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  • On Channel 13 the other night the economics reporter, Paul Solman, was standing outside a theater in New York City showing people pie charts of three countries’ economies and asking them to pick America’s.
        In the top one (which didn’t exist), there were five equal slices. In the middle one, the top 20 percent had 36 percent of the wealth. In the bottom one, the top fifth controlled 84 percent.

  •     “Twelve damn years!” Vinnie Alversa, Schenck Fuels’ player-manager, was heard to say before kissing the East Hampton Town men’s slow-pitch softball league’s 2011 playoff trophy after he and his teammates, a number of whom had won regional amateur baseball championships under the East End Tigers banner, had overpowered Stephen Hand’s Equipment 31-6 at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett last Thursday.

  •     Topping a field of about 800 runners and walkers, Nick Ellenoff, the 17-year-old Trinity School senior who the week before had won the Strides For Life 3-miler, glided to the shaded Ellen’s [5K] Run finish line near the old entrance to Southampton Hospital Sunday morning in 17 minutes and 27 seconds.

  •     Going into Saturday’s 63rd Artists and Writers Softball Game, the opposing camps were in a dead heat in games played since 1988, with the Writers (who lead 25-18-1 in the modern era) and Artists each having won 11, with one tie.
        No longer, then, can the Artists’ manager, Leif Hope, get away with his customary poor-mouthing: The truth is the Artists like to win too, and do, though perhaps, as Hope likes to say, they’re more fun, and thus a tad more insouciant when it comes to winning.

  •     Mike Bunce, who plays on Boston’s Super League rugby side, won the Pump and Run contest Mike Bahel put on at the Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett on Aug. 17, pressing 125 pounds (60 percent of his body weight) 55 times, an effort that resulted in almost three minutes being deducted from  his subsequent two-mile run time.

  •     Having taken a peek at Geoff Gehman’s memoir before it went to press, before it went to print last week, I ran through the office saying I had been canonized.
        But, as Geoff later correctly said in an e-mail, in order to be canonized you’ve got to be dead.

  •     Romaine Gordon of the B-East Fitness Studio said following Saturday afternoon’s spin at Amagansett Square to benefit the Max Cure Foundation, that given the brief time she had to put the event together, it had, thanks largely to her staff of instructors and college and high school kids, gone off quite well.

  •     Before he entered Gardiner’s Bay early Saturday morning for the Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad’s half-mile swim John Conner, who was an international-class miler and 800 runner before being struck by a truck on a bicycle training ride here 10 years ago, recalled Glenn Cunningham, the great American miler, as having said, “In running it’s you against yourself — the cruelest of competitors.”

  •     Although the Travis Field memorial softball tournament drew 14 teams this year rather than the 15 it had in 2010, “the competition is a lot, lot tougher,” said Brian Anderson, one of the popular four-year-old tourney’s founders, who, in fact, had said pretty much the same thing at this stage last year.

  •     Justin Kulchinsky, 38, who 15 years ago recorded the 1996 Montauk triathlon’s fastest 10K run split, covering the hilly 6.2-mile course in 34 minutes and 2 seconds on his way to a fourth-place finish, reappeared on the race scene in the Miss Amelia’s Cottage two-miler Sunday, and, not surprisingly, wound up winning it in 10 minutes and 59 seconds.

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