Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Newbie from 'the street': Brad

"I'm used to the high class etiquette of Amaccassin, here you get what you pay for."

Meine sehr gute deutsche spieler

"The 'Kraut' has earned his spot on top of the food chain at Kinsley. It was his burden to carry me this morning."

The Rave and Rockin' Rick

"Titan, let me think. I believe it is two weeks in a row that I kicked your ass. It was absolutely bagelicious doing so."

'Big Al' 'with 'Broken Broker'

"Titan, I believe this is what we call on the street, 'selling short.'

Ein Guter Freund, aber Lausiger Tennisspieler

At least he dresses a good game today.

Post match relaxation

"Titan, don't thank me, it was nothing. George, please keep your soft hand off my volley, that would make me Happy."

Brad's Initial Public Offering

"Are you kidding me" was the sarcastic response offered by Brad Philipps making his first appearance for Saturday morning play with the Kinsley Krew. Brad had just succumbed to the TennisTitan and Bob 'Kraut' Kluge, his 'very good German player' friend (4-6). "Don't let him kid you, Brad" interjected  'Big Al' Diodati,' who is seldom a loser to TT, "without der Klugmeister that 'loathsome loudmouth' would have lost to us like he lost the first set (0-6) to 'Dave the Rave' and 'Rockin' Rick Ricci." Hold on 'Italian Stallion' quickly retorted the 'blasphemous braggart.' George 'Chemist' Hauss was my partner in the opener. Need I remind you, that at least for today, George remains a good friend, but a lousy player." To wit, the 'Chemist' replied, "Odious oaf', need I remind you that even with 'Happy Jack' Carey as my partner I won two games (6-2) against the 'taunting titmouse' before 'Kraut's power took over. "And Titan," opined Brad, "don't be nicknaming me the 'Broken Broker,' not with the way you can't hold your serve. Call me, I. P. O. - because already 'I'm pissed off ' at you and your stupid blog."

Thursday, April 26, 2012

"Hey, Mister Tangerine Guy...

sing a song for me,"  "Titan, you are the Pits."

Undue Credit

"See, he did need me today."

"No disputin' Putin"

"It's not the shirt. It's my partner."

'Tutor' Teaching

"Why does he think is so funny. He played worse than me."

Thirsting for a Victory.

"EBL, I don't have to remind you, do I?" beamed the TennisTitan. "What do you mean TT?" interjected an exasperated Max 'Tutor' Tuchman. "It's all about me, always was, always will be" retorted the 'bragadocious blowhard.' "Why else would I write this stupid blog these past seven years?" "Yeah, but even the Politburo couldn't get away with your lies in the old Soviet Union" quickly added the 'esoteric emigre,' Vladimir 'Russkie' Kartsev. It was picture time at the YTC and the 'porcine prevaricator' was grasping for a reasonable rationale. "Max, we had the first set (4-6) against 'EBL'/'Russkie' had you not misplayed our one opportunity at break point in the ninth game to go up 5-4 by catching flies in your mouth as you let the 'Tullyville Trolley's lob fall two feet behind you." "Titan, you said you wanted to play with Bill "Energizer Bunny Legs" Tully in the second set because you tweaked your 'new nitwit knee" opined 'Tutor.' "You mean it was really my poor play?" "Nah, Max, it's simple. 'EBL' was wearing my Pepsi shirt. I already was a part of that first set victory. I just wanted to legitimize that I actually won a set (6-1). And remember, 'Pepsi is for those who think young' (but not necessarily clearly)."

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Kamp Kinsley

"Only one of these players is going home a 'happy camper. Guess who?"


"Can't wait to read how you 'spin' this embarrassment. It'll have more action on it than 'Rockin's volleys"

"Big Losers" = 'Big Al' and Bigger Bullshitter

"Al says 'he's got a special tennis camp he wants to send me to."

He Rocked My World Today

"Introducing "the Can't Miss Kid."

The Non Dignified Exit

"They should be ashamed to show their faces, with the way they played."

