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Thunderdogs in Believeland

I raised a beer mug to toast to Cleveland “being this unusual town where music and sports are held in the highest regard.” I was a guest of Warren’s at a dinner populated with members of the Long Live Rock … Continue reading

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The Biggest Goal Is to Be Yourself

It would be somewhat illogical to make the Tribe the underdogs, but if it must be so! After years of pain, Cleveland is four wins from being America’s sports town We’ve seen teams go from worst-to-first in a single year … Continue reading

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This Too Will Not Pass Soon

In December 1964, I was ten years old. We lived at 2705 East Overlook Road in Cleveland Heights. It was a big Georgian house with a library room with built-in oak shelves. In the corner sat our big black and … Continue reading

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Free Play Puddle League

Pete “the body” lines up the pill. Pete, incidentally, is a lock for comeback player of this Free Play season, seeing as he’s recently acquired two bionic hips. Sunday was likely the latest we’ve ever enjoyed our first full complement … Continue reading

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A Manny We Can Believe In

This post is going to be a: figure it out on your own terms kind-of-post. Cleveland Indians – The Glory Years, and, 2007 1994 2nd 66 47 .584 1995 1st 100 44 .694 1996 1st 99 62 .615 1997 1st … Continue reading

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Spring Training Is Over

Matt batting at the end of last season. [flashvideo file=http://squareone-learning.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Freeplay-Jedimaster-Matt.flv /] Matt speaking before the start of this season. Freeplay Softball League and experiment Sundays, 9:30am, Forest Hills Park, Cleveland Heights

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When Horrible Is Charitable

The cartoonish mascots or characters or whatever, waddling across the court at Quicken Loans Arena was the most amusing moment on Sunday, on Kid’s Day, as the Cleveland Cavaliers were humiliated by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The game was not … Continue reading

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Snowy Daze

A pic taken after our October 31, Free Play Softball League game. It was quite a game, another one run affair, and capped off by a game winning hit that fell in a grey area. What’s a grey area on … Continue reading

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All All There

[flashvideo file=http://www.squareone-learning.com/video/FreePlay.flv /] Dave says to me after the game, It was all there. What a great game. I affirm this, Yup. Actually, whatever “it” is, my guess “it” is all there every weekend, in the Free Play softball game. … Continue reading

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Hammer Time

Pete the hammer. New gear, celebrating next year’s 20th anniversary of Free Play softball. The Free Play Softball League convenes its open system every Sunday at 10am, at Forest Hills Park-Cleveland Heights, on field #8. If you need to loosen … Continue reading

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Prima LaBrona

Mozart’s body of work has endured for three centuries and counting. Say what you will about forlorn Cleveland sports fans, the city’s orchestra plays this body of work and those of other all-time musical all-stars better than anybody else. So, … Continue reading

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Hoopsentiment

Don´t forget your history nor your destiny. (Bob Marley)

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Core of Play

For Love of the Game, Rick Reilly, espn.com Great, feel good story about two softball teams–one superior, one inferior, and both willing to invoke the deeper game. Many years ago I coached for two seasons mens and womens college club … Continue reading

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Turnover

And, so it ends, and if one is feeling not very charitable, it did so in ignominy. There was something inexplicable in watching the Cavaliers scramble to catch up, rather than control their on-court destiny. Is it possible they underestimated … Continue reading

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There’s a First Time for Everything

Cavs coach Mike Brown goes giddy in trying to get from reflecting on Mo William’s shocking dunk and saying something about it. There are few pleasures more engrossing on the morning after a Cavs win, than reading the opponent’s homer … Continue reading

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Field Eight – Opening Day

You can make out Matt’s magic bat leaning up against the back-stop to good ol’ field 8. Opening day of Free Play Softball, April 18th, ‘the first Sunday after tax day!’ Since 1986, I vaguely recall. Have I been playing … Continue reading

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Z’ riffic

Z. . .what a mensch! During the Lebron era the Cavs have most often described by courtside commentators and b-ball media as being something like the King and his sub-stellar crew. This is a way of depicting secondary cast to … Continue reading

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Men of Fallen leaves

We’re still playing Free Play softball every Sunday at 10am. Last Sunday the overcast but mild day saw 23 players show up. This was by far the biggest November turnout I’ve observed in the nine years I’ve playing with this … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect

Roger told the interviewer, ‘he did practice just such a shot, but it never was successful’ (in practice.) Then, he termed it a perfect shot. Practice: imperfect, imperfect, imperfect, imperfect, imperfect. . . For real: perfect! There is something curious … Continue reading

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The Kids of Summer

Thanks to Alice for snapping this shot from September 6. Age range: roughly 16 to 66. We started our Free Play pick-up softball league in April on the first Sunday after tax day. We’ll play until it becomes too insane … Continue reading

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