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(I’m so cool that I don’t need a title for this post)

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 18, 2009

Update (3:55pm):  Games tonight are ON!


I’m back from my week in Orlando.  I heard that last week was a little rough, score-wise.  Vandy is one of the better teams on the field (they won the division a few year’s back) and on the flip cup table.  Sorry that I missed it. 

This week’s game is at 6:30 vs. We Got The Runs. 

Scouting Report:

We Got The Runs was the doo-doo brown team from last season.  They were traditionally the absolute worst team in the division—but a lot of fun.  This year, they have a new captain and a lot of new players.  Bottom line:  they aren’t the same ol’ crappy team (get it?!). 

This is the fun green team that we’ve spent most nights at McFaddens playing flip cup against. 

Action Item 1:  You In?

Please respond whether (OR NOT) you can make the game.  As a reminder, if you don’t respond and show up, you are relegated to the bottom of the kicking order and likely won’t start in the field the first inning (so you get less playing time). 

Weather Report:

The weather looks nice this afternoon, but there is a 30% chance of thunderstorms from 6pm on.  What does that mean?  You can bet your britches that the games will not be cancelled before you leave work.  We DO play in light rain, so don’t be scared off.  I have ½ the team’s cell #s, the other ½ should give it to me tonight.  Mine is 703.967.9145.  Call or shoot me a text if you aren’t certain.  Rule of thumb:  always assume the game is on.  The possibility of rain also means that we’ll likely try to actually start the game on time so that both games can get in before any rain starts.  So show up on time. 

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

  • The easiest out if a pop fly.  So let’s not pop up.  We don’t need to score on every kick.
  • I’m going to slightly change up positions.  The shallow center fielder from now on will take throws to 2nd base.  The person playing this position should still stand a few steps behind the base itself.  You’ll have time to get there to make the catch, I promise.  The gal playing 2nd base actually stands in between 1st and 2nd base.  If you are not sure where to stand, just ask a vet. 
  • Similarly, the short stop splits the difference between 2nd base and 3rd base. 
  • If the ball is bouncier than you’d like—don’t kick it!  You get 3 strikes before you are out, so you can be a little picky with pitches.  I know that I get excited to kick and swing at the first ball pitched.  But it may be better to wait for a nicer pitch. 
  • Usually the team that makes the fewest errors wins.
  • A typical error is to throw the ball around when runners are advancing.  It’s a judgment call, but sometimes its better to cut your losses and get the ball back to the pitcher.  For example, if the ball is overthrown at 1st and the runner is proceeding towards 2nd.  The 1st baseman or right fielder (who should be backing up 1st base on all throws) then tried to peg them at 2nd, but miss.  The ball rolls into the outfield.  The runner then goes for third.  The center fielder comes in and tries to peg them at 3rd, even though it would be a close play.  They miss.  The runner then scores on what should have been a single.  Like a said, it’s a judgment call, but perhaps it would have been best to eat the ball (yummy) and get the ball to the pitcher. 

Shirts & Schwag:

I’ll have the rest of the shirts there tonight.  I’m tired of lugging them, so grab yours or have a friend take it if you can’t make it. 

As with every game, I have a bag o’ schwag – HELP YOURSELF!  I don’t hand it out—it’s up to you to help yourself.   I also have a running list of those who have floated me a few bucks…so I know those who haven’t paid yet…try to get me tonight or the next game you make.  Make sure that I check you off my list.  Then add your cell # to the list. 

Action Item 2:  Libations

Who’s bringing beer, cups, and a trash bag tonight?  No one should have to double up during the course of a season or playoffs. 

Action Item 3:  Theme

Two games ago we didn’t actually get to do 80s cartoon characters cuz only 5 of us showed up.  So let’s repeat that one. 

Midseason Party & Flip Cup Tourney:

As you know, Saturday is the mid-season party and flip cup tournament.  Becky R sent out an e-mail to get a head count.  She has not heard from Becky S, Eric, or Brianne.  We have 2-3 openings to fill with either teammates or FOFs (Friends of Footloose).  If there is enough interest, we can always fill another team with FOFs.  It’s only $10 FREE for DCK members, and $20 $10 for non-DCKers.  That’s a pretty good deal for 10 kegs of beer and chicken fingers.  I would bet that we’ll bar hop around AdMo too that night, so it’ll probably be a really fun and ridiculously drunk night.  I hope you can make it!  If you can’t make the flip cup part of the day/night, you could always meet us out later (though we’ll probably be pretty goofy by then). 

Next 2 Weeks:

We have a bye week next week.  And that really sucks.  Seems that with the rain and holidays that this season doesn’t have much flow.  So, I plan to line up a scrimmage against one of the other teams that has a bye.   So we’ll still get a game in and a regular Thursday night at the bar.  So plan ahead! 

In two weeks is the Independence Day holiday, so no games. 

Metal Mania!

We’re only going to do one costume event this year:  create your own 8os metal hair band, otherwise known as Metal Mania.  It will be in July, so start thinking about your costume.  The more over the top and outrageous, the better.  I was hitting on high school girls at Hot Topic and Journeys last weekend, and they had a TON of 80s garb—Madonna-style gloves, neon, and general cheesiness.  Both stores would be a good resource.  Thrift shops like Goodwill always have good stuff too. 

Social Calendar:

Friday, July 26:  Footloose (the movie…duh…) is playing at the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival (  I’ve been to a few of these.  They are smaller than Screen on the Green, but you still can bring a picnic dinner, adult beverage of choice, and watch a movie at dusk.  I think we should make it a team outing (as Brianne previously suggested in a blog post).  

