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Metal Mania V

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 14, 2008

That’s right, this week the Metal Mania begins.

I wanted to give you a little context to metal Mania. Five years ago, our team decided to do a costume night, and we voted on an 80s hair band theme. And thusly, metal Mania was born. We had so much fun that we decided to continue it the next year…and the next…and the next…and now it’s simply a tradition. Coincidentally (actually, not so coincidentally), metal Mania I was against the precursor to the team we play this week—Bunt Funk—who was then called the Schoolhouse Rockers (and then Grabasky and the K-Funk Allstars). To add a level of excitement, I’m friends with many Bunt Funkers, so we’re planning something special for this game. Jed also has a connection at Heaven & Hell in Admo, so we’ll head up there by 11pm for 80s night were we will own that bar. The cougs were all over there last year…

I can’t wait to see all the crazy costumes and band names that you all created. In the past we’ve had cod pieces, spiked leather dog collars, and mullet wigs. I suggest that you hit up the closest Goodwill or Salvation Army and stock up on the worst blouses and acid wash jeans you can find. Personally, I’ll be 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, Mötley Crüe, Fat Guy Trio (my first band), 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 below:

www.bighairmetal.com

Which 80s Hair Band Are You?

http://selectsmart.com/FREE/select.php?client=hairband

VH1

http://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/

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Everybody Wants to Rule the World (of Kickball, that is)

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 12, 2008

Post-Game Wrap-Up:

We had a strong showing last week, defeating We Got the Runs 6-0.  Our D totally shut them down.  I give credit to the fact that Steve wouldn’t let me pitch.  The game ball went to Ryan, who’s home run counted for 3 (or was it 2?) of our runs.

Action Item 1:

Yes, no, or maybe so…are you coming to the 7:15 game vs Spin the Bottle?  The weather should be in the 80s, so it won’t be a blistering hot day.

I likely will be running very late and may miss the game.  Stupid work.  I’ll see you at the bar if I’m not at the field.  Jed and Becky will be running the show if I’m not there.

Scouting Report:

Spin is one of the elder teams of the division.  They used to be the “bad boy” team of the division that everyone loved to hate.  They’ve also been in a few championship games, so they know how to win.  That said, there has been a lot of turn over the past few years, and, after quite a few beers, they’ve mellowed out a lot.  They’ve always been cool to me, so I like ’em.  And by “cool to me” I mean they give me beer when I ref.

Their men are staunch anti-munters.  That said, their women (at least some of them) will bunt.  Therefore, we need to play a catcher that knows how to field bunts and can make the throw to 1st.  I haven’t seen them play this year yet, but if they still have some of their bigger guys, they can kick the ball a mile, so the outfield needs to play deeper than usual until we get a feel for their kicking style.

As someone said to me after game #1 this year, “Spin is a shell of their former selves.”  This is another winable game.

Squatting & Reffing

I can’t ref the early game this week.  Jed said that he would try to, but if you want to get down there early to keep him company and have a few pre-game brewskies, I’m sure that he would appreciate it.

Action Item 2: Theme

To get you thinking about your Metal Mania costume (reminder:  Metal Mania* is NEXT WEEK), this week’s theme is 80s hair bands.  What’s your band name?

In addition to your 80s name, remember to put your real name on your name tag so that we get to know one another.

* For info on last Metal Mania III, do a search of blog archives.  I frickin’ love Metal Mania!

Action Item 3:  Libations

You know the deal.  Who’s bringing cups and drinks?

Scavenger Hunt:

The Hunt is set for June 28.  Teams of 4-6.  Ridiculously silly, fun, drunk time.  If you miss this and you’re not out of the country or in a wheelchair, you are off the team.  No arguments.  More info is at http://www.dcsmashed.org/scavenger/Welcome.html

Quiz of the Day:

Think you know the 80s?  Take one of the many quizzes here:  http://www.80smusiclyrics.com/archives.shtml

Welcome to your life
Theres no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you
Acting on your best behaviour
Turn your back on mother nature
Everybody wants to rule the world


— Everybody wants to rule the world, Tears for Fears

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The Omen

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 5, 2008

Post-Game Wrap-Up:

 

Before I get into my big epiphany, here’s a short synopsis of last week’s game:  when I arrived in the 3rd inning we were up 2-1.  Then I took over pitching duties for Steve, and they immediately scored 4 runs.  So I relenquished my duties.  I believe the final score was 6-3.  Even though Jed scored 2 of our runs, the gall ball this week goes to PJ, because he was clearly the drunkest member of the Footloose squad at the bar.  And that’s not an easy accomplishment. 

 

The Omen:

 

It must be a sign.  Tuesday night Aaron and I had our weekly date at the Target on 50.  Target is one of those stores where the more you walk around the more things you see that you “need.”  Case in point, I went to get a new pair of shades and left with $70 worth of stuff.  Well, as we were about to get in the checkout line, we noticed the cheap DVD rack.  For $5 I picked up the Karate Kid (Special Edition, mind you) and Aaron picked up Big Trouble in Little China.  Score.  Then we went to Harris Teeter and for $10 there was the David Bowie classic Labyrinth, The Right Stuff, The Goonies (my favorite movie), and Flashdance. 

