Zephyrhills Experiences a Total Eclipse!!! Fascinating!!!

Total Eclipse in Zephyrhills!!  You Got To See It!!

Go here to enjoy: Thanks to Chuck Moulton for sharing!!!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSLgDvf8uU0

Stan 2017 08 21

 

 

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33rd ISA: We give you Lifetime Achievment Awardee, Edgar Roy Norman’s Response to his Induction.

This is a MUST to REBLOG!! Roy is a True Gentleman; A Most Respected Human Being, who has done a great deal for SHUFFLEBOARD. Thank You Roy and Doreen. Stan

The Celebration Is Over! The Adventure Begins

IMG_4116Thank you Michael and Stan for this presentation and may I thank all Shuffleboard players by sharing my favourite poem because it represents my feelings at this time.     

                                     The Demonstration Way

                    I would rather see a lesson    

                                                     than hear one any day.            

                    I would rather you walk with me

                                                    than merely show the way.

                   The eye a better teacher

                                                   and more willing than the ear.

                   Too fast your tongue may run

                                                   but example always clear.

                   The best of all the teachers (shuffleboard players)

                                                   are those who live their creeds.

                   For to see good put in action

                                                  is what everybody needs. 

And now I wish to state how happy I am to receive this award  from MichaelZellner, who in my estimation, has done more to promote InternationalShuffleboard than anyone else that  I know.  And also, to…

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1000-4 Glen Peltier Demonstrates His Writing Talent, his Writing Skills!! AND, Something About Glen Peltier

Glen in Green!!

WE now give you two articles, each by a Shuffler identified by Earl: The first is by a truly humble shuffler,  Mr. Glen Peltier, a humble shuffler who just happens to have earned the Green Jacket which is awarded to players who achieve the 1,000 point plateau.

https://theshuffler.net/2016/01/04/humility-he-has-it-just-ask-him-however-like-glen-peltier-we-luv-him/   

Our next guest speaker is Kenny Offenther; a great shuffler; a true gentleman, and an excellent researcher Earl said this about Ken:  KEN OFFENTHER FSA HOF BY EARL 2014

Ken Offenther

Earl Speaking: Ken Offenther was my partner for the 2nd Tournament held in St Pete, and Ken worked his fanny off and dragged me to a 3rd place finish in Consolation. 

Ken  Offenther said this about Earl when presenting him with the MVP (Most Valuable Person) Award: “EARL BALL IS A 1 OF A KIND PERSON AS WELL AS GREAT PLAYER.OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD FOR HIS, SHALL WE SAY OUTSPOKENNESS ON THE COURTS- OR IN OTHER WORDS HIS MOUTH IS IN CONSTANT USE —THAT DOES NOT TAKE AWAY AN IOTA FROM HIS STUPENDOUS ACHEIVEMNTS IN OUR SPORT.HE HAS USED THE SAME DRIVE THAT MADE HIM A TOP EXEC W GM AT A YOUNG AGE TO REACH OR ABOUT TO REACH IMPOSSIBLE GOALS IN SHUFFLEBOARD.THE AMOUNT OF TOURNAMENTS WON VS THE NEXT BIGGEST WINNER IS A DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE.WHEN HE LEAVES SHUFFLEBOARD [WE HOPE NEVER] HE VERY WELL MAY HAVE EVERY MAJOR RECORD IN HIS HANDS.I AM PROUD TO HAVE BEEN AN EARLY PARTNER OF HIS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY HE IS A GOOD FRIEND .AFTER ALL I SELECTED EARL BALL MY PRESENTER WHEN INDUCTED INTO THE FLORIDA H.O F.BESIDES ALL THIS HE HAS A CLASSY AND BEAUTIFUL WIFE!!I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING W HIM AS HIS 1000TH POINT CELEBRATION THIS FALL.   Kenny Offenther.

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1000: In 2003, Earl Ball Said This About Partner Stan Williamson!!

Stan Williamson in Blue; Earl Ball in Yellow!

