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, Aug. 31, 2013
phantomf4j
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: stop all the whining

I know not everyone will agree with my POV. That's OK, this is America. But I am tired of all the complaining in this country about athletes getting hurt, about bullying, about how to change things so that everyone gets a trophy, etc. What total bullbutter.

I was bullied in school. You probably were too. It was a "right of passage." Heck, when I was a freshman, seniors would hassle us every day. It was how it had always been. But now, if someone says "boo" to little Johnny, his psyche has been damaged....give me a break.

Now we are changing time honored rules in all sports so that the players do not get hurt. Football is a violent game. Softballs are hit at amazing speeds. There are no pads in basketball, and do not tell me basketball is not a contact sport. If you do, it is clear you have not played competitive basketball.

My point is this: Here we are seniors and God has blessed us so that we are able to participate in sports this late in life. When I was a kid it was unheard of for a 70+ year old guy to still play organized sports. Most of them were already in the rocking chair or in "homes" somewhere. But we can still play and that is fortunate for us all. But, while safety is important, let's not change the rules of the game so that the player with no reaction time (that should porbably not be out there)does not get injured.

I don't play sports I cannot compete in because I would get hurt and slow the game down for those who can play. But the rules should not be changed to accommodate my weaknesses. Am I nuts? Does anyone understand what I am trying get at? Have we become a nation of pansies or what?
, Aug. 1, 2013
phantomf4j
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has the game really been toned down?

Sorry guys, I clearly should have posted this further down on another thread.
, Aug. 1, 2013
phantomf4j
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has the game really been toned down?

Sorry guys, I clearly should have posted this further down on another thread.
, Aug. 1, 2013
phantomf4j
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has the game really been toned down?

OK, I rarely share my thoughts, but I am on this topic, even though I will probably catch heat for my comments. I play in the 70+ league in San Antonio. I recently lived in a Del Webb 55+ community. There was a decision made there to drop the hot-tub temperature down from 104-degrees to 100-degrees because the "older" people could not handle it. IMHO that is an absurd thing to do. Why penalize everyone for the few people who "might" have a problem with a hot-tub at normal temperatures? That is how I see this discussion about senior softball bats/balls and the danger of that combination. Yes, I understand that a batted ball can be dangerous. But if an older athlete cannot respond quick enough to get his glove up then maybe he should be trying another hobby. I realize that may sound cold, but I don't play ice hockey because I would ruin my ass from the falls I would take while participating. But I would not expect the league to be modified to ensure my safety. Pure nonsense in my opinion.
, June 28, 2012
phantomf4j
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is winning the most important thing?

OK guys, I rarely contribute, but I want to on this topic. I have a button that I wear occasionally on my shirt. It reads: "I have survived damn near everything."

Prostate cancer, Naval aviator during the Vietnam War, failed marriage, job changes, you name it, I've probably been through it.

Life has taught me that there are no guarantees, but it has also taught me that the world is not going to eat me.

Softball is a wonderful sport and I love it. I even still get nervous before a big game. But it is not life and death. If I win or lose it is OK. But this much is important. If we are going to keep score, it sure matters whether I win or lose. It is just the competitive nature that most people have who participate in team sports.
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