Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Final Countdown... Last week of the season!

I don't have much time or motivation this week but my captain is pushing us really hard to finish matches.  Apparently the DTA says if you don't have your matches by the 28th entered into Tennislink, they will double default teams.  Also, for those matches on the 29th, you need them in by the 29th or a double default.

This all seems a bit harsh but it is their world and their rules.  It is a little reminiscent of the nice neighbor who gets in control of the HOA and becomes a tyrant. 

Be sure and get your matches finished or the DTA bogeyman will get you.

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  1. My captain went nuts yesterday about some makeup edict from the DTA. Don't know the details but said they gave teams one week to make up last weekends rain out, then ONE DAY to makeup this weekend's match if there was a problem. Sounds a little crazy.

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  2. You both forgot the No Exceptions clause. Our captain is bitching too.

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  3. Only exception is Tony Le's team. DTA knows what those scores will be so they don't even need to play.

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  4. I don't get it. Doesn't the DTA set the calendar for these leagues??? Why do they need to make last minute changes when they decided the schedules to start with???

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  5. In the event you didn't know, our Citizen First Class Hero Klamecki was never the nice guy that got a hold of the HOA. He was Jackass First Class and whoever made that decision blows my mind.

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    1. He was a jerk for years then disappeared to play in FW so evidently people forgot about him. He should have stayed in FW and screwed them over.

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    2. FWTA is clearly smarter than the DTA. That is clearly a pretty low bar.

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  6. With all due respect guys, I never even mentioned Klamecki. I really do not know the guy and don't know if he is even cognizant of the scheduling. I was just making a generalization about the organization. In reality, I think they are good people but sometimes they do things without a great amount of thought to how it affects the rest of us.

    Captains have it hard and it is not a job I would ever want. It is hard enough getting 8 guys out every week much less working around weather and then unreasonable timelines. I can't tell you the number of times I've been on teams that couldn't get 8 out and I received a call at the last minute with a captain talking about so and so unable to play. Fortunately, I am one of the guys that can usually play.

    I am unsure the people who do scheduling understand that captains are essentially unpaid DTA volunteers trying to manage unpaid participants all at the whims of countless external factors such as weather, court availability and other captains.

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    1. Agreed, but I'd say its worse than that. Captains are unpaid volunteers but they are also the DTA's biggest customers because they drive participation. I've never seen a company that is crappier to its biggest customers than the DTA. Maybe that's why they aren't in the business world to start with.

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  7. Murray, I am a captain as well as this is the memo received that applies to M4.0 ONLY. Other levels have different criteria and dates.
    Any make up match necessary prior to the 6/29/2014 match MUST BE COMPLETED by Saturday, 6/28/2014.
    If a make-up is required due to inclement weather for the Sunday, 6/29/2014 match, then make up match MUST BE COMPLETED by Monday, 6/30/2014.

    Seems reasonable to me. Playoffs start 7/11. 7//4 is a holiday weekend and captains will want the schedule by Monday 7/7. So, this gives them just 3 days to finalize the playoff schedule for men and women for various levels and various locations. Why are you complaining at the DTA?

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    1. Clearly the DTA is chiming in!!!

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    2. Hey, Klamechi. Why don't you stay off the blog now that you're the guy putting these stupid rules in place. So if there is a problem with the 6/29 match we have one whole day to make it up and it seems reasonable to you??? Then you are an idiot!!! The DTA put the calendar in place. If they screwed up they shouldn't take it out on the captains. Make it hard on the captains when the DTA screws up. GET USED TO IT!!!

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    3. How can they only have 3 days to finalize playoffs. They should already know the format and schedule. The only real issue is the teams playing in those slots.

      I can't tell if you are trying to be funny and making fun of the DTA buffoons or you are really a DTA apologetic.

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    4. Klamechi, being a captain in Fort Worth complaining about the scheduling in Dallas makes your empathy sound a little disingenuous.

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  8. The DTA does a crappy job of seeding teams in each flight and now makes it hard for captains to get matches made-up. I think a number of teams will probably choose not to play next season. Many captains are unhappy with there rules and regulations. Losing teams will be the only way things might get better or they just don't care.

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    1. Rumor has it that Canyon Creek and Brookhaven have asked the DTA brass to make the rules so ridiculous that all the captains quit USTA tennis. That's the only way they can get to sectionals.

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  9. Just read off the email sent to all 4.0 captains.

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  10. Direct quotes from the DTA email regarding the 4.0 makeup issue.

    If a make-up is required due to inclement weather for the Sunday, 6/29/2014 match, then make up match MUST BE COMPLETED by Monday, 6/30/2014

    As a reminder, per the 2014 CAPTAINS ANSD PLAYERS HANDBOOK regarding reschedules::

    MAKE UP MATCHES (Due to Rain/Championship Advancement/Extreme Weather):

    8G. The League Coordinator may reschedule a match at his/her discretion.
    he DTA email

    As we know you all understand, there is ABSOLUTELY NO FLEXIBILITY in the dates listed above. Please DO NOT REQUEST to reschedule matches outside of the dates outlined above. The answer will be NO.

