I ever wanted

Vacation Had to get away

Vacation

Meant to be spent alone

A week without you

Thought I’d forget

Two weeks without you

and I Still haven’t gotten over you yet

— Vacation, The Go-gos

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