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7-22-2017 NY Times Column Worth Reading

This is surprising!

Maureen Dowd’s NYT Column Really worth reading

From the depths of the Democrat’s sinkhole, a surprise from one of their own,

 

Maureen looks like a defector.  First NYT article with good balance and realism I have read.  Let’s pray that reuniting has begun and the country benefits.  This is a thought-provoker!  Having been a reader of The New York Times, I’m amazed that Maureen Dowd wrote this.  However, I find the wisdom behind the words very rewarding and encouraging.   It’s to be hoped that every wild-eyed liberal devotee of the New York Times reads liberal columnist Maureen Dowd’s column several times, reproduces it in large print, frames it, and mounts it on their bedroom ceiling so it’s the first thing they read every day: The most amazing part of this well-written piece is the fact Maureen Dowd, a very liberal columnist from the New York Times wrote it! Maureen Dowd Election Therapy From My Basket of Deplorables The election was a complete repudiation of Barack Obama: his fantasy world of political correctness, the politicization of the Justice Department and the I.R.S., an out-of-control E.P.A., his neutering of the military, his nonsupport of the police and his fixation on things like transgender bathrooms.  Since he became president, his party has lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats, and 14 governorships. The country had signaled strongly in the last two midterms that they were not happy.  The Dems’ answer was to give them more of the same from a person they did not like or trust. Preaching — and pandering — with a message of inclusion, the Democrats have instead become a party where incivility and bad manners are taken for granted, rudeness is routine, religion is mocked and there is absolutely no respect for a differing opinion.  This did not go down well in the Midwest, where Trump flipped three blue states and 44 electoral votes. The rudeness reached its peak when Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed by attendees of “Hamilton” and then pompously lectured by the cast.  This may play well with the New York theater crowd but is considered boorish and unacceptable by those of us taught to respect the office of the president and vice president, if not the occupants. Here is a short primer for the young protesters.  If your preferred candidate loses, there is no need for mass hysteria, canceled midterms, safe spaces, crying rooms or group primal screams. You might understand this better if you had not received participation trophies, undeserved grades to protect your feelings or even if you had a proper understanding of civics.  The Democrats are now crying that Hillary had more popular votes.  That can be her participation trophy. If any of my sons had told me they were too distraught over a national election to take an exam, I would have brought them home the next day, fearful of the instruction they were receiving.  Not one of the top 50 colleges mandate one semester of Western Civilization.  Maybe they should rethink that. Mr. Trump received over 62 million votes, not all of them cast by homophobes, Islamaphobes, racists, sexists, misogynists or any other “ists.”  I would caution Trump deniers that all of the crying and whining is not good preparation for the coming storm.  The liberal media, both print and electronic, has lost all credibility.  I am reasonably sure that none of the mainstream print media had stories prepared for a Trump victory.  I watched the networks and cable stations in their midnight   meltdown — embodied by Rachel Maddow explaining to viewers that they were not having a “terrible, terrible dream” and that they had not died and “gone to hell.” The media’s criticism of Trump’s high-level picks as “not diverse enough” or “too white and male” — a day before he named two women and offered a cabinet position to an African-American — magnified this fact. Here is a final word to my Democratic friends.  The election is over. There will not be a do-over.  So let me bid farewell to Al Sharpton, Ben Rhodes and the Clintons.  Note to Cher, Barbra, Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham: Your plane is waiting.  And to Jon Stewart, who talked about moving to another planet: Your spaceship is waiting.  To Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z, Beyoncé and Katy Perry, thanks for the free concerts.  And finally, to all the foreign countries that contributed to the Clinton Foundation, there will not be a payoff or a rebate. As Eddie Murphy so eloquently stated in the movie “48 Hrs.”: “There’s a new sheriff in town.”  And he is going to be here for 1,461 days.

 

 

 

6-29-2017 Jennifer Steele New Marshall Coach

 

Marshall University has tapped a coach from the Atlantic Sun Conference to replace the 2017 Conference USA Softball Coach of the Year.

Marshall announced Wednesday it has hired Jennifer Steele as its new head softball coach. Steele replaces Shonda Stanton, who led the Thundering Herd to the C-USA regular-season crown and an NCAA tournament berth before taking the head coaching job at Indiana.

Steele comes to Huntington after a successful tenure at Jacksonville, where she led the Dolphins for the past three seasons. In that time, Jacksonville won 86 games and is coming off a 30-win season in 2017.

“I would like to thank Mike Hamrick for the incredible opportunity to be the next softball coach at Marshall University,” Steele said in a statement. “From the moment I stepped on campus there was a contagious, infectious energy and it was evident that everyone bled Green and White.”

