WAKA Live – Playoffs Round 1

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Hell of a week.

Congrats to the teams that made it to the semi-finals! Everyone else, come out on Thursday, cheer on your favorites, boo and hiss the teams you can’t stand, and most importantly buy some jello shots for a great cause! No, not Austin’s kids, but one of our own: as you may have heard, Sarah from El Chupacabra was badly hurt last week (see charity..)

Bring some cash, enjoy a good time and watch to see who gets dubbed Champions–of kickball and flipcup!

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WOW! What a great first week of playoffs. I am really impressed with everyone’s effort in providing some of the best games I have seen all season. With a few upsets and the longest game EVER in kickball history, I could not of been more entertained. This week the games will be over and we will have a champion. I know the games determine your season, but PLEASE remember this is kickball and its all in fun. PLEASE don’t exhaust the refs with questioning every call made. If a bad call is made, one will probably be made equally in your favor. Also, remember your CAPTAIN is the only one allowed to discuss this with the ref. One last also: please don’t make the calls for the refs. It throws players off and makes the refs jobs harder (cause you yell at us afterwards). During the playoffs, please make sure to follow the jersey rules and player rules.

Ok, enough of that. Since the season is coming to an end, I would once again like to thank everyone for making this a great season. I truly hope you have enjoyed your experience with us and return in future seasons. Registration will open Friday. Also remember that next season we will have two divisions: Live and Capital. The divisions could be described like this: Capital = Drunk, Live = Drunker. If you have any questions, send me an email: rjlogue@gmail.com. Thanks guys and remember if you want to see pictures from this season check out our facebook group, 100’s are posted there.

Also, see below about raising money Thursday for Sarah who broke her leg last week.. and bring your dollars.

Yall take care and see you Thursday

PS: Beer will be at the fields this week. Take that as you like.

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PAY ATTENTION TO THIS!!! If you were eliminated in last week’s games, do not despair. We will have kegs at the fields for everyone and your team will still be able to participate in the flip cup tournament. I am not going to do the brackets until Thursday night when we see which teams show up. The last thing I want is for people to have to wait around forever while I restructure because someone (Freebasers) didn’t show. SO, someone from each team, please find me on Thursday and let me know if your team is going to play. Once I have that, I will figure out seeds and we will kick things off at Jovitas around 9:30pm.

I also take this opportunity to let you know that my lovely assistant Jen Hayes will be taking over this position for the summer while I take a little break and abuse my body for marathon training. It’s been awesome getting to know many of you and I look forward to seeing you all in the fall.  Peace!

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~ Danielle

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Charity:

This week we are raising money for one of our own. I am sure that Lacy is covering this in depth in her write up, but Sarah’s on-going surgeries are going to cost a pretty penny and the breaking of a leg is likely not something that she planned for. We are making boat loads of shots this week to sell for ‘The Sarah Fund’. Please come thirsty and ready to party. One of the best parts of WAKA is the amazing community of ballers that we have and our willingness to help each other out. Love and thanks in advance.

~ Danielle

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WAKA Live Playoff Brackett

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Let’s start things off with…

Team Baby Jesus

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I’ve got a confession to make.  WAKA just isn’t enough for me.  Y’all are all great, don’t get me wrong.  But I want to share the glory and majesty that we have with other people.  And what better way than to enter a tournament and kick the crap out of other people with their rules?  Five times I’ve played in tournaments and five times I’ve come away with 3rd place.  Literally, every finish, 3rd.  Not this time though.  On Saturday in Kyle, Baby Jesus dropped our first game 3-2 due to some bad luck and a ball landing on the chalk fair.  After that we went 5-0, outscoring the other teams 29-3.  We didn’t give up a run our final 22 innings, spanning the entire playoff tournament.  And I have to give it up to the 13 valiant warriors who helped me make it possible.

Jay pitching his ass and his arm off and driving in the ultimate winning run.  Joey covering 1st base/2nd base/right field and never again playing 3rd.  Justin setting the tone on offense and making every catch.  Clay resetting the tone on offense and making every catch, that last run was awesome.  Jonah providing the lefty pop.  Ryan, catching and throwing machine, I don’t think you missed a single throw.  Next time you’re up with the bases loaded and one out and great speed on the bases, get the damn ball out of the infield!  Josh making plays all over and helping me exploit the rules at the bottom of the lineup.

For the ladies, Anne, you were amazing.  On base all the time, didn’t miss a single ball.  Allie was on base all the time too, and set the fashion trend.  Lauren made great catches, cheerled AND harassed the crap out of Jay (get ahead of the hitters!)  We’ll forget about the (multiple) strikeouts.  Erin was all over the bases and kept everyone’s spirits up.  Bonus points for Erin and Lauren both wiping out at 1st base and rubbing some dirt on it and getting back in the game.  Whitney had some great self defense plays and some wicked kicks to boot.  And last but not least Danielle.  Got robbed all day with some awesome kicks that happened to get caught, scored the one and only run in the Championship game that won it all.

