Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by zapvor, Apr 24, 2007.
make it 2 beers :twisted:
the bet was placed prior to your advice.. alas i'll owe you a beer tfm style
Chalk one up for Wookie ex-waffle lovers anonymous vs. tall, fit dudes with solid two handed backhands (YEAH!!!!!!.)
Won first set at 6-4. Got off to a slow start but soon I was hitting shots off of shot balls that would have exploded the cones sitting at the corner of the sideline and services line. He came to the net a lot, but a few top-spin backhand lobs seem to keep him back even though he picked on my backhand.
Second set. My previously waffle loving ways started to take a toll in spite of going up 3-1. Kept losing my serve and balls were going into the net or 50 feet long. Couldn't finish a point like in the first set, so it was back to the drop ball drill. Dude moved me corner to corner, but I looped the ball back deep or rolled it short cross-court and kept tracking down the ball. He netted the ball on several vital points.
Kept seeing ghosts of waffles past but I moved on.
Tied it up at 5-5. He started over-hitting since I was getting balls back. Broke - 6-5. Cranked up the serve for service winners at 30-0 and 40-0. Got it at 7-5.
Nice to have a W - but I got a long way to go to get back to year of the wookie fitness.
I also need these janks restrung. Sup- whats the damage??? I may just drop them with you after Thursday if I can't get the Conejo.
ok now that sappy has sunk several thousand dollars....
i change my pick to CARDS!!!! roethlisberger gets sacked 10times... steve breaston 2 return TDs!! edge has 120+ rushing yards! hightower 2 tds! fitzy gets 200+ yds, boldin 1 TD, CARDS 35-17 !!!!!
Sup, I have to thank you for yesterday. I have never had that done before- video analysis of strokes and serves. (Everyone always told me I had nice calves...). As a rule of thumb, I never thought too much about straightening my arms out more during my strokes. Keeping my elbows tucked in reduces my lever arm and hence my power of shot. I think that would add more weight/power especially to my forehand. I will definitely have to work on that.
One of the best things I got out of the session, was the biomechanics of my strokes. To see how I pivot around while my foot is planted- it's no wonder I have had some of the injuries I have sustained over the years (and currently). So thanks for that as well.
Finally, I have a challenge for you, should you choose to accept it: I want to rework my serve. I am willing to change the motion/mechanics/stance/pronation/everything/anything to start to make it more of weapon. Can you possibly help me do so?
Once again thanks! I can't wait to see the video.
HW, it was good hitting with you again. Its been a while.
Sorry about the damage, Vitaly. Rest up, and save your kick serve energy for warmer weather (or Thursday clinics).
p.s. that guy is identical, he just is purposefully not pointing his nose as much and he is puffing his ears out for the camera.
I noticed the ball jumping more when I tried to extend as well. I also noticed on the few I hit good, I actually didnt have to swing as hard to get the extra power. I think if I can work and get that consistent it could really allow me to keep the ball deep more consistent. Depth is something I have lacked in my game.
I say lets revist thius video anaylsis at the end of summer and see what differences there will be for me.
Good win JRS. Brings a tear to my eye when you say defensive high crosscourt shot and staying in points. Looks like the clinics are helping you out.
Stringing will be fine if you can't find conejo. I usually charge about $25 bucks. I dont have any blue gear in stock, so let me know pronto so I can stock up.
Again good win. Hopefully you didn't celebrate at the waffle house.
We can definitely get your serve up in mph, add the flat serve with good accuracy and a lethal slice. Let me break down your serve videos a bit more.
P.S. Totally forgot to square up your last string job. Ugh. So ignore the big dude collecting at your door.
*yawn* morning TWMAC. it's a good thing this aussie open is over this weekend. i am operating on a few hours of sleep a night. the good part is my baby boy will likely be born next week tuesday and all this lack of sleep is good preparation for all the nights without any sleep at all. yay.
topaz -- i don't think suarez navarro is using a k90. i believe like a mere mortal she is wielding the 95 sq in model. still a mere mortal with one of the sweetest one handers guy or girl. i'd trade some of my internal organs for a backhand like that.
so i'm stuck at work and likely will go to my car this afternoon and it'll be covered in a foot of snow. anyone lucky enough to stay home today?
That guy some sweet mutton chops. I could also look like that guy very easy If i grew my hair out for a couple months
Your post is why I really enjoy doing video analysis. Sometimes it helps the students see with their own eyes what the coaches are seeing.
In your case there were simple tips to share. You def have a good foundation to build from.
