Monday, November 7, 2016

Tri-level Preview - Mission Impossible 1 - Not Everyone Get's Out Alive


I'm still trying to figure out Sisk's lineups.



Evidently someone told Sisk/Kanchi that all tri-level matches for the weekend would be played simultaneously because they have signed up 500 guys on the roster.  Don’t know if it’s good news or bad news guys, but they actually play the matches one at a time.  With only five teams total I’d expect they will play a round robin format, so each team will get four matches.  And wouldn’t you know it, that still isn’t enough matches to get the NINE 4.5s all qualified for any post-Dallas play.  Mission Impossible indeed.


Not sure about you, but I noticed someone posted that Red Benzon moved to San Antonio last weekend.  At least he moved on tennislink.  He’s also playing on a Dallas team and a San Antonio team for tri-level.  Since I don’t captain I’m not as up on all the rules as some of you but help me out.  Does Dallas still have a rule where you can’t play tri-level in Dallas and another city?  Because Kanchi is playing in Dallas and San Antonio too.  Inquiring minds want to know.  But let’s move on.


20) Team Sisk/Kanchi wins this on sheer bulk.  I’m like the college professor who takes all the papers to the top of the stair well and tosses them.  The heaviest papers hit the bottom first and get the A.   This team is definitely the heaviest.  Twenty guys, wow, I still can’t wrap my head around that.   The ultimate in participation awards.  Let’s at least hope the tri-level T-shirts are nice this year because that’s about all some of these guys are going to take away from this.  That being said, I still think they win.  And hey, maybe they know something the rest of us don’t.  As you can see below, picking the order of finish by the size of the team isn’t the worst way to go this year. 


(15) Team Kingsley is always a contender and accounted itself pretty well last year.  Let’s not get into the whole lineup snafu again.  Too painful.  More interesting this year is how a guy who has done this several years seems to have forgotten that high tri doesn’t allow self rates.  Again, maybe I’m not up on the rules but its looks to me like both Hunter Foster and Chris Hill are self rates.  That still leaves him with four other 4.5s but I don’t follow what’s going on here.  This team has all it needs to finish second and watch for the wildcard again. 


(12) Next is Team Jeung with a very sensible twelve guys.  Everyone can play twice if they want.  Somabut can sign up and not play if he wants.  It’s not so many people that Bearden can’t handle the team beer needs.  And to keep it interesting they brought a 3.0 along.  They seem to have all their bases covered.  This team wins the boy scout award for preparedness.  If I was going to join a tri-level team (yeah, yeah, I have to be asked first) I’d join this one.  It looks like the most fun.


(10) Team Mayer rolls in with ten guys.  Again, fairly sensible but they don’t come close to the strategic preparedness of Team Jeung.  More importantly, this is a Fort Worth captain with several FW guys.  Evidently they decided FW was too difficult this year and came to Dallas to steal one of our sectionals invites.  That’s horrible; who would ever do that?  Oh wait, this just in.  Evidently Mayer and Shawn Arcaria got their RSVPs switched and Mayer went to the Dallas party while Arcaria RSVP’d for the FW party.  So confusing, happens all the time.


(8) Coming in lean and mean is Team Myers with eight total guys.  Won’t they be intimidated when the team busses pull up and Sisk/Kanchi unload an army.  At least you won’t have to wonder a lot about what their lineup is going to look like.  I’d guess Dendy and LaMoy play a lot.


So, your mission, should you choose to accept it: 1) Can self rates play in high tri-level now, 2) can you play in Dallas tri-level and still play in another city’s tri-level event, and 3) where does Red Benzon live?


And, as always, this message will self destruct in five seconds.  Well, at least the Sisk/Kanchi team may self destruct at sectionals when people start getting really pissed about playing time.  From some of the stories I heard from last year’s sectionals win you’d have thought Team Sisk lost.  Those guys won the national title, only had twelve players on the team, and there were still at least four guys not named Rigney that were pissed they didn’t play more.  You won nationals.  Don’t you think the captain might have played the right people?


With any luck they will make nationals again and have to cut this team in half.  With some of the egos on that team it would be fun to watch.  As always, good luck to all. 


Final thought: I really miss there not being an Alzuro team this year.  It’s a shameless plug, but I thought the tri-level blog post that featured his team prominently was one of my highlights.  Every great artist needs an inspiration.


 

30 comments:

  1. At least we know who the clear winner will be. No need to manage the Sisk players. Everyone knows their role.

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  2. (3) self rated players have been moved to a holding team. (2) from Kingsley and (1) from Mayer.

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    1. that's a start. now how about kicking Benzon and Kanchi out of Dallas tri-level?

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    2. You should send a protest in. Probably would be denied though.If they advance in S.A they won't be allowed to play in Dallas. It's that simple.

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  3. Dallas will walk away with Tri Level easy.

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  4. HOLY JEEZ UM. Go check out San Antonio Tri level. 9 teams and it is an 8 match round robin. That's alot of tennis.

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    1. That's awesome. Too bad Dallas doesn't do that. Would cut down on a NCAA Division 2 number 1 player playing every match. How bored must Kyle be?? It's like a high schooler playing a 3rd grader...guess ppl need a boost to their egos.

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    2. Kyle has been playing mixed most of his league time. Must tell you something about boosting egos.

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  5. Let's catch up around the state.
    Austin Nov 11-13
    Fort Worth Dec 10-11
    Houston Nov 12-13
    NETX already done
    NOHO set up as flight play through Jan 2017
    San Antonio Nov 11-13
    SETX set up as flight play through mid-Nov



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    1. Is Murray Langston Greg Wiley?

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    2. He moved a few years ago but I guess he could be.

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    3. Looked him up and he plays out of Dallas and Houston. Makes perfect sense.

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  6. Anybody else think NOHO and SETX are bullshit?

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    1. Yeah,but they both are sections that make money with league participants and fees. No matter what you say it's all about the leagues forming.

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    2. Yeah, it is always about making more money.

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  7. Dallas was originally scheduled for September 30th. That would have meant you could not play for another team had you won in Dallas. Pretty sure whoever loses in Dallas next weekend will migrate to Fort Worth.

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    1. Does that mean you can play in different cities?

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    2. Yes, the coordinator verified it already. As long as the league or event your playing in does not advance you can play in multipe cities. Same as if you play in Dallas and lose then play Tri Level in Fort Worth in December.

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    3. That is new. Last year, I was told you could only play Dallas or Fort Worth but not both.

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  8. So when Kanchi's San Antonio team wins tri-level he won't be able to play in Dallas. Guess he's going to go all the way to SA and lose?

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  9. Who cares. In the end Team Sisk wins and that's all that matters. No one cares about S.A.

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  10. How did Kingsley not know he had signed up two self rates?

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    1. Ever meet Vince? There are a lot of things he doesn't know.

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  11. Can we say Madam President!

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    1. Might want to rethink that...

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    2. Dewey Beats Truman

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  12. Let's make the DTA great again

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    1. Again? I haven't been around long enough to remember when it was great.

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  13. Kelly - Kyle
    Josh - Alan
    Rajeev - Hans
    That's just not going to get beat.

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  14. Maybe in Dallas. Sectionals is a different story.

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