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Dec. 2, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BAN THE ULTRA

Follow the money? Isn't it more appropriate to try to follow the logic?

1. This is the SSUSA Message Board and Mr. einstein seems to indicate (most times) the SSUSA has an acceptable bat/ball combination.
2. The people that seem to know say there's been no change in bat or ball standards at SSUSA for years.
3. Then, why would the bat/ball issue/rant be such a frequent posting topic HERE?
4. If there are other leagues or associations where the bat/ball combination isn't to one's liking, wouldn't THERE be the place to take that up with them?

For me, and probably many my age, it comes back to something I wrote along these lines here in a more contentious thread a few weeks back:

I know I can't hit a ball as far as I used to because of natural aging, not because there is a global softball and bat sabotage campaign directed solely at someone personally.
Nov. 25, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter Worlds

Joncon- I have no real opinion on what the rule should be. I don't pitch and I've never hit a pitcher no matter where he was. But I think you might have your pitcher's box dimension off a bit. The box is 2 feet wide and 6 feet deep. The front of the box is the front edge of the pitching rubber. It extends BACK from the rubber, not to the FRONT. -DG-
Nov. 19, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Inoxicated player

The best answer thus far is by Ms. Allen. The injured player's lawyer will sue anyone and everyone they can think of and let the courts sort it out. They will hope that whatever that result is, the parties liable will have cash or insurance coverages to make it worthwhile. A Manager that knowlingly allowed the player to play is likely to be in that group of defendants.
Nov. 16, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: New location for world.

I'm a bit biased living in Arizona, but no matter where you might suggest, remember the BLFD does NOT allow the use of the Miken bats. This might be an issue for more than a few players.
Nov. 10, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: It's that time of the year...

Pssst. It was a JOKE fellas! Absolutely NONE of what I put in that post will work, ever.

Mr. Lecak, I, and everyone that has the wonderful opportunity to play this game, appreciates all of the people like you that step up and contribute. Regardless of how you might view that experience, you came to the plate. Thank you!

Mr. einstein, drop the ID crusade. It's getting boring and repititious and even you don't apply it consistently (4x4 is the best example there).
Nov. 10, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: It's that time of the year...

This is a brilliant idea that solves so many problems in so many areas!

Ssusa could merge all divisions into age group only. Spread the Major and Major+ guys around at something like 5 of each per team so they can do all of the hitting. There are more AAA and AA players, so put about 15 of them on each team.

The AAA and AA guys can play defense, since none will be required to bat and all they have to do is stand there and watch balls fly out of the park and make appropriate "Ohhh and Ahhh" background sounds. Put 10 of them on the field and the rest of them outside the fence to throw back the HR Derby balls. Maybe even offer them a sno-cone for each couple of balls.

Ths will also cut down on lost ball costs and maybe make tourney fees cheaper. The up the middle rule could be abolished and replaced with a screen, since the AAA and AA guys would appreciate the added protection.

Depending on how many outside the fence defenders a team is allowed, maybe the balls could be 525 cor balls, and that would eliminate the bat issues. The big bad Major and Major+ guys should be able to hit it out with a frozen loaf of bread.

This is an awesome idea. Think how dull it will be here when ratings, bats and balls arguments all go away at the same time. Simply brilliant!!
Nov. 10, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE THREADS REMOVED

Jano- No worries! We've come full circle on the thread it appears. Now we all know why Staff so wisely closed their announcement thread to further posts! We'll see how it works from here, but I'm still in favor of the full thread deletion approach. Creates much needed peer pressure on all of us. Also, it's certainly arguable there's only one problem here. Two would be the bare bones minimum, maybe more.
Nov. 9, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE THREADS REMOVED

Actually, it proves nothing. You, Joe, chose the user name einstein. Otherwise you would have chosen 'Joe', unless of course it was already taken. For example, I know who 'trumpball' is, but I don't use his first name. I know who a lot of people here are, but I use the names THEY gave themselves here out of respect. If you think I'm wrong in addressing you as 'einstein' please let me know. I always try to be respectful, hence adding the 'Mr.' before referring to you. In this case, readng between the lines reveals nothing but blank space. Oh, you can call me either DesertGuy or DG. I take no offense at either.
Nov. 9, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE THREADS REMOVED