Im at work also. Were thinkin here at harrisburg we wil get more snow than yous guys down there.
Navarro wont beat Elena the Centaur (still dont get sappys thinking). But i would trade my some internal organs to spend a night with Dementieva, but there would be a 95% chance that my external organ wouldnt function properly, thus wasting the donation of my internal organs. Still may be worth that 5% though.
His name is Joey "the animal". He "ratted" on the mob, and later died while in the witness protection program.
You should grow a "goatee". Or a "fumanchu".
A good 275 lb foundation
As long as I am in the Air Guard the best I can do is the hitler stache. So no facial hair for me
Still cant believe Vitaly undercut you in that bet.
My apologies, slipped my mind as well. I guess I was feeling guilty for spending an hour and a half of my day playing tennis, when I could have been doing something restaurant related. Will endeavor to remember next time...
Agreed on the 95 sq in observation.
holy schnickeys. i didn't know the hollywood is pushing 3 bills. i'm prolly 170 or so. did sup's sadistic clinic on sunday. he mostly ran my fat azz around and made me feel bad about my health - or lack thereof. roddick and safina are the poster childs of why i need to lose weight and become a healthy beast.
speaking of poster childs. check this convo we had yesterday.
Sapient: tfm i overheard you talking with your sister in law yesterday and you called her a poster child for porn stars. that's messed up dude.
Me: wtf are you talking about?!
Sister in Law: yeah what are you talking about?! he never said that!
Sapient: i heard you talking to him on the phone and he said that to you.
Sister in Law: that's not what he said. he called me the poster child for koreans. K O R E A N S.
Me: where the heck did you get porn stars?
Sapient: oh. *sheepish look* anyone wanna play starcraft?
It's been two weeks since my last waffle.... lol!
Defense was all I had the second set. I knew it was drop ball drilll time.
Just trying to motivate you to get leaner and meaner. It cant be easy staying on track with Sappy as your lunch pal.
LOL - take it easy on poor sappy. He was not in the right state of mind after we got assigned tech project - mission impossible.
TFM - how do you stay up for those matches? I usually start watching around 9 pm dose off around 11pm, catch the tail end of the broadcast at midnight, then go to bed. I'm not even trying to catch the 3am matches.....
oh noes he didn't.. where's my cave. need to hide
I definitely need to get leaner and meaner. Hitting 10 forehands, then 10 backhands in a row from 4 angles got me feeling a little tired... I kept thinking, if I were playing in a good match, that each point could go for as many strokes. I would only last 4 points!
speaking of starcraft
>-----------------The Starcraft Terran Strategy Guide-----------------<
Copyright 1999 to Alexis
Hey sorry, I can't do ASCII graphics. If someone wants to do one, ok
-Spelling Errors Corrected
-Corrected a few minor unit statistics
-Added a few more advanced strategies for the units
-Added a few tips in different sections
-Updated the 'Defeating' section
-Added more strategies for stopping carriers (same applies to bc's)
-The fine line between underdefending, and turtling in "Defending"
-Fixed the Zergling rush, there are faster ways
-Knowing why you are attacking is better than knowing how to attack (or is
it?...) Yes? no? Well, it's there under 'Starcraft Zen'-
-Story time! Read about my experiences in game, and what I learned from them.
Submit your own to be shown here!
Initial release, don't expect it to be too explosive. I want this to be concise,
large, and informative to all terran players. You can be sure I'll update it and
make it better whenever I can (school is out now!)
-More advanced Strategy
-Starcraft Terran Zen
-Why do I keep losing
-How do I make my attacks more efficient
-How can I make better use of scouting (recon)
-Why am I still losing?
-Starcraft Situation Strategies
-Successfully dropshipping into a peon line
-Stopping a swarm of dragoons
-Stopping the Six-Zergling rush
-Stopping the four-zealot rush
-Stopping the Eight marine rush (Not common though)
-Stopping a fleet of Carriers
-Stopping a fleet of Battlecruisers
-How to get past a turtle (bunkers, tanks and turrets as far as you can
-How to nuke... right
-Why you should not turtle
-Why people turtle anyway, but shouldn't
-Why 63% of all terran games are lost...and how to attack right.
-I keep losing to 25 carriers and battlecruisers... WHY? (Actually, I'll
answer that, here, stop playing Big Gay Hunters, but if it happens in a normal
game.. read here
-Advanced Guide Section
->->->->Ground Units <-<-<-<-
->->->->Using Them Generally by themselvs <-<-<-<-
Quick Stats: VERY weak, does 5 damage, no starting armor, and is somewhat slow.
