Sunday, March 28, 2010

"Stretching it a bit" with 'The Neck.'

"He blows his nose more often than I blow volleys!"

A Collection of Misfits

"If you think we're cold, you're damn right!"

Tired and Re-Tired

"Now I get it Titan. I must be slow. You know, like you are on the court" responded Bob 'Kraut' Kluge at the end of play this raw spring afternoon at Kinsley. Bobby Boy had accepted the challenge of being TennisTitan's partner in his third and final set as the light drizzle continued to fall. 'Kraut' had dominated during his first 2 sets when he had Chris 'Prozac Kid' Tyrone at his side. 'Kraut'/'PK' had hammered (6-1) John 'The Neck' Manzi and Vladimir 'Russkie' Kartsev in the opener and followed that with a decisive (3-6) victory over 'The Neck'/TT. "But Bob, you had a good rest watching the tandem of 'petulant pedagogue'/'The Neck' crush 'Prozac Kid'/'Russkie' (6-0)," Titan reminded the disgruntled German at the days conclusion. 'Kraut' had done his utmost to close out his day in perfect form but could not do the necessary heavy lifting to get 'TT'/'Kraut' past 'Prozac Kid/'The Neck' (4-6) in the afternoon's truncated (no-ad) finale. 'Der Klugemeister' rejected Titan's whine: "Nine sets in less than three days! I'm tired. I can't run. I am so tired from yesterday and the day before that it can be said that I am ReRe-tired!" (And happily so for more than 7 years).

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Today's Six Pack

"We don't know about deposits, but occasionally we make good returns."

"Go, and WIN some more, my son."

"I do declare, by the powers vested in me, that 'Der Kraut' is Der Goodest Player this date at Kinsley."

6-4 Baby!

"Whatever he says, don't believe it. The Snapple is the only partner I need."

1972 Revisited

"Slats, you be the South Vietnamese, I'll be the Viet Cong, with the way you played the 1st set."

'Kraut' and 'Slats' (both not yet 60)

"Hey, windbag, acknowledge that we played a (6-3) [Kraut win] set of singles."

"Please, no names."

"Titan, we're lucky his wife doesn't send him in a snowsuit. Check out the glove. He thinks he's Michael Jackson."

Cup Runeth Over?

"Titan, do you ever get too much tennis" queried 'Happy Jack' Carey as he headed to his car. 'HJ' and 'Big Al' Diodati cashed in their chips after two sets this cool spring morning at Kinsley. 'Big Al' departed with two 6-4 victories to his credit; the first, a triumph he and Bob 'Kraut' Kluge hung on TennisTitan and a hapless Frank 'Slats' Slattery (4-6); the second, when he helped engineer the 'bombastic blowhard's only victory (6-4) of the morning against that "anonymous duo" - 'Speedy Legs and 'Happy Jack.' The 'bloated blowhard' could have used the 'Italian Stallion' in his third set for sure; a (0-6) bagel administered by a rejuvenated 'Slats' who dominated at net and the splendid back court work by 'Der Klugemeister.' The 'arrogant asshole' not only had pop on his serve, he almost got his mouth popped at net as the foursome gathered their equipment, when TT turned on 'Speedy Legs,' with, "I guess, man, that you think I should be Happy with your play? "You don't know Jack shit, Titan" retorted Carl, "I let you and 'Big Al' win a set, didn't I?" "Yeah, you did Carl, but if you weren't so pussy whipped I could have blogged that 4-2 (partial) 'Slats' and I had going in the fourth set against the 'Teutonic Two.' Now the 'Kraut' goes home undefeated and you're only a two time loser." "I've got to live with the fact that I played six and one-half sets in 20 hours with only one win to show for it."

Friday, March 26, 2010

'Venerable Kuk' and 'Gentleman Jim'

"Titan, we enjoyed playing against you and look forward to you rationalizing many more defeats against us."


