Saturday, September 29, 2012

Getting more than they bargained for

"Welcome to Titan's World," Wally and Manchu Rostapang. "I am going to my Wally World for a months vacation and might even catch a 1962 classic flick on the drive down."

Unconditional Surrender

"I can't even look at the Titan; he's so arrogant in victory. I feel like I am brain washed."

"Bryan Brother" redux

"Move over Bob and Mike."

Bidding Adieu

"Uncle unctuous,' exclaimed the 'Jersey Bomber' at the conclusion of play at Kinsley Park this morning, "I wanted to make sure that you had pleasant thoughts about your last match in Yonkers before you faced that 1100 mile drive to Florida next week." "I felt the same Rob, even though your drive to Yonkers is only 60 miles each way" rejoined the 'boastful braggart. After your effort in the first set you deserved the sweet taste of victory too." Indeed the 'Briscoe Bobsy Twins' did just that in the annihilation of  'Rockin' Rick Ricci and Mike 'not so stellar' Stella (6-1). "Do you think the Rostapangs think all us white guys look like" queried the 'petulant pedagogue' to his 'naughty nephew.' "Maybe they might confuse us with the Bryan brothers the way we performed in the fantastically competitive (10-8) opener. Your play with 'Wondrous Wally' Rostapang was notable, 'Jersey Bomber' but I wisely paired with his quicker wife, Manchu" continued the 'extolling egotist.' "I guess you were the 'Manchurian Candidate.' today, TennisTitan. It was before my time but I heard it was a great movie" countered the 'Monmouth Mensch."

Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Almost, but ...

no cigar."

One, Two, Three

"Nein Titan, eins, tsvey, dray"

What'ja expect, Titan?...a Miracle??

Same old Shtick

"But Tutor, it's the start of a new year for you. It would have been a perfect beginning... an incredible upset but..." lamented the lame-ass libertine.' "Titan, you fail at so many things at life. Why should this be any different" counseled the 'taunting tutor.' Up 5-3 in games with a chance to serve it out against Bill 'Energizer Bunny Legs' Tully and Vladimir 'Russkie' Kartsev, TennisTitan couldn't get it done as he and Max 'Tutor' Tuchman dropped the final four games of set one to lose (5-7). 'EBL' tried to console the 'flatulating fool' by noting that TT had played the set of his life and had continued so in the second set (3-4 partial) and had nothing to be ashamed of, except of course, his assinine behavior on the court. Titan had his flat forehand down the line working, his backhand lob over the opponent's left shoulder on target, shown some pop on his serve, and had gotten to many more balls than usual, extending rallies - all for naught.  'Tutor' attemped to soften the disappointment for the 'disconsolate doofus' by offering his insight: "We got bupkes, stop kvetching Titan! I could just plotz the way I played. You usually play like a shlemiel, today you were a mentsh and played your tuches off. I will tell my Sandy when we nosh later, that we were shlimazeled. Yenta that she is, the entire Landing will know about our tsuris before I finish my tsvey knish.  Oy veh, I am giving the goyim a yiddisher kop." To wit, EBL' said, mazel tov, Max. 'Russkie' deadpanned, "What mishegas! 'Shalom' my friends as he walked away.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

"El Prezidente trap shoots...

I prefer crap shooting."

"Against you, TT...

I can win with anybody. Even with a squirrel"

"I squirreled away a victory today."

"You shoulda had my friend as a partner, Titan. You couldna done worse."

Win One, Lose One

"And by the way TT, by my count 'I won two."

Jaspers Jolted

"Prezzie, you're God awful, over hitting your forehand and hitting your backhand forever into the net" whined the 'wanton wimp' after three hours of play. TennisTitan drew the short straw this Saturday and paired with 'El Prezidente,' Rich Prezioso in three error filled sets at Kinsley. The twosome managed to split a pair of sets (6-2, 3-6) against George 'Chemist' Hauss and 'Rockin' Rick Ricci. 'RRR' had paired with 'Happy Jack' Carey in the opener and secured a (4-6) victory over TT/'Prez' that really rankled the 'loathsome lard ass.' "Of course your blog will ignore your significant contribution to our defeat" reasoned the 'maven of the Manor' Briarcliff at picture time. "You complain that I don't set my feet or adequately prepare my racket before striking the ball. You neglect to mention that your feet might as well be set in concrete when you flail at the ball, 'myopic misanthrope.' "And your idea of racket preparation would seem to be changing it from the right hand to the left hand because you're too damn slow to even try and run around your woefully weak back hand" continued 'El Prezidente.' And quoting that infamous, riot starting, drunken Rodney King, Titan opined, "Prezzie, can't we all just get along" as he packed his tennis bag.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Reality Therapy

"The boys say my behavior on the court reminds them of a 10 year old's"

Honoring a Great Leader

"Max, you are no Netanyahu, that's for damn sure."

