Wednesday, July 12, 2017

QT Time... It is the Weekend for the Worst fo the Best...

It is that time of year when we have a mini tournament for the teams that didn't win and give a mulligan.  I'm not entirely opposed to this participation event because the DTA has a pretty long track record of putting the best teams in the same flight. 

4.5 

We have a four team playoff.

Life Time Fitness/Arcaria: This is a good team that probably had no playoff aspirations in March but Arcaria had some players and added some.  Beavers, Takashi and Jean Nguyen are all very good 4.5s.  He has some new names and they look pretty solid too.  This is a good team.

Greenhill/Rossouw-Myers:  I knew Marc and Brandon were BFFs but I had know idea they merged and even took each other's last name.  In all seriousness, this roster suffers from a serious void of depth.  It is concerning in the heat to have only 28 players on the roster.  He does have some really good players with Cash, Bell, Lafavre and others.  He just needs to be sure and play his best players and not spread the playing time.  Marc has always been good to his players and got his extras playing time so that is a little concern.

Gleneagles/Juhn:  This is a team that is surprising to see in the post season.  When I look at the roster, I see a pretty good and not great 4.0 team.  I am pretty sure they can keep the next weekend open.

Oak Creek/Sangren:  This is a strange team.  They definitely would be a force in 55s.  They have some younger guys that I do not know but it is a god team.  I think they will need to overachieve to see city playoffs.

In the end, it should be between Lifetime and Greenhill.  If this were 18th century warfare, Greenhill would overwhelm with numbers.  Since 8 can play and you only need three lines, I will take Lifetime Fitness in a close 3-2.

4.0
We have two three team flights.  We even have some new party crashers that really aren't familiar with playoffs in Royal Oaks, Lakes and Canyon Creek.  Congratulations to the new kids on the block.

Flight A
Brookhaven/Bartlett:  Bartlett has a bunch of guys that have a lot of QT experience.  This looks like the same guys at the club I have been seeing at Brookhaven for a long time and really don't get to 4.5 so they are a solid group.

Lakes/Reifsnyder:  This is one of the new guns.  I'd like to say I see some potential ringers but I do not.  they look pretty average top to bottom.  I don't see enough to take down Brookhaven Brad and the Bartletts.

Royal Oaks/Templeton:  Everything I just said about Lakes is rinse, wash and repeat.  They are basically the same guys with different names.

Winner of Flight A:  This should be a walk for Brookhaven.  The only caveat is the same as others...  you must play your best.  This is not the time for equitable tennis time.

Flight B:  This is easily the more difficult flight.  All three teams in this flight are capable of winning flight A.  Put Greenhill/Canyon Creek/Brookhaven in a flight and it could go any direction.

Canyon Creek/Patterson:  This team has quite a few players that have been around for quite awhile.  If they play their cards right, they can get three lines against anyone in the flight.

Greenhill/Ohl: This is pretty much the same as Canyon Creek.  They will need to play their lines right.

Garland/Kanchi:  This is the team I expect to win city playoffs and do damage at sectionals.  The only surprise is they are in QT.  He has 23 on his roster and if Kanchi learned from his mistakes of the past and actually play his best, he wins this flight, QT, city playoffs and maybe sectionals.

As I read this, there is a recurring theme on these captains... if they will just play their best players.  I have always wondered why so many captains do not play their best and get bitten as a result. 

60 comments:

  1. Any team that Raja captains is the favorite.

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  2. Raja has never even won his own flight.

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    1. Yeah, but next year will be different.

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    2. Rossouw has said the same thing for many years.

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    3. Going back as far as tennislink will go Ruse-oh teams are 0 and 36 getting out of Texas. Rosters have been over 792 players total. At some point blind dumb luck has to change doesn't it? .... he was heard saying "Nobody beats us 37 straight times!"

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  3. Russo has had over 40 teams he has captained between FW teams and Dallas teams in 18's and 40's and still has failed. Why these people sign up on those mega bust teams is a mystery. All average players and rosters too large. I guess if he signs up everyone he will win the league bec no one will be left.

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  4. Availability will be a big factor in the playoffs. If Rossouw has his best guys available then they are definitely the favorite this weekend in 4.5.

    The 4.5 QT will be decided that first match between Lifetime and GH.

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  5. The problem is Russo thinks he is one of his best players.

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  6. Lol.... beat me to it!

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  7. top 5 captains to play for currently:
    1. Raja
    2. Sisk
    3. Clark
    4. Alan A
    5. Jorge Aguilar

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    1. Everyone knows it is Kanchi and then all the rest.

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  8. Who ranks captains. No one cares. (Except for vain captains who probably do 90% of the posting in here)

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  9. My rankings:
    1. Captain Crunch
    2. Captain Morgan
    3. Captain Kirk
    4. Captain n Tennille
    5. Captain Kangaroo

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    1. While on the captains rankings, hare the top 5 who should never, ever play themselves in playoffs:
      1. ALzero
      2. Russssoh
      3. Arcaria
      4. Ohl
      5a. Bartlett
      5b. Juhn

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    2. Captain Kangaroo is overrated. Like Alan with Kelly and Zacry, he was carried by Mr. Moose and Mr. Green Jeans.

      Captain America was better.

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    3. Crazy thing is zacry may not be the best 3.5 Alan has. Alan has developed 3.5 women thru practice and drills.

