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Pro Scooter League Teams Finalized

The new kids on the block will be rolling into eight cities in October.

Last week, the teams adopted their nicknames and assigned team managers for the X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) inaugural season this fall.

The teams will be:

  • Atlanta Avengers
  • Austin Scorpions
  • Los Angeles Sunbirds
  • Nashville Boot Scooters
  • New York Juggernauts
  • Orlando Wizards
  • St. Louis Sorcerers
  • San Francisco Muggles

Teams will now focus on filling their rosters with local talented electric scooter talent.  Open tryouts have begun in most cities and should continue through the end of June.

The Nashville Boot Scooters held their first open tryout last Wednesday in the Gulch.  Team Manager Ryan Cooper was overwhelmed with the response as over 200 riders reported to the open tryout.

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Scooter rider takes a spill during Nashville’s Open Tryouts

“I was stunned by it.  We expected maybe 50-11 but we had 223 register for the tryout.  We will definitely have a large group of players to pick from and some difficult decisions,” he said.

Teams will eventually fill their rosters with 21 players.

A parking lot was blocked off in the Gulch for the tryouts as players showed their skills with their scooters as well as some drills involving Quidditch rules.  Players were excited about this new sport.

“It’s not on broomsticks like Harry Potter but it’s pretty damn close,” said Cyrus Antonio.  “This is going to be awesome and I’m glad Nashville has a team.  I hope I will make the roster.”

Players not only have to maneuver their scooters but they also have to have possession of a ball at some point in the game so being an expert rider is crucial.

“Yeah, you have to be good at it because you can’t always keep both hands on the scooter.  Some players are out here wiping out or not too steady with it,” said Antonio of other players.

While the XSQL adopts the rules of Quidditch, some modifications have been made to incorporate scooters.  This is a process that is continuing to be modified.

The Nashville team is still attempting to narrow down where their home games will be played in October when they will play seven games at home.  While the Gulch remains to be the most likely choice, finding the location to install the specially designed SportCourt will require space even with it being a temporary venue.

“We would like the Gulch, we won’t deny that.   It is the hip area of town and location where we will have a lot of scooter riders,” said Cooper.  “We hope to secure a place soon so we can set up and scrimmage to get ready for the season in October.”

[THIS IS A FICITIONAL SPORTS STORY.  IT IS INTENDED FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY.]

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Will XSQL Help or Hurt Scooter Craze?

May6aIt wasn’t long ago that downtown Nashville was void of electric scooters, now they have flocked the sidewalks, streets and bike lanes.  Will the new X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) quell some of the angst downtown commuters have with the electric scooter craze?

“No, absolutely not.  The damn things are a nuisance!  If anything, this so-called professional league will make things worse!” said Harry Smelderfelder who works downtown and is very agitated by the scooters.  “This new league only encourages more of them.  They need to be gone.”

Sally Jessy had another viewpoint.

“I actually think this league will help and may even encourage riders to maintain the image of scooters in the area.  Having a professional league is going to be cool.”

Jessy plans to participate in the first open tryout on May 15th.

“It will be one of the few leagues that will be co-ed and I think this is a great opportunity for female – or any sexual orientation – rider to get involved.”

Nashville Bootscooter’s team manager, Ryan Cooper, agrees with Jessy.

“We will not discriminate against anyone.  If you can master the electric scooter, you will be evaluated without regard to being male, female or any other.  We want this to be a league of inclusion as one of the first professional sports league to include anyone.  I think this will be one of the main things that will make an impact on scooter riders in the Music City.”

The Bootscooters hope to capitalize on the electric scooter craze and attract some of the more talented riders to make the team and promote the sport along with a positive image of electric scooters.

Nashville will join seven other cities in October when the league begins play.   The game will play a variation of quidditch to include riders on electric scooters instead of broomsticks.  The XSQL will build Sport Courts which will accommodate electric scooters.  The Nashville franchise is still working out a deal on where to set up their home field.  Some suggested locations have been The Gulch, Vanderbilt University and a location along the Riverfront.

“We are still working out the details,” Cooper added.  “We don’t want to announce anything prematurely until we know for sure and can begin marketing.”

It is expected that the home field will be a temporary location for the team’s seven home games.

Two other teams announced their names this week.  The Atlanta Avengers and Austin Scorpions join the Bootscooters, Orlando Wizards and St. Louis Sorcerers in announcing their names.  Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco will announce their names next week.

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Nashville XSQL Team Name Announced

bootscooters_logo2In October, the public address announcer will introduce the Nashville Bootscooters as the city’s newest sports team joining the Predators, Titans and Sounds.

Fans picked the name “Bootscooters” in a landslide name-the-team voting.  The Bootscooters took 94 percent of the votes.  No other name came close.

“I think the bootscooters name just made since for a Nashville team,” said Roscoe Daniels, who voted in the contest.  “It will give Nashville a unique name that only Nashville could be identified with.”

The Nashville Bootscooters will join seven other teams in a unique name that combines the latest electric scooter craze along with Harry Potter’s fictional Quidditch game in the new X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL).   In the fictional game, players fly on broomsticks.  The XSQL will substitute the flying broomsticks with electric scooters.  Players will be expected to be advanced users of electric scooters.

The XSQL also named Ryan Cooper as the team manager for the Nashville franchise.  Cooper previously worked in the public relations office for the Nashville Predators.

