I was going to muster up some "Casey at the Bat" magic to describe Sunday night's Kaw Valley Kickball League championship game, but I can't honestly do it. Kickball is a lot of fun, but it ranks rather low on the majesty scale in sports - higher than a round of H-O-R-S-E, but significantly lower than a Yankees-Red Sox game.Kickball, for the uninitiated, is played much like baseball, only with a rubber ball like you'd use in a game of dodgeball. One difference: in kickball, you can tag out a runner by pegging him or her square in the back with the ball.The other difference, just in case it's not obvious: no bats in kickball -- only feet.The league has been around for a few years, composed mostly of employees from businesses in and around downtown. A few years back, the championship kickball game was a major Lawrence Happening. A hot dog vendor showed up, KJHK did a live broadcast and South Park was as about as full of spectators as you can imagine.This year's event, between the defending champion Love Garden and upstart challenger Jensen Liquor, wasn't quite as big. But the kickball championship now seems to be something more than a happening -- something more like a Lawrence Tradition.And like any tradition in Lawrence, it was filled with quirks. Among the 200 or so spectators was a group of young women dressed like pirates, complete with a skull-and-bones flag and plastic scabbards.One of the women wandered by, and I stopped her."What's the deal with the pirate gear?" I asked.She fixed a contempt-filled glare on me. "Because we're the Pirates kickball team," she said, in a voice that invited no further questions.Oh. Right.The other quirk: Many of the male players were wearing very short shorts - of a type that you might see in 1950s-era basketball footage, only an inch or two shorter. This was distracting to my friend Heather."They're everywhere you look," she said. But I tried not to look.The game itself, unfortunately was a ragtag affair -- but then again, a bouncy rubber ball generally defies attempts at athletic grace. There were a few errors on both sides, one showboating umpire, a fair amount of heckling from the crowd and, in the end, a new champion: Jensen won the game, 12-6.Love Garden, denied their dynasty, came out applauding Jensen. And a Lawrence Tradition was complete. Just wait 'till next year.