Monday, November 30, 2015

New Ratings re Out for Arkansas

I know I am asshole with such a tease, I'll comeback for more later today or tomorrow, or whenever the hell I feel like it.

Will say first glance interesting, but not a lot of excitement
For those to lazy to look follow this link and figure it out: http://tennislink.usta.com/Leagues/reports/NTRP/AdvancedSearch.aspx

Update 10:43 PM

Alright the big man at Burns has requested some knowledge be shed for 2015 season so here goes

1. 5 guys from Ft Smith got the bump to 5.0, damn guess that means UAFS will now win 5.0 leagues
2. Batman and Robin from Little Rock can no longer dominate 8.5, but I hear they may tackle 9.5 now
3. Kiker, Luneau, Robinson, Nordentoft in 2016 beat Marc Nixon, that way you can go down to 4.0
4. Tank You Very Much Award: Papa Murphy
5. Miller, Phelps, Jones and the other 5.0s on the Sectional Team, thanks for not tanking
6. Jonesboro 2016: Rivas is back, but leave the MS guys alone
7. How many teams with the dynamic duo commit to next year, only to be foiled by the pesky sign-up deadlines
8. How many 4.5 teams for 2016 in CLR? 3 or 4? With there be another schism (get a f'n dictionary and stop being lazy) between CF and BB as the tankers come back down?
9. Who are some potential free agents? MD, G.BB

10. It's lonely at the top in 4.0 Award? --> Jacob "Don't call me McDaniel" McDaniels. Really congrats on being the poor sucker to be bumped to 4.5 out of all the 4.0s

11. Will I ever talk about NWA tennis? Maybe once they decide to leave their Country Clubs in Walton Land for a full weekend and do something at Southern Sectionals, not that weak ass Mo. Valley stuff.

12. The WTF is USTA Computer thinking award: Sergio Ramirez getting a 5.0 rating despite blasting everyone at 5.0 and only loss being to a 5.5 in three sets. Who ever gets him in Spring 2016 will be happy, now they can get another stud college player

Night, Happy Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc..




Monday, November 9, 2015

Combo State -- Wait What!??!!

Hmm for some reason some clowns still like to view this site on occassion, must be bored or have a 5th grade reading level for this drivel.
So anyways after hearing about 1 person's interest, let's discuss that beast of a format called Combo, in particular 8.5 combo.

Whoa!! Hold on to your butts, saw everything from 4.5/4.0 combos, to a 5.0/4.5 combo (well ok will be in about 3 weeks), then there was a 5.0/3.5 popular and what about that 5.5/3.0 line winning a match.

So in the end the tennis player, turned farmer/rancher Kiker led his band of goons to the title, while texting non-stop and never stepping foot on the court, well done.

Hoffmann/McDaniels won the clutch matches, although they must have been bored as they actually lost a match to Rogers or still pissed about forgetting a sign-up deadline

ATA's favorite son and Burns Park superintendent won everything this weekend

As for the other teams:
Rogers as usual showed up for one day, then said fuck it, let's go home with one their best players only playing one match, very important when they defaulted a court in a crucial match

Jonesboro was a man down all weekend for whatever reason, but fear not the tanks are coming for 2016

Ft Smith: again without one their best players all weekend, guess studying and playing college tennis makes it tough to play against the best rec players in AR.

Oyos: HAHAHA!!! oh wait they nearly took the title even with a 8.0 team taking 8.5 to third, will be entertaining to hear the whining of what could have been.

Anyways, nothing else to talk about, next week is 7.5 and 9.5 but who cares right it is only combo.

Get ready for 2016 Boys Papa Murphy and the tanks are coming and new ratings come out in a few weeks, I might discuss those if drunk enough or not breaking rackets.

Peace out to the lefty that for some reasons surfs the site.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Predictions AR State Championships Phase I

4.0 Men:
Thought I would know more of these guys but truly don't recognize many of them.
Rogers/Scott appears to be the clear favorite and with their toughest competition not allowed into the tournament they should roll pretty good.
Expect Synco holding down the singles lines, David Lord playing top of the Doubles with multiple partners.
Appears toughest match will be the first one against NWA.

Fort Smith has 2 teams (3 team league)
NWA has 2 teams (1st and 3rd Place)
CLR only 1 Team WTF!!!
Where the hell is Jonesboro who are always staples of 4.0 State?

No Mid-season hurt CLR this year as they only got one team in even though their 2nd Place team is better IMO than the other teams outside of Rogers/Scott. Of course no mid-season also meant no late season tanking could be done, see their is a benefit.

So predict:
1: CLR: Rogers/Scott 2: WATA: Nelligan 3: NWA: Harris 4: WATA: Tran 5: NWA: Baird

4.5 40+ Men
This is easily Birch's to lose, would take a miracle or injuries for the other teams to pull it out.
Birch should cruise if all players are their. they have the best singles in Sixbey and Derevyanik
Also they have Laferney who will be tough at the #2 slot
The doubles of course can be tough to predict as Ft Smith has some good doubles players, but having to win all 3 doubles lines is a tough task.
Robinson is in the same boat, he has good doubles but no horses that can take a singles line against Birch, again tough to take all 3 doubles lines.

Prediction: 1: CLR: Birch, 2: CLR: Robinson 3: WATA: Cox

The 5.0 Men has already been decided and of course was a joke as one team was only there for the tanking, no one can argue that fact just look at the scores. Also rumor of score manipulation as well, not just my observation but have heard it from others, but in ATA community the captain is apparently beyond reproach, but years of following usually shows where there is smoke there is fire. They just need to come out and be honest their team was made to get all their players back down to 4.5 for 2016. No use denying unless you are being a politician.

Wyatt Miller has a solid team that could do well at Sectionals. He has solid doubles with Martin Kajevski, Matt Jones and a solid 5.5 in Ramirez will make them a tough out.

State of Adult Tennis: Very sad to only see 5 teams in 4.0 draw when 5-6 years ago their was 11 teams at State. Only 3 4.5+ Teams and 2 5.0 Teams. So what is going on? Are players tired of the tanking? What can ATA and STA do, because apparently changes made in the last 5 years is killing off Adult League Tennis at least on the men's side. Do the seasons need to be spread out? Having 18, 40, and 55's all at same time is tough for anyone., then going right into MXD and Combo gives no down time. Are entry fees to pricey? $30 to play 1-2 matches, usually x2 when mid-season is played. Many of the same players are also on 2-3 other teams so gets expensive to play tennis in Arkansas.

What are the solutions?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Too Blog or Not to Blog 2015 Arkansas State Tournaments

May do some chatting in the neat future and see what I can do to make the few fans happy.

Will start with 4.5+ 40&U and 5.0 Divisions
4.0 18's Tournament, will be fun

Then the College Division .. sorry the 18+ 4.5 Division

As for the other divisions, sorry I really just don't give a ....

Once written please know I don't care what others think about what I type and if it hurts your feelings I will buy you a handkerchief to wipe away the tears.

Will start posting come Wednesday or so.