It was a weekend of underdog victories during Brooklyn Kickball play on Sunday, as Majesty asserted itself with an upset over Crucial Taunt and Kickball Fever dispatched Licensed to Thunder, but lost to Space Cadets in a night capper.
The teams join 2010 favorites Brooklyn United, Bacon Bits, and undefeated Never Scared at the top of the standings, already changing the calculus of this young season.
It has been a season of upheaval, as veteran teams such as the John Cougar Mellencamps, New Frontiersmen, and Dream Team have started slowly, leaving an opening for younger teams such as B–Uni, Booze on First and Sons of Pitches to impress the competition.
Booze on First captain Dan “The Sorbet” Borbet credits the team’s chemistry with the presence of its mascot Cayenne and its bright, traffic-cone orange uniforms.
“We chose that color mainly so we could find each other on the field,” said Borbet.
Sons of Pitches, which won its way into the league in a preseason tournament, racked up its first win this week, though the team’s record remains 1-2.
“We’re f—ing pumped! I was pretty excited about winning this weekend. Spring is about a beginning, not an end,” said team captain Brendan “The Dominator” O’Shea.
The league’s grittiest team, Brooklyn United, led by Justin “Nipple” Taylor, bounced back from a tough opening weekend and beat Dream Team to go 3-1, while Majesty, led by Rochelle “Kitten” Fainstein, buried the Crucial Taunt in the game of the weekend.
“We were coming in hot off a ‘mercy’ game in which we ‘mercied’ the Divine Sisterhood,” she said. “Everyone just played their [sic] heart out, and everyone was relatively calm and collected and worked together like a machine, lots of communication, which is what I think wins games.”
Majesty has turned some heads and the team has turned some heads.
Still, the Taunt isn’t giving up just yet. Rumors are swirling that captain Kate “Sweetness” Brown, an award-winning cupcake baker, will whip up a batch the next time there’s a big game.
“I’ve tasted Kate Brown cupcakes before and I will play my heart out if she makes them again,” said Crucial Taunt’s Shira Bannerman.