 

 

 

So this gave me an idea—we should have an 80s movie night.  It’s our imperative that we watch our namesake movie, Footloose, which Pete was kind enough to give me a few years back, and maybe another 80s classic. 

 

But what does this mean?  It’s an omen.  It’s a sign that we are destined to kick some ass tonight.  You don’t just see David Bowie in Harris Teeter for nothing.  Bowie wants us—no, demands us—to kick ass tonight. 

 

Action Item 1:

 

First, a reminder to please respond to all action items.  Gracias! 

 

Will you be at tonight’s 6:30 game vs We Got the Runs?  We’re scheduled for Field 3, which likely will be the field in the back on the lower part of the hill (close to the Viet Nam memorial). 

 

Scouting Report:

 

We Got the Runs (clever name) is a new team this year.  I reffed their game last week and was impressed.  I think that they will be one of the top teams this year.  They have solid kicking and solid fielding.  We have a few games under our belt now, so we’ve worked out some kinks and the newbies now have a feel for the game.  This has the potential to be a really good game. 

 

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

 

          As Mr. Miyagi would say, “Wax on, wax off.”  Wait, no, not that one.  He would say, “Daniel Son, kick the damn ball on the ground.” 

          During the game I reffed last week, there was a tight throw to 1st base.  The gal was thrown out because she ran to first base.  If you run through first base you can keep a full head of steam.  Just remember to turn right into foul territory.  Also remember that you cannot overrun 2nd or 3rd bases. 

          At times it looks like our outfielders, particularly right field, are playing a little too shallow (i.e., close to the infield).  I think it’s a better to play a little deep and run in on the ball than to run backwards.

          Runner automatically get one base on an overthrow.  Nothing kills a team faster than overthrows. 

          To help prevent overthrows, the right and left fielders should back up 1st and 3rd bases, respectively. 

          Confession time:  I broke a cardinal kickball rule last week.  When I was pitching a runner ran home from 3rd base.  Instead of throwing the ball to Meg, who was covering home, I pegged the guy.  Sure, I got the out, but the ball rebounded 10 yards away and they scored a run.  It would have been better to throw the ball to Meg.  It’s always better to throw the ball to a person than to throw at a runner.  The ball is too hard to control and you can’t control where the ball goes after you hit the runner.  Learn from my mistake. 

 

Action Item 2:  Libations

 

Who’s bringing cups and booze tonight?

 

Action Item 3:  Name Tags

 

Because I was really late last week, I forgot to do name tags.  But I won’t forget again this week.  This week’s theme is 80s toys.  This can be as generic (e.g, G.I. Joe) or specific (e.g., Cobra Commander) as you want. 

 

Schwag

 

Yesterday I spent $50 on ringer socks.  So I’ll have those at the field tonight.  I expect that we’ll all wear them with pride.  I also will have the purple bag with wrist bands, hair ties, and whatever else is in there. 

 

I also will bring the rest of the shirts.  I have a name list with sizes.  Please make sure you take the correct size and then check your name off the list. 

 

I also will be hitting you up for your $5 schwag donation so that I can get some new stuff. 

 

Metal Mania!

 

Metal Mania will either be June 19 or 26th, so start getting your costume together.  Ask a vet if you have any questions.  The more over-the-top (another classic 80s movie that Target had) the better.  Fake snakeskin?  Awesome.  Feather bowa?  Nice touch.  Fish net stalkings?  Go for it. 

 

Scavenger Hunt

 

The hunt is set for June 28.  Info should be posted later this week at www.dcsmashed.org/smashed/Events/Events.html. 

 

The hunt is a basically a bar crawl with silly costumes, silly tasks, lots and lots of drinking, and a boatload of fun.  Just look at the pics on the SMASHED website to get an idea.  The registration deadline will be June 23, so start thinking about getting teams of 4-6 people together. 

 

 

I am a man who would fight for your honor
I’ll be the hero you’re dreaming of
We’ll live forever knowing together
That we did it all for the glory of love
You keep me standing tall
You help me through it all
I’m always strong when you’re beside me
I have always needed you
I could never make it alone

 

— Glory of Love, Peter Cetara (Love Theme from Karate Kid II)

 

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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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2008: The Year of Footloose

Posted by Ren McCormack on April 11, 2008

Footloose!

