7-7-10 July 7 Update




Cara Custer, P,2011, Washington Ladyhawks Gold Miller, verbal to Texas Tech.


Players have been selected for the 2010 games which will be held July 17-18, again in Florida.  But, ESPN Rise informs SPY again today that its PR department is not ready to release names.  We hope the TV production, roundly criticized by viewers last year, is much improved.


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The organizer of a fast pitch softball game completed two nights ago has put applications in with the World Records Academy and Guinness World Record for recognition of the marathon event being the longest ever played.

From June 1st to 6th in Caronno Pertusella, a small town near Milan, Italy, two coed teams played for 120 hours (the equivalent of five days). The participants were men and women ranging from ages starting at 20 to over 60 years old. In total there were 54 players from nine countries: Bulgaria, Cuba, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, and Venezuela.

Gergana Handjiyska of Bulgaria, who was an Athlete Ambassador during the BackSoftball campaign, played in the days-long game and said, “It was just great, people from different countries… playing on shifts for six days, united by the love of softball. This is exactly what we were lobbying (around) for the past few years and to be part of (the long game) was just amazing.”

The shifts she refers to are four-hour shifts that were played, with each team divided into three parts. Sleeping was done in tents at the field, as the participants were not allowed to leave the playing facility. In the end the teams played together for the final five hours, however.

The game started at 20:00 on June 1st and ended at 20:00 on June 6th with the team that Handjiyska was on winning by a final score of 761-749.

The Italian Softball Federation helped with umpires and scorekeepers. The event was organized by the local club, Caronno Rheavendors, and mainly their president, Giorgio Turconi, who is helping with development in the European Softball Federation commissions and is also an active contributor to the work of the Italian Federation.

The previous record was set last year in Alberta (Canada) at 115 hours, three minutes long.


The following is published as presented to SPY which had no role in selection of material. 

It’s time again for the annual ‘Stella Awards’! For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the McDonald’s in New Mexico , where she purchased coffee. You remember, she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get  burned doing that, right? That’ s right; these are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S. You know, the kinds of cases that make you scratch your head.. So keep your head scratcher handy.

Here are the Stellas for the past year: 


Kathleen Robertson of Austin , Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.

Start scratching!


Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles , California won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman apparently didn’t notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor’s hubcaps.

Scratch some more….


Terrence Dickson, of Bristol , Pennsylvania , who was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to open. Worse, he couldn’t re-enter the house because the door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut. Forced to sit for eight, count ’em, EIGHT days and survive on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner’s insurance company claiming undue mental Anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish. We should all have this kind of anguish. Keep scratching.. There are more…….

Double hand scratching after this one…..


Jerry Williams, of Little Rock, Arkansas, garnered 4th Place in the Stella’s when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor’s beagle – even though the beagle was on a chain in its owner’s fenced yard. Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun.

Pick a new spot to scratch, you’re getting a bald spot.. 


Amber Carson of Lancaster , Pennsylvania because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

Only two more so ease up on the scratching.. .


Kara Walton, of Claymont , Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a  nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000….. oh, yeah, plus dental expenses. 

Ok. Here we go!!


This year’s runaway First Place Stella Award winner was:  Mrs… Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City , Oklahoma , who purchased new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually leave the driver’s seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you sitting down?

$1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.



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