FROM THE ARCHIVES OF THE SHUFFLER: STAN WILLIAMSON FEB 23RD 2003

Stan McCormack speaking: As Earl, in his original article spoke extensively about early partner Stan Williamson, I searched my archives to locate the article below > written by Earl in 2003.  To read the original  article: https://theshuffler.net/2017/08/17/will-you-earn-1000-points-in-your-shuffleboard-career-this-man-needs-13-points/

Earl Speaking: Stan Williamson is a year round resident of the Daytona area. Stan is no stranger to the competitive shuffling circuit. He became an Instant Pro in Florida during the 1992/93 season, won the Northern District “Tournament of Champions”, qualified for and won the Northern District “Masters”. In the 10 years Stan has been a Pro, he has qualified for the Northern District “Masters” nine times and won the Championship six of the eight times it was contested!!! As if that is not enough, Stan holds the all time scoring record for the Northern District, 65 points in one season!!
During the 22nd International at Clearwater, Stan played at the foot, while at the head was Earl Ball.

Stan McCormack Speaks: I believe Earl is best equipped to share with us a story or two about Stan. A story which may give the rest of us some insight into this player, a player who always provides a good deal of excitement and enjoyment for those who watch him play. Take it away Earl!
Earl Ball Speaks:  “As I tell people, Stan is the only person in the game that makes me feel sane, because he’ll do crazier things than I do. He’s a soft hearted guy; has a good time and likes to help other people have a good time whether they want to or not. After playing against him for a short time, you realize you can either have a good time or lie down and cry, he’s that good. What ever you think the situation calls for, you can be assured that’s not what Stan is going to do!! All over the board, go ahead and shoot at me, your next stop is the kitchen. Slices, combinations, what ever it takes; no disc is safe with Stan shooting. Many a player has been left wide eyed with their mouth hanging open in disbelief. I consider him to be the best player in the world. If you accept his wild and unencumbered approach to the game, you’ll have the time of your life playing Shuffleboard. It doesn’t take long for the crowd to find the excitement; they gravitate to Stan with “ou’s” and “ah’s”– as incredible things begin to happen!! He laughs, they laugh, and everyone enjoys the party. Stan is what Shuffleboard should be –Fun for all”.

Thank You Earl: No more words are needed.
Reporter Stan: Archives of 2003 02 23.

Stan McCormack, 2017 08 18

 

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1000: Earl Ball Leaves Stan Bober Speechless!!

Stan Bober and Earl Ball

Stan Bober Speaks in response to Earl Ball Approaching the 1,000 Point Mark!!

https://theshuffler.net/2017/08/17/will-you-earn-1000-points-in-your-shuffleboard-career-this-man-needs-13-points/

Stan Bober Speaks:  I wish I had some wonderful words of wisdom to add to Earl’s rise to 1,000 points but Earl leaves me speechless. I’ve watched Earl a number of times, I’ve played against Earl a few times, and I’ve even refereed a few of Earl’s games at a Master’s Tournament and can say without hesitation, Earl is the best I’ve ever seen. Sure you have to have great partners to make it to 1,000 and I’ve always referred to Henry Strong as the unsung hero in Earl’s quest to greatness. Stan Williams is great and he tugged on Earl’s shirt sleeves launching him towards greatness. Still, Earl earned every point with and without great Hall of Fame partners. Earl is my hero along with many others that feel the same way. Don’t believe me, if you see a large crowd behind a court, most likely Earl is one of the players. “Bravo Earl, Bravo indeed!”

Stan Bober.  2017 08 17.

(If you have a comment, send it to Stanistheman_200@yahoo.com) Keep the story going)

Stan Bober adds this: I feel like I’ve slighted Glen Peltier. Sadly, I never got to see Glen play during his prime years. I’ve only been involved in shuffleboard since 2010. I believe Glen is now in his 80’s and still winning tournaments! I’m very lucky to be around both Glen & Earl in my lifetime. They both are tremendous competitors, yet two of the nicest people to play against. You can even joke around with them and have fun while they’re beating your brains out!…lol    2017 08 18. 

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Will You Earn 1,000 Points in your Shuffleboard Career?? This Man Needs 13 Points!!

Earl Ball’s “Story Board” Page 1.

THE STORY OF 1000 POINTS: HOW DOES IT HAPPEN??