TennisTitan was invited to sub in a game at the Yonkers Tennis Center this date by Joe 'Gimpy Knees' Cruz. TT/'Gk' paired against the tandem of the 'Venerable Kuk' and 'Gentleman Jim' for three competitive sets of doubles. Titan had game (but apparently not enough) as he and 'GK' fell in all three sets (6-8, 3-6, 4-6). Truth be told the Kinsley regulars led in all sets only to be caught by the experienced partners who capitalized on the errant volleys and sprayed forehands of the Puerto Rican marksman. Not that the 'bloated behemoth' was without blame. The 'slothful slugger's ability to produce winners waned considerably in the second half of the match. 'Gentleman Jim's game rose in the latter part of each set to meet the challenge every time, forcing errors from a less and less mobile Titan and a more and more erratic 'Gimpy Knees.' 'Venerable Kuk' displayed consistency and contributed significantly in his support work both at net and on the back line. Again, and again Titan implored 'Gimpy Knees' to alter his game plan and hit to the back hand. But as always, Joe will only serve and use his power forehand to what is clearly his adversaries strength: their forehand. As the teams met at net 'Gimpy Knees' lamely proclaimed, "I told you Titan, you'd have to carry me." To wit the 'boisterous blowhard' retorted, "yeah, but on "Air Titan" You're allowed only one carry-on. You bagged three sets.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"Let's Get it ON, Big Boy!"

"This should be a SWEEP of another kind written in the blog!"

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

"The rain gods got me through it."

Would'a, Could'a, Should'a...

"I almost had him. Who knew he was part duck?

Der Meister (for today anyway)

"Shit, Titan, I think we can play another."

Unemployment Benefit

"Titan, sometimes we Germans make up our minds to do something, and we do it - even if it doesn't make sense to the rest of the world. Haven't you heard about World War II?" So rationalized Bob 'Kraut' Kluge as he squeezed the water out of the ball and returned it to his 'fallen fellow 'drenched dullard.' 'Der Klugemeister' was feeling just dandy having survived the tie breaker in his (6-7 [3]) defeat of the 'saturated sycophant' at Andrus Park in Yonkers this dreary afternoon. The Teutonic former Pepsi truck driver contacted the 'loafing libertine' this morning as the skies brightened and obtained a commitment from TT for two sets of singles. "I quit my job, now I need to face your lob" just couldn't be resisted. By the 3PM game time mist was in the air, at 2-2 the mist had become a light drizzle; at 4-4, a steady rain, and when TennisTitan again knotted the contest at 6, a downpour. The "no sense quitting now" attitude which marked this contest from that "I'm wet anyway" moment midway through the one hour long affair became "I better beat this bastard" as the breaker began. As the long time friends gathered their soggy equipment at net Titan remarked, "I believe the word for us is 'dummkoph.' "Nein, mein freund, Tommy - that is you. "Das Wort für mich ist (Kluge) MEISTER! - you can look it up!"

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring 2010 Opening Day

The Original Dirty Dozen:

Koide Kid, Kraut, Prez, Chemist, Not Espn, Slats, Big Al, Speedy Legs, Teacher, Happy Jack, TennisTitan (picture taken by Gimpy Knees).
Arriving later, not available for the photo: Pistol and Prozac Kid.

"Chico and The Man"

'El profesor pequeno' y yo - how you say en espanol - kicked arse!

Anonymous Duo

"Titan, no last names. I'd rather not be associated with the guy standing next to me."

"Call me Buffalo Bob today."

"Titan, do you remember Clarabelle the Clown from The Howdy Doody Show."

"Half your size, twice the player."

"Titan, Sab is 20 year older than you and covers more ground on the court. What's up with that."

"...under 'Big Al's wing."

"Titan, Prez is just a kid. He's got plenty of time to learn how to play the game."

Titan's POWERplay Continues

"Where'd you get that howitzer"questioned Bob 'Kraut' Kluge at the end of his decimation facing the 'bumbling bombardier's service blasts this beautiful spring morning at Kinsley Park in Yonkers, N.Y. 'Der Klugemeister' was one of twelve regulars who responded to Titan's call to arms declaring this day the opening of the 2010 Outdoor Season. The early bird match included the tandem of Frank 'Slats' Slattery/Sab 'Koide Kid' dueling against 'Big Al' Diodati and Rich 'Prezidente' Prezioso for 2 sets. On another court TennisTitan teamed with George 'Teacher' Febles for two strong sets; the first, a (6-2) victory against Carl 'Speedy Legs' who had 'Happy Jack' Carey at his side, and then a (4-6) loss to the Teutonic Pepsi truck driver with Stuart 'not Espn' Scott pushing the hand truck for the 'Kraut.' 'Teacher's abrupt departure (his net game actually left before he did) enabled 'Speedy Legs' to get in the victory column by joining the 'boisterous blowhard' in a (6-1) blowout of the tandem of 'Kraut' and Chris 'Prozac Kid' Tyrone. As the groups met at net players on the injured reserve but in attendance, viz. Joe 'Gimpy Knees' Cruz, George 'Chemist' Hauss and Lou 'Pistol' Gerencser swarmed around the 'overbearing oaf' opining, "Titan's got new found pop on his serve (6 aces, 9 service winners). But it can't be him, it must be the new racket he's wielding. A soured 'Kraut' quipped "That 'asshole's arsenal' is now as big as the 'idiot's ego!"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Always with the Head Games

"It says "Luck of the Irish" doesn't it."


