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122 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 19 - Nov. 22, 2004 New Eddie Caminetti/novel deserves a good Cuban cigar -"  .... :' ...... - , ii. ....... ' Imagine two different national "7. "" of Che Guevam dTidel Castro In the meaatime, McAllister security scenarios. In the first one, a former nation- al security advisor visits the Na- tional Archives to review classi- fied documents relating to terror- ism and the work done by the Ad- ministration in which he served. Archive staffers witness the senior government official place secret documents inside his clothing, and then leave the building. In the second one, a national crisis is centered upon a major South American agricultural com- modity on which the U.S. econo- my critically depends. The President recruits a golf hustler who's previously beaten him and other high government officials to travel south to meet the revolutionar3/who's causing all the trouble. That's because the leader of the uprising happens to be a golf ad- dict. The White House hopes to re- GOLF Fritz Schranck The juxtaposition of these two circumstances proves once again that a satirist's work often runs the risk of being overtaken by ac- tual events even more bizarre than the writer could invent. At least we can laugh about "Barranca." McAUister shows no signs of coasting on the talents he store the nation!s economic health : displayed in "The Green," "The Withlagoif match between-,t_he Foursome,,, and "Scratch." This hustler and the revolutionary, new book is every bit the equal of Troon McAllister's "Barranca" (Rugged Land; $23.95) is the ba- sis for the second scenario. Unfor- tunately, the first situation is based on recent fact, and we're still waiting to see what the U.S. Attor- ney plans to do about it. the first three in the Eddie Caminetti series, and if possible- the satire is even more biting. "Barranca's" basic plot was in- spired by an actual golf event, complete with documentary proof. Alberto Korda shot pictures playing g01f, and in at least one picture a few others appear in the shot. McAllister's came up with a thoroughly believable background story about one of these witnesses to the Che/Castro match. Suppose Manuel Villa Lobos de Barranca was Castro's caddie. Suppose that decades later he's managed to apply revolutionary principles from Che and Castro, but without the mistakes and bloodshed that marked the efforts of those two socialists. Just suppose that Barranca has also quietly cornered the market for Coffee, whose resulting short- ages wreak havoc among the mil- lions of caffeine addicts in the United States. The usual diplomatic measures are ineffective against such a foe, and President Eastwood is desper- ate to find a way out of the mess. Naturally, golf is the path to na- tional satvation, and. Eddie sa,e the day.   After all, the essence of great fiction is the ability to induce the willing suspension of disbelief in its readers, and in the little world that McAllister created, using Caminetti to deal with Barranca makes perfect sense. "Barranca's" basic plot was inspired by an actual golf event, complete with docu- mentary proof. And as we know from past ex- perience, any deal with Caminetti is bound to have a few twists in it, with Caminetti usually at a dis- tinct advantage over his competi- tion. In this case, however, Caminetti may have just met his match. Bar- ranca shows Caminetti that he al- so knows how to play offothers' expectations, and that's when things become really interesting. has a lot of fun. There's a scene at a Starbucks Coffee shop that will make some readers spew their Grand6s. Based on my own experience, the interplay between govern- ment officials and the media is extremely lifelike, and brutally funny. In one major plotline, a re- markably dense anchorwoman for a CNN-like cable news outfit sees the crisis as a chance for a major scoop. She won't let her own lack of talent impede her efforts to make this story all her own. In fact, the media's critical role in the novel reminded me very much of the movie "Wag the Dog"--and as one recent convict often says, "That's a good thing." This was a delightfully funny satire. I just hope that McAllis- ter's next book isn't overtaken by reality. SHORT PUTTS - The golf course hole-by-hole handicap al- location service can be accessed at the website HoleByHole.com. Send your news about local tour- naments, charity golf events, holes-in-one and other golf news by email to Fschranck@HoleBy- Hole.com or to steveh@cape gazette.com. Olympic medalist 0'[00rien-Amic0 conducts softball clinic for Magic By Karl Chalabala Leah O'Brien-Amico held her son Jake while watching the girls on the Delaware Magic softball team go through batting practice over Halloween weekend. She gave hitting tips to the girls, such as foot placement or follow-through techniques. The girls dutifully listened - not every mother played first base on the U.S. Olympic Team that won three gold mad,Ms over the last 12 years. Magichead coach Randy Johnson met O'Brien- Amico while attending a coaches clinic in Cherry Hill, N.J. a few years ago. He talked to her and real- ized he wanted her to come speak to his girls. "We were thinking it would help one or two people if she came down to the team," Johnson said. "Leah has such on