If you happen to think watching girl's softball is akin to observing paint dry, you haven't been watching the NCAA Tournament for college women's softball on ESPN. These girls are good. And they're tough. And they play good, old-fashioned hard nosed ball the way it is supposed to be played.
This week, defending champion, Florida takes on Michigan in a best-of-three for the championship. We really recommend you check it out, even if you don't think it will be entertaining. And when you think about what's being pitched over 70 MPH and hit at them, you'll realize these girls have some courage. It is "soft" ball in name only. (If you want to hear a funny bit along those lines look up comedian Brian Regan's bit on softball on You Tube).
So take a break from the pampered pros and watch some girls play who know this is their last hurrah. For most, there is no professional women's softball next. This is the pinnacle. Win and your career has a storybook ending. Lose and you take off the cleats for the last time with tears in your eyes. Now that's hard.
We gave a glowing review to The BenchCoach dugout organizer several years ago. Since then they've sold thousands and have released their best new model, the R12x.
We love how the BenchCoach turns an ordinary Little League baseball or softball dugout, you know the ones that are just a wooden bench inside a chain link rectangle, into a luxury-equipped dugout with big-league feel. Just clip it onto the fence behind the bench and you're in business.
The organizer will hold bats, helmets, gloves, water bottles...all of those things that are usually scattered on the ground and in the dirt. There is a spot for name badges so that players have their own cubbie and everyone knows which space is theirs.
The BenchCoach is portable, easily folding into a compact carrying bag for coaches who want to take it from game to game. Leagues will be more likely to secure them more permanently, leaving them up all season and making it a nice addition to every field. Its durable, weatherproof and a touch of class everyone loves.
We all know that youth leagues don't have enormous budgets for field improvements. But here is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to turn your ordinary field into a field of dreams.
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Don't say we didn't warn you. If you're not looking to pledge allegiance to a new brand of batting glove, then don't try the DINGR from XProTex. XProTex has been making the top-of-the line protective batting gloves for years, and they just keep getting better and better.
They sent us a pair of the DINGR to try and my pro ball-playing son fell in love. The combination of tacky grip, vibrant color and wrist protection grab you the first time you try them on. But it is the comfort and flexibility that stays with you at-bat after at-bat.
Here's something you don't see often: The 2015 line of gloves from XProTex actually came down in price, making them an even better value. The DINGR is so ridiculously affordable you'd have no problem buying several pair over the course of the year. But you won't have too. XProTex is made with care and quality so that you'll be sliding into that same comfortable pair for many games to come.
Which XProTex model is right for you? It's a fun dilemma to have. And whether you choose the DINGR, the MASHR, the HAMMR, RAYKR or KRUSHR, you'll find the the gloves you are wearing are just BETTR.
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It never rains in Southern California. Except today. And it is pouring. Decided it was still necessary to take the pooch on her daily walk and we both got soaked to the bone. Wish I'd been wearing the All Sport Rain Suit from Frogg Toggs.
If you live somewhere it rains frequently and you're outside frequently, you'll wear this frequently. The blend of non-woven materials combine for breathability and the ever-important moisture impervious. It will keep you warm and dry, even on a day like today.
This is perfect for coaches and players who must stand or sit on the sidelines with no protection from the weather. It looks sporty and is very reasonbly priced. Frogg Toggs touts themselves as the leader in lightweight, affordable rain gear and they definitely don't miss the mark here.
The rain is actually picking up out there. Unless you're a duck or a frog, you're not going outside with your Toggs.
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Is there anyone who doesn't like the smell of cedar? And is there anyone who does like the smell of old, musty, sweaty sports gear and or shoes? We first reviewed Stuffits five years ago when they sent us out a pair to try. Since then they've grown by leaps and bounds and we couldn't be prouder of their success.
Stuffits original product, the classic, is a tightly-sewn case of anti-microbial fabric "stuffed" with delightful cedar. Cedar not only imparts its fragrance in anything it touches, but it is a natural moisture absorber. Stuffits claimed that when you placed their product inside shoes that were smelly or wet -- or both, that they would freshen and smell better, last longer.
We have been using the same pair for years and they work great. Get caught out in the rain and your shoes are soaked? In the past that meant you may as well throw them out because of how they'd smell forever after. But now, just let them sit overnight inserted with Stuffits and tomorrow they'll be dry and redolant of sweet cedar.
Stuffits now makes their product for gloves, gear bags and helmets too. Just about anything you can think of that gets wet, sweaty and stinky is a prime candidate. All you need to do is try it once to believe it.
So don't fear the wet, the sweat, the smell. Just stuff it and tomorrow you'll feel like you're walking through a cedar forest. And who cares if it starts to rain?