Super, Dude! Team Claims #4 with Walk-Off
Congratulations to the SuperDudes for winning the Fall 2013 Golden Lunchbox 3-2 over RBV in dramatic fashion on Saturday November 2nd and claiming their 4th Lunchbox. It wasn’t without drama. The SuperDudes vs RBV rivalry is well noted as with the 2013 Spring semi-Final game that went 16 innings and now inducted into the MUSA Hall of Fame. We got much of the same with the 2013 Fall final game.
Before we get to that, each team had a path to the championship and in that wake lay many teams. RBV matched up with #2 ranked Minnesota team, HLShhh… for it’s first game of the day and was up for the challenge beating them 6-4. The road didn’t get any easier for, as they now faced tournament favorite Vandelay Treatment. Solid defense and some very close calls saw RBV edging Vandelay 1-0 in 13 innings. A little more offense came into play when they defeated Overnite Celebrities 7-3 in their Elite 8 match-up and Prestige Worldwide was next up for the red & yellow. They wouldn’t put a friendly wager on the game, but they still defeated PWW 2-1 for their place in the Golden Lunchbox Championship.
SuperDudes wasted no time in taking care of Tuesday veteran team Mr. Roger’s Neighborhoodlums 7-0 in their first game of the morning. Things bogged down a bit in the Sweet 16 when they met Thursday night rival Bear Balls. They were able to hang on to a 2-1 victory setting their sights on last Fall’s Golden Lunchbox Champion Blue Balls. A close game indeed, but SuperDudes proved it was their day and retired Blue Balls 3-2 leading them into the Final Four where they faced Cinderella team from Minnesota Quiss Quoss. [insert comment about the shoe not fitting and something about a pumpkin] I’m guessing you got the point, SuperDudes won 13-2 and Quiss Quoss comes out chanting “Final Four!”. You see, there ARE moral victories.
The rematch of the Hall of Fame Spring 2013 Semi-Final game… SuperDudes vs. RBV part deux.
SuperDudes took the lead 2-0 and looked like business was taken care of for most of the game. RBV threatened and finally broke free scoring a much needed run and making it 2-1 late in the game. Then in the 9th inning, RBV tied the game with a sacrifice fly and sending this game into extras. Neither team had problems getting base runners on, but both had troubles scoring and coupled with some great defensive plays, on we went into the 13th inning with both teams fielding 6 players. RBV was unable to plate a run in the top of the inning and a bomb to right field from veteran player and Hall of Famer Jeff Schmidt was able to score fellow Hall of Famer Anthony Rodriguez and claim the SuperDudes 4th Lunchbox in walk-off style. A great game to watch and congratulations to both teams for a great tournament run.
Now, let’s head to the Bash…
Hall of Fame Class of 2013
As is the tradition since 2004 at the Fall EOS Bash, MUSA likes to recognize certain parts of the organization that help make MUSA the great and one of kind organization it is today by selecting them to be part of the MUSA Hall of Fame. This year’s class is a little big because I wanted to induct the teams that have been playing in our organization for 10 plus years and there are several of them. Listed below are the team names and the season they began playing MUSA kickball. Thanks for your participation all these seasons!
Absolut Jell-O – Spring 2003
The Flabongos – Spring 2003
Flying Hellfish – Spring 2003
Kick Me in the Junk – Spring 2002
Picked Last in Gym Class – Spring 2002
Kickin’ Mules – Spring 2002
Gimme Your Lunch Money – Fall 2001
BKF (But Kickin’ Fools) – Fall 2000
The teams were not the only ones to the get the honor of being selected to the MUSA Hall of Fame. We also inducted an individual that defines class, good sportsmanship, and has a willingness to help the organization out with field monitoring and umping EOS games. Not to mention he’s been playing in our league for a long time.
As I mentioned earlier in this post, there are games that no matter what the outcome, no matter what happened, players and spectators will remember watching and walk away with a reaction. This couldn’t be anymore the case with the 2013 Spring Semi-Final game between SuperDudes vs. RBV at McCarty Park. Filled with drama, this game could’ve easily gone either way and no doubt some of the best plays I’ve seen. Because of our rule of taking players off in extra innings for EOS games, this game was down to a 3 on 3 and ended in 16 innings with the SuperDudes squeaking out a 3-2 victory.
Spring 2013 Semi-Final (SuperDudes vs. RBV)
We don’t induct many items into the MUSA Hall of Fame, but when we do, they must have a substantial effect on the league and if you look at our present inductees there’s no arguing any of them don’t belong. Same goes with the MUSA Message Board. Known for it’s legendary personalities, this board was responsible for bringing down productivity in the metro-Milwaukee area when kickball season was in session. You could go there to see/post the latest smack talk, get the latest point spreads, see if your team cracked the top 25 or maybe just to get the latest weather updates on field conditions. Regardless of your reasoning, the MUSA Message Board was a vital part of the MUSA culture and will always be remembered.
MUSA Message Board
If you weren’t able to attend or want to check out some of the pictures taken during the ceremonies feel free to to the gallery here. Thanks to all the teams and umpires for another great season and I look forward to another come Spring. Have a great off-season and enjoy the Holidays!