Welcome to the 2008 season!
We’ve got a full roster that’s a mix of vets and newbies. So if you don’t know everyone, that’s fine (because neither do I!). To get to know each other before the season starts and to see what this kickball stuff is all about, we’re going to have a few pre-season events. But before we get to that, let’s go over some background info.
Footloose is a team with a theme. If the name “Footloose” didn’t give it away, maybe this will: do you like jelly bracelets? Do you still wear tube socks with the stripes at the top? Do you still fall asleep with a Glow Worm tucked snuggly under your arm? Do you look Pretty in Pink? Because you know, and knowing is half the battle. Because you’re just a small town girl living in a lonely world. Because you’re Hungry Like the Wolf, you’ve joined a team that loves everything cheesy about the 80s. So get ready to do the Safety Dance, flip too many cups to count, and maybe, just maybe, play a little kickball.
If that scares you, there is still time to bow out…
Registration Info
  • Registration has been a mess this year for a few reasons, so we’re behind the curve. Go to www.kickball.com and create an account (for newbies) or log in to your account (for vets). Request to join the DC Atlantic Division (NOT the DC Federal Division…long story). Request to join the group/team named Footloose. You are not done until to you enter your credit card info and submit it.
Schedule/Fields/Bar
  • We are trying something new this year, and will be playing ALL games on Thursday nights. This will be a logistical nightmare, but should make the bar extra fun!
  • Games will likely start the first or 2nd week in May. The last Thursday in April or the first Thursday in May will be the preseason pickup games and party (read: figure out where the fields are, play some ball, then drink free beer). Details to come.
  • We still will play on the Mall near the Vietnam memorial (20th/Constitution). The closest Metro is Foggy Bottom, and is a 10-15 min walk.
  • The Exchange at 17th/G will still be our sponsor bar.
What are my expectations as the team captain?
  • First and foremost, the only thing that I ask of each player is that they respond to the questions that I ask in the blog (https://footloose.wordpress.com) each week by posting a comment. This will typically be something very complex such as “please let me know whether you will be at tonight’s game.” Now let me be a snotball and give everyone a lesson in basic English. The word “whether” expresses an alternative, as in “whether or not” (i.e., give me a yes or no answer).
  • Next, read my weekly posts. They will contain little tips of success and 80s trivia. For example, what’s the first rule of kicking? Just ask a veteran. What’s the top selling album of 1983? That should be a gimmy, as it’s also the world’s overall top selling album: Michael Jackson’s Thriller (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thriller_%28album%29).
Album cover (Special Edition)
  • If you do not respond to the blog letting me know that you are coming to a game and you show up, that’s cool, just know that you’ll be at the bottom of the kicking order. Fair warning.
  • Footloose strives to find a balance between being goofy and being competitive. What’s that mean? Rock the wristbands, but still rock the other team.
Here are some other tidbits of info:
  • Becky has graciously agreed to be my co-captain and go-to gal this season. Hopefully I won’t need her services, but the reality of work is that I expect to work longer hours over the summer and may have difficulty makes the early games on time.
  • We will handle on-field drinks the same as last season: We will rotate who supplies cups and drinks for each game. The type of drink is up to you. A couple of 30 packs? That’s cool. Sangria? That makes for a fun night. Jungle juice? Hells yea! Officially, drinking is not allowed on the Mall. Officially, we do not drink on the Mall. Just don’t ask what’s in the cups. Discretion (and cleaning up all trash) is key.
  • I ask that each person give me $4 or $5 for miscellaneous expenses. And yes, I do keep note of who paid and who thinks I won’t notice when they don’t pay.
  • There will be a few games where we are responsible for taking an equipment bag and bringing it the following week. So I’m not stuck lugging the thing on the Metro, if anyone is driving and knows that they will be at the next game, I’d be very grateful if you step up and volunteer to take/bring it. We’ll cover that when it comes up.
  • There will be at least two costume games this summer (other than our normal 80s garb, of course). Metal Mania V and the league-sponsored “Halloween in July.” What’s Metal Mania? It’s your chance to flex a little creative muscle and use a lot of Hairnet. Basically, each team member creates their own 80s metal band personality and comes decked out and ready to rock. I have a couple ideas for Halloween in July, but more ideas are welcome. Last season we did 80s movie characters and the year before we did “Pretty in Pink” and wore bad prom dresses (even some of the dudes). Stayed tuned for future posts on both costume events. In the mean time, hit the local Goodwill and stock up on acid wash jeans and snakeskin vests.
Schedule/Fields/Bar
  • I am talking with another team to have a pre-season meet & greet on Saturday May 3. Think bar hopping on a bus that is BYOB and has stripper poles (www.ridetheboomerang.com). Now if that doesn’t sound like fun, then you shouldn’t be playing kickball…
  • I also hope to have a preseason pickup game so that we can give the newbies a chance to ask any questions and meet the vets. I don’t think that will happen in April or before the first game, unfortunately. This usually involves playing some ball then going for burgers & beer. Nothing too formal.
Thats all from the news desk right now. Now go register!
Ben
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End-of-Season Party

Posted by Ren McCormack on August 21, 2007

Sorry that I’ve been offline, folks.  For whatever reason, my company just started blocking WordPress, so I haven’t been able to keep up with things.   Given that the season is over, I suppose that’s not a big deal anyway.

So here are a few things to mark on your calendars.

As you know, this Friday (8/24) is the end-of-season party at the Front Page in Balston.  From 9-midnight we have an open bar (beer, wine, rail).  Free for Federalis, $20 everyone else.  We’ll have the entire back bar plus the mall-side patio (not the outside patio).

September 8 rumor has it that Aaron and I are having a party.  The evite will follow, but this will be a good one.  Come while it’s still daylight to play some volleyball/horseshoes.  We’ll need to know who’s coming so we know whether to get 2 or 10 kegs.

See you Friday!

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Revenge: A Dish Best Served Cold

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 31, 2007

Fate has a strange sense of humor, and she showed it again last Friday when she paired us against K-plunk in the first round of the Silver Spur Tournament.

Fate, it seems, was not pleased with last week’s loss, and decided to give us another chance.  A shot at redemption.  The opportunity to kick some Irish Green ass and show those punks who really should have won last week.

The tournament is single elimination, so this is do or die.  Live and let die.  Put up (out?) or shut up.   Shit or get off the pot.  Be or not be.  Succeed or die trying.

