2-15-2012 February 15 2012 Update



For Immediate Release:
February 15, 2012

Girouard to be Honored at SEC Tournament

 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Retired LSU softball coach and National Fastpitch Coaches Association [NFCA] Hall of Famer Yvette Girouard will be honored at the Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament held from March 1-4 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., as part of the 12th annual SEC Greats program.

 “The SEC Greats program showcases the extraordinary talent these women have brought to athletics in the Southeastern Conference,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said. “These women set the precedent for the athletes you see today. It is an honor for us to acknowledge their contributions both on and off the athletic field.”

 A pioneer of softball, Girouard amassed 1,285 career victories, 526 of them coming at LSU, to rank second in the NCAA history. Her legacy is steeped in championship tradition as the four-time SEC Coach of the Year guided the Tigers to a pair of Women’s College World Series appearances (2001 and 2004), three SEC Regular Season championships (2001, 2002 and 2004) and four SEC Tournament titles (2001, 2002, 2004 and 2007).

Girouard coached nine different players to 14 All-American selections during her 11 seasons at LSU. The Broussard, La., native played an instrumental role to the opening of the new Tiger Park, the single largest monetary investment LSU has made exclusively to any women’s sport. 

Each honoree will be honored during half-time of their teams first game of the tournament, all 12 individuals will also be honored as a group between games of the second session on Friday, March 2. The Greats will then participate in an autograph session on the concourse before game eight.  Complimentary posters of the Greats will be available at the session. 

The 2012 class includes: Kelly Kretschman, Alabama (Softball); Sytia Messer, Arkansas (Basketball); Laticia Morris, Auburn (Basketball); Cassie Macia, Florida (Basketball); Camille Lowe, Georgia (Basketball); Valerie McGovern Young, Kentucky (Track); Yvette Girouard, LSU (Softball); Yolanda Moore, Ole Miss (Basketball); Iyhia McMichael, Mississippi State (Softball); Jocelyn Penn, South Carolina (Basketball); Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee (Basketball); Carolyn Peck, Vanderbilt (Basketball).

The UPDATE newsletter last week (February 9) reported on softball’s planned presence at the International Olympic Committee’s 5th World Conference on Women and Sport to be held in Los Angeles, California (USA), this week (www.womenandsport2012.com). The ISF has since been informed that recently retired pitcher Jennie Finch will be among three former Olympians honored for their contributions to foundations and charities and for inspiring others after their Olympic/sports careers are over. Finch won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and a silver medal with the Americans in 2008 in Beijing. One of her teammates from those two Games, outfielder Jessica Mendoza, will be on-hand in L.A. as part of the softball delegation at the IOC event.

ISF President Don Porter said of the honor, “This is great news for our sport and certainly for Jennie Finch. She has accomplished so much through softball both on and off the field that it’s fitting she be recognized in this way. Our congratulations to her on this special occasion that shows the impact that softball can have on its participants and the contributions that they can make back to the game and out in society.”


Racers finalize three contracts, franchise tag one on eve of Free Agent deadline

AKRON, Ohio – Feb. 15, 2012 – With a 5 p.m. ET deadline looming before free agency begins in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, Akron Racers GM Joey Arrietta announced the re-signing of infielder Megan Bush, catcher Sam Marder and first baseman Hoku Nohara. NPF veteran Nicole Trimboli has been franchise tagged to allow for more time to discuss re-signing with the Racers.

United Airlines Is a Criminal Enterprise

Masquerading as an airline.

When I became ill, post-surgery, in January, I cancelled a $451 ticket to Orlando, with assurances from Mileage Plus it would be credited to my next flight.

When I booked the flight to Palm Springs for Cathedral City, I had to deal with a scheduler in Manila.  Her accent was so bad I couldn’t tell whether she was booking my flight or giving advice on how to prepare suckling pig.  We disconnected.  Dialing back, I found myself talking to a young lady in India, accent not quite as bad, but she was a trainee, unsure how to give the credit.  During an hour long conversation, the cost of the round-trip ticket went from $550 to $638, and now I was returning on Monday.

Moreover, while I had paid a full $451 to United for the first ticket, United now was charging me $175 for converting the ticket.  So I had $276 due me.  As carefully as Oppenheimer dictating the formula for the atomic bomb, I made this trainee repeat that the $638 ticket to Palm Springs would be charged to my United Card as $352.  Even tho United had bilked me out of $175 fee, she had the nerve to say Premier status was not enough for Economy Plus seating which would cost $69 more.  I declined.

I hope a cobra bites her in the ass.  I checked with United Visa – she charged the full $638.  So, I now have $1,089 invested in the Cathedral City tournament – sans hotel and car rental.  Tomorrow, I will file a complaint with that new consumer protection agency.




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