Second Annual FBA Kickball Tournament a Resounding Success
On October 1, 2017, FBA-NOVA hosted the Second Annual FBA v. EDVA Kickball Game. Joseph Hensley Park played host to what has developed into a classic rivalry between the EDVA team, coached by Judge Nachmanoff and Judge O’Grady, and the FBA team, coached by Judge Hilton and Judge Buchanan. As is tradition, Judge Brinkema welcomed the attendees and provided the opening roll to begin the first inning.
This year also saw the addition of Judge Ivan D. Davis as Home Plate Umpire, Federal Defender Geremy Kamens as 1st Base Umpire, and U.S. Attorney Dana Boente as 3rd Base Umpire. These officials and their respect for the Official Kickball Rules governing the United Sates and Guam allowed every play to be officiated flawlessly. Announcing the game was former FBA President Charles “Chip” Molster, whose kickball commentary received an Emmy in 2016.
On the field, dreams were made and shattered over the course of 9 innings. The FBA sought to defend their 2016 title, but were unable to withstand the sheer offensive power of the EDVA. The opening innings were a thing of beauty from the dugout commanded by the FBA’s Judge Hilton. Moving into the bottom of the 4th, history seemed to be repeating itself as the FBA established their lead. The EDVA had other plans. Judge Nachmanoff rallied his players and began the 5th with an offensive flurry that left the FBA in shambles. A total of six RBIs between the 7th and 8th innings assured the courthouse its first victory. Post-game barbecue from Rocklands followed what Judge Nachmanoff described as “a decisive and historic victory.”
The game was well attended by judges and practitioners alike. Support from Spark Physiotherapy kept athletes in shape and addressed injuries as needed.
Many thanks to the other sponsors who made this event possible, including: Baker Botts LLP, Ballard Spahr LLP, Blankingship & Keith P.C., Charleston Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C., DiMuro Ginsburg P.C., Fish & Richardson, Hogan Lovells LLP, Holland & Knight LLP, Holmes Costin Marcus PLLC, McGuireWoods LLP, MolsterLaw.com, Redmon, Peyton, & Braswell LLP, Troutman Sanders LLP, and Venable LLP.
Special thanks to the Young Lawyers Committee — Tara Zurawski (Jones Day), Kevin Richards (Covington & Burling), Meg Loftus (Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz), Cailyn Reilly Knapp (Baker Botts), and James Holt (McGuireWoods) — for organizing this momentous event.
by Robert Farlow (McGuire Woods), YLC Member