Tennis Camp

"Titan, perhaps playing three of the last four days is a bit too much for you" questioned Rockin' Rick Ricci at the end of play this glorious Saturday morning at Kinsley Park. "Nah, it's not that, it's 'Big Al' Diodati. He played this morning as if 'EBL' Tully was his partner, and not the new knees nitwit." What do you mean by that" interjected Rich 'el Prezidente' Prezioso, who with 'RRR' at his side took 'Big Al' and the TennisTitan to the woodshed (2-6, 3-6). "Prez, 'Big Al' can play crappy and 'EBL' will still 'pull the iron out of the fire,' he's that dominant. But with me, I stoke the flames with my own poor shot selection and erratic execution. "So then, how do explain your third set victory," 'bombastic blowhard,' queried the 'Italian Stallion.' "That's easy" rejoined the 'boisterous bloviator,' "you foolishly picked Frank 'Slats' Slattery as your partner, leaving me with today's 'Can't Miss Kid," Rockin' Rick. Our (6-1) victory is the highlight of the eight sets I played these past four days" rhapsodized the 'raucous raconteur.' 'Big Al,' turning to his fellow paisan, 'RRR' exclaimed, "Slats' and Titan are youngsters. I am going to send them to an overseas tennis camp that I recently heard about. "Which is?" asked the 'Can't Miss Kid.' "Youth in Asia" dead panned 'Big Al..'

Thursday, April 19, 2012

"I can hold 'em; just can't hit 'em straight."

"Tutor aspires to be a pawn broker someday."

Mazel Tov!

"What, I should talk about matzoh ball soup and knishes in my blog. Are you MESHUGGINA?"

"Leave the (racquet) gun, eat the canoli."

"Don't worry Max, I'll think of something" was TennisTitan's quick reply. 'Tutor' Tuchman had paired with the 'bloated behemoth' for the umpteenth time against "Big Al' Diodati and Bill 'Energizer Bunny Legs' Tully and sustained the predictable results, a brace of losses (3-6, 2-6). "Don't you ever get tired of describing how well you played in losing efforts" opined 'Big Al.' "Al, do you ever get tired of eating pasta fagioli? Playing with 'EBL' is your sfogliatelli" was TT's only retort. "You're making me hungry" whimpered the 'Tutor' "and the end of the season dinner is still two weeks away." "The doctor gave you new knees, he didn't promise you new ability, Titan" continued the 'Tullyville Trolley.' "That's for damn sure" chirped the 'Italian Stallion.' "Titan had some jump to the ball today and some pop on his serve" commented the 'Tutor.' "Both of you guys played some good points" contributed 'EBL'. "But the longer the point went, the more likely they were to lose it" observed the 'obtuse octogenarian.' "Al, go easy, the 'Tutor'/Titan tandem is a special one. Two aging 'has beens' who really 'never were' much to begin with. The fact that one has had recent back surgery and the other replaced both knees to continue to play this game we all love, makes them winners in my book.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Pizza Dinner Tourney

And the Winners are...

'Extra cheese, please."

Anchovies and Spinach!?!

"Because your game is small, you boys only deserve pan size pizza from Pizza Hut."

The Pizza Match

"Titan, you put the toppings on when we kneaded their dough in the second and third sets enabling me to get my game together" commented Rich 'el Prezidente' Prezioso smiling broadly at the conclusion of play this afternoon at Kinsley Park. "Hell Prez, we both ought to thank Dave 'Whirling Dervish' McDonald. His play was decisive in all three sets played today. He couldn't miss in the (0-6) rout he and Frank 'Slats' Slattery put on us in the opener. And he couldn't buy a serve or square up on a ball the rest of the afternoon (6-2, 6-2)." "What I don't get TennisTitan, is how your game remains so consistent" queried 'Slats.' "You've got a lot of crust, TT! You never run for the ball, admit a mistake, or give your partner his due" continued the 'coddling counselor.' "One other thing" added 'el Prezidente' as the foursome headed off the court to a nearby pizzeria, "Titan never wants to pay for the post match pie, that's why he takes me as his partner. I'm his legs so he doesn't have to reach for his wallet." "Well done, Prez, just like I want my pie" quipped the  'bloated blowhard."

Saturday, April 14, 2012

We Prepped for this at M.C.H.S. '60--'64

"We sat next to each other in Biology class 52yrs. ago. He cheated off me then. Stands to reason that I'd have him cheat for me as my legs on the tennis court now."

"These two turkeys....

had their necks wrung."

"Ok, wise ass, make your crack..."

"Losing gets to be a way of life sometimes."

unHappy Jack

"Son of a bitch, he had to get dizzy...I might have finally won one with the Titan!

A Bird in the Hand...