Action Item 1:

Who’s playing at our Thursday, 7:15 game against K-funk?  We are the lower seed, so let’s get the upset.  Last week’s game was tight, so this should be a great Clash of the Titans.  This could be our last game, so get your jollies out now!

Of course, we’re going to win, which means we’ll play next Wednesday.

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

  • After 9 games, do I really need to give any more tips?  I didn’t think so.  Just go out there, relax, play the way you know how, and have a good time.
  • Damien can’t kick for shit, so expect an easy out when he kicks.

Action Item 2- Libations:

Who is bringing the booze?  Win or loose, let’s get blitzed!

Theme:

First, a little history lesson:  the past 3 years, we’ve had the same theme for the final game.  It started out relatively innocently:  create your own character from a certain 80s cartoon.  Well, it didn’t stay innocent very long, and things got dirty.  Very, very dirty.

What was the cartoon?

The Care Bears.

How can you make the Care Bears dirty?

Well, just take this text I received from Alisa:  “So I was on the Metro quite drunk and people were staring at me.  I thought it was because I was drunk on the Metro with a kickball shirt.  Then I saw that I still had on my name tag:  Bend Me Over Bear.”

‘Nuff said.

Inspirational Quotes:

Because I’m not a great motivator, how about these motivating words:

Walter Payton
I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field.


Hakeem Olajuwon
I’ve always felt it was not up to anyone else to make me give my best.


Evander Holyfield
It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.


Annonymous

Winners don’t wait for chances…they take them.

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K-Plunk

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 25, 2007

Tonight our quest for mediocracy continues.  If we win tonight, we end the regular season with a .500 record, and, more importantly, a seed in the middle of the pack for the tournament.  Translation:  we’ll play a team of roughly the same skill level as us.  Therefore, this is an important game for us.

Action Item 1:

Will you be at tonight’s 7:15 game versus Grabassky* and the K-Funk Allstars?

* Note:  Grabs and his wifey are out of town.

Scouting Report:

Last year, this was a highly competive, highly drunk game.  We brought not one, but two beer pong tables to the field and played flip cup between each inning.  I don’t know how we weren’t arrested on the spot.  We planned to do it again this year, but given the presence of the cops the past two weeks, we’re not going to push our luck.

Footloose won a tight game last year 2-1.  Given that I’m good buds with many K-funkers, expect this to be a competitive game this year too.  I really don’t want to lose.  So bring your A game and let me see your war face.

K-funk is pretty good.  They have a solid defense that we need to crack in order to win.  They will have some female bunters, so I’m going to play a male catcher.  Edward, who many of you know, is a left-footed kicker and has the ability to boot the ball far.  The right and right-center fielders need to adjust, play deeper than usual, and be ready.

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

  • Remember that you can overrun 1st base (but not 2nd or 3rd).  Why would you want to overrun the base?  Because it allows you to run as hard and fast as you can without having to stop on a dime (and potentially hurt yourself).  It also allows you to maintain full momentum through the base, which is to the runner’s benefit.
  • Once you kick a ball, it’s ok to check out where it goes, but don’t watch the play unfold as you are running.  You will not be as fast.  Just worry about getting to (or through, per bullet 1) the base.
  • TALK!  We had some snaffus last week with who was going for the ball.  This is particularly true with 3rd/pitcher, catcher/pitcher, and the outfielders.  My favorite play was the final out of the game where Jed called a ball that was basically a pop fly 6 inches from Alisa, who called him off with “NO THAT’S MY BALL, BITCH!”  Ok, she didn’t say bitch…I added that for effect.
  • The base coatches need to coach better.  We could have snagged some extra bases last week if the runners knew to run.

Libations:

Aaron has a case from last week leftover.  We may need more.

Rain Info:

There is a 40% chance of rain tonight.  We’ll try to get the games in because tomorrow does not look any better.  Remember that we WILL play in light-moderate rain.  I’ll post here by 4:30 if the games are called off.  If you don’t hear anything, assume they are on. 

Costumes:

Congrats to Jed for winning best male costume (Marty McFly) and Alisa for best female (Supergirl).   They won us 10 free pitchers last week.  And I had the division pick up the dinner tab too because, well, because I can.  That’s my little thank you to everyone who dressed up this season. 

Party Plans:

Becky “won” a McFaddens happy hour from 8-11pm Saturay night.  $20 beer and rail drinks.  Who’s in?

After that, I’m heading to a “Beaters, Bras, Boxers, & Briefs” party.  You have to have one of those items showing at all times.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to wear my jorts and beater to Mcfaddens or not…  This is at Sullies (11th and U Streets, NW).  All are invited.  It is hosted by one of the main organizers of the Scav Hunt, so you know it’ll be fun…

August 9 is the championship game.  Afterwards, we’ll have 8 to 10 free kegs at the X.  So save the date!

August 25 is the tentative end-of-season party.  It’ll be a bar in DC and free booze.  So plan to be there.

war_face1.jpg

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Schedule Change

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 20, 2007

We had to cancel last night’s games because the radar looked nasty.  Then, of course, it was gorgeous out.  Out game will be next Wednesday at 7:15 (note the change in day).  We switched it because 4 teams have 2 games to make up, and asking them to come 2 nights in a row wouldn’t work.  Also, playing Wednesday gives us a make-up day in case it rains. 