July 10-12:  The All Good Music Festival in Masontown, WV.  Tix are $140 for the weekend.  You camp out, drink beer, and listen to good tunes.  Any interest?  As a bonus, you get to meet my brother and sister.

Mondays, July 10-Aug. 10:  Screen on the Green thankfully was able to get new sponsors after AOL dropped out.  Word on the street is that they will do 4 movies instead of the usual 5 because of the short planning time this year.  The first flick is Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  This is one of my favorite summer events in DC (after kickball, naturally).  It’s great to get there early, set up a blanket, eat dinner and drink a bottle of wine (yea, I’m a lush like that…but it’s over several hours), and watch a movie with the Capitol as the backdrop.  It gets crowded, so get there early.  More info to come.,1044011.html

Unknown Date:  Party at Aaron’s and my place!

Unknown Dates:  Other weekend trip ideas kicked around were a camping trip to Assateague Island and tubing in WV then camping out. 


Well,  that’s enough info for now.  See you tonight, rain or shine! 


Say you don’t know me, or recognize my face
Say you don’t care who goes to that kind of place
Knee deep in the hoopla, sinking in your fight
Too many runaways eating up the night

Marconi plays the mamba, listen to the radio, don’t you remember
We built this city, we built this city on rock an’ roll

We built this city, we built this city on rock an’ roll
Built this city, we built this city on rock an’ roll

— We Built This City, Starship

What can I say about Starship?  The founders of Jefferson Airplane took a monumental San Francisco psychedelic band from the 60s and created one of the absolute worst songs of all time. 


14 Responses to “(I’m so cool that I don’t need a title for this post)”

  1. Steve said

    I’m down. My 80’s cartoon character will be Optimus Prime:

    Optimus Prime: You destroy everything you touch Megatron!
    Megatron: That’s because everything I touch is food for my hunger. My hunger for power.
    Optimus Prime: No! I am going to end your hunger once and for all.

  2. Emily said

    I’m in! And so is Russell…who is at the dentist.

    Russell’s 80s Cartoon Character will be Princess Sparkle Pony and My 80’s Cartoon Character will be She-Ra

    Adora: [Narrating] I am Adora. He-Man’s twin sister and defender of the Crystal Castle. This is Spirit my beloved steed. Fabulous secrets were revealed to me the day I held aloft my sword and said “For the honor of Greyskull! I am She-Ra”

    She-Ra: Only a few others share this secret. Among them are Light Hope, Madame Razz, and Kowl. Together me and my friends of the Great Rebellion try to defend Etheria from the evil forces of Hordak.

  3. My name: Cobra Commander. I was a huge G.I. Joe fan as a kid (I still have all my G.I. Joes and Transformers in my parents attic!)

    I forgot to put this in the blog, but Steve’s circa 1998 boom box that I bring each week (you know, that huge mother honkin thing) finally gave out and no longer plays CDs. So, if you have a boombox that you can bring, PLEASE DO! I have the 80s CDs packed.

  4. Becky R. said

    I will be there as Penny from Inspector Gadget

    As for libations, I will plan to bring something special for metal mania in July as that is my favorite holiday of the year. I’ve been known to either take that Friday off or in some cases call in sick. 🙂

    Penny: Gosh, Scotland is beautiful Uncle Gadget.
    Inspector Gadget: It certainly is Penny. This is where they make Scotch Tape you know.

  5. Chelsea said

    I’m there – representing Rainbow Brite and bringing some beer (with cups)!

    Rainbow Brite and the Color Kids fight to protect the world’s color from the evil Murky Dismal and his inept sidekick, Lurky. Rainbow Brite, whose real name is Wisp, has a talking horse named Starlight. The color sprites mine color crystals, which Rainbow uses to add color to the world. Twink is the head sprite who often accompanies Rainbow on her adventures.

  6. Ps- Chris texted me, and he’ll be there. He’s on his back from Florida (must be a popular place this time of year).

  7. Nassim said

    Sorry kids, I have to work until 9pm tonight. I’m pretty sure I haven’t actually played one game yet. That probably only helps your chances of winning.

    High hopes for next week though.

    P.S. I didn’t get the cartoon character memo. So you guys dress up like Cartoon characters or you just write them or …?

    Anyway, were I coming tonight, I would represent the entire clan of Gummi Bears, mostly because I’m daydreaming about eating some right now.

    “The Gummi Bears are a family of small bears living secretly in their forest home in Gummi Glen in the kingdom of Dunwyn. They are among the last of an ancient civilization of Gummis. When they’re in a pinch, they use their magical gummi berry juice, which gives them incredible jumping abilities.” (Somebody was licking a special sticker when they came up with the Gummi Bears.)

    • Nassim– no, we don’t actually dress up as our character each week (fantastic idea, though!). The Bag o’ Schwag has “Hello, My Name Is” nametags. We complete them with both our character’s name (in large type) and our real names (in small type).

      Also– no game next week (see this week’s post)

      We’ll be at the bar when you get off work, if you want to unwind with us!

  8. Fernanda said

    I am in! I will be Jem-Jerica from Jem and the Holograms AKA the best 80s cartoon EVER. See you guys there!

  9. aaron said

    I will be there and will bring beer, so no fear.

    Oh, and I’m Mr. T, the cartoon character!

  10. Heath said

    Sorry can’t make it again due to work, this sucks I miss kickball

  11. MIke said

    I’m planning on being there but am trying to get something finished at work before i do. I believe Eric and Josh will both be there as well (they can’t reply from the office).

  12. Breanne said

    I’ll be there… I’ll definitely be She-Ra!

  13. No, won’t be there, but Derek will.

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