Golf Outing Update and some other stuff…

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Attention golfers and drinkers…..
The 2010 Ducks/Bulldogs end of season golf outing has been scheduled:
WHEN: Sunday, September 19th at 1pm
WHERE: Lakevue North Golf Course – 591 Pittsburgh Road – Butler, PA 16002-7659
GOLF: 18 Hole Scramble-style golf outing 4-Person groups
COST: $65/player or $260/group: includes greens fees, beer, prizes, hotdogs at the turn and a buffet-style dinner after the round

RESERVATIONS: To make reservations please contact Brian Strom at (412) 576-8877 or
– Please try to arrange your own foursome. If you need additional golfers to complete a foursome please let me know ASAP.  – Checks should be made payable to the Pittsburgh NABA and must be received by Friday, September 10th. Any payment after that date will need to be cleared by Lakevue North and entrance is not guaranteed.   – This outing is open to anyone but space is limited.
OTHER DETAILS:  – Lakevue North will provide one 1/4 barrel of beer for the outing. Each cart is welcome to carry one six-pack of beer  that may be brought in or purchased from the course.
– Check-In will be at 12:45pm at Lakevue North under the pavilion. Tee times will be staggered in ten-minute start times from 1:30pm till approx. 2:30pm. Accommodations can be made if a certain start time is desired.
– Additional ideas and donations for door-prizes are needed. Please contact Brian Strom if you can help out with anything.
– All checks will be deposited into the League Account on Friday, September 10th during normal banking hours.
– Prizes will be awarded for the Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin competitions. All other prizes will be raffled during  the post-round buffet.
– The 2010 Bulldogs/Ducks Golf outing is intended to serve as a fund-raising event for both teams in the Pittsburgh NABA and the PBL.

Lakevue North Golf Course has been very generous in allowing us to hold the event at this location. Please respect the course and everyone in attendance during this event.


In other news, 2010 Ducks team awards will be posted along with a season recap from Captain America in the near future.

I’m waiting for the recap to announce the awards, I think that works, right?

I’m all about delegating work at this point. anyone who wants to write anything of any length about the season feel free to email me and I’ll post it or if you want me to invite you to gain login acess to blog strait on the site that would be great.

note: one of the top searches this week was “homemade weapons. “

far out.

There is no off season on the Bulldogs Blog

Note: the 2010 Pittsburgh NABA Champion South Oakland Ducks did not lose a game after the return of Harold the rubber duck.

Seriously, get your shit together and get your foursome signed up with Strom.

The outing will be fun.

The Gwin,Gwin,Gwin,Swanger foursome should be in contention late.



Golf Outing Update

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I forget the course, but the cost will be $65 per player checks made payable to Pittsburgh NABA.

1pm, September 19th course to be revealed when Strom emails me.

Maybe you’re thinking, “65 bucks, jesus! that’s like a case of beer and an 8th of weed, why should i spend that on golf?”

well, that includes: Cart, greens fees, a deli buffet, hot dogs at the turn, and free beer.

in addition to the chance to win ducks and bulldogs hats and shirts

We will have items to be raffled, prizes for best and worse foursome, longest drive and closest to the pin.

One of the prizes is a bottle of liquor, not surprisingly provided by the Bulldogs.

all proceeds will be split between the Ducks and the Bulldogs.


We need two more players for a competitive fantasy football keeper league.

I know a lot of you probably want the chance to beat a few Ducks at something this season, and if you catch us while we are distracted by the glare of the championship trophy, you might have a shot.

get in touch with me if you’re interested in either the golf outing or fantasy football.

Sign up for Fall Ball at the league homepage


Guest Post from Commish…


Kenny Powers is a Champion?

If this tournament was supposed to be conciliatory, the brackets for the AA title should(would?) have had a semi-final.

Shit just got confusing this year.

also we took 3 of 5 from the Sox this season and i agree with Joe that it would probably take a 15 game series to settle this one.


Here’s that guest post…Photos by me.

From the mind of the guy who conceived this playoff system, let me be clear:

who has been paying attention?

The South Oakland Ducks are Champions.

And so are the Black Sox and Maulers.

Matadors: Champions of teams based in Etna who want to play home games at 6:15

In the past there has only been one champion:  Pittsburgh NABA Champions

This year, as a transition to next year, there were to be three crowns: AA Champion, A Champion, Pittsburgh NABA Playoff Champion.

