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« Reply #320 on: February 21, 2007, 09:12:05 AM »
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Scott devastating his opponents, of course!


I particularly enjoyed hearing his opponents get frustrated at V.I.C.'s "ooooh" after Scott clobbered one return.  I can't remember exactly what they said, but it wasn't happy talk.  And that was right before I chucked my racquet and made them even happier....


I was curious of your take on all of them throwing their racquets????????????   Talking to Scott (naive??) later, it was as though he thought it was some joke on their part not at all instigated by your racquet throw.  I forget if I explained it to him or not but I didn't particularly enjoy it......especially since you apologised immediately!

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« Reply #321 on: February 22, 2007, 09:05:02 AM »
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Scott devastating his opponents, of course!


I particularly enjoyed hearing his opponents get frustrated at V.I.C.'s "ooooh" after Scott clobbered one return.  I can't remember exactly what they said, but it wasn't happy talk.  And that was right before I chucked my racquet and made them even happier....


I was curious of your take on all of them throwing their racquets????????????   Talking to Scott (naive??) later, it was as though he thought it was some joke on their part not at all instigated by your racquet throw.  I forget if I explained it to him or not but I didn't particularly enjoy it......especially since you apologised immediately!


It didn't bother me too much - I guess it is sort of a joke, but not one that I consider particularly unfriendly.  I used to play in a 2 court weekly league in Cincy, back when I had alot less self control than now (probably hard for V.I.C. to imagine that!), and it was a frequent occurrence that everyone would stop and drop after a throw.  But it was done with a smile, so I don't think there were any ill-intentions.  Maybe a gentle reminder that it's not the coolest of things to do, but then I consider that to be an OK statement to make.  I do think it was instigated by me, though - not sure why Scott would think otherwise, since it happened immediately after my throw.

Plus, I wasn't really apologizing for throwing the racquet per se, but for interrupting the guy's concentration :)

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« Reply #322 on: February 22, 2007, 10:18:34 AM »
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Scott devastating his opponents, of course!


I particularly enjoyed hearing his opponents get frustrated at V.I.C.'s "ooooh" after Scott clobbered one return.  I can't remember exactly what they said, but it wasn't happy talk.  And that was right before I chucked my racquet and made them even happier....


I was curious of your take on all of them throwing their racquets????????????   Talking to Scott (naive??) later, it was as though he thought it was some joke on their part not at all instigated by your racquet throw.  I forget if I explained it to him or not but I didn't particularly enjoy it......especially since you apologised immediately!


It didn't bother me too much - I guess it is sort of a joke, but not one that I consider particularly unfriendly.  I used to play in a 2 court weekly league in Cincy, back when I had alot less self control than now (probably hard for V.I.C. to imagine that!), and it was a frequent occurrence that everyone would stop and drop after a throw.  But it was done with a smile, so I don't think there were any ill-intentions.  Maybe a gentle reminder that it's not the coolest of things to do, but then I consider that to be an OK statement to make.  I do think it was instigated by me, though - not sure why Scott would think otherwise, since it happened immediately after my throw.

Plus, I wasn't really apologizing for throwing the racquet per se, but for interrupting the guy's concentration :)

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You know, there is actually a rule in our league rules that states something to the effect of:    a player reported of throwing their racquet will miss the next 2 matches because of the incident!  Interesting!

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« Reply #323 on: February 22, 2007, 10:45:11 AM »
OSU and I played last night against the famous Jeffro and topspin boy (DW).  We snuck out the first set 7-5.  I got up 40-0 in my service game at 6-5.  I forget how that point played out, but I served to DW and started to come in.  OSU poaches and let's is slip by, it was a short angled return.  I am not sure how I did it but I think all of us laughed including those who were watching.  I ended up flicking a backhand for a short angled clean winner.  But what was weird is that I kind of used OSU as a shield.  The ball grazed right past his shoulder blades or something.  I do not think anyone saw it coming, including myself.

We got beat up in the second set, I didn't return well.   3-6.

We were down 1-3 in the third set and I (once again) got OSU to get refocused and we pulled it out 6-3.  Some very close games in that third set.  I hit some of the best volleys I have hit in a while as Jeffro was killing my serve, I was just trying to dig it back.
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« Reply #324 on: February 22, 2007, 10:49:09 AM »
Tennis?  I USED to play the game.  I have played once since the Super Bowl.  And I can NOT for anything figure out why I suck when I DO play.   ;>)
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« Reply #325 on: February 22, 2007, 11:16:51 AM »
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OSU and I played last night against the famous Jeffro and topspin boy (DW).  We snuck out the first set 7-5.  I got up 40-0 in my service game at 6-5.  I forget how that point played out, but I served to DW and started to come in.  OSU poaches and let's is slip by, it was a short angled return.  I am not sure how I did it but I think all of us laughed including those who were watching.  I ended up flicking a backhand for a short angled clean winner.  But what was weird is that I kind of used OSU as a shield.  The ball grazed right past his shoulder blades or something.  I do not think anyone saw it coming, including myself.

