Monday, February 22, 2010

Spring Around the Corner

Now with the Tri-level Sectionals complete, what can we learn about Dallas tennis for the Spring ?

3.5s
First, it appears Dallas 3.5s will have a strong edge. Bender's 3.5s who struggled in the local tri-level against team Arcaria and team Feldman, win all their matches in Sectionals this past weekend, with all of them being strong wins except for the final against Houston which was won in a tie-break. It appears Dallas will have a strong shot to win Sectionals and have a team go to Nationals.

Bender has been recruiting and has added to his roster outside players including Kaiser, Monk, and Toney from Arcaria's Tri-Level team. Add these players to Berco Neiman, Paul To, Steven Nguyen, and Rene Cuavas and it looks like he has a solid team in the making.

Sisk also has a strong roster and looks like he will pose a challenge with Andy Meyer, Donnie Davis, Michael Minter, and Chris MacFarland. Also, what would a Garland roster be without several self rates and a couple of single ringers in the bag. This team will also be a solid contender.

Brookhaven Alzuro is another team forming that has the potential to be a threat.

4.0s
Unfortunately for Dallas, this is starting to appear to be the toughest level to go beyond City. The bump ups definitely affected this level accross the board losing great players to 4.5 and muddying the waters with too many 3.5s getting bumped up pre-maturely. With solid players like Somabut, Palacioz, and Varner who performed strongly in the Dallas Tri-Level, end up this weekend only winning one line. While Leaugue play is 5 lines as opposed to just one, from the onset it appears the road to win Sectionals at this level will be very difficult.

Sisk's roster is forming solid along with Morrison's. I would imagine team Somabut will also be a threat although his roster is far from complete as of this moment to tell. Brookhaven should also field a competitive team at this level.

While there are great teams forming, it seems that several of the top players at this level are being spread out amongst various teams. It appears as if the competition will be tough within our own City, but will the survivor have enough of what it takes to get the job done against a Houston in Sectionals?

4.5s
From this past weekend, Slezak, Kiron, and Benjamin had no problems and made solid wins until the finals against Houston, of which they gave a tough fight. It appears as if the 4.5s from Dallas has what it takes to make a winning team for Sectionals. Rosters are far from being complete to comment on any teams, and personally, I lack the insight to make any further comments at this level and rely on Nancy to fill in the gaps.

Discuss......

281 comments:

  1. Are there any solid 4.0's out there that haven't committed to a team yet?

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  2. I don't think the 4.0 level will be as weak as you think. Aside from Somabut and Palacioz getting blown out, the other 4.0 lines at Tri Level sectionals were all very close and could have gone Dallas's way.

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  3. Knutson is clearly not a 4.0, his only losses were close and they were against solid 4.5 and even 5.0 players. The computer clearly messed this one up, WTF

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  4. You might want to re-check your research on Knutson. He had several blowout losses in both league and tournament play in 2009. I've seen the guy play. He has a quirky slice game that doesn't look much but he doesn't miss unless he wants to apparently.

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  5. u mean he had 2 tank job losses with nothing on the line, lol

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  6. Memo to Players deciding how to Self-rate:

    If you went to college on a tennis scholarship and you are younger than 40 years of age and not walking on crutches, do yourself a favor and self-rate at 4.5. Anyone who disregards this advice will be subject to constant verbal abuse on this blog that could lead to lifelong emotional scars.

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  7. assuming they have ever heard of or read this blog, right?

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  8. Dallas is screwing themselves again by not having a super team. Houston is doing it and will crush any Dallas team at this point. It looks like a good portion of the top 4.0 players in Dallas have signed up for a team already and I don't see more than 2 stud players on any team.

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  9. The winner of the 4.0 singles and two of the other semi-finalists at the San Antonio Major Zone this past weekend are from Houston. Kudos to Scott Russell/Chris Jones who were runner-ups in the 4.0 doubles.

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  10. Dallas did just fine last Spring without a super team. Somabut team was stacked, but not a super team. There were many top players still on other teams.

    Captain Fantastic is right, as of now it looks like BH, Morrison, Sisk 1, and Somabut will all have strong teams. I would also include JCC.

    Bender vs Sisk in 3.5

    Congrats to the Bender team for a good showing at sectionals.

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  11. Stacked is correct. That team had at least three teaching professionals that I know of.

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  12. Somabut's teams are super teams. His team will be the best in Dallas again this year. Watch out for the self-rates.

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  13. Sisk has scottrusselltennis.com so he has at least one teaching pro.

    Somabut was pretty stacked without going on the super team approach. He had some heavy hitters and then some solid high level plyaers but not ridiculous.

    His top players were Weymer, Johnson and Featherston. Kemp, Robinson and Carlquist are also very good but not sickening good.

    Regardless, Somabut made the semis and was very competitive with the Easter team that won it all. They lost 4-1 but all lines they lost split sets. If they win 2 Comens, they are in the finals.

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  14. I reviewed the rosters and here is how I see it. All of the rosters are incomplete but the usual players will be good.

    Somabut has very little on his roster but Taylor is a big pickup. Merrill Jones is another good pickup. Bearden and Devieny are solid. Somabut rarely plays but he is there. I don't know anything about Le. I put Somabut first because of his history and not what is currently signed up.

    Morrison has a really good team started. Morrison is a good player and Palacioz joined as well. Vassberg, Balan and Ohl are good enough to play nearly anywhre in the city. Yaremenko is probably his best singles player. Morrison has a deep teamand I place him second.

    Sisk is probably third but not by much. Courtney is extremely good and probably Sisk's top singles player. Oberto is a good singles player too. Sullivan and Corcoran are good doubles players. Wiley and CLark are good doubles players. I don't know much about Zackary or Sims. Russell and Jones made the final of SA last weekend too.

    JCC has Lutes/Reimer and they may be the best lockdown doubles line in the city. Drazner and Fix are solid.

    These are the best four teams but there are alot of signings to be made.

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  15. JOHN KRAEMER
    Last year the DTA sent a doc to captains which explained teams, flights, and playoffs. Our cap sent that on to all our players.

    2010 spring league is almost here. Now we need info regarding how teams are put into flights. We need a document which explains the process _ so that it can be circulated to players. Putting teams into flights should not be a secretive, backroom process which breeds mistrust. A little transparency would be appreciated by a lot of players.

