Recent content by Joe Average

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    An Article About Francis Tiafoe

    Here's a good article in the NYTimes about Francis Tiafoe ... the USA's next great hope (???). I guess it helps to have grown up at the Tennis Center in College Park, Maryland ... and to have slept there too...
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    Yoga Is Magic!

    I don't recall anyone stating that yoga was needed. There was a very good episode of "King of the Hill" where Hank, because of severe back pain, takes up yoga as a last resort. Johnny Depp lends his voice to that of the flakey yoga instructor. And there's the cultural collision. To make the...
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    Qwik and the Dead

    Yeah. I went with the DVD-only option. It was the principle dammit! I also realized that there were too many movies I wanted to watch that weren't available to stream. And, yes, Netflix did lose about a million subscribers. But ... according to David Pogue of the NYTImes ... "In the end...
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    let's rank the exceptional footwork of women.

    I'm not sure how you can rank footwork. If it's good it's good. If not ... then not so good. It's kind of like measuring ball toss. (O.K. Maybe not like measuring ball toss.) But when you think about moving around the court effectively ... how can you not think about Amanda Coetzer? She...
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    Best shoe from Nike and Adidas for wide feet.

    I guess wide feet are not created equal. I'm also a size 9. And the widest part of my foot is 4 inches across. I thought I'd be limited to wearing New Balances, but following recommendations from the old TW shoe finder, I experimented with shoes from K-Swiss, Wilson, Head, and Nike (which, I...
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    What's in your Xmas Wish List?

    Well, I'm a grown-up, so whatever I really want I already own. Still, apart from the impossible ... world peace ... to be five-years-old again knowing what I know and my parents still around ... the next to impossible include two things I always look for on e-b-a-y. So I must, on a...
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    my strokes (5.5) if interested

    Hmmm. I see that Wyatt McCoy has verbally committed to Notre Dame. I guess he found the climate in the M-I-D-W-E-S-T more conducive to tennis.
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    How many of you invest in stocks?

    Sometimes you get lucky. But don't expect to. I bought Apple at $99 a share. Starbucks a couple of years ago at $12. IMAX at $6.00. Well before then there was Joseph A. Bank, Gilead Sciences ... these stocks performed well enough to split 2:1. But for as many successes, I can name just as...
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    Hello all Whisk(e)y Drinkers!!!

    I like the single malts. But, quite honestly, I can't tell them apart from the blended scotch whiskeys. Years ago, a reasonably wealthy friend of mine caught me drinking a single malt ... Glenlivet or Glenfiddich ... Glensomething. And this was pretty much out of character for me, as I really...
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    what's the point of having a tattoo? And why are people so overweight.

    Tattoos can prove valuable when you're older. At 42 ... you can relive what was important when you were 22. Or rather you can wonder, "What the heck was I thinking?" I guess it's like when you were eight years old and you just told the world's funniest joke. Somehow, at 16, that joke just...
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    Parents sell house, split up to help daughter achieve dream of playing Olympic tennis

    I did find this on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_T0BfPdVTw It was posted about a year ago. And it's confusing, because in the video Mia's mother seems to be saying that Mia did get a full scholarship to attend Bollettieri. If that's the case, I'm not sure where the 30% came from...
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    open stance forehand...how not to pull off from the ball?

    Well, as others have mentioned, the open stance requires a more conscious effort (at first) with the shoulder turn. Maybe this will help you visualize it. First get into the neutral stance. Now move your left foot (assuming you're right-handed) over to an open stance while keeping your upper...
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    TW Staff: Slazenger tennis balls

    Hmmm. The Slazenger cans do look nice (nice cans!). But the last time I purchased a case ... from TW ... several of the cans were dented-on-arrival and the balls inside them were dead. It wasn't much fun starting off a new case of balls with a dozen dead ones. But could someone please...
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    Sports trivia ...

    I'm guessing it's the Triple Crown, because I can't name too many.
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    Sports trivia ...

    I think you're asking about the Horace Clarke Era Yankees. I actually remember that game ... and that season ... when the baseball world was abuzz about that other baseball team from New York. The three are Bobby Murcer, Thurman Munson, and Gene Michael. "Stick" Michael should also be in the...
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