'Thanks' but 'No Thanks' Mr. einstein. Not inerested in having, to use your word, a Holocast in my in-box like someone else here professes to have gotten from you in theirs. This is a nice, open environment. Nothing to hide, contrary to your theory. Type away whichever way you want to go, but don't change course now and actually head back to the issues I've asked you about. Remember, there's wet paint between your corner and the door to enlightenment!
Nov. 9, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE THREADS REMOVED

Thanks MaverickAH-

A while back, one of his loyalists, 4x4, posted a very eloquent statement why his personal information is guarded carefully on the internet. As far as I know, 4x4 hasn't been subjected to the same level of disrespect I have for taking the same position. Maybe it's because I'm not a major/major+ player. Who knows? He's been down this road with me before, in early September, and again last night when I re-posted my reply from then. No one is buying it this time either. I simply don't recall this forum having a rule that requires me to post my old Vietnam dog tags with name, rank and serial number.

Anyways, I can guess there are only two possibilities for him taking the 'no name/no address/no reply' position (sort of reminds me of no shirt/no shoes/no service deal!) Doing so prevents him from having to publicly admit that he has no rebuttal. Or doing so creates the illusion he has a higher moral ground than the rest of us. But the reality is he has painted himself into a corner and doesn't want to get wet paint on his feet walking out. Either way is a farce.

I let all of my posts stand on their own merit. I won't ever be a 'thread killer', something he can't say. Thank you for focusing on the real issue here.
Nov. 9, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE THREADS REMOVED

1. Very fortunate for all of us:

"DG,
I would have a lot to say to you if you would let us know who you are..."

2. db14 and softball4b:

You two have the makings of a terrific comedy team! Hysterically funny on both posts.
Nov. 9, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE THREADS REMOVED

Mr. einstein- Actually sounds like two people we know, and you're half of them. There are a lot of differences among members here. All bring interesting viewpoints here. All should be respected. None should be ridiculed. Here are a few of the obvious differences I see between you and me.

I'm happy to have this free forum available - You appear to think you own it

I'm comfortable with the ssusa policy decisions - You can't stand them because they aren't yours

I respect other's opinions - You ridicule them if they don't fall into lock-step with yours

I'm not going to cause entire threads to disappear - You're the 'leader in the clubhouse' on that right now

I know I can't hit a ball as far as I used to because of natural aging - You can't because there is a global softball and bat sabotage campaign directed solely at you personally

I'm very real and stand by my posts - You dismiss them because they don't come with a 'posters license' like one needed to drive (even though your buddy 4x4 eloquently expressed the reasons why he doesn't provide the detail you crave - And it doesn't even touch the topic of what you having GS's e-mail address caused to accumulate in his in-box)

This list could go on for days, but won't.

Be respectful and tolerant Mr. einstein. For the benefit of the community.

P.S. - Last evening's 'question' remains unanswered
Nov. 9, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE THREADS REMOVED

db14- That's about the funniest thing I've seen here in ages. Thanks for a good honest laugh, in a friendly manner, for a thread that could use one! Hysterical!
Nov. 8, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE THREADS REMOVED

Mr. einstein- Now that we got over the "who are you? issue", let's revisit to the original question you deftly avoided:
________________

"Find the troublemaker and lose him."

Would that be you at this point, Mr. einstein? You're the one leading the "threads killed" count by a 2 to 1 'score' over Dirty at the moment. It's simply not intellectually honest to be a part of the the problem and insist that the other part of the problem be ousted.
________________

To the rest of the message board community: I apologize that this line of questioning was diverted by Mr. einstein originally by him shifting away from answering the question
into some other realm of supposed relevance.
Nov. 8, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE THREADS REMOVED

Memory Refresher for Mr. Einstein:
_____________________________

Sept. 9, 2008
DesertGuy Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerrated