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  16. Players don't need to know that information. Captains should generally know how the process works but no need to know specifics. The DTA won't tell you no matter how many times you ask and regardless how many posts you write. Go ahead and start threatening to form your own league.

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  17. mister constant bitcher:
    So if John discusses how he puts the teams together and flights them, are you still going to complain if they aren't exactly seated as you think they should be?

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  18. I doubt the above poster would, since the whole point is that it's a secret process - AKA give Brookhaven the easiest flight since we use their courts.

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  19. Again, I don't see your complaint. Your imagining shit in your head cause nobody else sees it but you.

    Brookhaven won both flights in playoffs 4.0 last fall season, so maybe they had the easiest flights then too or were they just that good? It was an all Brookhaven Final. I don't think that John stacked the finals in 4.0, thank you very little.

    In 4.5, Brookhaven finished middle of the pack in A & C, and Flight B was clearly the easiest flight last season. - And neither Brookhaven team was in flight B.

    In 3.5, (and let me preface this with who cares about 3.5????) Brookhaven finished in the middle of the road in both flights.

    So WTF are you talking about you cry baby bitch??? Why don't you drink a tall glass of STFU, cause you don't know what your talking about you conspiracy theorist moron! - oh yeah, but go see Shutter Island, it will be right up your alley.

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  20. IT'S ONLY COMMON SENSE FOR PLAYERS AND CAPTAINS TO UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS FOR PUTTING TEAMS INTO FLIGHTS. THOSE THAT DONT WANT TO KNOW DONT HAVE TO LISTEN.

    TOURNAMENT PROCESSES ARE WELL-KNOWN AND ALMOST NO ONE BITCHES.

    TRANSPARENCY IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING EXCEPT FOR PEOPLE WITH SOMETHING TO HIDE.

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  21. Wow did 7:08 take some bait..NERD RAGE, hahaha

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  22. Still too early for me to talk about spring 4.5. I have heard some rumblings from different teams but I would like to see at least 8 players on the roster before I make any judgments. But I'm sure the usual suspects will have strong teams.

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  23. nothing wrong with dta informing players how flighting is done. many would like to know how this is handled.

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  24. What players don't want to see is the "best" teams in the same flight in hopes of a Brookhaven team to make it to the post. EG having Morrison, Sisk, Somabut in the same flight, one team not making it and having a less talented team from another team getting blown out in the Qt or Dcc, when the talented team(at home) would have a better chance to advance deep in the post. Tri was a perfect example, a Bender/Feldman final would have been much more appealing. Instead you have the better team at home while an inferior team opposes Bender

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  25. I have a question. Why does the DTA keep the team names to the captain and club? I have looked at other cities like Houston and Austin to find names like the Hurricanes, Ball Busters, Shock & Awe, etc. A lot more creativity and a lot more fun. Anyone know why DTA is so stiff ??

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  26. I thought this was to talk about the spring season and only a few posts instead we get the same old tired DTA sucks talk.

    4.5 is a total mystery still. Few teams even have 5 players on their roster.

    4.0 will be between Somabut, Sisk and Morrison but still few players are signed up.

    3.5 is easy to pick... Sisk versus Bender. If the DTA puts these two teams in the same flight, then it truly will be ridiculous.

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  27. 那么认真不要采取它,它所有乐趣的

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  28. Bender/Sisk will be in the same flight to make it easier for Alzuro

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  29. When does spring league start?

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  30. I absolutly disagree with posters 7:37 and 8:01, what they said there is just totally wrong and shouldnt be said on this blog!

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  31. SEEDING 3.5 TEAMS
    #1 Seed --> SISK/GARLAND
    For the last 3 years Sisk/Garland has dominated 3.5 in Dallas. Sisk/Garland is again the best in 2010.

    In 2009, Sisk/Garland won the DCC and went 3-1 at Sectionals. In 2008, John took our GTC team to Nats. In 2007 Garland 3.5 made Sectionals as a w/c.

    This year we have already beaten Benders best players in the TriLevel. And Donnie Davis just won a AMZ in singles. We have also added several outstanding self-rated players. (The anons will whine when they see these guys!)

    #2 Seed --> Bender/High Point
    Has a bunch of bumpups from his 3.0 Nats team. Also has the best 3.5 Senior team in Dallas. Bender has added Berco Neiman to play singles. (Berco is good but Donnie Davis is much better.) Last year Bender captained 3 teams and took 2 to Nats. He makes Nats more frequently than some guys change underwear. You got to give him #2 seed.

    #3 Seed --> Reader/Oak Creek or Leshin/Village. Both have a lot of good players back from last year.

    I see a big gap between #1 and #2. Also a big gap between #2 and everyone else.

    GTC Guy

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  32. 4.5 was TRULY RIDICULOUS when they put the top 3 teams (from the prior year) all in the same flight resulting in a major league / minor league setup.

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  33. ^
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    I heard all of the top 4.5 teams are sitting out this spring to protest.

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  34. We shouldn't focus on whether or not we think the top teams are properly divided into flights. That's a judgment call and you cant please everyone.

    But we should have a transparent & fair PROCESS for putting teams into flights. If the PROCESS is good, then very few guys will complain.

    As long as the process remains a big secret, then we'll see a lot of guys bitching.

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  35. Donnie Davis cannot beat Berco Neiman. Lay off the crackpipe.

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  36. #3 seed at level 3.5 s/b Brookhaven.

    They have Brett Baker, Mike Kirk, Mike Shields & Gary Schneider. Those are 4 of the best 3.5s in Dallas. They'll likely pick up Chris Quina who tanked to get down from 4.0 and also John Brett. Others like Steve Shields & Mark Glantz will also win a bunch of matches. Brookhaven will be very tough to beat.

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  37. GTC Guy -

    Andy Meyer and Donnie Davis did beat To and Nguyen in a close match in the Tri-level, but Donnie Davis and Chris MacFarland also lost 3-3 to Tony Monk and Bill Toney. I just don't see how you can say there will be a "big gap" between #1 and #2 seed. I see it being a battle and going down to both teams' line 3 dubs.

