Friday, April 15, 2011

Mike Lacy's Kickball Ramblings!

For those of you who have been in NAKID for a couple of years, you may fondly remember the days
of the Kickball Ramblings. As part of the Weekly Brew (some of you newer NAKIDs may not even
remember that!) I would provide commentary on all things NAKID.

After the Spring 2010 season, I temporarily retired from the game of kickball, and the column was taken
from you.  Since that day, although you might not have been able to identify exactly what it was, you
surely recognized that there was something missing from your life.

Fear not, for I have returned to fill that void. The Kickball Ramblings is (are?) back! But this time it is
(they are? I really need to figure out if it should be treated as a plural) brought to you in blog form! And
of course everything is better when in blog form.

For some of you, this may be the most important thing to happen in 2011. For others, it will at least give
you something to occupy your mind when you get bored in the afternoon.

At this point, you may be asking who I am and why am I taking up valuable blog space that could be used
for inane flip cup rankings that don’t have any real meaning.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mike Lacy. I’m a NAKID Hall of Famer, multiple time kickball
and flip cup champion, inventor of Death Cup! and an all-around great guy. If you’ve played against my
kickball team, you probably found me to be somewhat annoying. But that’s okay, because my team
probably won.
I am epic win
As for why I am taking up blog space? That’s because I am under the impression that the people
of NAKID should have to read my every kickball-related thought. And for some reason, the league
administrators agree!

Since this may be your first season with us, I’ll try to provide some pointers that will help you get
acquainted with the gloriousness that is NAKID and help make your time in the league better.

With that, I bring you…

Mike’s Guide to NAKID Culture: Part One - Winning at Flip Cup Takes Hard Work

If you’ve played kickball before but are new to NAKID, you may be somewhat confident in your flip cup
abilities. After all, back in your W*K* days, your teams were always among the best at the flip cup, so
you might think that you have a decent shot at winning yourself a flip cup championship here in NAKID.

There’s a good chance that you’re going to be disappointed.

NAKID is home to the best flip cup players in the world. Some NAKIDs have a flip cup medal collection
that would make Michael Phelps feel a bit inferior. Teams consisting of NAKID members routinely win
the World Series of Flip Cup as well as several other flip cup tournaments each year.

In other words, these people are insanely good at the game.

Can they be beaten? Yes. But in order to beat them, you and your teammates are probably going to
have to improve. You’re going to have to work on perfecting your flip cup technique and then play as
much as possible.

This may seem like quite a bit of work, so you can feel free to just play leisurely instead, and not concern
yourself with bringing home any hardware. In the long run, that’s probably going to be a lot more fun.

New Weekly Features!

Every week, in addition to the main content, I’ll try to provide some bonus content to keep you all
entertained. These might be a bit hit or miss, but I’m sure I’ll be able to weed out the losers quickly.

Random Question Asked to Unsuspecting NAKID

I will pick a person in the league and ask them a question that has little to do with anything.

For this week, I asked Alyssa F: Who is your favorite ancillary character on the Simpsons?

“Moe, because who wouldn’t want to own a bar? And for humor purposes, Cletus and Brandine.”

Random Trivia Question

The first person to answer correctly will get a mention in next week’s column as well as a 20 cent prize!

Who is my all-time favorite NFL referee? (Guesses can be left either as comments or emailed to Limit one guess per person)

Link that Absolutely, Definitely is not Porn

In the past, I used to provide links that may (or may not have) led to pornographic sites. You would
never know for sure until you clicked on the link. I felt it added just a tiny bit of adventure to everyone’s

But I have been told that I can no longer do that. (Apologies to Peter D)

But don’t worry, I won’t leave you completely empty handed. Instead, I will provide you with…

Links that may (or may not) be embarrassing pictures of Dan Boger!


That will do it for this week. Feel free to send any hate mail or questions to me at
If you send me an interesting or funny question, I may even answer it in a future column.


  1. Welcome back. I can finally feel fulfilled again.

  2. Your favorite ref is Ed Hock, but it should be Mike Carey, he's the man. BTW I have several improvements for Death Cup

  3. Since I consider Mike Carey to be my favorite active ref now that Bernie Kukar has retired, I will give you half credit and a 10 cent prize.

    Who are you, anyway?