I couldn’t have done it without y’all, obviously.  Thanks for giving this old man something to smile about and letting me scratch something off of my bucket list, and I absolutely look forward to doing it again.

I like the Baby Jesus the best!

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Relax & Let It Happen

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Our two week journey to be crowned champions for the third straight season got off to a bit of a rocky start.  Jay, obviously working to confuse the opposing teams’ advanced scouting departments, threw out a lineup we had never used before.  Some might call it brilliant tactical craft, but I would suggest it had to do with a volatile mixture of Kamchatka and purple G2.  It was essentially reverse batting order and yours truly spitting fire from the mound.  Ty and I proved why we so often man the bottom of the order by quickly going down in order before Loso sparked a five run two out rally nearly scorching the Earth as she sprinted for the first time in her career.  We rode that first inning to a 7-1 victory.  We had wondered all season where WAKA fixture Wendell was and thankfully we got to play him.  Lord knows I have seen my fair share of FUPA’s but none were as friendly and sportsmanlike as this crew.

Did anyone go to flip cup?  Does anyone go to flip cup?  Even Danielle was complaining about it after playing as a guest (Isn’t winning fun?  I still owe you for jello shots) for our team.  We will for sure be fielding a team this week looking to defend our championship from last fall that was actually given by default for our regular season performance.  Get your popcorn ready.

Finally in other news, Renee Francese’s whereabouts remain unknown.  The only place the authorities have ruled out as a possible location is Gillis Park on any given Thursday.

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FreeBasers

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“Playoffs! You talkin’ about playoffs!”

This is what Freebasers all around the world dream of. A year’s worth of dedicated fiending all tied up like a belt around your vein in preparation for the ultimate satisfaction – a championship.
The ecstatic rush of a clean hit. The clouds of smoke as you round the bases. The immaculate high of scoring a run.
Yessir, it’s that time of year, or season, or whatever. When every game counts – it’s playoff time.

Our round 1 opponents were the lovely ladies (and lads) in pink – Sex in the City. We started the game slow, and Sexin jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Feeling the heat of the flame a little bit, the Freebasers buckled down and got focused. We piled people on base a couple innings in a row, and after Marc completely choked on a heavy hit of bases loaded, Alex came through a couple innings later with a grand slam (or an “all around” as Katie likes to call it). Alex’s clutch kick with two strikes was the hit that put us over the top. The Freebasers were kicking on cloud nine for the rest of the game, as a six run deficit proved to be too much for a Sex in the City comeback.

Great kicking from all the ladies. Solid pitching by Mr. Testa. And fantastic field play all around (with the exception of Katie’s “spatial awareness” meltdown on one play). Another awesome outing.

One week left. One trophy to claim. Freebasers are on a mission from God. Now who got the lighta’!

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Dear Sweat N Balls,

WTF?!?!

Love,
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Now that takes care of that. I never want to see that yellow team ever again. That was not a #14 seed we played. No matter what that record says.

Kids In Rehab…. We love you guys. We really do. You guys are our best friends in this league but don’t let the last week’s game fool you. We have your number, and you know it.  We are not the Chupas. AND we play by your rules. Oh! Scary, scary…. De-Facto Live Championship right here…

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But seriously best of luck to all the teams remaining, and we’ll see you at fields. And a couple of us will see you at the bar…

*Speedy Recovery to Sarah from Chupas.*

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WAKA Shame

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DUNNNNNNDERRRRR!!!

My lord she is loud…but damnit, they were fun to play. I would like to thank the cats for playing a fun game. I tried to get my team to not bunt, but you know, cant teach an old dog new tricks.

To my team:  So I am writing this Tuesday at 6:30pm because my write ups are never on time.. And was thinking that all of you should be stretching right now and getting ready to go to the gym to do your “kickball” exercises. Oh, wait, only I would do that. But nonetheless, I look forward to beating up on Sara and her Sugarlumps and getting some revenge…after that its Relax. And shit, don’t worry, Uncle Rock is going to keep them to their lowest score of the year and hopefully pull us in a W. After that, probably Freebasers…but first lets just beat Relax…I want Joey to cry.

Rock

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Kids in Rehab

Kids have a bittersweet victory to advance to the semi-finals

This week’s write up is dedicated to Sarah.  We hope you have a speedy recovery.  You are one trooper!!!!

Get well soon!!!!

