RSPA Banquet Recap

goldLast night, I attended our slo-pitch league's annual banquet. My team, Raging Storm, plays in the RSPA and I joined five teammates in representing the division one champs.

Here's a little recap of the event, which included lots of music, drink, dinner and awards at the Westwood Banquet Hall in good 'ol Rexdale.

A Brief History Lesson
The RSPA is an Etobicoke / Mississauga slo-pitch league with several divisions for recreational ball and intermediate ball, and one division for the best of the best they call Competitive. The teams are placed in divisions according to their on-field ability. In Intermediate, for example, there are several divisions, with Int-1 being the best of the teams not in Comp and then there's Int-2, Int-3, etc. We just won Int-1, making us the best team not in the single Competitive division.

The RSPA has gotten so big, there are now two nights for this annual banquet. The weaker divisions were supposed to attend last night and the higher divisions were to attend next Saturday. We got an exception and attended last night with the less talented teams.

My Flashback
We all agreed to show up at 8pm, just before dinner. I joked I'd be there at 7:53, and that's exactly when I showed up. A half hour later I was still the only person at the Raging Storm table, nursing my cranberry juice and listening to AC~DC's "Back in Black" blaring out of the speakers. It was just like the high school dances I attended!

The Boos
I gave that little history lesson so you had some perspective. We were by far the best division champion in attendance, so when it was time to acknowledge the champions and distribute the awards, we were called first. Marc and I were actually scoring some pastries when they announced the Int-1 champion Raging Storm, but nobody could miss what happened next. The entire hall booed us. They booed us heavily, even though we had never played a team there.

You may assume, as we did, that every divisional champion would be booed. This didn't happen. All other divisional champs were cheered. Why did they boo us? Did our reputation precede us? Was it because we were announced as champions of the strongest Intermediate division?

The Tower
At one point, with people hitting the dance floor, I decided to build a tower. I got cocky, and introduced a platter to the tower, and the tower fell, knocking a full glass of cranberry juice onto Jordy's lap.

It was perfect.

The Sweater
As predicted, they gave us sweaters. This was our grand prize for winning the division. They're nice sweaters, but they're sweaters.

Oh yeah, they also bumped us up to the esteemed Comp division, which may be more of a curse than a blessing. Still, I'd rather go 0-16 in the toughest division than 16-0 in the 2nd toughest division. It was a great year, and even the cheesy banquet didn't totally suck. Here's the obligatory photoset.

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Mike Kic

What can I say Booner, they're all jealous of our team. I find it funny that the team we beat in the finals (S&M Flyers) were the only ones to clap us.....weird.

October 22, 2007 @ 10:44 AM

Toronto Mike

Who could tell S&M were clapping with all that booing going on?

I'm going with the theory they weren't booing but yelling Boooon!!!!!!!

October 22, 2007 @ 10:50 AM

Mike Kic

I saw where they were sitting while waiting in line for drinks, I was interested what there reaction would be. So when we called up I looked at the table and they were clapping for us.....weird.

October 22, 2007 @ 1:32 PM

Toronto Mike

Kic, that's called respect. The only team in the room that played us, respected us, and that's what matters.

The others were just jealous a team of our calibre was crashing their party. They booed because they were envious.

October 22, 2007 @ 1:35 PM


You guys got booed out of the building? What the hell did you do Boon?

October 23, 2007 @ 11:04 PM

Toronto Mike

Hey Rich, what happened to you? Did you say you were coming?

October 24, 2007 @ 8:40 AM


Ya I was supposed to but we ended up playing in a tournament this weekend afterall. Plus I had hockey on saturday night as well so I got kinda screwed. Do I still get my super cool sweater?

October 24, 2007 @ 12:11 PM

Toronto Mike

Nope. I'm keeping your sweater. One for the player named Booner and one for the coach named Cito.

October 24, 2007 @ 1:19 PM


Does your head actually fit through the hole in the sweater? It has to be too big.....

October 24, 2007 @ 3:58 PM

Toronto Mike

Luckily for me you ordered an XL and I was able to fit it through... barely.

October 24, 2007 @ 4:03 PM


Don't stretch it out too much on me Boon

October 24, 2007 @ 4:47 PM


Really, we all know they were booing because I wasn't there. Think on it, they announce our team, there's a few seconds pause where everyone scans the room thinking "Hey, where's Engell? He's not here...he's the only reason we showed up tonight!!", then BAM!! BOO's light up the stage...Sorry guys, I let you and our (my) fans down! :(

October 27, 2007 @ 12:20 AM

Toronto Mike

Engell, you're close...

I think they were scanning for Patino. Patino and the Latinos without a Patino is sorta like showing up for a Foo Fighters show and finding out Grohl isn't there.

October 27, 2007 @ 8:34 AM

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