Tuesday, April 28, 2009

4.0 Week 3

So week 2 continued to flesh out who will rise to the top but way too early to cancel vacation plans for July for anyone. Nice win for Garland#2 over the Village. The OC/(2 or 3) over BH/Pearlman was even more impressive.

Flight A:
One rainout match that might be interesting is LBH/Jones v. Springpark. I am curious to see how that goes down or when it is because Springpark also has Hackberry this Saturday which should be a good match. I like Hackberry in close one. TBar and HP should remain unscathed and untested this weekend.

Flight B:
We actually have a pretty solid weekend in our flight. The SWAT team has a weekend full of tennis taking on the Lakes on Saturday and Garland on Sunday (makeup match). All undefeated teams and we could all have losses by the end of the weekend. Another solid match is Stonebridge who takes on Brookhaven (2-0), I think this match will be very good. I hate to predict especially not knowing the lineups but I think Stonebridge has a very good chance of winning this match. If they can get at least one singles match I really like their chances, if they get both singles matches then there should be no way they don't leave with a win. I think it will come down to the Don Buford matchup, if he can take out their top singles player then I like BH but otherwise I am going with SB.

Flight C:
Since I don't like to jump off bandwagons I am sticking with the Village to make some noise this weekend v. Greenhill but I am finding it very hard to see them winning this match although it would make this flight much more interesting. I see GH winning 3-2 if both teams bring their top 8. HP takes on Royal Oaks and should move to 3-0 but don't sleep on the RO, they have some solid players.

Flight D:
zzzzzz. Four undefeated teams and none of them play each other quite yet. Thorntree does play Garland and the winner of that match might break into that top section of this flight and contend. I am looking forward to 5/16 when Springpark plays OC and Garland takes on LTF, those should be good matches.

New roster additions:
Don't see much here, Tim Newman went ahead and joined HP/Bob again. Tim (I think you entered the wrong HP team#, I will send you the right one now)

87 comments:

  1. key question is will Lifetime ever lose a set against Flight D???

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  2. Don't be too confident Lifetimer.

    Major upsets of the week last week:

    Village/Johnson lost to a mostly 3.5 sucky sisk team.

    Brookhaven/Pearlman loses to an old lady Oak Creek 2nd team

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  3. The question is has anyone on your team ever won anything? Maybe a city championship, or a tournament. I don't see anyone on the roster that would even make our top 8.

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  4. "key question is will Lifetime ever lose a set against Flight D???"

    LOL are you trying to make everyone dislike the Lifetime team?

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  5. Yes he is. Eddie is a trash talking fool. Have you not learned that by now? HP has an exceptionally strong team this year, and as much as I love to root against them every year, this year it will be hard to do it because their team is so stacked. I am just hoping that my team makes it this year for 2nd for sectionals.

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  6. Just trying to add some spice to this blog. In case you didn't know it. Everyone on this blog already dislikes Lifetime. who are the top 3 teams in Dallas 4.0 this spring anyway??

    1. Lifetime
    2. HP/Somabut
    3. Oak Creek

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  7. LMAO I did not realize that was you Eddie it's alex.

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  8. I think we have a solid team but HP seems really strong it should be fun once the teams get a chance to play each other:)

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  9. Anon bitch,
    Do you want to play a 60 year old sucky Harvey in singles? Harsh language from a PUNK!!

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  10. Alex,
    Hope you enjoy rooting for Lifetime, because with Eddie as your captain, you'll never see significant playing time. Maybe 2 matches at best. If you do a good job at practice, maybe he'll allow you to carry that cooler of his.

    Rumor has it, that Eddie is petitioning the USTA to allow him to play all five matches thereby guaranteeing 5-0 victories all the time.

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  11. I see "The Panther' is a big fan of Eddie's. Nice!!! Alex, I am sure that shoulder surgery has humbled Mr. Hill a bit. Bring your game and I'm sure you'll be on the court.

    As far as Lifetime going 5-0 everyweek with Eddie playing all lines. How else do you think we got to be undefeated so far this season.

    By the way I should probably update my Top 3 teams in Dallas. You guys are right we are probably 3rd best.