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    1. I'm giving you two days to get the match in whether its a monsoon or not. I have the authority to reschedule matches at my discretion. Don't even think about questioning me because it is going to be no. Sounds more like the IRS than the post office.

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    2. Thanks 5:49 for picking and choosing what to post from the email. Here is another piece.
      We understand the tight window and appreciate everyone’s efforts to work together to get the matches completed within the window provided. Hopefully, the matches scheduled on the final day will play as scheduled. If so, QT schedules will go out end of day Monday, 7/7/2014 for M4.0 and up and Monday, 7/14/2014 for M3.5

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    3. The email was very length. Can't post everything. Why did you choose to post something that was completely irrelevant to the issue?

      We understand we're screwing you. Hope it all works out.

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    4. And it just starting raining, but why should I post that since it's irrelevant to the DTA.

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  11. Who would have ever thought the DTA would actually be out here defending themselves? Seriously captains, just get the matches played.

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    1. Erin, you seem like a nice person. Do you really think you should be posting on this blog since you work for the DTA?

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    2. the captains didn't make an idiotic schedule 9 months ago that they are now having to fix. just admit you screwed up and move on. the more the dta defends itself the stupider it looks.

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    3. "Stupider"

      This is irony at its finer-est.

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    4. Stupider is as stupider does, Forrest. And right now the DTA does stupider more than anyone.

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    5. FYI..Erin hasn't worked for the DTA since May and Klamecki "resigned effective immediately" last week

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    6. April Fools? We could never be so lucky on Klamechi.

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  12. I'm sorry but if it rains on Sunday it is a complete joke to expect captains to be able to get 8 players out on a Monday evening to play a makeup at last minute. If they needed more time to make playoff schedules they should have started season one week earlier or eliminated these Mother's Day/Father's Day holidays.

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    1. Can't believe I'm in agreement with CoreDawg.

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    2. Whoa, I'm in agreement with Corey too? I don't play 40s but it looks like that was the problem. Checked the schedule and it looks like the spring/summer league started the first weekend after 40s city playoffs. Why did 40s start so late this year?

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    3. I agree with with Corey too.

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  13. Klamface, speak up and stop being a little bitch.

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  14. Who does this benefit? Canyon Creek and Brookhaven because they have indoor courts to get matches played. Coincidence??? I think not!!!

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    1. Dear Brookhaven,
      I know we are all tied for first at this point but I was wondering if you could book us three courts in the barn for Sunday. I don't mind going to QT but I really don't want to have a default send me there. We can't afford country club dues but I will get your team a summer pass to our pool. We have much better action.
      Thanks, The Village

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    2. The Village pool deserves at least the climate controlled.

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  15. Final week 4.0 round up
    Flight A - High Point cruises into cities as the favorites, McKinney to QT, GTC gets the automatic QT bid from the fall, Oak Creek crossing their fingers
    Flight B - everyone said there were four teams that could win this flight and with one week left there still are. Any of the four could win it and any of the four could miss the playoffs altogether.
    Flight C - Village has a two match lead with one to play so they advance to cities, Oak Creek to QT with TBar who edges out Brookhaven
    Flight D - another toss up with five teams tied with two losses. Huffines and Village have the easiest matches but are at the bottom of the lines. Brookhaven leads the flight but plays Fretz who is in third. One of them will be out.

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    1. Early playoff predictions - Canyon Creek and GTC in QT finals, unless they are in the same flight. Does GTC remember how to win? High Point to sectionals.

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    2. Village and High Point to Sectionals.

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    3. Village has played no one this season. Nothing special about that team except being in a weak flight.

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    4. Oh really Anonymous 10:48 am? Well, at least the Village team has that Denver Smith guy, best legs in 4.0 tennis.

      -Denver Smith

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    5. That would be the one...the one with that giant douchebag Denver Smith. Though I thought he was too busy with crossfit to play tennis.

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    6. He is a giant, grip size 5 12/14ths. He was doing crossfit, but his muscles were becoming too big to fit into regular shirts and he would never wear a tank top to play tennis, he stopped.

      - Ivan Lendl

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  16. 11:24, I went by the DTA offices last week and Klamecki was still there. Sounds like you're just teasing us. Anyone know if he actually quit?

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    1. If he did, that is a short lived experience.

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    2. I was told officially on Thursday.

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    3. Can't blame him. Working with the whining players and all.

