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First, the unveiling! Ladies and other ladies, your WSEM Championship Trophy. I debated whether to link that full frontal shot in this post, or just leave you with a few more teaser previews - like the one Carl dropped on Facebook yesterday - and save the big unveiling for when it is given to the Git R' Done guys. Alas, I cannot help myself. The trophy is amazing; it has to be shown it off!

Golden wiffleball and cup atop the WSEM Championship Trophy.

The trophy will be held onto by the WSEM champions until the next Championship Series when it will be passed onto the next champion. The front of the base will hold a plate with the reigning champion team. Past champions will be honored with small plates working their way around the sides and back of the base. Displaced champions can keep their former front-plate to either remember the better days, or provide visual kindling to their fire to reclaim the rest of the trophy. Joel Crozier did an amazing job getting this done for us. The little details - league and team logos on the plates, player names, etc. - are a great touch. The size is huge selling point; this trophy actually takes up the space worthy of the WSEM Championship. Great job, Joel, and thanks a lot for the effort!

While we are talking about Crozier, address your attention to the bottom of the page for a second. [Ctrl + End, read, then come back. I will give you a few seconds to do that.] Joel has been running the WWA for years, with a similar story and sort-of success that Carl and I had before our 2010 campaign. In addition to the trophy, soon-to-be-done Handies, and writing an article on The Skinny for his team already, he has also launched this page for the WWA. Obviously, not only does he like the hell out of the game of Wiffle, he also enjoys working on and playing around with all of the fun Wiffle-adjacent stuff - the stuff that kicks ass. (Check out the dimensions and features of the Wifflegrounds on the WWA site if you need more proof of kickass-osity.) He is the kind of guy Carl and I think can take this over and run with the effort, passion, and humor that we put into it come the day when the two of us inevitably become crotchety old coots (queue the "you mean like last June?" jokes). Hence the "Crown Prince."

One last note: starting on 12/12 scheduling will open, and you can begin setting the weeks in which you want to play certain teams/series. The 2012 regular season will run 14 weeks, from April 27th through July 30th, and again be 28 games: 4 vs. each opponent. Remember if you want your games, team, and players to be gotten on film, hyped up, and to get the whole range of the Wiffle experience, then you need to schedule in advance. With the pitching rotation in effect this coming season, there may also be some strategic benefit to it as well.