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  38. Don Skaggs took Andy Mcfarlane to a 3rd set tiebreak

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  39. Chris M is not Andy M

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  40. Andy Meyer & Donnie Davis are better than anyone on Benders roster. Donnie & Andy wern't even playing their best game when they beat Nguyen & To in the TriLevel.

    We are also deep in talent. Plus we also have two self-rated Bender killers.

    Garland haters are in for a very bad year in 2010.

    GTC Guy

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  41. Yeah, maybe in your wet dreams doing big John from behind.

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  42. Does anyone get the feeling that GTC guy may be HP guy or Lifetime guy? I love to hate Garland as much as the next guy but this is some mighty strong trash talk from a bunch of guys that were not even good enough to play for Sisk last year. Outside Clark, Heath, Wiley and Hess, they did not have much last year. I am sure they are all bumped.

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  43. Top 5 preseason picks:

    1-Morrison
    2-Somabut
    3-Lakes
    4-Sisk
    5-BH

    Why is the JCC even being talked about??

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  44. Lakes? Who do you have left? Do/Frees/Sinclair/Fix/Balan. That's not enough depth. What happened to Weatherby?

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  45. TOP 4.0 PICKS
    1) Sisk
    2) Somabut
    3) Morrison
    4) JCC

    GTC Guy

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  46. I thought Morrison was a Lifetimer? That confirms things, he's the flaming homosexual that all suspected.

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  47. Like always, teams will be seeded on results (not on reputation or predictions like you guys would like). If you don't win your flight, you weren't good enough to advance anyway.

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  48. Kraemer, can you put Nancy(Cory) in a flight with Nguyen, Feldman,and Branch? He's tired of the QT.

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  49. nancy,
    what do you know about seeding anyway? nothing has ever been published regarding how it is handled.

    if it is based on results - is it spring, fall, seniors, tournaments, all of the above? only last year or last 3 years?

    and who has better results than sisk, branch, somabut, bender???

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  50. What are some of the big dallas tournaments coming up in the next couple of months that most people will play in?

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  51. There really are no big Dallas tournaments. People play Brookhaven tourneys and that is about it.

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  52. Four Capture 2010 Tri-Level Titles
    Feb 24th, 2010
    by admin.

    Four teams captured 2010 USTA Texas Tri-Level Championships held February 19-21 at the Kingwood Country Club. Fort Worth came away the big winner, as they swept the men’s and women’s titles in the 4.0 and Under division, while San Antonio captured the women’s 4.5 and under championship and Houston grabbing the men’s 4.5 and under title.

    The teams capturing the 4.5 and Under titles have also earned an invitation to play in the 2010 BNP Paribas Open Tri-Level Championships, March 19-21 at the Indian Well Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.

    The Fort Worth women’s 4.0 and Under team defeated San Antonio 2-1 in the final for their title after both teams captured their very tough pool play divisions. Fort Worth was captained by Ruby Hudnall and included Cassie Atkeisson, Debbie Spivey, Chelie Marton, Ellen Wilkshire, Betty Kille, Julia Marton, Kim Adamcik and Celina Burris. For complete results, check here.

    The 4.0 and Under Fort Worth men also had a battle on their hands, as they captured the title by a narrow one line margin over Amarillo and College Station in round robin play. Caden Tims captained the men, who included: Ron Whitson, Curt William Burris, Leslie Thomas, Monty Hale, Chip Driver and Wade Parkinson. For complete results, check here.

    San Antonio’s 4.5 and Under ladies swept past Midland 3-0 in the finals after dominating play all weekend. The team, captained by Becki Wortham, lost only two lines all weekend. Team members included: Judy Stahl, Evonne Allerkamp, Becki Pollock, Jill Joyce, Tammy Crawford, Jan Straus, Nancy Clark, Rachel Kensing, Bobbie Worrich, Mary Druck and Susan Rogers. For complete results, check here.

    The 4.5 and Under men’s teams from Houston and Dallas flew through round robin play before Houston took the championship match, 2-1. Jason Freeman was the captain of the Houston team that included: Michael Tran, Red Benzon, Chad Luhan, Kristopher Knutson, Matthew Sumrall, Alexander Ellingsen, Patrick Albro, Jason Kern, Odion Dibua, Troy Ralls and Joselito Pangilinan. For complete results, check here.

    For a look at the championship team photos, click here.

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  53. Only big tourny in Dallas is the Cotton Bowl. Every other tournament pretty much sucks.

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  54. Corey, how many teams out there at 3.5-4.0 level even have 50% of their roster from the fall? Come on Coredawg---I would just start putting the teams that historically have had success and put them in separate flights, not the same flight.

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  55. Jerry, I see you left Kayser's team and went over to Morrisons. What happened, you have played with Kayser for a long time?

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  56. Who does that leave on Kayser's team?

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  57. maybe the caps have already been told how teams are seeded and placed into flights. but i haven't heard anything from my cap. it would be good if the dta told us how this was done.

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  58. Lots good players and some good teams do not even play in the fall. And I dont blame them. And of course a bunch of guys use fall matches to manage their NTRP ratings. The fall league kinda sucks.

    Prior spring results are much more meaningful.

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  59. I didn't say the way the do it is the way they should do it, but that is how they will do it. Posting on the blog is not going to change anything. They use results from the previous season. The teams that don't take fall seriously, get put with other strong teams. I can promise you the top two teams from the fall will not be in the same flight in any level.
    And if my team was put in a flight with Feldman, Nguyen, and Branch and we didn't advance, we wouldn't be good enough to advance to Sectionals anyway.

    Especially if they are only taking one team to 4.5 Sectionals like last season.

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  60. Good tournament in the Summer is the Plano Open at High Point. Usually, you will get at least 2-3 matches, even if you lose in the first or second round. They structure it well to get everyone a lot of play. Only downside is that it is hot and in the middle of the day.

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  61. Morrison promised Palacioz to show him his camel toe.

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  62. Some of you seem to think that the DTA uses fall results for seeding. But I don't know if that is true. I'm not a captain but I've never heard that communicated.

    If they ONLY use fall results then it would be easy for the DTA to announce the seedings #1, #2, #3 and #4 based on fall results. But whatever they do, they should provide at least a general description of their process. It makes you wonder what they are hiding when they do everything in secret.