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You Look Like I Need A Drink

Thanks for the great game, Cereal Killers.  We had a blast.

The girls really pulled it out for us and, in case you were wondering, I just laughed when I wrote that.   We owe most of our runs to them. Well done ladies.

Our defense was great and hustled big time.  Mason was all over, Grant made catches using his ass, and Ashlee’s pitching was awesome as usual.

Followed it up with a complete win, taking home the W in flip cup.  Again, I like winning.  We should do that more.

Looking forward to this week and RELAX.  They handed us a big 5-0 loss in our first game, but we feel like we’re just about to reach our prime.  I can’t promise you a victory quite yet, but I can assure you it will be one for the ages.  Everyone who’s looking for someone to cheer on in this round of playoffs, I’ll give you a beer if you come and support the YLLINAD crew.  Then a hug, probably…

Good kickin’ balls with all of you.

-Adieu

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Cereal Killers

Tale of two seasons, no?  We were 3-1-1 heading into the turn.  Then we got Red Rocketed, Balled Deep, tied up Toward the Wall and last week, well, we did need a Drink.  Several, in fact.  Credit where it’s due, you guys beat us like a rented mule.

But since Cereal Killers was infinitely more successful than Tourettes (anything is better than 0 wins after all) I’m writing this with a smile on my face.  Gotta give the kudos to everyone.

Pugs and Josh, welcome back, we missed you.  Missed you even more when you were gone, and as always, you make us the most freakishly tattooed team in the league.  Jen, Jenn and Jen:  Indefatigable on the field and at the Flip Cup table.  Brought enthusiasm, Fruit Loops and Leo to the team.  Rick was back after a season off, and even though we only played two games together, it was awesome.  Danielle, we’ll miss you as you leave to train for your marathon.  I’d offer to help, but running the bases is about all I’m good for.  Speaking of leaving, thanks to Whitney for bringing Amy in and y’all better not leave me for the hot Asian girl next season (narrows eyes.)  Vivek will also be missed as he heads back to Michigan, I’ll have to find someone else to catch everything on the left side of the field.  Zach’s been with me the longest, all the way back to Schieze days.  Lisa nearly as long, she’s gone from Bohica to Tourettes to a Cereal Killer.  Neil and Daniel joined us late and made a huge difference.

It was a blast y’all, and Baby Jesus has big (figurative) shoes to fill this summer.  The name is already a champion outside of WAKA, now it’s time to bring it home.

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el-chupacabra

Where to start… We didn’t know it at the time, but Thursday’s game was our last of the season. And a shocker at that.

After a nasty collision in the outfield between Sarah and myself, we had to call the game off. Me: perfectly fine.. maybe a bruise and a joggled, confused brain. Sarah: clean broken fibia and tibula.

"YOUR MOM made it in the gmot.."

"YOUR MOM made it in the gmot.."

In-freaking-sane. I don’t want to go into all of it as i hope Sarah can come out on Thursday and speak for herself, but I do want to thank everyone in this league for their concern. (I’ve gotten MANY messages from kickballers saying the nicest things about you, Steinbacher!) But by the time you all read this she will have gone through one external surgery and (on Wednesday) one internal surgery. Although insured, she’s going to have a lot of uncovered surgical fees. WAKA Live has been nice enough to allow proceeds from jello shots this Thursday to go towards a “Sarah Fund.” So if you feel like giving, come on out and through back some tasty jello for a dedicated kickballer. Tell your work you’re hungover Friday morning because you had to support one good cause 🙂

My Team: it’s been a seriously great season. Starting from the beginning we had our first team chant of “Chupa! Chupa!” with Raul pointing out, “Uh you know you’re yelling ‘suck?'” But we learned, got better and even chupa’d the fupa. Being a random team we really pulled together, made some great friends and looked forward to every Thursday. That’s what this all should be about. And seeing Chupacabra come together during a serious injury was amazing. And touching. Damnit I cried. I blame you all. And the seemingly full moon. Either way, all that matters during the playoffs is that we won flipcup in the end, and in the name of Sarah. Let’s continue our “one and done” routine! I hope to see everyone come back out for the summer season. I swear I wont hurt you. (Unless you bail on Chupa..)

xoxo to all my Chups, see yall Thursday,

–Lacy

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Schedule is as follows:

Good luck to all!!

6:30 Tree

Freebasers (2) v. Balls Toward the Wall (10)


6:30 Power

Walk of Shame (3) v. Kids in Rehab (6)

7:15 Tree

Relax and Let it Happen (1) v. You Look Like I Need a Drink (9)


7:15 Power

WAKA Shame (5) v. Sugarlumps (13)

8:00 Tree Semifinal

8:00 Power Semifinal

8:45 Tree Finals

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