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April 6, 2024
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Baby!

Looking forward to the Southwest Championships in Las Vegas starting next week. And I'm pleased to announce that it's possible that SSUSA will be posting the scores in real time, or at least by the end of each day! Am I correct, Dave ? (LOL)
Jan. 30, 2024
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Super Bowl Tickets

Hey Fellas....A good friend of mine has two tickets for the 2024 Super Bowl, 50 yard line box seats. He paid $2,500 each but he didn't realize last year when he bought them, it was going to be on the same day as his wedding. If you are interested, he is looking for someone to take his place...It's at St. Michaels Church, at 3pm. The bride's name is Sheila she's 5'4", about 115 lbs, good cook too. She'll be the one in the white dress.
Oct. 18, 2023
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Worlds and 2024

Please allow Dave the time to focus his efforts on putting together the 2024 schedule. Thank you.
Oct. 13, 2023
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Worlds and 2024

Dave, thanks for your succinct answer. Can you be more specific?
Oct. 7, 2023
The real deal
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Worlds and 2024

The fields at Shadow Rock are awesome.
1. No taxes of any kind for 1 year.
2. Free gas for one year.
3. Free ammo for one year.
4. Free groceries for one year.
5. No GEICO commercials for one year.
Scientific literacy is the single most important survival skill we possess.
Three out of the four finest marksmen I know personally are women. Thereís something there.
Rock is dead. I canít tell you when it died, but Iíve been poking it with a stick for a while now and it hasn't moved.
I need to know what happened to Jimmy Hoffa.
I used to carry on about hating disco while secretly loving it.
I donít want to be mean and hurt anyoneís feelings, but Metallica is terrible. A garage band with exceptional PR. And I wouldnít clean my toilet with their OEM whiskey.
Joan Jett sucks tooÖdamn itís good to get all this out.
Any and all performers named ď LilĒ anything, sucks.
Remember when all the teenagers were gonna die from vaping? Whatever happened to that?
I was a slow convert, but Iím close to having all ceramic blade knives.
I havenít seen a truly stray dog in two years at least.
Look for and read Ď The Three Body Problemí by Cixin Liu. The first of an outstanding trilogy.
I keep mowing my neighbors front lawn because he says his dad has his lawnmower. Iím pretty sure he doesnít have a lawnmower. Or a dad. Whatever. He thinks heís getting over but heís twice my weight and half my age.
I keep wondering why guys show up at the range in camouflage. But I keep it to myself.
Prediction. In five years there will only be two pharmacies left, CVS and Rite-Aid. Amazon will buy one, and WalMart, the other.
I still donít know what bath salts were. Or are. Angel Dust for millennials I guess.
They just sentenced the guy who went after the Queen with a crossbow. Something delightfully medieval I kinda wish heíd gotten away with just for the devastating irony. Better if it was a long bow though. Monarchy, even when strictly symbolic is gross. But an American can be forgiven for that stance.
Unpopular takeÖI didnít find ĎBreaking Badí compelling or Walter White the least bit intimidating. Though there was a 16 year old girl in ĎGame of Thronesí that terrified me.
Iíve never eaten alligator.
Except for 12ga and .22 I havenít bought retail ammunition in 10 years now. Roll your own.
I donít like watches, never have. Only jewelry I ever wore were dog tags and a wedding band. Both institutions long in my rear view mirror.
What if we find out it was cow farts that caused all cancer?
Iím not going to suddenly decide I care about womenís soccer just so I can spew my stunted politics. This time.
Itís supposed to be cathartic to split firewood. Itís okay, but digging a deep hole is always more satisfying. Plus you never know when you might need a deep, easy to fill in hole.
I donít care how gnarled and painful my hands eventually get, I refuse to wear Velcro shoes as a matter of principle.
Okay so when does the testosterone go away exactly? Iím waiting. and not patiently. Iím gonna lean into it hard though.
I at the same time envy, and feel sorry for deeply religious people. I may not be a good person,
Robert Mitchum was vastly underrated. See ĎNight of the Hunterí.
Iím not washing or rinsing out my garbage. If itís reasonably clean, into the recycling bin, if not I just toss it. A manís just gotta take a stance now and then.
