Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by zapvor, Apr 24, 2007.
I see you like the 101 proof too...
Sorry, youngster, but I was hitting that shot back in 1981, except I never closed my eyes.
P.S. Go 'Skins???
Nice bacon sandwhich sappy did you eat that for breakfast?
And the Skins are a not very good football team.
I look for Tony Dungy to coach them next year and they will bring in Vick to play QB
OK I will pack a change of clothes and have my gearz wit me tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be decent. The HR folks tell me I will be done around 330 so however long it takes to get from chantilly to wherever somebody will hopefully want to hit. is when I can be there.
But that's the most important part of the shot!!!
Uhh, I mean, I'm not complaining really, but wouldn't the Eagles have something to say about that?
With the way Kolb is playing I think the eagles would take the draft pick. The redskins are a dumb team and would greatly overpay for his service.
The Eagles signed vick to a one yr deal with a team option for the 2nd year. That option is at 5mil and I doubt they will pay 5mil for him. Unless he gets good real quick.
I have a clinic running around 6-8?
Think about it. You can get a hit in.. miss traffic... and at 8 we can go get some crab soup. JRK, you should come too. There should be a max of 4 peeps.
That sounds good to me.
Anyone wanna hit prior to that. Ill have a couple hours to burn
I have to teach the small ones. But if you come to the gym, I can get you on the basketball court so you can roll hard. Let me know.
ill let you know dude. if i roll too hard i may get wore out for the clinic
That gold looks nice, Sup, but I gotta slow down sometime or I'll be sleeping in the back yard. Bow, Wow.
Hey, I could order an L warmup and at least be warm out there with the other critters, right? ;-)
Found and ordered some L sweatbands and some L socks from the UK site - and I'm looking awfully hard at a Lotto Shock bag. TW Europe has the same bag, but it's about 3 lbs. more.
They have a bag! Oh boy.. I'm resisting, but its getting tougher. If Fila was half way decent in clothing (aka italian owned) I would be interested. I was watching Borg earlier today. He looked slick.
Which brings me to my thought.
This week, we should tap into the wisdom of our own Gandalf. Ask him what was, what did, and when was.
I shall start.
Oh Xisbum, what was your favorite player growing up?
Well, I finished my demos today at Jefferson Park.
The Becker VI OS was terrible...no control at all and my balls were sailing.
The Prince Exo Rebel felt like a board, which kind of surprised me, since it has a nice flex rating.
I liked the Prince 03 Speedprot Pro WH, but it felt too stiff. Nice racquet, though.
The Dunlop Areogel 4D 300 Tour: I cannot say enough good things about this racquet. It hit like a dream, moves like a knife through butter; and that's with the strings that TW put on for a demo racquet. The TW review on this racquet is, as Chris might say, "spot on!" I can see why, after the RDS 003, this is beautiful Tiffani's favorite racquet...I am sorely tempted to get one to keep in my bag, but I've spent enough on racquets lately and am quite happy with my current arrangement. But it is simply a marvelous stick. I met another guy who was demoing a Babalot, and let him hit with it for a little while, and he was as impressed as I was.
Hey guys, I got to hit with zapvor today. It was fun and I gave him a free lesson.(sorta) We played a best of five sets and the score was 6-0, 6-0, 6-1. I just felt sorry for him and let him have 1 game in the end. The guy never stoped fighting. Well I am looking forward to playing with more T-W members if anyone is interested please get back at me.
I think next time we play he will have a better forehand. I told him the secret to my success......:twisted: I hope he dosen't give it away
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Define "growing up." I think that process is still working.
However, in the spirit of your question ... during my grade and high school days, when I played on a concrete court with a chicken fence "net", I kinda liked Pancho Gonzales, because the name was so cool and he looked so exotic. I first heard of him in the late 50s, and didn't know much about tennis then. Of course, he was a professional, so people like Chuck McKinley, Dennis Ralston, Clark Graebner, Stan Smith, Bob Lutz, Roy Emerson, Fred Stolle, Tony Roche, Arthur Ashe, Billy Jean Moffitt, Nancy Richey, Maria Bueno, Margaret Court, etc., got most of the publicity because they were the only ones allowed to play the 4 major tournaments. I knew a little about Rod Laver, since he won the 4 majors in 1962, turned pro and after a few months started dominating the "pro"' tour, which was actually a series of exhibition matches staged in different venues across the country.
Then, while I was in college and playing on more sophisticated courts - actual lines you could see and real nets - word began circulating about this punk kid from Belleville, Illinois, a short distance from my birth place. So my answer to your question would be the one and only Jimbo. Been my idol ever since.
Long-winded answer to a simple question, I know. But when I wax nostalgic, I really wax.
Oh Xisbum, how and why did you get started in tennis?
