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The Little Green Book of Tennis

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Harvey Penick’s “Little Red Book of Golf” is one of the best recent examples of coaching a sport. I have patterned my new book on tennis instruction using methods similar to Coach Penick. Drawing from fifty years of teaching and coaching, I share insights from my mentors who helped me craft repeatable techniques for winning. I also share our personal experiences and observations that have proven to be solid advice. Hopefully, you’ll find this book to be succinct and filled with gems for all levels of players and coaches.

If you would like to purchase a printed copy of the book ($28/book), email me at ethomasparham [at] gmail.com. If you’d like to purchase a digital copy, they are available on Amazon here.



Here are a few early reviews: 

“If you are looking for a tennis book that is both entertaining and thought provoking this is the book for you. Tom Parham’s insights and musings are both informative and entertaining. As a former college coach, I found it a great read! This Hall of Famer has the ability to think outside the box and you might just find yourself doing the same thing. Coaches will appreciate his originality and benefit from his years of experience.” (Coach Bob Bayliss, Notre Dame Men’s Tennis, ITA Hall of Fame)

“I was very fortunate to find Elon University and Coach Parham when I decided to play college tennis, after getting out of the sport in my crucial junior years. At Elon with Parham at the helm I found the love for the sport again. Coach Parham wanted you to love the game when you graduated and never treated his players like a number. He truly cared about them. I learned a lot from Coach Parham not only in the 4 years I played for him but throughout all my years in teaching and coaching tennis. He has been a gracious mentor to me. I was fortunate to follow Coach Parham as the Elon Men’s Tennis Coach when he retired in 2004 and have passed much of his knowledge on to my players. A lot of what I learned is written in “The Little Green Book of Tennis” as he wrote it all down. I believe this book is a must read to all high school coaches and players.” (Michael Leonard, Elon University Men’s Tennis Coach)

“Tom Parham is my friend, my coach at Elon University, and a long time advisor. He brought me to America. He skillfully guided me through a new world and a new tennis arena–American College Tennis. We did well. He understood both the game, the team, and me.  He is a very well respected professional with success at coaching and teaching at all levels. Coach Parham is a master teacher and looked at as a integral part of tennis history in North Carolina, the South, and the nation. The book, The Little Green Book of Tennis is spot on in method and message for coaches, players, and teams, at all levels. Buy it.” (Roland Thornqvist, Head Women’s Tennis Coach, University of Florida)

“Coach Parham is a masterful teacher, southern humorist, and sports philosopher who explains tennis strategies and techniques in a way that anyone can “get it.” The wisdom gained in a brilliant career has been boiled down to  bite-sized pearls of wisdom in “The Little Green Book of Tennis,” a must-read for coaches, instructors, players, and parents.” (Ron Smarr, Rice University Men’s Tennis, ITA Hall of Fame, Winningest Coach in Men’s College Tennis upon retirement)

“Tom Parham’s recent authorship of his book The Little Green Book of Tennis is a great handbook for young, aspiring tennis coaches. It is also a thoughtful, entertaining read for all tennis buffs. During Tom’s forty-plus years of coaching collegiate tennis at ACC (Barton) and Elon University, he won numerous conference, district, and national championships in both the NAIA and NCAA levels of competition. As Director of Athletics at Elon University for twenty-seven years, it was a pleasure and with admiration that I observed his success during his tenure at both institutions. Coach Parham was and continues to be a committed and astute “student” of the game while he is quick to offer praise and credit to such outstanding coaches as Jim Leighton and Jim Verdieck for their mentoring that greatly enhanced his knowledge and skill for his teaching expertise.” (Dr. Alan J. White, Elon University Athletics Director)

“Tom Parham and I are colleagues and friends.  We are a lot alike, because we could not have lived without coaching.  Both native North Carolinians,  we both played two varsity sports at small colleges in NC—me at Guilford, Tom at Barton. I have seen this man coach and teach. His words flow off the page much in the same manner as the great teachers and coaches I have known. Coach Parham concludes that “this material is, in large part, not mine.  I am only the messenger. I believed in it and benefitted from these masters. I did write it down.”  I don’t think anyone has done it better.” (David Odom, Wake Forest University Men’s Basketball Coach)

“I have read the Verdieck chapter, and you did a great job capturing my dad’s thoughts. I still get choked up when I try to express my great pride in my dad and give him the credit he deserved. My dad focused so much on finding a player’s weakness and fixing it, as well as putting his players into pressure situations to learn to compete and remain poised. Each day of practice at Redlands was competition, whether a challenge match, a round robin, a steady game, a volley game. Coach Verdieck would test his players, not only with their ability to make shots and eliminate errors, but to do it when feeling pressure.” –Doug Verdieck

I played for Coach Parham during the late sixties at Atlantic Christian College. After graduation and entering a career in teaching and coaching, I was a member of the tennis camp staff at Atlantic Christian and Elon University. Much was learned during these twenty-five plus years from my mentor Tom Parham.  He had spent years talking with some of the top teaches and coaches including Jim Leighton at Wake Forest, Dennis Van Der Meer, Chet and Bill Murphy, Welby Van Horn, Wayne Sabin, Jim Verdieck, and others. What he did with all of this knowledge was to present it in such a manner that both young and old could understand it.  This is exactly what he has done with “The Little Green Book of Tennis.” He wrote it all down. The best book I have ever read on the game of tennis – from teaching techniques, to drills, to strategy. A must read for players and coaches. (Eddie Gwaltney, Retired Athletic Director, Teacher, Coach)

