Mike Cope's blog

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Anyone know anything about dodgeball? I don't think I've played since, ummmm, well it's been just a year or two. But I'm coming out of retirement Saturday. Our youth ministry is sponsoring a dodgeball tournament to help raise money for mission trips. There is, unfortunately, an adult division in the tournament. And, of course, the Highland staff needs to lead the way. So far, only four of the six slots are confirmed. The other three confirmees are 30 or under. I'm, well, a bit over 30. I put that one astern 18 years ago. - - - - Good news: the Rangers are only a game out of first place. Our two favorite AL teams, the Rangers (local loyalty) and the Angels (because of former Highland member John Lackey) played each other in the opener. I'm not predicting it -- but wouldn't it be great if either the Rangers or the Angels wound up in the Series next October?


  • My dodgeball advice would be to always keep moving and don't be afraid to use your teammates as human shields. Good luck!

    By Blogger kenny, at 4/06/2005 05:25:00 AM  

  • The Rangers or Angels both look good this year. I think the Twins are actually the dark horse in the AL. However, any of them would be fodder for the Braves in the Series! We got shelled yesterday but we'll win the 150 of the next 161, no problem. Don't you just love opening day?

    By Blogger Ed Harrell, at 4/06/2005 05:26:00 AM  

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    By Blogger Jeff Slater, at 4/06/2005 05:51:00 AM  

  • Rangers? Angels? Twins? Braves?

    Nope. It will be the Tigers this year. Did you see what they did to KC on opening day? Dmitri Young hit three home runs and Bonderman pitched a gem.

    Good luck with the dodgeball thing. I'll never forget the time in eighth grade when, during a dodgeball session in gym class I (unintentionally) blindsided one of the toughest kids in school, giving him a bloody nose (I was aiming for his mid-section and the ball got away from me). He never found out who threw that ball. And I lived to tell the story.


    By Blogger Jeff Slater, at 4/06/2005 05:52:00 AM  

  • The five rules of Dodgeball:


    Also, if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.

    By Blogger Phil, at 4/06/2005 05:59:00 AM  

  • I was waiting for someone to reference the movie. Excellent, Phil.

    By Blogger Josh, at 4/06/2005 06:55:00 AM  

  • Well guys, guess you know I agree with the pick made by one of ESPN's TV commentators on opening day,


    Yes, Yes, Yes!! Go Pads! [that's pronounced pahds, please. ;)]

    Talk about dodgeball takes me back to prehistoric days, :o) since my home state banned both dodgeball and tetherball as being too dangerious for our kids to play - too many chances for injury.

    Oh, and BTW, if I HAVE to pick an AL team, it would be, of course, the Angels.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 4/06/2005 07:26:00 AM  

  • Kathy talking to Kathy - "Hey girl,what's with all the comas?? I continue to hunger for an edit option on blogspot's blogs.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 4/06/2005 07:28:00 AM  

  • Great idea for a fundraiser!

    If it's still standing - the greatest gym environment for dodgeball ever made is just a few blocks from Highland. Lincoln Jr. High - now Lincoln Middle School - has/had a slightly sunken gym with a half-wall on both sides in front of the seating. If memory serves me - we called it Lincoln Ball - and playing that whacky game was perhaps the funnest times I can recall from those trying years. :-)

    By Blogger KentF, at 4/06/2005 07:30:00 AM  

  • Angels? Rangers? I’m glad that your Final Four picks were spot on, Mike, but your baseball dream of the Angels and Rangers meeting in October is delusional at best. We here in NYC are loving our fast start against the BoSox and fully expect – as always – to be playing in October. And there’s nothing delusional about that.

    By Blogger jch, at 4/06/2005 07:33:00 AM  

  • I am convinced that Dodgeball is a game invented by coaches to keep the P.E. kids occupied while they worked on the football and basketball program for the "real" athletes. Well, at least it kept many of the P.E. gang from dodging out back for a quick smoke.

    By Blogger Chris Benjamin, at 4/06/2005 07:42:00 AM  

  • And by the way, the signs in Yankee stadium on opening day against the BoSox were classic. The best of all was the sign that simply read: "2090"

    For those not inclined to understand that, it is a reference to 86 more years of angst for the Sox.

