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Should Dawgs Celebrate Team USA Selections?


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SpartanIlliniCub

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I was cruising around today and came across this post by the Scrap Yard Dawgs:

 

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I am happy these players have earned the honor of representing their country at the Olympic Games in 2020.  But I cannot help but think these are the Dawgs' best players, and if they are playing for Team USA they won't be playing at the Scrap Yard.  So should this team really be celebrating the leave of absence of its best players?  Should the Dawgs be celebrating the Team USA selections?



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It's gonna be interesting this season. Five Dawgs, four Pride & three Bandits on Team USA's roster. Maybe this will give the Racers a better shot at a championship. Who knows, maybe we will have an international champion? 



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If this is a signal that Team USA and the NPF are working together, then why not celebrate it? Of course it'll have an impact on the NPF season, but it'll also gives some other players a chance to step up and make a name for themselves.


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One big problem: will fans attend games when the best players are not playing, or even in attendance? I don't think most fans will. If softball is put on the Paris 2024 roster, will these NPF players stay with Team USA? I just don't see the NPF keeping the best players if they can go play on the USA Olympic Team. A player can make a lot of money off an Olympic gold medal!

 

I can't answer for anyone else, but if softball was included in the 2012 Olympics, would all those players have left Team USA for the NPF after 2008?  



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Great point.  The NPF picked up a slew of ex-Olympians after softball's departure from the Games in 2008, primarily because they didn't have anywhere else to play (at least in the US).  If softball had remained on the Olympic program for 2012, NPF fans would have undoubtedly missed out on a lot top-notch athletic performances by these world-class athletes.



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Along the same lines, sballer, I shudder when I think about all the great players who play for a year or two, or some not at all, and how much greater the game could be if there was real monetary incentive for players to play a full career. A prime example of this is Madison Shipman. who wins the rookie of the year award, then retires after 3 seasons. 


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Until we have a "full Time" league, we will lose quality players to the reality of life! When you become an adult, you gotta go out and make a living! Sadly, under present conditions a full time league is never going to happen!  Someone, somewhere has to step up and start a New League for all these quality players that we are losing every year! I firmly believe a full time league would make money, If done right! (read my other posts) Somehow Corporate America has to wake up! The numbers are there! The people (fans) are there! A league just needs to 'wake' them up to what a great game Women's Fastpitch is!  



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Well hopefully the people behind the new league that's being created can do that, and as i've mentioned in other areas I think they can. In the beginning when they tried to buy into the league and had to personally deal with the upper management in the NPF they walked away shaking their heads at what they perceived as gross mismanagement of opportunities and resources. It seems it's their feeling that it would be easier to start from scratch and get things right, then try to work with people who don't want help and who apparently feel like they're not doing anything wrong.


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BINGO, NPF Fan, you hit the nail on the head! 

then try to work with people who don't want help and who apparently feel like they're not doing anything wrong.





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