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, Aug. 10, 2015
ODDBALL
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Religious ceremonies at tournaments

This discussion is a good example of the old saying," don't discuss race, religion or politics in polite company ". Antieinstein's fist post said it all.

Muslims, Christians, Jews and many other religion are taught that they must proselyte. So when the occasion presents itself, they feel they must testify. Some do it because they truly feel it is the right thing to do and some do to elevate their status in the eyes of other believers.

However, the vast majority of readers on this site are around sixty years old. They have had a long life during which they have decided what to believe and what not to believe. Some, like myself, don't care one way or the other. Some are uncomfortable, especially when they are in the minority. Some have had terrible experiences and horrible remembrances. Some view the proselyte as arrogant and condescending because they feel that they know more than the person to whom they are speaking.

If you want to join the prayer, do. If you don't, walk away. If some don't join your group on their own, just leave them alone. They all know what you are doing, they don't need an invitation.
Just a few thoughts, some of which are redundant of this thread.
, Aug. 7, 2015
ODDBALL
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Religious ceremonies at tournaments

antieinstein, well said. Yours should have been the second post.
, Aug. 5, 2015
ODDBALL
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Religious ceremonies at tournaments

First of all, I'm an atheist. I'm not anti-religion, combative or critical. I'm pretty much just apathetic. I've played on several teams that are deeply religious, as a whole. They pray after every game and before many. I bow my head when they do just as a matter of respect. They are friends who pray because they believe they are helping someone, either the person being prayed for or giving support to others. Basically, I find myself just hoping that it's a short prayer so I can get out of the heat.

It doesn't make me uncomfortable, personally, and I find it a small price to pay to support my friends. This is just my view.
, Dec. 23, 2013
ODDBALL
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Handicap System

I hope you guys find this as amusing as we did. Two years ago our team was required to give the other team an eleventh man on defense and they were required to give us 5 runs. The TD swore that was the way it was written in the rule book. Does that make sense?
, Dec. 22, 2013
ODDBALL
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Looking for a Good Shortstop and a Third Baseman

I feel that the issue of expanding the ages in each
division is pretty much a moot point. It may make good sense philosophically, but it's not going to happen. There will be fewer total teams in most tournaments which means fewer entry fees and less money for the sponsoring organizations. Everything else aside, this is a business and the powers that be are trying to maximize profits.
Does that make sense?
, Dec. 20, 2013
ODDBALL
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams leaving SSUSA?

Do you really have to live and die by the home run to win in the major plus division? If you think so, think again. Did anyone notice that the winners of the Major Plus 65 division in Las Vegas didn't come close to hitting their limit of home runs in any game, had ten players and only three of them were healthy. Of course they hit 800+ as a team. There is much more to the division than hitting the long ball.
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