8-29-2013 Thursday August 29 Update

THURSDAY  AUGUST 29 UPDATE

TCS 2013 Final 18 & Under National Softball Rankings Released
Spy note: SPY did not participate in these rankings by Triple Crown Sports

Top-20 Club Teams

#1 So Cal Athletics – Richardson
(4X Champion of the Premier Girls Fastpitch Nationals)
#2 Firecrackers – Rico
(TC/USA Nationals Champions and Fireworks Champions)
#3 Corona Angles – Tyson
(3rd at TC/USA Nationals and Winner of 2013 Champions Cup)
#4 Texas Glory – Shelton
(3rd at Both the PGF Nationals and Fireworks in 2013)
#5 Beverly Bandits – Conroy
(5th at Premier Nationals and 3rd at Independence Day)

#6 Orange County Bastbusters – Haning
#7 East Cobb Bullets – Schnute

#8 Wichita Mustangs – Griggs

#9 Sorcerers – Mumma

#10 Gold Coast Hurricanes – Cooper

#11 Team Mizuno Gold – Stith

#12 Washington Lady Hawks – Miller

#13 Texas Impact Gold – Burke

#14 Atlanta Vipers – Giles

#15 Cal Cruisers – Sievers

#16 TC Stars – Klaviter

#17 Texas Bombers Gold – Smith

#18 KC Peppers – Eakin

#19 Miami Stingrays – Rebhan

#20 So Cal Choppers – Fausett

To view the complete rankings list….CLICK HERE

How the Rankings are Calculated…
The National Softball Rankings are comprised of a combination of three items: (1) National Vote, (2) National Points System and (3) College Player Index. The National Vote was conducted in August of 2013 by the Top-200 teams. The National Points System gives points to a team’s event finishes from the 2013 summer season in both National and Regional events of ANY governing body.  The College Player Index is a snapshot at a team’s ability to send players on to the next level from 2009 – 2013 graduation years.  Each portion is weighted differently to make up the Overall Rank.

Uses for the Rankings… 
National Softball Rankings are used by governing bodies/major event companies to invite attendees, power pool selections, TV matchups, and field placement for college exposure.

 

WHEN GIANTS DOMINATED THE PRESS ROOM
Before CNN and talk radio, political news was by network correspondents like Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, and reported  through newspapers, and until the Clinton era, a number of senior journalists shaped public perceptions – men like Scotty Reston, Walter Lippman, and a host of scribes who earned their living working for the Associated Press and United Press International.

The late Jack Germond, a columnist for the Baltimore Sun who died last week, was one of those giants – a fat man given to sarcasm and dry wit, whose mastery of the English language could elevate or destroy.  They got preferential treatment in press briefings and near reverential treatment by younger, less experienced reporters.  When they joined in political bull sessions, my generation listened.

I recall being surprised during LBJ’s 1964 campaign, when were travelling in a caravan of cars, and Homer Bigart, the Pulitzer prize winning NY Times correspondent, jumped in the car I was driving, and began asking me about opinions I had written on the campaign in upstate New York.  After recovering from the shock that Bigart read my reporting, we had an excellent exchange of views.

One highlight of the LBJ campaign came during an overnight in the Catskills.  After everyone filed their stories, many to a rewrite editor via telephone (no computers or cell phones), everyone retreated to the hotel lobby adjacent to the bar.  Standing in the fountain, each well lubricated by who-shot-john (Irish whiskey of course for Breslin), were Murray Kempton of the NY Post, and the inimitable Jimmy Breslin.  Both were exceptionally literate, and treated us to a high-level , intellectual debate.  I shared a room with Sidney Schanberg, the Times correspondent who wrote The Killing Fields” drawing on his reporting from Cambodia.  Great year to be a political reporter; most often, I travelled with Bobby Kennedy – the experience of a lifetime.

THE LAUTENBERGS
Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey also passed away recently.  Had an unusual incident.  Not long after briefing members of the Senate, including Lautenberg, I happened to be in Jerusalem. Staying at the King David.  Came down at noon one day to have lunch with a Mossad contact, but the lobby leading to the outdoor café was jammed with people honoring Lautenberg, a longtime supporter and donor to Israeli causes. The best way to cross the lobby was to get into the receiving line; I approached the Senator, we exchanged pleasantries, but just as I stepped out onto the patio, his Senate aide came up and wanted to know why I was in Israel.  Before I could think of a plausible excuse, another man came up and said the US Ambassador also wanted to know why I was in Israel and why had he not been told.  I said I was there as a tourist, which neither believed.  I said I would brief the Embassy later, but if they checked with the station chief, he could tell them the CIA knew why I was there (the information which had been transmitted through classified channels was that I was there to meet later that night with some Palestinians in the Old City).

The Senator was a distant cousin to Alexis Lautenberg, one of the most intelligent and surely one of the most sophisticated diplomats I knew.  He was a top-level banker with ties in diplomatic, military and intelligence circles.  He was president of the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force, based in Paris, during the years I chaired its external relations committee.  Alexis later became the Swiss ambassador to the European Union.  A man of impeccable tastes who stayed in Europe’s top-drawer boutique hotels, Alexis and I dined in the great restaurants of France, Switzerland Belgium, a cut above the hot dogs at the Bandits new stadium in Rosemont.  Sometimes, I miss being me.

 

 

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