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Dec. 26, 2008
Norq44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bad knee

JamesLG, sorry to hear about your knee problems. I am just turning 60, my left knee is already requiring replacement.( this is from osteo-arthritis). My doctor told me that if he did the replacement I would have to stop playing softball. I am unwilling to do so. He prescribed a very expensive brace that supports my knee, I only use it when I play.It supports my knee and allows me to run. Not very well, but anything is better than the alternative.
What I have been told is that a knee replacement is supposedly only good for 20 to 25 years, and that it is best if it is only replaced one time. I also have some aquaintances who have had knees replaced who are playing on them with great results. That said, there are also a couple of guys I know who have had bad experiences, there is the risk of infection, and the rehabilitation is long, painful, and difficult. There are things happening across the pond with stem cell research where they are growing new cartilage, that is the good news, the bad news is that our FDA is probably not going to approve it for use in this country, at least not in the immediate future.
Dec. 10, 2008
Norq44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What are some of your favorite Famous quotes, lines or sayings?

Birthdays are good for you. Studies have shown that those with the most birthdays live the longest.
Nov. 20, 2008
Norq44
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: who hits it the longest

Curt Hollis, Steve Stone, Mike Burbank, Audie Hollis, Steve Imlay, Rick Perez that I have personally seen hit balls in excess of 400 feet
Oct. 31, 2008
Norq44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Up the Middle

Gary,
In case you haven't noticed, this is a board whereby senior softball players who play a regional and national tournament softball gather to exchange things. When we find ourselves with a need for some help with our league play, we will contact you, since you are obviously the most knowledgeable local league player in the country.
In the meantime, maybe you could start another board, based on your considerable knowledge in league play. Your continuing inane banter about bats, balls, safety, etc, etc,etc. is redundant and boring. Your constant name calling and insults are something else.
Don Norquist
Oct. 31, 2008
Norq44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Up the Middle

Gary, who are you calling "stupid" . Why do you insist on taking over every post on this board. You have now posted over 220 times as "dirty" and it's all the same crap. What makes you think that any of the real softball players that read and participate on this board are even remotely interested in your negative opinions? You come across as the softball guru and you don't even play the game.
Oct. 30, 2008
Norq44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Clarification

Kevin,
Where can I get some of these new balls. I would like to take them out to our bi-weekly hitting practices here in Jacksonville.
Don Norquist
P.S. I love the new bat. I have already quit hitting it in practice. Saving it for the weekends.
Oct. 27, 2008
Norq44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nokona BFG1500

Gary,
You really do have an opinion on everything don't you. Who do you like in the upcoming election??
Oct. 27, 2008
Norq44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SYNVISC KNEE INJECTIONS

I have been battling knee problems now for years. I have not heard of this 3 shot injection called Synvisc. About two years ago I had some injections that were a five shot sequence, one per week for five weeks, but that is not what they were called. Is this something new?
I am supposed to be having knee replacement surgery on my left knee, but so far I have chickened out. I am only 59 now and I have been told that I can't play softball after the replacement. Can someone enlighten me on these shots?
Oct. 23, 2008
Norq44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Mike Macenko Senior Gear 13 inchers are in.

Mike,
First, when you called me about a month ago about buying your autographed Combat Gear, I had to sort of sidestep the issue. The reason being that my wife answered the phone, and I did not want to let her know I was buying a new bat. ( something about being unemployed for the last 10 months) . The fact was, I had called you and Kevin and by the time you called, I had already ordered the bat from him. Sorry about that. Anyway, I got the bat about three days later, started hitting it right away, and all I can say is "WOW" . I have has outstanding results with this bat. I like this bat so much that I have stopped using it during my bi-weekly hitting sessions with the Hollis brothers. I mention them because they already broke the one that Audie bought. They estimated they got about 120 swings on it before it broke, but I really think it was more than that. The truth is there isn't a senior bat made that those two mashers wouldn't break. And we were hitting ZN's. Sure was fun watching them fly.
Oct. 1, 2008
Norq44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking for an Aluminum Bat - TPS AI SB21 E

I found a Louisville Slugger TPS Model SB18 Player in my closet. I don't believe it has ever hit a ball. It has a sticker on it that says it is "grandfathered" for ASA, expires 12-31-2001. It is a dark blue color and says "Air Attack 2" on the barrel. If this bat interests you then e-mail me at norquist44@yahoo.com
Sept. 12, 2008
Norq44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Out at the plate

I agree, let him play. Softball is still a team sport, and one man does not make a difference. He is playing down two age brackets, and he has already played for MOB this year previously, and I didn't hear of any complaints then. Let him Play!
July 11, 2008
Norq44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Peach State Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia

Bruce, he called me just a few minutes after I posted, He told me the same thing. I used to hit with him a couple times a week, did so for years. NO ONE has broken more bats than him. He tells me that since he started weighing his practice balls and tossing out the heavier ones he is not breaking as many bats. While I will agree that heavier balls must break more bats than lighter ones ( the laws of physics) I still think that the bigger stronger guys will break more bats.
P.S. I hit with Curt and Audie last night. They BOTH hit balls over the left center field light tower on a baseball field. Unbelievable!!
July 10, 2008
Norq44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Peach State Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia

