Scandal Rocks PWL: Filabusters Suspended for Life

Written by - Posted 2006-04-01 21:29 in News

(Gravelly Point) – “All I have, I would glady have given, not to be standing here today”. That’s how Commissioner Gallaway started the press conference this afternoon announcing the immediate lifetime suspension from Wiffleball of every player of the Filabusters team for steroid use.

Rumors had been rampant for months that the Filabusters were involved in a doping scandal, but while there was smoke, the fire wasn’t uncovered. That changed Friday night when undercover agents for PWL attended a Trivial Pursuit Rave hosted by Filabusters manager David Crain and attended by his Filabusters teammates. About half way through the night, unable to get the Science and Nature pie piece, the team members just started urniating all over the house.

“It was like nothing I’d ever seen before,” said one of the undercover agents. “Urine, just flying everywhere. They didn’t care where it went, or who got hit. Fortunately, I had a couple of collection cups so I could get samples.”

Those samples, when tested for steriods, proved to be enough to convince the commissioner that a lifetime suspension was in order for the team. In addition to suspending the players, the Commissioner ordered that whenever the team is spoken of in the future, it is referred to as “The ‘F’ Word”, and that the original team name never be spoken again.

When asked about whether or not the single season and career statistics for the Filabusters would be marked with an asterisk, the Commissioner was clear. “The stats will not be marked with an asterisk, however, they will be marked with an ‘ff’.” the Commissioner noted. The “ff” is an homage to former MLB Commissioner and Bambino lover Ford Frick, who ordered the asterisk placed on Roger Maris’ single season home run record in 1961.

The news hit the league hard, just 24 hours before opening day. Most mangers and players weren’t commenting. The one who did go on the record was Dominic Gabello, who lost to the Filabusters last year in the World Series as a member of the FieldWorks Canvassers.

“I knew it all along,” Gabello stated. “I mean, they were hitting the balls past the road. 115, 120 feet. You just can’t do that unless you’re on the juice, or the wind picks up. “

Allegations from a dealer, known only by his street name, Bryan Spoon, who allegedly sold steriods to the Filabusters are now being investigated for possible criminal violations.

“Those guys were desperate for my stuff, man,” Spoon told reporters when they located him talking to several 12 year old boys at the Tidal Basin during the Cherry Blossom festival. “They were willing to do anyting for it. Crain offered me a **** *** one time, and i had to be, like, dude, it’s not that good of stuff.”

The Commissioner’s order is that none of the Filabusters…ugh…“F-word” players will ever play wiffleball again. The banishment also applies to their children, and their children’s children.

It is unclear what will happen to their spot on the schedule. It is hoped that a replacement team will be found soon to fill the gap.

Opening Day Sunday!

Written by - Posted 2006-03-30 15:15 in News

Opening Day for the Potomac Wiffleball League is THIS SUNDAY!

We have 8 teams, up from 5 last year, so we’ll have two divisions of 4 teams each, and we’ll have two fields in play every Sunday.

Eastern Division: Borg, FieldWorks Canvassers, Hot Sundaes, Gabello’s Team

Western Division: Filabusters, Gallaway’s Team, Just Look at Yourself, Masterbatters

A complete season schedule is at

This week, Game 2 on Field 2 will feature a rematch of last year’s world series as the Filabusters take on the FieldWorks Canvassers.

To blog about the league, or read the Commissioner’s predictions for the season, visit The Blog

The Commish: Predictions - Spring 2006

Written by - Posted 2006-03-30 15:12 in Blog

Hot Sundaes – largely a new team, but with some promise. Kevin Hyde is a solid player, if by solid, I mean, slightly below average. With only 5 extra base hits in ’05 Kevin knows you don’t have to hit the long ball to play this game. Look for the Hot Sundaes to middle-of-the-pack-it with Gabello’s Team and fight for second place in the division to make it to post-season. I think they’re going to want it more than Gabello’s Team, and in this game, sometimes heart will get you that extra run even though talent wouldn’t. (5 wins / 5 losses)

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Spring Training

Written by - Posted 2006-03-26 18:34 in News

A windy day, a pitchers nightmare, and some rusty gloves led to a high scoring Spring Training game Sunday as the Potomac Wiffleball League opened the 2006 season.

