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And Then There Was One

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 30, 2009

Post-Mess Wrap-Up

What can I say about last week’s game?  It was sloppy– really sloppy.  We were soaked to the bone.  People were slipping and sliding all over the place (some one purpose, some because they couldn’t help it).  The d*head bike cop made us empty our cups and threatened to take “the first 10 people he sees drinking to jail” (no joke).  Don’t worry, we finished our cooler anyway.  All that said, it was truly the most fun that I’ve had at kickball in years.  And not because we squashed them something like 12-2.  It was just fun to push through the elements and play a game with abandon.  Thanks to all the super troopers to stuck it out.  Special props to those of us that weathered it (get it?!) and made it to the bar.  Most of the other teams chose dry clothes over flip cup.  That was the wrong call, but it was a fun night, even if “our” area wasn’t packed with kickballers. 

Scouting Report

Tonight we play last year’s returning champion, Flippin’ Sweet.  Needless to say, this is one of the better teams in the division.  I don’t think they are the best, and they definitely are beatable.  We just need to play solid D to keep the game close.  They DO have female bunters, so the catcher needs to be someone who can make the throw to first (see Tips of the Day for a defensive strategy).  We didn’t have any problems getting runners on base last game, but that was because the ball was so dang slippery.  Once it stopped raining, the Ballers D tightened up.  We’ve had problems all season getting runners on base, which is something that we need to improve if we are going to make a run in the playoffs. 

This is the last game of the regular season.  Next week, the playoffs start.  The tournament is single elimination, which is a fancy way of saying you lose and your season is over; you win, and you live to play another day.  Every good coach tells their players how you practice is how you will perform on game day.  Think of the entire season as practice for the tournament.  Let’s go out there tonight and play like it’s the tournament. 

Action Item 1:  Roster Patrol

PLEASE let me know if you plan to be at tonight’s 7:15 game.  Yes, it’s at 7:15, which is a different time than listed on the schedule that I have (and the one you likely have too).  Remember that if you don’t tell me you’re coming and show up, you get less playing time and kick at the bottom of the order. 

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

  • Don’t pop out unless you want to sing a verse from your favorite 80s song.  I’m not joking. 
  • We need a strong outfield performance tonight.  Dropped pop flies are lost opportunities for easy outs. 
  • The shallow center fielder, short stop, and 2nd baseman (all women) need to communicate on who has the throw to 2nd base.  Talk ladies! 
  • The 2nd baseman doesn’t stand near 2nd base– you split the difference between 1st and 2nd. 
  • Defending the bunt (or the munt–the male bunt– which I don’t expect tonight):  the catcher, pitcher, and 3rd baseman need to communicate and call “I got it!” if it’s your ball.  If the ball is kicked towards 3rd base, it’s likely the 3rd baseman’s ball, unless he can’t get there.  Why?  because Jed will have the momentum to get there and make the throw, compared to the pitcher, who has to collect the ball then turn his/her torso towards first and then throw the ball.  If the ball only goes 1 to 3 feet, it’s the catcher’s ball because neigher the pitcher nor the 3rd baseman can get there in time.  If it’s straight up the middle, it’s the pitcher’s ball.  If it’s up the 1st base line, it’s either the catcher’s or pitcher’s ball– just call it.  Because this is a female bunting team, the catcher MUST aggressively defend the bunt when women are kicking.  What does that mean?  follow them as they run up to kick the ball.  As long as you are behind them when they kick, you are abiding by the rules.   The catcher does not need to stand directly behind the kicker– you want to stand angled to the left field line to give you a better throwing angle to 1st base. 
  • The pitcher needs to check that the fielders are set before pitching– we don’t want to catch ourselves off guard!
  • Ask it you have any questions!

Action Item 2:  Libations

If you haven’t brought beer/cups yet, you have this week and next to make amends. 

Action Item 3:  Theme

This week’s theme is 80s free-for-all.  What’s that mean?  It means pick whateverthehellyouwant that’s 80s.  The only stipuation is that you can’t repeat something you were already.  So if your 80s toy was Optimus Prime, you can’t repeat that (sorry Steve). 

HEAD’S UP:  Next week’s theme is a Footloose tradition– create your own Care Bear.  No, this is not another silly costume event.  You just need a creative Care Bear name.  As you can imagine, names usually get quite, um, well, dirty.  One of my favorite kickball e-mails was from an old teammate, Alisa, who wrote something to the effect of, “So I was on the Metro on my way home last night.  I was getting lots of looks, and thought it was just because I was looking sexy in my kickball outfit.  I was almost home when I realized that I still had my name tag on:  Bend Me Over Bear.”    HA! 