    1. Team Eddie (8 Eddie's)
    2. Team Eddie (4 Eddie's: enough to win 3 lines)
    3. Lifetime

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  12. I think TBar are stronger than Oak Creek on early season form and putting Lifetime ahead of HP/ Bob is just silly....I doubt Lifetime (who are strong) would get 1 line if they play HP/ Bob in the play-offs. As someone else said: "We're all playing for second"

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  13. So everyone knows, I am kidding a bit here. HP/Somabut won the Fall(again) and has added talent. They are the favorites for sure. I do like our team a lot look forward to meeting them in the playoffs. Based on the Fall and early season returns, I think you'd have to rank the teams...

    1. HP/Somabut
    2. Oak Creek 1
    3. Lifetime

    It is great the we will meet OC for all the marbles in our last match of the season. That should be fun.

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  14. That's the sane conversation I think the blog was intended for! What do you think of T-Bar and BH/ Perlman? When Renwick plays singles they're tough to beat

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  15. Tbar looks impressive. Good thing BH got Renwick although they are already starting with 1 loss and they haven't played a "contender" yet. I like TBar in that match up although Renwick and Parekh are tough.

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  16. Marc,
    To beat T-Bar, it is helpful if you can sweep the singles. There singles guys are good, strong 4.0 players, but not world beaters.

    Doubles is their strength. The thing about T-Bar is that they are always in the mix to make the playoffs.

    BH Pearlman lost once, but it would be a shock if they were to lose again in their division. Very strong in singles, but can be beaten in doubles. Not as strong this year as they were last season.

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  17. yeah, losing Jenkins is a big blow to BH/P. As for TBar, that is going to be a big match for us. I hope we can hang with them....

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  18. "Alex,
    Hope you enjoy rooting for Lifetime, because with Eddie as your captain, you'll never see significant playing time. Maybe 2 matches at best. If you do a good job at practice, maybe he'll allow you to carry that cooler of his."

    LOL I do not mind not playing that much just happy to be on the team:)
    What team are you on Black?

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  19. "1. Team Eddie (8 Eddie's)
    2. Team Eddie (4 Eddie's: enough to win 3 lines)
    3. Lifetime"

    LMAO!! Damn Eddie

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  20. I was reading something in Tennis magazine and they were saying what a screw up this ranking system is and how there are really only 3 functional divisions 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and how 85% of the player fit in those 3 divisions becuase no one rates themselves above 5.0. When they created the system it was not supposed to be that way There should be 7 division spreading 85% of the players. It is like in Dallas league 4.0 play... there are like 3 different levels. it is so inconsistent. there are teams getting beat 5-0 and not winning a set. How is that good competition and playing at level. You have 9 matches scheduled and only 1 or 2 of them will be competitive. that doesn't seem right. Let me know you thoughts and what can be done. In tennis magazine there was talk of changing the system.

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  21. I read that also. They're discussing the pros and cons of publishing your exact dynamic rating kindof like in golf but then there would be even more opportunity to manipulate it. In my opinion, over time, without being reset, the ratings will trend towards a bell curve (maybe a mathematician amoung us could verify) and that is why most ratings have accumulated between 3.5 & 4.5. If they want to fix it they will need to reset ratings based in the decimal points to more evenly distribute everyone in the system; or they'll need to adjust their benchmark points eg the point at which a 4.5 becomes a 5.0 needs to be adjusted down so more players become 5.0s etc..... bottomline though - they won't do anything for a very long time, perhaps ever!

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  22. There is a huge gap of talent at 4.0. The top players could easily win 50% of their matches at 4.5, and the bottom would win maybe 50% of the time at 3.5. I'm not sure what the solution is, but it is what it is. If you want to compete outside of the city level you have to have alot of top 4.0 players. Being average isn't good enough for the playoffs.

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  23. At High Point, they have two leagues. An "A" league and other leagues.

    Maybe we should have a Champs 4.0 League. Teams that have won their division in the previous two seasons could battle it out.

    While the other non-competitive teams could play each other and the winner would be eligible to be bumped up into the Champs league.

