WEEK 12: END OF THE SEASON

Congratulations to all the teams who made it to the second round of tournament play this past Sunday!  And to those teams who didn’t play, hopefully you were able to come out and root for your friends, despite the energy draining heat.

Congratulations go to the Tellerdactyles for winning the Less Awesome bracket!!  They beat Murda on Wednesday and the Ghosts on Sunday to meet the Free State Growlers. The fielding by both teams was top notch, making it a fun game to watch.

Abraxas pulled out a victory over Happy Shirt to win the Awesome Bracket.  Congratulations on a hard fought win!  This game was a great example of how important smart, aggressive base running is.  Its hard not to root for both teams when you see such a great display of Spiderman inspired snags on defense and the savvy place kicking on offense.

Thanks to the KVKL Commission, the Commish Jacki Becker, and the KVKL community for another great kickball season.  Summer wouldn’t be complete without hot Sundays on the field, cold beers with friends, and the stinky after party at the end of the night.  I want to send out good vibes to those who are recovering from injuries incurred this season.  Heal quickly, friends.  Don’t forget to come out and support the league at the End of the Season bash coming up on September 13th at Abe & Jakes.  See how many people you don’t recognize when they’re not dirty and wearing jerseys.

Looking forward to seeing you all next year!

Liz out.

Coming to the end

It’s the final weekend to get your kickball fill (of the summer league anyway). Good luck to the teams that are still standing. Hope to see everyone out there Sunday whether you’re playing or just hanging out.

AWESOME BRACKET

No huge surprises on the Awesome side of the bracket with the top 7 teams reaching the quarter finals and the ninth-seeded Chalmersiz sneaking in there as well. The only new team making it to the quarter finals this year is Goats – taking the place of Afterparty!!.

(9) Chalmersiz @ (1) Happy Shirt

Favorite: Happy Shirt     Line: 2                     O/U: 10

This is the only non-rematch on the awesome side of the bracket. Happy Shirt has eliminated Chalmersiz from the tournament 2 out of the last 3 years. It went to extra innings the first time around, and last year Happy Shirt scored 3 runs in the ninth inning for the comeback win.

(5) Los Matadores @ (4) Love Garden

Favorite: Love Garden   Line: 3                     O/U: 11

Love Garden won 13-5 a few weeks ago. Los Matadores had the lead early in that game going up 4-0 before Love Garden’s offense woke up in the fourth inning. They scored in every inning they kicked after that.

(7) Goats @ (2) Wildman

Favorite: Wildman           Line: 4                     O/U: 10

Both teams played some good defense in the first go-round, but the Goats slipped in the third inning when they allowed 5 runs. That was the difference of the game (7-2). The Goats need to score more than 2 runs this week to have a chance to knock off the champ.

(6) Das Boot @ (3) Abraxas

Favorite: Abraxas             Line: 3                     O/U: 12

The Das Boot offense got a little kick-start in the first couple rounds. Their offensive output in pool play was 11 runs. In the first and second round they scored 18 runs against West Coast and 8 runs against Reign of Terror. Abraxas beat Das Boot two weeks ago 7-3.

LESS AWESOME BRACKET

The higher seeds in each game all have something in common. After starting the season with winning records, they stumbled into the tournament.

Screamers – First five games: 3-2; Last five: 1-4

Slowride – First five: 3-2; Last five: 1-4

MUrda – First five: 4-1; Last five: 1-4

Corksuckers – First five: 4-1; Last five: 0-5

(24) Free State @ (17) Screamers

Favorite: Free State        Line: 2                     O/U: 14

Free State is trying to repeat as the Less Awesome champions. They finished the season strong going undefeated in pool play and they have a good upset opportunity here.

(29) Asteroid Head @ (21) Slowride

Favorite: Slowride            Line: 3                     O/U: 16

They look about even going into the game. The last seven games of the regular season, Slowride went 1-6 to finish the regular season, AH went 2-5 (winning against Red Lyon way back in week 4). Even though Slowride is favored, this won’t be an easy game.

(23) Tellerdactyls @ (15) MUrda

Tellerdactyls 6, Murda 5

Tellerdactyls pulled off the upset Wednesday and will face the winner of Ghosts-Corksuckers. It may be advantageous not playing the 4 o’clock game to scout the other teams.

