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Tragedy on the field, triumph of the spirit

By Jeff Praught | Dugout Chatter

Every year in January, the majority of my softball friends from America’s Finest City Softball League (AFCSL) look forward to making the trek to Las Vegas for the Sin City Shootout, an 18-sport tournament extravaganza hosted, oddly enough, by organizers from Los Angeles.

Softball alone brings in over 150 men’s and women’s teams. Not everyone goes there expecting to win a championship, but promises of the wild and wacky that is Las Vegas never fall short of expectations. Win or lose, the three-day weekend is always memorable.

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Wild sports weekend in Las Vegas

Posted: January 23rd, 2015 | Columns, Dugout Chatter, Featured, Sports & Fitness | No Comments

Jeff Praught | Dugout Chatter I had the pleasure of attending the annual Sin City Shootout in Las Vegas over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. I brought along the Flicks Fireballs, the D Division softball team that I coach, as we competed against 41 other teams in a two-day tournament. As is typical with any travel tournament, softball was only part of the tale.

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DC Rant: The Hall of Fame process is broken

Posted: January 9th, 2015 | Columns, Dugout Chatter, Featured, Sports & Fitness | No Comments

Jeff Praught | Dugout Chatter How can a sport long thought of to be so pure — almost romantic — and definitely Americana, offer its fans such a tainted, illogical method of honoring its beautiful history? Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame election method is as much polarizing as it is asinine, with Hall of Fame officials, voters, and fans sharing equal blame in the stupidity of the process of electing deserving players to this hallowed […]

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My year in sports

Posted: December 26th, 2014 | Dugout Chatter, Sports & Fitness, Top Story | No Comments

Jeff Praught | Dugout Chatter
National Football League

Every year, I find it fun to look back and think about how much the sports landscape has changed from January to December, whether professional or amateur sports, or even in our local LGBT recreational sports leagues. Maybe I’m just getting older, but it seems to be tradition that I seem to forget so much that’s transpired throughout the year. 2014 was no different.

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The community that is AFCSL

Posted: December 12th, 2014 | Columns, Dugout Chatter, Featured, Sports & Fitness | No Comments

By Jeff Praught | Dugout Chatter Just about every time I go out, inevitably someone will ask me how they can get involved in our local softball league, known as America’s Finest City Softball League (AFCSL). While there is some truth to the fact that there are a lot of people in our community who are just looking for ways to stay active, make new friends, and not deal with the typically-unrewarding aspect of meeting people […]

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Autumn in San Diego — a time for sports

Posted: October 17th, 2014 | Dugout Chatter, Featured, Sports & Fitness | No Comments

Jeff Praught | Dugout Chatter 31st Autumn Classic softball tourney The 2014 version of America’s Finest City Softball League’s (AFCSL) Autumn Classic softball tournament was smaller than usual, but the city of San Diego represented itself favorably both on the field and off over the Columbus Day holiday weekend. Boasting between 90 – 100 participating teams in recent seasons, this year saw 70 teams battle it out in the two-day event.

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Dugout Chatter – September 19 – October 2, 2014

Posted: September 19th, 2014 | Dugout Chatter, Featured, Sports & Fitness | No Comments

Jeff Praught | Dugout Chatter NAGAAA World Series Five teams from the Open Division of America’s Finest City Softball League (AFCSL) are headed to Dallas this weekend for the start of next week’s North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) World Series, which kicks off with opening ceremonies on Sept. 22. The weeklong tournament is a competition between the best teams across several divisions (A, B, C, D, Master’s).

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SD Hoops summer playoff preview

Posted: August 11th, 2014 | Dugout Chatter, Featured, Sports & Fitness | No Comments

Jeff Praught | Dugout Chatter Parity continues to be the name of the game in San Diego’s only basketball league for LGBT players and their friends, San Diego Hoops. The league, founded in 1999, just completed the regular season of its second annual Summer League, with six teams vying for the coveted championship.

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