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  24. I think that is a great idea. The DTA could set it up like they have in European Soccer. 3 4.0 divisions. You fight to keep your spot in the Top 12 Champs divison. The reamining teams play in regular 4.0 league. Top 4 teams from regular 4.0 get to play in playoffs with Top 12 to see who the top 2 teams from dallas are to move on to sectionals. This really needs to get done because it stinks to play teams that can't compete with the top teams.

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  25. If I understand what you are saying, 16 teams make the play-offs? If so, I'm not sure I agree with that. I like the overall concept though. How about having 1A & 1B consisting of the top say 20 teams based on the last 2 seasons results. The top 6 make the play-offs with the division winners getting first round byes - the other 4 "play-off" for a spot in the final 4 round robin.

    As for flights 1B & 2B, the lower tier teams, the division winners get automatically bumped up to 1A & 1B respectively replacing the last place teams and the 2nd place teams in 2A & 2B get to play a challenge match against the 2nd last team in 1A & 1B for the right to be promoted......

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  26. what i find interesting about this idea is wondering if a more elite league will drive better preparation to compete against other cities and states. For example, would Bob's team be better prepared for sectionals and nationals if they had to really scrap it out every week for 12 weeks.

    Maybe we should just install a league on our own based on this principle in the small window between end of spring and Fall seasons. It would be hot but a lot of fun.

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  27. No it would be more like the set up we have now. Top 6 from "Champs division" Make it to City. Bottom 6 play in QT with top 4 teams from other 4.0 team season. 2 5 teams round robin flights 4 matches over 2 days) at QT. The 2 teams that win round flights move on to the DCC with Top 6 from Champs division. That's 8 teams for DCC. Just like it is now. The advantage is that the Top 12 teams are playing 11 matches during the regular season against the other top teams. The will help dallas team a bunch when Sectionals come becuase they will have played many tough matches vs what we have now.

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  28. It is really a very simple formula that allows for new teams to advance up and top teams to play top teams. For the next season you could have All DCC teams qualify for Champs divsion and top 4 teams from other divsion. the bottom 4 teams from Champs move back to regular 4.0 divsion and have a chance to move back up by winning.

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  29. The problem is the teams don't keep the same roster. If a captain gets bumped up what happens to his team? Do they get to stay in a certain division? There would be alot of kinks to be worked out. I do like the basic premise.

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  30. Similar rules as now. 70% of roster must return or whatever the number is. If not then you get bumped back and work your way up.

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  31. It sounds similar to TCD. If you win your flight, you get moved up. If you lose you move down. Except you would have more divisions like 4.0, 4.25, 4.5, 4.75. If they made the teams that won the city move up a level it would solve a lot of problems anyway. The same teams with the same players should not be winning the same level year after year (sorry Bob and Rusty.) How can a team win the city championship and come back the next year with 75% of the same roster and do it again. It shouldn't be allowed to happen.

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  32. Just like any league in any sport. Your results determine what league you are in. If a team does well, they move up. If they do poorly, they move down. Same as we do in our individual leagues at Fair Oaks. Somebody who wins a lower league shouldn't be allowed to play that again. Seems obvious. But unless every city/Section did this it would only hurt us.

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  33. thats why you need a Champs Divsion, because you can't change the national USTA so let's make it where Dallas can be as strong as possible by facing better competition during league play.

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  34. ok, 2 things:

    1. so I don't know how the DTA works - surely there is some kind of committee? I'm sure Jane doesn't make all the rules? How does something like this get proposed?

    2. Who would make-up the top 12 for the first season if it was to start now? HP/Bob, Lifetime, Oak Creek 1, TBar, BH/ Perlman, HP/ Bazan, Garland/ Sisk 1 see pretty obvious but who would be the other 5.....

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  35. You would take the top 3 teams from each division for the first year.

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  36. Agree. you could even give this a trial run in the fall. I will give Jane a call next week to feel out the possibilities.

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  37. What is this an intelligent convo on the blog. Say it ain't so. And Eddie is proposing most of the good ideas, I think I might be in the twilight zone.

    I would love a program like this and it would be great to do during the fall season. The fall season is open for experimentation, I find it a bit stagnant for my taste now. In other sections they try different things, (singles leagues, combo leagues, etc)

    This way a large group like my own or Garland and OC, etc would not be hurt by having multiple teams because the B or C teams would play against like competition.