    By Blogger jch, at 4/06/2005 07:43:00 AM  

  • Pick Me, Pick Me, Pick Me!!!!

    I want to play dodgeball.

    I agree with Kenny, move, duck, and hide behind anyone you can.

    Have a great time, and we want to hear all about it.

    Grace and Peace,

    By Blogger K, at 4/06/2005 07:44:00 AM  

  • Our house is divided as I root for the Rangers and my New Jersey husband is a die hard Yankee fan.

    Mike, there is an international Dodge Ball Federation and even a seniors category! I googled it.

    When I assisted in PE the game of choice was Dodge Ball and my all time favorite, kickball! We had a school wide kickball tournament, the students against the faculty. Guess who won that?

    By Blogger Hoots Musings, at 4/06/2005 07:55:00 AM  

  • Webster's definition of dodge ball:
    Legal means for a bully to pulverize a wimp.
    May we do it in the name of the Lord.
    I have one thing to say about baseball, "When does football season start."

    By Blogger spot, at 4/06/2005 07:56:00 AM  

  • All I can say is go YANKEES nuff said!

    By Blogger Terry Wenetschlaeger, at 4/06/2005 08:30:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    As your teammate on the Highland Staff Dodgeball Team and as a brother in Christ I feel lead by the Lord to "publically rebuke" you in front of the "blogregation."

    Here it goes:

    My fellow commentors, Mike Cope has mislead you all! Mike wants us to think that he is "dreading" the upcoming Dodgeball Tournament. Do not be deceived my bloggers and readers. I assure you he is most certainly not. Do not be fooled by the negative tone that Mike's use of the word, "unfortunately" cast. Mike is more than excited about the opportunity to pummel some local pastor's grill at high speed with a rubber tool of torture. Make no mistake about that truth!

    And how do I know this you ask? You question, "Blogger Joel, how do you know the heart of our Poster?" I know that our older blogger, Jesus said this: "out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." And it is because of that timeless truth that I must share with you the following email that I, myself in my own inbox, received from our Poster just last night. See what Poster Mike wrote with his own hands (and if you increase your screen resolution - what large letters!) in this scandelous email:

    This email was in response to the announcement that he (Mike) made the cut (Brenda Chrane went on IR with a knee injury) and was going to get to play Dodgeball:

    Here is what it said:

    "Three words: bring it on."

    I kid you not!

    I rest my case.

    Do not be fooled, bloggren. Mike Cope lives for this stuff!

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 4/06/2005 08:47:00 AM  

  • California is looking to outlaw Dodge Ball because of the number of injuries people (particularly kids) are incurring. I kid you not...head injuries, as well as others I shouldn't mention in a mixed crowd.

    So...I guess I would say I've seen you're competitive spirit, Mike, and I feel sorry for the other guys!

    Go Yankees!

    By Blogger Sandra, at 4/06/2005 08:56:00 AM  

  • Just a random thought here...

    It seems to me that the banning of dodgeball in schools is just a continuation of the "Oprahization" of our culture.


    By Blogger Jeff Slater, at 4/06/2005 09:08:00 AM  

  • First of all, allow me to publicly declare that my sister does not FIT IN with the rest of her family in her cheering for the hated Yankees. We are an Angels family, as you know, Mike...and last night was sweet victory. Yes, the Angels will be there in October. And we'll be facing the Marlins.

    As for the dodgeball game...don't get too excited, brother. I'm 40 and played a teachers vs. students game a couple of weeks ago. Now, I'm quite spry for a man my age and dodgeball always used to be my game. But that may have been because I was about two feet tall until high school and harder to hit than Eddie Gaedel's strike zone. I thought it would be great fun to nail a few of the kids while dodging, ducking, dipping, diving, and dodging.

    I lasted about 3 seconds.

    Sigh. At least I have my Angels to root for in my old age.

    (Avery's uncle but NOT Sandra's brother until she retracts those Yankee loyalties) Steve

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 4/06/2005 09:13:00 AM  

  • Oh, okay. She's still my sister. But it's a powerful love that sees past the Evil Empire.