Action Item 4:  Bag o’ Schwag

That’s right, FOUR action items this week.  Does someone have the purple bag o’ schwag?  I can’t find it.  It would have been from 3 week’s ago (the week before Metal Mania, July 9 vs Angry Jays Army).  

Social Calendar:

July 31-Aug. 2:  Stu, a buddy of Aaron and me, is having people to his house on a lake in Delaware (about 20 min north of Rhehobeth Beach).   It’s a weekend of drinking games, bonfires on the small beach, wake boarding, and hot tubbing.  I’m sure he’d be cool with Footloose crashing the party (he’s on Legion of Doom).  Let me know if you want details.  Other kickballers will be there.   I’m leaving around 3pm on Friday, if you want a ride.  LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

Monday Aug. 3:  Screen on the Green movie is “On the Waterfront.”  I’ll be there early to set up camp, eat dinner, and polish off a bottle of wine.  It’s really nice to get there early (6:30ish, if not earlier), grab a good spot, and chill.  I highly suggest you join us.   LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. 

Monday, Aug. 10:  The final SOTG movie is “Rebal Without a Cause”

Saturday, Aug. 22:  End-of-Season kickball party.  Book it.  Book it. 

It happened one summer, it happened one time
It happened forever, for a short time
A place for a moment, an end to dream
Forever I loved you, forever it seemed

One summer never ends, one summer never began
It keeps me standing still, it takes all my will
And then suddenly last summer

— Suddenly Last Summer, The Motels

A little something about The Motels from Wikipedia:

The Motels were a New Wave music band from the Los Angeles area best known for “Only the Lonely” and “Suddenly, Last Summer“, each of which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982 and 1983, respectively.  

The first incarnation of The Motels formed in Berkeley, California, in 1971.   Hoping for better exposure and seeking a recording contract they made a move to Los Angeles in 1975. While in L.A., Lisa Brenneis left and the band changed its name to “Angels of Mercy” and then to “The Motels.”  In March 1978, Davis and future lead guitarist Jeff Jourard (formerly of a pre-fame version of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) decided to reform The Motels.  [Talk about a poor career decision!  But he was replaced in 1980 anyway.]  Wanna know more?  Go here.   

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Let’s Get Physical

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 23, 2009

Post-Mania Wrap Up

Well gang, we tied the d*ckhead team 3-3 (methinks) last week.  We definitely got runners on base, but had problems getting them home.  Definsively, we were rock solid for 90% of the game.  But, as history has shown, the team that makes the most errors usually loses.  A few select error nearly cost us the game.  Our tying run came when Fernanda (aka, Dark Angel 2) kicked a well-placed, slow rolling ball towards first base.  Because I was wearing my aerodynamic faux snake skin pants, I was able to make it from 1st to home for the tying run.  The game ball of the night, however, definitely goes to Jed for getting three thirds of our outs.  He was like a vaccuum, swallowing up anything that was between the 3rd base line and 2nd base. 

Thanks definitely goes to Becky, Chelsea, and Emily for bringing 4 jugs of jungle juice, 2 flavors of jell-o shots, and a reserve 12-pack of beer. 

After the game, we kicked the libations then made our way to McFaddens for flip cup.  Then we split there for 80s night.  The first bar was dead, but we had no problem making our own scene.  Then we gave Heaven a try.  It was 1/2 dead, but again, we made our own fun, as the pics show.  If nothing else, it’s fun to scare people on the street when you’re totally decked out and no one else is.  We allegedly got jumbo slice on the taxi ride home, but all I found was an empty box on the front stoop the next morning next to my backpack. 

Scouting Report

Funny enough, the team we play tonight (Cemtary Dawgs) is the other team who filled in with us when we didn’t have enough people (the other team was the d*heads).  They forfeitted that night too, so they were happy to play.  We like them. 

I’ve never seen them play, but my gut tells me that this is a game for us to win.  And with only one regular season game left before the playoffs, we need to get another victory under our belts to improve our team standing.  So let’s kick some butt.  My prediction:  Footloose 4-2. 

Action Item 1:  Who’s Playing?

We play the 7:15 game tonight.  Please reply so I have a head count.  People have not been very responsive lately.  For shame.  For shame.  I won’t give any grief tonight because I got the post up so late.  Bad Ben…bad Ben…

Also, it’s our night to take the ball bag (3rd and final time).  If you know that you are driving next week and want to volunteer to take it, mucho gracias.  We play at 6:30 next week for our final regular-season game. 