8 players participated in the rehearsal innings played on the original field, which will be serving as one of two fields in play this season. The visitors won 19 to 13. Teams were split up using even and odds and home team was decided by paper, rock, scissors.

The wind was stiff out to center and 9 homers made it over the fence. The new grass was very short, and the fence was just a bit high off the ground, helping to account for many of the 11 doubles in the opening game as balls scampered under for ground rule efforts.

The official scorer was a little generous to both the hitters and fielders, assigning no errors.

Regular season games start next week.

Box Score
Hitting Stats
Pitching Stats
Fielding Stats

Spring Training this SUNDAY!

Written by - Posted 2006-03-24 17:21 in News

This Sunday will be Spring Training for the Potomac Wiffleball League.

Everyone is welcome to come as individuals or teams and play.

Very informal. We’ll have at least 4 games starting every 45 minutes like on the regular Sunday schedule.

We’ll also have extra bats and balls for practice, and other information about the games.

We are up to 8 TEAMS in the league this year. That means we’ll have TWO FIELDS going every Sunday.

Call my cell if you have any questions, 202-445-3858.

Roster Rules Relaxed

Written by - Posted 2006-03-20 15:53 in News

The league managers have voted to relax the roster rules for the 2006 season, hopefully opening the door for more teams to participate.

Teams will now be limited to an official roster of 6 players. The prohibition of guest players only playing on two seperate playing dates has also been removed, so you can have the same guest play every week if you want.

So, the current roster rules work like this.

You basically can have up to 10 PEOPLE to field at LEAST 2 players for each game, and then an open spot for a GUEST player each week.

Basically, we’re giving you 11 possible people to field your team of 3 each week, and up to 16 people over the course of the season.

Visit the Rules Page for More Info

Teams Forming Now!

Written by - Posted 2006-03-14 17:57 in News

We are currently forming teams for the 2006 season.

Contact to contact a
potential player for your team, or a manger of a team to join, or to sign your new team up today.

DEADLINE to submit your team to hold space is Monday, March 27.
DEADLINE to submit your roster of 5 players is Saturday, April 1

Your opinion wanted?

Written by - Posted 2006-03-14 17:36 in Blog

We want you…the players, managers, and yes, the fans of Potomac Wiffleball to share your thoughts and dreams, your worst fears and your fetishes.

The player and fan blogs at Potomac Wiffleball are reserved just for you.

Sign up with the Commish today to setup your regular column, or feel free to comment on others.

Potomac Wiffleball Website Ranked 13th in Nation

Written by - Posted 2006-03-14 14:55 in News

The 2005 Potomac Wiffleball website was ranked 13th in the country overall by, self-proclaimed experts in Wiffleball website ranking.

You can see our ranking and read their feedback, some of which is entertaining, by visiting their website.

Our 2005 website was just a starter site, and we hope to add more content and advanced design this year. You can help us by signing up to blog and provide comments on the news stories following each week’s games.

Amy Stice was unavailable for comment.

Wiffleball Returns to the Banks of the Potomac...

Written by - Posted 2006-03-14 14:04 in News

The grapefruit leagues are going strong, we’re a month away from the Nationals home opener, and baseball is in the air in DC. But it’s not just baseball…Wiffleball is in the air too.

Remember the days when plastic bats and balls dominated your summer?

Remember when building stadiums didn’t cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but instead meant finding flattened boxes to represent bases in your back yard, or on the street in front of your house?

Do you remember Wiffleball? Do you long for Wiffleball? Are you at least willing to consider playing Wiffleball?

The Potomac Wiffleball League is returning for a second season.

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