Mr. einstein- Not sure what you mean by "softball identity" but here goes. I am a registered ssusa player. I play for an Arizona based 60's team and live in southern Arizona. I play the infield. I use an Ultra II but seldom hit the ball out of the park unless it's foul. I play because I have for over 30 years and we have a great bunch of guys. I don't play in the major or major plus divisions. I bat right and throw right and most people say I field pretty well. Can't think of anything else that would be part of a softball ID,

Personally, although it's none of your business, I am almost retired. Have spent my entire career in education, am married and have a few kids. Just like 4x4, one of your possee (that's a southwest term I presume you understand) posted in the thread that went away, I am careful about how much information I release to the entire world here. That's why my birth name and my e-mail address remain items I give to people that have earned it. It also prevents receiving unsolicited e-mails on any topic of discussion.
Nov. 8, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE THREADS REMOVED

I'm here and I'm signed in. You asked for my 'softball ID' a while back, and it wss given to you. Check back on my posts if you need a memory refresher. As for the topic at hand:

"Find the troublemaker and lose him."

Would that be you at this point, Mr. einstein? You're the one leading the "threads killed" count by a 2 to 1 'score' over Dirty at the moment. It's simply not intellectually honest to be a pat of the the problem and insist that the other part of the problem be ousted.
Nov. 8, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE THREADS REMOVED

Thanks TOMAR77- I appreciate your thinking being along the same lines as mine on this one. I also don't like the entire thread going away, but I understand it. This seems to me to be about making everyone accountable (one or Mr. einsteins favorite words) for what happens here. If a trend develpps where there is a small, identifiable number of posters responsible for threads getting flushed, then one of two things should happen. Ssusa should 'flush' those posters and until they do, the rest of us should put peer pressure on them to conform. This is simple stuff, and I'm all for a happy forum community and against bickering and bullying from a very small minority. Joncon has it right when he says something along the lines of "lighten up, this is just a bonch of old men playing a girl's game!" He's right.
Nov. 8, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE THREADS REMOVED

Been a long, long time since I've seen the old "silent majority" ruse trotted out to rationalize questionable behavior. Almost 40 years ago I think since Richard Nixon tried that one on us to rally support for the Vietnam War. Didn't turn out too well for him as I recall.

But I think the best recent one I've seen is from the Swiss economist Gerhard Kocher. "The silent majority is silent, and that is best for everybody." By extension, maybe a bit more silence around here would be a good thing, too.

And also a hope that no one buys into the theory of it being OK to go after someone if they started it. If that were true, there wouldn't be any penalties in sports for the guy that smacks the other guy that did him wrong.

I still like the new approach. Peer pressure usually works (eventually) on those with a true conscience and a concern for bettering the community. We're all in this together, and that's a good thing.
Nov. 8, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE THREADS REMOVED

Bravo Staff! Despite the comments of Jano23, almost all of which I believe are thoughtful, it's probably not up to us as members to take sides and debate if a thread should have been removed. I'm sure it's tough enough for them to 'flush the toilet' on an entire thread in the first place. I also like the apparent all or none situation it places us in.

This forum has a long history of a small number of people appearing to think the board is theirs and that any dissent from their positions is to be ridiculed. And that ridicule takes the form of both attacks on the actual opinions expressed and on those that express them. Enough is enough. I like the new approach. What will really be 'regrettable' is if the membership doesn't respond properly and more threads are flushed. Thank you.

Dirty- trumpball was referring to a specific series of posts by Mr. einstein that were harmful to the company trumpball works for. It's not about you this time.

Jano- Mr. einstein repetitive posts all of the time. One of his favorites was posted to, and removed from, almost every active thread here a couple dozen of times in the last week.
Nov. 4, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Associations
Discussion: I.D.Fees

DMac- I guess times really are tough. $10 a year for the Sr. Softball newspaper and the right to play ssusa seems like a pretty good deal to me. Your $2 a game last month is about the same as you play for each DAY at Victory Lane or Big League Dreams. I hope things get better economically, or at least you find a better topic to complain about! Makes you look really, really cheap and makes me wonder how many $300 bats you have in your bag! (No, Gary, that wasn't an invitation to ask again why he needs them in the first place.) :)
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