A Brilliant Column by Ron Chimelis of The Republican Regarding the Way the Little League Organization Operates - We’ve been saying for years that there is too much emphasis on the tournament that culminates in the Little League World Series. Years ago, the youth baseball season stretched out all summer. Now? Most leagues are over in early June to allow local leagues to select an all-star team which then starts the long tournament which takes two months. The other kids in the league? They go home and sit on their butts. Time for a change Little League.
Heres more from Ron’s column:
These were encouraging words to someone like myself, who questions whether Little League’s entire apparatus is a pyramid arranged to funnel all its players through a system that crowns world champions at age 12.
Within its system, however, come problems. Most town leagues end by mid-June or earlier, at which point the town all-star teams are chosen.
Those teams compete in a series of regional tournaments that lead up to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. This winnowing-out process means that in many locales, the vast majority of kids are through with baseball for the summer before summer has officially begun. Then people wonder why kids drop baseball for lacrosse or soccer.
Two Arena League Football Team Owners Brawl Over . . . Cheerleaders Being on the Field? – Wouldn’t you like to see Jerry Jones get into it with another NFL owner some time? Apparently the owner of the San Jose SaberCats arena football team was arrested after cops say he attacked the owner of the Jacksonville Sharks after a game. It all started when the SaberCats owner, Cedric Walker confronted two Sharks cheerleaders for being on the field. Yes, that’s right, cheerleaders on the field.
Golf Cart in Water – Long time readers of BadJocks will recall that we have a thing for stories about golf carts ending up in water. Something about carts that make people want to drive them into ponds, streams, lakes, and occasionally swimming pools. This latest incident is blamed on free booze handed out at a charity golf event.
Watch the Minor League Hockey Brawl Between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Providence Bruins During AHL Playoff (W-B/S won 4-1) – Story here
MLS Player Shoves Ball Boy – Well, the kid was holding the ball with his hands, which I’m pretty sure you’re not suppose to do that in soccer or it will burn your fingers right off. So really, he was protecting the kid. Link has video.
Hazing Update: Soccer Coach Charged in Scandal at Maine West High School (IL) - Investigators say that coach Michael Divincenzo not only knew of the incidents of older players pulling down the pants of younger players and “poking” them with their hands or other objects, he actually threatened younger players with hazing. Divincenzo was indicted on one count of hazing, three counts of battery and four counts of failing to report the abuse as mandated by law as a teacher and a coach. Good thing we’re making progress toward ending sports hazing, right?