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« Reply #100 on: January 11, 2007, 03:39:06 PM »
I'm playing dubs tonight.  Since I am running the doubles leagues this week, I called me to sub and I accepted.  This will be my 3rd time on the court this yr!  I better sloooooow down.  Maybe Scott and I will be on the same court...not sure yet.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #101 on: January 11, 2007, 03:46:26 PM »
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I'm playing dubs tonight.  Since I am running the doubles leagues this week, I called me to sub and I accepted.  This will be my 3rd time on the court this yr!  I better sloooooow down.  Maybe Scott and I will be on the same court...not sure yet.


Last night was my third time!  You are on pace!

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« Reply #102 on: January 12, 2007, 03:06:23 PM »
Played on the top court with some decent players.  I haven't played a whole lot and when I'm not playing a whole lot, I usually get off to slow starts which is EXACTLY what happened last night.  I was seriously struggling with my timing and rythm (especially on the return) for the first hour but kept plugging away and the 2nd half I played quite well actually and won the court.  And the best news of all???  I walked off un-injured!!!  ://

Also, it should be pointed out that Scott and Mr Buckeye were not on the top court becase they were subbing for 2 other people who weren't on my ct unfortunately.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #103 on: January 12, 2007, 03:21:18 PM »
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Played on the top court with some decent players.  I haven't played a whole lot and when I'm not playing a whole lot, I usually get off to slow starts which is EXACTLY what happened last night.  I was seriously struggling with my timing and rythm (especially on the return) for the first hour but kept plugging away and the 2nd half I played quite well actually and won the court.  And the best news of all???  I walked off un-injured!!!  ://

Also, it should be pointed out that Scott and Mr Buckeye were not on the top court becase they were subbing for 2 other people who weren't on my ct unfortunately.


Thanks for clearing that up!

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« Reply #104 on: January 12, 2007, 03:56:34 PM »
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And the best news of all???  I walked off un-injured!!!  ://.

What do they say in flying? Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing.... :uh:

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« Reply #105 on: January 16, 2007, 11:49:37 AM »
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And the best news of all???  I walked off un-injured!!!  ://.

What do they say in flying? Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing.... :uh:


That's similar to the quote in one of my alltime favorite flicks (The Untouchables):

Malone to Ness: "You just fulfilled the first rule of law enforcement: make sure when your shift is over you go home alive. Here endeth the lesson."
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #106 on: January 29, 2007, 12:43:07 PM »
Played Saturday doubles (again avoided playing with or against Scott).  It was a week between court appearances so I expected to be way off and I was only wee off.  So that's a good thing.  It was a pretty awful match.  For exhibit A - my partner threw in mostly about 70mph first serves and I was like a duck in the carnival shooting gallery.  He lost serve 4 out of 6 times and we WON 6-4 7-6 haha.  Incredible.  Obviously we broke their serve a bunch of times.

Oh, almost forgot, walked off the court HEALTHY AGAIN!!!  I am going to get spoiled if this keeps happening.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #107 on: January 29, 2007, 12:51:54 PM »
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Played Saturday doubles (again avoided playing with or against Scott).  It was a week between court appearances so I expected to be way off and I was only wee off.  So that's a good thing.  It was a pretty awful match.  For exhibit A - my partner threw in mostly about 70mph first serves and I was like a duck in the carnival shooting gallery.  He lost serve 4 out of 6 times and we WON 6-4 7-6 haha.  Incredible.  Obviously we broke their serve a bunch of times.

Oh, almost forgot, walked off the court HEALTHY AGAIN!!!  I am going to get spoiled if this keeps happening.



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« Reply #108 on: February 03, 2007, 03:37:50 PM »
Public opinion has won out

It's ON!

The match that YOU have been waiting for!!!!!  Tomorrow, 5pm, the talk ends and smack begins as the team of Scott - OSUBuckeye take on me and ...does it matter?   :whistle:

All joking aside, the 3 of us and a guy from the Scott and OSUBuckeye's enemy club team are going to go at it in doubles action.  I don't even know who will be teaming up with who but it will be fun, that much is guaranteed.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #109 on: February 03, 2007, 03:43:08 PM »
If you play us, you will lose...
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« Reply #110 on: February 05, 2007, 06:09:05 AM »
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If you play us, you will lose...