2007 Rebels - Champions of teams with poorly thoughtout nicknames and uniform color schemes (also league champs that year)

2003-2009: Pittsburgh NABA Champions

2010: AA Champion, A Champion, Pittsburgh NABA (Playoff) Champion.

2011: Pittsburgh NABA AA Champion, Pittsburgh NABA A Champion.

This will be the last year all teams will compete in the same postseason tournament.  The league will be dividing itself into competitive divisions.  The plan is in 2012, the two leagues will operate completely independent of one another, offering two entirely different levels of competitiveness.

The question for this year was how to best make that transition.  I’m not sure this was the best solution, but it moves the league toward its (my) ultimate goal nonetheless.

I like to use pictures as transitions in my blog: Abe Lincoln - Champion of the Union

Each year for the past 2-5 years, we have lost between 2-4 teams while gaining 3-4.  We have consistently lost the worst teams by record every year, and last year we lost the best also. (Look it up: 2009: Owlz, Gray Bats, Bombers, Rebels; 2008: Phantoms, Rakers)   Next year, I do not foresee us losing any teams.  All teams have committed to returning for 2011, which would set us on course for a 14-16 team league.

The goal was to keep all teams in the league, and I believe that has been accomplished.  The two worst teams by record have already committed to 2011 as single A teams.  We should have 8-10 teams in the double A, and 4-6 teams in the single A leagues next year.

Mike Pleva - Champion of self-aggrandizing nicknames

The plan for the 2010 postseason had been in place since 8/12/2009 (look it up).  I was adamant that we move to a two-league system, and perhaps because the only debate was aimed at keeping it a one-league system, there never was an alternative plan for the 2010 post-season that was proposed.

(Note: FLO proposed a plan that had the A Champions and runner-up as the #5 and #6 seed, but it couldn’t work due to time and field constraints, and wouldn’t have solved the current issue.  NATE proposed a pretty logical plan where the three champions fit together logically, but only after the fact in July.)

So who are the real champions?

The Maulers proved themselves to be the class of the single A teams.  They are without a doubt the Pittsburgh NABA Single A Champions.

The Black Sox had the best record in what was arguably the toughest division this year; the Monongahela.  They beat the Ducks 2 out of 3 times during the season, including 7-0 when the division crown was on the line. They swept the Hurricanes in the Double A Championship Series; who were last year’s champions, and this year’s best team by record.  Based on a full season of accomplishments, they are undoubtedly the 2010 Pittsburgh NABA AA Champions.

The Ducks earned their title also.  They defeated the Maulers, the Militia (who defeated the Hurricanes in the Quarterfinals), and swept the Black Sox en route to their title.  They are the 2010 Pittsburgh NABA Champions.

The Black Sox had the better regular season. The Ducks had the better post-season.  The Hurricanes had the best regular season.  The Maulers were the class of their level of competition.

Winning in the post season is what makes a champion...Ask the team that only lost once in the regular season last year...

Parity is a good thing.  Its well known that the best team doesn’t always win the title.  In my opinion there were three teams that were the class of the NABA this year (Hurricanes, Black Sox, Ducks), four challengers (Bulldogs, Militia, Maulers, and Oilers), and five also-rans (Matadors, Warriors, Eagles, Titans, and Knights).

Vinny took the Bulldogs playoff loss hard

In hindsight, there were only three MINOR upsets when all was said and done in the playoffs.  The Bulldogs lost to the Oilers, the Hurricanes lost to the Militia, and the Black Sox lost to the Ducks. (or was the regular season series win the upset?)

Admittedly, the post-season structure was odd, and has lead to confusion on who the “Real” champion is.  My hope was that whoever won the AA championship, would also win the post-season tournament and thereby end any debate.

The Bulldogs are the real AA Champions

(Sidebar: Yes, I was rooting for Kenny Powers and the B-SOX against the Ducks.  Yes, Mr. Powers and Mighty Eskimo knew this in advance. No, I obviously did not rig the playoffs for one team to win.  No, I am not upset that the Ducks won, I have friends on that team and I’m happy for them.  Yes, this will be the last year of that format… EVER.)

Someday the Bulldogs will win a playoff game...Despit the lack of a solid conspiracy

The Black Sox and Ducks both had great seasons.  The Ducks were the last ones standing.  If these two teams would play indefinitely until one team asserted itself clearly over the other (like the early days of the Major leagues), this series may have lasted 15 games.

