Don't miss the final showdown of the most ragtag sports league in Ann Arbor. Please.
The Ann Arbor Small Business Summer Kickball League has been going all summer, and this Sunday at 4pm it will all come down to two final teams in a championship showdown at Virginia Park.
According to AASBSKL co-commissioner Audrey Karlstad, the league was started three years ago to bring the local community together. "There were all these people that we kind of knew from different cliques, different groups," she says. "It's a way to bring people together. ... Just playing an elementary school game."
Each team represents a local business, including Vault of Midnight, 8-Ball, People's Food Co-Op, Fleetwood Diner, and Digital Ops. Actually, one of the teams, from the REI store, doesn't really fit that category, but the people who work there all live here, so close enough.
The two teams in the championship game are from WCBN and the Old Town.
The AASBSKL was started by one "Sanford Bledsoe III." Or so I was informed by Audrey. Since I am not officially a reporter, I am not obligated to reveal the true identity of this mysterious man.
That seems appropriate for the founder of this league. There are no affiliation requirements for the teams, which consist of employees, owners, regulars, friends, friends of friends... the bar teams, for example, seem to be primarily made up of the people who hang out there the most. It's pretty great. Not to say that the players don't take the game seriously. Because they really, really do. I have watched one of my friends acquire enough flesh wounds this summer to qualify him for a skin graft.
And the taunting. Oh, the taunting. Rumor has it, although I wasn't there, that some of the members of the WCBN team were giving the People's Food Co-op a rough time. My favorite, although it has been re-told, was something like this: "Tofu makes you fat! And your bread is stale!" And, from the gentle members of the PFC, came this retort: "You just have to get there earlier in the day, when it's fresh!"
Again, because I am not a reporter, I can be biased. You should totally go see this game. It's going to be really, really fun, and I bet you'll see people you haven't seen in a while, and you'll hang out and have a good time, you'll do some cheering, you'll flinch collectively as people hurl themselves into the ground in the name of kickball. I'm not sure if that was really even a sentence.
I'll see you there.
(Just a side note: This league is not to be confused with the kickball organized by the Ann Arbor Rec and Ed department.) Jordan Miller is the lead blogger for The Deuce. She can be reached via E-mail: A2jordanmiller [at] gmail.com, or on Twitter: _jordanmiller_