(22) Ghosts @ (14) Corksuckers

Favorite: Corksuckers    Line: 4                     O/U: 20

Corksuckers, also upset according to tournament seedings, has a good shot at the triple header this weekend. They did  lose their last five games of the regular season, but they kept the games close against good teams.

Tournament time!!

Welcome to the tournament, KVKL’ers!  Whether you won or lost this week, you have to admit that there is excitement in the air.  Thought I would change it up for the last couple of posts.  Not that there weren’t short shorts and cute dogs galore, but I wanted to hop up on my soap box for a quick second, so bear with me.

I have been a part of KVKL for 5 years.  For the most part its been good times, getting involved in our community and meeting some amazing people.  However, one thing that still sticks in my craw is the inability for some people to just quit their griping and play the game.  I understand there is competition involved and everyone wants to win, but that’s the thing– EVERYONE would like to pull out the W every game.  Some teams just care more than others, but no one shows up to a game thinking, ‘hey, wouldn’t it be great to just throw this game.’  

But can’t we keep that in mind?  Or how the refs are volunteers?  And no matter how bad their call was, they are still giving up their free time to stand on the field for someone else’s game.  The refs should in turn be making the best calls they can, regardless of personal bias and without letting their consumption interfere with their ability to see only one ball being kicked.  Since when is berating a player a satisfactory response for a call that didn’t go your way?  They didn’t make the call, duh!  No amount of yelling at the other is going to change the fact that the call was made.  A disputed call is not an invitation for a group conference meeting, so let the captains handle it.  Its not a democracy and you don’t get to cast your vote.

Can’t we all just take a little responsibility for our words and actions?  You know how to really apologize for being a douche, don’t act like a douche any more.  Plain and simple.  There is no “getting back” at someone.  Put on your grown up pants and act like an adult.  There is no cause to make a conscience effort to act a fool.  If we were in elementary school, there’d be a lot of people sitting on the wall for recess instead of getting to play.

I am in no way disputing the desire to win or degrading the competitive spirit.  I want to win every game I play too, but at the end of the day all I can worry about is how I play and how I can support my team.  Passion for this sport is what drives us to give up 12 Sundays each summer.  Its what keeps us around in 100 degree heat before and after our games to scope out other teams and support our friends.  It drives us to play our hardest, diving for balls and sliding on dirt.  We come back every year hoping that our best is better than someone else’s.  We are adults playing a school yard game.  With the gift of age comes wisdom.  That’s what separates us from the kids… our age. And the added benefits of performance enhancing beverages.

Let’s play ball!!

Tourney time – first weekend

This is my favorite kickball week of the year. The bracket reveal, two podcasts, bracketology, and two games guaranteed for every team to top it off. I can totally geek out and immerse myself in all things kickball while totally ignoring all my other priorities with the excuse that this may be my last week to play until next year.

First round games

There will be two games for everyone this weekend, but I only did lines for the first round since we won’t know second round matchups until the day of.

(32) Harper Valley @ (1) Happy Shirt

Favorite: Happy Shirt              Line: 12                   O/U: 24

Happy Shirt is the favorite going into the tournament again. They have been the favorite for the last five seasons (maybe more), won the first two, lost to Los Luchadores in the championship, lost to Star Bar in the semis, and lost to Wildman in the championship. They went from the early ’90s Dallas Cowboys to the early ’90s Buffalo Bills. It will be interesting to see how they finish this tournament.

(17) Screamers @ (16) Dirty Mike

Favorite: Dirty Mike                  Line: 3                     O/U: 20

Two teams going in opposite directions. DM has a 5-game winning streak, Screamers has a 4-game losing streak. This is a good matchup for DM, their offense will possibly be able to take advantage of the Screamers struggling defense.

(25) Brew Ballers @ (8) Hurtz

Favorite: Hurtz                           Line: 8                     O/U: 18

The Hurtz offense improved more than every other team this season (see table below). They were only team to score in double digits in all of their division games. Their kicking attack slowed a little in pool play before getting back on track against the Goats (even though they lost).

(24) Free State @ (9) Chalmersiz

Favorite: Chalmersiz                Line: 5                     O/U: 15

Free State’s record isn’t representative how good they are (or maybe it is). They have won 4 in a row, and when they lose, they rarely get blown out. They lost to Wildman by 10 runs and Afterparty!! by 8 runs, but mostly because they didn’t get their offense going in those games.

(29) Asteroid Head @ (4) Love Garden

Favorite: Love Garden             Line: 12                   O/U: 18

Love Garden had the last couple of weeks off, which worked out well for them, so they could recover from some injuries. Even if they are a little rusty, they should advance without issue.