In the league records it will go down as follows:

2009 Pittsburgh NABA Champions: Hurricanes

2010 Pittsburgh NABA Double A Champions: Black Sox

2010 Pittsburgh NABA Single A Champions: Maulers

2010 Pittsburgh NABA Champions: Ducks

2011 Pittsburgh NABA Double A Champions: TBD

2011 Pittsburgh NABA Single A Champions: TBD

The Black Sox are the first Pittsburgh NABA Double A Champion.  The Ducks are the last Pittsburgh NABA Champion.  They were the first to hold that title, and now hopefully the last.

Not sure if that helped clear anything up, but I don’t want anyone to think that either team is undeserving.  They both had excellent years, they both had late-season setbacks, and they both proved to be the two best teams at the end of the year.

On to other pressing topics…

Anyone have a better name for the two leagues (instead of Double A, and Single A) that would distinguish the two, and make clear the differing levels of play?

Ideas, thoughts, and opinions are always welcome.  The 2011 information is already on the league website, and the debate starts now.  I plan to keep up the Commissioner’s Blog on the Bulldogs website again this off-season as a sounding board for ideas for the league.  I wouldn’t want another debate at the end of 2011!

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and don’t forget Fall Ball.

Quack, Bark, Whoosh, Thump, At Arms, Squawk, Ole, Whaaam, Yoink, Clash, Gush,   and whatever noise a Black Sock would make also. (edit by Eskimo – this noise would involve cursing most likely or maybe a police siren, possibly the sound of a beer bottle smashed against something in order for it to be used as a weapon in a bar fight against a group of Hurricanes…)

To Reacap: South Oakland Ducks - 2010 Pittsburgh NABA Champions


I propose renaming the divisions and conferences after former Pirates – the Clemente and the Derek Bell

Ducks – Sox – Warriors  – Sox – Rebels – Owls – Canes – Ducks:

Of the six different teams to win a title two no longer exist.


Championship Recap:Ducks Sweep Black Sox (4-1, 5-4)

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It’s with humility earned through years of losing and almost winning that I write this rambling recap. It’s tempting just to posture for a whole blog post, but that wouldn’t do this justice.

We won the title and that speaks for itself. I have to much respect for Kenny and a hand full of his teammates (not all of them, obviously) to base this post on anything but our accomplishments rather than talk shit to the rest of the league.

That doesn’t mean it can’t happen in the comments section.

last season, I would have taken the time to photoshop this pic.

South Oakland entered the series with a 1-4 all-time post season record against the Black Sox, having lost the regular season series 2 games to 1. South Oakland was down three starters, and Brookline played without their left fielder and first baseman who are two of their best hitters.  Injured Ducks catcher Brenden Scioscia kept score, Ducks great Rob Swanger sat on hand to anxiously dip and add chatter. Both did a fantastic job.

The Ducks’ depth prevailed on Saturday.

Once again the season flew by like  a zeppelin, only this season it wasn’t the Hindenburg tragically bursting into flames at the hands of Kenny Powers and the Black Sox.

The proverbial Black Sox monkey has been fed the poisonous bandanna and made into a nice championship hat for Mark Guthrie to wear while he victoriously nurses his wounds accrued as a direct result of the viscous battle for the championship belt when he sacrificed his orbital bone to preserve the sanctity of the Ducks franchise and the Bat/Book family in the just ending to the story of the 2010 season and the legend of the family movie which is currently in production…

Joe, if we are no longer continuing the with the trophy, we should go with a belt.

Rob Cool agrees. His dramatic catch in game two helped preserve the South Oakland Victory

Both teams made errors, but the Ducks prevailed behind timely hitting and fewer mistakes.

Three misplayed balls in the Brookline outfield led to runs in game two.

The Ducks outfield not only kept everything in front of them, but Cool’s catch saved the game.

Cool went 0 for 2 at the plate in game two but he didn’t let it effect his play in the field, he battled he helped the team win.

Jim Fago caught two games and recorded the final out on the mound for the Ducks.

And for all the fuss about a couple kids from Owlz , and the addition of  the college players [which was viewed by a vocal minority on the team as sacrilegious or some other holier than tho sanctimonius self-rightious bullshit, (and now that we won a title I will use that word on the blog again)] joining the Ducks, it was Mark Captain America Guthrie who made his first Ducks appearance in 2007, shutting down the Black Sox in the biggest game of his NABA career.

