A quick post. I'm watching women's softball on ESPN after viewing the Cubs receive a beating by the Phillies 10-1. Nice. Guess a four game sweep of the hapless Nats really didn't prove anything.
Anyway, this is the World Cup of Softball and the match features the US v. Australia, with the US up 3-1 in the 4th inning. C'mon, USA! Got too many Australians visiting here to have to hear about any big comebacks from the one or two citizens there that are paying attention to the sport.
We just got to hear the Australian coach complain to the umpire regarding a called third strike. Oddly enough, he kept the tone civil and didn't swear to the ump (who was miked up for TV). Given those parameters I'd question whether or not he was from the Land Down Under. Certainly a Havock or Nautilis would have let the hapless umpire have it with both verbal barrels, doubly so after the umpire kicked them out of the game. Coach Barlow needs to work on his talking to the umpire. Maybe something like this from the great old manager of those '70s and '80s Baltimore Orioles teams, Earl Weaver.
Good stuff, fast-pitch softball, men's or women's. Recommended for any fans of stick and ball sports.