"Titan, you are so bush league, don't flap your wings as hard as you flap that mouth of yours. You played better but you still run like an emu" an embarrassed and chastened Frank 'Slats' Slattery mumbled under his breath as he exited the court. 'Slats' and 'Not Espn' Stuart Scott had let a three to one lead get away in the opening set against the 'aging antagonistic avian' and Rich 'Dozin' Docent' Gerchak. The (6-4) victory was particularly sweet for the 'bombastic bloviator' because the 'boisterous bullshitter' had a full audience on three adjacent courts where contemporaneous doubles matches were being played. "You chirp more that a cockatoo when you're winning, TennisTitan, but we don't hear a peep from the 'pontificating provocateur' when you're pissing away leads" cackled 'el Prezidente,' Rich Preziozo, released for the first time this season from his tony Briarcliff hen house this beautiful Saturday at Yonkers Kinsley Park. 'TT'/'Dozin'Docent' continued their dominance (6-2) in a second set when 'Happy Jack' Carey paired with 'Not Espn.' A third set, tied at 3-3, between 'HJ'/'TT versus ''DD/'Not Espn' ended because of Stuart's dizziness. As the group gathered for pictures at departure time, 'Happy Jack' suggested that maybe Stu fell ill because he was tired of hearing the Titan parrotting the same trite comments throughout the entire morning. A dazed 'Not Espn' responded, "It's only a mynah part of my problem." "You guys were sitting ducks for me this morning" crowed the 'delighted dodo." "Don't you mean 'dildo" chuckled Bob 'Kraut' Kluge. "Toucan play that game, don't insult my partner, you gaggling German goose" interjected the 'Dozin Docent.' "Don't have a canary over this 'idiot idler!" cawed 'el Prezidente, "Shit, I mean skeet, I shoot clay pigeons at my gun club. Titan just treats all his opponents like we're parakeets in the cage of his mindless ideas." "Thank God he writes a blog and doesn't tweet" dead panned George 'Chemist' Hauss.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Like 'old home week.'

"George is a very obliging guy. After all, he accepted me as his partner."

My Meat and Potatoes

We figured you needed a win, so we obliged.

'Rockin' Rick Ricci

"I don't know how I get roped into being a sub. I am the Star, and the Titan knows it."

Meatloaf Anyone?

Back on his home turf, and playing against opponents of similar ability your TennisTitan made modest strides toward recapturing his game. Or maybe it was having the reliable George 'Chemist' Hauss as his partner in the first two sets at Kinsley that enabled the 'bloated blowhard' to feel good about the results (6-3,6-0). TT/'Chemist' defeated George 'Teacher' Febles and Rich 'Dozin' Docent' Gerchak who was making his maiden Saturday morning appearance at Kinsley. Winds were a factor throughout the match, often resulting in over hitting and slices that went awry. Set three pitted the 'Chemist'/ and the 'Dozin' Docent' against the Titan and 'Teacher.'  At three games a piece the 'Teacher' went on sabbatical and was replaced by 'Rockin' Rick Ricci who proceeded to help Titan to his only loss (3-6) of the day. At picture time the 'bionic bloviator' waxed philosophical. "Boys, as a famous recording artist of the 1970's once sung, Two Out of Three Ain't Bad." 'Chemist' quipped if you're referring to Meat Loaf that's very apropos: you still loaf on the court and all your opponents see you as red meat."

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Joking Jaspers

"I keep telling Rich, 'I can play better, I can't play any worse." (I don't think he believes me.)

Ok, Maybe Next Time

"Titan, are you sure you went to a Catholic College. Couldn't it have been Burrough of Manhattan Community College?"

Still a Long Way to Go

"Was that your knees I heard creaking out there or was it just the rust crusted on your racquet" commented Bill 'Energizer Bunny Legs' Tully at the end of play at the Yonkers Tennis Center. 'EBL' had paired with 'Big Al' Diodati in the (4-6) defeat of the TennisTitan and Vladimir 'Russkie' Kartsev. In set two TennisTitan paired with fellow Manhattan alum, the 'Dozin' Docent,' Rich Gerchak and was flogged (0-6). At picture time 'Big Al' Diodati, a Fordham grad, reminded the 'Tullyville Trolley,' an Iona alum, that "Beating those two Jaspers is nothing new for us.  I Rammed those weak returns from the Titan right back at his leaden feet. And watching the 'Dozin' Docent' flail at those balls just out of his reach told me that the only way 'TT'/'DD' could ever beat us is to have a gale at their back and not a Gael in front of them." Snidely the 'pusillanimous prevaricator' replied, "Big Al,' you know I am going to mention in my blog the (4-2 partial) third set when I did have a Gael at my back and you kept asking your partner 'what the hell is a Jasper."