We got beat up in the second set, I didn't return well.   3-6.

We were down 1-3 in the third set and I (once again) got OSU to get refocused and we pulled it out 6-3.  Some very close games in that third set.  I hit some of the best volleys I have hit in a while as Jeffro was killing my serve, I was just trying to dig it back.


We won the last 5 games of the match??????????     Its amazing what we are capable of when are returns are solid!!!!   Oh, and when we can hold our service games!   :(

BTW, I thought it was me getting you refocused and back to believing that we could break them whenever we wanted to......and clearly did for the 3rd set.   :)~

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« Reply #326 on: February 22, 2007, 01:49:56 PM »
Interesting how we both view that.  You seem to go from pumped, to OK, to bad quickly sometimes.  You were frustrated from them pounding all of their shots on what you were dishing out.  I was trying to stay positive and keep you focused.  We rebounded nicely.  5 games yo!

You should try to describe our first set point, nasty!
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« Reply #327 on: February 22, 2007, 03:06:57 PM »
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Interesting how we both view that.  You seem to go from pumped, to OK, to bad quickly sometimes.  You were frustrated from them pounding all of their shots on what you were dishing out.  I was trying to stay positive and keep you focused.  We rebounded nicely.  5 games yo!

You should try to describe our first set point, nasty!


Omer and I have "NEXT".  Beware the wonderful and powerful Omer.  :a)
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« Reply #328 on: February 22, 2007, 03:09:16 PM »
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Interesting how we both view that.  You seem to go from pumped, to OK, to bad quickly sometimes.  You were frustrated from them pounding all of their shots on what you were dishing out.  I was trying to stay positive and keep you focused.  We rebounded nicely.  5 games yo!

You should try to describe our first set point, nasty!



As most of the night, I was trying to poach hard all night.  Scott served to Jeffro on the ad-side, I poached hard but just couldn't quite get there.....but I was way on Scott's side of the court.  Scott calmly (or so it seemed) volleyed or half-volleyed an inside-out shot that went to my right (opposite side than normal but that is how far I was on Scott's side) that ended up being a tight angle that Jeffro didn't even think of trying to return.......not that he could move anyway because he wasn't probably even expecting for the ball to come back over!   Truly a nasty shot and kudos to the little man for pulling it off...especially when faced with me looking right at him and having to hit around me!

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« Reply #329 on: February 25, 2007, 10:05:06 PM »
Got to play dubs tonight.  The Notorious VIC and I played together as usual.  We had all 10 guys tonight for a USTA practice so we all got to play each other, somewhat.  VIC and I started off with a win in the first set 6-3 against DW and MC.  Decent set, one of the guys hadn't played in a month and was rusty on his first serve which is a big weapon for him.  Other than that, I thought he played very well.  He was crushing my serve back like it was no big deal.  OSUBuckeye and Freebird played 2 other guys and won their set.  Winners face off.

We started out strong.  We served well, volleyed well, shoot, we did everything well.  I should mention that I get fired up to play both of these guys.  Freebird and I talk a lot of smack and OSU is always competitive, so I was fired up.  We jumped out to a 5-0 lead.  They held a game and then we held.  Whew.  Good night.  5 minutes left to go until they closed the club.  I figured we would play a few more games for fun and get out of there.  My partner and I were far from focused, we were laughing, not paying attention like we should have etc.  Down 1-3.  Uh oh.  They haven't turned off the lights and OSU just pumped his fist when they broke to go up 3-1.  It was then I realized these guys wanted this set and it looked like we might just have time to finish it.  Crap...

1-3
2-3
3-3

We get back on serve with some decent tennis.  We got our focus back realizing that it was still "on".  We get to 5-5 and the Owner of the club tells us we have 5 minutes left.  Fair enough, it was 10:25 and they close at 10:00.  So we decide to play out a tie-breaker, 9 point (since we were playing no ad).

First point, it looked like we had it wrapped up.  VIC was about 5 feet from the net with an easy floater that dropped in front of him...  I guess it had some funky spin on it because he nearly fell down trying to hit it.  He hit a decent shot but the spin pretty much killed him and he had to hit it to one of the guys on the baseline.  They hit it back, he volleys it and Freebird smacks the snot out of the ball between us.  

Second point, somehow Freebird and I get in front of each other at the net and exchange a few volleys.  I finally got the one down the alley on him.

Third point, things got mixed up, OSU was in front of Freebird and Freebird hit him with a volley.  It was a good thing because I think we were one up and one back and they were closing in on the 2 up position.

