About the Taney Dragons and just how remarkable they are.
I finally got a follow-up call from my recent sleep study. Turns out I stopped breathing 31 times per hour, which means I have to go back this weekend for another study with a CPAP machine. (I’m a tiny bit suspicious, since the insurance cutoff for the CPAP coverage is 30 times an hour, but whatever.)
This doesn’t surprise me as much as it might have a month ago, because that’s when I first started to notice that I frequently stop breathing while I’m awake (your proverbial shallow breather). I figure it’s just as bad when I’m asleep.
What a bunch of wusses this school board is:
The Cape Henlopen School Board nuked its entire summer reading list to keep kids from reading The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Emily M Danforth’s acclaimed YA novel about a gay teenager coming of age in Montana.
Originally, the board was content to merely strikeCameron Post from the list, ignoring its own rules for challenging reading assignments, and figleafed its bigotry by insisting that the book’s removal was due to profanity, rather than LGBT themes. When anti-censorship groups pointed out that many of the other books on the list contained profanity, it did away with the summer reading list altogether.
Via Steve Duckett.
His show is really hard-hitting, I’m surprised he’s still on the air!
I have a very mild case of essential tremor, so this interested me. Plus, you know, playing violin during brain surgery? How cool is that?
Boy, NBC really doesn’t have a clue why we hated David Gregory, or they wouldn’t be replacing him with someone so similar:
Chuck Todd, a political obsessive and rabid sports fan, is the likely successor to David Gregory as moderator of “Meet the Press,” with the change expected to be announced in coming weeks, according to top political sources. The move is an effort by NBC News President Deborah Turness to restore passion and insider cred to a network treasure that has been adrift since the death in 2008 of the irreplaceable Tim Russert. Although Todd is not a classic television performer guaranteed to wow focus groups, his NBC bosses have been impressed by his love of the game, which brings with it authenticity, sources, and a loyal following among newsmakers and political junkies.
Reporter: “What’s your signature pitch?”
Mo’ne Davis: “Strike.”
It was an amazing game and a delight for any baseball fan. Mon’ne pitched a shutout and a complete game. Twitter lit up as the word got out:
Taney won the title with aggressive baserunning and mistake-free fielding. The Dragons gave themselves an early cushion with four first-inning runs, each manufactured on the base paths.
The final run of the inning demonstrated the scope of Taney’s dominance. Zion Spearman danced off third base after a low-and-outside pitch to Kai Cummings. When Newark catcher Joseph Rinarelli tossed the ball back to pitcher A.J. Blanchard, Spearman bolted for home. He slid in just before the tag.
Newark National spent the two days before the game preparing for Mo’ne Davis, but it was of little use. The first-inning runs were all she needed. She pitched a shutout, allowing three hits. By the time Davis allowed Newark’s first hit in the third inning, Taney already had a 6-0 lead. She struck out six batters in the game.
Davis will be the first American girl to play in Williamsport since 2004. She downplayed her personal accomplishment, but her pitching performance on national television showed that gender is no barrier.
“More girls should join boys’ teams so it could be a tradition and it wouldn’t be so special,” she said.
A stout Taney defense sealed the win. Jared Sprague-Lott made several difficult plays at shortstop and Eli Simon caught two high fly balls in left field in the fourth inning. Taney did not commit an error in the game.
The game fittingly ended on a perfectly executed double play, then the celebration began.
Afterward, Taney’s players said the win was about more than baseball. For one thing, it means new uniforms, no small matter to Taney’s players. The players shouted in joy after the game in the Little League Recreation Center when they saw the new gear they will wear in Williamsport, emblazoned with the words “Mid-Atlantic” across the chest. It was another sign that they are champions.
The origins of Taney’s players added meaning to the win. They nodded in unison when asked if the win meant more because they are the first team from Philadelphia to reach the Little League World Series. Many of the players murmured about the stereotypes related to inner-city kids and baseball.
“It means a lot,” second baseman Jahli Hendricks said. “In the beginning, a lot of people were a little bit doubting us and criticizing us.”
The stereotypes are now irrelevant. The bus to Williamsport leaves Monday morning.
Here’s Mo’Ne a few years ago meeting Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, the only woman to play in the Negro League”