(20) Liberty Hall @ (13) Toe Pokes

Favorite: Toe Pokes                   Line: 6                     O/U: 24

Liberty Hall hopped over Slowride in the seedings despite losing to them in week 9. Not much of a reward. They need to have a good game defensively because the Toe Pokes have shown that they will run up the score if they can.

(28) Balls Deep @ (5) Los Matadores

Favorite: Los Matadores        Line: 8                     O/U: 22

Balls Deep played well in their pool and got a couple of wins under their belt to finish the regular season, but they are overmatched against Los Matadores who have been strong all season long and now have a championship goal.

(21) Slowride @ (12) Afterparty!!

Favorite: Afterparty!!              Line: 5                     O/U: 16

Slowride slipped a little this year, but will try to make up for it here. Afterparty!! seems to be a little underrated. (The seedings seem right, but he talent gap between the 5-seed through the 12-seed is tiny.) They lost by 1 run to the Goats and Wildman, and their only real hiccup was against a good Cork Suckers team.

(31) $P@C3Pu$$y!! @ (2) Wildman

Favorite: Wildman                    Line: 13                  O/U: 19

Wildman now enters title defense mode. Last season they had some expected growing pains before turning it on in the playoffs. This season they have shown that their tournament run was not a fluke. A repeat is definitely possible.

(18) Rats @ (15) MUrda

Favorite: MUrda                        Line: 4                     O/U: 13

The Rats have had a good first year in the league. They beat well established teams in Slowride, Rockets, Free State, and West Coast. MUrda is slightly better than those teams, but if their name went on that list, I wouldn’t be shocked.

(26) Jazzhaus @ (7) Goats

Favorite: Goats                           Line: 8                     O/U: 13

This game could be closer than expected. Jazzhaus has a defense that can keep them in games, but they just don’t score a lot of runs. Goats were knocked out in the second round last year (by Party!!), and although they have bigger goals this year, their tournament path won’t do them any favors.

(23) Tellerdactyls @ (10) Red Lyon

Favorite: Red Lyon                    Line: 4                     O/U: 12

The Red Lyon kickers won’t have as much trouble getting runners around the bases this week, but Tellerdactyls should not be overlooked. Tellerdactyls played RoT – another team from the 3-pool – close at the beginning of the year when they lost 7-5.

(30) BP Tigers @ (3) Abraxas

Favorite: Abraxas                      Line: 12                  O/U: 21

Abraxas is trying to get back to the championship game after an early exit last year (earlier than expected). They are definitely one of the most balanced teams in the league with a stacked kicking order and shutdown defense.

(19) Rockets @ (14) Cork Suckers

Favorite: Rockets                       Line: 2                     O/U: 18

This is the only rematch in the first round. Rockets beat the Cork Suckers solidly the first time around. This is the only lower seed picked to win because we all saw how the first game went. We will see if the stakes change the outcome.

(27) West Coast @ (6) Das Boot

Favorit: Das Boot                       Line: 8                     O/U: 21

They fell in the seedings, but Das Boot is usually a great playoff team. They have made the final four the last couple of years and they won’t go down easily. West Coast did go undefeated in pool play, but DB is a little better than those other opponents.

(22) Ghosts @ (11) Reign of Terror

Favorite: RoT                               Line: 6                     O/U: 24

Ghosts will get their offense back on track, but it will only be enough to keep the game close for a while.

Over-unders for the season

At the beginning of the season, I posted over-unders for wins, runs scored, and runs allowed for the season. The wins were adjusted for a 10-game season, but the runs scored and runs allowed were not, they were based off the 11-game season last year. Since it was mostly meant as a way to see if teams improve or not, I thought it was probably better to show the actual runs scored and runs allowed from last year through 10 weeks (excluding rivalry week).

