Monthly Archives: July 2011

Booze and Ball 2


Back at it on Sunday, July 3. This years retrospective is of 2010. Most of the listeners/readers will recall most of what I’m recalling but here it is, none the less as another stream. Spent the day at the pool so I’m in perfect shape to review.

Now another thing to note is that the commish is here tonight, and was none too pleased with my non-AP style of writing in “booze and ball 1.”

We open with game one with Sip on the handicam. Not a bad effort by Sip – probably hung over and pissed about filming. Although I’m sure he is skipping ahead in time as there are large chunks missing from the game. Luckily not a “bannable” offense as neither Hixson is playing.

Tollbooth Willies hard luck begins early, but they are the closest thing to a uniformed team in the history of the event, sporting the sleeveless button-up Farm & Fleet shirts.

Park looks pretty good in the 9 a.m. light.

Rookie Derek Mayfield with his first SLW home run.

Dude with the webgem of game one with a layout out from the mound.

Game two features Seph Lietz on the cam with the same time-lapse video issues. Could there be a time – space continuum issue in left field?

Game two also features the north vs south/brother vs brother Hixson Battle Royale.

Untimely errors mark the undoing of the younger Hixson’s “Yellow Bat Fury”.

The Nazi commissioner is killing me with updated edits as I review this game – Jesus.

It appears to be getting hot, especially for the commish as his team is taking on water fast…..

I’m still fat and it will prove costly later in the day.

Commish says the base umpires aren’t vocal enough – I say “who cares, it’s 11-0.”

Kudos to the camera men – this is boring and I’m playing.

Now the commish is filming and mad after his two runs of offense in game one. He and James E. have a nice chat about his fiancé drunk dialing, followed by Hixson Homstead projects and the farm report – fascinating TV.

Endsley is dispensing with the Crystal Seph Heads in workmanlike fashion in game three.

In the spirit of making everyone’s experience better, talk arises about playlists for the masses in 2011. Elder Hixson scoffs, citing the 2010 Maxim Mag’s iPod of the year.

I can’t wait to play with “skinny James Morton” in six days.

Also excited about opening up the third base line by moving the press box.

Forgot that Charlene thought Mayfield’s name was “Dennis”. Hilarious!

Just witnessed the lone HR from Jaime, which prompted him to remark that he will be miked up thus year by video savant, Jeff Cain. That should be great….

Hall of Famer Matt Warnes with two HR in the same game- never underestimate the streakiness.

Base umpires focus needs to include leaving the bag early in 2011 – Dave Cain?!

Dave Beethoven’s first appearance on the video …….and films! Thanks a lot, DB!

Stats will provide a great going forward bar. Everyone (who doesn’t have the video) cant remember shit. Which leads to inaccurate statements that include things like “there are only two great players.”

My idiot brother’s plans to end this “Christmas in July” should be met with extreme prejudice. The level of play is reached the best ever – based upon the hours of footage.

Lots of pageantry planned for this year. Keep an eye out!

Really looking forward to the return of “one-7” photography in 2011. We need to get the kid in the pictures this year.

Pandora for everyone will be the playlist on tournament day by order of the commissioner.

Thanks for reading through the second edition of booze and ball.

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SLW Front Office to Conduct Media Day July 8


Today the SLW front office announced another new component to be added this season.  With the league in final preparation for the 2011 event, Commissioner Hixson unveiled plans for media day of sorts to be conducted on Friday night during the Home Run Derby.

Chief Communications Officer Jeff Cain.

“Chief Communications Officer Jeff Cain and I were discussing plans for the tournament Thursday morning,” Hixson explained.  “We were going back and forth on some ideas for additional film opportunities at the event and together decided that it would be awesome to have five minute interviews with each wiffler and weekend hosts.  It is going to be about a 90 minute block of time to get everyone.”

The Voice of SLW, Jason “Dude” Morgan, was pegged to host the interview segments that will include some pre-determined questions as well as inquiries that the legendary emcee will come up with on the fly.

“We remain at the cutting edge of innovation,” Morgan said.  “Considering SLW weekend is the Super Bowl of all wiffleball tournaments, it only makes sense that, in conjunction with Jeff Cain Productions, we have our own Media Day.  This will allow the fans at home to get an inside glimpse at some of their favorite players and what they are like both on & off the field.  For example, I did not know Greg Presson is a professional ‘manscaper’.  Little tidbits like that I’m sure the fans of SLW would be interested in.  These player are not only heroes and role models they have lives at home just like you and me.  Although you and me are SLW players too so that makes sense I guess.”

Media Day will generate web content as well as provide JCP with more video for the growing enterprise.  “We have wanted to get video of every participant for a number of years and this seemed like it just made sense to do,” Cain stated.  “I am thrilled to be apart of this effort to fight off the ‘regressionist movement” within SLW by partnering with the front office and the voice of SLW to bring about the advent of Media Day at Lakefront Stadium.”

Although a dress code is in effect on tournament day, there has not been any guidelines outlined for required wardrobe during the interviews.  All wifflers are strongly encouraged to participate in the one-on-ones that will likely take place on the new outfield platform/press box area overlooking the ballpark.

Thanks to an upgrade in technology, there will be plenty of website content coming live from Shangri La’ from Wednesday through Saturday night.  Make sure an inform your parents and significant others that they can follow all the action on slwiffleball.wordpress.com all weekend.  The league office cautions you to be prepared for a “nobody cares” response when conveying this information to the aforementioned parties.

Following the event, the wrap up SLW Podcast Series will likely air from the new press box location as well.

Voice of SLW Jason Morgan

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Booze and Ball


Much like any big event build up in the modern world, there is always a stream blog highlighting the views and opinions of the viewer.

in 2011, Im spending time on games from years ago. Here is my historical two cents as I pour over old footage ramping up 1 week out of this years installment over a knob creek or two.

Tonights pick to recap is from 2003.

In 2003, we were all fat. Except Warnes, my brother, John Einhorn and the mayor.

My team consisted of Chris Meneley and Jen Pope. This is clearly before the “modern era” and no wonder I wasn’t winning in the old days- no offense to those mentioned.

In addition, it was the one pitcher and one fielder. This format sucks and accentuates the “company picknick” approach to the event.

Women are present, but not near as many as previous years.

The games are a focal point but not important to the crowd. Lots of heckling the games.

Field is in good shape, but not yet a stadium. First year of the “press box?”

John Lockhart playing. Athlete. I think he won HRD.

Of all the uniform talk, this is a shirtless and sleeveless haven year – see “company picknick ” reference. Guilty of Gun Show outerwear myself.

Still camera is boring in this format and not very crisp. Like looking through a dirty fishbowl.

Was this the end of the two day format? Has a pick up feel. Hasler must love 2003. Teams change from day 1-day 2.

Chris Meneley has nasty stuff in 03. Bad news is his mobility on the mound resembles David Wells.

8 mile must be recent as well as it is well represented on the soundtrack.

Chris Meneley walk off. His proudest moment in the history of SLW!

Tons of “down time” in 2003.

Jed Pope has a “Fernando Valenzuela” delivery in 2003. Hiding the ball makes him more effective……

Ryan Winne’s only appearance on the diamond? Makes sense, as he replaces Jen from previous day.

End of the film. All those thinking this era was “better” is a dope. I think “revisionist history” plays a big role in the nostalgia of the old days.

More to follow in the days to come!!!

One week from right now, those trying to win will figure a way to go to sleep.

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