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Monday, September 1, 2008

A roundup of vaguely related

sports news

These guys scored more runs in 24 hours than the Nats have all season.

Erie Times-News, via With Leather:"No one struck out when it came to playing a marathon Wiffle ball game over the weekend for charity and a scholarship fund.

And after 24 hours of play, the achievement of 10 men -- most from western Erie County -- could end up in the Guinness World Records book.

They recorded the marathon on tape. It began at 7 p.m. Friday and ended at about 7 p.m. Saturday. . . .

The final score? [Ben] Brozich's white team scored 935 runs, and the blue team scored 514. The game ended in the top of the 149th inning, said Brozich's wife, Kendra."

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I'm "borderline addicted" to inanity such as this.

SeaCoastOnline.com, via Walkoff Walk:"A city postal worker who stole a rare baseball card while it was being mailed from a Wisconsin seller to a Maine buyer was fired, fined, given a suspended jail sentence, ordered to perform community service and to pay restitution to the U.S. Postal Service.

Richard Trofatter Jr. . . . pleaded guilty in Portsmouth District Court Tuesday to a Class A misdemeanor count of theft of lost or mislaid property. His attorney, James Noucas, told the court his client was recently treated for 'obsessive compulsive behavior surrounding baseball cards' and, according to a police report, Trofatter described himself as 'borderline addicted' to collecting the cards.

A police affidavit filed with the court by Detective John Peracchi says he was contacted by a representative of the Postal Service on May 7 reporting the 'mail theft' of a 1915 Cracker Jack baseball card depicting New York Giants pitcher and Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson."

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A plan like this would bankrupt the Syracuse football budget.

San Francisco Chronicle, via Deadspin:"When you've won two home games in the last two years, a money-back-guarantee might seem a little risky.

The Stanford athletics marketing department has little choice but to take a big chance and hope that the payoff finally comes -- first on the football field and then, maybe, in the stands of its sparkling but half-empty stadium.

The deal works like this: New season ticket and new 'Family Plan' buyers can ask for the 'Gridiron Guarantee,' and if unsatisfied with the 'entertainment value' at season's end, the cost of the season tickets will be refunded."

-- Compiled by Matt Bonesteel

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