    It does seem so far there is as someone mentioned a big gap in skill at the 4.0 level this season, and part of that is we have so many teams.

    Back to the article that started this, what if 5.0 was a full 8 player roster and they bumped people more agressively, would that help at all. Rusty would you be up for playing that league? Feldman, Corey?

    Of course it helps if this is nationwide but we do spend 98% of our time playing tennis in Dallas. Even sectionals is here, the only time we leave is for Nationals so why not perfect our own city's system and let the rest of the nation catch up to us.

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  38. Amazing...
    Dominate the leagues by recruiting from all over, having only players that are at the top of the level (if not out of level) and then complain that the other teams are not providing enough competition. Maybe the NCAA should have a 20 team Champs division, the NFL maybe just the top 8 teams...
    Talk about ego.
    Ever consider that USTA leagues are really more about the full 325,000 participants not just the top 10%-20%.
    Ever consider that it's not the 80% of average teams that are not competitive, but maybe that the top teams are really just hypercompetitive?

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  39. Roddick's wife > Federer's wife

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  40. Average 4.0,

    With respect, I think you are missing the point. If the top players are playing against each other their ratings are likely to rise and therefore they'll get bumped up quicker. As you may know, the computer takes into account the dynamic rating (actual not rounded) of each player on the court (ie your partner as well as the opponents) and adjusts the rating based on the set scores and strength of players. So, it is to your advantage in the long run as these guys will get bumped up to 4.5 where they belong. If they play against weaker players it's easier for them to manipulate their results and sandbag. I also think that it would be more fun playing aginst guys that are closer to your level week in and out. ie average vs average.

    BTW, I too am an average 4.0 and doubt I would be in the "premier" league. Last week we got schooled by HP/ Bob and it really wasn't fun. And I think we have a better than average team. It is going to suck for some of the weaker teams when their week to play HP/Bob comes around.......

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  41. Two of your losses were 3rd set tie breaks. I don't think you got schooled. That match could have easily been 3-2.

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  42. My point is pretty simple:
    A few teams are so focused on perceived glory (cities/sectionals/nationals...) that they don't really care about the overall tennis community or even the regular season.
    I have a simpler solution, let Lifetime and High Point play each other every week and whoever wins goes to sectionals.

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  43. "let Lifetime and High Point play each other every week and whoever wins goes to sectionals."

    AGREED!!!

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  44. average 4.0,
    You make it sound as if HP and Lifetime are the only teams interested in winning. There are lots of captains that put alot of effort into trying to win. There is recruiting going on all the time. Just ask Sisk, Bazan, and Walters just to name a few.

    I have a simple solution for you. Just play leagues for fun at your country club. Quit playing in highly competitive USTA leagues.

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  45. There are 40 4.0 teams - how many of them are adequate enough for the elite teams to feel it justifies their time to play a match during the regular season?
    I have a lot of respect for many of the teams and captains that have strong 4.0 players that are competitive and cordial on the court. I think the middle 2/3rds of the teams can beat each other on a given day.
    I also didn't realize that if people don't agree with your view they should just not play in your league.
    I really would like to hear the perspective of as many players as possible.
    At the end of the city playoffs only two teams will advance, leaving the other 38 teams here in Dallas. Good luck if you aren't High Point or Lifetime.

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  46. I don't know why you are singling out HP and Lifetime. Did one of those teams wrong you in some way?

    I think you are missing the point of the whole discussion. Everyone was just trying to figure out a way for the league to be competitve for everyone. Since there is such a wide range of playing ability at 4.0 we thought it would be cool to divide the division into 2-3 sub levels. That way everyone gets a good match every week. The intent was not to belittle the weaker teams. I'm sure they would like to play teams of like ability as well.

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  47. Lifetimer's comment:
    You have 9 matches scheduled and only 1 or 2 of them will be competitive. that doesn't seem right
    My point is that for most of the teams at least 2/3rds of the matches are competitive.