Earl Ball Speaks:  I’m sure no one starts out playing shuffleboard with any thought of scoring 1000 points or winning a hundred tournaments any more than Babe Ruth started out to hit 700 home runs, let alone 60 in a season; it just happens!
Here’s the bare outline of how I did it with many, many side stories for a later time! In 1999 around the Labor Day time frame I was in Hendersonville North Carolina to play the Eastern National Singles. I took 2nd but beat some great players in doing it. Among others were Dave Minnich and Skip McCoy before Mickey Henson beat me for the Championship; leading to Tournament Director Glen Peltier advising me to try the Pro circuit in Florida that winter. I did and as they say the rest is history. I lined up Don Darwin, a great Zephyrhills Player, for the 1st Tournament in Pt Charlotte, we didn’t place. I had Ken Offenther for the 2nd Tournament in St Pete and Ken worked his fanny off and dragged me to a 3rd place finish in Consolation, I had placed in only my 2nd tournament. The 4th Tournament was in City Island which is Daytona. My Partner was Stan Williamson and we took 2nd place making me an instant Pro; we only lost because I made a terrible mistake late in the 3rd game. Stan and I went on to win the 1st National Championship of the new Millennium in January. I was living the whole experience so I didn’t realize I was doing anything special but when I won the Tournament of Champions, giving me 42 points for the season, I qualified for the “Masters” as a rookie. I’ve qualified every year since and am the only one ever to do so. Stan became my partner for most tournaments and in January 2002 I earned my 100th point with Stan. Point number 200, and qualification for the “Hall of Fame”, came with Mel Erb in 2004 at Clearwater. Number 300 was with Joan Cook at Winter Haven in a Mixed Doubles Championship in November 2006. I made number 400 with Henry Strong in Leesburg during 2008; Henry and I were playing several tournaments together by that time. 500 came with Stan in 2010 at St Cloud and 600 was with Judy Ross in Clearwater in October 2011. Number 700 came at home in Betmar with Henry Strong during the 2012 season. 800 was also with Henry, once again in Betmar during the 2014 season. Henry was also with me for #900 at Leesburg in February 2016. The general census of opinion is that I will make #1000 this season (I need 13 more points) if I stay out of the cemetery this summer and in all likelihood Henry will be my Partner since we play them all together, except the possibility exists that I will make it in one of the early season Mixed Tournaments.
That’s how a 1000 point career happens!

Earl Ball 2017 08 17.

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Your Club May Wish to Think About Investing Your Time As Set Out Below!!

Special Needs Shufflers Demonstrate That Indeed, They Are SPECIAL!

The Coldwater Shuffleboard Club is possibly one of the only Shuffleboard Clubs in Canada which devotes their time once a week, to host games for a special needs group of adults.

Gary Pipher Speaks: Members of the Coldwater Shuffleboard such as Shirley Monger, Elnor Simmons,President George Orilley, Marie and Bill Kinnear and Ella and Ed Smith are to be congratulated for the work they do in supporting this special group of players.
My wife Barb and I have not been at their games as often as we would like since moving from Coldwater. We went over to the Club on Tue morning and boy oh  boy, were we surprised!!
 So many of these special adults gave Barb hugs, and each and every one of them made a special effort to say hello, to shake our hand, to remember our names and to give hugs and more hugs.   

That was not the only thing that surprised me!! When I went out on the courts to watch and possibly help wherever, came my biggest surprise. The two young men playing at the foot of the court, closest to me where nothing short of remarkable. 
The accuracy of each of their shots was as good as any seasoned pro, and possibly the only lacking feature was in their game strategy. But what they lacked in strategy,  they made up for in enthusiasm and good honest fellowship for their opponent. 
The Coldwater Club is to be congratulated for  continuing this great tradition of shuffleboard for these special needs adults which Barb and I began over 6 years ago.
A closing banquet complete with  trophies are presented to each of the players, and it is so gratifying to see the joy it brings when they receive their awards.
This is something other clubs might want to think about by adding a rewarding programme such as this to your club.

Sent along by Gary Pipher WITH THANKS.  2017 08 17.

 

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