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  63. In 2008 DCC Lv 4.5 teams finished: 1) Oak Creek, 2) Royal Oaks and 3) T-Bar-M. Those were the best three teams in 2008.

    In 2009, all three of those teams were put together in Flight A along with Oak Creek/Feldman. In effect a "major league" was formed.

    The third best team in Flight A (Royal Oaks) beat Flight B #2 HP/Nguyen and Flight B#3 Huffines/Noel in the QT. And they beat #1 Brookhaven in the DCC.

    2009 final standings at the DCC were:
    1 Oak Creek / Branch
    2 Oak Creek /Feldman
    3 Royal Oak /Rothwell
    4 Brookhaven / Harlee

    The top 3 teams were all from flight A. And we'll never know if #4 or #5 in Flight A could also have beaten some of the top Flight B teams.

    THAT WAS A DISGRACE! Whatever process the DTA used was horribly wrong.

    And those pricks at the DTA still won't tell us how or why that happened. And will it happen again. STUPID PROCCESSES PRODUCE STUPID RESULTS.

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  64. DTA has no incentive to provide information on the formation of the leagues. League participation continues to grow despite DTA's arrogance. A massive boycott of USTA league play might produce some change but my sense is that most participants aren't that concerned.

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  65. STATING THE OBVIOUS
    > It would be easy for the DTA to post how they put teams into flights and it is obviously the morally right thing to do

    > Yet the DTA chooses NOT to provide any explanation which is a STRONG indication that they have something to hide / something they dont want to share

    > If you look over the last several years at all different levels you find the Brookhaven teams get a very favorable "draw" an inordinate amount of time. THAT IS WHY THE DTA DOES NOT EXPLAIN THEIR PROCESS. THEY WANT THE FREEDOM TO HELP OUT BROOKHAVEN TEAMS.

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  66. If any of you conspiracy theorists don't like DTA's secrecy, take your ball and go play somewhere else.

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  67. Thank you Jane Gilpin!

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  68. I would like to help BROOKHAVEN TEAMS. Where do I dontate?

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  69. In level 4.5 last year - that explains why Brookhaven/Harlee was placed in Flight B while the the top 3 or 4 teams were all placed in Flight A. Brookhaven finished 0-3 in the 4.5 DCC. They were only the 4th or 5th best team in the league but were able to finish 1st place in a very weak Flight B. Brookhaven teams do seem to get favorably positioned most of the time.

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  70. DTA would like for all players to join the Brookhaven Country Club so that everyone is one big happy family and treated equally.

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  71. And people wonder why Dallas has no major zone, yet San Antonio has 3....and people wonder why the DTA has the least respect of any tennis association in the state. Every other official I have talked to in other cities has agreed with this.

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  72. There was only 1 good team last year - Oak Creek/Branch. There will be 1 good team this year - Oak Creek/Feldman. It doesn't really matter where any other teams are placed. The sectionals participant has already been decided.

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  73. Of course we should communicate how teams are placed into flights. But we are going to keep that a secret _ so that we can reward our friends and punish our enemies. And anyone who doesn't like it can go to hell.

    - John Kraemer

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  74. Hey Kraemer, are you married?

    Morrison

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  75. In 3.5 I fully expect the DTA to put Sisk and Bender and perhaps Village all into Flight A. That will leave Brookhaven 3.5 with an easy path to first place in Flight B. Thats the way they roll at the DTA.

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  76. The DTA is the most arrogant and corrupt tennnis assoc in Texas. Most tennis officials around the state agree with that assessment. Also our league fees are by far the highest in Texas.

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  77. Johnny,

    If you don't defend me on here our deal is off, I'm getting tired of this.

    Jane

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  78. LTF does not even have a 3.5 team this Spring, so there is no one who would care to post as GTC guy and HP is all new players at 3.5. Every season, every tournament, GTC brags about how they are the best and yet they rarely win anything. Sisk had the nice run at 3.5 a couple years back but they have done nothing since and all we hear about is how great they are.

    Sisk had the greatest 4.0 team last Fall, not!
    Sisk had the greatest 3.5 team last Fall, not!
    Sisk had the greatest tri level team, not!

    Give it a rest.

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  79. Sisk does stink. Anyone can get two teams at two different levels to the final. It's easy, all shoul try it. When has Gtc not made it to the post in 3.5 since 2003? NEVER.....lifetime guy

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  80. So......RARE......Spring 08 winner 3.5 was whooooooooooo?

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  81. The facts dont lie . . .
    2007 made Sectionals
    2008 made NATIONAlS
    2009 won DCC and went 3-1 at Sectionals.

    IT AINT BRAGGING IF YOU CAN DO IT.

    GTC Guy

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  82. BTW we dont care how the DTA sets up the flights. GTC 3.5 is going to beat everyone regardless. I agree the DTA looks like a bunch of clowns in seeding teams & they probably do have a hidden agenda. But our agenda is to just kick ass. Makes no difference if we stomp Bender's team early or later. Either way thats how it is going down.

    GTC Guy

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  83. In the fall 3.5 league there were 6 playoff teams. Only 1 of the 6 playoff teams is fielding a 3.5 team in the spring.

    Garland/Sisk returns a strong team
    But these do not have spring teams:
    - Sam Grand
    - Westlake
    - Huffines
    - Fretz/Albrecht
    - Oak Creek / Smith

    So the teams that would normally be seeded are almost all gone. Maybe the DTA will have to use some common sense in seeding.

    No wait a minute - that's too much to ask.

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  84. Get over this shit, it's 3.5 tennis. And a watered down 3.5 at that.

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  85. After all the bump ups, I can't believe there are still 3.5 players out there. If you didn't get bumped, you were either injured or you sucked. Most all are probably self rates now. Give it a break. Let's get back to 4.0 and 4.5 talk.

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  86. GTC Guy sounds like the type of asshole that should be a really good "fit" for one of Sisk's teams! A lot of ego and big mouth (probably a big belly to match), but not quite enough self confidence to put his name behind his boasts!

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  87. It aint bragging if you can do it!

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  88. With 4 Flights in level 4.0 you have got to give 1 seed to Somabut and 1 seed to Sisk. And it looks like Morrison has put together a very strong team. Morrison deserves the 3rd seed.

    The question is, who gets the 4th seed? It will probably go to Brookhaven. But who do you think deserves the 4th seed?

