Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Blogger Who Cried Wolf


 
Once upon a time in the far away world of USTA tennis, there lived a young boy who tended his sheep in the dangerous fields of Dallas tennis.  Every season he would gather and tend to his sheep but every season he would fall just short.  But the boy truly believed that one day his sheep could travel past the fields of Dallas.   

After many seasons of tending to his sheep without the success he desired, the boy decided that his sheep weren’t really good enough.  What he needed to do was attract some new sheep.  Sheep that were different.  Sheep that weren’t quite as pure as his old flock.  Now the boy had more success but it still wasn’t good enough to leave the confines of Dallas.  The problem isn’t my sheep, thought the boy.  It’s everyone else’s sheep.  If I could get the villagers to believe that everyone else’s sheep were really wolves then my sheep would be good enough.

So one year he cried out as loud as he could, “They’re all wolves and it’s not fair.”  He cried to his friends, he cried to villagers passing by, he even cried online, where ever anyone would listen to him.  The villagers were taken aback.  Could this young boy be right?  And they came running to his aid.  But sadly, the villagers eventually wandered back to their families and the boy was left with his sheep.

The next year he decided to cry even louder, “They really are wolves.  How can you allow this?”  The villagers rallied to his aid again.  But the villagers couldn’t agree on who the wolves were and who the sheep were.  “You may be right," one villager told the boy, “but your sheep have been eating my singles players for years, does that mean your sheep are really wolves?”  And again, the villagers lost interest and wandered back home.

Finally the boy decided he would try to kill the wolves himself.  But the wolves ate him.  The end, hopefully.

Good luck to all the 4.5 hopefuls in Dallas.  And a special good luck to all the poor sheep in Fort Worth 4.5 leagues now that Marc and Joel are both hunting in their fields this spring. 
 

115 comments:

  1. Not a lot of action to comment on to this point in the season but we'll get back to some analysis after this weekend's matches.

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    1. KELLY HAS BEEN DQ'd!!!! SWEET JUSTICE
      HALLELUJAH. Sweet DTA revenge. Gotta love it, so sorry Miguel ;)

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  2. not really sure what or who you are talking about. maybe name names and circumstances to clarify.

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    1. The idea seems pretty simple. If you're guy beats me he's a cheater. If my guy beats you then you just suck. Everyone thinks the guy that beats them is a cheater but they know they aren't a cheater, even when they win.

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  3. Simple, Sisk has the biggest, baddest wolf in Kelley and all the others are sheep in wolfs clothing.

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    1. Sisk doesn't have anything anymore.

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    2. They appear to be sheep in sheep's clothing.

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  4. Who won the Somabut/Sisk 4.0 match? Last I checked they have internet in Garland and Plano.

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    1. Believe Somabut won. Sisk has the automatic invite to QT so no need to work too hard from here on out if he's already lost two matches.

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    2. His normal good players haven't been working too hard. I bet Flora is tanking to relive his 3.5 glory.

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  5. My new dress arrived in 2 days, and was slightly wrinkled only due to folding in bag, I'd expect it to be worse. But like I always say, who cares anyway. If that's a big issue, I am still not complaining.

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    1. Sorry, this was evidently posted by my partner from last Saturday. He said the way he played he should have been wearing a dress.

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  6. I saw this on the other thread. Christopher Carrillo on Goswami's team looks like a legitimate reason to complain.

    http://tennisrecruiting.net/player/overview.asp?id=702381

    Signed a LOI with UTSA and self rated as a 4.5? Unless he got an appeal, he is dirty. This is a legitimate bad self rate.

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    1. Since he just self rated on April 24 this would be hard to explain. UTSA is D1 so that's a 5.5

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    2. Looks like Rossouw dodged a bullet on that match

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    3. I get tired of tanking talk and score management because nothing can be done about it. This is something Todd Reed would actually do something about. Hopefully a captain will file a grievance.

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    4. He is not even signed up on the team, that is 2013 you are looking at. Carrillo has been playing since 2011 so what are you talking about?

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    5. Are you a doorknob? That is the dad or someone else (Christopher Carrillo) you are talking about.
      Everyone else is looking at Christian Carrillo, there is a difference and that is the link in tennisrecruiting. Who is on the 2014 team if you get off your ignorant soapbox

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    6. How can this be? It is Brookhaven, the most pious and honest players and captains play there. Must be a mistake. The DTA's own home club would have nothing to do with this.

