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Feb. 3, 2008
olddude
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Movie Trivia 2

Correct. Charles Robert Redford.
Feb. 3, 2008
olddude
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Movie Trivia 2

Okay, Commish, here you go.This actor, first name of Charles. He was in the same graduating class as Dodger great Don Drysdale. He lost his college baseball scholarship due to drunkeness. He does or did his own movie stunts, but paid the stuntmen so they didn't lose any money. Dislikes watching his own films. He almost ran for public office in his home state, then decided against it.
Feb. 2, 2008
olddude
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Movie Trivia 2

Ken, you are correct wuth Stoney Burke. As for asking the same question, well, great minds run the same course.
Feb. 2, 2008
olddude
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Movie Trivia 2

What was Jack Lord's first big acting role on a weekly TV series?
Feb. 1, 2008
olddude
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Movie Trivia 2

First Felix Feiter: Jack Lord
Jan. 19, 2008
olddude
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Significant Rule Changes for SSUSA 2008 Season!

There you have it. The "dumbing down" of softball. I have found, generally, these decisions come from people who have too much time on their hands and couldn't/wouldn't play competitively. I have also found over the years that when a longer /wider mat is used the batter's box doesn't change one iota. The hitter just has "to deal" with it. As far as protecting the pitcher, the "powers that be" most always overreact. Yes, there are inherent dangers being on the mound, but there are inherent dangers in everyday life. No one is forced to pitch, most oitcher take it as challenge.. Soon they'll be trying (under the rules) to protect players to point where softball will be like ballroom dancing. This is a symptom of the state of society. We now have "nanny" softball where no bump, scrape, pulled muscle, etc., will go unnoticed and will be regulated for. Go luck to you all and don't pull up lame. Big Brother Softball is watching.
Nov. 24, 2007
olddude
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ASA to change mound distance

Of course slow pitch is a hitters game, it was designed to be such. My experience has been that umpires have a tendency to err on the high side (up to 14 ft) and no lower that 8ft. 6 feet is a lot lower than people think, same with 12 feet. When I attended UIC-led umpire meetings we were instructed that if the pitch wasn't "hissing" it wasn't low. As a player for 25 years, I wanted consistency and not a continully changing zone from inning to inning or even pitch to pitch. As an umpire I wanted the pitch hittable within the minimums and maximums of the rules so the game was played as designed. Head honchos need to quit tinkering with the game and wanting to micro-managing it. Let the pitcher throw it and the batter hit and we'll go from there. Play Ball!
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