Yet is the most important unit in the game. This unit gathers minerals from
nearby mineral fields and gas from nearby vespene geysers (heck, it doesn't even
have to be close, anything they can access). SCV's can also repair, and multiple
scv's can repair one unit. USE THIS ABILITY WELL!!!
Upgrades: Diddly squat, even upgrading weapons won't upgrade them. Upgrading
armor will though (1+ each)
50 minerals each, made at the command center, you need to have alot of these.
Trust me. I've seen players play with the four scv's they start with, and they
wonder in amazement at how I got 12 marines and a tank so fast. You need lots of
scv's. Most vespene geysers made for most maps are near the command center, so
usually no more than four scv's are needed to be gathering gas for maximum
output. For minerals, no two scv's can mine from the same mineral at the same
time, unless they are NEXT to each other, or on the other side of the mineral.
For that reason, you may want around 1 1/2 scv's for every mineral field you
have. That way, as soon as one scv leaves to deposit the mineral, the other will
start and by the time the scv gets back, it should be almost done.
If it's not done, the scv will just go find a mineral to gather, which it
normally does pretty fast. On a map like 'The Hunters' I usually have like 12
scv's mining, which gets me the minerals I need fast enough.
Another important thing is to use the SCV'S ability to repair. Take scv's along
with attacks to repair your tanks and air units. Repair your buildings when they
are being attacked (if you see 12 siege tanks though, it's a futile effort)
-When a geyser runs out of gas, and you can't find any others (or don't want to
spend the money to build a refinery) then you can keep your scv's gathering gas
there. Instead of getting 8 gas each, they only get 2, but that supply is
-If you are being attacked by like zerglings or god forbid, zealots in an early
rush, and your defense was taken out, GET ALL YOUR SCV'S TO ATTACK! 8 scv's on
one zergling will kill it in one hit. 8 scv's on one zealot will take it out in
4 hits, and the zealot won't be able to kill more than one or two in that time.
Problem is the scv's usually like to get in different directions, so it's hard
to get like 8 attacking at once, but it's sure better than nothing, because what
is more effective, 8 scv's attacking, or sending one marine out at a time only
to be slaugtered by 5 zerglings before a shot gets off?
-SCV's can use way-points... kind of. Select your group of SCV'S and hold shift,
then press 'R' and click on every unit you want repaired, while still holding
shift. Then, when one unit is done being repaired, they will move onto the next
one you selected. Use this for reparing your fleets Be sure you have multiple
scv's so it's faster.
-Try and dropship scv's behind an enemy base (or at least nearby, like just
across an intercepting river) and build something there. It doesn't have to be a
command center (heck, DON'T build a command center unless minerals or gas is
there) but something like a barrack or factory allows quick access to the enemy
base for attacks. If you have found the enemy, and they haven't found your new
building there, you can make faster attacks.
-If you see a tank or two in siege mode attacking your base, and there is no
backup (happens in dropship attacks near your base) and if you scv's can access
it, get them to attack it! Tanks to EXPLOSIVE damage (I said it! I'm screwed) so
that means they do 35 damage to your scv's. Not enough to kill, even if upgraded
once. A few scv's should make it there before any die, and because of their
point blank attack, their tank's can't do diddly squad. If the tank's are spaced
apart, the tank will attack the scv, doing 35 damage to the scv, and about 70 of
splash damage to the tank. Two shots will kill the scv, but also the offending
50 Minerals of cost, no gas. Can attack both ground AND air, always doing six
base damamge, no matter what you are shooting. Probably the best property of
this 'lil sucker. Each gun upgrade increases their damage by one, and each armor
upgrade increases armor by one. Comes fresh out of the barracks.
Upgrades include stimpack, which makes them super hyper as if they just drank a
six-pack of jolt and makes them move and fire twice as fast for a while. Second
upgrade are U-388 shell upgrades which lengthens their attack range by one.
Don't neglect this little guy. The only reason you might is you sent him by
himself, into a swarm of, oh say, 10 zerglings. You think "oh that gun will take
them out" but he doesn't even kill one. Why's that? For starters, marines only
work in large groups! What I mean by large groups is at the VERY LEAST, six of
them. Eight or more usually works well, unless you are facing absolutely massive
One zergling, will always kill one marine. The marine can never win, unless you
are consistently running back and forth taking quick hits on the zergling.
Still, not worth your trouble.
Eight marines will kill the zergling before it even attacks one of them.