Bench Players

"No we're not, we're just waiting for the bus."

Much to Atone for

"Max, let me at least buy your seat in the temple" insisted the TennisTitan. "Titan, first why don't you buy a can of balls at Kinsley before shooting off your mouth" defended 'Big Al' Diodati. "I got it" chimed in Bill 'Energizer Bunny Legs" Tully. "Titan buys the seat, Max buys the balls and 'Big Al' buys himself some glasses; then we'll all be happy." The group was a little testy at the Yonkers Tennis Center this date. TT/'EBL' opened with a (6-1) thrashing of Max 'Tutor' Tuchman and 'Big Al' only to be bageled by 'EBL'/'Tutor' combo in the second set. "Italian Stallion', I could have used some of your bad calls when you paired with me; (0-6) is horrendous, even if the 'Tutor' claims more power with a newly strung racket. He's still playing with that rickety 75 year old body" retorted the 'blasphemous bullshitter." 'EBL' reminded the group, "that's just another misstatement of the facts that Max will be atoning for next week... it's like a grain of sand on the beach he sits on down in Boca in the winter."  "And I suppose, you don't think it's a lie Titan, when you claim we played well together in the third set (3-4 partial)" rejoined 'Tutor.'

Saturday, September 15, 2012

"Not Serena, Not Venus"

"this is Clarence Williams...he played like he was their fifth cousin on Oracene's side of the family."

A 'Stellar' Lagos Laugher

"Today, I gave the "I" - man from Nigeria his own personal nightmare...sleep on that Chris!"

Hey Chicken, Don't be a Jerk!

TennisTitan joined the 'Gazelle' Clarence Williams, making a rare early Saturday morning appearance at Kinsley in a tightly contested first set against the 'Teutonic twosome,' Bob 'Kraut' Kluge and Carl 'the anonymous Gas Man.' In a set marked with long rallies featuring crisp volleys and precise lobs that had the players continually scrambling for and adjusting their on court positions 'Kraut'/'Gas Man' prevailed (3-6). The ever 'gracious Gazelle' sat out his second opportunity to pair with the Titan, deferring to the always less than gracious (at picture time) 'Dave the Rave' who shuns the camera lens, but never the baseline rallies. The (6-3) victory orchestrated by TT/'Dave the Rave' over Mike 'not so stellar' Stella and Chris 'I-man' Ikhigbonoaremen proved that good defensive play can often overcome superior offensive fire power. "The Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo are the dominant tribes in my native land, Titan, you are the spiritual leader of the Kinsley tribe. It's not your play, but rather your mouth and enthusiasm that dominates here"chided a despondent 'I-man.' To wit Titan quipped, 'Chris, don't worry, your talent on the tennis court already exceeds mine. However, I think I am funnier than that has-been Don Imus on the radio."

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Titan, it's the competition... 'weak and so slow'

"EBL, now, don't be telling me 'you shoot your age on the golf course."

"Big Al, here's my present...

"you sure need 'em at 83."

Ok, Titan, sing it... off key of course

"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear EBL-Russkie (and 'Big Al; too), Happy Birthday to you."

Gift Wrapped

"How in hell can I expect to win under these circumstances" lamented the 'lumbering loud mouth' at the conclusion of his first day of play this new season at the Yonkers Tennis Center. It was the usual beat down for the TennisTitan going up against birthday boy, Bill 'Energizer Bunny Legs' Tully and partners Vladimir 'Russkie' Kartsev (1-6) and 'Big Al' Diodati (3-6). "With both the 'Russian Bear' and the 'Italian Stallion' sharing tomorrow, Sept. 14th as their birthdays, I felt you guys were throwing a party at my expense," whined the 'whipped wimp.' "Titan, are you suggesting that if Bill had you as a partner that maybe neither Vlad nor I would have had any reason to celebrate" questioned the 'indominable Italian.' "Hell, no" retorted the always 'jubilant jackass.' "When I play against you 'Big Al,' it always reminds me of my birthday as a kid. We used to play 'pin the tail on the donkey and blind man's bluff' before the cake. You know, when you have to guess, because you can't see...oh, those line calls you make at 83 - you still won't wear glasses on the court."