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

  • Relax and kick.  Just keep your head down, lean forward, get your knee overtop of the ball, and try to kick the top half of the ball.  So you know, relax and think of that.
  • Remember:  if you throw the ball, it’s easy to miss, so it’s better to throw to the person covering the base. 
  • Pop Quiz, hotshot:  There is zero or one out with a runner on 2nd base.  Where should you kick the ball?   Answer:  towards the right side of the field (1st/2nd base side).  Why?  to advance the runner and put them in scoring position. 
  • The catcher, pitcher, and 3rd baseman need to communicate on who has any bunts.  If it only goes 1 foot, the catcher likely will take it.  If it’s up the 3rd base line, obviously the 3rd baseman.  If it’s up the 1st base line, it is best for the catcher to take it because she’ll have a straight throwing path to 1st base. BUT, if  its far up the 1st base line, the pitcher probably will take it.  So as every past girlfriend has told me, communication is a good thing. 

Action Item 2:  Theme

This week’s theme will be 80s ikons.  You can define ikon as you will.  Could be a sports hero (Joe Montana, Carl Lewis, Flo Jo, Magic Johnson), music star (Michael Jackson, Madonna), actor/actress (Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald), or fake ikon (Alf, the Noid, Spudz Mcenzy).   Yes, this will take some creativity; but, as you showed last week, you’re capable of it!

Action Item 3:  Libations

Who’s bringing beer/cups?  If you haven’t yet, you have at least 3 more chances (tonight, next week, the playoffs). 

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Social Calendar:

Friday:  The 80s movie in Rosslyn is Short Circuit.   Anyone interested? 

Monday, July 27:  For those vets that remember Chau, captain of the Ball Hogs, she’s back in town from San Diego.  Happy hour at Whitlows. 

July 31-Aug. 2:  Stu, a buddy of Aaron and me, is having people to his house on a lake in Delaware (about 20 min north of Rhehobeth Beach).   It’s a weekend of drinking games, bonfires on the small beach, wake boarding, and hot tubbing.  I’m sure he’d be cool with Footloose crashing the party (he’s on Legion of Doom).  Let me know if you want details.  Other kickballers will be there. 

Monday Aug. 3:  Screen on the Green movie is “On the Waterfront.”  I’ll be there early to set up camp, eat dinner, and polish off a bottle of wine.  It’s really nice to get there early (6:30ish, if not earlier), grab a good spot, and chill.  I highly suggest you join us. 

Monday, Aug. 10:  The final SOTG movie is “Rebal Without a Cause”

Saturday, Aug. 22:  End-of-Season kickball party.  Book it.  Book it. 

I’ve been patient, I’ve been good
Tried to keep my hands on the table
It’s gettin’ hard this holdin’ back
If you know what I mean

I’m sure you’ll understand my point of view
We know each other mentally
You gotta know that you’re bringin’ out
The animal in me

Let’s get physical, physical
I wanna get physical, let’s get into physical
Let me hear your body talk
Your body talk, let me hear your body talk

–Physical, Olivia Newton-John

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Metal Mania Is Here!

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 16, 2009

Metal Mania_skeleton

 

 Welcome to Metal Mania VI! 

This year’s Metal Mayhem promises to be the biggest and baddest yet!

 Here’s the history of Metal Mania.  In 2004, for no real reason, we decided to dress up in 80s hair band costumes.  Mind you, at this time, no one really dressed up (though we did still do the ringer socks and jelly bracelets).  The next year, the team that we played (Schoolhouse Rockers, now the team we played week 1, Legion of Doom) also decided to dress up.  Then in 2006 the captain of the Rockers (then named K-funk) was league prez, and instituted Halloween in July.  Now, Footloose used to do 2 costume events–Metal Mania and Haloween in July, but I was lazy this year and didn’t plan ahead.  So we’re only doing Metal Mania.  Ok, back to the Metal Mania story.  So in 2005,  we had so much fun the year before we decided to continue it.  Now my memory here is a little thin, but in either 2005 or 2006 we started going to 80’s night at Heaven and Hell in AdMo after the games.  We’re lucky enough that Jed had a connection to get us un without paying the cover.  Sometimes we’d go to the Exchange, our old sponsor bar first, sometimes we’d be at the fields too long and go straight to AdMo.  A few years later, and here we are. 

