The annual Kickball challenge between University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry Residents and Faculty is coming up in June. You know what that means.
Losers suspend the winners’ trophy in Jello. Somebody did that when we played Matball several years ago. If you need a recipe:
Matball was the forerunner of Kickball in the department. I think the Kickball rules are here. Federal law says you have to play in 95-degree heat with insane humidity driving the perceived temperature to slightly above that on the surface of the sun. Other rules:
If the ball melts, faculty wins.
For every point the residents score, faculty automatically score 5.
Faculty may tackle the base runner at any time.
If it rains, faculty win by 10 points.
The thing to do is to recruit Sasquatch for your side, who will always boot the ball into the next county. Bring many replacement balls. Sasquatch will bring the beef jerky.
The games are fun to watch. Residents jumping over faculty; Faculty collapsing from heat stroke.
I never played.
I’m trying to recall whether faculty ever won a game. I don’t think we ever did. I think that’s why the trophy ended up in Jello.