11-2-10 November 2 Update



Bandits, Jennie Finch to break ground Friday

Bandits, Jennie Finch to break ground on new Rosemont Stadium

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The first stage of Bandits owner Bill Sokolis’ dream is finally coming true. On Friday, November 5, the Chicago Bandits, Jennie Finch and Rosemont Mayor Bradley A. Stephens will break ground at the location for a new fastpitch specific stadium that will become the permanent home of the Chicago Bandits women’s professional softball team beginning with the 2011 season.

The new stadium will be located at the NE corner of the Bryn Mawr Avenue and Pearl Street intersection in Rosemont, east of O’Hare International Airport. The ground breaking ceremony is scheduled to start at 12:15 p.m. and is open to the public.

Retired Chicago Bandits pitcher Jennie Finch will be on hand to share in the historic moment. A moment she has no doubt helped pave the way for with her illustrious career by bringing notoriety to the sport.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Bandits Owner Bill Sokolis. “We’ve tried different locations, and Rosemont really stepped up to make us feel like this should be our home. It’s beyond words how great this is for the team, the NPF and the sport as we plan to use this new facility to continue growing the sport of softball.”

The ground breaking ceremony is open to the public and everyone is invited to see Finch, Sokolis and Stephens break ground on this historic new stadium. A nearby address is 5500 Pearl Street, Rosemont, Ill.

For any questions regarding the ground breaking ceremony, contact Andrew Phillips at 630-297-3991 or by email at aphillips@chicagobandits.com. Due to time constraints, Finch will not be available for autographs. For more information about the Chicago Bandits, visit www.chicagobandits.com.


Mary Stephens, 2012, 1B, Wylie, TX, Wylie High, Texas Glory (Shelton), Commits to Missouri St.


Brenna Moss OF/3B – FRESNO STATE

Dani Gilmore OF/C/1B – OREGON STATE


Emily Seidel RHP – UNIV of NEVADA-RENO

Ashley Butera C/1B – UNIV of NEVADA-RENO


Kaylee Werner  2012  SS/C/OF

Tri-State Thunder

Chambersburg High School

4.0 GPA  Power Hitter

Contact Missy: sluggercoach@aol.com


Texas hosts The National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) All-Star Team at McCombs Field on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. Central

The NPF All-Star Team includes: Cat Osterman, Megan Willis, Loryn Johnson and a host of the nation’s best players. (Andrea Duran, Francesca Enea and Lauren Lappin)

Media availability:

The media availability for this event is Thursday, Nov. 4 at 5:15 pm Central at McCombs Field.

Contact info: spencer.kitley@athletics.utexas.edu or (512) 848-8157.

Head coach Connie Clark, current Longhorns Blaire Luna and Amy Hooks and former Longhorn/NPF All-Star Loryn Johnson will be available.



Subj: Fw: Worldwide alerts

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats, and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved”. Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross”. The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940, when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance”. The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards”. They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide”. The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender”. The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing”. Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides”.

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs”. They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbor” and “Lose”.

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels .

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Americans meanwhile, and as usual, are carrying out pre-emptive strikes on all of their allies “just in case”.

Canada doesn’t have any alert levels.

New Zealand has raised its security levels – from “baaa” to “BAAAA”. Due to continuing defense cutbacks, New Zealand has only one more level of escalation, which is “I hope Australia will come and rescue us”.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be alright, mate”. Three more escalation levels remain: “Crikey!”, “I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend” and “The barbie is cancelled”. So far no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level. 


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