outgoing presence. She puts you right at ease." So in 2002, Delaware Magic hosted a softball clin- ic for its 75 players -from 10 to 16 in age - that Johnson said went exceedingly well. The relation- ship grew into more than a coaghing and learning. Johnson took several of the girls over to Athens to watch O'Brien-Amico. The national media lauded the performances of the softball team and the U.S. Women's Soccer team, both of which dominated the Olympics and brought home the gold. In a year when U.S. Men's Basketball fell short through lack of teamwork, organization and pre- paredness, and suffered the media's wrath for it, the women were placed on pedestals as the exact oppo- site. O'Brien-Amico said setting a good example for girls in the sports is very important to her and her teammates. "I think it is very important to help these girls," O'Brien-Amico said. "It's neat for me with the experiences I've had to help these young athletes coming up. I want to help them achieve. I want to be a positive role model. I want them to know, if they set their hearts on it, they can do anything they want." For O'Brien-Amico, being a positive role model means more than teaching batting physics. She ate with the team during team dinners.. She went on shopping trips. She spent time just talking with them. "She gave us much more than the time we paid for," Johnson said. "She spent so much time with the girls. It went so well." Johnson said the time she spent instructing went well also. Of course, when the instructor hit 5 RBIs in this year's Olympics, instruction will go well. "She worked with each of the girls one-on-one;" Johnson said. "She got to see each of them hit live and give them tips. They were nervous, but it helped their swings out a lot." The girls felt the same way. "I hit the ball farther," said Danielle Griffin. "I was hitting it in the right place." While Johnson heaped praised on the Olympian, she returned it right back. "Randy cares so much about these girls and gives so much of his time to them," she said. "He is giving them the best instruction. He goes tocoaching clin- ics around the country, the same ones my coach goes too. He is learning from the best and these girls will succeed because of it." Johnson said he hoped to bring O'Brien-Amico back next year. "I'm sure we will try to have her back," he said. "We will certainly get in touch with her. She is a pretty valuable resource." Submitted photo Leah O'Brien.Amico, left, let Delaware Magic team mem- bers, including Hannah Rust, try on her gold medals from three Olympics. 00l:rr ' - r ] i i11[!11 ili!ll-lrl]l':,l] r11rl-l-ilPtltrl i|lliilliniinliiillmlrl|l|l]lVT II'- " '!-I" I I ""' !'lllllnlzll"-11 .... 122 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 19 - Nov. 22, 2004 New Eddie Caminetti/novel deserves a good Cuban cigar -"  .... :' ...... - , ii. ....... ' Imagine two different national "7. "" of Che Guevam dTidel Castro In the meaatime, McAllister security scenarios. In the first one, a former nation- al security advisor visits the Na- tional Archives to review classi- fied documents relating to terror- ism and the work done by the Ad- ministration in which he served. Archive staffers witness the senior government official place secret documents inside his clothing, and then leave the building. In the second one, a national crisis is centered upon a major South American agricultural com- modity on which the U.S. econo- my critically depends. The President recruits a golf hustler who's previously beaten him and other high government officials to travel south to meet the revolutionar3/who's causing all the trouble. That's because the leader of the uprising happens to be a golf ad- dict. The White House hopes to re- GOLF Fritz Schranck The juxtaposition of these two circumstances proves once again that a satirist's work often runs the risk of being overtaken by ac- tual events even more bizarre than the writer could invent. At least we can laugh about "Barranca." McAUister shows no signs of coasting on the talents he store the nation!s economic health : displayed in "The Green," "The Withlagoif match between-,t_he Foursome,,, and "Scratch." This hustler and the revolutionary, new book is every bit the equal of Troon McAllister's "Barranca" (Rugged Land; $23.95) is the ba- sis for the second scenario. Unfor- tunately, the first situation is based on recent fact, and we're still waiting to see what the U.S. Attor- ney plans to do about it. the first three in the Eddie Caminetti series, and if possible- the satire is even more biting. "Barranca's" basic plot was in- spired by an actual golf event, complete with documentary proof. Alberto Korda shot pictures playing g01f, and in at least one picture a few others appear in the shot. McAllister's came up with a thoroughly believable background story about one of these witnesses to the Che/Castro match. Suppose Manuel Villa Lobos de Barranca was Castro's caddie. Suppose that decades later he's managed to apply revolutionary principles from Che and Castro, but without the mistakes and bloodshed that marked the efforts of those two socialists. Just suppose that Barranca has also quietly cornered the market for Coffee, whose resulting short- ages wreak havoc among the mil- lions of caffeine addicts in the United States. The usual diplomatic measures are ineffective against such a foe, and President Eastwood is desper- ate to find a way out of the mess. Naturally, golf is the path to na- tional satvation, and. Eddie sa,e the day.   