You are correct!  The bad guys (Scott - Buckeye) won 5-7 7-6 6-2.  Thank you sir, may I have another?

I never make excuses, but the reason I loÖ.losÖdidnít quite win vs these 2 cheaters was that yesterday, 3 of my relatives died earlier in the day.  Then my dog got run over by a bus, my tire went flat on the way there and I slipped on the ice and broke my leg walking into the club.  This was after I had to walk uphill the last 5 miles in sub-zero temps to get there, plus they hooked us on at least 7 calls, and finallyÖmy other dog ate my homework.  

I think itís time to finally admit that I am OLD!  This is not to take away from their victory tonight as they played brilliant at times; as I told them afterwards, maybe itís time I join a seniorís, clay court social tennis club, where you can stop for a spot of tea between sets.  Last nightís 3rd set pretty much convinced me that it is maybe time to stop playing these young hotshots and concentrate on the old guys in my age group.  Next January (I turn 50 in June / 2008), I am eligible for the 50ís and I am thinking of maybe trying to make a run in some national or at least regional 50ís tournaments.

Itís kind of sad in a way, because my mind still plays a young personís game, Iím just off a bit on a lot of shotmaking.  Maybe Iím being a little too hard on myself, after all, we were up a set and 3-0 and 2 breaks in the 2nd, and merely a tiebreak away from winning 7-5 7-6, but I just canít seem to put it all together.  There are some flashes of the past, but not nearly enough (maybe if I played more than twice a week I would improve?).  The forehand can still work a lot of times, but the serve, which I used to almost never lose in doubles (broken twice tonight and had only 2 or 3 aces all night long; very sad), was awful, especially my wide lefty serve in the ad court, which used to be nasty.  I think my 1st serve % in the ad ct was about 8% (buckeye guessed 20%), either wayÖpathetic.  I am depressed that I was not able to raise my game up to whatever level was needed to overcome some fine play by Scott and Buckeye.  They played extremely solid all night long except for a stretch when they were up 5-4 in the first till they were down 3-0 in the 2nd.  Damn, we won 6 games in a row and LOST!  They hit next to zero double faults, volleyed great, hit good overheads, and scrambled to get a lot of balls back on points I thought we had won and ended winning themselves.  Hatís off fellows!

Now that I have whined a bit, it needs to be pointed out that Scott, Buckeye, and some of their other teammates have made amazing strides in a small amount of time, and are now VERY, VERY good players who have to take a backseat to NO ONE!  Iíve seen them evolve in the last couple of years and improve more than about anyone Iíve ever seen.  I am proud of these guys and I am flattered that they still ask the old man to play.  My longest post ever is done.  Itís time for my applesauce and toast.  Out!
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #111 on: February 05, 2007, 07:54:27 AM »
49 or not, you have mad game!  You hit some half volleys and volleys last night that blew my mind!  Your first serve percentage was low, but beyond that you did just fine.  I was pumped to have you out there!
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« Reply #112 on: February 05, 2007, 08:03:28 AM »
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49 or not, you have mad game!  You hit some half volleys and volleys last night that blew my mind!  Your first serve percentage was low, but beyond that you did just fine.  I was pumped to have you out there!


I did hit some good half volleys for once.  But you guys were too good last night.  Overall, there was some nice tennis on our court.

Oh, and I am only 48.6 which equates to 49 in USTA years!   :))
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #113 on: February 05, 2007, 10:31:23 AM »
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If you play us, you will lose...


You are correct!  The bad guys (Scott - Buckeye) won 5-7 7-6 6-2.  Thank you sir, may I have another?