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    4. Whining players, yes. Working with them, no. Under his brief tenure it was more rules and 'no'. He didn't actually work with anyone. The DTA is a NON-PROFIT. Non-profits are typically defined by your ability to lead & inspire volunteers and raise money. He wasn't qualified to do any of those things. You don't make rules, hire and fire, and tell your customer base to piss off when there's a problem. That's the unsuccessful companies in the for-profit world.

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  17. Klamecki was caught stealing a chia pet from the office and forced to resign.

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    1. I think that was his severance

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    2. I thought he stole a leftover 2013 fall champions towel.

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    3. I thought everyone won a 'cleanup towel' at one time or another. Then again, I don't think he ever did.

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  18. Hope you aren't playing makeups tonight. It's raining again.

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    1. Don't worry, we will just get everyone out tomorrow morning. Our jobs will understand,

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  19. Murray, will you apply for the DTA job? At least you have a sense of humor.

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  20. The DTA is a big enough joke as it is.

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  21. Klamecki is taking McAlister's position.

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    1. Now I know it is April Fool's.

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    2. Why would USTA section do that? Spending too much time on 6th street drinking and getting high?

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    3. Yeah, a six month stay in Dallas would qualify you to run the state

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    4. He has never run a successful team and we all know he hasn't run a successful DTA. In fairness, nobody has ever run a successful DTA.

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    5. His team is 4-5 with one match left on the FW league. I wonder if he plays in FW so he won't pick up a match default when it rains.

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    6. Isn't the FW league over? Why would he be 4-5?

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  22. DTA is a joke and overly biased toward country clubbers. Shame of it is they still can't win even w them on their side. I say just have a country club league and let them " play w each other".

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  23. When your best 8.0 mixed team at your entire club can't beat "you know who" and a beginner you don't deserve to win.

    Scorned bench player

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    1. That's ok. The best team at brookhaven of Ellis and flodin will take care of him bec he not playing w his regular partner and Ellis playing w a 4.0. Can't wait to see posted results. You are done Kelley boy .

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    2. Am sure this was posted before results were posted

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  24. DTA is looking for volunteers to help out at city playoffs and QT

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  25. Did Klamecki really resign. I can't blame him, if he did. It's a thankless good. It's like working for the DISD.

    Who would everyone like to see take his place?

    Pickett or Kelly?

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  26. Kelley would go a great job. He would put Dallas on the map again. He would cut out all the bs and he would be dominant just as he is in tennis. Face it, you are only hated when you are successful..... And Kelley is both.

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  27. I think Tony Le should apply. He can cook the books and make them look profitable.

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  28. anyone not at a country club. they've run things for years

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  29. Mixed is another scheduling nightmare, We play a match today and then the last match of the season is in August. Over a month off? WTF? I know playoffs and all but this is stupid.

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  30. So if your team makes the playoffs final day and you don't have enough people to play your mixed match what are you going to do?

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    1. Playoff finals are in the morning.

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    2. Now they moved it to sectionals weekend. All the better.

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  31. What's going on with the city playoff picture and QT teams for 4.0 and 4.5?

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  32. Looks like huffiness ratcliffe will get left out of QT for 4.0.
    QT teams look to be
    Oak Creek/Rich M4.0
    T bar M/Snow M4.0 or Brookhaven/Tarangioli M4.0
    McKinney/Bazan M4.0
    Garland 1/Sisk M4.0
    Village/Jacob M4.0
    Huffhines/McIntosh M4.0
    Canyon Creek/McHugh M4.0
    Greenhill /Ohl M4.0

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    1. Canyon Creek will sleep walk through this.

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    2. Canyon Creek, Greenhill and GTC. Depends on who is in which flight.

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    3. If they seed the teams properly based place in regular season flight and record it should be the following for QT:

      Flight 1
      1 Canyon Creek/McHugh (2nd in B, 8-1)
      4 Village/Jacob (2nd in D, 7-2, 27-18)
      5 Greehill/Ohl (3rd in B, 7-2)
      8 Garland/Sisk (5th in A, has the automatic bid)

      Flight 2
      2 McKinney/Bazan (2nd in A, 7-2, 34-11)
      3 Oak Creek/Rich (2nd in C, 7-2, 33-12)
      6 Huffhines/McIntosh (3rd in D, 7-2)
      7 TBar/Snow (3rd in C, 6-3)

      If this guess is correct, then the first flight will be significantly tougher than the second. Let the ******** (rhymes with "itching") begin below.

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  33. QT will be better than cities. There are a lot of good teams in this. Hard to believe Flight D gets to send someone to cities when all but the flight D participants would have won that flight.

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    1. There are teams that won't make QT that would have won that flight.

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  34. I'm not a captain of one of the Flight D teams, but WTF good will it do to keep dogging on them? They had no control over flight placements. If you want to chastise someone, go after the incompetence of Sherri and Brandon.

