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Murray Williams

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Austin, TX

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Men's 60

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, Oct. 18, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

Dave, here is my 2 cents worth:
1. 2/3 format is fine, but the 0-2 teams should play each other to have the opportunity to advance in the tournament and it should be an extra game that puts them in the back of the losers bracket. In other words, they get no advantage in moving up further in the losers bracket by playing this extra game than any other one loss team. This would also help address southerson's concern about two 1-2 teams not getting the same treatment. If one of the 0-2 teams won against another 0-2 team they would be 1-2 then when they played another 1-1 team in the losers bracket, the winner of that game would have the better record (either 2-2 vs 1-2 or 2-1 vs 1-3).
2. Pods are OK if needed. In the AAA bracket in Vegas, I think the biggest problem was determining the seeds into the bracket. If this had been done on time it would have eliminated a lot of the delays. As others have suggested, do it with computers. A computer with the right software could do this in 10 minutes. I could write an excel macro for you that could handle this if you want help. Another delay was having fields double-booked with a coed tournament. How does this happen in a nation tournament?
3. I really don't think pods are necessary, but if you do break the bracket up in pods, try to separate teams by geography as much as possible. We are a team from Austin Texas and this year we got a bye in the first round. Our first game in the bracket was the winner between a team from Austin and Houston. We have played both of these teams many times this year.
4. Tournament size. If you have enough fields, don't limit the size. If you get into the loser's bracket early then you really don't have a reason to complain about playing a lot of games. A premium should exist for staying in the winners bracket and you should not make it easier for a loser's bracket team to win.
5. Also post the bracket game times and fields for the first games for each team once the seeds have been determined on your website. In this day and age it is unreasonable to require all teams to be at one field at 2PM to find out their game times, especially how it worked out this year with all the delays.
, Oct. 3, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Double Knee Replacement Surgery

A few of us have. See some of the previous threads.
http://seniorsoftball.com/?keywords=knee+replacement
, Aug. 27, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Houston Based 50

Just curious, what team is this?
, Aug. 20, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: AUSTIN TEXAS SENIOR SHOOT-OUT !!

Chris,
Have you decided which weekend to reschedule? On Saturday you said you were leaning towards Sept 8th...is that the most likely date?
thanks,
Murray
, July 27, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

Tim, you state: "if we had won the tourney we would have had three bad choices to make...cut friends to get better, or stay together and get whooped at Plus Worlds, or break up for Worlds...none of which would have been enjoyable."

If you force a major plus team to break up aren't you forcing them to cut friends or break up? Why is this any less enjoyable for major plus players than others?
, July 9, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Available Teams

taits, not necessarily true. You will only get taxed if you are a high earner and sell your home at a substantial profit that exceeds the $250,000 (single) or $500,000 (married) exclusion.
http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/realestate.asp
, June 5, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Any rules about location of safety screen?

neck10, does the pitcher walk towards the screen after pitching to make sure he remains behind it and is protected? It would seem that a 6ft or taller pitcher would be in jeopardy if a ball just cleared the screen and he was at the pitchers mound or deeper.
, May 31, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: new bat

Ed, why is the vector-O being discontinued?
, May 22, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Best Method for Breaking in a new composite Senior Bat ??

You have to type it to either email or post it here. Might save you a few keystrokes typing it here once rather than emailing several different people who contact you about it.
, May 22, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Best Method for Breaking in a new composite Senior Bat ??

ChiPrimeMarty, everything you do sounds good to me (I wouldn't step on handle or beat it with a mallet).

Tri18, why so secretive? If you have good methods of breaking in a bat why not post it here so that everyone gets the benefit rather than one person emailing you?
, May 16, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee-What's The Truth?

Ed, I left you a voicemail a couple days ago. Want to buy a vector. Please get back with me soon. Thanks, Murray
, May 7, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee-What's The Truth?

surf88, I need to get an ASA bat to use in league with the young guys. Is the Vector ASA come in end load like the Melee end load? I want to swing a bat that feels the same for both senior and ASA.
thanks,
Murray
, April 24, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: IS SURF88 THE ONLY REP THAT DOES ANYTHING FOR REEBOK?

I sure hope that those who are going to Ed with problems are buying their bats from him.
, April 9, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Asked Again: Anyone have a Miken Ultra 2 Advance for sale?

I sold mine this weekend. Thanks for the interest.
, April 6, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Asked Again: Anyone have a Miken Ultra 2 Advance for sale?

After seeing that the eBay one is up to $177 with 17 bids, I have decided to list mine on eBay. Thanks to those who showed an interest in my bat.
, April 3, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Austin Texas Senior Shoot-Out !!!

Chris, what kind of hand made plague's will the MVP's get? Bubonic? ;>)
, April 2, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Asked Again: Anyone have a Miken Ultra 2 Advance for sale?

You mean one with the metal knob? I have a 28oz with less than 20 swings on it that's been sitting in my closet for several years. I never could get used to that knob. You can email me at murray.williams@austin.rr.com and I can send you some pictures if you are interested.
, March 23, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee(s) Replacement

My pain was just bone-on-bone in the knee joint itself.
, March 22, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee(s) Replacement

mad dog, I said running hard not FAST! Kenny, I always said that once I gave up softball I would start playing golf...I guess that is why I keep playing softball!
, March 21, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee(s) Replacement

Tater50, please refer to this thread for some detailed information I (and others) posted earlier about knee replacements. http://seniorsoftball.com/?messageboard&viewby_thread=79247&message_topic_id=misc

To answer your questions:
1. I would NOT hold off as long as possible if you are in pain and it is affecting your quality of life. For me, it was waking up several times a night in pain that convinced me it was time to get it done. Plus having to limp and not being able to run very well. I could have taken the pain while trying to run for a while longer but it was the pain at night that made it unbearable. Plus I couldn't work out or even take batting practice like I wanted to because of the knee.

2. I only had one done...my other one is in good shape for a 57 year old knee. I have a desk job and was off work for 3 weeks. The first week back I worked 4 hour days then full time after that. Sitting for long periods of time lead to quite a bit of swelling, stiffness and pain. If I had it to do over again, I would have tried to stay home another week or two and kept it elevated and iced longer. I had it done on Dec 7th, 2010 and started hitting in March 2011 and playing at the end of April. It was probably about August before it started feeling pretty good and I felt like I was close to normal again. I DH'd most of all of last year. It's now been a year and 4 months and it feels much better than at the end of last year. We play our first tournament this weekend so it will be my first real test of this year to see how it feels to run hard on it. I definitely recommend it. One month after the surgery I was much better than I had been in years.

3. They do replace both at once, but as you can imagine rehab is much more difficult because you don't have a "good" leg to help you out while you are recovering. My 82 year old dad had both of his replaced 1 month after mine and he went to a full time rehab facility for the first couple of weeks after surgery. He said that if he was going to have to go through rehab and be miserable he would rather only do it once. If it were me, I think I would do 1 at a time.

Good luck!
Murray
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