I have never miscounted , exaggerated or lied on my taxes. Iíve paid all I owe and probably more. Just for the record. Bastards .
Tazo Green Tea. Green tips or Zen.Maybe some honey and lemon. Not those squeeze bottles, a real lemon.
Grizzly bears kill and eat several people a year in North America. Guess how many people get eaten by tigers in India every year? I donít actually know, but itís a lot. I mean more than youíd think would be reasonable in 2023. Thatís kinda cool.
We all made fun of somebodyís border wall a few years back. No one laughing now.
Trying to learn Mandarin is effing hard. I canít do it it. Seriously , itís not if I worked a little harder Id get it, I canít do it. My mouth canít make those sounds. Luckily Iíll be long dead before it becomes an issue/requirement.
Coming up with a nutritional satisfying meal every single night is becoming a chore.
On weekends thereís always a line at the local pot store. Literally the only place I ever see a line.
Guy disappeared while swimming on the Pacific coast after other folks saw a large shark. Article said he was an expert water sportsman with years of experience. Really? Expert? Swimming dressed in a seal suit at Point Reyes in September? Sure Öexpert.
You can spend a fortune on very fine Swiss or German rifle scopes. And if you have the money, great. Itís fine glass. But I buy Nikon. Unfortunately they stopped making rifle scopes a few years ago but thereís a strong secondary market. I buy them up and so should you. ProStaff or Monarch. Make a tight littlex48 spotting scope Iím getting real fond of too. Doesnít come with a stand or a hard case though.
I would never bash a guys skull in with a Stihl Heavy Duty spade shovel. But if was to do such a thing, I know who Iíd do it to. Itís my Brooklyn birth I suspect. Forgive me Lord.
Wake me up when kale doesnít taste like feet.
The very first time I used a microwave, my palms got sweaty.
A very well made, finely built rifle is as close to art as any Monet, Manet, or Rembrandt.
I donít get thong underwear. Neither the allure, nor the comfort. Or lack there of. Iíve even tried wearing them backwards.
I want to go check if Abe Vigoda is actually dead. But Iím scared he might not be. That would freak me out.
I wonder who holds the record for having the most diseases. Or held the record I suppose.
If thereís one bad cop for every twenty good ones, thatís still a bad ratio.
If you join the Navy and canít swim, they wonít teach you. Suck it up buttercup.
If you join the Rangers and canít run, they will teach you. And they want you to do a bunch of hard stuff while youíre running.
The first stick shift I ever drove was a deuce and a half. If you know what that is, God bless. If youíve ever done endless donuts in mud with one, truly, God has smiled upon you.
I went into my bank after work and recognized no one. Kinda weird.
I mean what if the world was really flat. You could go right to the edge. Be kinda cool. I wish I believed dumb stuff sometimes.
Iím one open head wound away from watching my first Fast and Furious movie. Fingers crossed.
The conveyer belts at my local Raleyís were so dirty and gross I finally had to say something . I said it in German, so it might not have had any effect.
Speaking of Raleys I found a good cheap French red. Beaujolais-Villages Louis Jadot 2021. Pretty sure it was less than $20. Bet Safeway has it.
Dave, when does the 2024 schedule come out?

Aug. 21, 2023
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Does the run count?

Runner at 2nd base, 2 out, and batter hits a gapper. Slow runner at 2nd base scores at the same time the fast batter / runner misses 2nd base while on his way to 3rd base. On appeal, the ump calls batter / runner out for missing 2nd base. Does the run score?
July 19, 2023
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Two Day Tournaments

DD: Any chance that the Westerns (or any tournament) with a bracket of 8 teams or less can be reduced to 2 days instead of 3?
May 26, 2023
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Finish Strong

I heard a doctor on TV say that to have inner peace we should always finish things we start and we all could use more calm in our lives. While sheltered in place, I looked through my house to find things I'd started and hadn't finished. So, I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Wile Turnkey, a butle of wum, tha mainder of Valiumun srciptuns, an a box a chocletz. Yu haf no idr how feckin fablus I feel rite now. Sned this to all who need inner piss. An telum u luvum. And two al hve a Marry Crispmouse. 🎄
Feb. 20, 2023
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Brackets for TPA Yuba City

