This week’s GOTW was extremely close, with the Red Lyon and Happy Shirt, formerly Pita Pit, going head to head. Both teams brought their A game, making for a very quick, high energy match-up. Both teams clearly have a firm grasp on taking advantage of missed opportunities by the other team as well as confidence in their base running. Dare I say one of the best Game of the Weeks in quite a while!! In the end, Happy Shirt pulled it out, defeating the Red Lyon, though it was a hard fought victory.
UPDATE: I play for the ghosts. We wear shirts with bright orange, glow in the dark ghosts on the front and I can usually be heard yelling above most of the other noise, probably obscenities. Our schedule is posted on the KVKL website, just like everyone else’s. If there is something so vitally important that I’m missing each week and you feel like it must be included, please feel free to come and find me to let me know. How could I possibly be able to capture in one weekly post all that is so great about our league? Or physically be able to make it to every single game and still be able to partake in the fun that is a Sunday spent playing kickball? I write about all the fun stuff, you remember what that is right?!
I meant to put this up before the season, after the ref clinic.
I wish I had a better reason for missing my own deadline, but I don’t. I was waiting for a response from the MLB in regards to my written request to use its logo. Request ignored. Bud Selig might or might not hate kickball – he might or might not see it as direct competition to the baseball fan base. Or I might have sent my request to the wrong Bud Selig.
No need to memorize all those annoying little rules now (except for the ones that I excluded).
Big picture, I’m not sure if week 2 is an anomaly or a transition into a new phase of the league – better defense resulting in lower scores. It was windy, but there have been weeks like that before, and it never seemed to affect the games like last week.
I’m going to whip out some third grade graphing skills for a sec.
The league scored 264 runs last week. That would have been the lowest total on a Sunday for all of last year. The lowest scoring weekend last season was 285 runs on week 6. This is the main reason the over/unders were so off the mark last week. (That and bad intel.)
I expect the total runs to climb back up this week.
|Favorite||Line||Underdog||O/U total runs|
|Love Garden||13||BP Tigers||22|
|Reign of Terror||13||Tellerdactyls||20|
|Das Boot||8||Toe Pokes||17|
|Brew Ballers||3||Dirty Mike||21|
|Happy Shirt||3||Red Lyon||17|
Now that the season is in full swing, how about all the new jerseys? Nothing like a fresh design in the summer time! I’ve got a few nominations for best new jersey: The Ghosts wrap around Ghost/Pac Man design (don’t forget the PBR can); the Matadores tanks because who is gonna see the guns if you’re wearing sleeves; and the shall we say, subtle, design of $P@C3Pu$$y!’s new shirts. Let me know if you’ve got any other favorites. We’ll vote next week for the best new jersey!!
Here are my “Week’s Best” for Week 2:
Best ensemble: Liberty Hall, hands down! Any team that plays in tuxedo shirts and dresses… need I say more.
Best facial hair: Dan from Tellerdactyles; do you think he uses mustache wax?
Cutest dog: Hank, the lab puppy from Red Lyon; who wouldn’t want to take him home with you
Shortest shorts: Nicole from Tellerdactyles; cuh-caw! The ‘dactyles represented this week
Best sportsmanship: We all win this week! No outstanding squabbles reported so everyone gets a pat on the back. Let’s keep this up guys!! Its a long season so keep things amicable.
Least sportsmanship: Any one that yelled at a ref. These are VOLUNTEERS, people. They are giving up their free time to help out. Let’s remember that its their call and as much as you might disagree, just swallow it and move on.
GOTW proved to be an exciting match up. Granted I am a little biased (GO GHOSTS!!!), it was a fun game to play. The Ghosts took an early lead, but after a few lead changes, the Liberty Hall Late Fees pulled it out, winning 17-16. Props to the Fees for their well placed kicks. Good game guys!!
