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KIBT champs win NBC World Series

Lawn darts next Olympic sport?
By Gregg Drinnan
August 9, 2015 9:39 P.M.
The Seattle Studs celebrate after winning the NBC World Series. (@SeattleStuds photo)

The Seattle Studs, winners of the last five Kamloops International Baseball Tournaments (KIBT), have won the 81st National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan. . . . The Studs, who went 6-0 in Wichita, won the title Saturday night, beating the Haysville, Kan., Aviators, 5-2, in the championship game. . . . This was a highly emotional tournament following the Aug. 1 death of Kaiser Carlile, a nine-year-old batboy. The youngster died after being hit on the head by a player taking a practice swing before his scheduled at-bat. . . .

A report from Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “Latest sign that the apocalypse is near: The Electronic Sports League announced it will randomly drug-test players at competitive video-game tournaments.” . . . Here’s Perry, again: “Flying disk sports, including Ultimate Frisbee, have been granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee. ‘We got next!’ said lawn darts.” . . . Another Perry report: “The top three schools in The Princeton Review’s latest ranking of top party schools — Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin — are all from the same conference. Little wonder nobody’s sober enough to realize the Big Ten has 14  schools in it.” . . .

“Emails from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that are being made public include a nasty one in a hassle involving a pool cover,” reports Bill Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe, Calif., correspondent. “Man, Tom is just not having much luck these days with cover-ups.” . . . Littlejohn adds: “Yes, Brady's hassle about the pool’s cover was pretty wild, but I hear there was an even bigger hassle about its pump.” . . . An NFL camp report from Littlejohn: “Bad news for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd — he dislocated three fingers. Good news for Floyd — he didn't blow them off with fireworks.” . . .

“A recent analysis of water quality for the Olympic Games in Rio showed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria,” writes Richmond, B.C., blogger TC Chong. “The IOC says not to worry, that it will be safe for the athletes because no marine life, including sharks, will be able to survive in it.” . . . “If you go on vacation to the Florida Panhandle,” Chong wonders, “are you supposed to bring spare change for the residents?” . . . “The NBA schedule won’t be released until next week,” informs Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea, “but if I were you, I’d give some thought to making sure the kids are done breaking their toys earlier than normal on Christmas.” . . . Speaking of Christmas, Costco . . . already . . . really! . . . I mean, can’t you wait until the Back To School sales are done? . . . Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. . . .

“Delta Airlines says it will ban Big Game trophies,” notes Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe. “So they’ll still be able to fly the Cubs.” . . . With Air Canada deciding to follow suit, the Toronto Maple Leafs are safe, too. . . . A few of America’s big airlines have announced similar bans. As Ron Judd noted in the Seattle Times: “The action was a notably bold stance by American Airlines, which doesn’t fly to Africa, and United Airlines, which has a single flight there. It’s sort of like stepping up to ban the importation of unicorns.” . . .

Rob Vanstone of the Regina Leader-Post overheard this at a Saskatchewan Roughriders’ practice last week: “Who will win a game first — the Riders or the Pats?” . . . The Roughriders fell to 0-7 with a 30-26 loss to the host Toronto Argos on Saturday night. It was another penalty-filled CFL game in which the players proved again that they are in trouble if this is an IQ test. . . . Still with the CFL, a tip of the fedora to the B.C. Lions for putting veteran trainer Bill Reichelt and equipment man Ken (Kato) Kasuya on their Wall of Fame during Thursday’s game. Well done! . . .

If the Toronto Blue Jays haven’t already, how close are they to earning the reputation as the MLB’s biggest bunch of whiners? . . . If you’re on social media at all, you will be aware that Blue Jays fans are celebrating as though they’ve been in a dark place for a long, long time. Oh, wait . . . After word got out that the afore-mentioned Brady, the subject of the NFL’s Deflategate investigation, had wrecked his cellphone so its messages couldn’t be accessed, comedian Argus Hamilton claimed: “He did this on the advice of his attorney, Tiger Woods.”

(Gregg Drinnan is a former sports editor of the Regina Leader-Post and the late Kamloops Daily News. He is at greggdrinnan@gmail.com and twitter.com/gdrinnan. Keeping Score appears here on weekends, except when it doesn’t.)

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