The Mitten Kittens
- (née Open Hand Slap, née Zebra Muscles) shocked the softball world last year with the first winning season and a first playoff berth in their 11 years of existence. With the help of solid veterans, new additions, and Detroit muscle, the Kittens went 9-4 and ended the regular season with a theretofore unimaginable 12th ranking. This year, the Michigan team once described as "Most Beeriffic" by The Softball Guy
, plan on poking this bear into submission en route to another banner season!
Don’t Poke the Bear
- is a 12-year league veteran with a storied history of changing our name. Beginning as the #102 Belly Itchers in 2008, climbing the ladder gradually with the 2009 Wii Not Fit, cracking the tournament for the first time in 2010 as The Big F**king Deals, moving into the top 20 in 2011 as I’d Hit That, 2012 as I Hit That Last Year (after some cowards stole “I’d Hit That” as a name and refused to play us for the rights to it), before settling on Don’t Poke the Bear in 2013. The name felt appropriate as we’re a good-natured team that’s fun to play against, doesn’t run up the score, and directs our shit-talking exclusively at ourselves unless you, say, blow up a girl at second with a ridiculous slide or resort to cheating to finally win a game against us after going 0-8 over the years (not saying any names cough-Diplomats-cough). We’ve had some good times in the regular season, made the tourney 9 years running, and made our deepest run in 2018 - falling 6-4 to Various Positions in the Elite 8. 2019 has brought a new set of challenges as selfish team members keep getting old/injured, married/having kids, and getting new jobs and not prioritizing slow-pitch co-ed softball. While we may not get enough games in to make the tourney this year, when we get out there, we’re still occasionally able to show flashes of the slightly-better-than-mediocrity that once was and we’re hoping to do so this week against Mitten Kittens.