Another neat ability of marines are their stimpack abilities (researched at
academy). Individually click on each and activate it (with the icon in the
corner) or select a group of them and do it. Using a stimpack will make the
marine fire twice as fast and move twice as fast for about 15 seconds. The
drawback however, is that each use will drain 10 hp of their 40 hitpoints, so
you can only use it three times (you can't use it the last 10 as it would kill
them) unless you are playing Brood War and have medics healing them.
Still, the loss of hp is usually worth it. Use stimpacks whenever engaging
another group of units. Don't waste a stimpack on your team of 12 marines to
kill one enemy marine. Also, using multiple stimpacks at once doesn't "Make them
super buff" it just erases the last stimpack and reinstates it, so don't use
another stimpack unless the last one has been used up (you can tell)
The other upgrade, the U-388 shell/gun upgrade increases the marine's attack
range by one. This isn't neccessarily required, but if you are using any bunkers
they will help you. This will allow your marines to shoot enemies slighty
farther away, and get in another shot before they get near you.
Ideally, you use marines for either initial attacks, or as backup. A squad of 10
marines behind a couple tanks are very effective. If they have their shell
upgrades, it's even better.
Maybe when it gets warmer I'll hold an early morning Sup workout outside. Lots of hills.
Now I have to go play a college kid at the club... freaking snow.
may the force be with you
YEAH! early morning workouts!
I always love playing college kids. Hit or miss baseline bashing tennis... I miss it sometimes.
I'm off every other Monday too. We should find a halfway court. Were you off yesterday?
It looks like Sups clinics are doing everyone a world of good. I'm sorry I haven't been able to attend any.
Are you showing up for thurs. clinic? If so bring a check instead of cash or cc.
I'll show up if nobody else wants the spot, I'd hate to be the clinic hog.
I'm supposed to play tonight at Annandale, but with this weather...
JRstriker - What's the rule on snow-outs??? Does the captain contact people if the match has been cancelled due to inclement weather?
Sappy - WTF are you talking about?!??
Isn't the whole point of having snow days built into your schedule is so that, when it snows, you don't have to endure a h*llish ride into school, only to be dsimissed early and sent right back out into the crap?
Really, I wish I was paid 6 figures to make these decisions!
You guys be careful out there...I saw three accident already today. Wonder how many more I'll see on my way home?
JRK, is this the HCTL league? If so, there is a weather phone line where Ingrid will leave a recorded voice message saying if the matches are postponed or not.
Go to www.homecourttennis.com and the number should be on there.
I have no idea what this league is... Jrstriker said they needed people so I just showed up. I think it's some sort of practice league.
Yes, these leagues don't count, you don't need an official roster, but it gives teams a chance to work together during the 'off' USTA season.
My bet it is an HCTL league...wouldn't hurt to check the weather line just in case, or you can call Annandale.
anyone in new city ny
I think Topaz is right an it's a HCTL league - guy mentioned that Ingrid put the schedule together.
I'll e-mail the capt on your behalf.
We're DMV (DC/Maryland/VA) peeps.
Might want to check with Jolly Roger. I think he knows some peoples up in NYC.
Joey, Smoey. That's my high school picture, dude. Oops. Don't tell the federal marshals. ;-)
Sappy - what the hale are you talking about?
Hey, man, just interviewed at your Dept. for a job in Herndon. Did I see the tennis court being torn out? If so, bummer. :cry:
Wow. Didn't even know we had anyone out in Herndon. Fortunately, our tennis court is still there. They are just working on the parking lot entrance next to it. Good luck on the position. Do you know what division it was in?
I was off yesterday,
When the weather gets nicer, UMBC is a decent middle spot. I hit with JJosh a few times there. Decent courts and its right off the highway.
JRK - Capt says the match is canceled. Here is the weather line:
Home Court Tennis Leagues, Inc.
Phone: 540-882-4688 (also for weather related cancellations)
Minerals Management Service, MMS, the guys who had all the fun out in Denver. The office is on Elden, Baron Cameron for the high-falutin' Reston folks.
Should be an interesting place with all the emphasis on energy, old and new. I'd be their personal PA guy, making sure the big, bad media doesn't eat them alive.
We'll see. Either way, the next 4 years should be interesting.
In what part of I do you work?
if anyone is skipping Sup's clinic on thursday - let me know pls. i'd be happy to fill in. i'll bring check or cash as needed to bribe the Sup.
PPL/Raiden -- can you get court time this week at circle or fairland?
Ah snap!!! No tennis for me... :cry:
Sup - If there is an open spot on Thursday, I'll take it, or if TFM wants it that's cool. Lemme know dude...
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