I was the Tonic. He was the Vodka.

My Secret: The Pre Game Meal

"This is how I prepared for the match.'

Oh, my God, it can't be

"At first, I was in shock."


"Titan, at the end of the day,' Who came out on top?"

Tullyville Trolly Derailment

Lessons on the adjacent court came to an immediate halt. A ball hopper collapsed as a stunned instructor keeled over, knocking down the stanchions, strewing practice balls all over court 2 at the Yonkers Tennis Center. Children wept unabashedly in their strollers as mothers in the lounge clapped on the viewing window in disbelief. "What happened mommy" echoed through the facility. "Where's Al Michaels" chortled Joe Cruz from the side line bench on court 1. But a victorious Titan just turned and said sheepishly to an incredulous Bill 'Energizer Bunny Legs' Tully, "Maybe, today, I'm more Irish than you." TennisTitan had just authored the miracle of all miracles, the upset of the new century, in leading Vladimir 'Russkie' Kartsev to a first set thumping of 'Big Al' Diodati and the usually masterful 'EBL' (6-2). 'Russkie' put together an outstanding first set but was unable to sustain his level in the (1-6) follow up. The 'bloated behemoth' had it all working throughout the 90 minutes of sustained action: cranking 'heat' on the serve, volleying well, and delivering running forehands for winners on critical points. 'Big Al' was not a happy camper. "Titan, Tully played earlier today and didn't anticipate how far that horseshoe was up your ass today. Me, I had braciole with my pasta fagioli yesterday because my wife won't have corned beef in the house." The erudite Russian author interrupted, "Da! That is like what Viktor Tikhanov said in 1980 at Lake Placid when he blamed the vodka for taking the American kids too lightly. Never take the 'ponderous plunderer' for granted...he may be lame, but he's definitely got GAME! This will be known as the "Miracle on HarTru." "How true," sighed Tully, as he turned to console a despondent 'Big Al.'

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"The Green Hornet"

"I exerted my will over you! And you know it!!"

Speedy, Slats, Not Espn all agree...

'It was Preseason. You got lucky. That's all!"

Old Time Radio Hero

"You boys never had a chance today against the Titan" proclaimed the 'loathsome loud-mouth' at the end of play this afternoon at Kinsley Park. "Only the Green Hornet could have outplayed me on the eve of St. Patty's Day" continued the 'gregarious gargantuan' after his rousing (7-5, 6-1) victories. First, pairing with Carl 'Speedy Legs' Gessman and then with Frank 'Slats' Slattery the 'Yonkers Yakker' reestablished himself as the force to to reckoned with when balls are put in play at Kinsley. Poor Stuart 'not Espn' Scott was victimized in both sets as both 'Slats' and 'Speedy' could not counter the gruesome 'Green Grouch' on the other side of the net. As the teams bid adieu at net 'Slats' remarked, "Titan, remember, you said that this was only a preseason game, that the formal opening of the Spring 2010 outdoor season at Kinsley is this Saturday." " So I shouldn't worry that I played like shit" commented 'SL' Gessman. "That's right, Carl" interjected 'not Espn,' "Titan will teach you those Project Management techniques you need to develop to enhance your resume by organizing our games here at Kinsley." TennisTitan quipped "Stuart, on Saturday you will be my "Kato" - ever faithful valet and crime fighting partner to the Green Hornet."

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"The balls remind you of Obama,TT?"

"Titan, do you notice how I am leaning a little left in the photo. Whose in charge now, Mr. Conservative?"

"You were my always."

"I swear,I don't even need a racket to beat you. Let's try it next time."

"left for dead'

"Titan, some at Kinsley may know you as "Big Red" but to me you're just...