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  89. Morrison deserves to be slapped like the bitch he is.

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  90. isnt it interesting that many of our frquent bloggers could quickly & easily come up with reasonable seedings for our 4.5, 4.0 and 3.5 leagues - while the incompetent fools at the DTA often put the top 3 or 4 teams in the same flight?

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  91. If the Dta arranged the flights before teams were built, it would change the minds of captains and kill league. They need to do the right thing!!

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  92. If I don't like a movie, I walk out of the theater before it ends. If I don't like the food at a restaurant, I'm not a repeat customer. If I didn't like the way in which the DTA does business, I certainly wouldn't keep giving them league fees.

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  93. Many of us like to play league but some don't like the way DTA does it. I suck so it does not matter but if were on a good team, then it might matter.

    Brookhaven won the fall so I think they will get the number 1 seed.

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  94. IF DTA was a for-profit company, they would have been bankrupt long ago. But they are the only game in town. For their critics, your options are limited unless they decide to do the right thing.

    If you pay league fees, you have a vote at the annual election of the DTA's officers and Board. Maybe it is time for a tea party at the DTA's chummy annual meeting.

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  95. The DTA wastes our money on what looks like an expensive office facility which is not needed to run their programs. Also I don't know if the people running the organization get paid a salary or if they are unpaid volunteers. But I suspect they are taking good care of themselves at our expense.

    They try to suck as much $ from us as possible by telling us it is for the kids. When really it is just for the pleasure of the incompetent individuals running the show.

    The only thing the DTA really does for league players is distribute the teams into flights. Yet they do that one task in a secretive manner to benefit their friends at Brookhaven.

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  96. CoreDawg if you were honest don't you think you could pick the 4.5 favorite now?

    Rumor has it the high number of 4.0 bump-ups will lead to a 16 team Sectional at 4.5 which could mean a second Dallas qualifier. That would definitely make for a more interesting playoff.

    Great performance by the Dallas guys at tri-level. Very nice meeting the much-maligned Bob Bender as well.

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  97. I could pick the favorite right now, which would be the same favorite every season, which explains why there is no point in having the same discussion. At least when more players sign up we will get to see who the contenders are. As of now it is purely guesswork. If I had to play the league with my February roster every year I would never win a match.

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  98. whether it matters to some or not - we pay enough dollars in league fees that the dta should do a proper job done in seeding & flighting teams. the dont tell, back room process is perpetuated by a few arrogant & unethical scumbags

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  99. Corey - I think the point is you could pick the favorite based on the captains. Not off the current roster...

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  100. ******newsflash******* Branch, Branch, for those who can't figure it out.

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  101. If a Branch team is not seeded #1 then it makes a mockery of the entire process. If you can't seed Branch #1 then just put all teams into flights by random draw. And let the draw be observed.

    Of course the DTA could not help out Brookhaven if they used that approach.

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  102. KRAEMER SEEMS LIKE A DECENT GUY. MAYBE HE'LL POST SOMETHING ABOUT SEEDING & FLIGHTING AND PERHAPS MAKE IMPROVEMENTS.

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  103. The reason why we can't win the high tri levels and 4.5 men's sectionals is because players from our area go and play for Houston. We'll never be able to compete with that jackass Freeman. Who has the money and stocks to throw at players to get them to join? There will never be a superteam here in Dallas as long as he continues to do that, so just be happy with getting to sectionals Dallas players.

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  104. Houston can only use one player outside of a 50 mile radius. I doubt that prevents Dallas from winning. Other areas just have more talented 4.5's than us

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  105. If the top Dallas 4.5 teams would just play in the Fort Worth league we would have more representation at sectionals. The #2, 3 and 4 Dallas teams are better than the best Fort Worth team.

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  106. Things that suck . . .

    > match tiebreaks

    > rainout matches

    > the DTA

    > injuries

    > Mike Getz

    > whiners & complainers

    > playoffs that are not round robin

    > 4.5 minor league teams

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  107. Things that don't suck:

    1. The sound a can of tennis balls makes when opened.

    2. A well-executed drop shot.

    3. A cup of coffee, the Sunday paper and all morning to read it.

    4. Roger Federer

    5. The best of five set matches.

    6. Nationals in Palm Springs.

    7. A screaming forehand winner hit from off the court and around the net post.

    8. A cold can of beer after a hard fought doubles match between friends.

    I like to think the glass is half full.

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  108. Things that suck:
    1. your mom

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  109. Advice from mom: Shut down the meth lab, hillbilly. It's rotting your teeth and frying your brain, not to mention a pretty boy like you couldn't handle prison life.

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  110. BMO, don't forget we have practice Wednesday night at........oh shit, nevermind, forgot you're a 4.0 now.

    Eddie

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  111. 4.0 top teams
    1 Morrison
    2. Sisk
    3a. BH/Bartlett
    3b. BH/Perlman
    5. Somabut

    Playoff contenders:
    JCC
    Canyon Creek/Heflin

    BH teams are fairly deep. Somabut may add a couple to move past them to top 3. JCC and CC/Heflin could be tough if they add a couple more good players.

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  112. Somabut's team looks like crap. But he will probably find a a few ringers before April 11.

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  113. What about the Lakes? Haven't they made the playoffs for the last several years?

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  114. Somabut added Shichijo, so I think that keeps them in top 5.

    Lakes lost several people I think? they have 3 to 5 good players...Do, Sinclair, & Fries mainly...B Whitaker, T Peterson, and JJ Wilson will help, and maybe gets them in the top 10, but not the top 7 i listed.

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  115. Ah yes, but Morrison has added Stin Kee Stool, and thus he's still the No. 1 homo.

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  116. February 28, 2010 10:35 PM...CC/Heflin...you must be thinking last Fall before their singles players got bumped to 4.5. Now the CC/Rossouw team, there's a contender.

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  117. The Lakes also lost their best doubles player Ramesh Balan to Morrison's team.You've got to give to it to Morrison he has won the free agency game so far. Talk all you want about Somabut but Morrison's team is stacked.

    Losing Balan was a huge blow to the Lakes.

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  118. THE LEGEND GROWS
    Congratulations to Bob Bender for wrapping up the Senior 3.5 championship last weekend. It looks like his team has clinched with one match to go. Another Sectionals (maybe Nationals?) in the horizon?

