Bonus Post 2 – The Many Batsu Games from the Winning Side Coaches

In our next episode, we will have Tim Crippen on.

Tim was Mike’s primary co-host on the Winning Side Coaches podcast, which ran from 2013 to 2018.

A staple of that podcast was batsu games – punishments dulled out as a result of bad picks, and themselves a staple of Japanese comedy (of which Mike is a fan, specifically Gaki no Tsukai – in fact, the word “batsu” is Japanese for “punishment”). How popular are batsu games? Dan Patrick and his crew do them on his radio show (usually dodgeballs are involved).

How have these guys been punished during the course of the podcast?

Mike’s batsu games:

  • Wearing a Pittsburg State hooded sweatshirt and singing the Pitt State alma mater (Mike still owns that sweatshirt)
  • Five Words: Bamboo, Banana, Gateau, Heykel, Zhiraf
  • Get an autograph from John Ratzenberger (Cliff from Cheers)
  • Wearing Tim’s Chicago Bears #54 Brian Urlacher jersey
  • Ned Yost drinking game
  • Four Words: Cuatro, Escuchar, Hasta, Mayo
  • Drinking a chocolate-jalapeño milkshake (it was either this or go on a waterslide later responsible for a child’s death)
  • Posing with a photo of Jerry Rice
  • Wearing Kansas City Royals temporary tattoos (Tim’s favorite batsu game, and one you will see photos of when the episode releases)
  • Wearing a Royals necktie
  • Wearing apparel of any team he hates (hence the infamous KU hat we posted in the first Bonus Post)
  • Target practice (yes, with real guns)
  • Karaoke (shared with Tim)
  • Pie in the face
  • Star Trek “cosplay” at Star Wars Night at the Missouri Mavericks hockey game
  • Re-enacting the fax machine demolition scene in Office Space
  • Four Words: Southeast, Kansas, Democrats, Barbecue (shared with Tim)
  • Recite New England Patriots fight song (yes, this is a thing)
  • Root for the Yankees on April 15 (shared with Tim)
  • Eating chili-flavored M&M’s
  • Have a caricature done by our mutual friend Lucas Stoneking (whom as of this post we are trying to get on this podcast)
  • Play Cards Against Humanity (shared with Tim)
  • Re-enacting the “f@#$ing car rental” scene from Planes, Trains and Automobiles (shared with Tim)
  • Karaoke to Billy Joel (I forget the song)
The autograph Mike got from John Ratzenberger as a batsu game

Tim’s batsu games:

  • Wearing a UMKC T-shirt
  • Four Words: Mount, Fuji, Jet, Pack (Mike’s favorite batsu game)
  • Wearing Mike’s Washington NFL team #40 Adam Archuleta jersey (because Adam Archuleta is to be blamed for everything)
  • Singing karaoke to New Kids on the Block (the song was “Hangin’ Tough”)
  • Four Words: Football, Sword, Puck, Outrageous
  • (2 batsu games in one) Getting autographs at Planet Comicon from Erin Gray and Cary Elwes
  • Four Words: Tiny, Hot, Middle, Nowhere
  • Karaoke (shared with Mike)
  • Wearing a T-shirt representing all of Houston’s pro sports teams
  • Four Words: Southeast, Kansas, Democrats, Barbecue (shared with Mike)
  • Root for the Yankees on April 15 (shared with Mike)
  • Play Cards Against Humanity (shared with Mike)
  • Re-enacting the “f@#$ing car rental” scene from Planes, Trains and Automobiles (shared with Mike)
  • Shoot a campaign ad for Mike’s campaign for Kansas Senate

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