Chocolate Thunder from the planet Lovetron. One of my favorites growing up. The "inventor" of the spring loaded rims we have today.
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Thing about strike zones at this 12 year old level is the consistency. I'm amazed at how quickly both pitchers and batters can adjust from game to game when they can get a sense about the strike zone. Kids are a lot smarter than we like to give them credit for being so.
The thing that gets me as a coach and parent is when you have an ump who can't make up his/her mind as to where exactly their strike zone is. Last night, the ump was calling pitches about six inches off the outside of the plate strikes. But he was extremely consistent with those calls. No argument here.
Another thing I can't stand. besides inconsistency, is umpires who fail to adjust their tight zone when they sense certain kids are just learning and the walkfest ensues. Doesn't happen at this tournament/World Series level, and if it does then the coach will have to change pitchers, as these umps will not adjust, nor should they. But on the local level, I see stuff like that all the time and it just makes you want to pull your hair out. We need to develop these kids and give them a shot at improving. But when you get a stubborn ump who likes to split hairs with his calls and kids on the other team are not being encouraged to swing at very hittable pitches, that's when games go south in a hurry.
As for the game last night...the Cramer kid for Red Land really took advantage of the widened zone and pitched himself a fantastic game. California vs Texas tonight with that winner meeting Pennsylvania in the US title game on Saturday. Amazed that the last PA title team was back in 1960 (Levittown). You would think that the "home team" would have won since then. Shippensburg won the US title in 1990, but lost in the final to Taiwan.
Temple, Penn State, Pitt, Penn, St. Joseph's, Villanova, LaSalle, Drexel, St. Francis, Bucknell, Lehigh, Lafayette, Robert Morris.... they are all solid schools....
For a majority of student-athletes I deal with, the families would not otherwise be able to help their kids access these institutions... Plainly stated... It's a "come up" for the families and the kids...
The recent decisions by Newbill, Julian Moore, Shep Garner, Nazeer Bostick and Tony Carr to "choose" PSU have been routinely questioned and criticized by most in the Philly hoops community...
I figured you guys would have an interest in this subject...
And Washington doesn't seem like warm weather to me.
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When you look at the list geographically, we're the only large shcool that's not in a warm weather climate... except Northern Iowa. What's going on THERE???
I'll never forget my counsin's wedding in Orlando while I was a student. I mentioned to one of the girls there who was a HS senior that I went to Penn state. Her eyes lit up, and informed me how ALL her friends in Orlando wanted to go there. I guess it was pretty obvious that none of them had ever been there on a basketball recruiting trip in February.
Newkirk to IU.
Pitt sophomore guard Josh Newkirk will transfer to Indiana, according to multiple reports Sunday.
The Panthers announced Aug. 9 that Newkirk would transfer closer to his Raleigh, N.C., home to rehab from microfracture knee surgery he had in May.
But PSU doesn't need to schedule a Washington State. It has a power 5 school already on the schedule through 2020.
And it's Georgia State, not Georgia Southern (semantics, really, but, there's a point to the correction). That game isn't going anywhere since it's a favor to the GSU program for the satellite camps.
Again, they needed one THIS YEAR. The Georgia State game would have been eliminated for the second part of the home and home.
Then stay there for the next 20 years because they like it and got good civilian jobs. That doesn't make the kid Korean.
Sounds like the argument against the Supreme Court's decision confirming the birthright citizenship aspect of the 14th Amendment that is happening in the GOP Primary!
And the note that causes me to grant Tom's wish!
Image for a moment, the flip side of what you just said.
Picture for a moment, this conversation:
PSUfan-1: Milos Bogetic was the first European to play a game for Penn State.
PSUfan-2: Wait a minute, John Amaechi played at least 10 years before Milos
PSUfan-1: John Amaechi is black, he's not European.
PSUfan-2: But, he was born and raised in England
PSUfan-1: That doesn't matter. He's black, so he's African. He shouldn't be considered a European.
...does that sound kosher? That's what we are saying about Froome.
...yet Rutgers was able to schedule Washington State in the very same time period.
That was a home and home.
Why couldn't we have done a home and home?
in this day and age there seems to be too much "don't let the truth get in the way of a good story".
If this day and age means "since homo sapiens became highly social", I agree!
Damn. I thought the whole Fox News thing was a more recent phenomena.
1.) Only 1(ONE) of the 14 BIG TEN teams will NOT face a BIG 5 OOC opponent. Any guesses who that is?
Rutgers was supposed to be an OOC team
So why couldn't Penn State add a BIG 5 team to replace the Rutgers OOC game?
Personally speaking, the best way to go against PC criticism is to just flatly ignore the PC bullies.
I'm someone who thinks political correctness is both a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing is it gets people to accept other views and appreciate where others are coming from, even if they are ignorant to its origins. The bad thing tends to be the people who take it upon themselves to deride those who don't say politically correct things.
But I have a hard time believing
Ha, this is a great question actually. I've definitely shifted my interests around in the last 10 years to accommodate more time for soccer and less time for other sports that I enjoy.
There's a local bar on 6th st that apparently was the place where the "hard core" US fans went during the world cup. I wonder if that's the place.Personally speaking, I think waking up on a Saturday morning after a hard week with a cup of coffee watching the Premier League is a pretty great thing because if you sat around to watch a game each time they are on, you're done watching by 2:30. Plenty of time to get other stuff done throughout the day.
I have friends that go to a bar in Harrisburg somewhere to watch the games and drink. I didn't even know bars could serve beer in the morning like that.
I am not surprised, given every alumni base's belief that its school should be winning national championships in every sport, that a school like Minnesota has trouble finding a qualified athletic director.