This Was The Week That Was - Week 5

Special Announcement: This week is Breast Cancer Awareness week at Greenville Kickball. The Balls and Dolls will be collecting money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. We encourage all the teams to wear pink (extra pink for the Tacos) and to donate at your option. I have also been instructed to pass along the following information: several guys would like to mention that they will pay $5 per flash in a “show ‘em to save ‘em” campaign. While I cannot condone this… The money does go to a good cause. Kirk is known to have a few $5’s with him “just in case”. A whole article on breast cancer is at the bottom.

This Week:
7:00 Field 1: Swift Kick In The Grass vs I’d Hit That! Ref: Motorboaters
Kirk Herbstreit: This week I have been on my best behavior and was told that I didn’t need to come down and do Greenville kickball. But since I am a big fan of saving the tatas I’ll be there! Swift Kick in the Grass is still going after that elusive first win. Of course they have been very well represented at the flip cup tables both at the bar, and on the field. They have their best chance for a win this week in their first game since they’ll be playing the Pink Tacos in their second game in the double header. I’d Hit That came down on the loss side of the win/loss column last week following a heartbreaking 8-6 loss to Offensive Language and a 8-0 loss to the Motorboaters. This one should be close as both side have shown flashes of good play. I’ll pick this as my upset special this week – Swift Kick in the Grass holds on to win their first game.

7:00 Field 2: Pink Tacos vs Offensive Language Ref: Balls and Dolls
Kirk: In a battle between the league’s two powerhouses, Offensive Language takes their two game lead against the newly revitalized Pink Taco team. While the Pink Tacos technically trail by two games in the standings, they have the chance to take sole possession of the league lead this week should they beat both Offensive Language and SKITG in their double header. Both Offensive Language and the Pink would own 6 points, but The Pink will hold the head to head match-up giving them the edge. Since I am calling the game, I can’t make a pick, but my keys to the game for the Pink Tacos will be to bunt, bunt, bunt and stay aggressive on the base paths. For Offensive Language, they’ll need to not make any errors on the base paths and have some perfect defense, especially at the catcher position.

8:00 Field 1: Motorboaters vs. Balls and Dolls Ref: I’d Hit That
Kirk: In what used to be a heated rivalry, these two teams seem to have found fellow journey(wo)men. Motorboaters have been having a difficult season so far, but are on a roll the past two weeks. Balls and Dolls started out strong, giving the Pink Tacos their only defeat at the beginning of the season, but now are in a two game skid. These two teams are headed in opposite directions, but may end up in the same place: the bottom four teams in the playoffs. While I once again can’t make a pick since I’m calling the game, The Motorboaters will be carried primarily by their ace pitcher. They’ll still need to play some solid defense, and if they can they should win this game. Meanwhile, The Balls and Dolls will need to continue the run production and play some very good defense in the outfield as the Motorboaters are known for the long ball. This could be the most interesting match of the week.

8:00 Field 2: Pink Tacos vs Swift Kick in the Grass Ref: Offensive Language
Kirk: In the double header game of the week the Pink Tacos could be looking to secure first place in the league assuming they won their first matchup. SKITG could be coming off their first win of the season which would put them firmly in second place over I’d Hit That. You know what they say: “Step one, win a game. Step two, winning streak!” Unfortunately for SKITG, the Pink have a lot to play for and should win this one easily. My suggestion to SKITG: focus on the drinking (Editor: of delicious unknown substances).

Playing on the Dirt: Before the break we all played on the dirt. A bunch of people have been asking if we can play on the dirt for the remainder of the season. Since this affects gameplay I figured I would leave it up to you guys. So, there is a survey monkey survey here for you to vote. I'll tally the responses after 10:00 on Thursday and let you know.

Travel Team: There have been some mentions of Greenville forming a travel team to visit nearby tournaments. There are many tournaments during the year, many within driving distance. If you have an interest in creating/joining a kickball travel team, please let me know.

Rockstar of the Week: Swift Kick In The Grass. You guys are awesome at the field and awesome at the bar. Well on your way to the greatest prize in all of kickball!

Superstar of the Week: There were multiple suggestions this week so I had to go with the best story. Matt Dufala on I’d Hit That! made numerous amazing catches (Kirk: Great snatch!) and several key kicks. He was described as “instrumental” in the close loss of the game. Matt, see me Friday for your pitcher o’beer.

Halloween: This week is Breast Cancer Awareness, next week, Halloween!! There will be a best team theme costume contest as well as best individual costume contest. The prize? Delicious alcohol! yummy!!

Bar: I have requested that Sharkeys keep their kitchen open later on Fridays since several people were not able to get appetizers last week. No response yet from Sharkeys, but I’ll keep you posted.