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  119. owen stewart's team has almost clinched senior 4.5 as well.

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  120. I wonder why Wade Varner signed up with Greenhill? Wade is strong enough to play for a good team. His talent is now wasted and he has no chance to make Sectionals.

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  121. high point insiderMarch 1, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Somabut will have the best team. Your all just playing for second.

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  122. 3:06 pm, have you ever heard of loyalty? Apparently not. Varner should be commended for sticking with his team instead of chasing a useless trophy.

    You must be on Sisk's team.

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  123. Go out with your friends for dinner or for a drink. But if you have game - play on one of the top USTA teams and have a blast at Sectionals and maybe Nats. I hate to see a good guy with no shot at the post season.

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  124. If Somabut is such an awesome recruiter how did he not get Reiman and Lutes on his roster. They've got to be the best 4.0 players out there!

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  125. Canyon Creeks Bud Heflin has got to be the biggest asshole.He uses f-bombs about every other word out of his mouth. Every Captain that deals with him hates his GUTS!!! What a loser.

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  126. 4.5 league was decided yesterday when Kelly and Davis signed up for Feldman's team. End of story.

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  127. Reiman & Lutes made a BIG mistake by playing for JCC. JCC will be knocked out in the QT and will never see the DCC. Then Reiman & Lutes will be bumped to 4.0 - without their shot at Sectionals & Nationals. Any of the top teams would have taken those guys. Pretty dumb!

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  128. 503 poster.....which of Sisk's players is not loyal? Flora from Florida..O'Bannon's from Sherman? Look at his roster's for the past several years and get back to me.

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  129. "4.5 league was decided yesterday when Kelly and Davis signed up for Feldman's team. End of story."

    Look closer. That's captain Branch. And look at the roster now. Gulp.

    Dear TTA,

    Please let there be more than one team advancing to sectionals from Dallas this year.

    Signed,
    Dallas 4.5 League

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  130. Morrison's team is made up of a bunch of unloyal people. It starts with Morrison who has zero loyalty to LFT. Palacioz has zero loyalty to Kayser. The Lakes players have zero loyalty. Enough said. Morrison is a piece of crap for poaching players from other teams.

    I disagree with above poster, Sisk players are very loyal to him. Sisk might steal a player or two, but nothing like what Morrison is doing. Try playing for Sisk, once you do you won't go anywhere else.

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  131. Hey Weirdo,

    It is a free agency in league tennis. Be loyal to your country, be loyal to your wife, your dog, and MAYBE even the company you work for.

    But loyalty to Life Time Fitness or Greenhill??? Give me a freaking break. Your nutz!

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  132. Who cares about loyalty and USTA tennis? If someone wnats to move on, let them. If they wish to stay, let them.

    Sisk is just as much of a poacher as Morrison. Once again, who cares? If someone wants to leave my team... best of luck.

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  133. That is what is comical about the blog, if you recruit new people to usta/league, then you have a bunch of 4.5+ superstars. If approach you about playing on your team, then you are scum. I have would like a commision on all the people I have brought in. If these flights are not thought out carefully, this will be it for me. I may play, but will not put out the emense effort in building teams.

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  134. The ones who can complain about flights are 4.5 which was a joke and the teams from flight 4.0D in the Fall with BH, Somabut,OC, Lifetime, Garland, etc. They really messed up flights in the Fall. Somabut had a great team and was left out of the playoffs.

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  135. Okay, despite my best effort to stay away from this blog.

    I like each and every player playing on my team. I tried my best to pick up good players who are great people with great attitudes. That is going to be our bond this season. (So, people don't read into this too much - not to say that doesn't happen on other teams)

    Thank you John and Anon 9:38, you guys said it very well. You have to build a team somehow, and it has to happen somehow. No matter what - someone is going to a find a way to be upset about it, and if you look hard enough, you can always find something. I did like the 4.5 blog last season

    I play tennis because its fun, it brings me up, and gives me those competitive highs that my body needs.

    I don't play because i want to name call other people, or complain or the negativity that seems to resonate on this blog. That is just downer stuff to me and not what my team or me are going to be about.

    Good luck to everyone this year, I hope you enjoy yourselves, have fun, and make some new friends and grow some old ones, and those with all the negativity, I hope that you shed some of that this year as well. The nice thing about Greenhill is that you will be able to find beer on the court for our opponents and I hope the same when we visit.

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  136. I doubt that Greenhill, being a school, allows beer. But like other public facilities, it is what you can get away with.

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  137. B-Mo, please stay off our 4.5 blog! It is only for 4.5 players!!!

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  138. Brian,

    You are doing a great job. Don't pay any attention to the whiners & complainers.

    Good luck this season!

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  139. Despite all the bump ups, there are still a lot of solid 4.0 players out there - look at Sisk and Morrison's team, you'll find them.

    Reiman and Lutes may be in the top 10, but definitely not in the top 5.

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  140. CoreDawg,
    You willing to make a prediction now after seeing the first 10 players on Branch's roster?

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  141. In defense of Brian Morrison he didn't poach one player off the Lakes. That is not how it went down. Last December when both teams lost significant players and we were scrimmaging against each other the concept of combining teams was brought up. When the Lakes lost their captain, the great Robert Weatherby (most unsung captain over the last four years.) The option was put to all players via the captains if they wanted to merge. Brian did not go behind anyone's back and everything was above board. Each player made their own decision.

    I opted to play for the JCC because I've been friends with Justin Lutes, Michael Reiman, and Caleb Pingelton since the 90s. I know a foreign concept to play for friends, go figure. However, I would have no problem playing for Morrison or Sisk and would do so in a heartbeat. But as it works out I am glad that talent is spread out. I hope the DCC is competitive with matches going 3-2 then having a cold beer afterwards. Tennis is supposed to be fun right?? Is winning 5-0 with bagels really what you would call fun??

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  142. What do you want me to say Jason? That you guys have the best team on paper or the best roster a month before the season. Last time I checked that wasn't worth much. Like I said all along, it is pointless to discuss the teams in preseason. My roster has 5 players so I guess my team sucks and will go nowhere. If you want the preseason #1 ranking you can have it. How often does that hold up in sports?

