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Same Floor Different Crew

While 7th Floor Crew winning in Mass is much of the same, what is new is their approach to roster building.  Rare is a top line team bringing in a rookie from off the street. However, perennial MA super power, 7th Floor Crew has done so this year with the team's addition of "Dodge Ball Dave" to the 2018 roster.  

Seemingly off in the early part of the day, the 0-2 crew stormed back as the MA opener moved on, ultimately taking down Dan Haverty's Game Over team in the MA #1 Final on June 2nd.

After a disappointing exit from the '17 National Championships, 7th Floor Crew will look to continue their wining ways in year another amazing Golden Stick season.  Chance #2 is this weekend, June 16 in Danvers, MA.  

Yummy Yummy Player's Cup

Few travel to Nationals with getting eliminated from the tournament in mind.  However, one could wonder why.  At the Golden Stick National Championship events, or "OPEN" as they've been called since 2010, an event second to only the big one itself has emerged as a nice place to land for the fallen.  It is called the Player's Cup.  

As the bracket's slogan proclaims, "The Ultimate Second Chance For National Glory", the Player's Cup is just that.  Where a national championship is a rare prize to haul, Golden Stick's Player's Cup is a consolation bracket on rocket fuel.  Paying $1,000 to its winner, the bracket allows Cinderellas to take a swipe at the big one, knowing there's a place for them to compete on Sunday when falling short.  

The event doesn't allow for the aces of the league to compete.  The PC aims at the underbelly of the field, playing to the abilities of those yet to land their super star. To avoid exclusion, top teams are handicapped.  For instance, NY's Usual Suspects had to pitch their entire rotation in each game, and leave the Knuckle ball behind.  10 Run Rule couldn't pitch Ben Stant.  Stant is among our younger crew, but has been deemed un-hittable by most.  Expelled '16 National Champions, 7th Floor Crew had to pitch Dave Fisher the whole time.  And, while Dave Fisher is a great pitcher around these parts, and his crusty screwball can trick the best of hitters, losing to him is not as discouraging as Pat Leahy mind banging you from the mound, while you fail at hitting one of his 9 pitches, from one of his 9 release points, from one of his 9 windups.  That doesn't even account his 3 crow hop styles (legal in GSWL), or the up, tuck, bob & weave.  Essentially, we do what we can to make the Player's Cup attainable to all, while guaranteeing 2 days of play to everyone. 

This year's Player's Cup was claimed by MA's BB Yum Yums.  To handicap the MA team, team ace Jimmy Flynn was kept off the rubber, while he, Scott Thomas, and Erik Anderson bested Boomer's K9's on their way to the 2nd best podium in the game.  Oh.  And, who could forget Coach.  Out of nowhere, this nameless tag along, known as Coach, popped onto the Golden Stick scene.  Emerging from the trunk of Scott Thomas' car is a "buddy of his", he has forever changed the dynamic of the GSWL sideline.  "I can't tell if I want to crack him in the jaw, or bake him a cake" said League President, Lou Levesque.  "I actually think it is both.  I hope Scott never comes without him again."  And, while anything other than a National Championship is a certain deficite to the Yum Yums, their trip home from Staten Island was much better with a G & a Championship in the trunk...along with the Coach.   

Congratulations to BB Yum Yums.  2017 Player's Cup Champions.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A National Championship State Of Mind

On August 27, 2017, yesterday, Golden Stick saw first time National Champions take ownership of the next 365 days, and some of the highest honors in the sport of competitive Wiffle®.  

State Of Mind, out of the New York Region, beat MA's Founders in the National Championship Game at Staten Island Little League Complex, in Staten Island, NY.  The veteran powerhouse is made up of Jay Ventresca, Matt Ventimiglia, and Kyle Kaminskas. 

The one-run, 9 inning game capped off a nearly perfect National Championship event.  It was an amazing final played by two newcomers to the big dance.  

This game, like the event itself deserves pages of discussion, review, and praise.  Yet, today is a travel day for the Golden Stick media.  In time, a longer tale, hundreds of pictures, and videos from start to finish will emerge.  However, today, to honor our 2017 National Champions, we offer this short article.  

Thank you to all who made this event what it was.  From the crew @ the fields, to the players of the 22 teams that came out, every single one of you made the 2017 OPEN one for the ages. 

 

 

 

 

West Coast Showdown - On Location With Bleacher Report

Earlier this Summer, Golden Stick struck a deal with Adam Sowell, owner of You Tube juggernaut, Talltanic.  Sowell's Wiffle® Field of Dreams, Talltanic Field, a postage stamp on a sprawling ranch built for a kid at heart, is an emerging staple in the Golden Stick fold.  Sowell and Golden Stick have a blossoming partnership, sure to grow Golden Stick Wiffle® in the Las Vegas area. 

Another emerging staple in the Golden Sphere, although still near ground level, is GSWL's new Backyard model where becoming a national champion will often start with moving mom's lawn chair out of the way before a game.  The league, a year into the sample of the idea has big ideas for a 2018 unroll, and yes....this time with the mythical app in tow.  

Regarding the timid launch of the concept, "I'm the busiest guy I've ever met.  It takes me a bit to get off the ground these days."  At one time, Golden Stick was the only thing league President, Lou Levesque cared about.  It shows in where he brought the league from it's 2002 backyard roots.  Today, in addition to the Golden Stick brand, Levesque head-mans a 100 year old insurance agency, and two little guys, Nathan (6) and Caleb (8).  He also has to manage the day to day balance of having married UP.  "I wish the smart me worked with the hungry me."  While this implies that Levesque is actually smart now, what is smart is the idea of putting the game right where it started, the yards of America.  Funny, the league's biggest format is called Yard League.  Or...is was it smart?  Levesque will tell you it was all by design.  Either way, making changes in a 16 year old league, flush with veteran momentum, doesn't come easy.  And, here, at the tail end of the '17 season the league is gearing up for a true buildout of its new road to nationals.  

Also fond of the backyard concept is media mogul, Bleacher Report, called by some, "The new ESPN."  Back in April B/R smashed up some of Golden Stick's You Tube stuff and it went nuts.  Scraping 1 million views in just a few days, the piece caught attention from the Bleachers.  They immediately dug into the nuts and bolts of the world's first and only officially licensed league. 

Today, August 18th, 2017, from a cafe just outside of the Las Vegas strip Levesque sits, tweaking info blasts for next week's National Championships in Staten Island, and this self quoted article, just hours from a turf field walk through with the B/R production team on Talltanic Field.  Tomorrow, the three top teams from the West, Arizona Vipers, Vegas Knights, and Oakland Bombers will meet at the property, for the West Coast Showdown, "The Battle for The Bid." The winner will emerge into the final spot in next week's Super Sixteen Bracket @ Nationals.  And...all of this under the eye of our favorite news medium, Bleacher Report.  What will come of the piece is out of Golden Stick's control.  What we do know is that here in our 16th season the eyes are still upon us.  And, this time...the eyes are bigger than ever. 

This Levesque dude would also like to take this opportunity to mention that just 8 days from 1st pitch @ Nationals, the info blast is just around the corner.  "For the past three weeks, every waking second went into getting me to Vegas.  Forgive me for delays.  This shoot will do us good, and when I come East, I'm bringing two monsters with me.  AZ Vipers & Oakland Bombers are coming to Staten Island to fight for a National Title!"  

Check out the rosters for tomorrow's West Coast Championships:

 

 

 

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