Wrap up (brought to you by Chris Foster)
Field 1 Game 1: Motorboaters vs. I’d Hit That
Both teams were raring to go after the off week. The Motorboaters are rapidly rounding into the form many predicted at the beginning of the season; while I’d Hit That continues to improve with each week. The Motorboaters were able to strike for 5 runs in the bottom of the first and I’d Hit That was never really able to get into the game despite their ritual bribing of the ref (Mango and Coconut flavored this week). The Motorboaters pitching dazzled and I’d Hit That never really threatened to score. The Motorboaters offense consisted of fouling balls out of play down the hill until they bored the fielders to death and then struck with a fair ball. The Motorboaters raced to an easy victory of 9-0. The Motorboaters are looking to become a threat down the stretch while I’d Hit That looked like they picked up a bit of rust in the offweek.

Field 1 Game 2: Pink Tacos vs. Balls and Dolls
The Pink Tacos were fresh off their trip to Vegas and the Balls and Dolls looked forward to welcoming back their pitcher who had missed the last 2 weeks from an Oktoberfest celebration that appeared to last as long as the Oktoberfest in Germany. The Pink Tacos were looking for revenge for the Week 1 upset by the Balls and Dolls. Any chance that this game would have a similar result was quickly wiped away as the Pink Tacos racked up 10 runs in the first inning. Following the disastrous first inning and a pretty bad second, the Balls and Dolls brought out the punt block formation for the remainder of the game. It was clear they should have been doing this the first couple of innings however as they were able to hold down the number of runs for every following inning. The Pink Tacos were unrelenting with their onslaught, bringing some Vegas style kickball to Greenville. While the Balls and Dolls were able to push a few runs across, the match was all but lost before the first out was marked on the scorecard. 19-5.

Field 2 Game 1: Offensive Language vs. Swift Kick In the Grass
This game featured the two perfect teams as the undefeated Language faced the winless Swift Kick. While Swift Kick may not be finding success on the kickball field they certainly have had it off the field as they continue to party much better than any other team. Offensive Language had some standout play from an outfielder (nominated for superstar of the week) who was able to keep the ball in the air by punching it up (while trying to catch it) twice before finally coming up with the ball for the out. (Kirk: Great snatch!!) Both teams left the field perfect as Offensive Language grabbed a 5-1 victory.

Field 2 Game 2: Offensive Language vs. I’d Hit That
While Offensive Language could be forgiven for overlooking an I’d Hit That team that entered the game 1-4 odds are they remembered that I’d Hit That were able to take them to extra innings in the last encounter between these teams. Both teams were warmed up as they entered the second game of their doubleheaders. Offensive Language jumped to a quick 5-2 lead and looked to continue their winning ways. However I’d Hit That had a different idea and placed a 3 spot on the board to tie the game late. In what was probably fate the two teams finished 6 innings tied and went to the 7th to determine a winner because tying is like kissing your sister(if you are a guy). Offensive Language grabbed a run in the top of the 7th and looked to close out I’d Hit That in the bottom of the frame. However I’d Hit That had a few more hits…er….kicks left in them and were able to rally with 2 out to tie the game. While I’d Hit That was willing to kiss their metaphorical sister after 7 Offensive Language wanted to keep their record flawless and pushed for an 8th inning. Rock Paper Scissors was used to decide if there would be an 8th. Offensive Language won and requested the 8th inning. I’d Hit That’s mojo had been all used up and they gave up 2 runs in the top of the 8th and didn’t have another comeback left in them in the bottom of the 8th. This left the final score 8-6 Offensive Language.

Breast Cancer Awareness
The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. Speak with your health professional to learn about monthly self breast examinations and a mammography screening.

According to the National Cancer Institute:
-Nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
-1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.
-Over 30% of women are diagnosed after breast cancer has spread beyond the localized stage.
-When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%.

Studies have shown the following to be factors that increase your risk for breast cancer:
Being over 60 years old;
having a family history of breast cancer;
changes in certain genes, such as BRCA1 or BRCA2;
Radiation therapy to the chest before age 30;
having a first child at an older age;
never having children;
going through menopause after age 55;
taking replacement hormone therapy for many years;
being overweight or obese after menopause;
a lack of physical activity;
drinking alcohol.

Having a risk factor does not mean that a woman will develop breast cancer. Early breast cancer usually doesn’t cause symptoms. But as the tumor grows, it can change the appearance of how the breast looks or feels. The common changes include:
-A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
-A change in the size or shape of the breast
-Dimpling or puckering in the skin of the breast
-Scaly, red, or swollen skin on the breast
-The skin may have ridges or pitting so that it looks like the skin of an orange.

You should see your health care provider about any of these symptoms or anything that is out of the ordinary for you. Doctors recommend that women have regular clinical breast exams and mammograms to find breast cancer early. Treatment is more likely to work well when breast cancer is detected early.