Thursday, September 06, 2012

H and H Boys: Humbled and Humiliated.

"This jerk, no one - other than maybe his dog - believes a thing he says."

"Titan, next time, try my racket."

"I am too embarrassed by my play to show my face."

"The Great Impostor" with 'Slats.'

"Titan, I think it is about time you called me Mr. Espn. I was a human highlight reel this morning."

Jaspers Jolted

"They may remove your pictures from the yearbook, would be my guess" offered Frank 'Slats' Slattery at  the conclusion of play at Kinsley this morning. "What is a Jasper, I mean besides a beaten tennis player" contributed Stuart 'not Espn' Scott. The boys had ample reason to gloat coming off dominant performances (0-6, 4-6, 3-4 partial) against TennisTitan and fellow '68 Manhattan College graduate, Rich 'el Prezidente' Prezioso. "We just couldn't get untracked. After losing the first eight games we held our own and might have one that third set hadn't 'not Espn' faltered" rationalized the 'maven of Briarcliff Manor.' "Faltered! He tripped over his own feet. You know he has balance issues" re-posited 'Slats.' "You mean he wasn't laughing at our inability to return anything he got his racket on" rejoined the 'bloated blowhard.' "Stu's play was so strong today that I think they should show it during rain delays at the Open" opined 'Slats.' "That's a bit much 'Slats,' let's just say 'Prez' and I are thankful Stuart doesn't wear New Balance Sneakers 'cause we'd have most likely lost that third set too" whined the 'wilted wimp.'

Sunday, September 02, 2012

The Old Man and the "C"

"I am like Hemmingway on the court - COMPETITIVE.

Jersey Bomber bombed out

"Unbelievable! First I feed his ego, now he expects me to fill his bloated belly."

My Ghost Writer

"Why does he look at me for inspiration when he's writing this nonsense."

The Fruits of My Labor

"Who'd-a-thunk it" commented the 'egotistical idiot' chomping on his half pound super burger at the post match repast. "You've got some pair of onions to gloat over that second set (7-5) come from behind victory. You know damn well I hurt my right arm midway through that final set" countered Rob 'Jersey Bomber' Briscoe. "Don't bullshit me, 'naughty nephew' I played ketchup from the first game in that set and you couldn't cut the mustard when you had the chance to close me out at 4-5 in games like you did in the first set (4-6). Admit it, you relish, beating your Godfather" rejoined the TennisTitan. "My first serve was bleu cheese right by you as I undressed your weaknesses until I hurt my forearm" 'unctuous uncle." "Rob, remember when you play someone with my experience, it's never 'the fries the limit. You must always have something in reserve and not play like 'there's no tomato.' You'll be bacon me to come down to Monmouth County again very soon. Lettuce hope that my injured calf and your forearm heal quickly."

Saturday, September 01, 2012


"She nursed me to another victory" Tenacious, Lithesome, Competent at the net.

Doubles fun

"that racket does all her talking!"

Recrimination? No way; not me!

Post set finger pointing - my second favorite sport.

Half a Loaf

"Titan, look at it this way. You served with so much pace, 'Big Al' didn't have a chance to make the correct call and 'Dave the Rave' stands at the baseline watching the server, not the serve, and has no idea of his responsibilities" Carl the 'anonymous Gas Man'  stated attempting to placate the still distraught TennisTitan as the teams departed Kinsley. The (4-6) defeat of TT/anon. Gas Man rankled the 'libertine lout' no end. "Our comeback form love -3 was negated by that egregious non call' on my serve that was out my 2 inches continued the 'whining wimp.' "Titan, take solace in the (6-4) opening set triumph you enjoyed with Leila 'lithesome lady' dela Cruz" over her husband, Rudy the 'flippin' Filipino' and 'Dave the Rave'' responded the player once known as 'Spindly Legs.' 'Dave the Rave' has got issues with you - you know with his outright refusal to join the fun taking pictures. Hell, he's played here 3 years and never contributed a can of balls or extended himself to make a Canadian game a double match because of lame excuses." "Carl, right on! I'd rather talk about that 'fantastic Filipina's play at net anyway. She bandaged my wounded ego and aching calf muscle with her play at net. "