Hey kids. So, after the first weekend of the CAN tourney I will say that we look pretty good this year but, given that it’s single elimination next weekend, we’re going to have to continue what we did this weekend. And we’re losing a few key players to other commitments. However, we do have some depth, even if yours truly barely has an arm anymore and I pretty much have to reduce the amount I throw or it feels like my arm might just drop off at the shoulder. But we had four people hit home runs over the fence — Marieo, Strok, Austen, and Randall. And Strok’s was a line drive over the fence. It was so ballin’. I haven’t uploaded all my pictures yet but here are the few I cribbed from others and took on my phone. Also, just found out our new UGA game watching bar is 18th Amendment on the Hill. This is hilarious. But only to me. First the Coach’s recap. Cause it’s funny and explains it better than I have time to. Also, our new motto is apparently something along the lines of “put some mustard on it.” I carried a packet around in my sports bra the last game. Yes, I know. It’s weird. But ballplayers are a superstitious lot.
Thanks to everyone who made it out for the first weekend of the softball tournament this weekend. I really appreciate all of you making my job easier by showing up on time both days. It’s not easy getting 30 people to the same place at the same time, so thanks for making it as painless as possible.
For those of you not in attendance, or those of you whose memory of Saturday is a little hazy, we started off with a strong showing against perennial contender Indiana. After giving up two runs in the top of the first inning, our defense clamped down and our offense took control of the game. We won 14-2 after five innings. Most everyone in the lineup contributed to the offense, but the highlight has to be Strok’s line drive home run over the left field fence. The ball probably never got more than 15 feet off the ground, but it was laser beam. Legend is that he derives his strength, much like the biblical Samson, from his hair (and, curiously enough, by pounding mustard packets). In Strok’s case, however, the hair in question is his Cookie Duster porn-stache.
Marieo had another fantastic pitching performance. Annie had a Web Gem of a diving catch in right center; and Longmire, Randall, and Cassidy combined for a 6-4-3 double play that killed an Indiana rally. And a round of applause to Will for toughing out a sprained ankle and still swinging a good bat and making plays at third base.
In our second game, we faced off against LSU for the third time this season. After shutting them out in the top of the first, we proceeded to hang eight runs on them in the bottom of the inning. Randall cranked an opposite field home run; and two batters later, Austen (fellow mustard packet pounder) hit a frozen rope over the left center field fence for his first-ever CAN tournament home run.
We had a 10 run lead and batting in the bottom of the third, likely on our way to another mercy-rule victory, when the skies opened up. We were unable to finish the game against LSU, and thus went back to the Holiday Inn bar. I have no recollection of what happened after that.
On Sunday morning, we had to do almost an hour’s worth of field maintenance before the field was even playable. Thanks to Longmire, Sarah, Matt, and others for helping out with that. Once the field was playable, we had a quick 14-2 mercy-rule victory against Arizona state. (There seems to be a pattern developing.)
Aside from the rain, it’s hard to imagine how the first weekend could’ve gone better for us. We had a tough draw, and we demolished it. Given that we’re the only team in our pod that currently doesn’t have a loss, we’re guaranteed a spot in the second round, regardless of the outcome of our game against LSU. I haven’t heard when or if we’re making up that game, particularly because our game against LSU is irrelevant if Indiana beats ASU (which they should). More details on that as they become available (which will likely be tomorrow). BE PREPARED TO PLAY VERY EARLY ON SATURDAY. I’m going to do my best to make sure that we don’t have to play early, but it’s within the realm of possibility that we could be required to finish our LSU game at 7:00am or earlier. Please direct all complaints to the CAN commissioners.
Great job this weekend, Dawgs. The games get tougher from here, but we’re playing some of our best ball of the season. I like our chances. See everyone Saturday.
Thanks and Go Dawgs,
Furthermore, the beer/jello shot stats are as follows:
– 99 kegs of beer
– 72 teams
– 1.375 kegs of beer per team
– 226.875 cans of beer per team
– 220 jello shots (1/3 of which we consumed ourselves)
Great showing all around.
UPDATE: Lina sent me a few more and I’m going to post them knowing that you will all now know just how gorgeous I am. Stop. Really. But the second one is so good. So, so good.
Okay, let’s talk about Paul Ryan shall we? It’s no secret I dig him. Smartest guy on the Hill maybe. Pops and I talked about Romney’s decision and, while Pops thinks that there are people who will freak out about the programs Ryan wants to cut — and they’ll believe it’s Medicare but they will be very wrong because that program is being robbed by the other guy. You don’t have to like the truth but it remains true — he says that those people may choose not to vote. And that this is a direct attempt to have a serious and clear conversation about which direction we are headed as a country, which sounds silly if you refuse to be anything but solipsistic, but is actually pretty important. Anyway, I maintain that this was basically a reaffirmation that Romney was serious when he stood on the stump after the Obamacare mandate was declared a tax and said he would repeal the legislation as a first order of business were he to be elected. If anyone can do that, it’s Paul Ryan. He has, in fact, offered another plan but apparently the world barely knows who he is much less the kind of number-crunching work he does. Typical. Get with it kids. The dude’s a fiscal genius and it would be in your best interest to acquaint yourself with what he does. So depressing I feel the need to say that…Anyway, here’s his speech following the announcement. It’s pretty good. And I think this scene from Tombstone is absolutely perfect because the look in Kilmer’s Doc Holliday’s eye is intense and uncompromising. And I think Romney and Ryan have that same glint.
Other fun things while I try to get my head back on straight…
Nice. Cold fried chicken may be the best leftover in the world.
This is cool. Because look, whether you’re on team Aniston or team Jolie, the girl got screwed over and it’s good she found a hot man. We should all have that in our lives. And we will if we don’t lose hope. I still dig you Jolie, but you got sloppy seconds and you are a man stealer. Although I think we’d be friends before Aniston and I. Because I like to drink and smoke and talk trash, too.
This cracks me up because it is what I work on every day and the amount of misinformation that gets passed around as fact on this issue is astounding, and that Kucinich thinks elections are really for sale because, dude, you’re still in office and I gotta think that someone could have bought your seat by now…