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Marshall’s NCAA tournament bid was its first since 2013. The Herd finished with a 42-12 record after being eliminated by Illinois in the Lexington, Kentucky, Regional. On top of the regular-season conference title and Stanton’s coach of the year award, Marshall also captured the Conference USA Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year awards.

The program is expecting to return several key contributors from last year’s group, including first-team All-C-USA performers Taylor McCord and Elicia D’Orazio. McCord led the team with 12 home runs in 2017 and D’Orazio’s 59 stolen bases were the most in the nation.

“I am thankful for the strong foundation set by the previous staff and am excited to meet the student-athletes in the coming weeks,” Steele said. “I am committed to ensuring that we are excellent in the classroom, on the field and in the community. I am looking forward to connecting with alumni and the Huntington area, as well as representing Marshall out on the road as we continue to target competitive, high-character, quality student-athletes.”

Steele spent time as an assistant coach at George Mason and her alma mater Longwood and also served as a head coach at Randolph College, where she was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2009. During her time at Jacksonville, she hit the ground running as the team made an eight-win improvement in her first season and never won fewer than 28 games in her three years leading the program.

“We are fortunate to have Jennifer lead our softball program,” Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said. “She brings great experience and will ensure that Marshall athletics’ tradition of producing high-character student-athletes continues. We are all very excited for her to get started in

6-22-2017 NCAA Changes DI Recruiting Rules, Calendar

NCAA Changes 2017-2018 Division I Softball Recruiting Rules & Calendar

The NCAA is implementing big changes to the softball recruiting landscape starting August 1, 2017. Early recruiting has run rampant over the last few years, and now the NCAA is looking to take preventative measures by altering the non-scholastic recruiting calendar and non-institutional camp policies.null
Photo: NFCA.org

Changes To Fall Ball

Fall ball recruiting will be restricted to select Saturdays and Sundays in October and November.

  • October 14-15, 2017
  • October 21-22, 2017
  • October, 28-29, 2017
  • November 4-5, 2017
  • November, 11-12, 2017
  • November 18-19, 2017
Non-Instiutional Camp Restrictions

Softball coaches and noncoaching staff members with responsibilities specific to softball may only be employed at noninstitutional camps and clinics that occur during recruiting calendar periods when evaluation at nonscholastic practice or competition activities is permissible (See Bylaws 13.12.2.3.6 and 13.12.2.3.8).

Non-Institutional Camp Dates
  • October 14-15, 2017
  • October 21-22, 2017
  • October, 28-29, 2017
  • November 4-5, 2017
  • November, 11-12, 2017
  • November 18-19, 2017
Contact Period
  • August 1 through August 13, 2017
  • June 7 through July 31, 2018
Evaluation Period (For scholastic and nonscholastic practice or competition activities.)
  • August 14 through November 19, 2017 [Except for Quiet Period, Dead Period dates]
  • October 14-15, 2017
  • October 21-22, 2017
  • October, 28-29, 2017
  • November 4-5, 2017
  • November, 11-12, 2017
  • November 18-19, 2017
  • January 2 through May 28, 2018 [Except for Quiet Period, Dead Period dates]
  • During high school regional and state championship competition that does not occur during a dead period
Quiet Period
  • November 20, 2017, through January 1, 2018
Dead Period
  • November 18-19, 2017
  • December 6-9, 2017
  • April 9-12, 2018
  • May 29 through June 6, 2018
  • June 7 through July 31, 2018

Dates are based on the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Championship. Dead period remains in effect until the day following the conclusion of the Women’s College World Series. If the championship series ends after two games, the dead period ends on June 5 and the contact period would start on June 6.

**Dates are based on the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Championship. Contact period starts the day following the conclusion of the Women’s College World Series. If the championship series ends after three games, the contact period starts on June 7.

What is a contact?

A contact occurs any time a college coach says more than hello during a face-to-face contact with a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents off the college’s campus.

What is a contact period?

During a contact period, a college coach may have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, watch student-athletes compete and visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents.

What is an evaluation period?

During an evaluation period, a college coach may watch college-bound student-athletes compete, visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. However, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period.

What is a quiet period?

During a quiet period, a college coach may only have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents on the college’s campus. A coach may not watch student-athletes compete (unless a competition occurs on the college’s campus) or visit their high schools. Coaches may write or telephone college-bound student-athletes or their parents during this time.

What is a dead period?

During a dead period, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.

What is the difference between an official visit and an unofficial visit?

Any visit to a college campus by a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents paid for by the college is an official visit. Visits paid for by college-bound student-athletes or their parents are unofficial visits.

During an official visit, the college can pay for transportation to and from the college for the prospect, lodging and three meals per day for both the prospect and the parent or guardian, and reasonable entertainment expenses, including three tickets to a home sports event.

The only expenses a college-bound student-athlete may receive from a college during an unofficial visit are three tickets to a home sports event.

What is an Unofficial visit?