It was Jesse Smith getting on base and via-pinch runner Flip, scoring on Chris Wojton’s fielder’s choice and Wojton scoring what proved to be the winning run on Kenny Cool’s triple.  It was Casale making all the plays in the field and turning the lineup over in the nine spot.

I caught the ball in left and didn’t coach us out of the championship. I’m glad i could contribute.

Not even the umpirescould stop us.

My only regret is so many Ducks were on vacation or moved to the west coast at couldn’t be here for the win and the celebration.

Now for the recap:

Game 1 opened as a pitchers duel. Rob Cool was thrown out at second in the top of the first attempting to stretch a single into a double.

Tony Casale robbed an angry sock of a hit with a diving play to his right early on.

Another Sock lined out to Gwin in left with runners on first and third in the second inning. He voiced his displeasure.

again, no photoshop. lots of cool pics come up when you google black sox, images...

South Oakland opened the scoring with four runs in the third.

Casale led off with a single and stole second. Lipp and Cool followed with back to back walks.

DeFilippo singled in two and Fago drove in a run with a sac fly.

Jesse Smith drove in a run with an RBI ground out.

That’s all the Ducks would need.

James Tessyier allowed one run in the bottom of the fourth. he finished with 5H, 1BB, 4Ks and 1 run over seven innings.

Taking game one was imperative. We carried over the momentum.

South Oakland led the series 1-0 and the smiths brought us food between games which gave us the energy we needed to sweep the series.  Mr. Smith justifiably said the blog was sub-par this season, but congratulated me on a solid blogging year in ’09.

Thank you to the Smiths and all our fans for supporting us all year.


Guthrie and his nemesis Peter Pan Chalfin squared off in the series pivotal game.

Guthrie recorded a 1-2-3 first with the help of a blown call by the first base ump which evened out the blown call by the plate ump.

Rob Baumgartel gave the Ducks and early 2-0 lead with a bases loaded double in the bottom of the first.

The Black Sox did not expect to be down early with Chalfin on the mound. It felt like they started to press.

that f-ing splitter!

The Sox scored an unearned run in the top of the third to close the gap to 2-1.

South Oakland added a run in the bottom half of the inning on James Fago’s RBI double to left which scored Anthony DeFilippo from third.

the score remained 3-1 Ducks until the bottom of the sixth when Jesse Smith singled with one out, and stole second via DeFilippo. Chalfin wisely walked Baumgartel to get to Gwin, but Gwin pinch hit Wojton for himself.

On a hit and run, Wojton ripped a ball ticketed for centerfield that was knocked down by a diving Matt Slavonic who stepped on second, but was unable to turn the double play. and pinch runner DeFilippo scored from second.

Big RBI for Wojton.

brought the ruckus

4-1 Ducks

Then Kenny Cool tripled to right field to give South Oakland a four-run cushion going into the final frame.

Guthrie allowed three hits and one earned run through six innings of work, holding Pittsburgh NABA legend Kenny Powers without a hit.

I wanted Guth to be on the mound when we won, but it was not to be. He still celebrated like a champion afterwords and he earned the win with a typical gutsy effort.

In the top of the seventh, an infield hit, an error and another single followed by a run scoring groundout cut the Ducks’ lead to 5-2.

One out and men on second and third top seven:

Florian hit a ball that would have gone out of any other ball park, but Rob Cool made a game saving catch at the wall and nearly doubled up the runner at third, but the relay hit the runner and bounced into the dugout. the runner was awarded home and the Ducks led by a score of 5-4 with two out an nobody on.

Fago entered the game to pitch. He walked Sloan who advanced to third when Golddust singled to right.

Golddust is always a factor when you play the SOX.

Two outs, runner on third Black Sox down by one.

Who would you want at the plate if you are a Brookline supporter?

Kenny f-ing Powers is who. Duck killer, and one of the best hitters our league has ever seen.

the 2-2 pitch was grounded to Lipp his throw was true and the Ducks won their second title, ending the seven year championship drought.

5-4 Ducks.

Game, Series, Championship.


