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America's Official Pastime - Not What You Think 11 years 1 month ago #6385

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I'd respectfully suggest that if you haven't been watching the nationally televised 2009 Little League World Series playoffs then you are not much of a baseball fan.

We all have our favorite pro team, but "America's Pastime" is not best exemplified by high priced pro ball players. It is best showcased by the 11-13 year old local all stars who are chosen to be a part of a Little League W/S team and are honored to represent their home state or foreign country.

Those of us who have been following the games from the beginning have picked out our "favorite" team. If you are just now tuning in, it isn't too late to pick one.

As a Texan, if I didn't go with San Antonio I'd be lynched. But honestly, I think Curuaso is going to take the prize.

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Re:America's Official Pastime - Not What You Think 11 years 1 month ago #6390

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Rick - you are absolutely correct --

It's this kind of TV that makes me sad I don't have on the road satellite, or some kind of reception - if I can get it, I'd watch this entire series ...

Quick, one of you guys park next to me because I got a LONG cable, just nothing to hook it to ...

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Re:America's Official Pastime - Not What You Think 11 years 1 month ago #6397

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Monkey> If you're anywhere near Idaho, my sat dish has a dual LNB and I have 200 foot of cable.

Since my last post, San Antonio defeated California, the "favored ones" of the tv sports casters. So what do they know??

The fat lady hasn't sung yet, but as a Texan, I can now die happy. :lol:

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Between us, we have 250 feet, only need another 1600 miles of cable - but thanks for the offer Rick ... root for those younsters for me ...

One of the funnest times of my life when my son was that age and playing -- and me coaching. I'd take that time back again in a heart-beat and give up some of this 'old-fart' time I'm using now ...

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Re:America's Official Pastime - Not What You Think 11 years 1 month ago #6465

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Sorry for weighing in here after-the-fact, but it really was exciting baseball. I never counted Chula Vista out of it. They played and won too many "clutch" games and really needed that loss to San Antonio to get them "grounded". But, beyond all that, it was still fun to watch. I started following this when the regionals were going on in San Bernardino and really wished they'd televised those.

I really liked the coaching of the San Antonio team. The sportsmanship of the 2nd baseman for Warner-Robbins was great. The "High-Five" to an opposing player after he just jacked one out was something you don't often see. Getting to see a local team win it all was pretty cool too. Those stats were incredible! I think I'd have been just as satisfied to see a US team win the final had Chula Vista not gone all the way.

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Re:America's Official Pastime - Not What You Think 11 years 1 month ago #6481

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OK, now that we've got all that baseball stuff out of the way (except for the Yankees beating the snot out of the Red Sox Monkey!!) it's time for America's REAL Pastime.........ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL???
The only thing wrong with being retired is that you never get a day off!

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I use to be a big football fan, but the rules are just taking over the game to the point that every down is narrated by the officials explaining the rules infractions that just happened. I watched a few pre-season games and it was just ridiculous. I sure hope it's not that bad when the season starts.

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Re:America's Official Pastime - Not What You Think 11 years 1 month ago #6484

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Each year after the season ends, the Competition Committee meets and votes on new rules. The officials then go to all the training camps during the summer and explain the rule changes to each team, and give them examples of each using the players.

During pre-season, most of these rules are over zealously called, to show the players and coaches what the infraction is. The talking heads try to explain these rules to the fans, most of whom don't even know the difference between offense and defense.... :laugh:

During the season, the officials won't make these calls (unless they're REALLY obvious or flagrant) in order to try and keep the game flowing.

The emphasis the last few years have been on rule changes that prevent the players from being injured (i.e. "horse-collar" tackles, going for the QB's knees on a sack, etc.)

This is directly from a buddy of mine, who IS an NFL referee.

(Of course, as I am fond of telling him, all bets are off if the zebras have money on the game!) :woohoo:
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Re:America's Official Pastime - Not What You Think 11 years 1 month ago #6486

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Tell you the truth - I'm a little tired of the refs all the time in the game. Leave the rules alone - except for safety issues.

Some times a rule change is to promote scoring so the fans get to react more ... no, I don't have a specific example, but every year, something different and new. Let's just play football - old rules - in a safety conscious environment ...

And let the refs call the plays - just believe in their skills, and let them make mistakes - that's the game.

Instant replay now has nearly taken control of the game. IF the ref thinks the guy's TOE is in, then he's inbounds - get over it, and on with it ... Still fun though :)

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Re:America's Official Pastime - Not What You Think 11 years 1 month ago #6488

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I fully agree. Get back to football and get rid of the instant replay.

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Maybe eventually we can make the game 'super-safe' for players. Just have them run up and down the field and pretend play - the computer can log in player skills, and virtual the outcome - then, no one will get hurt.

TV can make it's money, and we can go camping instead. We can watch the game on our own CPU, and actually, input on the play-calling for the games ourselves and take out the 'middle men' that cost a fortune ...

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