2020/05/12

DeafDigest Sports – – May 7-12, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf

— Deaflympics swimmer departed us

— the deaf and the pro football camp

— coaching two teams at same time

— football news we hate to hear

— DC basketball history involving, or not involving the deaf

— history of big time college basketball team

— deaf softball

— college deaf golfer

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past Deaflympics swimmer departed us

Melanie Mitchell King born on November 16th, 1975. Passed away May 3, 2020
at 44 years young. Melanie was born premature and over came many obstacles
in her life with being hearing impaired. She was an extraordinary Olympic
swimmer and has arms full of medals to prove it.

(from a deaf agency newsletter – posted as is)

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pro football camps for undrafted, unsigned players

A football writer said that on the average, approximately
5 to 7 undrafted and unsigned NCAA-III football players
get invited to pro camps for tryouts.

Gallaudet’s Adham Talaat, after super senior season
helping Gallaudet reach the NCAA-III football playoffs
was not drafted nor signed as free agent.

He, however, was invited to three pro camps, but came
home unsigned.

DeafDigest Sports editor is not sure if he actually
played one or two games in pro football for the New
York team in the now-defunct Experimental Football
League. Like with the XFL, that league did not survive
its only season.

It was quite possible Talaat, as defensive tackle,
butted heads with Hobert’s Ali Marpet, an offensive
lineman, in the playoff game. Marpet is currently a
veteran of five seasons with Tampa Bay Bucs.

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coaching two teams at the same time

A head basketball coach at a deaf school
is also an assistant basketball coach
with a nearby college.

Impossible?

Well, way back in 1941, head football coach
Buff Donelli (not deaf) was the head coach
of the Duquesne University football team
and also with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The NFL didn’t like it and gave Donelli
an ultimatum – either he could coach the
Steelers but not Duquesne, or the other
way around; just cannot coach both
teams at the same time.

Donelli chose Duquesne and immediately
stepped down from the Steelers.

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football news we hate to hear

from a newspaper posting

Mark Sampson, beloved Cripple Creek-Victor High School football coach,
dies at 63

Early in the 2016 season, the Pioneers snapped a 35-game losing streak
with a 65-31 victory over the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.

note:
Deaf fans root for all deaf teams to defeat hearing teams.

Yes, these deaf fans root for their own
deaf team to win!

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book on DC high school basketball history

The Capital of Basketball: A History of DC Area High School Hoops

it is a new book

A DeafDigest Sports subscriber plans to buy the book for his
fun reading.

Does that book include deaf basketball players – John
Miller (Kendall), Jimmy Newsome, Anthony Jones and
Mike Kent (these three at Model)?

John Miller, from the very tiny Kendall School (just
maybe 15-20 high school boys, 9th thru 12th) played
for his private high school team in the annual
all-star game against public high school all-stars.

Miller did not start the game but as a sub, scored
14 points, winning applause and raves from the
loudly cheering hearing fans.

Kendall School? The 9th – 12th grades was absorbed
into the newly created Model Secondary School for
the Deaf in the latter part of the sixties.

Miller played for a short time with the Gallaudet
basketball team before leaving school to join
the work force.

Newsome, Jones and Kent were great players but
Miller was the only one that put Kendall Green
campus on the basketball map.

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book on University of Kentucky basketball

DeafDigest Sports editor’s #1 college
basketball team is Gallaudet, no other
college.

People in Kentucky root for their
beloved U of Kentucky team (or
Louisville team).

There is a book about U of Kentucky
basketball –  Chasing the Cats: A
Kentucky Basketball Journey.

The author is Jamie H. Vaught.

He is deaf. Probably does not use
ASL.

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from a newspaper in Illinois

posted as is

Joey Wagner’s favorite stories from 2019

Here are some of my favorite stories from 2019, most of which are about
the successes of athletes through adversity. MacArthur’s MyShaun Dozier
got viral attention for his inspiring story; Pana receiver Wes Kile might
be deaf, but that doesn’t stop him on the football field or basketball
court;

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deaf softball

from a tweet

Deaf Softball World Series has been cancelled.  Disappointed face

Deaf Softball World Series? Is that
National Softball Association of the Deaf

or some other national deaf softball
tournament?

Do not know.

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college deaf athlete

Aashaka Desai

women’s golf

University of Delaware (NCAA-)

senior; Covid-19 ended her senior season

not that great a golfer, shot in the high 80’s in her career
matches

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elite deaf athlete

none at this point – these elite deaf athletes
have made accomplishments in 2019 and 2018 but
not yet in 2020!

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random deafsports thoughts

this edition is loaded with minor deaf sports
updates. DeafDigest Sports editor was hoping for
a couple of major deaf sports stores but since
there was none, he decided to go ahead with
this edition.

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Gallaudet hall of fame

Nomination deadline extended for Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of
Fame until May 29

WASHINGTON – The nomination deadline for the next Gallaudet University
Athletics Hall of Fame class has been extended until Friday, May 29, 2020.
If you haven’t had a chance to nominate a deserving former
student-athlete, coach or honorary member you still have time to complete
your nomination form (see below) and e-mail it to
halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

If you are interested in nominating someone please review the guidelines
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-guidelines.pdf

before you complete the form at:
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-nomination-edit.pdf

It is important to fill out the form completely and include supporting
documents such as old newspaper clippings, statistics and/or old photos to
help the selection committee with their decision. Letters of
recommendation will also be acceptable to submit.

If you have a question or comment about the GU Athletics Hall of Fame
please send your e-mail to halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.