But here’s the deal:  you have to dress in costume.  You’ve had plenty of notice, so I trust that this won’t be an issue.  The more over-the-top, the better!  I know that Becky, Jed, and Chelsea are going crazy tonight.  I hope everyone else is too! 

Also, everyone has to create their own original band name.  See the previous blog post for ideas.  Creativity is both encouraged and appreciated!

BTW, we started Metal Mania years before VH1 started using it as a show and on CDs.  So they copied us, not the other way around.  Just wanted to set the record straight.

And there’s a story to tell your children someday. 

Metal Mania_Finnish 

Scouting Report:

 Tonight we play The Ballers at 6:30.  The Ballers are the d*ckhead maroon team that played the game before us last week.  They also are the team that pulled the “we have to play at 7:15, and because I’m cute and have an 8pm approintment, sorry, your game is over.”  Well, this homee don’t play dat.  That’s why I wanted to ref their game last week– to make sure that any close call wen’t against them.  You don’t want to be on an Italian’s bad side.  And they are.  OK, so they aren’t all d*ckheads.  But still, I want to slap them around like, well, like you slap around a d*ckhead. 

They aren’t a bad team, and they are completely beatable.  Their pitcher takes it kinda seriously, and their short stop can catch.  That’s about all I remember from that game.  That, and their catcher got PLOWED at how, and bounced up laughing it off (I thought she was crying and broke something, which has happened before).

It’s should be a tight game.  I bet it’ll be 3-2 us. 

Metal Mania_hands 

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

  • You pop out, you chug a cup of jungle juice.
  • You pop out 2x, you put a jell-o shot in a cup of jungle juice, then chug.
  • You pop out 3x, you make out with Russell. 
  • Remember to get the ball back to the pitcher ASAP.  We had a few extra bases taken on us last week because we didn’t follow this simple tip. 
  • Just the tip, just for a second, just to see how it feels, is ALWAYS a good idea. 
  • If the 3rd baseman goes in for a bunt, and there is a runner on 1st or 2nd base, it’s the short stop or left fielder’s responsibility to cover 3rd base.  It’s important to be aware of the situation.
  • If you are pitching, a little bounce to the pitch is a good thing–it makes them easier to pop up.
  • KICKING KLINIC: 
  1. your plant foot (the left one, if you kick with your right foot) should be next to the ball.  If it’s too far back, that likely means you’ll be leaning backward when you kick.  That is bad because…
  2. lean forward.  If you lean back, you will pop up 95% of the time.  don’t believe me?  Then believe this guy (he’s on YouTube, so it must be true):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usOcW-01XZI&feature=channel 
  3. ball should make contact either with your laces with your toe pointing down and your knee overtop the ball (for a power kick) or with your instep.  For a laces demo, see this video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clX3y4X_4fQ  For the inside of the foot demo, check here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGKcRxqLpVg&feature=channel 
  4. Strike the ball at its midpoint or above.  This will direct the ball low.  If you stike it in the bottom part, it likely will pop up. 
  5. I’ve notices that most people (*ahem…girls*) STAND at the plate and wait for the ball to come to them.  Instead, try approaching the ball– just a few steps– then making contact.  This will do two things:  give the kick more power (think Newton:  equal and opposite reaction) and give you momentum towards first base, getting you there quicker. 
  6. Give it a shot tonight.  Can’t hurt to try, right?  We have 3 more regular-season games before the playoffs, so nows the time to practice. 

Metal Mania_tiger 

Action Item:  You Rockin’ Out with You C*ck Out?

Only one action item tonight becuase the theme and libations are taken care of:

Are you playing tonight?  Let me know.  Becky is bringing jungle juice and jell-o shots, and Kristin is bringing cookies.  Because even rock gods love home backed cookies.  And Jed still has a connection, so we’ll go to where 80’s Dance Night now is held, 18th & Red (the old Angry Inch) in AdMo.  Whether or not we go to McFaddens first will be a game time decision.  If we kick the jungle juice early, we likely will (it’ll be hysterical to see evenyone in costume there playing flip cup).  If not, we’ll head straight out. 

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Sign of Good Things to Come

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 9, 2009

Footloose!

Tonight we return from what I’m sure was a long Independence Day weekend full of alcohol, fireworks, and hangovers.  Well, at least mine was. 

I have a good feeling about tonight’s game.  Why?  Because as I was shaving this morning “Separate Ways” from Journey came on the radio.  If what wasn’t a sign, then I don’t know what is.  On a completely separate and unrelated note, I do not advising trying to sing Steve Perry while holding sharp objects.  *ouch

Action Item 1:  You Playin’ or What?

