Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sportswriting





For a variety of reasons, I'm not writing about the games I was involved in this weekend. Leave it at bad scores, bad tempers, I acted like a jerk, and I'm sure nobody on my team wants me to rehash it in a public forum. The playoffs begin next week and we will be ready. Cool heads will prevail, and friendships will not only survive but thrive.

Meanwhile, please go to The M Street Softball Website to read my reporting on the first game of the best-of-seven championship series, which began last night. I'll be covering all of the games over there, so if you enjoy my writing, that will be the place to go until next Monday.

(The park itself is the place to go if you want to see truly high-level fast-pitch softball. These teams are good, the company in the stands is convivial [I'm there, so of course it is!], and if you've never been to the park before and the ice cream truck shows up, which it does about two games out of three, I'll treat you to a black-and-white frappe!)

Soon, with more better stuff.

[Photo of the sportswriter came from this wonderful website.]



23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Free frappes? I'm not into sports too much, but I might show up for the ice cream, LOL.

Craig said...

As one who has, on occasion, included the word 'convivial' in my blog posts (usually in reference to a beverage), I salute you. . .

A black-and-white frappe, huh? No shades of gray for you, right?

I think a 'frappe' is one of those east-coast things that us midwesterners don't get. Kinda like a milkshake, isn't it?

Suldog said...

Craig - Yes, you would call it a milkshake (and be wrong, of course, because if you order that around here what you'll get is flavored milk, shaken, and no ice cream.)

Stephen Hayes said...

So that's not a picture of you at the typewriter? Ha! I know it's really Clark Kent.

Ami said...

Public forum? Naww, your blog is private. Really. Trust me.

Barbara Shallue said...

I'm having a tough time imagining you being a jerk at one of your games, but if you were, kudos to you for owning up to it! It's been awhile since I bought something from an ice cream truck, but I'm pretty sure the ones in Texas don't sell frappes.

Jackie said...

Great game (too close for a while...sheesh)...but glad that the Shenanigans won.
Great catch by the catcher; he puts his whole heart (and body) into the game, eh? :)) Great wav file; thanks for including it in your reporting.
Why are you not on the stats page? Did I miss something?
Hugs,
J.

Suldog said...

Jackie, darling, I think you're slightly confused. I'm not on either of these teams. My team was eliminated earlier in the playoffs. I do appreciate you looking out for me, though! Love you!

Buck said...

Pat Pickup appeared to have a sure double...

Pat Pickup? Is there a BETTER name for a softball player than THAT? I don't think so...

Suldog said...

Buck - Yeah, I know. When I first heard the name "Pickup", I thought it was a joke, some sort of snide reference to being a guy the team grabbed from some bar on the way to the game. It's real, of course, and he's a decent friend from that league; very nice guy. Turns out it's an Irish name (just not a very popular one) so shame on me!

Cricket said...

Admit it... you put "black-and-white frappe" in to confuse the folks "from away." Kind of like an egg cream to the Noo Yawkas.

When I was little, my Dad tried to order a coffee frappe at a family restaurant in VA. What he got was "coffee, black." Not the same at all. That was my first inkling of a "regionalism."

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

Mmmm, frappes.....

silly rabbit said...

Well who among us has not been a jerk on occasion? I certainly have... especially when jumping to conclusions, which I have done myself of late. I think you know what I mean.

Sigh. I'm rooting for you in the play-offs! Good luck to all!

Jackie said...

Oh, Jim...sigh. I'm sorry that I didn't know that your team was eliminated in the playoffs.
No wonder I couldn't find your name!! (I looked and looked and looked again.)
You were kind with your adjective ("slightly".)
LY2 my friend.
J.

Jackie said...

Correction: You were kind with your adverb ("slightly") :)))))

Babs said...

Been busy and slacking I guess on reading the blog..sorry to hear you were
not nearly perfect in your reaction to the games. Isn't this normal for the general population in ball playing? I don't play it's only what I have observed or read.
Frappee' huh? I'm still thinking about the food places you've talked about in the past. If I"m ever in that area.........
I'll check out the other site..better days ahead in playing ball, and knowing there's generally another game to prove yourself. ? :)

Daryl Edelstein said...

your offer of a frappe is very inviting ..

messymimi said...

All of us have an off day, and you are dealing with it well by putting it behind you and looking forward to the next game.

While i don't normally read much sports writing, i do read yours, thanks for the link.

Michelle H. said...

It's hard for me to read about sports when you aren't on the teams, but I know your a great (and fair) analyzer of the players and the teams, so it is a great piece of writing.

BTW- one time, I tried to order a cappuccino at an Eat N' Park. I got strange looks. If course, I was sorta drunk at the time (rather, I had carried it over from the night before-- now that was a party). Of course, this has nothing to do with frappes, except I never tried one of those before, and certainly not at an Eat N' Park. (like how I tied that in together? ;-) )

Uncle Skip, said...

Is it weird that I know what a frappe is?
Craig did say "kinda like..."
That would be like saying a bathtub is kinda like a cattle pond... they both have water.
Oh, wait. That's slightly extreme.

Imagine, so many comments on a post that links to another post.
Pure genius!

IT (aka Ivan Toblog) said...

Okay, okay... lemme get this straight. There's sports writing and sports reporting, right?
I'm thinking what you wrote on the other site is more like reporting, NTTIAWWT*

Then again, I suppose this post IS sports writing ...even if it is brief ...because it opens things up for discussion

So, forget I said anything




*not that there is anything wrong with that

Matt Conlon said...

Hahaha, that was perfect... I read your post and went to the comments to find out how many were about "frappe". Coming from New England I found myself shocked at how many people didn't know the word. :)

Craig said...

OK, OK. . . I've been east enough times to know what a 'frappe' is, other than just a speed setting on my blender. But yeah, around here, we call it a milkshake (uncouth louts that we are), which is just drinkable (or at least, slurpable) ice cream.

Mainly, I was just observing that, out east, being all cosmopolitan and all, y'all have some culinary cherces that we just don't get exposed to very often, like roasted chestnuts (yum!), and Yoo-Hoo (??), and scrapple (no comment). . .

To midwestern ears, tho, it still comes off sounding vaguely like some kind of shorthand for 'F***ing Crap'. (And you know I don't mean that nearly as pugnaciously as it sounds, right?)