Sorry for the change, but I hope you understand the reasons behind it.

All previous make-up games will be played Wednesday 7/25.  The schedule is below and online.  As you can see, 4 games will need to be played at 6:30 and 3 at 7:15. 

Wednesday  7/25


 
6:30 Garbage Pail Kids v Spin the Bottle
 6:30 Grabassky’s All Stars v Team Ram Rod
 6:30 Well Hungarians v Vandalay Industries
 6:30 Kickin Balls & Takin Names v Terry Tate
 7:15 Vandalay Industries v Angry Jay’s Army
 7:15 Grabassky’s All Stars v Footloose
 7:15 Kickin Balls & Takin Names v Garbage Pail Kids

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Post-Game Wrap-Up

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 19, 2007

Congrats on our 3rd victory last night!  Our push for mediocity (a .500 record) is still possible!  It took us 6 innings to pull out a 12-7 victory over Jimminy Kickit.  Our feet came alive in the extra inning as we kicked around the entire batting order.  It was a thing of beauty. 

You know what else was a thing of beauty?  The costumes.  We won for best male and best female costumes, which got us a night of comped beer and food.  Yea, we were only supposed to get 10 total pitchers out of that, but I know a guy who knows a guy.

Game Ball:

The game ball this week goes to Mike Schwartz, who finally got on base.  Not only did Mike finally get on base, he got on base four times and actually scored too. 

It’s about damn time that Mike scored…

Team Vote:

For the record books and for call-out in the GMOT next week, who had the best male and female costumes (you can vote for Pete in either category): 

  • Pete as Jeff Spicole from Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Jed as Marty McFly from Back to the Future
  • Ryan as a guy in a shirt that said something about getting your balls wet in Dewey
  • Schwartz as himself
  • Aaron as Dr. Bunsen Honeydew from the Muppet Movie/Muppets Take Manhattan/The Great Muppet Caper
  • Ben as Beaker from the Muppet Movie/Muppets Take Manhattan/The Great Muppet Caper
  • Becky as the keg from every 80s party movie
  • Alisa as Supergirl from, well, Supergirl
  • Lisa as Lisa from Lisa’s life
  • Kathryn as Alex(andra) Owens from Flashdance

The most votes wins.  But don’t worry, there aren’t really any losers at Halloween in July. (Goddamnit, that sounds like something a first grade teacher would say.)

Next week’s game is Thursday at 7:15 vs Grabbasky and the K-funk Allstars.  This should be a fun, but competitive game.  We’ll need our A game to win this one.  The A-team would help too.  Does anyone know how to find them?  Maybe we could just take an add out in the paper like they did on the show. 

ateam.jpg

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Jimminy Suckit

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 18, 2007

Footloose,

The long awaited, much anticipited, highly hyped Halloween in July is finally here.  I hope you have your costumes set, wigs securely fassioned, colars popped, and aviators rockin.

Did I ever tell you that Halloween in my favorite holiday.  Yup.  I’m sure that’s no surprise to you by now–even those that haven’t been to any games.  Even as a kid I loved Halloween even more than the commercialized gift giving day known as Christmas.  A little odd, I know…but I’ve accepted that, and so should you.

Action Item 1:

You coming tonight for the 6:30 game vs Jimminy Kickit?

Scouting Report:

This is a completely winnable game.  They are like us– they like to be relatively competitive, but know that we are all there to have a good time.  The guys (gay or straight) won’t bunt, but some gals might, so the catcher and pitcher need to be prepared.  I also know a handful of JK, and I’d love to have bragging rights, so let’s win one for the Gipper.

Oh, and to pull off a .500 season (50% wins, 50% losses), we need to win both this week and next.

Captain’s Tip of the Day:

It’s been a while since we’ve played an actual game (although, the “must have a cup of beer in hand at all times” rule last week was quite amusing), so let’s remember the basics:

  • Don’t get distracted by your costume/props or anyone elses.
  • Get the ball back to the pitcher ASAP.
  • Don’t pop out (kick that ball on the friggin ground).
  • The team that makes the fewest mistakes always wins.  Think about that.
  • The right fielder needs to back up all throws to 1st base.
  • The base coaches need to be loud and tell the base runners how many outs there are and when to run/stay/go part way.
  • It’s easier to throw the ball to someone covering a base than trying to peg a runner.
  • Tag up on pop flies (even caught foul balls) when appropriate.  The base coaches should help out with this.

Action Item 2– Libations:

Who’s bringing the beer/cups?  If you haven’t brought yet, we only have 3 more games.

Discretionary Funds:

I have a list.  Not everyone has floated me $4 yet.  Don’t make me call out names, please.

Action Item 3– Dewey:

August 11 and Labor Day are the options.  I didn’t get much of a response last week, so PA-LEASE let me know if you’re interested or whether I should scrap the idea altogether.  I haven’t had my Dewey fix all summer, and I’m jonsin’ real bad.

Watching every motion in my foolish lover’s game
On this endless ocean finally lovers know no shame
Turning and returning to some secret place inside
Watching in slow motion as you turn around and say

Take my breath away
Take my breath away

Take My Breath Away – Berlin

Take My Breath Away” is the name of a love song from the film Top Gun, performed by the band Berlin. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1987.  The song peaked at #8 in the U.S., but it hit #1 in the Phillipines, so that has to count for something.