Runs Scored     Runs Allowed  
  O/U Wins   2012 2013 Difference   2012 2013 Difference
Abraxas 8.5 8 161 152 -9 59 49 -10
Pita Pit 8.5 10 142 160 18 34 47 13
Das Boot 7.5 6 114 99 -15 68 82 14
Wildman 7.5 9 129 110 -19 64 44 -20
Love Garden 8.5 8 171 143 -28 39 47 8
Hurtz 6.5 7 79 125 46 95 63 -32
Los Matadores 7.5 8 120 123 3 70 59 -11
Goats 7.5 7 154 111 -43 70 65 -5
Chalmersiz 7.5 8 101 134 33 37 51 14
Red Lyon 7.5 6 110 107 -3 56 81 25
Reign of Terror 6.5 6 109 100 -9 64 96 32
Cork Suckers 6.5 4 109 82 -27 125 104 -21
Afterparty!! 6.5 7 127 119 -8 71 69 -2
MUrda 6.5 5 121 103 -18 115 97 -18
Toe Pokes 5.5 7 90 118 28 89 64 -25
Screamers 7.5 4 97 65 -32 56 146 90
Dirty Mike 4.5 6 98 102 4 107 102 -5
Slowride 6.5 4 93 79 -14 64 112 48
Liberty Hall 6.5 4 93 64 -29 99 114 15
Rats 1.5 4 69 74 5 235 106 -129
Ghosts 4.5 4 100 94 -6 155 149 -6
Tellerdactyls 2.5 3 57 77 20 107 93 -14
Rockets 3.5 6 98 101 3 98 81 -17
Brewballers 5.5 2 91 70 -21 118 93 -25
BP Tigers 4.5 2 81 82 1 112 120 8
Free State 4.5 4 93 100 7 138 81 -57
Jazzhaus 1.5 3 71 53 -18 176 118 -58
Astrokitty 1.5 1 77 32 -45 192 188 -4
West Coast 4.5 3 88 70 -18 103 126 23
Balls Deep 3.5 2 62 78 16 112 118 6
Asteroid Head 4.5 2 75 71 -4 118 118 0
Harper Valley 2.5 0 66 46 -20 210 161 -49

Week 10 line scores

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Happy Shirt 4 6 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 15
Wildman 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 4
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
$P@C3Pu$$y! 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 7
Jazzhaus 0 6 0 0 0 0 3 3 12
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Abraxas 0 0 1 0 3 2 1 0 0 7
Das Boot 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Brew Ballers 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
Tellerdactyls 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Murda 5 3 0 0 2 1 4 4 0 19
Screamers 2 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Cork Suckers 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 11
Reign of Terror 2 1 1 2 3 1 0 3 13
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Afterparty!! 2 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 9
Toe Pokes 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Dirty Mike 2 2 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 10
Slowride 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Hurtz 1 1 0 4 0 0 1 3 1 11
Goats 0 4 2 5 0 1 0 2 14
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Harper Valley 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 5
Balls Deep 4 4 2 0 1 3 1 6 21
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Red Lyon 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Chalmersiz 0 1 0 2 4 1 2 0 10
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Rockets 5 0 7 2 2 0 6 0 0 22
Ghosts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total
Rats 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
Liberty Hall 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
BP Tigers 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
Free State 1 2 2 3 4 1 4 2 19
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
West Coast 0 4 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 11
Asteroid Head 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 5

Some notes about first innings

I just threw up the runs per inning for team last week without any discussion. But there were some interesting tidbits when looking at how teams teams performed based on the first inning or who scores first in a game.

The team that scores first home or away wins 105-55. (not necessarily the first inning)

The record for the league if a team scores in the first inning and their opponent does not is 68-12.

The record of the visiting team (team that kicks first) if they do not score in the first inning is 7-43.

The record of the home team if they do not score in the first inning is 22-40.

There were only 16 games (out of 160) scoreless after the first inning. (listed below by week)

Week 1

Balls Deep @ Screamers

Week 2

West Coast @ Rockets, Red Lyon @ $P@C3Pu$$y!

Week 3

Growlers @ Goats

Week 4

Chalmersiz @ Jazzhaus

Week 5

Screamers @ Chalmersiz, Jazzhaus @ Liberty Hall, Goats @ Wildman

Week 6

Screamers @ Jazzhaus

Week 7

Cork Suckers @ Goats

Week 8

Screamers @ Afterparty!!

Week 9

Das Boot @ Happy Shirt, Liberty Hall @ Slowride

Week 10

$! @ Jazzhaus, Abraxas @ Das Boot, Brew Ballers @ Tellerdactyls

Week 10: Liz’s Post

Welcome back kickball lovers!!  After a week off, players were eager to get back in the swing of things this week.  Pool play continues and with teams evenly matched, there were good games across the board.  Lots of excitement on all fields!  Pool play really brings out the desire to win in all teams, especially with the tournament coming up next week.
Here are my picks for this week:

Shortest Shorts: Kristin from Space Pussy; maybe it wasn’t shorts, per se, but when the blue skirt came off the Wonder Woman costume, I’m sure there were some hearts racing in the stands

Best Ensemble: again, Kristin from Space Pussy; Wonder Woman… duh!