That Lotto bag looks like it could keep a 6 pack of Natty Bos cold for a while. Man those Lotto guys have got it figured out
If anyone wants to hit before I head to the 6oclock Sup Clinic hit me on the cellycell.
I should be able to meet around 4 in the arlington area preferably.
Thanks and Praise be to Allah
Ah, I remember it well. Autumn of 1957, family had moved back to Arkansas (I was the only one in my family born outside that state) and I was trying to fit into an alien society, totally different from my experiences in Illinois. Fortunately, I had a very cool 6th grade teacher in Arkansas. Hadn't done much athletically or sports-wise in Illinois, but rural Arkansas was all about farming, church and athletics (primarily football).
Our teacher would actually jump right in the activities during recess - except for a little thing called "tackle tag" where we guys would line up 30 yards apart and run to the other "safe" line, with one guy in the middle. His job was to tag someone by tackling one of the runners. Anyone tackled had to stay in the middle and tackle another runner. Got a little rough at times, especially when the middle was full of tacklers with just a couple of "free" runners left.
Anyway, she couldn't participate in that, but she would throw a softball or kick a football with us behind the football field bleachers, even while dressed to the 9s for rural Arkansas. She was a lady who didn't mind looking a bit silly, a lesson not lost on a young lad. One day, she brought a couple of tennis racquets and a can of balls, showed us how to hit the ball with a level swing and I was hooked. It was the only sport that seemed to make sense to me the first time I tried it.
My family was very poor and couldn't afford the Cadillac racquet of the day - the Jack Kramer Wilson - but I got my parents to order a cheap Spaulding or some off brand from Sears. I remember it had blue strings - and I never changed them until the racquet finally broke sometime during my senior year.
Our little school didn't have a tennis team, and a teaching pro was something only the big cities had. We self taught ourselves as we went along, playing on those old concrete courts with a heavy wire "net" that was really rough on tennis balls. Every spring, one or two of us would buy a can of tennis balls from Western Auto and play with them until cold weather came, usually around mid November.
Bought my first decent racquet during my freshman year at what was then Memphis State University - a TAD Imperial Deluxe, a beautiful piece of wood that I still occasionally pull out and admire. Of course, it didn't help remove all those bad habits developed on the concrete, some of which I still have.
When did you play your first tournament? And what was it like back then?
Concrete court and a wire net? Geesh! Sounds like Ana Ivanovic's 'pool' story!
When did you take your first actual lesson?
Early 80s in Memphis; I had been playing sporadically on public courts with friends of varying abilities, and I beat them easily. I enjoyed the friendship but wasn't seriously challenged, so I decided to enter one of the several NTRP tournaments sponsored by the Memphis Tennis Association, which was very proactive in promoting NTRP-level tennis along with regular USTA open tennis. MTA ran at least one week-long NTRP tournament every month, and often drew between 300 to 450 total entries. I kept that tradition going when I was MTA president (1992-1995).
Not knowing anything about NTRP, I entered the 3.0 singles - and promptly lost in the first round. I was a bundle of nerves and stayed that way for a while in subsequent tournaments, even after joining an indoor club and stabilizing at the 3.5 level by playing in leagues and contracts. I finally concluded that tournament play was just the same as those club league matches and started advancing through the draw until finally winning a men's doubles title. After that, I won several tournaments in 3.5 men's and mixed doubles - I knew how to pick good partners, even back then. Won several club championships, too.
Then I got bumped to 4.0 and usually didn't get past the second round - although one partner (a short Japanese lady who spoke about 3 words of English) and I did win a 4.0 consolation round after dropping a tough 3 setter in the first round of the main draw. She was quicksilver fast and consistent, like someone else we know. We drove all those hard-hitting 4.0s crazy.
I remember my first tournament as a 4.0 - playing the No. 1 mixed seed (the guy had just gotten a medical waiver to drop from 4.5 to 4.0) in the first round. Split the first two sets, then we were leading 5-3 in the third set, my serve, 40-30, serving to the lady, ready to play serve and volley on the first serve - and the lights went out. We had to wait around for 20 minutes before they restored the lights and by then I had lost my nerve. Did the safe serve, lost the point, lost the game, the other guy held and they broke my partner. We lost 3-6, 6-4, 5-7. Major bummer. :cry:
Matches during the week-long tournaments started after 6 p.m. to give working people a chance. MTA seeded all the divisions and limited people to 2 events per tournament to avoid scheduling problems. We allowed each entrant/team one scheduling request and did our best to accommodate as many as possible. They were fun to play and even more fun to actually run.
