Wiffle in Southeast Michigan has done it again. “It” of course means release another fabulous podcast episode. Lately they’ve done a great job focusing on the national level of the sport rather than their own league. This time Carl Coffee, Brandon Corbett, and Alex Shore hosted the podcast with interviews with PWL’s Chris Gallaway and the entire roster of OCWA’s Freaky Franchise. These two interviewees won a lot of NWLA Wiffy Awards in 2012 and Coffee, Corbett, and Shore had plenty of questions for them. This episode quite robust and lengthy, finishing at around 45 minutes.
If you listen to the end of the podcast you’ll notice a taste of what’s to come in the next episode that’s due for release in mid-January. There will be interviews with members from the Tampa Bay Wiffleball League and yours truly (Josh Smith) of Wiffler’s Digest. Tampa Bay will be beginning their season by that point and I will be plugging the latest issue of the magazine. I know it’s been a long wait but much work has went into this long lost issue recently and it should be ready by New Year’s Day. It will be a long issue (probably longer than the last) and will feature an interview with Sean “Wiffleboy” Steffy and many other articles. This issue has been a long time coming and I can only offer an apology for it not coming out sooner. 2013 should feature more regular publication of issues.
It’s been a few months since the confirmation of the Inaugural NWLA Tournament was announced. However, not much has been mentioned about the event. When I went to Washington D.C. last weekend to meet up and chat with PWL commissioner Chris Gallaway I discussed the tournament some more. We talked about a lot of details and what the event should be like. I found out that he’s a man of high expectations and intends to see this event through. He and WSEM commissioner Carl Coffee have been trying to hammer out the details for the NWLA Tournament that will take place in central Ohio the weekend of July 14-15. If you’ve followed the event on facebook you might have noticed that Gallaway recently added some details about the event. The tournament will be yellow bat only and fast pitch with the mount approx. 45 feet away from plate. Tournament was originally going to be the same location as the London Wiffleball Tournament but now plans seem to being put into motion to have the tournament in or around Columbus, Ohio. PWL promises to secure hotel accommodations and food for all teams involved. Teams involved must belong to a league in the NWLA. More information is expected to surface on the event site soon but if you have any questions you can contact Chris Gallaway at firstname.lastname@example.org
Carl Coffee and Brandon Corbett step behind the microphone once again but sans John Hill for another WSEM Podcast. Belgian Wiffles captain, David Buhr, sat in and chimed in when possible. This particular podcast, the 10th so far, almost did not happen. Corbett announced on the podcast’s Facebook page that technical difficulties with their computer had wiped up the majority of what they had recorded. But somehow they recovered the recording but the quality was affected, giving it a “lo-fi kiss sound.” They continue to touch on the national scene by discussing leagues playing their seasons already such as Crofton Wiffleball League and Tampa Bay Wiffle Ball League. At about 25 minutes into the program they begin to discuss the cover story for the new issue of Wiffler’s Digest – the top 15 recreational league pitchers in the country. Two of their league’s pitchers (Cliff Comstock and Dennis Pearson) made the cut and they indirectly mention a few others that are on the list. This serves as a teaser until the issue comes out – which will be soon. It was sent off to our publisher about a week ago and should be out VERY soon. But until then, give the new episode of the WSEM Podcast a listen.