The 2016 State B Amateur Baseball Tournament is upon us with games beginning on Wednesday and culminating on August 14 at 2:00pm. The site of the tournament is once again beautiful Cadwell Park in Mitchell, SD.
Last year I started a Bracket Challenge to see just how much interest there was in this crazy state for amateur baseball. The only regret was not having the idea sooner so more people could enter. So, here we go, year TWO!
Last year we had around 50 entries and I think this year we can double or maybe even triple that number this year. Optimistic? Maybe. Possible? No doubt.
Once you create an account you can fill out your predictions. The deadline has been set for game time of the first game. Any brackets submitted after that will not be included in the standings. Make sure to check back for updated standings throughout the tournament. I will try to update as soon as possible after games are over.
Thanks for entering and please share it with your amateur baseball friends so we can make this a big contest. As of now there is no prize, but perhaps I can find a gift card or two for prizes. No promises. For now, enter for fun!
Two months ago I was standing on a baseball field when sports and life were put into perspective. Sports has helped us cope with many things, but at the end of the day it truly is just a game and means a lot less than we try to make it out to be. I shared my experience through this blog. And if you haven’t read it you can do so by clicking here. I wrote the story to express my thoughts and share what I had just taken in. The response was incredible. It was overwhelming. The blog has been viewed more times than I could have imagined. Emails poured into my inbox, some stopped to comment and others spread it on to their friends. The story was ran in newspapers in Shelton and Gibbon and for that I owe Steve Glenn a big thank you. I asked for anyone to share an update on the young man in the story. Tonight I received one that will explain everything the young man went through and still goes through as he continues his recovery. I wanted to share the update to anyone who found interest in the blog I wrote.
Too many times parents, fans, players, coaches and officials get so wrapped up in a sports contest the idea that “it’s just a game” is lost. The players get yelled at or frustrated with one another. Fans yell obscene things when they disagree with the judgement of an official. And sometimes parents try to get more out of their kids than the kids want to give. Anyone who attended the Nebraska Class B Juniors Legion state baseball tournament was reminded that sometimes there is more to the game. Continue reading →
A Milwaukee Brewers fan asked Ryan Braun to marry her during a game. Like hundreds of others have done before with a sign at the game. One thing she did to separate herself from the others was put her cell phone number on the sign. The idea seemed like a good one….then it happened. The woman received hundreds of phone calls and text messages and even had her voicemail inbox so full when Braun tried to actually give her a call he couldn’t leave a message. Continue reading →
Opening Day 2011 is in the books. Six games took center stage on Thursday March, 31 to get the Major League Baseball season underway. Some of the highlights include Ramon Hernadez walk off home run, Don Mattingly wins as manager and Albert Pujols left hitless. Here is a recap of the games on opening day –
South Carolina has a chance to do something special this evening. If the Gamecocks can top UCLA, they will become the final National Champion crowned at Rosenblatt Stadium. It would stand as the first-ever championship for the school in baseball. The championship would also be just the second National Title by any sport at the school outside of women’s equestrian. But more importantly, a championship victory for the Gamecocks would bring many happy tears to a family in the stands. Continue reading →
When the UCLA Bruins take the field for the championship series of the College World Series against South Carolina, it will be more than just a game. The team will be playing for themselves, coaches, school and a man, a coach named John Wooden. Just 24 days following the passing of the greatest coach to ever, the UCLA baseball game will play in game one of a best of three series to claim the national championship. Continue reading →
Last night, June 2, I was umpiring a baseball game. I watched two poorly played baseball games and saw one young man (the pitcher) take a line drive off the side of the head that left him hospitalized. It happened in the second inning of the game and there was never a good feeling the rest of the night. I told one of the coaches I would rather be anywhere else than on that field. Continue reading →