And in case you missed it, Cougar was crowned the official Prom King of the 2013 KVKL Season. As if there was any competition, right?! You look lovely in that sash, Cougs! It really brings out the color of your eyes.
If you were paying attention, there were some important takeaways from Week 1. For the sake of succinctness, I will harp on one, discuss another, and mention a third. How can one harp and be succinct at the same time? I just don’t know, but I’ll try my best.
1) The favorites swept.
There won’t be very many upsets this season, at least not until the tournament. This is the norm every year though. Dirty Mike and Los Matadores have both been involved in upsets the past couple of seasons. Two years ago, Dirty Mike resembled Buster Douglas when they shocked Los Luchadores – defending champs – at GOTW. And like Buster Douglas, they faded just as fast.
And last year:
During Rivalry Week (week 11) Sacred Sword beat Slowride, Chalmersiz beat Goats, Love Garden beat Das Boot, Corksuckers beat Free State, Brew Ballers beat the Rockets, Toe Pokes beat West Coast, Gang Green beat Asteroid Head, Screamers beat Shaolin, Ghosts beat Balls Deep, and Los Mats beat Hurtz.
These were all lower seeded teams winning against higher seeded foes. All good games, not upsets though. Some of the lower seeds were possibly even favored before the games were played.
What about unexpected outcomes between teams in pool play? Is Das Boot over Pita Pit an upset? Hurtz over Wildman?
Although the outcomes may have been a surprise, I don’t think games between teams in the same pool can be considered upsets. And some kickball pundits probably did predict DB or Hurtz would win, though I’m not sure whom.
Looking at lower seeds beating higher seeds in division play – Brew Ballers beat Liberty Hall in 7-4 in week 3, Liberty Hall beat Los Mat 14-9 in week 4, Dirty Mike beat Slowride 11-10 in week 5, Red Lyon beat the Goats 8-6 in week 6. Also, there was the vacated win by Los Mat over Das Boot in week 1.
The only true upsets (lower seeds winning and the outcome surprised me) were Liberty over Los Mats and to a lesser degree Dirty Mike over Slowride.
Will there be more than two upsets in the regular season this year? Will they involve Dirty Mike and Los Mats? Will I stop asking rhetorical questions? (No. No. Yes!)
There are at least two teams in each division that could pull off at least one: Corksuckers and Rockets in Nation, Brew Ballers and Dirty Mike in Brown, Liberty Hall and Ghosts in Burroughs, Channel 6 and Bullet Proof Tigers in Hughes.
2) Scoring first is important.
I put the line scores below to show why. Nineteen teams scored in the first inning, which is crazy. I will be keeping an eye on this trend. I expect this percentage to drop a bit during pool play.
Teams that scored in the first inning were 14-5.
Sixteen of those teams scored multiple runs in the first inning. Teams that scored multiple runs in the first inning were 14-2.
Teams that scored first in the game were 12-4.
3) Game of the Weeks are going to be a little more exciting this year. The first one was a good one (full disclosure, I wasn’t there) with Reign of Terror making a comeback after the Toe Pokes strong start. The rest of the GOTWs look evenly matched as well, and to me that is the most important thing because blowouts are boring.
|Bullet Proof Tigers||2||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||9|
|West Coast Saloon||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||1||3|
|Reign of Terror||2||1||0||0||4||0||0||0||7|
The games for this week are going to be difficult to predict. The first week is a good indicator of how teams will perform for the rest of the season, but a few of those games were closer than I expected. So I don’t know if I over or under shooting the mark on some of these – I’m looking at you, Langston Hughes.
|Happy Shirt||18||Asteroid Head||30|
|Reign of Terror||17||Harper Valley||25|
|Love Garden||12||Toe Pokes||30|
|Das Boot||9||Bullet Proof||15|
|Los Matadores||8||Brew Ballers||24|
After a rainy week, the clouds parted and the mood lifted for the start of the 2012 KVKL season!! What a great day to kick off the first week of play. Every kickballer seemed to be enjoying getting back into the swing of things. And win or lose, it seemed like we were all having fun.
