Thursday, January 30, 2014


"Big Tully could have used Little Tully's legs today."

Red Square?

"I don't give style points for his outfit. But he played very well leading us to victory."

Bad Day at the Office?

"Al, let's be gracious. His keyboard is mightier than his serve."

The Rushing Russian

"Titan, I asked if you will watch the games at Sochi in Florida, not do you eat sushi" corrected a euphoric Vladimir 'Russkie' Kartsev. "Your hearing is worse than your volleying" continued the 'victorious Vladimir.'"Rarely do I taste the sweet nectar of victory when I play with someone other than Bill 'Energizer Bunny Legs' Tully, so today I bask in an unexpected outcome.To win with you TT against these two reminds me of the shock of the Miracle on Ice in the motherland." Indeed, TennisTitan and the 'rejuvenated Russian' managed a (6-4) triumph against 'Big Al' Diodati and 'EBL.' The tandem was a break up (4-3 partial) in the second set when time expired. Titan lauded the play of his usually moribund partner who showed hustle to the ball, pop and placement on his serve, and more control than usual on his oft erratic backhand. 'Big Al' put it in perspective at picture time noting that this outing was his first since returning from the outdoor courts at Pompano Beach, and that for today at least, 'EBL' stood for 'eviscerated, broken, limping' wheels accounting for the 'Tullyville trolley's inability to chase down balls that usually come back as winners.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My Welcome Home Committee

"Good tennis players, better men, yield the best of times as we age."

Happy Birthday 'Rockin' Rick

"Rock, your play continues to inspire me. Your partner, Steve Goldberg D.D.S. now knows losing to me is worse than a root canal."

The 'Deli Man" and me

"George has a way of bringing out the best in me sometimes. I think it's because he knows more about my limitations than I do."

Rise and Shine?

"Titan, what the fuck" was all 'Rockin' Rick Ricci could say at 7AM at the Yonkers Tennis Center this snowy morning as Titan entered the locker room. 'Rock, I'm desperate. There's no chance of outdoor play with the snow cover here in Yonkers and temperatures always below 20. So I got up at 5AM first to shovel, then to get a couple of early bird sets in and wish you a happy birthday to boot." Aches and pains be damned, TennisTitan paired with the reliable George the new 'Deli man' Hauss in two hard fought sets against the inestimable 'RRR' and Dr.Steve 'DDS' Goldberg. After 90 minutes of play that foursome had split both sets (4-6, 6-4). A rusty 'odious oaf' and an over worked 'deli man' salvaged their morning by running the table in the second set after being down 1-4 to end the match on a high note. At picture time 'RRR' wondered if TT would note that the tandem of 'Rock'/Deli man had run roughshod over the Titan and Hannibal "Caballero' Mistorini (0-5 partial) before time expired. "Absolutely not 'Rock!' You know the blog rule: no incomplete sets are worthy of mention" countered the 'peripatetic prevaricator.' "How do you know Steve is a Doctor of Dental Surgery queried the 'Caballero.' "I don't" responded the 'bloviating bullshitter.' "But that lefty's got a Damned Deceptive Serve!"