Update: 1/19/10

CATARACTS

Somehow, I seem to remember a movie in which a doctor removes bandages from a patient’s eyes, and, voila, he can see minute detail, great distances, etc.  Not the way it works.  Had the cataracts removed at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday; doctors removed the patch on Thursday and pronounced the surgery a success, but I still had to wear the patch at night – and I had to squirt three different prescription drugs into the eye – one each hour for 15 hours for a week.  With my eyes constantly dilated, my visibility has been impaired.  Have to be driven everywhere, and today is the first day I can “read” a computer screen.  I will try to catch up.  rfh

CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS

The following predictions were made by conference coaches

Big 12

Oklahoma

Missouri

Baylor

Nebraska

Texas

Texas A&M

Oklahoma State

Iowa State

Kansas

Texas Tech

Big East

Louisville

DePaul

Notre Dame

Syracuse

St John’s

Connecticut

Pittsburgh

Seton Hall

Villanova

Rutgers

PEOPLE

Jill Dorsch has been named assistant coach at UMBC

COMMITMENTS

Casey Cromwell – 2011 – C/UT – Midland Magic ’92 – verbal to Morehead State University

Midland Magic Commitments

2011 IF/OF  Kara Arceneaux /  Harry D.Jacobs High School /  Morehead State

2011 C/UT Casey Cromwell / Danville High School  / Morehead State

NEW TRAVEL BALL TOURNAMENT

The following notice was sent to 275 Division I coaches:

socalsfinest.com tournaments hosted by Minors Gold and Worth Firecrackers will be holding our first showcase tournament on June 12-13 at the new 8 field Diamond Valley Lake Sports Complex in Hemet. We will be inviting 48 of the top area teams and already have commitments from 46 teams including Batbusters Haning, Sorcerers, Worth Firecrackers, S.C. Athletics, Corona Angels, Choppers, Cruisers, Lady Magic, Northwest Blaze, Northwest Bullets, Arizona Hotshots Gatti and many more. We will also be using Winchester Field Park for 18U and Wheat Field Park for the 16U invitational. There will be a shuttle van to transport college coaches to each venue on a continual basis. We will also be providing refreshments throughout the day and a complimentary mid day meal each day. On Friday June 11 Derek and Joanne Allister of OnDeck Softball will be showcasing many of the areas outstanding unsigned players in the first annual So Cals Finest Jamboree. The action will begin at 10am and conclude at 5pm. This will be an invitation only event for the top 108 players in the 2011-2014 classes. More information will be forthcoming on the website in the near future

NPF DOWN TO 4 TEAMS; REVISES SCHEDULE

Nashville – National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League Commissioner Cheri Kempf announced today the schedule for the 2010 season for the League’s four affiliate teams.

Four Teams will compete in the 2010 Season, one less with the loss of the Philadelphia Force.  The Rockford Thunder also discontinued play, however the roster was passed to the latest NPF Franchise, the Tennessee Diamonds.  Each team in the League will play a 50-game regular season schedule with all teams playing each other a minimum of 15 games.

The 2010 season will begin on Wednesday, June 9th with the Akron Racers traveling to NPF’s newest expansion Team, the Tennessee Diamonds.  The Chicago Bandits, 2009 regular season Champion, will travel to Lubbock, TX to play the Florida Pride during opening week. The regular season will finish on August 22nd prior to the Championships in Sulphur, LA on August 26th-29th.

“There is plenty of NPF action this summer with 100 games slated for 2010 Season.  Once again we expect to see the best competition in fastpitch softball between the Game’s greatest Players of the World,” stated Commissioner Kempf.

The National Pro Fastpitch League streamed over 80 games on MLB.com in 2009.  For 2010, the NPF will again be streaming our games live.  A full schedule will be released in the upcoming weeks.

The regular season standings will crown a regular-season champion.  The four teams will earn the right to play in the NPF Championship Series. The Series will be played in Sulphur Louisiana and will be held August 26-29 at McMurry Park in Sulphur. The event will be hosted by, and with the cooperation of, the Sulphur Parks and Recreation Department and the support of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Additional information on each team’s schedule can be found by navigating to their individual websites from www.profastpitch.com.