I have been reading this post with interest because it got into breaking bats. It is an interesting subject. And expensive also. My observations are that these composite bats break a lot faster for some players.It's all about bat speed. My opinion is that it isn't so much the balls as it is how fast the bat is striking the ball. Bruce mentioned Curt Hollis, I have been hitting twice a week with him for the last year. He consistently hits softballs out of sight. I'm not exaggerating either, he hits them up over the light towers. It would be interesting to see some stop action photography of the moment of contact, bat on ball, to see how much the barrel is flexing when someone like Curt hits it. I would like to hear from some of the power hitters across the nation, the guys that hit like the Hollis brothers, about bat breakage. I'm willing to bet that the guys with the 100mph bat speed are breaking a lot more bats.
March 16, 2008
Norq44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Difference in OG senior combat and the anaconda newer one

Trumpball,
I was talking with Stoneman yesterday about my two red combats. I have previously posted that I have estimated I have at least 750 swings on each of these bats. Stoney came to Florida to visit me because I invited him to come to the Hollis Brothers "Classic Spring Training". While there he got one of the red bats. He broke it already. I hit with him twice a week for years when I lived in Las Vegas, and I have seen him break a hundred bats. I would venture a guess that he breaks 20 for every one that I have broken. I know why that is. He swings the bat harder than me, and he hits the center of the ball often. Anyway, we were talking about my bats, I told him that I have been carefully inspecting them both each time I use them. I have noticed very tiny cracks in the paint running the length of the barrel. Let me stress that these bats have both performed exceedlingly well right out of the wrapper. And they still do. My question to you is should I put them up now and just use them for games?
On another note: I had the opportunity to swing your prototype ( #21) at the Classic Spring Training. I have to say that it was arguably the best bat I have ever had the pleasure of swinging. It will be the next bat that I purchase.
Don Norquist
dnorquist44@bellsouth.net
March 12, 2008
Norq44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Stoneman

The Hijacker,
I would take the time to tell you about this if I knew who you were, but you have chosen not to grace us with your identity. By the looks of your grammar and spelling you are probably Gary19, back to irritate us some more. I'm not going to waste too much more of my time on you. It is people like you that are the reason we don't have the pleasure of decifering Stoneman's posts anymore. So take your absurd insinuations and comments over to theoldscout.com board. You won't be any more appreciated, but at least you will be tolerated, if only for a short time. ( sorry about that Gordie!)
March 10, 2008
Norq44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: new red senior Combat

Freshfish,
There is generally 4 to 5 guys at these late night hitting sessions. We have two sets of over 100 balls. We generally hit ten balls each several times, then swith to five each, and sometimes we go to 1 swing each. ( the one swing really makes you concentrate). The field we generally hit on has a standard 300 foot softball fence and about 135 feet of grassy area beyond the fence. ( It's a good thing too because those Hollis boys can really mash it). Every once in a while the lights go off early, then we have to really spend some time looking for the balls in the dark with a flashlight. Luckily it doesn't happen that often.
March 2, 2008
Norq44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: new red senior Combat

I have a couple of the red combats, I traded 30 oz. Ultra II's for them. They are both 28oz. bats. I have been swinging them for at least three months, at least twice a week. At batting practices I probably get about 50 swings total that I split up between the two bats. I estimate that I have at least 750 swings on each of them. One of them has a tiny piece of paint chipped off , that's it. They are great bats. I feel they are comparable to the Ultra II. Definitely more durable. I recommend this bat to anyone who is tired of breaking the Miken Ultra II after just a few swings.
Jan. 25, 2008
Norq44
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: hitting the pitcher

All of us who have played this game for a long time know that hitting the middle has always been a part of the game. The difference is that with today's equipment and rules it has become necessary for home run hitters, guys that always used to swing for the fences to seek another avenue to get on base. Unfortunately, that is usually going up the middle.
When we first started playing this game (for me, 1967) you NEVER heard the statement "the middle is open". The guys that hit the middle in those days were taking a chance on making an out. Now,even at our "advanced" ages, our ego's still come out when the first ball rockets through the box.
I totally agree with Einstein on this one. If this rule is to be enforced, it has to be by the umpires, and it has to be like Joe says. The umpire is going to have to be in control and he is going to have to have the power to do what Joe is suggesting. ( boy, I wouldn't want to be an umpire) . And I also agree that it needs to be a universal rule. For all divisions.
Jan. 21, 2008
Norq44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Rule proposed rule changes

I don't post very often, but on this subject I feel I must speak up. Having pitched at every level of senior softball over the course of the last nine years I feel qualified to speak. Actually I am left "speechless" by this DBO rule. This rule effectively takes the pitcher out of the game. We might as well have some kind of pitching machine out there. This rule means that I don't have a position to play anymore. I love pitching. I love to be hit at. It's exciting! I love to pitch in the wind. It's a challenge. I have been hit a few times, but only below the waist. I have always defended my upper half. I have only been "hurt" twice, both times in batting practice, and that was 20 years ago or better. All of this being said, I would not want to be pitching against ANY Major + players that are intentionally hitting the middle with the senior bats we are using these days. All Major + players are good to great hitters. All of them! Thus, I cannot endorse home run limits. ( actually I never did. ) In my opinion home run limits have ruined the game. There have always been other ways of controlling the percieved problems. The wider mat? I average one walk every two games anyway, so I don't like that one either. I do believe in the 1&1 count, I do believe that we don't need to see but one good pitch in slow pitch softball. So while I can live with the wider mat, I like the 1-1 count, I don't like the home run limits, and I can't even play with the DBO rule. I guess I won't be playing SSUSA softball. Makes me sad.
Oct. 12, 2007
Norq44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: wood bats

I have recently started playing in a men's league in Northern Florida that has changed to wood bats. What is the best wood bat out there these days. Anyone know?
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