The song has been performed by other artists, such as Jessica Simpson, who included it on the special edition of her album In This Skin, the band Copeland on their album of cover songs, Know Nothing Stays the Same, and was translated into Cantonese and covered by Sandy Lam.  The Christian rock band Relient K also covered it as part of their “Top Gun Medley” in a few touBerlinrs of theirs.

Berlin

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Tonight’s the Night

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 12, 2007

Footloose,

I have some good news and some bad news.  And they are one in the same. 

The team we are scheduled to play tonight, the Non-Proliferators, is a company team (working for the Feds).  Twenty-four of their 26 players were all sent away on assignment for the rest of the season. 

The bad news:  no official game tonight.

The good news:  Win #2! 

But here’s the deal:  it’s been a few weeks since we’ve gotten together and played.  So let’s still meet up at the fields, drink some beers, and have a pickup game.  Because we are the 7:15 timeslot, we can likely pick up some stragglers from other games to play. 

Action Item 1:

Respond to the blog whether you can make it tonight.

Action Item 2:

Schwartz volunteered to bring some beers tonight.  Who else is bringing beers?  Don’t forget cups…

Next Week’s Game:

Our next official game is Wednesday, July 18, at 6:30.  We play Jimminy Kickit, which is one of the bottom tier teams.  If we lose this game, I’ll never hear the end of it.  So let’s not lose. 

Next week is also Halloween in July, so get your 80s movie character costume together this weekend.  I already have mine…though I think I’m going to change it up.  Naturally, I fully expect anyone that comes next Wednesday to be in costume.  No excuses! 

Make-up Game:

Our rained-out game will be made up Thursday, July 26. 

Silver Spur Tournament:

The division tournament will start August 1st and 2nd.  We’ll know what night/time we play once the regular season is over and we rank the teams and create the bracket.  That will likely be July 27 or July 30. 

Teams that win their first game will play the following Wednesday, August 8.  Thursday is the championship game followed by loads of free beer at the X for the Silver Spur Sloshing (kinda the unofficial end-of-season party and awards ceremony). 

End-of-Season Party:

The party is in the works.  Date, time, and venue TBD.  It will likely be Saturday August 18 or 25, so save the date. 

Dewey Beach:

Last season, Footloose took a team trip to that little slice of Heaven known as Dewey Delaware.  Is there interest in getting some hotel rooms or renting a house?  I’m thinking the weekend of August 4, 11, or Labor Day weekend.  Or two of the three (preferably). 

I would prefer a house so we all under one roof and can play beer pong and flip cup and have more room.  (Boy, that was a lot of “ands”!)  But, that comes at some added cost.  I’ll only make reservations if we have commitments ($) from people (I learned that lesson the hard way).  Of course, it’s open to non-Footloosers too. 

Anyway, let me know if that interests you. 

Ho’d Up Camouflage! 

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Halloween…Postponed

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 9, 2007

This just in…

The division decided to postpone Halloween in July by 1 week.  We didn’t do a very good job of advertising it, and most teams forgot.  So, we’re going to do it next week (we play Wednesday at 6:30) instead.  So no excuses for not dressing in costume!

There will be awards for best overall team costume (the winner receives 10 free pitchers), best male (5 pitchers), and best female (5 pitchers).  So Footloose could potentially drink for free all night!  I hope to see some creative 80s movie costumes out there…cause if there is one thing that I like more than IHOP on a hungover Sunday it’s free beer on a Wednesday.  

The beauty of this theme is that YOU get to pick what YOU want to be, yet it still ties into the overall team theme.   I can’t wait to see your individual creativity!

Ps- game is still on this Thursday at 7:15.  No costume (other than our regular garb) required. 

Pps- Our makeup game will be July 26, and the tournament starts August 1/2 (night TBD). 

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And the Winner Is…

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 6, 2007

Due to the underwhelming response asking for costume input (stupid mid-week holiday…), I’m making a command decision to give everyone enough time to come up with their costume idea and make it happen (remember our game is Thursday @ 7:15).

And the winner is…

80s movie character.  This can be from any 80s movie.  Classic 80s movies include the following:

  • Top Gun
  • The Goonies
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Say Anything
  • Caddyshack
  • Back to the Future
  • Beastmaster
  • Beverly Hills Cop I, II
  • Rocky III, IV
  • Blade Runner
  • The Breakfast Club
  • A Xmas Story
  • Cocktail
  • Die Hard
  • Any movie with Freddy or Jason
  • E.T.
  • Fast Times at Ridgmont High
  • Ferris Bueler
  • Flashdance
  • Footloose
  • Gremlins
  • Karate Kid
  • The Princess Bride
  • Purple Rain
  • Raiders of the Lost Arc
  • Rambo
  • Revenge of the Nerds
  • Any movie starring Molly Ringwald
  • St. Elmos Fire
  • Superman II-IV
  • Vision Quest

A useful resource is http://www.fast-rewind.com/

Now go get those costumes ready!

(I promise this is the last costume night of the season)

Ps-  Bonus points for anyone (other than Jed) that does a Phoebe Cates impersonation.