Didn't take a lesson until I won one at a mixer at my club in Memphis. I don't remember what we called the drill, but the pro had the group split into an even number, put half of us on one side of the net and the other half on the other side. The object was to keep the ball in play, then run to the other side and go to the end of that line. Anyone missing a shot - hitting into the net or outside the singles lines - was eliminated. I ended up with the guy we called "Mr. Consistent" - a pusher all the way - and he blinked before I did. My prize was a free hour lesson from the head pro at the club, a good friend who taught me absolutely nothing that stuck. This was sometime in the early 90s, I think.
Xisbum - I heard you double bagled Moses, is that true? :razz:
god had asked xisbum personally to dial down his neon tennis shirt before he declared "let there be light"
Lotto has some youtube videos of their tennis fashion show. Interesting stuff, but my gosh.. did they really have to do the pacman stint at the end. That almost killed it for me.
Nah. It was 0 and 1. Dude got so mad he went into the wilderness for 40 years trying to develop a backhand. I hear it got so good that his follow through swoosh split some small lake right down the middle. But that's rumor. Never played him again; had bigger fish to fry by then.
Yeah, She asked but I said no way. So She just kept adding stuff to the sun until it got bright enough to put me in the shade. Hey, no skin off my toes.
Cool stuff. They should name their female line "Awe" so Topaz and I could team up as the Shock and Awe team.
Quoted just because this post kicks-azz!
Lady of the Topaz, I need your valuable musical expertise on the following versions of what might be my most favorite song of the 20th century:
I have to admit - and my wife knows this - Joannie still turns me on after all these years. She's beautiful, with a musical gift to match.
P.S. Both of these singers blow Madonna clean out of the water, IMO. No comparison.
you guys are pretty close. Aww and Shucks sounds about right.
what's for lunch?
And Topaz, I use a DVD recorder too. It's easy to use, but it's only good if you have a cable box directly connected to it.
Well, Zapvor can bagel me so now I'm definitely not playing you.
Lol, love it!
Can't get onto youtube from work, so will have to wait until after the after-work meeting. I'll check it out tonight!
PS...did have a funny snippet happen this morning with some 4th graders. They were supposed to be passing papers down their rows, and of course, it always gets stuck at one person who isn't paying attention. This boy, after realizing he was the one holding everything up, looked up at me in an apologetic manner and said 'Sorry, I was busy counting my fingers!'
In nine years, I have to say...never heard that one before!
That works, too. Where ya been, T-man?
Any of you feds and others who get Columbus Day off wanna get together next Monday?
And this for those of you who think missing a backhand volley is a disaster:
Um? Who is this? I just smelled your breath and I don't detect vodka.
I'm off Monday - but so is Bri's Day care..........
So unless FRC also has a daycare, I'm going to be home playing watching Dora the Explorer and the Backyardigans.
Sup - does Skyline have a little daycare center to watch the kiddies?
Haha, I was drinking a martini and watching the Caps play... then I remembered that I haven't been to the Russia House yet.
I'm free on Columbus Day!
Yes. Right next door to the tennis office. $10 an hour.
Ah yes. I still believe you are an impostor. The real TheJRK would of mentioned hitting like Gulbis, almost being thrown in jail, and Rota.
yea...that was a good hit. i tried it some more today but it wasnt working...i dont have the talent. by the way MAC this kid can go pro...never had a lesson or a coach ever and he is blasting winners off both sides.
So you're saying you don't want to go to a Caps game and then the Russia House to hang out with Ovechkin?
IMO, you can't mention this song and not mention Patti Lupone! (Madonna? Phooey! There is no comparison between her and actual singers! Did you know they made her take voice lessons before they'd give her the role for Evita?)
She IS Evita!
Lea Salonga...my gosh, one of my most favorite Broadway singers EVER. I had never heard her sing this before though, thanks for posting. My favorite Lea is:
Kim in Miss Saigon
I Still Believe (with Elaine Paige, I think, but not sure if I'm remembering correctly )
I'd Give My Life for You
Darn it, you have me wanting to listen to my CD of the show, too bad it was stolen out of my car when I was in grad school! (my only consolation to the robbery was the fact that the poor suckers probably didn't count on stealing a bunch of musical theater CDs)
And Eponine in the stage performance version of Les Mis (a role she didn't originate):
On My Own
Anyone up for a one-way road trip?
Lady Topaz, let's hit and/or play Monday. What say you?
I can play Monday! Got a time/place in mind?
I dunno. Say 10 a.m.? Let's try somewhere where the nets are in good shape; the last time I was at Kenmore, I thought the nets were pretty ragged. I'll go to Wakefield Park, if that's your choice.
Others welcome, of course.
what do you expect esse? its east L.A. (lower arlington)
maybe if Obama showed up they might fix em up.
but the kids would tear the nets down again in 3 days max.
until then we let the skateboarders ride through and
don't mind the occasional sofa that appears on the courts.
geez, you FRC Lotto peeps sure are picky!
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