The scouting report on tonight’s foe, Angry Jays Army, looks like this:  the Army is a verteran team who joined the 2nd year of the division and went to the championship game that year.  They are a constant contender for the Silver Spur (championship trophy), so you know they are one of the better teams.  So bascially, we need to bring our A game.  So shake of the weekend hangover and get ready for a great game.  We play at 7:15, but plan to arrive around 7pm if possible. 

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

  • If you pop up, you owe the team 10 pushups or one shotgunned beer.  Your choice. 
  • Their pitcher, Joe, has a wicked cuve to his pitches.   Think bowling style.  As always, you do not need to kick the first or even 2nd pitch– wait for one that you like.  I personally get amped and want to kick the first pitch and need to tell myself to relax.  If you have boobs, he may give you one or two fast pitches, but he’ll slow it down if you’re about to strike or foul out.  If you have kibbles & bits, don’t expect the same curteousy. 
  • Keep in mind that it’s easier to get an out by throwing it to the teammate covering the base, not at the runner. 
  • If you play 2nd base (ladies), this means that you stand equidistant from 1st and 2nd base.  We’re not very good at this. 
  • If you play shallow center, then you are the person who takes throws to 2nd base.  You do not need to stand on the base–standing a few steps back should allow you enough time to get the base and to cover kicks to shallow center field. 
  • Outfielders, remember to use your cut offs. 

Action Item 2:  Libations

Who’s bringing the liquid fun tonight?  That’s another reason to arrive early–to put a few down. 

Action Item 3:  Theme

Tonight’s theme will be 80s products.  OOOOHHHH…a tough one you say.  Well, there is this really fancy invention called Google that you can use.  And I would counter that this is an easy theme, because it can be just about anything. 

Socail Calendar:

Friday Night:  Legwarmers at the State Theater.  I sent an e-mail about this. 

July 16:  METAL MANIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 20-August 10:  Screen on the Green   Note that the full list of movies has been released! 

August 22:  End-of-Season party.  Save the date now. 

Metal Mania Update:

AS you should know, next week is Metal Mania VI.  After Halloween and Happy Yuengling, this is my favorite time–dare I say holiday–of the year.  And no, I’m not joking.  I don’t joke about things this serious. 

You know the basics:  come up with your own costume (the more over the top, krimped, spiked, spandexed, and outragious the better), band name (must be an original, not an actual band), and overall persona.  If you don’t want to ride Metro in full 80s regalia, there is a rest room behind the “hill top” field that you can change in.   AFTER the games, stay in costume, cuz we’re gonna tear the town up like your name is Tommy Lee and it’s 1983 on the Sunset Strip.  We’re not sure if we’ll stay at McFaddens or use that as a launching point to another bar with an 80s nigt (we used to go to Heaven & Hell in AdMo, who has since discontinued it). 

I can’t wait to see all the crazy costumes and band names that you all created.  I’ve heard rumors or cod pieces, spiked leather dog collars, and mullet wigs.  Personally, I’m thinking of sporting leather pants, so I hope that it’s not 90 degrees with 90% humidity.  Even if it is, my ass simply looks too good in them to not wear them.    

In addition to your feather boas and Aerosmith-inspired unitards, each of you should come up with your fictitious band name.  Use these classics as inspiration:  Dokken, Guar, Danger Kitty (a fake one), Faster Pussycat, Warrant, Ratt, LA Guns, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Moterhead, Stryper, Poison, Motley Crue, Fat Guy Trio, King Cobra, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, Slaughter, Clay Aiken, Spinal Tap, and Skid Row.    If you can’t come up with your own name, try combining parts of 2 of the above bands.  For example, Quiet Tap or Twisted Poison.  

Need some inspiration?  Use the websites:

www.bighairmetal.com

Which 80s Hair Band Are You?   http://selectsmart.com/FREE/select.php?client=hairband

VH1:  www.vh1.com/music/radio/ stations/hair_band/station.jhtml

 Hair Metal Confidential:  www.globalpopconspiracy.com/confidential/hairmetal/

Wiki:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glam_Metal

Metal Sludge, premier Glam Metal site & community:  www.metalsludge.tv

 Sleaze Roxx, band bios:  www.sleazeroxx.com

Glam Metal, news & interviews:  http://glam-metal.com/

Someday love will find you

Break those chains that bind you

One night will remind you

If he ever hurts you

True love won’t desert you

You know I still love you

I love you girl

I really love you girl

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