Major League Baseball is the Official Development Partner of National Pro Fastpitch in the category of women’s professional fastpitch softball. The partnership, which began in the fall of 2002, is part of Commissioner Selig’s Initiative on Women and Baseball, a league-wide effort to help Major League Baseball and the 30 Major League Clubs build stronger relationships with female audiences.

UNSIGNED SENIORS

Kerry Herlihy 2010

Chino, CA.

2nd/SS/3rd

So Cal Rebels 18u Gold

GPA 3.3

SAT: 1490

ACT: 25

www.9099020208.info

caherlihyfamily@aol.com

Samantha Garcia 2010

3rd/CF/OF

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

So Cal Rebels 18u Gold

GPA : 3.4

SAT: 1350

http://www.9099414717.info/

sammy.softball23@yahoo.com

Bill Neglia   email: b_neglia@bellsouth.net or tel# 404-433-8838 Team website http://www.eteamz.com/GeorgiaFireGoldNeglia

The 2010 unsigned players are:

Christine Farmer              OF/2nd                                 http://www.eteamz.com/GeorgiaFireGoldNeglia/roster/index.cfm?season=482658&sport=6&id=6813087

Holly Todd                           OF                                          http://www.eteamz.com/GeorgiaFireGoldNeglia/roster/index.cfm?season=482658&sport=6&id=8095081

Megan Uhrman                OF                                          http://www.eteamz.com/GeorgiaFireGoldNeglia/roster/index.cfm?season=482658&sport=6&id=8095077

Chelsea Whittle                1st/LHP                                  http://www.eteamz.com/GeorgiaFireGoldNeglia/roster/index.cfm?season=482658&sport=6&id=8095064

Their 2010 signed and/or verbaled team mates are:

Brandi Donaldson            SS/C       Reinhardt College (NLI)                                 http://www.eteamz.com/GeorgiaFireGoldNeglia/roster/index.cfm?season=482658&sport=6&id=8095071

Charlotte Sieber               IF/OF     Anderson University (Verbal)                     http://www.eteamz.com/GeorgiaFireGoldNeglia/roster/index.cfm?season=482658&sport=6&id=8095146

Macy Terry                         2nd Augusta State Univ (Verbal)                        http://www.eteamz.com/GeorgiaFireGoldNeglia/roster/index.cfm?season=482658&sport=6&id=8095121

Add to calendar

January

29-31  COLL  JUCO Kickoff Tournament & Showcase, Clearwater Florida

June

18-20  TVL  The Florida Cup & Showcase, Naples Florida

July

23-25 TVL  Mid-West Summer Signature Showcase, Ohio

September

24-26  TVL  Florida Fall Signature Showcase, Naples Florida

October

1-3     TVL   Mid-West Fall Signature Showcase, Columbus

Carolina Cardinals Early Bird Showcase, June 11-13, Rock Hill, SC

Carolina Cardinals East Fireworks 16U/18U/23U Showcase and
USA/ASA 18U A National Qualifier
July 2-4, Raleigh, NC

Carolina Cardinals Classic, July 16-18, Raleigh, NC

Carolina Cardinals Late Summer Showcase, Aug. 20-22, Rock Hill, SC

2010 Advanced National Softball Coaches Clinic is just 2 weeks away.  This is a

first of its kind softball clinic on the east coast.  www.nationalsportsclinics.com

GOING TO CAPE TOWN?

If you go to Junior World in Cape Town in 2010,  spend at least one night at The Grand Daddy Hotel. While the hotel itself sounds like a welcome retreat with its contemporary suites and marble bathrooms, the real draw would be the Grand Daddy’s ‘penthouse’ trailer park. On the roof of this mild-looking gray and white hotel, there is a collection of seven vintage Airstream trailers — and you can spend the night! The gleaming metal Airstreams sit in a garden-like setting with walkways. A mailbox announces the name of each of the seven trailers, which are named to reflect their unique interiors. Each Airstream has been designed and outfitted by local artists. The inspirations for the eclectic interiors run the gamut from Yoko Ono to Goldilocks.  Don’t worry, you won’t be paying for a true camping experience, each trailer is filled for running water, flush toilets and showers. Thank you, Laura Fenton, who publishes travel guides.