    Oh, and how does one pronounce "Oprahization"?

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 4/06/2005 09:14:00 AM  

  • One night shift in labor and delivery about 3am we were all sitting around talking about elementary school and the subject of dodgeball came up. We were laughing so hard and having such a great time talking about our dodgeball memories that we decided to play dodgeball in the hall...it was a very slow night and very unusual for our unit. We found an old nerf in the doctor's call room and played in the hall for about an hour. It was a hoot! Of course, if we had been caught we would've been in so much trouble but that was part of the fun. We played in the one space in the hall that the security cameras couldn't see. Have a great day!
    grace, Julie

    By Blogger julie, at 4/06/2005 10:03:00 AM  

  • Perhaps, Sandra can introduce the California State Legislature to Julie's version of Nerf Dodgeball.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 4/06/2005 11:07:00 AM  

  • Dodgeball was invented so the guys who were 10 and still in third grade could take out their aggression on the little scrawny kids. I weighed 40 pounds in third grade. I HATE dodgeball.

    By Blogger Deana Nall, at 4/06/2005 11:31:00 AM  

  • Dodgeball, while a great sport (except to Deana), is fairly simple to master. You throw and hit people. Not much "skill" involved.

    However, I propose a new tournament to raise money for the Highland Youth. A sport that requires skill, enduarance, and strategy. A sport that a "40-pound, scrawny kid" could dominate. A sport that longs to be re-introduced in our culture.

    That sport is Four-Square.

    Remember you have to hit the ball with an open hand. No spins on serves.

    Play ball!

    By Blogger Corey, at 4/06/2005 12:33:00 PM  

  • Dodge ball was always fun, except for a couple of things - I was a fairly large kid who moved rather slowly.

    By Blogger Chad, at 4/06/2005 12:44:00 PM  

  • On Dodgeball make sure you have Oxygen on the side, and a EMT due to the fact your knees won't take the cut you make to the left.

    Go Angels... Woo Hoo. Sorry to say I will have to sit about 15 rows behind home plate the night Ole Mike Cope is the featured speaker at Pepperdine.

    By Blogger happytheman, at 4/06/2005 01:39:00 PM  

  • Mike,

    My advice is don't play on carpet. We had a dodgeball game at our church recently, and one of our guys broke his ankle. He moved one way and the ankle the other. The irony is that he is an Orthopedic Surgeon. The other tip is find the largest person on your team and stand behind them.

    By Blogger Ben Siburt, at 4/06/2005 02:54:00 PM  

  • When you do get eliminated in 3 seconds, give or take, remember that I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong... but time and chance happen to them all.

    Therefore comfort one another with these words.

    By Blogger jds, at 4/06/2005 03:13:00 PM  

  • I have joined forces with my wife Sheila and our friends Burt and Cindy Seaborn to form a dodgeball team for Saturday night. (Like Mike, we're still trying to confirm a few more folks).

    I find myself wondering: is this a good thing? Staff members and congregants pummeling each other with balls like we're in 5th grade gym class? Add to this the knowledge that Joel Q is playing on the staff team, and is there any question that this will end in ugliness that is unbefitting disciples of Jesus?

    Plus, I'm going on record right now to predict that - although she has never played as an adult - Sheila is going to be one, vicious dodgeball player. I'm glad I'm on her team.

    By Blogger Matt, at 4/06/2005 07:08:00 PM  

  • First it makes me sad that no one on this board, at least some people I'm assuming are from Texas, since Mike is in Texas, no one is an Astros fan? I'm mean, how can you live outside of the D/FW area and go for the Rangers. Abilenians are forgiven because I had to endure 4 years at ACU without getting to see the 'Stros on TV. But, come on! The only true Texas team is the one from Houston. Unfortunately, this year may not be the year, but I'm talking consistancy here.

    As for dodgeball, I got to play on a faculty team against students at our high school. Very satisfying, very fun, very winded in the end. I agree with the oxygen comment.

    By Blogger Kyle, at 4/07/2005 09:10:00 PM  

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