Saturday, December 31, 2005

"Thank You My Friends" Posted by Picasa

"Little Boys on Saturday Morning" Posted by Picasa

"Snow Didn't Dampen Our Game, TT" Posted by Picasa

Auld Lang Syne

Tennistitan and four of his mates got together this morning to "ring out the old year" in the fashion the Titan most enjoys. Three wonderfully competive sets of doubles were played among the five participants at Kinsley in 30 degree temperature with light snow falling throughout most to the match. TT/'Gimpy Knees Cruz split a set with Sab 'Koide Kid' as their partner against Frank 'Slats' Slattery and George 'Teacher' Febles making his return to the outdoor courts after months of absence. 'Slats'/'Teacher' prevailed at (5-7) staging a comeback from a (4-2) deficit. In set two TT/'Slats'-'Teacher' combination defeated 'KK'/'GK' (8-6) amid a flurry (snowing, you get it?) of activity as conditions worsened on the wet asphalt with the water-drenched balls offering little bounce. The final set of the day and of the year saw your TennisTitan end his season as he began it last Jan. 1 dropping a contest (3-6) with 'Teacher' to 'Slats'/Gimpy Knees.' As the group posed for Titan's obligatory pictures the gathering had but one thought in their collective minds, "How blessed we are to have this friendship, to have such a fun outlet to share the blessings of our health, to be "little boys" on Saturday morning as we move into our twilight years.Thank you my friends, you'll not be forgotten."

Thursday, December 29, 2005

"No present for you tonight,Maxie" Posted by Picasa

"Nothing to it, Titan." Posted by Picasa

Nureyev? Channukah Musings!

TennisTitan hooked up with 'Tutor' Tuchman for two sets of doubles today against 'EBL' Tully and 'Big Al' Dio Dati at the Yonkers Tennis Center. TT/'Tutor' failed to distinguish themselves dropping both sets at 2 and 3. Titan performed adequately in both sets getting to far more balls than usual because of the earlier play time today and had some pop on his serve. TT enjoyed seeing 'Tutor' raise his game somewhat in set 2 after an off-day performance in the opener. If there ever was a day that the Energizer Bunny man might have been defeated by TT/'Tutor' it was this day. 'EBL' did not have quickness in his first step to the ball and was troubled by back pains. Unfortunately it did not prevent him from handling attempts at overhead volleys like Nureyev, even if it did take some gas off his serve. 'EBL' continued to eat up TT in most long rallies by going backhand to backhand. Oh, where are you when we need you, 'Mr. Spin' Marzullo. 'Big Al' was sharp on his returns and picked 'Tutor's' pocket going down the line on him several times at net. Titan's comment to his crest fallen partner as the duo left the court, "Maxie, when you light that candle on the menorah tonight, say a prayer that no one saw you play that first set." To wit the maven retorted, "Titan, look who's talking, Tully spun you around like a dreidel." Ugh!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Gift Givers - Koide Kid and "Egg Nog" Joe Posted by Picasa

Titan and Happy Jack dropped the first set Posted by Picasa

Mele Kalikimaka

TennisTitan was in the holiday spirit this morning and he both gave and received gifts in the two sets played in ideal conditions at Kinsley Park. With temperatures in the mid-forties under cloudy and windless skies on this second full day of winter, TT joined 'Happy Jack' Carey, Joe 'Gimpy Knees' Cruz, Chris 'Prozac Kid' Tyrone and Sab 'Koide Kid' for some competitive doubles. Titan/'HJ' dropped the opener (4-6) to 'Gimpy Knees' and 'Koide Kid.' Joe was particularly hot with his service and return games at first. However, 'GK' was in the holiday spirit and the rum and egg nog concoction that he was drinking at change-overs eventually did him in. 'KK,' making his first appearance after a 3 month layoff due to a hand injury was his remarkable self. A picture of fitness and economy of movement Sab, this eighty plus Polynesian from Hawaii, plays a smart and efficient game that always compliments his partner's abilities with effective net work and the well placed short ball. Titan met with better success in set two as 'Prosac Kid,' also returning to the courts after one month's absence, was able to better offset Sab's game than 'HJ' and handled 'GKs' power game well. Titan/'Prozac prevailed at (6-4) with Joe double faulting to TT on the final point. My farewll gift from my good tennis buddy! My gift to you my dear readers is my fervent wish for a "Mele Kalikimaka" as the natives of our fiftieth state would say.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Titan and Prez Tasted Victory  Posted by Picasa