Phoebe Cates

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Halloweiner

Posted by Ren McCormack on July 3, 2007

Halloween in July

Place your bet for one of the following costume ideas for Halloween in July, which is our next game—Thursday July 12 at 7:15.  Not all of these are 80s oriented (and that’s OK). 

 A)     Create your own SuperheroB)     Create your own WWF (pre-WWE) wrestler (excessive roid use is optional)C)     Mr. and Ms. Pacman (and everyone else will be the ghosts).  This costume will take some effort.  D)     80s movie character of your choice

Happy HourWho’s in for a night out at the Ballroom?  We’ll start on the roof then head down to see the band (Dr. FU).   Please let me know so that I’m not anchoring the bar while waiting for people who aren’t showing up…HiBall Events’ Independence Eve Bash

TUESDAY, July 3rd

The Clarendon Ballroom– Biggest In DC for six years running
– Featuring the area’s hottest new cover band:  Dr. FU
DJ Pat Premier spinning in the lower ballroom & DJ Rene spinning on the main floor early and between sets.
– Huge rooftop patio
Due to popular demand deck party starts at 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
– $5 ’til 7 PM, $10 Early (at door only; no advance sales)
 

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She’s a (Metal) Maniac!

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 28, 2007

*********************News Flash**************************

Tonight’s games are cancelled due to the high chance of thunderstorms.

But, there WILL be a happy hour.  The captains are discussing.  I’ll let you know where/when.

The make up will likely be the week of July 25/26.  TBD. 

************************************************************ 

Post-Mania Wrap-up

What can I say about Metal Mania IV that the pics don’t say?  We looked ridiculous.  We had Jello-shots (thanks to Lisa), a mullet wig (Aaron), 3 sets of leather pants, and one broken high heel (and no, not on a female teammate). 

The light rain at the field only made things more interesting. 

The wheels really came off at Heaven & Hell.  All I remember are lemon drops and cougars hitting on Aaron. 

Special thanks to Ang, Meg, and Pete for bringing my bag (and car/house keys) to me, otherwise I wouldn’t have made it to work the next day.  Not that I did anything before leaving at 5pm to take a much-needed 3-hour nap. 

Oh, and we won our first game 24-12 (I think). 

Action Item 1:

Who’s in and who’s out for tonight’s 7:15 game vs Grabbasky and the K-funk All Stars (the Irish Green team).  I’ll post here if the games are cancelled because of rain.  As of 3:52, the game is ON.  We will play in light-moderate rain. 

We also will play at the upper field again.  I hope you like playing flip cup in the rain, cause we’ll be playing some on the Mall tonight.  Come out and see what I’m talking about.

Scouting Report:

We won a squeeker vs K-funk last year 1-0 or 2-1.  I know most of this team, and things will get competitive (in a fun way).  We are pretty equal, so expect a tight match. 

  • Grabs (Chris) and Edward (left footed) will kick to right field, and both have multiple home runs this season, so the right fielder and the right-center fielder need to be on the ball. 
  • Their females will bunt, so I’m going to play a male catcher.
  • If it rains, the ball will be slippery and hard to pick up off the ground (I learned this last week when I played 3rd).  Kick the ball on the ground.
  • Get the ball back to the pitcher ASAP.  We really need to improve on this.  In fact, I’m going to call someone out.  Punami Tsunami cost us one run last week when he didn’t get the ball back to the pitcher and was chatting.  Who was playing 3rd base deserves a spanking. 

Libations:

Whose brining beer tonight, cause we are going to need it!

Scavenger Hunt:

I still have not heard from half the team whether or not you are hunting.  There still is time to put a team together.  Post here whether you are hunting.

Theme:

For the 3rd time, let’s try 80s song titles. 

See you tonight.  I’ll let you know if the games are off.

Get along with me babe, been singin’ love songs
All of the time
Even only be, honey only, only be
Bop bozadee bozadee bop ditty bop

Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody – David Lee Roth

Get this…this song is a combo of 2 older songs…

Just a Gigolo is a popular song, adapted by Irving Caesar in 1929 from the Austrian song “Schöner Gigolo“, written in 1928

The original version is a poetic vision of the social collapse lived in Austria after World War I, represented by the figure of a former hussar who remembers himself parading in his uniform, while now he has to get by as a lonely, hired dancer. The music features a simple melodic sequence, but nonetheless has a clever harmonic construction that highlights the mixed emotions in the lyrics, adding a nostalgic, bittersweet effect.

The success of the song prompted a Tin Pan Alley publisher to buy the rights and order an English version to Irving Caesar, a very popular lyricist of the time. Caesar eliminated the specific Austrian references and, in the often-omitted verse, set the action in a Paris cafe, where a local character tells his sad story. Thus, the lyrics retained their sentimental side but lost their historic value.

“Just a Gigolo” appeared in a 1931 film, a 1932 Betty Boop cartoon and a 1993 TV-series, all titled after the song. The film Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo, directed by David Hemmings in 1979, was titled after the first verse of the original lyrics, but the “Just a Gigolo” title was used for US distribution. In this film, the song was performed by Marlene Dietrich, in her last film appearance.

“Just a Gigolo” is best known for the 1956 Louis Prima version, where it is paired in a medley with another old standard, “I Ain’t Got Nobody” (words by Roger Graham and music by Spencer Williams, 1915). Although these two songs have nothing else in common, due to the popularity of Prima’s combination they are sometimes mistaken as parts of the same song.