I never make excuses, but the reason I loÖ.losÖdidnít quite win vs these 2 cheaters was that yesterday, 3 of my relatives died earlier in the day.  Then my dog got run over by a bus, my tire went flat on the way there and I slipped on the ice and broke my leg walking into the club.  This was after I had to walk uphill the last 5 miles in sub-zero temps to get there, plus they hooked us on at least 7 calls, and finallyÖmy other dog ate my homework.  

I think itís time to finally admit that I am OLD!  This is not to take away from their victory tonight as they played brilliant at times; as I told them afterwards, maybe itís time I join a seniorís, clay court social tennis club, where you can stop for a spot of tea between sets.  Last nightís 3rd set pretty much convinced me that it is maybe time to stop playing these young hotshots and concentrate on the old guys in my age group.  Next January (I turn 50 in June / 2008), I am eligible for the 50ís and I am thinking of maybe trying to make a run in some national or at least regional 50ís tournaments.

Itís kind of sad in a way, because my mind still plays a young personís game, Iím just off a bit on a lot of shotmaking.  Maybe Iím being a little too hard on myself, after all, we were up a set and 3-0 and 2 breaks in the 2nd, and merely a tiebreak away from winning 7-5 7-6, but I just canít seem to put it all together.  There are some flashes of the past, but not nearly enough (maybe if I played more than twice a week I would improve?).  The forehand can still work a lot of times, but the serve, which I used to almost never lose in doubles (broken twice tonight and had only 2 or 3 aces all night long; very sad), was awful, especially my wide lefty serve in the ad court, which used to be nasty.  I think my 1st serve % in the ad ct was about 8% (buckeye guessed 20%), either wayÖpathetic.  I am depressed that I was not able to raise my game up to whatever level was needed to overcome some fine play by Scott and Buckeye.  They played extremely solid all night long except for a stretch when they were up 5-4 in the first till they were down 3-0 in the 2nd.  Damn, we won 6 games in a row and LOST!  They hit next to zero double faults, volleyed great, hit good overheads, and scrambled to get a lot of balls back on points I thought we had won and ended winning themselves.  Hatís off fellows!

Now that I have whined a bit, it needs to be pointed out that Scott, Buckeye, and some of their other teammates have made amazing strides in a small amount of time, and are now VERY, VERY good players who have to take a backseat to NO ONE!  Iíve seen them evolve in the last couple of years and improve more than about anyone Iíve ever seen.  I am proud of these guys and I am flattered that they still ask the old man to play.  My longest post ever is done.  Itís time for my applesauce and toast.  Out!




Thanks for the compliments on our improvements!  Coming from you, with your experience and level of play, it truly means a great deal!   :)   Many of us have looked up to you and your tennis as long as we have known you!  You are the best tennis player at our club.....especially in singles!  

LOL at the rest of the story........why don't you tell us what you really did yesterday from morning until the applesauce and toast!

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« Reply #114 on: February 23, 2007, 06:55:41 AM »
I played dubs last night for my first appearance on a court in exactly 13 days.  I sucked!!!  I know players who can literally not sniff a racket in MONTHS, then pick it up and look smooth.  Suffice it to say I AINT ONE OF THEM!!!!  No timing or rhythm at all!.  Plus, I felt a tweak in my historically bad back which didn't help matters.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #115 on: February 23, 2007, 07:17:05 AM »
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I played dubs last night for my first appearance on a court in exactly 13 days.  I sucked!!!  I know players who can literally not sniff a racket in MONTHS, then pick it up and look smooth.  Suffice it to say I AINT ONE OF THEM!!!!  No timing or rhythm at all!.  Plus, I felt a tweak in my historically bad back which didn't help matters.


Is your back OK now?  Sorry I could not play last night...
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« Reply #116 on: February 23, 2007, 08:02:48 AM »
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I played dubs last night for my first appearance on a court in exactly 13 days.  I sucked!!!  I know players who can literally not sniff a racket in MONTHS, then pick it up and look smooth.  Suffice it to say I AINT ONE OF THEM!!!!  No timing or rhythm at all!.  Plus, I felt a tweak in my historically bad back which didn't help matters.


Is your back OK now?  Sorry I could not play last night...