Student athletes can visit a coach on that coaches campus at anytime, as long as they pay their own way. These types of visits are called unofficial visits and have become a big part of the recruiting process.

What is an Official visit?

During your senior year the NCAA allows any academic institution to pay for you to attend campus on a 48-hour official visit. Included in the visit is transportation (airfare or mileage reimbursement) to and from campus, lodging (either on campusor in a hotel), meals, and tickets to sporting events on campus.

What is a National Letter of Intent?

A National Letter of Intent is signed by a college-bound student-athlete when the student-athlete agrees to attend a Division I or II college or university for one academic year. Participating institutions agree to provide financial aid for one academic year to the student-athlete as long as the student-athlete is admitted to the school and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules. Other forms of financial aid do not guarantee the student-athlete financial aid.

The National Letter of Intent is voluntary and not required for a student-athlete to receive financial aid or participate in sports. Signing a National Letter of Intent ends the recruiting process since participating schools are prohibited from recruiting student-athletes who have already signed letters with other participating schools.

A student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent may request a release from his or her contract with the school. If a student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent with one school but attends a different school, he or she will lose one full year of eligibility and must complete a full academic year at their new school before being eligible to compete.

What are recruiting calendars?

Recruiting calendars help promote the well-being of prospective student-athletes and coaches and ensure competitive equity by defining certain time periods in which recruiting may or may not occur in a particular sport.

6-14-2017 Rosters for Exhibition Game

 

6-9-2017 Most Watched WCWS

Sooners’ Second Consecutive National Championship: Most-Watched Women’s College World Series Finals Sweep Ever

  • More than 1.7 Million Viewers for Two-Game WCWS Finals; Record Audience for Marathon, 17-Inning Game 1
  • WCWS Finals Shatter Streaming Records
  • Entire WCWS and Super Regionals See Audience Growth

The Oklahoma Sooners’ two-game sweep of the Florida Gators in the Women’s College World Series Finals (June 5-6 on ESPN) averaged a total live audience (TV + streaming) of 1,720,000 viewers, the most-watched sweep in Women’s College World Series Finals history*.  The Sooner-Gators’ two games in the best-of-three format was up 33% from 2014, the last time the WCWS Finals failed to go to a decisive third game.  This year’s two-game average was also up 33% over last season’s WCWS Finals first two games (June 6-7, 2016) featuring Oklahoma and Auburn. The Sooners won the series in three games.

WCWS Finals Game 1: Sooners-Gators Play in Longest Finals Game Ever This season’s WCWS Finals saw Oklahoma and Florida play in the longest game in Women’s College World Series Finals history (June 5) when the first game of the series concluded after  17 innings. The instant-classic averaged a total live audience (TV + streaming) of 1,677,000 viewers, the most-watched WCWS Finals Game 1 ever. More on WCWS Game 1 is here.

WCWS Finals Shatter Streaming Records The WCWS Finals set new WCWS streaming records in all three major metrics. The five-hour-plus WCWS Finals Game 1 saw more than 662,000 total users stream 15,000,000 total minutes, easily the highest ever for a WCWS Game. The second game surpassed more than 406,000 total users streaming nearly seven million minutes, the second-best ever for a WCWS game, trailing only the first game of the finals.  The two WCWS Finals games also set new individual WCWS records for average minute streaming audience. To no surprise, all three categories and both games were significant increases from last year’s streaming audience.

Entire WCWS Sees Audience Growth ESPN’s Women’s College World Series coverage – televised in its entirety by ESPN for the 18th straight year – averaged a total live audience of 984,000 viewers across the 14 games (June 1-6), up 21% from last year’s event (15 games, including a three-game WCWS Finals)

Additional WCWS Highlights

  • Top Local Markets: Tulsa was the highest-rated local market throughout the 14-game WCWS, earning a 3.9 rating. Top five markets:
Rank Rating Market
1. 3.9 Tulsa
2. 3.6 Oklahoma City
3. 2.1 Birmingham
4. 1.9 New Orleans
5. 1.5 Dayton
    Orlando

 

  • National Semifinal Becomes Top 3 Game: Oklahoma vs. Oregon (June 4 on ESPN) had a total live audience of 1,249,000 viewers, a top 3 early-round WCWS game ever.

Super Regionals Deliver Super Audience Prior to the WCWS, ESPN televised every game of the Super Regionals (21 games) from May 26-28, averaging 477,000 viewers for just its TV audience, up 34% from last year’s entire presentation (19 games).  To begin the NCAA Division I Softball Championship, ESPN produced the entire regional round – 99 games from all 16 sites for the first time ever. The television games in that round averaged 301,000 viewers a game.

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*Best-of-three WCWS Finals began in 2005; Sweeps occurred in 2006, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11, ‘13, ‘14, and ‘17