SUV Driver Successfully Climbs “Bump in the Road”

Chicago, IL- Never before has the thought entered the mind of SUV drivers in America. Veteran SUV driver, Mike Maxwell took the lead by driving his standard issue SUV through a residential construction zone. The good people in orange gave Mike and his fellow motorists the heads up of a “Bump Ahead.” 
 
As Mike expected, the German engineered luxury SUV ahead of him slowed nearly to a complete stop as they approached the treacherous 1.5 inch climb. “I suppose if I was a finely tuned German suspension, I’d like someone to cut me a little slack too.” Mike said as he flipped through all his radio presets.

Once Maxwell had the space to move, he did what no other SUV owner has ever done while approaching uneven pavement. He hit the gas pedal, with relative force. Not teenage jackass cruising force, just I gotta get this pizza home warm force. 
Mike associates his grace under fire with such unique road conditions to his seven MarioKart Star Cup Championships.


SUV Driver Successfully Climbs "Bump in the Road"

Chicago, IL- Never before has the thought entered the mind of SUV drivers in America. Veteran SUV driver, Mike Maxwell took the lead by driving his standard issue SUV through a residential construction zone. The good people in orange gave Mike and his fellow motorists the heads up of a “Bump Ahead.” 
 
As Mike expected, the German engineered luxury SUV ahead of him slowed nearly to a complete stop as they approached the treacherous 1.5 inch climb. “I suppose if I was a finely tuned German suspension, I’d like someone to cut me a little slack too.” Mike said as he flipped through all his radio presets.

Once Maxwell had the space to move, he did what no other SUV owner has ever done while approaching uneven pavement. He hit the gas pedal, with relative force. Not teenage jackass cruising force, just I gotta get this pizza home warm force. 
Mike associates his grace under fire with such unique road conditions to his seven MarioKart Star Cup Championships.


Week 3: Flying Popes’ Silver Linings Playbook

We are three weeks into a title defense and the Flying Popes appear to be hung over. The only other collection of highly skilled athletes that seem to be on such different pages are the Los Angeles Lakers. Losing two of three tonight to “How We Set Your Mother” was extra painful as a team chose to be more pun-laden than the actual CBS sitcom itself. Salt, meet the open wound.


Simple unforced errors can attribute to this early season slide. Why really are the Flying Popes unable to pull it together? Pressure to deliver again? Aside from the Popes championship last year, it had been two years since Chicagoans we treated to such a rise to glory. Maybe it’s because the court in our peripheral, Team Juicy, were too much a distraction (pure speculation). I’m not sure if they’re called Team Juicy but if every woman on your team is in yoga pants or actual volleyball shorts, odds are Team Juicy should be your name. Our season is at a point where we may need to channel our inner Val Kilmer, Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards. It sure could help pair with the Kenny Loggins stuck in my head.

Taking stock on the evening (it’s nearly midnight I am still thinking of this game!) I must say at least I didn’t lose my cool and further my attempt to publicly impersonate myself at the age of six. That’s progress right? Recently watching Silver Linings Playbook makes me wonder if the Flying Popes plan to get our season back needs to be hit head on with an equally crazy idea, like a grown man drawing parallels between his struggling recreational volleyball team and an acclaimed story of lost man intent on getting his life back together no matter what it takes.

Who knows, maybe next week we should all play in trash bags!? (side note, thank you God, for not having Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’  on the soundtrack.)


Week 3: Flying Popes' Silver Linings Playbook

We are three weeks into a title defense and the Flying Popes appear to be hung over. The only other collection of highly skilled athletes that seem to be on such different pages are the Los Angeles Lakers. Losing two of three tonight to “How We Set Your Mother” was extra painful as a team chose to be more pun-laden than the actual CBS sitcom itself. Salt, meet the open wound.


Simple unforced errors can attribute to this early season slide. Why really are the Flying Popes unable to pull it together? Pressure to deliver again? Aside from the Popes championship last year, it had been two years since Chicagoans we treated to such a rise to glory. Maybe it’s because the court in our peripheral, Team Juicy, were too much a distraction (pure speculation). I’m not sure if they’re called Team Juicy but if every woman on your team is in yoga pants or actual volleyball shorts, odds are Team Juicy should be your name. Our season is at a point where we may need to channel our inner Val Kilmer, Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards. It sure could help pair with the Kenny Loggins stuck in my head.

Taking stock on the evening (it’s nearly midnight I am still thinking of this game!) I must say at least I didn’t lose my cool and further my attempt to publicly impersonate myself at the age of six. That’s progress right? Recently watching Silver Linings Playbook makes me wonder if the Flying Popes plan to get our season back needs to be hit head on with an equally crazy idea, like a grown man drawing parallels between his struggling recreational volleyball team and an acclaimed story of lost man intent on getting his life back together no matter what it takes.

Who knows, maybe next week we should all play in trash bags!? (side note, thank you God, for not having Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’  on the soundtrack.)


Flying Popes 2013 Season Preview

Flying Popes 2012 Players Sports 6 Coed Volleyball Champs

Chicago doesn’t get the chance to celebrate champions the past few years (or hundred for some yahoos). While most our pro teams play like they’re in a rec league, Flying Popes are the rec team that has pro swagger to it. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t take a team more serious when they step out on the court with red, white and blue sweat bands?

Above is the photo after the 3 seed ran the table and cut down the net (no we didn’t PlayersSports, we don’t want a fine) last season. Now what? What do the Flying Popes do to keep their focus and not stare up at the rafters of St. Andrew’s Church? I’d like to believe budget cuts is the main reason why the Flying Popes Championship banner is still not hanging up. I digress.

The bands are back on our heads creating the minimal intimidation and distraction we planned on. The Flying Popes roster is impressive once again. In the era of rec-league free agency, anything can happen once the season is done. People move, get a dog, or lose the drive to be a top tier athletic specimen, recreationally speaking. Flying Popes return all members of the 2012 title team with the addition/return of the wild card Vincente Lacey. I had to change his name a little because of all his tv commercials, we don’t need this season to require security Beiber style. Little does most of Chicago know, but Lacey was integral in the roster creation of the 2012 team.

Having Vinnie on the court is like if Jerry Krause wanted to lace up with Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman.

Week 1 saw a Flying Popes match victory, winning 2-1. As, Alabama football coach Nick Saban says, there’s no talk of repeat. Each season is it’s own, full of it’s own challenges and goals. It’s going to take a lot of effort and teamwork, good thing we’re wearing those cool sweatbands.