The Little Big Horn

"Did you ever think you should stick with the young guys" quipped Stuart 'Santa Ana' Gourd' as he slipped back into his work clothes after his two setter with the Titan. "Look 'Big Red,' I must set an example for my staff at the Texas Work Force Commission. As it was, your winning 2 games (2-6) in the first set forced me to step it up (0-6) in the second. Plus, now I have to drive your fat ass home and will get back a half hour late." Who could argue. 'Santa Ana' had squeezed me into his busy schedule and was treating me like Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett at the Alamo. TennisTitan performed adequately and was in the first set, losing games by the thinnest of margins and extending points against this vastly superior player. Set two was quite another story as the disgruntled attorney dominated in every phase of the game. This road runner's credentials now include a successful marathon run since our last meeting in the fall. Nothing gets by him. And so the lecture on the way home: "Titan, those boys up at Dell don't have the 'hard drive' I bring to my game. 'Hoya Saxa" peddles servers to industry, but he can't buy a first serve. The 'Blue Hen' pushes soft ware no doubt, but the only thing soft about him is his game. And TennisTitan you wear on me! Those transplanted northerners should be your opponents, not a true Texan, who has giddyup to every ball." As Titan was pushed out of the car he thought he heard, "Custer, this was your last stand! Geronimo!"

Saturday, March 06, 2010


and AFTER!

The Rude Awakening

"Maybe I should call in sick Monday."

"Payback's a Bitch" (sometimes)

"A son's gotta payback his dad in a way that makes him happy, right?!?"

Drunken Revelry

"JLC, JLC, JLC, JLC" was the thunderous torrent emitted by the 'bombastic blowhard' this afternoon at the conclusion of two scintillating sets of tennis put together by TennisTitan against his 'perplexed progeny.' "How could I lose to you, ol' man?" lamented Russ 'Hoya Saxa' Briscoe to his 63 year old sire. "After eking out a (4-6) victory in the first set I figured you'd fold like those cheap cameras you use for the stupid blog. But no, you fought like your favorite player - Jim Lawrence Courier, the 'JLC' you worship." Indeed, the senior Briscoe brought his A game to Northwest Park in Austin Texas. Going toe to toe with his 'haughty heir' the 'pedantic patriarch' stunned the enraptured on-lookers on the adjacent courts by coming within a whisker of winning the opening set and then steam rolled the 'Dell dilettante' in the second set (6-2)! At picture time the 'chastened (c)loser' got the riddle answered from the 'enigmatic egomaniac': "J.L.C." is who I want next: Jesse Lee Crossan! That "Blue Hen" needs to meet someone who can close the deal -unlike those 'failed Phillies' against the Yankees." "Dad, be careful what you wish for. You're talking like that yagermeister and red bull Chris bought you at Little Woodies last night is still in your system: you know, 'JLC' - just like Cockrum."

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

"The Destroyer"

'I am wearing my official USN shirt...squint here old says USS Briscoe... a destroyer in our fleet."

"My grand daughter's name is Mariah."

"The wind beat me as much as anything you did on the court, 'bombastic blowhard."

"Genial George"

"You know Titan, I think I like it better when I can't see you. Maybe cataract surgery has some negatives."

Broadway Memories

"Consider it your good bye gift" cackled the 'Wacky Wichitan' aka George 'Genealogist' Pratt as he met the TennisTitan at net at the conclusion of their two setter at the Lake Tarpon Tennis and Sail Club. George, who had given the 'bloated blowhard' a real scare in their last meeting in early February, was clearly not on his game this afternoon."I've got a lot on my mind these days 'arrogant asshole" chirped the 'beleaguered bumbler' after he dropped sets of (6-3, 6-2) to the Titan in cool, windy conditions. "I've got to fit you and your tennis into my agenda between doctor's appointments. And to me, that's like going to the dentist! Between an opthamologist and an gastroenterologist, I can't see straight with my cataracts or fart on cue with my benign mass, no less hit the ball cleanly in 25 mph gusts and listen to an endless windbag on the other side of the net." George had graciously invited the 'pedantic pedagogue' for a delicious home cooked dinner a few days earlier but had no civility after suffering yet another double defeat. "George, perhaps that 'Steak n Shake' chili you had with me earlier today will clear up one of your medical issues" quipped the 'overbearing opportunist,' but there's nothing either of us can do about 'Mariah." "Go 'Paint Your Wagon' in Austin Texas" retorted 'genial George' as he broke into song.