We had a Good Time Anyway, Titan Posted by Picasa

Irish Has the Balls to say "I am a tennis player" Posted by Picasa

Sartorial Splendor

TennisTitan paired with Rich 'Presidente' Prezioso for two sets against John 'Irish 'Galllagher and Max 'Tutotr Tuchman this date at the Yonkers Tennis Center. TT/'Prez' came away with a sweep of both sets (6-2, 6-4). Titan was far from his best but had sufficient fire power to overwhelm 'Irish' and 'Tutor' when needed in a well played contest. 'Prez' hustle and Titan's return game and lobs over the net man gave little chance for an upset by the elder pair. The most entertaining points were those fashioned by the rallies between 'Prez' going forehand against 'Irish' backhand, with neither man being exactly sure of hitting the ball on the sweet spot consistently to win the point outright. It is a game of errors, however. 'Irish' sported his usual unconventional tennis garb; a long sleeve flannel shirt and black dress socks to challenge his opponents' concentration. In an abbreviated third set Titan/'Irish' were down 1-4 on the verge of winning the sixth game when play was mecifully ended by the sartorial police.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

I am Number ONE in Titan's Mind Posted by Picasa

Two Terrible Losses Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Devastating Loss(es)

TennisTitan hooked up with 'CC' Flash this date to conclude his two week stint on the Southern Seniors Tour. Normally when Titan returns to Yonkers he eagerly looks forward to his best friend's comfort and understanding, to keep his life in balance upon arrival home. Not to be this trip. Titan was totally out classed again by the 'Collossus of the Court' and now has to take a hard look at his future in all venues. 'Gentleman Jim' damed neared bageled TT in the opener (1-6) running off to an easy five-love lead before dropping a game to the 'Man of Limited Movement.' 'CC' gets to everything Titan has to offer and has learned to limit mistakes as other's have in recent days. Titan dropped the second set (1-6) to the Collossus and never threatened the superior athlete. TT was pushed around the court from start to finish at Blue Crab Key and was treated to even worse news at home. Titan returns to the northern climes this evening a defeated man searching for answers on and off the court. Game, set, match

Friday, December 09, 2005

Nailed...Make that Hammered

TennisTitan has nothing to hide behind after today's debacle. He was out hit, out played, and out hustled plain and simple by 'CC Flash' in this morning's two set affair. Titan started out reasonably well enough holding serve his first two opportunities but could do nothing against the superior conditioned athlete who also refused to be broken. TT dropped serve in the fifth game and never recovered losing the opening set to 'Gentleman Jim' (4-6). Truth to tell this set was not that close as 'CC' held easily throughout and Titan struggled mightily in each game. By the second set your Titan had no gas in the tank and was fortunate to win the two games that he did in the (2-6) rout. 'Flash' was dominant getting twelve consecutive first serves in with pace at one time and demonstrating prowess in all aspects of his game. There was no breaking down his backhand today and TT was woefully inept with his placement and lack of pop on his serve and return game. TT will be giving it another go next week as he wraps up his Southern Tour but is considering renaming 'CC' (Cape Coral) Colossus of the Court!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Just Desserts

TennisTitan engaged in a two setter against 'CC Flash' this date and returned to form. Titan was unable to generate any offense against his superior conditioned opponent and fell meekly to 'Gentlemem Jim' (3-6, 3-6). Indeed 'Flash' was never threatened by a Titan who was the 'MLM' (man of limited movement) for this engagement. 'Flash,' also performing on his third consecutive day of tennis appeared as fresh at the end of this ninety minute match as when he walked on the court. Titan was unable to do much after establishing a 3-1 lead in the opening set. Indeed, in dropping the fourth game to TT 'Flash' flung his racquet over the fence in disgust but was able to marshall his forces atypically this date to run the table and win the next five games. TT won the opening (and best) game of the second set breaking 'CC' after seven deuces but seemingly exhausted all his reserves in so doing. 'Flash quickly broke back, and broke the Titan again in games four and six to win going away. Titan credits 'Flash' for his restrained play in the adverse (20 mph winds) conditions. 'Flash' bid TT ta-ta with his wry smile saying, "So much for Christmas gifts, Blowhard!"