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  7. Once again things do not go marcs way so out come all the challenges to other teams. Looks like his super team not so super. He has single handidly ruined usta tennis for many. He may get his chance to win dallas as so many are going to be giving up league tennis as it has become work rather than fun.

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    1. I've been a critic of tattling but this is on the lying on the self rate.

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    2. Could we get Marc and this kid kicked out as a package deal?

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    3. Thought Marc already ran off to Fort Worth.

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    4. Both Marc's play in FW. At the same time they want to run Dallas tennis.

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  8. Maybe it's Bazan playing guys not on his roster and then putting them in after the match is over so they don't have to default the line...

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    1. Be more specific...

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    2. the guy who played us for Bazan's team the other night wasn't on the roster at the time of the match, but was added the next day when Bazan put in the scores. Didn't matter to the overall match as it was a blowout.

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  9. New Thread for 4.0 Top ten so far...
    Teams to consider(my opinion):
    Flight A HP/Somabut, McKinney/Bazan, Garland/Sisk
    Flight B Fretz/Clark, GH/ Ohl, CC/McHugh, GE/Fults
    Flight C T Bar/Snow, Village/Gordon, Oasis/Smith?
    Flight D BH/Bartlett, Fretz/Jayaram

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    1. That's a broad but fair start.
      Flight A - Somabut walks through the rest of the flight, Sisk has auto-bid to QT but that might allow Bazan to take second here
      Flight B - Ohl to cities, Clark to QT. Toughest flight and no one goes undefeated so CC and GE still in the mix. Big matches at season end
      Flight C - T Bar with little to no competition. They are good and this flight is not. They should forfeit their QT entrant to Flight B.
      Flight D - who cares? This flight is weak top to bottom. Last week has Bartlett v Jayaram but I'd say Davalos is the dark horse here. And what's up with Village? They beat Bartlett and Jayaram but lose bad to two very average teams.
      QT winner is the Flight B second place team or Sisk. Somabut to sectionals and everyone else hoping for a wild card.

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    2. Based on that there's only a top eight:

      1. HP/Somabut
      2. GH/Ohl
      3. T Bar/Snow
      4. Fretz/Clark
      5. McKinney/Bazan
      6. CC/McHugh
      7. GE/Fults
      8. Garland/Sisk (two losses - Fall wildcard)

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    3. Bazan has a Pickett/Rossouw sized roster.

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  10. Bazan takes out high point and it won't be close. It will come down to tiebreakers in the end

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    1. Very insightful. Someone says that every season.

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    2. Bazan has NO chance against Somabut

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    3. Somabut is overrated...not even close to his past teams.
      Good team, not great.

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    4. Bob's team may not be as good as some of his old ones but Bazan still has no chance. He'll play himself, and lose. He'll play one of his notorious singles chokers, and lose. There's two lines. Bob only needs to win one more.

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    5. Dallas doesn't have any good teams. Somabut and Le are positioning themselves for next year. They are having their guys tanking to get down. They'll go to nationals next year. You can mark it down.

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    6. I'd agree with the first part, Dallas doesn't have much this year. Still not sure how a bunch of guys who have lost at sectionals the last 3-4 years will all of a sudden win it. But, hey, it would be nice to see Dallas go at 4.0 so good luck to them.

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    7. Haven't you heard the 5th time is the charm?

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  11. It won't be close but it will come down to tiebreaker in the end. Huh??

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  13. Hello old folks. I think the poster meant to say 1st place will come down to tiebreakers. Nu kidding the hype.......

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  14. When will the DTA enforce its own rules about makeup matches? I mean, come one -- there are some teams that haven't even made up rainouts from the first two weeks of the season. My math ain't always that great, but that seems like longer than two weeks.

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    1. Enforce rules? It's more fun to just keep making new ones. Then they'll need more staff to enforce them all. Then Klamechi will need a pay raise to manage all those people.

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    2. How the hell did Klamecki get control of the DTA? He is a well known jerk. Nevermind, he is with his fellow brethren.

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  15. The rules seem pretty cut and dry -- if you don't make up your match in two weeks, the penalty should be a default. How difficult is it to not abide by what you've already enacted?

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  16. Looks like Manzell just got bumped down to 4.5. Can Marc sign him or did he tank down?

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    1. Definitely not getting the payday his ego thinks it warrants.