I am not sure how the next few points played out, we won the tb 5-3 on my serve.  I came in and closed in on my second volley and hit it down at Freebirds feet for the win.  We were lucky to escape that set.  I would of rather played it out though.  5-5, we were not far from done anyways.
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« Reply #330 on: March 01, 2007, 10:08:04 PM »
Subbed tonight, OSU subbed on my court too.  We did OK, we had some fun with it all.  OSU and I played against each other in the first set and tied.  We switched partners for the second set and OSU won that set 6-4.

In the third set we played together and tore it up.  We goofed off a lot in the end and we were still winning games easily.  We were all goofing off by then though.  I hit the biggest forehand I have ever hit in that set on a second serve, I smacked the hell of it...  The hell of it!
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« Reply #331 on: March 02, 2007, 09:23:05 AM »
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Subbed tonight, OSU subbed on my court too.  We did OK, we had some fun with it all.  OSU and I played against each other in the first set and tied.  We switched partners for the second set and OSU won that set 6-4.

In the third set we played together and tore it up.  We goofed off a lot in the end and we were still winning games easily.  We were all goofing off by then though.  I hit the biggest forehand I have ever hit in that set on a second serve, I smacked the hell of it...  The hell of it!



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« Reply #332 on: March 02, 2007, 06:39:35 PM »
Want to teach me how to kill a ball occasionally? I would like to do that.


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« Reply #333 on: March 03, 2007, 03:06:28 PM »
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Want to teach me how to kill a ball occasionally? I would like to do that.


Killing the ball is overrated.......if I were you I would try for ridiculous consistency which can pay huge dividends, IMHO!   :)

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« Reply #334 on: March 05, 2007, 07:36:00 AM »
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Want to teach me how to kill a ball occasionally? I would like to do that.


Killing the ball is overrated.......if I were you I would try for ridiculous consistency which can pay huge dividends, IMHO!   :)


Overrated????  It's all about POWER!!!  It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose…it’s about how hard you hit the ball   :whistle: !  Words to live by.
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« Reply #335 on: March 05, 2007, 08:31:48 AM »
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Overrated????  It's all about POWER!!!  It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose…it’s about how hard you hit the ball   :whistle: !  Words to live by.


Or, words to die by, speaking metaphorically of one's tennis life....

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« Reply #336 on: March 06, 2007, 05:57:57 PM »
The Nortorious VIC and I played together Sunday night.  Not the best we have ever played.  As a matter of fact we were right down inconsistant.  We played OK, but our opponent's played well.  They missed pretty much nothing.  They didn't out power us, just out played us.  They hit some great volleys all night, they were hitting them low and pretty hard, felt like they cut them with a knife a few times.  They were just the better players that night.  They played chip and charge on just about every serve we hit, and we hit some hard ones.  Nice guys though, fun to play!

In the end, we served pretty well, volleyed pretty well, but we couldn't get the groundies going and they probably out volleyed us on most occasions.   I think we gave away too many points, no, I am certain we did.  Rare for us, we look to revenge this loss next Sunday.  We ended up losing 1-6, 6-2, 1-6.  Pretty sea-saw match.  But in the second I think they dropped their game, we didn't raise ours...  I wish I could say that we did.
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« Reply #337 on: March 06, 2007, 06:03:02 PM »
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The Nortorious VIC and I played together Sunday night.  Not the best we have ever played.  As a matter of fact we were right down inconsistant.  We played OK, but our opponent's played well.  They missed pretty much nothing.  They didn't out power us, just out played us.  They hit some great volleys all night, they were hitting them low and pretty hard, felt like they cut them with a knife a few times.  They were just the better players that night.  They played chip and charge on just about every serve we hit, and we hit some hard ones.  Nice guys though, fun to play!

In the end, we served pretty well, volleyed pretty well, but we couldn't get the groundies going and they probably out volleyed us on most occasions.   I think we gave away too many points, no, I am certain we did.  Rare for us, we look to revenge this loss next Sunday.  We ended up losing 1-6, 6-2, 1-6.  Pretty sea-saw match.  But in the second I think they dropped their game, we didn't raise ours...  I wish I could say that we did.


If they were chipping shots, did you guys try to poach that crap for putaways and to try to have an effect on the consistency of their service returns???  You know, try to get in their heads a little bit???

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« Reply #338 on: March 06, 2007, 06:05:18 PM »
I wanted to jump in there badly.  They were chipping very well, even had I ran early I would not have reached the majority of them.  I was impressed with their returning...
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« Reply #339 on: March 06, 2007, 06:16:56 PM »
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I wanted to jump in there badly.  They were chipping very well, even had I ran early I would not have reached the majority of them.  I was impressed with their returning...



Yeah, they looked like they were returning well!  Too bad you guys couldn't break their rhythm???