Best facial Hair: Mick Cottin of the Late Fees, or should I say Grizzly Adams; runner up Adrian Proctor of Love Garden, a fine example of ginger beards

Cutest dog: gotta go with Hank again; I mean, did you see the cheerleader outfit he was wearing, along with a blonde wig, there is no question

Best Sportsmanship: ELNA for providing delicious grub and KVKL for supporting the cause

Least sportsmanship: any little kid that got a hold of a water gun; no, it is definitely NOT ok to launch an assault on your elders while they are trying to drink their beer in peace

GOTW started off with Kevin Young throwing out the first pitch.  No doubt, a sign of things to come.  What an outstanding game!  Both teams were hungry for a victory and there were no punches pulled.  Starting out in the lead, the Pussies runs were soon answered by Jazzhaus.  Back and forth, the game came down to base running. We all know how important it is, but in such a tight race, its about speed and tactic. Why not take advantage of a bad throw back to the pitcher?  Or how about pushing that single to a double on a missed catch at first?  If you want to score runs, you gotta take risks, especially in a pressure situation like this.  Eventually Jazzhaus pulled it out, winning 12-7.

Teams by inning

I don’t really have anything to add to the preview from last week, but I decided to break down runs by inning for the league and for each team. For teams, top number is runs scored and the bottom number is runs allowed.

KVKL Total Runs by Inning
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total
League Total 497 319 310 320 295 279 309 280 173 1 1 2784
Percent 17.85 11.46 11.14 11.49 10.6 10.02 11.1 10.06 6.21
Total Runs for Each Team by Inning
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total
Abraxas 19 19 15 12 15 17 20 15 13 145
6 7 3 2 6 9 6 4 3 46
Happy Shirt 24 16 8 16 28 23 9 17 4 145
3 7 11 7 3 2 2 6 2 43
Das Boot 13 29 9 20 6 6 5 4 4 96
12 5 12 9 5 11 5 14 2 75
Wildman 20 13 17 16 10 7 8 7 8 106
5 3 1 0 1 7 4 2 6 29
Love Garden 34 18 8 22 11 12 15 9 14 143
10 6 7 7 6 5 4 0 2 47
Hurtz 18 19 9 10 10 13 11 14 10 114
12 5 4 7 2 5 3 7 4 49
Los Matadores 20 17 13 21 16 11 16 9 0 123
8 7 5 3 5 11 11 5 4 59
Goats 9 12 7 5 18 13 12 12 8 1 97
1 1 7 6 7 5 11 8 8 54
Chalmersiz 19 15 22 15 4 7 20 11 11 124
7 7 1 3 6 7 7 4 7 49
Red Lyon 14 19 7 4 20 16 6 18 1 105
10 6 11 15 7 6 6 10 0 71
Reign of Terror 19 3 11 14 12 7 12 8 1 87
31 11 6 5 5 5 12 9 1 85
Corksuckers 10 4 15 11 2 8 7 3 11 71
19 5 12 6 20 6 10 11 2 91
AfterParty!! 16 14 16 3 12 11 19 16 3 110
12 3 5 10 7 10 8 7 3 65
Murda 16 3 22 7 8 5 6 10 7 84
17 6 8 5 21 12 8 10 1 88
Toe Pokes 32 11 13 8 13 7 15 15 0 114
12 9 5 8 5 5 6 4 1 55
Screamers 4 11 2 6 8 5 6 5 9 56
23 9 22 10 26 13 7 17 0 127
Dirty Mike 17 6 13 7 13 13 4 13 6 92
20 5 16 8 15 12 12 10 1 99
Slowride 16 9 2 5 10 8 11 8 7 76
20 19 8 16 1 11 17 6 4 102
Liberty Hall 6 4 14 6 4 1 7 8 8 1 59
8 6 13 13 19 8 15 20 8 110
Rats 17 3 4 9 10 8 11 3 5 70
17 21 15 7 11 5 9 8 8 101
Ghosts 19 10 10 5 10 10 13 13 4 94
17 16 17 20 7 11 16 11 12 127
Tellerdactyls 17 14 5 11 4 8 9 2 4 74
16 12 11 10 11 4 13 12 2 91
Rockets 10 7 11 21 5 5 11 8 1 79
12 5 10 15 13 8 8 7 3 81
Brew Ballers 17 5 5 12 7 3 6 10 3 68
21 6 13 7 17 12 3 10 1 90
Bullet Proof Tigers 13 17 9 6 2 11 7 11 3 79
17 23 7 15 4 7 13 3 12 101
Free State Growlers 19 4 9 9 11 11 13 3 2 81
13 8 5 8 13 2 13 4 11 1 78
Jazzhaus 4 4 5 6 4 4 8 3 6 44
21 26 8 5 9 11 15 9 7 111
$P@C3PuSSy! 6 0 7 3 1 6 0 1 1 25
26 30 17 23 16 19 14 23 11 179
West Coast Saloon 15 3 7 5 9 3 5 9 3 59
29 14 14 16 4 11 19 7 7 121
Balls Deep 12 2 2 13 7 4 6 6 5 57
20 8 10 12 5 12 13 11 21  1 113
Asteroid Head 16 6 9 7 2 11 6 4 5 66
19 11 13 17 9 18 7 9 4 107
Harper Valley PTA 6 2 4 5 3 5 5 5 6 41
33 12 13 25 9 9 12 12 15 140

