Snyder Cohn Sports Report
By Keith Jennings, CPA/Segway Polo enthusiast/Somehow editor of this newsletter
For my nine-plus years at the firm, a rag-tag group of Snyder Cohn associates, children of associates, significant others, and people we grab off the street have joined together for one of the great rituals of summer: Co-ed softball. In my mind, what better way to become closer to your fellow associates and the community than lacing up the cleats and playing softball during the famously mild summers in the Greater Washington Area.
However, in my career Snyder Cohn has woefully neglected to report on the successes and failures of this once and still proud ball club. As the GAAP guide as my witness, this ends now.
It has been an up and down season for the 2012 squad. Due to some unexpected vacations, CPA exam study time, and some key players aging ever so gracefully, this year has been a struggle. At the end of the regular season we currently sit in 3rd place out of six teams, with a record of 5-5. We’ve won games by walk-off grand slams and seeing-eye singles, but we’ve also lost them in heart-breaking fashion. When our General Manager Eddie Snyder put this team together, I know he was expecting more out of the 2011 Division 2 Co-ed softball regular season champions (see photo below for the team during happier times holding up our 2011 regular season trophies).
I sat down with some members of the squad to ask them about the season: what they have learned about themselves, how much closer to me they all feel now that the season is almost over, and what the game of softball has taught them about life.
Matt Peterson, Right Center fielder and staff accountant – “With the playoffs approaching, we really just need to take one game at a time. Softball is a simple game, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes you get rained out.”
Jonathan Leon, All-Pro Shortstop and supervising senior accountant – “If we want to win in the big leagues we have to give 110 percent out there. There is no “I” in TEAM. I would just like to thank the GAAP Guide for all that it has given me…talent wise.”
Keith Jennings, sub-par Third baseman, interviewing himself in the mirror – “It truly is breathtaking to see how much I inspire the team. When I hit one of my patented lazy fly balls to right center field, I become emotional hearing all the cheers of encouragement bestowed upon me. For some reason they keep shouting “Boo-urns”, even though they know my last name is Jennings. Weird.”
So keep Snyder Cohn in your thoughts while we start the playoffs tonight, and I’ll check in again with the team next year!