Tim Lipp and Tony Casale set the standard for unselfishness this season. Casale welcomed the move to second base when we brought on DeFilippo, and Tim Lipp, who starts at shortstop for DII Gannon University, played third base without issue. On this note, Rob “Baconator” Bamgartel also stepped up late in the season when i know he wanted to pitch more, and played a solid first base and hit the ball as well as anyone when it mattered most.

The team first mentality won us the title as much as Fago’s sexy biceps or any other individual performance.

Now we have all summer to talk about V-neck uniforms and continued celebrations instead of trying to figure out what went wrong against the Black Sox.

The relief and elation still haven’t quite set in.

It’s been hard work this year, and for seven years trying to get back to this point.

An anecdote comes to mind with this title:

oh, boy i bet it's riveting.

Playing legion ball for the now defunct post 339 back in 1999, I singled up the middle late in a game in which we were being dominated, earlier i reached on a ball that I hit between second and third which the shortstop had to range deep in the gap, and when he came up he bobbled it and didn’t make the throw.

the late game single was a clean hit, the first clean hit of the game, and since the guy wouldn’t have had a no-hitter, i got credit for the first boarderline hit.

Had we lost, the Ducks first title would still count despite the sandlot state of the league in ’03, but by getting a clean hit in 2010, beating the best teams in the playoffs , (the Militia and the Sox, both of whom beat the Hurricanes in the oddly constructed playoff format) in what has become a far more competitive league than i could have ever imagined, we added more credibility to the ’03 title.

We are two time champs, it’s legit.

The South Oakland franchise  book-ended the trophy on Saturday. We have as many titles as any other team in the league, spanning the greatest number of years between titles.

No team has gone back to back and no team has won three  championships, but let’s enjoy this one for a while.

Talking with Scioscia and Flip after the game, what the Owlz lacked last year was unity and I’d like to think I helped bring this team togther when it could have become clique-y.  I thank TC Jones and Rob Cool for helping me with this.

Last year’s Owlz needed the Ducks as much as the Ducks needed the first year players, in order to win a championship.

The chemistry experiment was a success – far better than that time you tried to make your own LSD in that shady basement on Semple Street and wound up in Western Maryland four days later, shivering  naked in the back of an 18-wheeler rambling about the woods behind Moore Park.

Everyone is welcome back,players on this year’s roster have first rights to a spot on next year’s club as we start our title defense and we’ll fill in as needed. It is a consensus among everyone who celebrated at the Cool’s on Saturday night that maintaining chemistry is more important than overhauling the roster with bunch of former minor league players.

I’d like to thank my teammates/players for giving me the chance to play on a winner again.


Tessyier Complete Game Victory in Game 1. Guthrie Defeats Chalfin in Game Two: Ducks Seep Sox.

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Pittsburgh NABA 2010 Champions

South Oakland Ducks

written down

Game 1 MVP James Tessyier 7IP, 1run

Game 2 MVP Kenny Cool 2-3 triple 2rbi

Playoff MVP: Rob Baumgartel

more to come


a quick post script by our number nine

Consider yourselves lucky ducks.  You were mostly still in high school when I was still playing, and man, we were bad.  We switched over to wood bats in 2006 and the league probably averaged about seven earned runs per game.  We probably gave up that many…plus an additional ten that were unearned every single damn game.  The thing I remember most, the thing that made us really suck was the errors.  We made errors on nice fields, we made errors on shitty fields, we made throwing errors, fielding errors, mental errors, not-paying-attention-errors, errors that cost us games in late innings, errors that put us in an early hole, and errors to further embarress ourselves when we were already out of it.  I pitched on those teams, and had a flashback when I saw Guthrie throw a five-out inning in the fourth or whatever it was, so what a relief, what evidence of how much better you guys are when you were able to get out of it with minimal damage and the lead still secure.  But all in all, you don’t make errors to begin with and that happens when you have dominating pitchers and an infield full of elite shortstops.  Errors happen, but Guthrie doesn’t seem to mind, he just keeps on pitching, like they didn’t happen.  He’s got faith in the team behind him, and that’s a credit not only to his experience and maturity but also to the team itself.  He knows they’ll get those runs back, no matter what happens.  I love that you’re able to jump on a team early; the BSox were playing from behind for 14 innings and you never let them back in, I love that you have guys that can drive in runs, when they matter, from the bottom of the lineup.  You deserve to be champions.

Five years ago I never would have believed it.  It was an honor sitting in the dugout with you guys.  You are deserving champions.

Quack – Swanger.