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  48. Theory smeory, stacked this stacked that, sandbagging or over-rated the hilarity continues. If everyone isn't out there trying to win why play. Fun is fun, but sport is sport! Some days you lose some days you win, but if you step on the court everyone is trying to win. I've never seen anyone give away a match cuz they were nice guys! And for others! Good players don't have to be jerks, most just think that because their butt was handed to them

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  49. Amusing that 1/2 the time we complain about sandbaggers and 1/2 the time about players not good enough to be on the court with us. My overall impression is that the quality of players at the 4.0 level is good. The only non competitive teams have been those with mostly 3.5s or bump ups. Maybe the USTA needs to expand the ratings so that there are more levels between 3.0 and 4.5.
    I think the biggest problem is self rated players. Maybe you shouldn't be allowed to play at sectionals as a self rate unless you have played x number (10?) matches. I know this doesn't prevent manipulating scores, but no computer system will do that.

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  50. Average 4.0

    You are making my point for me. You are right 2/3's of the teams do have competitive matches. that is why they should be playing each other every week. Let the top 1/3 play against each other in tough league matches every week. As stated by someone earlier. It will riase the ratings of top players as well and bump them up quicker. the bottom 2/3 will still have the opportunity to play in DCC and go to sectionals if good enough. We really need to have more competitive matches for everyone. We have blown out teams in our 1st 2 matches. And we have at least 3 more blow outs on our schedule. How fun is that. Our guys end up playing against each other right after their matches because they didn't get any competition in their matches. that does not make sense.

    I know some will say that we should move up to 4.5 then. Not the answer as a the best of Dallas team have a hard time at Sectionals and an even harder time at Nationals. We need to improve Dallas tennis so the top teams are getting better during the season to compete better at sectionals and Nationals. The teams that are not interested in such lofty goals would be able to have competitive matches with like teams on the lowere division. Everyone wins.

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  51. Lifetimer, you guys are in a weak division. If you were placed in a strong division, someone would be complaining about Jane Gilpin. I know most of the players on your team; if every other team in Texas got pig flu and you somehow made it to Nationals, you would be embarassed. Be happy that you will have a good season and prepare for playoffs. That is when the season actually begins; regular season is just exhibition to weed out the undeserving teams.

    The system is what it is; if you want a good match every week, then move up and give OC/Branch a bye in a week. Bazan made a 4.5 team and his guys are getting a good match every week because of it, even when they play a lousy 4.0 team.

    All we everhear is someone is a sandbagger... then we hear that there are too many bad players. It appears, that the only people in level are those that are just below the person complaining. They are not good enough to beat the complainer but not bad enough to get annhilated.

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  52. whatever coyote. these 5-0 matches aren't good for anybody. I never said we would do great at Nationals. "Weak Division"... Last time I check 2 of the top 3 teams in 4.0 are in Flight D (our division) There are just too many teams at 4.0 that just want to play each weekend. Let's put those team against each other and let the top team be challenged every week.

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  53. BTW Lifetime just finished match against Eagles Landing. Lifetime wins 5-0. Drops 2 sets though in Singles. B-Myers beat a very strong player at line 1. Hill lost first set of season for Lifetime and then came back to win.
    So much for not dropping a set. Not sure who said that they would???

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  54. Stonebridge gets a 3-2 victory over Brookhaven even with giving a default in singles. Flight B will be an interesting dogfight once all the rain goes away.

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  55. Lakes v. SWAT rained, out our match v. tomorrow not looking good.

    Eddie,

    I need one or two more guys on the 4.5 team if you all need some "good" matches.

    Let me know

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  56. Good thing we had an early match today.

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  57. J_Ryan.....I think you are right on the money. I couldn't agree more.

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  58. Eddie I think it is an interesting idea but it puts a lot of responsibility on having a deep team. If you cannot get your top eight out every week, you may lose. In the end that may result in the deepest team going to Sectionals instead of the team with the best eight to ten. Granted being deep is important during the heat of Sectionals but you really only play the top 12 typically.
    I do agree with you though that the top teams do suffer from not playing enough tough matches during the season once Sectionals comes around. The real trick seems to be that you peak during the City Playoffs and Sectionals so maybe there is a different solution. What if you worked it so the best teams don't play each other until the second half of the season, so that the first half the better teams can experiment with line-ups and getting different players in and then the second half is when the "big dogs" play each other. Then you will have those that survive that last month of competition going to City Playoffs to battle it out with the other survivors thus hopefully sending the best representative(s) to Sectionals. Granted this means a more in depth "seeding" process and more thought put into scheduling.