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  143. As long as your not on that roster, the team still sucks anyway :).

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  144. Good to see that the Super 4.5 Team is coming together. Lots of talent already with players that are signed up already on Oak Creek Feldman/Branch. What does it really take to WIN sectionals is my question??? Will this be the year Dallas will emerge Victorious??

    San Antonio Miller is Super Loaded already. It will probably be a Dallas,San Antonio,Austin and Houston semifinals match up again.

    Anyone have any insight in the 5.0 league?

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  145. Please Kern, you're a good enough player that doesn't need your ego stroked. It's no secret Branch's team will dominate again. I just hope Feldman navigates this team to Nationals, instead of Houston.

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  146. Mitchell Fix----johndaynasisk@yahoo.com---lets play! I'll buy the beer!

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  147. Sisk,
    You dont even play on your own teams, why now do you all of a sudden want to play with Mitchell? He is already committed to another team which I know doesnt mean much to a capt. like you. From what I hear there is no length that you wont go to in order to steal a player from any other team. Why dont you just go "play with yourself" instead!

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  148. It's a scrimmage!!!Anyone on my team from another team, sought me out! I love recruiting, at least until I see the Spring flights, may be my last one.

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  149. Kerns not looking to get his ego stroked. He's just stating the obvious. Branch's team is stacked, and they still have about 4 top line guys to add to the team. Sure theirs always a chance but look at that roster, this might be the best team they've ever had.

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  150. There are some horrible 4.0 teams this year. There will be a lot of walk over matches.

    The top teams have been stated with Somabut, JCC, GH, BH's, Sisk, and I am sure a couple surprise teams.

    The bottom teams (the list is long)are Ratcliffe, Prather,OC1, Westlake, Hackberry, GH Kayser,Northwood, Fretz Albrecht, HP Jameson, HP Entrekin, Sam Grand, JCC Tanguy, CC Broach and probably a few more.

    It will be a long season for these teams.

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  151. Same for 4.5 and 3.5

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  152. That's the big problem with 4.0. Too many 3.5 guys playing 4.0 and way too many very weak 4.0 rated players. The top teams might play 8 local matches and only 1 is competitive. You really have to wait to the playoffs to get some decent matches. So you travel to other clubs wasting your time and $ on a lot of shitty matches.

    That's why we need to organize a "Top Gun" league in the fall. That way the top teams play competitive matches every week.

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  153. Kern,
    Don't let Nancy Noel bother you. It's just a bad time of the month for Nancy.

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  154. Sisk wasn't poaching we had talked about setting up a preseason scrimmage between the two teams, that's all. For that matter, if there are any captains that read this blog and would also like to scrimmage, partial or full let me know.

    On a different note: Is anybody signing up for Franklin's tournament on the 10th of April either 4.0 or 4.5?

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  155. Corey/ Cary / Fantastic

    Please could you create 3 threads: 3.5, 4.0 & 4.5 to discuss pre-season.

    it's tough enough follow the train of some of these thoughts without the 3 being intermingled

    thanks

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  156. 3.5 guys really suck. 4.5 guys are arrogant. Level 4.0 is by far the most interesting.

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  157. Bitter Beer Face at 4.0, please say it isn't so. Talk about intermingled, what a bunch of inbreads.

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  158. top gun league will never work unless the best captains get on board to make something happen. it will take guys like somabut, sisk, morrison, etc. to get things rolling.

    i dont think anything will happen because those guys enjoy beating up on the weak teams.

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  159. I'm sure we will make separate threads when the flights come out. It's premature now.

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  160. "3.5 guys really suck. 4.5 guys are arrogant. Level 4.0 is by far the most interesting."

    So by you saying 3.5's suck, that wouldn't be the least bit arrogant?

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  161. Hey Lifetimer, are you out there? We want and need you back. You set the gold standard for trash talking. To put it another way, you are the straw that stirs the drink. This chatter is as lively as a TCD mixed doubles match.

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  162. Speaking of Lifetime, has anybody noticed that Big Bird is playing on Bender's 3.5 team? What did he do, steal the team number and enroll on the team without Bender knowing? I thought Bob had better taste than that.

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  163. No. I hadn't noticed.

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  164. Benders 3.5 team is very beatable this year. And adding Kaiser shows just how much Bender is hurting for talent.

    We will beat those guys 5-0. Thats a fact! But other teams will beat them as well. Its going to be a long tough season for Bender.

    GTC Guy

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  165. 2:19PM: Joking about stealing Bender's team number is no laughing matter. If Big Bird did that, he may soon be sleeping with the fishes. And maybe GTC guy needs to join him.

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  166. Any teams that didn't meet the 8 man roster minimum deadline??

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  167. A couple of things then I will leave it alone.

    Hard to get your ego stroked when you are not even on the roster but don't let facts get in the way.

    Second, I have no problem with waiting on a preview for how 4.5 shakes out but saying it's hard to pick a favorite before the rosters come out is a bit naive that's all. Branch has consistently been putting out the favorite and should be preseason #1 (and yes that has mattered for him lately). It just gets a little more obvious that he is the favorite when some of Feldman's crew is there as well. Do you still have to take care of business on the court, absolutely.

    Looking forward to your preview when pools come out CoreDawg.

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  168. Well, its Mar 4 9:20am. The deadline to have 8 players registered was Mar 3.

    3.5 Brookhaven/Hinkley has only 7 players - but John Gilpin is on that team.

    I'll bet $1,000 that Jane Gilpin gives them more time to come up with that 8th player.

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  169. yes, and the march 3rd deadline means the dta will be able to get schedules out really really quick, like about a month later..........

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  170. USTA in it's infinite wisdom has done a great job of evenly distributing the players throughout the different NTRP ratings. As of this morning, here are the number of teams in Dallas with at least 8 players at each level:

    3.0 = 5
    3.5 = 20
    4.0 = 43 !!
    4.5 = 26

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  171. I am certain you'll end up on Branch/ Feldman's roster. You picked the winning tri-level team and I'm sure league will be no different. I've heard, from many different players, you have great game---and results back them up.Hopefully one day, I can meet and watch you play.