A Family Affair

TennisTitan took his game to Charlotte County this date to play Jeff 'Big Daddy' Briscoe. 'Big Daddy' had taken his daddy's measure in October quite easily (1-6) after a two year layoff from competition. Titan fared similarly today dropping the only set played to completion (3-6) in what was a windswept affair. Both contestants faired poorly on their serves until 'Big Daddy held at 3-4 to win the final three games of the set. TT finally held his serve on his first two opportunities of the truncated second set to establish an early 4-1 lead only to see it dissapated in the final two games played at Franz Kraus Park. The set will be picked up with 'Big Daddy' serving at 4-3 prior to TennisTitan completing his Southern Seniors Tour next week. Titan, coming off a strenuous two setter against 'CC Flash," was relatively satisfied with his level of play but recognizes that it will have to be even better to defeat 'Big Daddy's' game. He's a TALL order at 6'-5" and a HEAVY hitter at 265lbs!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Like Dominoes...

TennisTitan delivered late on this date. Your Titan hooked up in a two set barn burner against 'CC Flash' and somehow managed to eke out a sweep (7-6 (1) - 7-6 (2)) of the match neither man seemed to want. Winds played havoc with 'Gentleman Jim's' game and TT failed to capitalize on repeated opportunities presented to him by 'Flash' early on in both sets. In the first set Titan blew a 5-2 lead only to hold serve in the 12th game to force the breaker. Similarly in game 12 of the second set Titan reversed his failing fortunes and broke 'CC' to force the deciding thirteenth game. The second set featured a bevy of uncharacteristic double faults from 'CC' that again triggered his volatile temper displays. Indeed, 'Gentleman Jim' was unable to regroup for the tie breakers in either set and played his worst in both concluding games falling meekly to the weary and astonished 'Bloated Behemoth'. As 'Flash' departed BCK Titan was heard by Gene Menuez to say, "Jim, thanks for the early Christmas gifts, now if only my neighbor would teach me how to fish for reds."

Friday, December 02, 2005

Well, if I don't TOOT it...

who will? Certainly not 'CC Flash' who met the Titan on the BCK courts for the first time on this Southern Tour. Indeed, 'Flash' was most inhospitable as he blew TT out in the first set (2-6), running off a quick four-love lead before Titan could get on the board. Titan struggled mightily to win games five and seven to build momentum going into the second set. Having not come near breaking 'Gentleman Jim' in the opener TT was most relieved to eke out a break after six deuces in game two to open up a 2-love lead. 'CC' erased that in short order getting back on serve in game three and countering each of Titan's 'holds' with his own. The pivotal ninth game was 'Flash'es downfall as he pittered away two ad-out advantages on TT's serve to shank three consecutive balls allowing Titan to hold one last time. 'Gentleman Jim' proceeded to lose his serve at love giving Titan the set (6-4) and cause the ATP to question his sobriquet. Jim broke his own BCK record of 63' by tossing his racquet off the far back fence on the fly. "Nice serve, Jim" was Titan's reply, "you're helping me get ready to deal with my grandchildren later this afternoon."

Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Next Match

TennisTitan was disappointed that his anticipated match against 'CC Flash" could not be played this date. 'Flash' was unavailable due to a prior commitment to "the Cable Guy!" Temperatures are in the 50's in the morning and climb to 70 degrees in the afternoon with winds of a stready 10-15mph.

Look for this first match to be played on December 2nd against 'Flash' with another match against 'Big Daddy' Jeff Briscoe later that day or on Saturday morning. Hot Tub here I come! But will my "A" game show up?

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

"Peripatetic, Pathetic, Apathetic" Posted by Picasa

Written by Alexander Dumb-Ass (Dumas)

Tennistitan closed out his fall YTC season this afternoon by participating in a couple of sets with the new Three Musketeers. Titan and 'Big Al' Dio Dati cruised to an easy (6-2) victory in the opening set against Max 'Tutor' Tuchman and John 'Irish' Gallagher (he of the black socks with white tennis shorts and bright plaid flannel long sleeve shirt combo). Ugh! His dress is as distracting as Titan's motormouth on the court but far less effective! Set two saw the Titan pair with 'Irish' and almost pull off an upset. 'Irish' up 4-3 in games lost his serve at 30-love in game 8 and proceeded to mishit 9 of the final 10 points in sealing the (4-6) defeat. The final set was abridged with 'Big Al' and 'Irish' trailing 1-3 when the next group mercifully entered the court. 'Big Al's comment to his partner as they left the court epitomized the afternoon's play, "John, I guess we won this set because there was not enough time to lose it!" Titan is off to Florida for two weeks of action on the Southern Tour.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

My Brave Stalwarts Posted by Picasa

'Big Al' and 'Slats' staged a comeback Posted by Picasa

"Gimpy Knees" and TT played better today Posted by Picasa

Only the Very Dedicated...