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    2. He got the coveted Cleveland franchise.

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    3. It's a proud tradition of quarterbacks taken at #22 by Cleveland. A lot to over come.

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    4. BIGGER NEWS than all the above. Kelley has been DQ'd. THE WORLD IS RIGHT!!! Welcome the sob to 5.0 land!!!!! Drinks on me!

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    5. Give it a rest Mike

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    6. Tennislink does show a DQ!

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  17. Thank you tennis gods. Owe ya one.

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  18. Suck on that Pickett.

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  19. Suck on that Alan

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  20. Kelly wasn't dq'd to 5.0. Check his rating. Think about it a little bit and maybe you'll figure out what actually happened.

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  21. Klamecki is earning his money.

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  22. Just hasn't been updated, he is gone from 4.5.

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  23. I had heard a rumor last week his rating would be appealed and the national commitee won this one!

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    1. that sounds reliable...

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  24. ESPN making announcement at noon.

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    1. I'm heading to the press conference now. Sorry, but the live chat feed is working today. This is big news; there are talks right now about delaying the NBA playoffs even thought NBA is not related to Dallas tennis; somethings must take precedence. There is talk about this getting tied up in the courts. Stay tuned.

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    2. You can bet this will be taken up in court. Kelley not really trying to win but I have to admit I did not see this coming. When you make matches close or lose on purpose ( if you have dominated before) you will be punished. Other players doing worse but there is no one who has dominated like Kelley has. Somewhere the DTA is singing " another one bites the dust"! LOVED IT!

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  25. How do those two matches warrant a DQ? Weird. He barely beats Marlo Lopez, who hasn't won a 4.5 singles match, and squeaks by a 4.0.

    Strange things are afoot in Dallas. We all know he's managing scores, but I've never heard of anyone being DQ'd for that.

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    1. He didn't get DQ'd. Learn the rules and you will figure it out.

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    2. Tennislink shows a DQ*, and shows his line to be awarded to the other team. If that isn't a DQ, what is it? And if it isn't, why is it labeled as such.

      And what rule are you referring to?

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    3. Sorry but you need to learn the rules yourself. Apparently, Sisk needs to learn as well. I know he is not the only violator in Dallas. Not sure who turned in an 0-2 team.

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    4. Gee, I wonder. Now who would turn Kelley in... Pleeez

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    5. If you said Marc, you have a good chance of being right. Rossouw hates Kelly and Klamecki hates Sisk. Could be either.

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    6. Losers hate winners

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  26. There is a rule that if a captain protests a match where a winning player is managing scores he can be dq'd. Way to go USTA for finally doing something!

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  27. I find it strange that they waited two weeks. Everyone knows he is not going to win anything in 2014 after winning his appeal so I guess usta went deep rule book. Good for them.

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  28. This is hilarious. So many anons that consider themselves experts and only one poster seems to know what's really going on here. You can have a match dq'd without the player being dq'd and that's what happened here. You're focusing on the wrong issue.

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    1. Enlighten us, oh "expert of the DQ when it isn't a DQ." The only real hilarious part is you calling out "anons" and you are an "anon" yourself.

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    2. Not laughing at anons, laughing at experts. It's more fun to watch everyone get their hopes up

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  29. I take great pride in the fact this dirty bum was put back in his rightful place. Just goes to show you the league is bigger than you are. Any national trip and title he has will now have an asterisk by it. Along w every combo win and even winning the Brookhaven tourney last year. Thanks to those in power, have waited a long time for this.

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    1. The only issue I care about is I hope he never gets back to 4.5, when he does I will whip his ass.

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    2. You idiot, he is not even trying this year, a 4.0 almost beat him. Inevitably that cost him.

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  30. I heard he was dq'd as there was a national member watching that match undercover and after being up 5-0 in both sets only to barely win they took swift action. It was taken to the highest level of the system but bec of his dominance when he actually wants to win the decision was amazed. I bet Kelley is going crazy right now!

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    1. Yes, it is odd how many nationals officials now hang out at GTC on Saturdays

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    2. It has more to do with nationals players.

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  31. They were going to let this go but some heavy hitters stepped in. My problem with him playing 4.5 is every opponent complains they loss or got beat and he was managing or they should have won. It is so comical best thing to do is DQ and be done. Great slogan for Dairy Queen and he should be new spokesperson. Hi, I am mike Kelley and lets get ""dq'd" w a half pound hunger buster!