“I think this is a interesting sports venture and I wanted to be a part of it,” Cooper said at the team name release.  “Nashville is a great sports city and I think this newly formed sport will be exciting to develop here.”

Two other franchises, St. Louis and Orlando also announced their team names today.  St. Louis will be known as the Sorcerers while the Orlando team will be the Wizards.

Cooper also announced that the first XSQL open tryouts will be held on May 15th at the Sportatorium in Franklin.

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Nashville’s Newest Team Needs A Name

XSQL_logo2Last week Nashville was awarded a franchise in the new X-treme Scooter Qudditch League (XSQL) and now the franchise is looking for a name. Nashville will be one of eight teams in this unique league which features electric scooters mixed with quidditch.  Teams will have specially designed fields.

The XSQL will be looking for fans to name the Nashville team in a name-the-team contest. The league is asking fans to vote on the following team names: Boot Scooters, Renegades, Revelers, SuperStars or Villains.

The league plans to play a 14-game schedule in October and hopes to attract some of the most talent scooter riders in the Music City. Open tryouts will be announced at a later date. Players must be advanced scooters users.

The league also hopes to name a team manager within the next two weeks.  Once a team manager has been named, the team can start scheduling tryouts and filling their rosters with chasers, keepers, beaters and seekers.  Players will ride scooters instead of using broomsticks.  Quidditch rules will be modified to accommodate the scooters.

City officials are still wondering where the Nashville franchise will play.  A source close to the commissioner said that the league is hoping to find an area downtown to install the playing field.

The other seven cities are also seeking names for their new teams.  Here is a list of what they are looking at:

  • Atlanta – Fire Ants, Avengers, Arrows, Wasps
  • Austin – Rattlers, Argonauts, Aragogs, Scorpions
  • Los Angeles – Lynx, Stars, Sunbirds, Hot Wheels
  • New York – Nighthawks, Juggernauts, Wanderers, Yorkers
  • Orlando – Wizards, Storm, Lasers, Dragons
  • St. Louis – Steamers, Stingers,  Vipers,  Sorcerers
  • San Francisco – Quakes, Seals, Fog, Muggles

Nashville hopes to tap into the recent influx of electric scooters in the past year.  The XSQL could be some positive news that scooter riders could use.

[THIS IS A FICTIONAL SPORTS STORY.  IT IS INTENDED FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY.]

 

Professional Scooter League Awards Franchise to Nashville

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Scooter Riders Will Get A Chance In New League

Taking advantage of the electric scooter craze that has hit many major U.S. cities, a professional sports league has jumped into the mix as it has announced today that they have awarded one of their eight proposed franchises to Nashville, Tennessee.

The Xtreme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) will begin in October with eight franchises.  In addition to Nashville, the league has also announced teams in Orlando, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; New York, New York; Austin, Texas; Los Angeles, California; San Francisco, California and St. Louis, Missouri.

“We were looking to tap into major markets but also cities that would be a good fit for the league,” said Mark Rockwell who is the league’s commissioner.   “Nashville is a rising city and seemed to be a good fit for our new league.”

The league will build outdoor arenas in each city fitted with Sport Court surface that will be ideal for electric scooters.  The game will be a variation of quidditch which is a fictional game featured in the Harry Potter movies where players are riding broomsticks.  Instead of broomsticks, players will be riding electric scooters.

“The game will be a variation of quidditch so don’t expect our players to be flying around in the air,” Rockwell added.  “We are tweaking the rules to make it more spectator-friendly.  The rules of the fictional game can be a little complicated for the average person to understand even if they are fans of Harry Potter.”

The league will conducted open tryouts in each city to attract the best scooter riders for their teams.  Players must be very comfortable with electric scooters and capable of operating their scooters with one hand when they are in possession of the ball.

City officials are skeptical about the new league.

“For one thing, I don’t know where they are planning to put this arena they are proposing,” said City Commissioner Lance Wright.  “There is no room for it in the downtown area.  Maybe they can put it out near Vanderbilt or maybe near Nissan Stadium.”

The league will own all of the teams initially but will appoint managers once all cities are onboard which should be within the next couple of weeks.

“We might need a little magic to get started in October but I think we can do it,” Rockwell said about his new league.  “We are hoping this announcement will get people excited about the league.”

[This is a fictional sports story intended for entertainment purposes only.]

 

A Strange Request at a Piano Bar

Short Story

I walked into the piano bar near the carnival where I worked. There had been a lot of controversy about juveniles being allowed in but when I entered still wearing my mask from my show, no one really cared about checking my age.

I had traveled with the carnival since I ran away from home and an abusive father two years ago. I may have been considered a juvenile in age but no in life experiences. I still felt a bit awkward when I approached the bartender. He looked at me with a gruff and asked: “Whadda ya have?”

I told him I wanted a sassafras spritz with a twirl of apple. He looked at me side-eyed and let out a deep sigh. He returned with my drink and one sip sent me straight up in my seat.

The bartender laughed.

“That’s the best version of this drink I have ever had. What did you do different?” I asked.

He leaned toward me and said: “It’s all in the oxidation of the apple son.”

I drank more and more.

The next morning I was face down in my trailer behind the carnival. I tried to get up but discovered I had sprained my ankle.

“What happened?” I asked my roommate.

“Too much of that apple twirl dude. You ended up singing on top of the piano. We had to come get you when you fell off the piano and sprained your ankle.”

I shook my head and said to myself: “Well, how do you like them apples?”