    Let's see if DTA will really follow through on its "NO EXCEPTIONS" mandate on the deadlines of when matches should be completed. If they hold true to it, then Somabut should get a double default for not getting his score in before Sunday morning ... as should a number of other teams. And there are still matches that haven't been finished since early June. What's the point of rules if you don't have the backbone to enforce them???

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  35. Those teams are no threat so no discipline needed

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    1. Somabut's team isn't a threat??? The DTA will never punish Bob so they won't be able to punish anyone else either. The whole "you must play your makeups so I can go on vacation" thing was BS all along.

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  36. Just noticing the mixed results both Brookhaven teams are very strong this year. While allan and Springpark are kind of taking year off playing all members there is one constant. Kellye still dominating and beating Brookhaven twice in two weeks while playing their best line. There is no better mixed player around. Don't like him but he gots game. Begin the hate mail..see below ha ha

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  37. I put an asterisk beside EVERY one of his wins and national and sectional titles. In my book he has won nothing.

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  38. 4.0 match defaults for the spring. In flight B its Las Colinas with two matches, Eldorado and GTC2. In flight C its Canyon Creek and Hackberry. There are a number of teams who didn't enter their sunday scores on time, including High Point. Here's betting DTA does nothing and looks even stupider after having sent that play or die email.

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  39. I also put an assterisk beside his titles!!

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    1. I looked at results. Ellis and partner are very solid and prob the best team at their club. Unfortunately you are playing against big time talent in Kelley. He is head and shoulders much stronger.

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  40. I think it's up to us captains to force the issue with Sherri and Brandon. If they're going to put forth the emails and the mandates like they did, then we need to hold them accountable.

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  41. Now that's funny... Please. Hold DTA accountable??

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    1. DTA is like the soup Nazi. No Playoffs for You!!!

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    2. I just think it's bullshit how they make the rules -- with the expectation that they'll be applied in a uniform manner -- and then they arbitrarily choose to enforce whatever suits their fancy.

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  42. Evidently Klamecki is actually out at the DTA. Let's see how the next round of interviews go. Maybe we can find someone who has burned all their bridges in Dallas and now has to play out of FW. Oops, I guess we already tried that.

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    1. My money is on the next DTA chief being a woman. I'd bet Klamechi scared them off guys for a while. Women rule Dallas tennis anyway. Women and Canyon Creek do all the complaining so why not cater to them.

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  43. Somabut had his results in on time for 4.0

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  44. If all matches prior to 6/29 had to be in the computer by end-of-day Saturday -- then, no, his results weren't in on time. They weren't in until late Sunday morning.

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    1. Now you sons like a DTA person. Is this part of your interview for the ED job? Maybe your ED issue has you so cranky.

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    2. 6/29 was Sunday. Today is 6/30 and it is a Monday.

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    3. You have to be a DTA person tryng to make the players look ridiculous. If you aren't, you are the same as them.

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  45. But then again, DTA "rules" don't seem to matter. They'll never be enforced. So maybe Dallas will wind up like San Antonio sometime and have the section take over its league program.

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  46. This will be like last year when Tony's team won cities coming out of QT. I'd expect one of the two teams from QT that make it to cities to also make the city playoff finals and get into sectionals. I'll take Somabut's team and one of the QT winners to be in city playoff finals.

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  47. Here's proof right here: From Sherri's email on 6/23: "Any match or line not completed and recorded in TENNIS LINK by the date set below by the Dallas Tennis Association will be considered a double default, NO EXCEPTIONS."

    It would be easy for Sherri and Brandon to go back and look to see when matches are recorded in TennisLink ... but having them actually do so remains to be seen!

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    1. The cellar dwellers are the ones not reporting. Who cares? Somabut had a 2 match lead. Win or lose he is in cities. Sisk should be the complaint. He loses half his matches and still advanced.

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    2. But that's just it -- even the cellar dwellers should have to follow the "rules." We're all expected to do so, and the DTA should be expected to enforce.

      While it might not make a difference for this season with Somabut, the double-default rule would come into play and affect his team for the next year. Think about it that way.

      And don't get me started on the playoff format for cities -- that's a whole other complete eff-up on Sherri and Brandon's part. I mean, come one -- you play more matches in the QT than in the cities? You could still have two flights in the QT, make the winners play it out, then have a five-team round-robin at cities -- giving team four matches apiece to duke it out rather than two. Only makes sense to have all flight winners play each other.

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    3. Admit it, you are eyeing Alzuro's players.

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    4. No, he is just an idiot.

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  48. Oh yeah ... because Rene sure can pick em! Then again, in his mind, he always has a team that should demolish everyone and make a run at nationals. But there's always some reason -- not his fault, of course -- they can't get over the hump!

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    1. See, I noticed you were jealous.

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    2. I can't imagine he has a single player I would take.

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