D.C. Drug Policy Softball Team Ranked #1

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Just when you thought reformers couldn’t play ball on Capitol Hill:

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. [Dare Generation Diary]

With players from SSDP, MPP, NORML, and of course StopTheDrugWar.org, the One Hitters represent the athletic side of the drug policy reform movement. Opponents who arrive expecting clumsy Cheech & Chong antics get slaughtered and humiliated. It's been a while since the One Hitters surprised anyone, however, since they are now well known throughout the Congressional League for raising hell on the field.

The One Hitters garnered national media coverage two years ago when the Office of National Drug Control Policy started a team and promptly refused a face off. ONDCP's Tom Riley was not at his best attempting to explain why ONDCP was unwilling to challenge the "stoner" softball team:

"I wouldn't think we would play any team that promotes drug use," Riley said, adding, "that includes teams that promote smoking meth or smoking crack." [MAPinc]

A more likely explanation is that ONDCP heard rumors of a severe and inevitable beating if such a game were to take place, and now that the One Hitters have risen to the top of the league, it seems they made the right call. It's too bad though. A picture of sheepish ONDCP staffers sulking off the field would be worth a thousand blog posts.

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One Hitters Press Coverage Awesome - Get One Hitters Apparel!

I'm the One Hitters' center fielder -- we're having a great season!

Drug War Chronicle orginally covered the One Hitters when the ONDCP's team refused to play us two years ago: "Sports: Drug Czar's Team Runs From Drug Reform 'One-Hitters,'" http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/387/onehitters.shtml. We got coverage in Roll Call and Sports Illustrated back then.

Fast forward two years and we're the #1 team in the league -- and, yes, the ONDCP still refuses to play [read "lose"] to us. So we put out this press release: "Drug War Foes are Kings of Capitol Hill Softball League," http://daregeneration.blogspot.com/2007/08/breaking-ssdp-better-than-con...

The #1 blog on the Internet, Boing Boing, took notice in their “Short links snacktime” section, http://www.boingboing.net/2007/08/02/short_links_snacktim.html

And so did ESPN in their Friday Bullets section, http://myespn.go.com/blogs/truehoop/0-27-13/Friday-Bullets.html

Today, The Washington Post offers "Marijuana Lobbyists? They're Smokin' the Competition!," http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/05/AR200708...

And the story is still evolving, so stay tuned. We've been told that Roll Call, a staple read by folks inside the beltway, will feature us tomorrow, and The Politico may report on our game on Tuesday.

Don't forget -- we are offering One Hitters apparel...get yours today! See http://www.cafepress.com/onehitters.

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Hey David...the One Hitters are a HIT on Netscape too!....You just made the front page!

http://sports.netscape.com/story/2007/08/04/dc-drug-policy-softball-team-1

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