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  59. Well team SWAT got rained out on Sat w/ the Lakes, we will play this Thursday night but unfortunately we did lose today to a very good Garland team. We lost two 3rd set TB. They are very tough and I knew they would be. I hope we get a chance to play again but we will have to step it up to make sure we don't have another loss.

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  60. Cary,

    Your problem is that your flight has 5 very solid teams. Any one of which can give you a tough match depending on line ups. My problem is that we have 2 of the top 3 teams in the league in our flight. The rest aren't nearly as strong. Which is a tougher way to go?

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  61. Jim

    I really don't consider it a problem we have 5 solid teams in our flight I consider it a challenge. There will always be "good" teams left at home come July. We knew going undefeated in the regular season would be tough and this was a good wake up call for us and I would rather lose now than twice in the playoffs as we did in the fall. Still a long way to go..

    In your flight yep there are 3 good teams and most likely one will not make it

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  62. I assume the Flight winners go to DCC. Then 2nd place from each flight and top 2 other teams go to Qualifying Tourney. That makes if tough on Flight B. 3rd place from Flight D is a shoe in because of lack of strength from bottom half. I would think the final team in would be 3rd place in Flight C for same reason. At least that is the way it looks early on. I gues the old staple is still true.

    "Just win and your in."

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  63. if that is true Lifetimer, that is what sucks about a tough division like B. Whenever you take the top 2 remaining 3rd place teams you won't get the best possible QT competition. If that is the format, there is nothing to do about it but win like you said. Flight B will definitely have some good players sitting home in july

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  64. Per Jane Gilpin:

    "When there are four flights, with thirty-one to forty (31-40) teams, the Qualifying Tournament will consist of six (6) teams. The four second place and two third place finishers with the best records (determined by TennisLink standings) will form two three-team pools, with each pool playing a round robin. The two pool winners will play to determine the team advancing to the City Championships. If the Fall qualifier is one of these six teams, then the Qualifying Tournament will become a 5-team round robin. The City Championships will consist of six (6) teams. The four first place winners, the Fall qualifier and the winner of the Qualifying Tournament will form two three-team pools, with each pool playing a round robin. The two pool winners will play to determine the team advancing to Sectionals. If the Fall qualifier places first in its spring flight, then the winner from the Qualifying Tournament will join the four spring winners in a 5-team round robin to determine the team advancing to Sectionals.
    To make the playoffs in any of the four 4.0 flights your team needs to finish in first, second or be one of the two third place teams with the best record. The four first place teams advance directly to the City Championships. The four second place teams and the two third place teams with the best record will play in the QT. If Bob's team does not finish in first place his team still advances directly to the City Championships; however, if they finish in second place the number of teams in the QT goes from 6 to 5."

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  65. hey cary,
    was kirby not available?

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  66. thanks Bin like I wasn't regretting that the minute I wrote my lineup down. My original lineup before the rainout did have him in but due to some singles changes I rearrange doubles so it came down to a few players and Kirby was definitely one of them. Hard to go back and rehash our doubles lineups since we won lines 1 and 2 and went to a 3rd set TB in the one doubles match we lost.

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  67. That seems like an obvious Captain loss to me!!! Can't afford to many of those.

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  69. Cary,

    Any word on your appeal of the durty Garland player you turned in?

    Are you hoping if they do indeed DQ him it will give you a "W"??

    It would seem to me the fact that the player played line 3 doubles and still barely won in a 3rd set TB indicates he is a 4.0 player. Why do you feel this player is not legit?

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  70. It was based on his college experience. If the USTA determines that his college tennis experience does not allow him to play 4.0, then his results will be disqualfied. Otherwise, he will remain a 4.0. Based on the fact that his college tennis was more than 40 years ago at a pretty low-level school, he is probably in the clear.

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  71. So basically the SWAT team couldn't get it done on the court, so Cary looks for a loop hole.

