Senate staffers get together on weekends for flag football. This years league champion is the Fun Boy Football team.
Still, that competitive spirit was alive and well this past weekend, as the league’s 12 playoff teams squared off for the right to advance to the title game.
With the season on the line, a dropped pass, a missed block or a slip by a ball carrier prompted moans and head shakes from several players. But the desire for a good time outweighed the urge to leave the field victorious.
When asked why he joined the league, Tony McClain, a legislative assistant for Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), said, “competing with colleagues and having a good time outside the office.”
“I love football,” said Veronica Duron, a legislative correspondent for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who didn’t let her office’s lack of participation in the league get in the way of her gridiron fun. Through a friend, she landed a spot on the Senate Help Desk team. Each team is required to have three female players.
The season ended in spectacular fashion, but the league’s future is cloudy. Logistics, personnel turnover and the busy schedules of those involved are key obstacles, Day said.
Still, the commissioner is hoping to declare game on for next season.
“The intention right now is to do it next year,” Day said.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson appears at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church on M Street Northwest for a pre-rally before a march to the White House to protest what is seen as President Barack Obama's lack of action in addressing a variety of problems in black communities.
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