During his Las Vegas tenure, Louis Prima used to revisit his old hits in his new, jive-and-jumping style, often presenting them in medleys. The success of his act gained him a recording deal with Capitol Records, which aimed to capture on record the atmosphere of his shows. The first album, titled “The Wildest” and released in January 1957, opened with “Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody”, which then became his signature number and helped relaunch his career.

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Scavenger Who?

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 25, 2007

Footloose,

I’ll post the post-Mania wrap up later… in the mean time, we need to organize into groups for the Scavenger Hunt and register (preferably by Wednesday). 

Gnomes, pancakes, beer, antics….what does all of this mean?  Come to the mid-season Scavenger Hunt and find out!  

 

Get ready for one of the best events of the year.  Round up your teammates, friends, neighbors – heck everyone you know.  Because they’ll thank you for giving them one of the best times of their lives.  Think of costume ideas too.   Creativity is rewarded!

 

Here’s the gist of it:  you hop around to different bars in DC, do some silly game/task, drink, and repeat.  More info is available at  http://smashed.geekpad.com/scavenger/Welcome.html   (you’ll note that one of our teams is featured in the main pic…)

 

Date:  June 30, 2007

Time:  Scavenger Hunt – 2-5 p.m. After party- til the wee hours of the morning

Where:  Meet at The Front Page in Dupont

Price:  FREE for Federalis, $10 everyone else

How to register:  E-mail me by June 27th.  You do not need to email dcscavengerhunt@gmail.com to register.

 

Remember, this is for charity!   A little something to make you feel good about yourself.

 

Make sure to include the following info or I’ll have to hunt you down. (Unless you want me to come after you…)

  • Team name
  • All team players’ first AND LAST names (5-8 people, at least 2 of each sex)
  • Team captain name (not me!) and email
  • If players are Federal members or not

 

Dos Equis and Heineken are sponsoring the FREE BEER.  They may see you racing in the streets and decide to buy your team a round of drinks.  Does it get better than that?  Absolutely! There will be FREE kegs of tasty, frothy beer at The Front Page to re-hydrate then de-hydrate you after the race. There’s no excuse not to participate.   See you there.

 

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Metal Mania Rocks DC!

Posted by Ren McCormack on June 21, 2007

Well Footloose, the wait is over…today is Metal Mania IV! 

I’ve heard a few tales of mullet wigs and leather ass-less chaps.  It’s going to be a fun night, for sure…

Action Item 1:

Who’s in?  Who’s out?  Game time is 7:15.  Let’s gather by the trees at the upper field so we can change in the restrooms. 

Scouting Report:

This team ain’t too good.  Note, however, that they WILL take the forfeit if we don’t have the required 4 gals and 4 guys.   I’m not sure if they are a bunting team, so assume they are.   So whoever is catching needs to do more than just look pretty.  In acid washed denim and a Michael Jackson Thriller vest, it’s hard not to look pretty, I know…

You know the standard tips…

  • Kick the ball where?  Repeat after me:  “on the ground.”  Very good. 
  • Get the ball back to the pitcher ASAP.  We’ve had some teams get extra bases and runs because we did not get the ball to the pitcher. 
  • Remember that you can overrun 1st base as long as you turn to the right after the base into foul territory.  The advantage to this is that you can run as hard as you can and keep the momentum going without having to slide. 

Libations:

Who’s bringing the beer?  I think that Meg/Ang have some leftover from last game because only 9 people showed up.  We could probably use another case. 

Theme:

Do I really need to spell this out? 

Didn’t think so…

 Scavenger Hunt, Ho!

June 30 is the midseason party/scavenger hunt.  I fully expect that Footloose will fill 2 or 3 teams (5-8 people).  Non-Footloosers are welcome too, they just have to pay $10.  More info is available at http://smashed.geekpad.com/scavenger/Welcome.html   and in the GMOT. 

Ghost Man on Third:

Here’s this week’s Ghost Man on Third…read up!

So let’s crimp that hair, razor those Levis, and lace up those platform boots, and get ready to get our first victory! 

So cum on feel the noize
Girls rock your boys
We get wild, wild, wild,
We get wild, wild, wild,
So cum on feel the noize
Girls rock your boys
We get wild, wild, wild,
At your door

— Cum On Feel the Noize – Quiet Riot

A little something about Quiet Riot

First off, this song, Quiet Riot’s biggest hit, is a remake from the 70s glam band Slade.

Metal Health (1983.) Quiet Riot’s third album.

Formed in the mid-late seventies, the early metal group known as Quiet Riot released two albums in Japan. Unfortunately, the group split up, and guitarist Randy Rhoads joined the first incarnation of the Ozzy Osbourne band.  After reforming in 1983 (sans Rhoads, who tragically passed away after 2 albums with Ozzy), the band released its THIRD album, Metal Health (this was their first album in America, but in all actuality it is their third.
This is classic metal the way it was meant to be experienced. There’s a reason this was the first metal album to top the charts Metal Health stands as one of the crowning achievements of eighties metal, and with good reason. It’s ironic that DuBrow sings the line “I really wanna be overrated” in the title track, because this became the first metal album to top the pop charts!

Source:  http://www.amazon.com/Metal-Health-Quiet-Riot/dp/B00005NNML

Metal Health

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