Thursday, August 02, 2007

BREAKING: SSDP better than Congress at sports

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2, 2007

Drug War Foes are Kings of Capitol Hill Softball League

“One Hitters” Dispel Stoner Stereotypes By Earning League’s #1 Spot

WASHINGTON, DC – The One Hitters, a softball team sponsored by Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, took over the #1 ranking in the Congressional Softball League last night. The team’s 13-3 record has vaulted them to the top of the league, which is made up of Congressional offices, lobbying and consulting firms, non-profit organizations, and local businesses.

Team leaders are especially proud of the ranking, which contradicts negative stereotypes of drug policy reformers as unmotivated “stoners.” “The drug policy reform community is made up of dedicated, hardworking people who take the issues of drug abuse and drug prohibition very seriously,” said One Hitters captain and SSDP Executive Director Kris Krane. “We take pride in fielding a fun but competitive team that dispels myths and stereotypes about people who care about ending the so called ‘War on Drugs.’”
The One Hitters have competed in the league for five years. Two years ago they made national headlines when the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy refused to play a game due to ideological reasons. “Everyone knows that ONDCP backed out because they were scared of losing to us on the field, much the same way they are afraid to debate us because their policies fail in the court of public opinion,” said center fielder David Guard, who is associate director of the Drug Reform Coordination Network. “We have an open challenge to the Drug Czar to play or debate anytime, anywhere.”

Other teams in the league include the Republican and Democratic National Committees (RNC & DNC Softball), Arizona Senators McCain and Kyl (No Talent AZ Clowns), the Department of Justice (Vote for Pedro), US Customs & Border Protection (Border Liners), Representatives Cummings and Sarbanes (Baltimore Oracles), Bloomberg News (Bloomberg Bombers), Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (Team PhRMA), and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (Outfielders).

*** The One Hitters' next game is against the No Talent AZ Clowns on Tuesday, August 7 at 6:30PM on 23rd and Constitution. ***

The One Hitters are a team in the Congressional Softball League sponsored by Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, with players representing a variety of drug policy organizations including the Marijuana Policy Project, the Drug Reform Coordination Network, and the Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative.

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Update: The One Hitters are now offering a line of One Hitters apparel!

9 comments:

Jesse S said...

Who was your win over? I mean the big win #13?

Anonymous said...

One thing to keep in mind is that the league is comprised of 78 teams, with team rosters of 10-15 people. There are 1,000+ people involved and the "stoners" have managed to take the top spot. One has to ask, "Is drug policy reform activism performance enhancing?"

- David Guard

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm a DC gal and I think I might make it down to their next game. They seem like my kind of guys - brains and brawn. Plus, they're smokin' hot!

Jonathan Perri said...

i want to move to D.C. just so i can join the team!

Rebecca Ogle said...

I am not personally better than Congress at sports, unless my signature "casually meandering around the bases because everyone is too busy going after the good players to notice you" strategy would work against them. :D

w00t, that's exciting. Screw the Red Sox. How 'bout them drug policy reformers?

Jeremy said...

Yeah, who knew a bunch of stoners would turn out to be over-competitive jerks on the field? I guess the good-natured fun of "beer league" softball doesn't extend to cannabis. Hopefully those 13 wins mean enough to them to offset their poor reputation.

Micah Daigle said...

Sounds like sour grapes to me, Jeremy. You must play for one of the 13 teams that got their asses whooped on the field. ;-)

Jonathan Perri said...

sore loser right there. Why dontcha cry about it?

DRock said...

You know ya a playa when you gots people hatin. Don't hate tha playa hate game B.

You want some cheese with that whine jeremy?

Humm let's see lose more often and hope people like us or woop ass and not care?

This is softball baby if you're looking for hugs go church