DERIVATIVES EXPLAINED

Gregg Laing forwarded this ditty; humorous but reflects some truths

FW: Derivatives Explained (Or ” Bud Lawton’s Finance Course 101″)

This explains everything!

An Easily Understandable Explanation of Derivative Markets and the impactof the CRA:
Heidi is the proprietor of a bar in Detroit. She realizes that virtually all of her customers are
unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronize her bar. To solve this problem, she comes up with new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later. She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans).

Word gets around about Heidi’s “drink now, pay later” marketing strategy and, as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Heidi’s bar. Soon she has the largest sales volume for any bar in Detroit. By providing her customers’ freedom from immediate payment demands,Heidi gets no resistance when, at regular intervals, she substantially increases her prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages. Consequently, Heidi’s gross sales volume increases massively.

A young and dynamic vice-president at the local bank recognizes that these customer debts constitute valuable future assets and increases Heidi’s borrowing limit. He sees no reason for any undue concern, since he has the debts of the unemployed alcoholics as collateral. And, he has an MBA
to back up this analysis.

At the bank’s corporate headquarters, expert traders transform these customer loans into DRINKBONDS,  ALKIBONDS and PUKEBONDS. These securities are then bundled and traded on international security markets. Naive investors don’t really understand that the securities
being sold to them as AAA secured bonds are really the debts of unemployed alcoholics.

Nevertheless, the bond prices continuously climb, and the securities soon become the hottest-selling items for some of the nation’s leading brokerage houses. One day, even though the bond prices are still climbing, a risk manager at the original local bank decides that the time has come to demand payment onthe debts incurred by the drinkers at Heidi’s bar. He so informs Heidi.

Heidi then demands payment from her alcoholic patrons, but being unemployed alcoholics they cannot pay back their drinking debts. Since, Heidi cannot fulfill her loan obligations she is forced into bankruptcy. The bar closes and the eleven employees lose their jobs. Overnight, DRINKBONDS, ALKIBONDS and PUKEBONDS drop in price by 90%. The collapsed bond asset value destroys the bank’s liquidity and prevents it from issuing new loans, thus freezing credit and economic activity in the community. The suppliers of Heidi’s bar had granted her generous payment extensions and had invested their firms’ pension funds in the various BOND securities. They find they are now faced with having to write off her bad debt and with losing over 90% of the presumed value of the bonds. Her wine supplier also claims bankruptcy, closing the doors on a family business that had endured for three generations. Her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor, who immediately closes the local plant and lays off 150
workers.

Fortunately though, the bank, the brokerage houses and their respective executives are saved and bailed out by a multi-billion dollar no-strings attached cash infusion from the Government. The funds required for this bailout are obtained by new taxes levied on employed, middle-class, non-drinkers.

Now, do you understand?

Windy City” Temperature Conversion Chart

60F (16C): Arizonans shiver uncontrollably; Chicagoans are still sunbathing.

50F (10C): Californians try to turn on the heat; Chicagoans plant gardens.

40F (4C): Italian sport cars won’t start; Chicagoans drive with the windows down.

32F (0C): Distilled water freezed; Lake Michigan water gets thicker.

20F (-7C): Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves and wool hats; Chicagoans thown on a light jacket.

15F (-9C): Chicagoan have the last cookout before it gets cold.

0F (-18C): All the people in Phoenix die; Chicagoans close the windows.

-10F (-23C): Californians fly away to Mexico. The Girl Scots in Chicago are selling cookies door to door.

-25F (-32C): Hollywood disintegrates. Chicagoans get out their winter coats.

-40F (-40C): Washington, DC runs out of hot air. Chicagoan let the dogs sleep indoors.

-100F (-73C): Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Chicagoans get frustrated because they can’t start “da car”.

-460F (-273C): All atomic motion stops (absolute zero on the Kelvin scale). Chicagoans start saying, “Cold enuff for ya?”

-500F: Hell freezes over. The Chicago Cubs win the World Series

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