Ok, thanks. I guess I assumed that the brackets would be posted here since the TPA tournaments are posted at the bottom of SSUSA's Tournament page.
Feb. 19, 2023
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Brackets for TPA Yuba City

Will SSUSA be posting the TPA brackets for Yuba City Tournament scheduled for Feb. 25 - 26? If not, where can I find these?
Jan. 14, 2023
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Definition of Altered Softball

SSUSA Staff:

Item 5 (from National Rules Meeting) refers to the penalty for using an "altered softball". Can you give us the definition of this? Can we assume this refers to putting a ball into play that has been stored in an ice chest? If this is correct, at what temperature is a ball considered illegal, and how is this temperature determined?
Oct. 28, 2022
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Host Hotels in Phoenix

It looks like none of the host hotels in Phoenix are honoring the pricing listed on the SSUSA tournament page for bookings before November 1. Bait and switch?
April 11, 2022
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rockin' Reno Hotel Reservations

I know it's early, but a lot of our guys are interested in booking hotels for Rockin' Reno. SSUSA Staff: what age groups / divisions will be playing in Carson City? Thanks.
June 5, 2021
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Umpires Making the Right (or Wrong) Call

Runners on 1st and 2nd, one out. Batter singles to CF and the outfielder throws to 2nd base trying to force out the runner, who beats the throw by a half step. Umpire misses the call - calls the runner out at 2nd. Runner vehemently objects, but leaves the field after receiving a warning from umpire. Umpire meets with representatives from both teams to discuss the play, and both reps say he missed the call. Umpire then calls runner out a 2nd time, because he didn't think it would be fair to change his original call.

Sept. 19, 2020
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rule Change Proposal for 2021

SSUSA Staff:
How does a player make an official rule change proposal for 2021? And will the General Meeting this year be " live, in person", or via zoom?

I'd like to propose that a pitcher's screen be optional - not mandatory, for the older age groups (65's and above?). I play in 4 other leagues where the pitcher's screen is available, and there have been no injuries, and no middle wars. Over the last few years, more and more teams are making use of the screen, with no problems.

As we (I) get older, our (my) reaction time ain't what it used to be, and dressing up in full catcher's gear kinda sucks.

Any info on how / when / where to make this proposal would be helpful.
June 6, 2020
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Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SoCal Championships

It would be great if SSUSA could announce official changes for this tournament (and all tournaments!) at the top of this Message Board under "Priority", so we don't have to rely on comments that may or may not be accurate.
May 8, 2020
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reno Tournament

Yep, you guys are correct. We have a few guys that can't make this tournament because of work (short notice), and a few other guys in the "high risk" category who don't want to risk getting the virus. We're trying to figure out if we have enough guys to commit to this tournament.
May 6, 2020
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reno Tournament

I know that SSUSA is doing everything they can to keep this tournament alive - thank you! But with the change in dates as well as the uncertainty of the virus restrictions, it probably would be best for all of us if this tournament was cancelled. Too many unknowns at this point...
May 4, 2020
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Virus-Regulations

We all want to play - safely! But...

The whole point of social distancing or shelter in place is that we don't infect other people when we are either symptomatic or asymptomatic but contagious. So if I decide to play, am I putting at risk anyone else I come into contact with, especially my wife and elderly parents? Do they get a vote, or is that just something I have to work out in my own relationships? What about others with whom I may come into contact?

No easy answers here.

May 3, 2020
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Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any Chance for California Tournaments

NYGNYY - it's not looking real good right now. Yesterday the City of Pleasanton cancelled all league play for the rest of 2020, and will start up again in 2021. Don't know if this will affect any NCSSA tournaments that are played there.

Speaking of NCSSA, anybody know if the Sacramento Tournament (on May 16 - 17) has been cancelled? The NCSSA Board of Directors previously stated that any / all tournaments would be considered cancelled if there wasn't a 2 week notice sent out before the tournament dates. So far - no notice...
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