There goes another SpringPark 8.0 mixed team to the gleaming land of Nationals.
There are a number of reliable guides around. Bender was going to the Emerald City before it was emerald. But since we’re talking about mixed at the moment, is it too late to get on the Springpark 8.0 team? Any SpringPark 8.0 team? Granted, there have been years that the Alan/Kelly tag team have taken off but it seems like when they want to go, they go. If Krista is captaining any 9.0 over 40 teams, I’d get on one of those as well. Of course you’d have to be a lot better than me to play on either.
In 40s this year, I’ll take SpringPark 8.0 to go all the way to the dance. Vegas isn’t even making a line on this. Not sure about the Springpark 7.0 team to make it though. They have a chance but I’m not sold.
In 18s this year, I’ll take SpringPark 8.0 to have as good a chance as anyone in Texas to head to the dance as well. These massive 7.0 rosters scare me. Springpark and High Point both have huge rosters and some baggage. Not certain they can get everyone playing time and still win all the lines they need but there are a few pretty weak teams out there. This is Tony's to lose. In my most definitive pick for the season, I’ll take SpringPark to win 9.0. There are only two teams and both play out of SpringPark. Nothing like a sure thing. Out of a sense of fairness Alan has Kelly, Davis and Pollard all playing with 4.0 women.
So, what do I know about mixed? VERY LITTLE. I know a 4.5 man has a better chance of dominating 8.0 than a 4.0 man has of dominating 7.0. I also know if you stand out there and never get to hit a ball you have even less of a chance of dominating anything so your partner better be able to hold up. I know a lot of guys who have told me it’s harder to win mixed than it is to win men’s. I know a lot more who have told me it can ruin your doubles game. And while I don't follow or like mixed, I do know some of the players and can do the research on them.
I know I tried it one season but my partner said she wanted someone better looking if she was going to have to play mixed. She wanted a better player too but evidently she’d have settled for better looking.
And I know that when SpringPark gets serious about mixed your partner better be good looking because you ain’t gonna win.*
* The views of this blogger on the subject of mixed do not necessarily represent those of USTA Texas or the DTA, but hey – winning is still winning.