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June 21st, 2000

The Joys of Kickball

I’d have to say that one of my favorite games to play in gym class was kickball. I don’t know if there’s a kid on the planet that didn’t play this at one time or another, but it could either make or break your reputation.

There were three types of kickball players:

  • The type that could kick the hell out of the ball. This was where most people wanted to be classified, but you had to be careful not to be…
  • The type that tried to kick the hell out of the ball but would miss (and occasionally fall). This was clearly the worst category.
  • The type that would purposely kick it lightly in an attempt to get a single, but no more. Not much glory for this kind of player, but also not much risk of looking like a loser.
I’m also of the mindset that every company should have a monthly kickball game as a stress reliever. There’s just something so satisfying about that hollow echo when you kicked those red gym balls. Plus, imagine the thrill when the IT group got to battle sales group, or when the corporate squad faced off against the guys and gals in accounting.

But this raises the question — just where did gym teachers actually get those kickballs from? -ram

Posted in Childhood Memories

FROM: Rob
DATE: Wednesday June 21, 2000 -- 10:56:34AM
Kickballs are born, fully grown, from a gym teacher's rectal cavity. Kinda like Athena, only... not. :)



FROM: Dave
DATE: Wednesday June 21, 2000 -- 4:14:40PM
We need a monthly kickball game at my job...only it should be the Marines against everyone else. Should be even, I think... :)



FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday June 21, 2000 -- 9:48:54PM
I used to go between the first and second type. Once, in the 10th grade, we were playing in the wrestling room. I actually managed to whiff, which only counted as one strike. Everyone laughed at me, which provided me enough high school rage to BOUNCE THAT FUCKER OFF THE BACK WALL!!!!! SO WHO WAS LAUGHING THEN, HUH?!!!!!!



FROM: Matt
DATE: Wednesday June 21, 2000 -- 10:58:53PM
Not this school year, but last year towards the end of the college year a group of us had grown tired of 4-square and decided to play a kickass game of kickball at school



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday June 22, 2000 -- 8:22:01AM
Robert -- good story. :) My all-time kickball highlight was also in high school. I wasn't really the jock type, though I was pretty fast and had some minor athletic skills, so kickball was a pretty good, mindless way for me to even out with the jocks. There was one time I kicked a home run (grand slam? I'm not sure...) and the ball actually travelled through the openings in the beams in the ceiling without hitting the actual beams. Pretty surreal.



FROM: Old Fezziwig
DATE: Thursday June 22, 2000 -- 2:32:12PM
I LOVED kickball. Although I had some shining moments on offense, my real strength was on defense. I loved the fact that you could throw the ball at someone and get them out. I was the king at doing this, although I had to sit out a few innings on occasion for throwing at people's heads. Totally accidental, I swear.
-Old Fezz
www.oldfezziwig.com



FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday June 22, 2000 -- 3:49:21PM
Ah, you know, I was going to post on this earlier but wanted to be sure of the sport in question. We played this in grammar school all the time, except it was called Bohemian Baseball.

Our basement had support pillars everywhere, so you had to watch for those. I usually kicked balls into right field. If you had a really good kicker, they'd hit it just left of center - all the way to the counter/bar in the front of the basement. :) Those were a pain to field!



FROM: Matt
DATE: Sunday June 25, 2000 -- 3:47:58PM
I played kickball on friday night for an hour and a half. I love that when I would step up to kick everyone on the opposing team would tell their teammates to "move back"



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday February 20, 2001 -- 9:35:38AM
Holy crap: The World Adult Kickball Association.



FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday February 20, 2001 -- 9:49:16AM
I was disappointed that "Adult" didn't mean what I thought it did, but this is still cool.



FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday February 20, 2001 -- 1:13:51PM
Somebody--Please listen to the "Kickball Song" and tell me that it's not as awful as the lyrics suggest.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday February 20, 2001 -- 1:44:32PM
It sounds like it would have been a good sequel to "Pac-Man Fever" or prominantly featured in an 80's high school movie.

Apparently the guy that wrote it had a bit part or something in Hannibal...



FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday February 20, 2001 -- 2:25:55PM
"Pac-Man Fever" and "The Curly Shuffle" are rock classics.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday February 20, 2001 -- 4:34:20PM
I have the former on LP... the entire album is based around video games. The one for Frogger is the absolute best.



FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday May 22, 2001 -- 12:02:18PM
www.eteamz.com/darkvictorykickballclub

Anyone ever play with a yellow ball instead of red? If so, who made it/where could I get some???



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday May 22, 2001 -- 1:28:38PM
A yellow kickball... it's hard to even imagine such a thing!



FROM: Rob
DATE: Friday June 22, 2001 -- 9:54:27AM
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/style/weekend/A28767-2001Jun21.html



FROM: Ella
DATE: Thursday February 12, 2004 -- 3:24:28 pm
Kickball is cool....
but the younger kids like elementry don't like cussing.



FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday February 12, 2004 -- 5:16:03 pm
Hmmmm, I never saw this topic before.

At my elementary school, the strongest kickers would often sail the ball (red) right across the playground and into a window-well that you could only access through the basement. Thus was born the phrase: He kicked a weller. Ask anyone who attended my school and they'll know exactly what you mean.




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