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  72. I peformed some tests and (.Y.) is a more accurate depiction than what you have (-Y-)

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  73. "I peformed some tests and (.Y.) is a more accurate depiction than what you have (-Y-)"

    haha I like them up and perky not hanging by their knees.

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  74. I agree Alex, they look good up, they sideways is a little funky, but I had my share of funky women, they were usually the only ones I made it that far with.

    I got lucky with the wifey.

    Nice playing with you all last night, when I get in singles shape I am challenging you Eddie and hopefully we can have a couple of sets like our last one.

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  75. I guess the difference is real (.Y.)and fake (-Y-).

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  76. Eddie and Alex,
    What in the world are you two talking about??? Is this what happens when we have a Bye Week?

    I rather hear about you trying to revenge that 6-0, 6-0 beatdown you got from Cary B. the last time you two played.

    It doesn't matter if you played left handed or right handed, a beat down is still a beatdown. Don't believe me, ask the Manu Ginobli less Spurs who got a beat down from Mavericks no less.

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  77. BP,

    Eddie played pretty well but I will see he doesn't quite look like the old Eddie yet. I will say Eddie has stayed in shape, he gets to everything. I know Eddie plays good offense but he is probably the hardest player to hit behind for me because he has such great footwork. The first set I played awful and Eddie played well so thus the 6-1 result. In the 2nd set I extended the points but Eddie has more stamina than me and in the end was able to come up with better shots in the tiebreak, I think it was 7-4 or 7-3 in the breaker. Then we had some doubles action and I see why Eddie doesn't play doubles.

    he plays doubles like most singles players (TQ I am talking to you) "Hey partner you cover that net, I got everything else and if the I feel a huge urge and have no other choice I will come to the net, but somehow that was effective enough to beat Alex and I in a 3rd set. Stephen btw is a great 3.5'er, damn I wish I had him when I had a 3.5 team.

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  78. Eddie just finds a way to win. Singles or Doubles... but not so much Left handed.

    Cary I think you will get beat even worse the next time you play Eddie. I am guessing 6-1 6-1 is more like it. You better try to play him sooner than later as his shoulder improves.

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  79. So injured reserve Eddie and a out of shape 3.5 guy beat the Top 4.0 Swat line 2 Doubles guy and the great (.Y.) . Amazing!!!!!

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  80. I feel a doubles rematch coming...

    Line 2? Ha! try line 12 maybe if I play with Kyle, line 15 if I play with Trae, line 77 if I play singles

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  81. "So injured reserve Eddie and a out of shape 3.5 guy beat the Top 4.0 Swat line 2 Doubles guy and the great (.Y.) . Amazing!!!!!"

    The Great Alex I like the way that sounds Eddie:) I felt I played good during our doubles match just you and Steve got smart and stop hitting the ball to me after the first set. Which I was happy to see at least your a smart player:)

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  82. HAHAHA Cary I would be careful asking for a rematch so quickly against those two.

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  83. Looks like Eddie signed up for the North Richland Lines 4.0 Singles Tourney this weekend. Looks like a solid draw. Any predictions Cary??

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  85. Eddie,
    You were given the weekend off for Mother's Day to spend with your wife and family.

    Oops, Mother's Day is Sunday. My bad, carry on, you'll be out of the draw at least by Saturday morning.

    If you need a Mother's Present to take home, you don't have to go to Richland Hills to get that Bagel for the family. I can give you one at any time.

    Signed,
    BP

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  86. A little late to the blog here, but just read about the different divisions.

    It doesn't need to be too complicated. Just have an A divison and a B division. 2 flights in each division.

    It can be by either record, or by volunatry sign up? First come 1st serve.

    2 divisions in the A flight and 2 divisions in the B flight. Have a great match EVERY WEEK. All Players get better and makes the competition more fun.

    It means that some teams won't make the play-offs that should, but that is the way it works sometimes. 5-0 wins and losses help no one and is no fun for anyone.

    I saw that HP/BS lost this week, but it appears that they did the same thing that Brookhaven 3.5 did. Make sure that one less team makes it into the Qualifier, so there is less competition for them.

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