Our soccer moms can beat up their soccer moms.
We feel sorry for the teams that the U.S. Women's Soccer Team, fresh from winning gold in Athens, have enlisted to play on its Fan Celebration Tour. Iceland, New Zealand, Denmark -- all the members of this trembling coalition of the willing have agreed to let Abby Wambach and company trample them for the delight of American fans. The tour sounds a sad note, however; it's the last time Julie Foudy, Joy Fawcett and Mia Hamm play before retiring. We bid them a fond farewell as they maul Mexico at 5 p.m. Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium (1 Arrowhead Drive, 816-920-9300). -- Jason Harper
Anglophilia is a dangerous affliction. Symptoms include unwarranted nostalgia for an idealized conception of the pre-industrial English countryside and the overpowering urge to bellow sea chanteys in a bad British brogue while devouring a roasted turkey leg. Those at risk of contracting the dreaded disease should avoid at all costs the final weekend of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival (at 628 North 126th Street in Bonner Springs). Call 816-561-8005 for more information. -- Harper
Just for Kicks
KC's rowdiest ruggers are at it again.
Now, we don't mean to incite a riot, but there's a place where you can put down five bucks to drink all day. Yes, a mere fiver buys a wristband and day-long brewskis for spectators at a fund-raiser for the Kansas City Jazz women's rugby club. Leave it to these gals to turn moneymaking into a party -- they've mud-wrestled in Westport, and now they reprise their popular, beer-soaked kickball tournament. Teams can take a shot at the big, red ball for $200, with trophies going to the top three kickball clans. Team registration includes the coveted drinking wristband, and all profits go toward the Jazz's travel fund, which allows this 25-player outfit, undefeated in its league since 1995, to tour the country to defend its national ranking. Interested kickball teams can find more event information at http://kcjazzrugby.org. Fans simply looking for a good time should be at Clark Ketterman Athletic Fields (107th Street and Skiles) at 9 a.m. for a hearty breakfast rich in barley and hops. --Sarah Smarsh