For those who don’t know me, I’m a pretty competitive softball player. I’ve been playing it since I was 17 and I’ve loved every minute of it.
I’ve run a team for that long as well — and we’ve had a lot of success. We’ve won championships, reached the finals and done all sorts of fun things.
But one thing I always remember was playing in a league as a younger player — and I was one of the youngest on the team. During those days, I listened more than anything.
Things about the days gone by. Past tournaments and league shenanigans. Great games and road trips. It was a grassroots way of playing the sport of softball.
In recent years, the style of softball I play (modified) seems to be fading some. The local leagues have dwindled and most have folded. Slow pitch has taken over, especially co-ed.
In those young days, several of the older players told me that I grew up in the wrong generation. I was a bit of a throw back on the field in the way I played and how I saw and viewed the game.
I see disc golf in the same way. A growing sport in a grassroots atmosphere. But really growing — not on the flip side, such as softball was (at least in our area).
I’m still a sponge when it comes to stories and such though. I love hearing things of days gone by — even if it’s last Friday.
Flinging a piece of plastic down a narrow fairway in hopes of rattling the chains within a few throws is a pipe dream of sorts. Never hit a tree? Never hit something crazy?
There are always great stories of things that happened on the course.
In the few years I’ve played this sport, I’ve heard some great ones. Some are just amazing — long aces, bombing shots that somehow found the chain for an unbelievable ace. There are funny ones — I’ve heard about someone who was playing a course with a few others. They each drove and someone rode by on a bike. The bike rider stropped, picked up the disc and took off — never to be seen as he disappeared.
Maybe it’s the shot that ended up in a tree, on top of a building, in a car or hit an animal.
The stories are endless. And we want to hear about them!
So do you want to win some plastic? If so, you need to tell us the story. Share it in the comments below. Posting on Facebook somewhere will not count as an entry. Give us details, too. A story isn’t done in a sentence or two. We want to know the situation, where it was — anything you can tell. But make it a good story!
We want to give away the disc — and maybe something else!
The disc will be given to someone randomly via the randomizer at Random.org.
Then there might be a second prize. As long as we get at least 50 stories, we’ll give something else away (we haven’t decided what it will be yet — maybe some more plastic, maybe something else. We have to look through the prize box and see what we have)! So tell your friends to share their story. The more we get, the more likely we’ll beef up that second prize a little!
How to win the second prize? It will be given to the person with the story voted best by the staff of Rattling Chains. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Do something to make us say “That story absolutely rocked.”
It’s as easy as that.
And if you guys can make us laugh as much as Gregg Barsby did with his Ken Climo impersonation… well, you’re on the right track!
This contest will run for two weeks. The end time is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. The winners will be announced on/or about April 12.The winners will be notified via e-mail.
If no response is received from the winner within one week, we reserve the right to give the prizes away to the second people on our lists.
Members of RattlingChains.com and/or immediate family members are not eligible to win.
We will be posting some of the most entertaining stories in the winning announcement post.
Disc info: Discraft Nuke ESP, a distance driver. Weight is 170. The disc is orange with a 2010 Jersey Jam logo stamp.
Discraft’s website says this about the Nuke ESP:
Longer drives are now as easy as pushing a button: NUKE™ delivers virtually effortless maximum distance for moderate to expert players. The wide, heavy rim and refined aerodynamic engineering give NUKE unparalleled velocity, while a 1.6 stability rating makes it more useful to a wider range of players. Seize the power!
Special thanks to New Jersey professional Bob Graham for donating the Discraft Nuke that is going to the winner.
If you have any comments, questions, thoughts, ideas or anything else, feel free to e-mail me and the crew at: pj [at] rattlingchains.com. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!