Friday, July 29, 2005

The End Is Near

Article in the Tribune this morning about the impending doom of a Chicago-centric institution -- 16" softball. It was only ever a popular version of the game here in Chicago, but even here it seems to be dying on the vine. The article mentions a lot of possible reasons for the shrinking popularity (including that it's a myth), most of them a variant on the idea that younger would-be players are too busy playing video games. What seems more likely, though, is that most younger would-be 16" players are now playing 12", a game that is more reminiscent of baseball, the game that softball players actually grew up playing.


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