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    4. Alan has developed 4.0 women into 3.5 women thru tanking and cheating

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    5. Funny, I paid a pro to make me better.

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    6. Hmmm, hard work and practice to get better? Great idea. Beer drinking and entitlement makes you better? Not a novel concept ..... huh

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    7. Going from 4.0 to 3.5 is not getting better.

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    8. Wrong, Tony Le will be better at 3.5 than 4.0

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  10. how about captain mutterlyn?

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    1. My vote is Raja. Currently has the best men's 4.0 roster, best mixed roster and if they weren't hurt the best 4.5 roster. He has the best 4.0 players in Hai and Rajiv and Two ringers in Sam H and Kelly. Other captains get the leftovers, Raja gets the main course. Everyone wants to play for Kanch!

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    2. I might disagree. Sisk has signed up some damn good 4.0's as well: Yeh, Hai, Victor Nguyen and B Womack. Both raja and Kanchi def can get the 4.0 talent.

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    3. To the commenter above, LOL. You mean the Kanchi 4.5 team that went 0 and 10? Sure, best roster

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    4. If raja has best mixed roster, why are they in third and out of the league at the half way point. Wouldn't the. Enter captain be the one that wins with less. That would be Bartlett at 8.0.

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    5. Is Raja actually Captain Kangaroo incognito? I've never seen them together!

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  11. 7:05 wins best comment.
    If we're gonna do rankings on a tennis blog, rank players. The players win leagues

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  12. If you are talking about winning leagues and counting mixed, tri and combo there is no equal to Voldemort. Last time a Dallas mens 4.5 team went to nationals Kelley was on it. He also has a mixed title and tri level title and two combo titles and about 15 other national appearances. If simply talking men's there is def room for discussion. Shame Kelley treats men's as practice, if he played serious Texas would have gone to more nats in men's. Players wins league yes but Raja and Alan are at the top of the charts easily.

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    1. ALzero gas captained many 6.0 squads to victory

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  13. Who the hell is Voldemort???

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  14. He is the character in Harry Potter. The one nobody wants to come up against.

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  15. Why don't you people leave Raja discussions to facts and not insults? He is one of the decent captains around right now.

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    1. Yes! A pillar of honesty and his players never tank matches.

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    2. We must be talking about different Raja Kanchis.

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  16. Alan's actullay a hell of a nice guy as well. Unless you f him over, then he will try to rip your heart out.

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    1. As long as you tank the matches when he tells you to, Alan sure is a nice guy

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  17. Captain Morgan's a little rough around the edges, but once you get to know him, he's a real sweetheart

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  18. Rossouw in again

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    1. Seems people complain about Alan's 3.5's and his ability to get 4.0's playing down. Well for all the idiots out there they are only a combined 7-4 this year. Only a 63% winning percentage. If you take kelleys matches away they are 4-4 and at 50 winning percentage. Please post facts before jealous blogging. These are not 4.0 women playing 3.5. Nice try from the haters though.

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    2. Just fact checked above post and it is correct. As a matter of fact Brokehaven's 3.5's are a combined 7-1 for the year. Why isn't everyone moaning and bitching about them? Funny huh? Guess their pros are better teachers? Or maybe beer makes you better.

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  19. finally facts posted here. quite refreshing!

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  20. These Springporkers sure do rally to their cult leader AlanA and his prophet Voldemort.

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    1. maybe that's why they win?

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  21. While others rally to second place and lower every year.....

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    1. I have to say and agree that Alan has obtained cult status as the mixed King of Dallas. Everywhere I go I am asked "are you on the SP 8.0 team? How do I get on it?" I tell them yes I am and it's a huge honor. Kinda like Davis Cup or Fed cup for the amateur. Sadly at some point SP will have a changing of the guard but right now there is no better captain or place to play. Kudos SP for what you have accomplished and basically put mixed tennis on the national map.

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  22. Classic reading!!! where do you people come up with this stuff????? There is no better blog in sports. I mean really. This SP machine is a thing of beauty. Just hilarious!

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  23. Let's talk about how GREAT Raja's team is since they squeaked by at QT playoffs!!!!

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  24. The blog only consist of Kelly, Alan, and Raja talking about themselves and how great they are these days.

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    1. They are great. Men lie, women lie, numbers don't lie.

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  25. Raja is the man! Nobody thought he had a chance!

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    1. Murray thought he had a chance.

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  26. Murray number one in world. Just like Raja in 4.0. There is only one #1

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  27. Stop talking about yourself on the blog

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  28. This weekend in 4.5 comes down to Rossouw vs JCC in 4.5. Springpark does not have enough to compete with those two but will be competitive. BH Harlee does not have the singles and sweeping doubles verse either of these teams is a long shot. BH Bartlett only there because they benefited from the easiest flight in 4.5 history.

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  29. Springpark doesn't have enough to compete? Let's just say Springpark will maybe lose 1 singles line all tournament and that's a VERY small maybe. JCC and Rossouw don't have the tools necessary to pull this out. JCC = no singles at all. Sure they have Mabe, but his style doesn't match well vs. at least 1 team. Greenhill = no singles at all. They are needing some luck with matchups in doubles.

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  30. LOL at Springpark getting their panties in a wad about a blog comment.

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  31. At least it's Men's this time.

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