‘There is nothing you can do about it’

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)http://http://vimeo.com/11370119http://http://vimeo.com/11369166Joey Labuz wins the game for The Badger HeraldVILAS PARK — The situation was perfect. It was a familiar scenario; one that sets men up to become legends. And with 2009’s hero watching from the dugout, it was Editorial Board Chairman Joe Labuz who ensured The Badger Herald would come off the diamond victorious for the second year in a row.Down 10-9 with two runners on and two outs, Labuz crushed a long home run over the heads of a deep Daily Cardinal outfield that was already backed up to the city limits of Middleton. The blast gave the Gentle Clowns of the Badger Herald a 12-10 walk-off win in the annual softball game, a year after former sports editor Ben Voelkel provided a theatrical ending to the 2009 game.“There is nothing you can do about it,” Labuz said repeatedly, as he rounded the bases — each utterance of the phrase sapping the already-low self-esteem of the Dirty Bird infielders.But as in any storybook ending, the result would not have been possible without some drama.Up 9-3 in the top of the seventh inning, the Herald looked to be comfortably in control despite muddy, wet conditions due to the kind of weather that scares off those pansies in Major League Baseball. Needing only three outs to avenge an October loss in the flag football game, BH pitcher Michael Bleach and his defense ran into some trouble.“Yeah, we wanted to give the Dirty Bird a chance to save face,” Bleach said. “You might say I was just clowning around out there.”With a defense consisting of late-season call-ups, the Dirty Bird started chipping away at the deficit, eventually going ahead on a home run over the heads of an over-confident Herald outfield. Defensive substitutions helped Bleach — who had a part in all three putouts in the inning — get the Gentle Clowns off the field down just one run.“You can’t have a walk-off win unless you’re losing, that’s totes obvi,” Bleach said. “The plan was to let the Cardinal have some fun before letting Joey just shatter their souls with one swing of the bat.”That game plan, referred to by ArtsEtc. content editor Tony Lewis as “The worst idea I’ve ever heard,” turned out to be just crazy enough to work.In the bottom of the seventh, Publisher Nick Penzenstadler and sports writer Cassie Paulsen reached base, and both advanced into scoring position by the time Labuz — who already had a home run in the game — came up to the plate.Dirty Bird manager Nico Savidge already knew the game was over as soon as Labuz entered the batter’s box.“I considered stacking the outfield, but what’s the point?” Savidge said.Asked to elaborate on the term “stacking the outfield,” Savidge admitted he planned on sending the entire Cardinal staff into the field, but realized he didn’t want to add a 300-foot walk to what he knew was already going to be an embarrassing, shameful end to the game for the Dirty Bird.Aside from the carefully planned seven runs the BH allowed in the top of the seventh inning, it was a game dominated by the Herald from the first drink of beer.BH designated drinker Adam Holt won a controversial chug-off against future DC editor in chief Emma Roller that required an overtime period. Roller was visibly nervous during the bout, trembling with obvious premonitions of the softball beat-down that would follow.“I had a bad feeling about the whole thing,” Roller said. “I’m going to have nightmares of that plastic cup hitting the ground for the rest of my life.”Observers from both teams called Holt’s chugging everything from “magnificent,” to “terrifying and unnatural.” BH Sports editor and manager Jordan Schelling agreed Holt’s drinking made up for the two times he struck out looking during the game, adding he thought keeping Holt from swinging might work in the Gentle Clowns’ favor. He finished 1-3 with an RBI single and a walk in the game.The Herald managed to score in the first inning after a scoreless top half, but found itself down 3-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning. Big hits off the bats of Labuz and Editorial Page editor Sean Kittridge — blasts most easily likened to those caused by Sidewinder missiles — helped produce a six-run inning for the Gentle Clowns.Labuz and Kittridge, who declined to create a catchy moniker like “The Bash Brothers,” or “Duran, Duran,” would strike again in the fifth inning to give the Herald a 9-3 cushion. As Kittridge put it, “the bats were pretty bangin’ today, huh?”Frustration was clearly mounting for the Cardinal, as BH News editor Alex Brousseau was beaned in the inning, one of three Gentle Clowns to be hit by a pitch in the game. There was a tense moment when Associate Photo Editor Bobby Breitenbach, replete in short-shorts, flung his bat into the air after being hit.But instead of rushing the mound, the Herald retaliated the only way it knew how: Hitting the cover off the ball and drinking Genny like it’s going out of style.In the end, there was truly nothing the Cardinal could do about it.“The bottom line is, the Dirty Birds’ bats were small and inadequate tonight,” BH editor in chief Jason Smathers said. “Small and inadequate is all too often the theme with the Cardinal.”last_img read more