TennisTitan and 5 stalwarts braved the nippy late fall temperatures today and engaged in four spirited sets of doubles. The opening set was delayed for 20 minutes as some areas of the court had to be salted and then ice chopped to put the asphalt in playing condition. TT and 'Gimpy Knees' Joe Cruz paired in the first three sets. TT/'GK' overwhelmed 'Big Al' Dio Dati and Frank 'Slats' Slattery in the opener (6-2) and followed up that success with an equally impressive thumping (6-2) of George 'Chemist' Hauss and 'Happy Jack' Carey. A revivified 'Big Al'/'Slats' raced to a four-love lead in the third set and scrambled to hold on to a (4-6) victory over the tandem of TT/'GK.' The finale of the morning's action featured 'Chemist'/'Gimpy Knees verses Titan and 'Slats.' The duo of 'Chemist'/'GK' proved too strong for Titan and 'Slats,' who put themselves behind the eight ball immediately by dropping the initial three games. 'Chemist'/'GK' won (3-6) handily. The level of play displayed by all participants seemed particularly high. 'GK' especially seemed to have a thing or two to prove coming off recent poor performances. 'Slats' summed it up succinctly for the group as he chided the defeated Titan as the pair left Kinsley, "Tommy boy, your hot air diminished the effects of the thirty degree temperatures that we started in, but 'Gimpy Knees' seemed to play better against you, rather than with you... I think we can all relate to that!"

Friday, November 25, 2005

Last Chance

The TennisTitan will be making his final November appearance at Kinsley Park on Saturday Nov. 26th... then it's off to Florida for two weeks beginning Nov. 30th.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

TT Welcome 'Fireman' Goldbach to blog Posted by Picasa

TennisTitan and 'Fireman' Bob Posted by Picasa

George Strait, He Ain't

TennisTitan paired with a new partner this date at the YTC. Bob 'Fireman' Goldbach and TT managed to win two of the three sets (6-2, 6-4, 0-6) played against 'Big Al' Diodati and John 'Irish' Gallagher. 'Fireman' Bob is just getting back into the game after a layoff of many years as a means of enjoying his recent retirement from the force. Titan observed that Bob needs to learn to "go up the ladder" on the court regardless of his talents in this area displayed over the years on a firetruck. Indeed, this 'Fireman' fanned the flames of victory for the beleaguered tandem of 'Irish' and 'Big Al' in the third set as he shanked ball after ball at net due to poor vollying technique and his inability to lift. And this after 'Fireman' contributed substantively in sets one and two by keeping his errors to a minimum with some deft rallies from the backcourt. Both 'Irish' and the 'Fireman' whiffed on several balls hit their way and these two must never pair together for any chance at a competitive match. Titan was heard whistling the George Strait classic 'The Fireman' as he headed to the parking lot. 'Big Al' suggested to TT that Toby Keith's signature song "Should Have Been a Cowboy" would be more appropriate.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

'"How about a Clean Sweep, Titan" Posted by Picasa

Maybe Alcohol Would Help My Game

TennisTitan and seven of his mates engaged in doubles at Kinsley this late autumn day with temperatures in the low 40's. TT again paired with Joe 'Gimpy Knees' Cruz for two "painful" sets of doubles against 'Big Al' Dio Dati and George 'Chemist' Hauss. Titan's legs and game were both hurtin' so today's results are not especially surprising (4-6,5-7). 'GK' continued his poor play from both the front and back court as he had done last week. However, Joe was sufficiently inebriated to think that his performance was improved over last week's showing. Titan's game had dropped several notches from his efforts on the 12th to eliminate any possibility he could compensate for 'GKs' decision making on the court. TT failed to locate or crank up his serve to his team's advantage in either set. Those aching knees would not respond in the crisp fall air and led to 'GK' having to take too many balls in which he could not sustain a rally. 'Big Al'/'Chemist' bageled 'Happy Jack' Carey and Frank 'Slats' Slattery in the opener. These doormats then dropped a set (3-6) to Bob 'Kraut' Kluge and Carl 'Spindley Legs' Gessman. As a crest fallen Titan left the ball yard 'Slats' yelled through the fence, "Titan how about picking me up in Dobbs Ferry, then you'd have a chance at winning." TT retorted, "Why don't I send your partner 'Happy Jack' in a cab for you?"

