Archive for month: September, 2023
Marty Fleishman’s Trip to Spain Derailed – Literally
Here’s a story someone could not make up. Marty called it a one in a million chance of happening. I give it higher odds than that – like scoring 15 points in a row against Boliver in the 1980s. Now, I get to do a story on my senior blogger, Marty Fleishman.
On Tuesday, Marty Fleishman and his wife Sue took off for their dream trip to Spain that was four years in the making. Marty was filling me in on how great it was to take the train from Tampa to Ft. Lauderdale. It was only $45 each way for the four-hour trip – and you don’t have to pay to have your car parked at the port. While of the four-hour train ride, Marty was telling me how relaxing and stress free it was. He had made the trip multiple times when his wife had moved back to Tampa while he was finishing up at Dania (ironically that is the timeframe we are at in the 95 stories he has posted with two to go). Plans were to stay with his son that night in Miami and then take the plane trip to Madrid on Wednesday, where Solaun was going to pick them up.
Marty was then “bragging” about the train and how awesome it was. Tremendous legroom. Comfortable seats. Loving it. He even had brought in a Jersey Mike’s sub, and “having a picnic even though they have a dining car”.
Two hours and 14 minutes went by till I got the next text. “Not so awesome. We just hit a semi near Sebring. All ok but need a new engine. Maybe rethink the train.”
What are you kidding me!!! Marty’s trip to Spain was derailed – literally.
I turned on the TV for the news after playing jai-alai Tuesday evening , and sure enough, there it was. An Amtrak train with passengers onboard struck a semi-truck trailer in Polk County. The crash happened at the crossing on South Scenic Highway at Livingston Lake Road. Thank God no one was hurt.
Luckily, Marty’s flight was the next day. It’s always wise if you’re flying internationally or going on a cruise, to arrive a day early. You never know what might happen on the way there.
UPDATE: “He made it to Spain!”
By Mo Crank
Pelota Press Note: Straymar of SayHiLi .com is turning over some of the operations to his buddy Mo Crank, who is now preparing the incredible 24-page report on Magic City Pelota. He will also have similar information on Battle Court and Dania Jai-alai on top of it. His Stat-Pack information will be posted weekly till the end of the season. Everything you could possibly want to know is in this report and should aid greatly in making your winning bets!
CT Matt Tournament coming October 13-15th
Matt DiDomizio has scheduled a new Fall 2023 tournament, and everyone is welcome to sign up. The weather is usually gorgeous that time of year, and the foliage change at its peak.
Here are the details of the event:
Friday, October 13th – Spectacular “9” Citrus Style – Singles and Doubles Tournament
Saturday + Sunday October 14-15th – Quinella Style/ Mixed Doubles – “A” and “B” Groups – with the Finals on Sunday
Also on Sunday, possibly some Partido matches
Some strict rules will be enforced this time.
White Pants must be worn, or you will not play!
Friday only $50 – includes jersey/ T shirt and Awards
Saturday/Sunday only $75 – includes jersey/T shirt and Awards
Friday/Saturday/Sunday $100 includes Jersey/T shirt and Awards
Must be signed up and paid by Friday October 6th.
The Pelota Press is donating several jai-alai player figurines for the tournament since the Seminole Florida jai-alai court was never built as the contractor (Mike Kelly of Point West Construction) kept all the money that was paid ($50,000) and didn’t do a thing after the 7-year battle to get a permit was approved by Pinellas County.
Contact Matt directly or you can reach out to me directly if interested in playing.
Usually, there is open play on Thursday afternoon/evening and Friday afternoon for the out of towners to practice on top of the regular tournament hours and is included in the fees.
This is the best amateur court in America and looking for a great turnout!
Magic City Season Resumes Tuesday September 5th
The pari-mutuel program for the highly popular Magic City Fronton Pelota games is now available and can be found on the Magic City Casino website under “Jai-Alai.” Fall opening day is the day after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 5th with a 1:30-pm EST start time.
Robin is back and playing in singles games 3 & 4 along with appearances in the first Fall Doubles Tournament games 5 & 7. SayHiLi wishes him the best in this Fall opening week debut after his long recovery. Bueno is back in action too for Pelota games; he did play in the USNJAC tourney in August and was playing well. Cool Fitness is not in the program for opening week and we hear he is still recovering from his wrist injury but is cleared to practice. Kubala has a long road to recovery with the torn ACL and is not expected to return this year. SayHiLi wishes all of the sidelined Magic City Fronton professionals the best in their road to recovery from their injuries. Spinner had decided to discontinue with the Pelota games last fall and focus on Battle Court after he found a lucrative job offer.
Check out the program for all of the new teams for the first Fall Doubles Tournament. Juice is paired with Goixerri and Tennessee is paired with Douglas. A few other teams are El Barba-Manu, Jairo-Bradley and Bueno-Nicolas. Aratz, who is not showing up in the doubles entries, will be partnered with Cool Fitness when he returns to action.
The “Jai-ly” popular Jai-5 wager is back with the $2,000 guarantee to a single winning ticket holder for the Pick 5 sequence from games 3-7 along with the Mighty Ocho which has a $5,000 guarantee to a single winning ticket holder of this Pick 8 wager for games 1-8. These are both structured after the popular horse racing Pick 6 Jackpot wagers where there can be ONLY one winning ticket for the entire jackpot to be paid out. The record Jai-5 payout at Magic City is a whopping $27,348! The Magic City Fronton Jai-5 and Mighty Ocho wagers are both $1 minimum wagers.
The Fall Pelota schedule is Monday thru Wednesday at 1:30-pm EST. The Live Jai-Alai day is currently scheduled for Mondays, and this is subject to change. Doors open at 1-pm for the Live Monday performances.
Be sure to sign-up for watchandwager.com for on-line wagering capability if you haven’t already to take advantage of the attractive sign-up bonus and cash incentives.