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  172. 7:14am

    They were never trying to distribute evenly. The idea was to place players at their appropriate level

    see link below for normal distribution images:


    http://images.google.com/images?q=normal+distribution&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=GdiPS_uYMYq1tgeMn5SlCw&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CCUQsAQwAw

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  173. 4.5 has more teams than 3.5? Wow. The time really are changing.

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  174. Jason is going to get a waiver from TTA and wait until after Sectionals to pick a team ;)

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  175. 26 teams in 4.5 and maybe maybe 10 of them are actually 4.5 teams. This is like baseball. You have the Yankees, Red Sox, one or two other teams and the rest know before the season starts that they don't have a chance. Gonna be an ugly year of ratings management, tanking, and score management. Should be alot of fun!!!
    Branch's roster looks unreal. Lost one or two guys but picked up Walt Williams, Mike Kelley, and the Feldman crew. Corey, you can give all the predictions you want but unless half their team gets injured we already know the best team in Dallas.

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  176. To ANON 7:30AM yesterday. You have a very lengthy list of bottom teams. Like it or not, that is going to be the new face of 4.0 tennis. All the stronger 4.0 teams will be bumped up to 4.5 like in the fall and those bottom teams will soon be competing for the top spots. That's just the way the USTA thinks it should be done now.

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  177. In 4.5 Feldman/Branch obviously has the best team. Game over.

    In 4.0 you have a potential battle with Sisk, Morrison & Somabut. With Sisk winning in the end. You have maybe 6 other decent teams and all the rest suck.

    3.5 is one-sided like 4.5. Sisk 3.5 is way ahead of the other teams. Play hasnt yet begun but the party is already over. We dont expect any tough matches at 3.5 until the semi-finals at Sectionals.

    - GTC Guy

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  178. Is the clubhouse at GTC a double wide or std. trailer? I've never seen so many people playing tennis in wife beaters before. GTC guy, why don't you see where Morrison went to get his fake teeth put in?

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  179. Sounds like GTC Guy is picking the Sisk teams. What a surprise.

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  180. You said Somabut was the best recruiter but he didn't get Lutes and Reiman on his roster. If you saw them play at the tri-level and that brookhaven tournament then you would agree that they are the top doubles team in Dallas. They blew everyone off the court. I've never seen anything like it.

    There's not a captain out there who isn't going to stack around Reiman and Lutes with their no 1 line. I do not know who else the jcc has on their roster but all they basically have to do is win 2 out of 4 lines. I don't see Reiman and Lutes losing.

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  181. Reiman & Lutes are crazy not to have joined one of the top teams. Any of the top captains would have loved to have them on the roster. They are just wasting thier time at JCC. Very poor decision . . .

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  182. JCC 4.0 only has 4 guys signed up. The deadline to get 8 was yesterday. They shouldn't even have a 4.0 team this year.

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  183. All of you anti-semites need to get over Reiman & Lutes playing for JCC.

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  184. JOHN KRAEMER
    Now would be a good time to post SOMETHING regarding how teams are placed into flights.

    Here is your opportunity to move towards an open, transparent process - rather than backroom, closed door tricks.

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  185. Lot's of chatter about the JCC and why more good players continue to choose to play there. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but let's keep it positive. Last time I checked, none of us are headed to the ATP tour...

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  186. I agree with TennisSHIT. Let's keep it positive!

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  187. Now that was the best suggestion I have heard all year. Can I wait until after Nationals to pick a team and just get in the picture?

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  188. Jcc has nine players signed up. Where did you get 4? Say what you want but Lutes and Reiman are the best 4.0 team out there. No other captain has a guaranteed win. If you saw them at either the tri-level or bh tournament you would agree. The Jcc is a factor whether as a contender or spoiler just because of them.

    Also, how about hats off to the Jcc captain for recruiting them.

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  189. Branch is God, I got it. The other 25 teams should just default all their matches.

    As for the DTA, I will say this. The captains are supposedly going to find out for the first time ever how flights are determined in league at the captains' meeting on Saturday. I am very interested to hear this and I think it is pretty obvious in 4.5 who the top 5-7 teams are.

    As long as we have three flights instead of 4, I will be happy. Four flights is too many with two few matches and flights that are too weak.

    I will report back what happens at the meeting. If they make this information available to the captains I hope you guys will lay off a little bit.

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  190. Lutes and Reiman are super studs in the current watered down 4.0 world of Dallas. They would not have been super studs in any previous year, although they would have been really good.

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  191. Level 4.5
    28 Teams --> 3 flights

    Level 4.0
    44 Teams --> 5 flights

    Level 3.5
    24 Teams --> 3 flights

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  192. I heard from a good source that the DTA is going to put Somabut, Morrison, Lakes and JCC all in the same 4.0 flight.

    The major league / minor league approach worked well in level 4.5 last year so they are going to expand the concept to level 4.0 this year.

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  193. During league match's there is very little difference between good 4.5's and 5.0's. However, just like every other league in USTA once you get to sectionals there is a distinct difference between 4.5 and 5.0. The doubles is college level. Pretty impressive tennis!!

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  194. 4.5 WC early fav is HP, maybe Lakes if they could find some singles. Noel/Rothwell probably be right there after the roster fills out.

    5.0 not much difference as evidenced by the large number of 4.5s on the rosters. Top 4.5 team = Average 5.0 team. Legit 5.0 teams are a noticeable difference but they are few and far between.

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  195. So, ummmm, what you're basically saying is that good 5.0s are better than good 4.5s??? Wow.........

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  196. Any discussion about the preseason favorites to win the 4.5 Sectionals starts and ends with the team that Jason Kern signs with. He is the ultimate team player who makes everyone else on the team better. Nobody gets more from their game than Kern. If you don't believe me, check out his suspect backcourt game. You the man, Jason.

    I know people don't want to hear it, but Coredawg is similar to Kern. He is a game-changer.

    Actually, these two guys may be the same person. Has anyone ever seen them together?

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  197. Any discussion about the preseason favorite to win the 4.5 Sectionals starts and ends with the team that signs Jason Kern. He is the ultimate team player and makes everyone on the team better. Nobody gets more from their game than Kern. If you don't believe me, check out his suspect backcourt game.

    I know people don't want to hear it, but Coredawg is similar to Kern in his ability to get the most from his team.

    In fact, these two guys may be the same person. Has anybody ever seen them together?

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