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  32. Maybe he requested to be DQ'd so he could read about himself more on the blog. It was starting to die down a little (for a while anyway).

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  33. Wow this is crazy, Sisk must be PISSED!!! Also noticed that Somabuts 4.5 tanker squad all lost as expected last week except Pat T. who beat Michael Bischoff in a battle of 4.0s. Good job Bob in manageing your team, but be ware of the secret spy's watching the level of play he may be coming for you next!

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    1. The Marc & Marc are watching. Where is that Big Brother post?

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    2. No one cares about that Somabutt team, they will beat no one. They only go after the ones who have won and can win.

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  34. My understanding of the situation is his move back to 4.5 was a temporary one pending an investigation. Looks like they ruled against him so back to 5.0.

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    1. yeah has nothing to do with him tanking matches to 4.0 players

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  35. Looks like what happened is the usta just got tired of the crap. After his opponents when they complain he tanked, and after they lose they say he should be moved up. When matches are 7-5,7-6 they say he managed. No one ever satisfied with the overall result so most likely he was moved up based on pressure, again. Look for an appeal, again. When he takes it serious in 2015, he will be back to nationals, again. Meanwhile, we are all glad he is bumped up and bash him on here, again.

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  36. Another local tennis player with initials MK making news. Mitchell Krueger in finals of futures tournament in Florida tomorrow. Will now be top 400 in world, but I am sure there are some on the blog that feel that the other MK could take him if it were a USTA team tennis match or mixed.

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  37. If MK was totally playing serious, which almost never happens, I think he would have a close match w MK

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  38. Tony Le had some nice work. He loses 0&2 to a 4.0 and bad 4.5. All doubt of his intentions are now erased.

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    1. An 0-2 loss to a 4.0? He's more serious about getting down than he was last year.

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    2. I'm letting Todd Reed know about this. His whole team is getting turned in.

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    3. treed@texas.usta.com

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    4. He said he already knows.

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  39. Todd reed will do nothing about this and look the other way. Get Kelley involved and then they will scrutinize every point. Not a Kelley fan but these other guys get away w a lot more and are never looked at.

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    1. Most of these guys aren't trying to tank down to 4.0. Tony Le and Shawn Arcaria are probably the only ones on Tony's team. Somabut's tankers are Newman and Voss. They do this every other year.

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    2. Ok, so I lose in 3 sets last week and this week I lose 4 and 4 to a very solid doubles team and I am tanking??? I guess I will take is as a compliment that I am suppose to beat everyone I play. If I lose a close match I must be tanking. You sure nailed it 11:48 anon.

      Arcaria

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  40. Tony Le is clearly tanking personally and clearly not trying to win as a team, why else would he be playing an average overweight 4.0 at singles in a 4.5 match? Why if Tony's game is struggleing right now would he play himself with another avererage 4.0 partner?

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  41. What do team results have to do with tanking? Do you think the Le team had a chance to win that flight at the start of the season? After they lost twice they had no chance to win the flight, so why does even matter of this team wins or losses matches? What Tony does with his lineup is irrelevant.

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  42. Who should have Tony played at singles anon? I don't see a solid 4.5 singles player on the entire roster.

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    1. Not sure, I've never looked at his roster. I did hear he was building some kind of 4.0 super team next year so none of this surprises me.

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  43. anon 11:07 you just gave yourself away. There are only a few people that even know who Jesse Vo is. It is only guys on the Le team or that go to the Le practice which is not many.

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    1. It's always the guy who thinks he's better than he is and gets his feelings hurt when you don't agree

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    2. That describes about 50% of the league.

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    3. And he's getting left off a team that will be in the playoffs. Now we're down to 5% of the league

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  44. I played J. Vo in the fall and even though he hits a pretty decent ball when it seems like he wants to, just wasnt convinced he always wanted to... Sounds like he is on the right team.

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  45. Practice? Practice? You guys practice? Results show that practice is not working!

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    1. Straight up Iverson. We talking 'bout practice.

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  46. Kelly is not a 5.0 - A total of three players who were on the final roster of ANY TEAM OR COMBINATION OF TEAMS that advanced to, or qualified for, any National Championship, may play together on the same team the following year.

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  47. Thankfully, women started competing in the modern-day version of the Olympics in the early 1900's. There were usually male athletes only before that time.

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