The goal may be to go over the line for the players, but some step over line of decency when it comes to team names.
That is part of the culture and colorful history of one of San Diego’s signature events, the Over The Line Tournament, or OTL. The softball-style event, held each year on Fiesta Island in the middle of Mission Bay, turns 70 with the 2023 OTL. The dates are the weekends of July 15-16 and July 22-23. Play starts at 7:30 a.m., and finishes at sunset.
In between are games beyond the games, what with the Miss Emerson contest, a beer garden, sponsor booth (more beer!) and the fact you can actually take your own beer or other adult beverages to the event. No glass bottles, tho.
And oh the team names. They include body parts and things people do with those body parts. Legend has it that ESPN was interested in televising the OTL but requested the names be at least PG rated. OTL officials refused.
Printable team names include these gems: We Play Dirty But Come Clean; Wine Her, Dine Her and 69 Her; Our Best Player Is Easy (this is a woman’s team, mind you); Anyone Is Good For Me; Don’t Call It Comeback; I’m No Pilot But You Can Play With My Top Gun; We Don’t Drizzle and PubClub.com’s favorite, We Suck But Not Yours.
The event is free and open to anyone who shows up for it; that’s another long-standing OTL tradition. At one time it was the wildest beach party in San Diego tho the past couple of years it’s been fairly tame by comparison. Still, you can go out there and have a pretty entertaining afternoon.
For an incredible 70 years now, the OTL has been put on by the Old Mission Bay Athletic Club. Here’s a cheers to them, along with a link to the organization’s website: Over The Line (ombac.org)