Thursday, November 17, 2005

The last point...always the toughest

Titan thought that this was to be his Superbowl III. The dream upset. All week Titan envisioned playing at the YTC against EBL Tully with 'Mr. Spin' as TT's partner and upsetting the tandem of 'EBL'/'Tutor' Tuchman. Not to be. 'Big Al' Dio Dati subbing for 'Mr. Spin' paired with Bill Tully and denied that opportunity.TT/'Tutor' had come back from a 2-4 deficit to seize the lead at 5-4 and had 'Big Al' at love-40 on his service when the balloon popped, dropping 5 straight points to give new life at 5-5 to the heavily favored duo. Titan/'Tutor' scrambled to draw even at 6-6 and 7-7 but ultimately succumbed at 7-9 in the only match played to completion (1-4 partial) this date. Titan's strategy of playing back against 'EBL' who regularly gets his opponent on the run with lobs over the net man (ala 'Mr. Spin') was effectively employed throughout this match. It wasn't until late in the match that 'EBL' decided to go for certain winners against a tiring TT playing the ad court by going 'short' with droppers over the net. This tactic would not have worked against the always-hustling 'Mr. Spin' had he paired with TT this date and played his usual ad side. 'Tutor' played a strong game both at net and in the backcourt. TT opined to a disappointed 'Tutor' "had I the same service success I had last week the uspset would have happened!" "And the pope would be Jewish," Max responded. But Titan had the final say as always, "Maxie, look at it this way, I beat you again this week."

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Happy Deutschlanders,'Kraut'and'Chemiker' Posted by Picasa

Joe "Gimpy Knees" Cruz with Titan Posted by Picasa

Stollen or Strudel

Titan was at it again today; with mixed results. TT cajoled Joe 'Gimpy Knees' Cruz to make an appearance at Kinsley by picking him up at his house on this crisp, sunny, fall Saturday. Joe left his "A" game at home however. He also left the 'heavy lifting' to the Titan. 'GK'/TT paired in the second set of the day against 'Big Al' Diodati and Bob 'Kraut' Kluge. 'GK'/TT rallied from a 2-4 deficit to capture the set (6-4). 'Big Al'/'Kraut' had waltzed to an easy 6-love bagel over 'Happy Jack' Carey and George 'Chemist' Hauss in the opener. The tandem of TT/GK came up a dollar short and a day late in the final set of the day dropping it to 'Kraut'/'Chemist' (5-7) after rallying back from a 3-5 disadvantage. The Deutschlanders rebuffed Titan on his service in game 11 in a multi-deuce affair even though TT produced three aces within the game and they went on to close out the set at love. Titan, ever looking for the excuse to explain away his defeat, opined to 'Kraut' as they left the yard, "You stole that eleventh game from me, Der Kluger." "Ja, meine freund" retorted 'Kraut,' "stollen ist gut, next week you try my strudel!" You seem to like 'the apple!"

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Garrulous Quartet Posted by Picasa

Ethnic Humor in a PC Sport

Your TennisTitan was not disappointed - nor did he disappoint - with regard to today's play at the Yonkers Tennis Center. Titan and 'EBL' Bill Tully paired against Roy 'Mr. Spin' Marzullo and Max "Tutor' Tuchman in 90 minutes of intense doubles action. 'Energizer Bunny Legs' was true to form with his magnificent coverage of the baseline as did 'Mr. Spin' on the other side of the net. 'EBL'/Titan dissapated a break-up, 4-2 advantage in the only set played to completion due to the tenacious defense displayed by 'Tutor/'Mr. Spin' in games seven and eight which they captured at the sixth and fourth deuce, respectively. Down 4-5, having lost three long games in a row, TennisTitan held his service at love to halt the hemorrage. The sides exchanged holds until 'Tutor' was broken in game thirteen enabling the Titan to serve it out sealing their (8-6) victory. The second set was halted at 1-1 in games as the exhausted quartet gave way to Mitch's instructional group. 'Tutor,' who had suffered a bitter defeat at the hands of the Titan on Tuesday groused as he left the court, "Titan, what's an old Jewish man to do? On Tuesday I lose to you with an Irishman, on Thursday I lose to you with an Italian?" TT rejoinded, "Max, I'd love to play with your Saturday group... then you and your buddies would have another reason to go to the Wailing Wall!"

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

"Oy Vey," means 'not today.' Posted by Picasa

TT and 'Big Al' dominated Posted by Picasa

Italian Stallions, Prez and Big Al Posted by Picasa