After all, the essence of great fiction is the ability to induce the willing suspension of disbelief in its readers, and in the little world that McAllister created, using Caminetti to deal with Barranca makes perfect sense. "Barranca's" basic plot was inspired by an actual golf event, complete with docu- mentary proof. And as we know from past ex- perience, any deal with Caminetti is bound to have a few twists in it, with Caminetti usually at a dis- tinct advantage over his competi- tion. In this case, however, Caminetti may have just met his match. Bar- ranca shows Caminetti that he al- so knows how to play offothers' expectations, and that's when things become really interesting. has a lot of fun. There's a scene at a Starbucks Coffee shop that will make some readers spew their Grand6s. Based on my own experience, the interplay between govern- ment officials and the media is extremely lifelike, and brutally funny. In one major plotline, a re- markably dense anchorwoman for a CNN-like cable news outfit sees the crisis as a chance for a major scoop. She won't let her own lack of talent impede her efforts to make this story all her own. In fact, the media's critical role in the novel reminded me very much of the movie "Wag the Dog"--and as one recent convict often says, "That's a good thing." This was a delightfully funny satire. I just hope that McAllis- ter's next book isn't overtaken by reality. SHORT PUTTS - The golf course hole-by-hole handicap al- location service can be accessed at the website HoleByHole.com. Send your news about local tour- naments, charity golf events, holes-in-one and other golf news by email to Fschranck@HoleBy- Hole.com or to steveh@cape gazette.com. Olympic medalist 0'[00rien-Amic0 conducts softball clinic for Magic By Karl Chalabala Leah O'Brien-Amico held her son Jake while watching the girls on the Delaware Magic softball team go through batting practice over Halloween weekend. She gave hitting tips to the girls, such as foot placement or follow-through techniques. The girls dutifully listened - not every mother played first base on the U.S. Olympic Team that won three gold mad,Ms over the last 12 years. Magichead coach Randy Johnson met O'Brien- Amico while attending a coaches clinic in Cherry Hill, N.J. a few years ago. He talked to her and real- ized he wanted her to come speak to his girls. "We were thinking it would help one or two people if she came down to the team," Johnson said. "Leah has such on outgoing presence. She puts you right at ease." So in 2002, Delaware Magic hosted a softball clin- ic for its 75 players -from 10 to 16 in age - that Johnson said went exceedingly well. The relation- ship grew into more than a coaghing and learning. Johnson took several of the girls over to Athens to watch O'Brien-Amico. The national media lauded the performances of the softball team and the U.S. Women's Soccer team, both of which dominated the Olympics and brought home the gold. In a year when U.S. Men's Basketball fell short through lack of teamwork, organization and pre- paredness, and suffered the media's wrath for it, the women were placed on pedestals as the exact oppo- site. O'Brien-Amico said setting a good example for girls in the sports is very important to her and her teammates. "I think it is very important to help these girls," O'Brien-Amico said. "It's neat for me with the experiences I've had to help these young athletes coming up. I want to help them achieve. I want to be a positive role model. I want them to know, if they set their hearts on it, they can do anything they want." For O'Brien-Amico, being a positive role model means more than teaching batting physics. She ate with the team during team dinners.. She went on shopping trips. She spent time just talking with them. "She gave us much more than the time we paid for," Johnson said. "She spent so much time with the girls. It went so well." Johnson said the time she spent instructing went well also. Of course, when the instructor hit 5 RBIs in this year's Olympics, instruction will go well. "She worked with each of the girls one-on-one;" Johnson said. "She got to see each of them hit live and give them tips. They were nervous, but it helped their swings out a lot." The girls felt the same way. "I hit the ball farther," said Danielle Griffin. "I was hitting it in the right place." While Johnson heaped praised on the Olympian, she returned it right back. "Randy cares so much about these girls and gives so much of his time to them," she said. "He is giving them the best instruction. He goes tocoaching clin- ics around the country, the same ones my coach goes too. He is learning from the best and these girls will succeed because of it." Johnson said he hoped to bring O'Brien-Amico back next year. "I'm sure we will try to have her back," he said. "We will certainly get in touch with her. She is a pretty valuable resource." Submitted photo Leah O'Brien.Amico, left, let Delaware Magic team mem- bers, including Hannah Rust, try on her gold medals from three Olympics. 00l:rr ' - r ] i i11[!11 ili!ll-lrl]l':,l] r11rl-l-ilPtltrl i|lliilliniinliiillmlrl|l|l]lVT II'- " '!-I" I I ""' !'lllllnlzll"-11 ....