Here are my “Week’s Best” for Week 1 of the season:
Best ensemble: Mick Cotton, for his patriotic look; complete with red, white, and blue garter
Best facial hair: we’ve got a tie here people, with Todd Foster from the Red Lyon and Rob Zernickow of the Love Garden Squids and their matching biker style mustache/goatee combo
Cutest dog: Penelope AKA “Peepee”, beagle dachshund mix; believe me, definitely heart melting
Shortest shorts: Jen from Love Garden; dang girl… looking good!
Best sportsmanship: the amazing guitar playing by Brendan Costello at game of the week and his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner; what an outstanding way to begin Game of the Week
Least sportsmanship: whoever the guy was that thought throwing a Frisbee across the crowd was a good idea; come on dude, really?
Justin Wesley, who will portray Wilt Chamberlin in an upcoming bio pic, “Jayhawkers,” threw out the first pitch. Sorry if you missed it guys, but it happened. We’ve got some pull! Hats off to whoever put that together. Wesley looked like he was having a good time, throwing balls with players in their pre-game warm-ups.
Aggressive base running from early on and fast play by both teams during Game of the Week led to an exciting match-up. There’s something about being under those lights that really brings out the best in every player. From well placed kicks on both sides to solid catches in the outfield, both teams had a fine showing. A nice soccer style swift kick to get the second out of the 9th inning was definitely the stand out play of the game. Way to go pitch! That play led to a nice soft toss for a last out and the end of the game. Reign of Terror (formerly Sacred Sword) pulled it out 7-5.
Despite the chilly weather, players and fans alike showed up in droves to watch the game. Jello shots flowed like water (thanks Hannah!) and I do believe I spied a pony keg in a Gatorade cooler. Why didn’t I think of that?! Spectator involvement is always a big part of GOTW. I mean, who doesn’t love sitting on cold concrete and yelling at Cougar at the top of their lungs?
Look out for more posts this week. And if you’ve got feedback, let me know. Any suggestions for “Week’s Best?”
I am planning on posting betting lines each week as part of the weekly previews, but I don’t want to end up like these guys. Just to be clear, I will say “fake” as many times as possible until I am confident I won’t be mistaken for a bookie.
Each week I will pull the fake betting lines from the fake AP newswire.
It will look like this:
|Favorite||Line||Underdog||O/U total runs|
|Love Garden||21||Harper Valley||28|
|Happy Shirt||12||Dirty Mike||22|
|Reign of Terror||8||Toe Pokes||18|
|Red Lyon||7||Brew Ballers||18|
|Slowride||6||Bullet Proof Tigers||12|
In addition to the fake favorite, fake underdog, and fake point spread, I will include the fake over/under total runs for each game.
I encourage people to make predictions in the comments and/or discuss what games they are looking forward to watching/playing.
Predict if teams will cover the fake spread, take the fake points, or just ignore the fake table all together and pick a fake winner and a fake loser. Will it be a high-scoring battle or low-scoring grind?
Oh, and here are the fake over/unders for wins, runs scored, and runs allowed for the season:
|Wins||Runs Scored||Runs Allowed|
|Wildman Attack Force||7.5||140.5||70.5|
|Reign of Terror||6.5||125.5||75.5|
|Bullet Proof Tigers||4.5||105.5||115.5|
|Free State Growlers||4.5||95.5||150.5|
|West Coast Saloon||4.5||95.5||115.5|
|Harper Valley PTA||2.5||70.5||230.5|
I won’t post this second fake table every fake week, but these are the fake numbers that fake teams fake hovered around last fake year.
Call your fake bookies, place your fake bets. For the sanctity of the game, please refrain from fake betting on your own team.
This is all in fun, but for all you hardcore gamblers out there, I do accept Bitcoin. (Just a joke.)
I hope I said “fake” enough.