Poor Vikram.

Taking advantage of the city’s 250th anniversary celebration, government officials, corporate sponsors and community groups kicked off Pittsburgh 250 & Fit, an initiative with the goal of getting 250,000 southwestern Pennsylvania residents to commit to regular exercise.

Kingdom played a brisk game of dodge ball with a group of teens and other volunteers on the Roberto Clemente Bridge, moments before today’s kickoff news conference.

Dodge ball on the Roberto Clemente Bridge?  Hell, yes.

I’m a big believer that dodge ball rocks and those schools that are banning dodge ball are taking away a very important life lesson for the children of America, and that life lesson is this: sometimes in life you’re going to get smacked in the face with a big red rubber ball.  Duck.

And poor, poor Vikram:

It’s not so much that he’s “a split second away from being hit and eliminated,” it’s more that he’s a split second away from permanent falsetto because his elimination clearly happened with a missil-ified dodgeball to the huevos.

I hope he’s wearing a cup.

(h/t fisticuffs)


  1. steelerfan
    September 27, 2007 9:01 am

    You have to remember the 5 “D’s” of dodgeball: Dodge, duck, dip, dive and….dodge

  2. PittGirl
    September 27, 2007 9:05 am


    Especially the closing credits.

  3. DW
    September 27, 2007 9:17 am

    Cotton McKnight: Looks like it’s gonna be a two-on-one, a menage a trois of pain.
    Pepper Brooks: Usually you pay double for that kind of action, Cotton.

  4. spoon
    September 27, 2007 9:30 am

    I believe our dear sweet Mr. “Fear my ballz” Lokay can give us a rundown of all that happened at the event.

  5. The Bridge
    September 27, 2007 9:41 am

    You forgot the “J” for “JUMP, you crazy bitch!!”

    The Roberto Clemente Bridge featured a jumper before the festivities. We observed from our office view of the action.

  6. Heather Downey
    September 27, 2007 11:04 am

    Did you know that your buddy Jim Lokay was there, too? He did a story on it. Um…he got hit :)

  7. chrys
    September 27, 2007 12:48 pm

    Dodge ball.. this is my second grader’s favorite game…LOL! Long live playing dodge ball at recess!!

  8. Jim
    September 28, 2007 9:10 pm

    To see my name in the context of “dear sweet Mr. “Fear my ballz” Lokay” gives me a warm and tingly feeling.

    It was a great time.