Botswana to declare ‘Isaac Makwala Day’ if he wins 200m gold

first_imgBotswana will hold a national holiday in honour of Isaac Makwala if he wins 200m gold at the World Championships.Makwala, whose exploits in London have been a major talking point this week, races in the final later on Thursday.On Tuesday he was barred from the 400m final, as officials tried to halt a “very virulent” norovirus outbreak.But he returned and progressed from an individual 200m time trial on Wednesday – he was quarantined for Monday’s heats – and celebrated by doing press-ups.The 30-year-old, who said he is “still running with a broken heart” will be going up against South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk, who on Tuesday dominated the 400m race for which Makwala said he had been training.Botswana’s Sports Minister Thapelo Olopeng told BBC Sport the country would also pay Makwala the $10,000 (£7,500) he would have received from the government had he won 400m gold. “The president has set aside a certain day for him,” said Olopeng. “It will be a public holiday for people to come and meet Makwala and all over the country there will be celebrations with music and dancing. The man has lifted the name of our country higher and higher, and he deserves this welcome as our hero.”The minister said that the country had submitted a further complaint about the handling of the issue by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body.”The way he performed yesterday [in the 200m qualifiers] he showed no signs of ailment and I don’t understand why the IAAF has continued with the same decision,” Olopeng said.”They should call for a re-run or give him the same opportunity as they did in the 200m [a time-trial run on his own]. They have not responded and if they don’t then we will take the matter forward, we have a legal team waiting to give us advice on how far we can take it.”What happened to our athlete has created a lot of displeasure in the country and we are very unhappy. To me it’s a great disappointment.” The IAAF – criticised for its decision to stop Makwala running in the 400m final – allowed him another chance to compete in the 200m after receiving a written request from the Botswanan federation.Makwala, who qualified second fastest behind the United States’ Isiah Young, has the quickest season’s best and personal best of the nine-man field.Van Niekerk, running his fifth race in as many days, only made it through as a fastest loser.Meanwhile, the number of people associated with the World Championships who have reported illness has risen from 30 to 40, Public Health England announced.The body said that three cases have been confirmed as norovirus by laboratory testing. The IAAF defended its actions and said it was under instruction to quarantine athletes who showed symptoms of the virus.It acknowledged Makwala’s absence was “a sad case” but said its medical staff examined the athlete and notes taken by a doctor showed he had been vomiting over an 18-hour period.last_img read more

Council learns quickly: cleaning up the town may be easier said than done

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -7 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 223 weeks ago “recently inherited property … and she doesn’t have the money ” Uhmmm…..allow me to help. Step 1 – Sell recently acquired property. Step 2 – Now you have money. Report Reply 2 replies · active 222 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Tom Countryman · 223 weeks ago I am not sure she can sell the property without first removing the tires. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down Maria · 222 weeks ago usually a single mom doesn’t have extra income just sitting around, and why sell it when it might be something of value that her and her children can grow in? People don’t need to be so rude to others, she’s trying to work with the city and vice versa. Kudos to her not bashing them but working with them! Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down james day · 223 weeks ago Imagine that, the city wasn’t prepared again. Thought they would step in with their feet already running. Report Reply 0 replies · active 223 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 223 weeks ago Why can’t the city take the tires and shred them and use it on the city play grounds?? Report Reply 2 replies · active 222 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Of Course · 222 weeks ago Yes, perfect. Shred the tires so all the wires in them stick out and then spread them around. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Kaitlin · 222 weeks ago You know that they do take the wire out right? If you really think that we want kids to go to playgrounds to get hurt, then wow! Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Just Wondering · 222 weeks ago Where is the old Crestview Heights subdivision? Report Reply 0 replies · active 222 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Using the advice of an outside consultant, the Wellington City Council is hoping to make the community a little bit cleaner. However, already there is a snag.One of the first people to run into this new cleaning project implemented by the city, made a compelling case at the city council meeting of the problems she is facing. The council has granted her an additional 90 days for a solution. City council members also wanted to find a way to help her.Kristy DeBuhr said she recently inherited property on Haslet Street from her grandmother, and she doesn’t have the money or ability to clean up the hundreds of tires on the property.She said she can’t just throw tires way. It costs $3 per tire to have someone come and get them, or she could have hauled them to Wichita and paid $1.75 each to have them legally disposed of.“It is a mess. I won’t lie,” she said. “I just need more time.”DeBuhr is a single mother, going to school and working full time. Getting rid of hundreds of tires would be a huge task even for a group of people with trucks, she said.She does not know how long the tires have been there, or how they got there, but she knows it is a problem and wants to get it cleaned up. DeBuhr said she even tried giving them away, thinking maybe someone would want them for a flower garden, but had no luck.Wellington Mayor Shelley Hansel said the top concern is the tires. They collect water and are a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests.City Manager Roy Eckert said it was certainly an extenuating circumstance and he said the city would try to help fix the situation.The city extended the time by 90 days, and is going to try to work out a way to help get rid of the tires. They don’t feel they can use city funds, but they may be able to find volunteers to help. A big part of the problem is disposing of the tires, which has to be done in a certain way.———It was a short meeting Tuesday, but a few other items were discussed:•The delivery of water to the 12 families in Mayfield, who had been getting raw water from the city’s water line, started last week and is going well. Council member Vince Wetta still wants to meet personally with KDHE officials to help get the situation resolved.The city has been pumping water from wells on these properties for about 50 years, and a part of the deal was, those people who owned the land were able to tap in and get free water.KDHE told the city it could no longer do this, and that all water has to be treated. The bottled water was ordered last week, and KDHE officials are supposed to meet with the city to iron out a final solution. The options on the table at present are putting in a water line or drilling individual wells.•Mayor Shelley Hansel signed a proclamation, declaring May 1-7 public service week.•Properties in the old Crestview Heights subdivision could go to a sheriff’s sale May 24, but the city may have an option to purchase them before that date. There is another meeting before then, and it will be discussed further then.•A work session  is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, at Wellington City Hall. The council will discuss performance reviews of the city manager. Each of the council members were recently given a form to fill out to do the review. This will likely be held on executive session as it involves personnel. The raw water issue will also be talked about during that meeting.Another work session could be scheduled for the last week of May.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more