And this is a list of how many a times  a team was shutout in the first inning and how many times a team held their opponent scoreless in the first. Being higher on the list is better.

Scoreless first innings Opponent scoreless first innings
Toe Pokes 1 Goats 8
Dirty Mike 1 Wildman 7
Ghosts 1 Happy Shirt 6
Happy Shirt 1 Love Garden 6
Love Garden 1 Abraxas 5
Murda 1 Chalmersiz 5
Reign of Terror 1 Los Matadores 5
Abraxas 2 Screamers 5
Asteroid Head 2 Afterparty!! 4
Chalmersiz 2 Jazzhaus 4
Los Matadores 2 Red Lyon 4
Rats 2 Toe Pokes 4
Red Lyon 2 Das Boot 3
Wildman 2 Free State 3
Afterparty!! 3 Hurtz 3
BP Tigers 3 Liberty Hall 3
Brew Ballers 3 Rockets 3
Hurtz 3 $P@C3Pu$$y! 2
Slowride 3 BP Tigers 2
Tellerdactyls 3 Corksuckers 2
Balls Deep 4 Rats 2
Corksuckers 4 Slowride 2
Das Boot 4 Tellerdactyls 2
Goats 4 Balls Deep 1
Harper Valley PTA 4 Brew Ballers 1
West Coast 4 Dirty Mike 1
$P@Cpu$$y! 5 Ghosts 1
Free State 5 Murda 1
Rockets 5 Reign of Terror 1
Jazzhaus 6 West Coast 1
Liberty Hall 6 Asteroid Head 0
Screamers 7 Harper Valley 0

 

Liz’s Week 10, sort of…

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.  Like when we don’t have kickball to play!!  

Since there were no games to report on this week, I thought I would take this opportunity to discuss an often overlooked, yet extremely important part of what makes kickball so fun, namely kickball crushes.  

We all have them, but what is it that makes your kickball crush so special?  Is it the way the blinding sunlight plays in their hair, distracting you from the game?  Or maybe the way their smoldering dark eyes burn a hole right into your soul as they catch your pop up in the outfield?  

Arguments could be made for a strictly appearance based approach- the crush is founded upon physical appearance.  Whether its a set of toned, well-defined arms, or perhaps its that perfect handle bar mustache that sets them apart, but whatever the reason, you are drawn, inexplicably to their game each week, even though its on the other side of town.  Beer after beer drained, watching them, waiting for the opportunity to talk to them to present itself.

Or maybe you are attracted to their sweet ball-related skills.  Kicking, catching, throwing, running, a healthy combination of these is enough to get even the most hardened veteran to take notice.  Who wouldn’t want to get a little closer to some hot young stud, or studette, who knocks your socks off on the field.  Perhaps those skills transfer to another area where socks come off?  Not sure who they are or what their name is, but you hope each week to get a chance to see them play, spending countless minutes creeping on their team’s schedule online.

So don’t feel alone, we all have at least one kickball crush.  Aren’t you already looking forward to getting your stalk on next week?  Some crushes change each season, some remain the same year after year.  Whatever the reason behind your kickball crush, doesn’t it make Sundays even more fun?

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