It feels "ok".  At my age <insert joke here>, I cannot simplywalk onto a court and start playing anymore; I need to get really loose BEFORE  stepping onto the court.  I do this by doing something like riding a stationary bike for at least 10 minutes in the gym, doing some light stretching, then start hitting around.  Well, since I was running the leagues last night, I didnít get onto my court until 5 minutes late, let alone getting into the gym for my routine, so I think that was the reason.  Yes it was too bad you couldnít play last night.  Your boy Omer played maybe the best Iíve ever seen him play.  He was actually quite solid last night.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #117 on: February 23, 2007, 09:05:30 AM »
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I played dubs last night for my first appearance on a court in exactly 13 days.  I sucked!!!  I know players who can literally not sniff a racket in MONTHS, then pick it up and look smooth.  Suffice it to say I AINT ONE OF THEM!!!!  No timing or rhythm at all!.  Plus, I felt a tweak in my historically bad back which didn't help matters.


Is your back OK now?  Sorry I could not play last night...


It feels "ok".  At my age <insert joke here>, I cannot simplywalk onto a court and start playing anymore; I need to get really loose BEFORE  stepping onto the court.  I do this by doing something like riding a stationary bike for at least 10 minutes in the gym, doing some light stretching, then start hitting around.  Well, since I was running the leagues last night, I didnít get onto my court until 5 minutes late, let alone getting into the gym for my routine, so I think that was the reason.  Yes it was too bad you couldnít play last night.  Your boy Omer played maybe the best Iíve ever seen him play.  He was actually quite solid last night.


Never doubt Big-Pimpin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    :lmao:

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« Reply #118 on: February 23, 2007, 09:55:52 AM »
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I played dubs last night for my first appearance on a court in exactly 13 days.  I sucked!!!  I know players who can literally not sniff a racket in MONTHS, then pick it up and look smooth.  Suffice it to say I AINT ONE OF THEM!!!!  No timing or rhythm at all!.  Plus, I felt a tweak in my historically bad back which didn't help matters.


Is your back OK now?  Sorry I could not play last night...


It feels "ok".  At my age <insert joke here>, I cannot simplywalk onto a court and start playing anymore; I need to get really loose BEFORE  stepping onto the court.  I do this by doing something like riding a stationary bike for at least 10 minutes in the gym, doing some light stretching, then start hitting around.  Well, since I was running the leagues last night, I didnít get onto my court until 5 minutes late, let alone getting into the gym for my routine, so I think that was the reason.  Yes it was too bad you couldnít play last night.  Your boy Omer played maybe the best Iíve ever seen him play.  He was actually quite solid last night.


Never doubt Big-Pimpin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    :lmao:


Speaking of Omer "Big Pimpin", he's the one person who needs to have an account in here.  He's the missing link....he's the secret weapon, he IS Omer.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #119 on: February 23, 2007, 10:48:21 AM »
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I played dubs last night for my first appearance on a court in exactly 13 days.  I sucked!!!  I know players who can literally not sniff a racket in MONTHS, then pick it up and look smooth.  Suffice it to say I AINT ONE OF THEM!!!!  No timing or rhythm at all!.  Plus, I felt a tweak in my historically bad back which didn't help matters.


Is your back OK now?  Sorry I could not play last night...


It feels "ok".  At my age <insert joke here>, I cannot simplywalk onto a court and start playing anymore; I need to get really loose BEFORE  stepping onto the court.  I do this by doing something like riding a stationary bike for at least 10 minutes in the gym, doing some light stretching, then start hitting around.  Well, since I was running the leagues last night, I didnít get onto my court until 5 minutes late, let alone getting into the gym for my routine, so I think that was the reason.  Yes it was too bad you couldnít play last night.  Your boy Omer played maybe the best Iíve ever seen him play.  He was actually quite solid last night.


Never doubt Big-Pimpin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    :lmao:


Speaking of Omer "Big Pimpin", he's the one person who needs to have an account in here.  He's the missing link....he's the secret weapon, he IS Omer.



He is too busy being important to post here......I assume!