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House Gets Softball League of Its Own

I think itll attract more people because it ... gives people a goal to make our tournament, said Hoover, the office manager for Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). Theres a lot of interest in the undercurrent whos better, the House or the Senate, and this is one way someone can actually claim the title.

Not that Im saying were better than the House, by any means. But I think its going to make everyone really excited.

Reed envisions the championship game as becoming something bigger than the tournaments that spawned the two champions.

We want it to be a fun competition, an annual rivalry, Reed said. Thats the plan. The long-term vision is something like the Congressional baseball game, for it to become an event in the dog days of summer.

Registration for the House Softball League opened Friday and is open to teams outside of Congress, as is Carusos league. Registration for the CSL starts today, and while Caruso said he has no idea which teams will be returning, he promises what has become the benchmark of his league: a casual atmosphere.

If people want to go out there and do what they want to do, thats fine, Caruso said, wishing the new league best of luck. Whoever comes and plays [for us], were still casual.

Well play against the new league, too. But if we play against you and you knock someone out, guess what were not going to cover you, Caruso added with a friendly laugh.

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