“Coach Parham coached me at Atlantic Christian College, now Barton College.  I was in the middle of some 30 Swedish youngsters who ventured into a new country, a new language, and new friends. This came largely at the time of “the golden days of tennis in Sweden.” Bjorn Borg was our impetus.  Edberg, Wilander, Anders Jarryd, an on and on.  My father was the director of the Swedish Open in Stockholm.  I grew up watching these guys, their games, techniques, deportment. While Coach Parham recruited world-wide and very well, he had the Swedes at the core for 26 years. He told us all, “Do it right academically, personally, and on the court. This is not just about you.  You establish whether I can bring in other players behind you.” It is hard to imagine how many good young Swedes there were, and how hard players and coaches attempted to learn and play the game. At one time there were about 300 Swedes playing college tennis in America. Quite frankly, most of us had been trained by more knowledgeable teachers and pros. But Coach Parham had done his homework. He had paid his dues.  Not only that, he was eager to absorb what we brought. I once heard him say “… the Swedes know things we don’t. And they know how to play as a team member.”  He was all about the team. We respected him, knowledge, effort, and leadership. And we held up our end of the bargain.”  (Johan Sturen, ACC ’83, two time first team All-American).

A response to NCAA President, Mark A. Emmert

Below is a letter to me that states the position of NCAA President Mark A. Emmert on international athletes in American college athletics. And I agree with the content. However, I believe there is another tenable side to this issue. Therefore, in addition to President Emmert letter, I have shared what I believe is another salient side to the issue.

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Dr. Mark Emmert
President, NCAA
PO Box 6222
Indianapolis, Indiana  46206

Dear Dr. Emmert,

I am appreciative of your letter of March 15, 2017. Earlier this winter I had a long conversation with Timothy Russell , CEO of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).   I have also pled my case to Paul Lubbers of USTA player development, the Southern district of USTA, (STA) and the North Carolina Tennis Association (NCTA).

And have done so with countless others since 1970. Your response insures that I have been heard at our highest levels and that is truly fair.

Approaching age 77 with fifty years of coaching, teaching and administering in two small (Barton College) to mid size Division 1 (Elon University), I have watched this issue closely, and while I fully agree with diversity and inclusion and equitable participation, there seems to be more to the issue.

My teams rosters included fifty plus internationals. From about a dozen different countries. Roland Thornqvist, women’s tennis coach at the University of Florida just won the women’s D1 National team tennis indoor title, owning a handful of national titles. I recruited Roland to the USA and he is probably best known of my recruits who are in the athletics arena and have stayed in the country. No less known in the world of orthopedic surgery in America is Dr. Pramote Malisitt, a native of Bangkok, who remains in our country. Dr. Peter Lindstrom, is one of twenty nine Swedes whom I recruited, and who is nationally known as a vital computer expert with our defense department. Neither our schools, nation, nor I would wish they weren’t here.

Never have I suggested we shouldn’t have delved into internationals then or now. But it seems to me to be a half full/half empty issue. Not once have I ever said an international should be prohibited from participation. Or equal admittance. The elephant in the room is scholarships. Never have I suggested internationals should be exempt from a reasonable amount of money. I do believe that the NCAA has a legal right to provide aid to our citizens first. One link to follow allows that about 200 million American dollars go into international men and women tennis players.

Many parents and taxpayers question all foreign rosters, all with grants and many from state schools. (See enclosed latest rankings from Division II) I wouldn’t object to an all international team in any sport if they paid the bill. But to scholarship an all African team, rather than an African American team is bothersome, to say the least. What we have now is foreign aid, not trade. Not once in the many times I asked any international , “Would your native country do what we do?” was the answer yes. And the money is coming from the coffers of the only reasonable financial return for all the expenses encountered: Scholarships. Scholarships can easily amount to a quarter million dollars per student ,over four years. Not to mention the subsequent benefits of quality education. I don’t even mention the rarity of professional player rewards, as we all know the status of American elite players. That is another issue, but giving American college tennis to internationals via disproportionate scholarship is directly related to this demise (again link to follow).

Basketball, golf, and other international sports are making forays into the American college arena. As a young coach I quickly realized if they have a nuclear weapon or two, I had better find some to help me keep my job. This is true today. Witness Duke University’s meteoric rise in Women’s golf. Surely young coaches watched an all international roster ascend to the top. Is this the intent of Title IX for our women? The American college system is the best system in the world to train elite athletes. The best example is surely Women’s Soccer.

Soccer, the most widely played sport in the world ,has never been won by American men. Yet, since the advent of Title IX our women have won three world cups in soccer. All twenty three women were participants in American College Soccer. And I’d bet they all had scholarships. Some one asked me where was the national training center for women on the world cup team? Chapel Hill, I replied. (Anson Dorance’s UNC teams had six of the twenty three players). And his teams influenced all the rest.

Upon accepting the job at Elon University, the then president admonished me, “… we don’t want an all foreign team!” After ten years that included a national team championship, I was concerned that a walk-on international was good enough to shift our team balance to more than 50% international for the first time. A decided shift in attitude was “ Coach we’ve decided that we don’t care where they are from if they are the quality of people you’ve been recruiting.”

And, while this validates your position, I believe a compromise is the answer.

My internationals returned home at about a 90% rate. That money may have brought in any number of our own citizens, equal in every way, except talent in tennis, as a true 18 year old freshman . (see DAY DREAM BELIEVER) on addendum to follow. Without scholarship aid for many American tennis youngsters, the “…pathway to opportunity” does not currently exist.

I have shared a few opinions, mine and others, on Addendum 1.

I intend to include a copy of your letter, and valid position to several interested parties. Knowing I have had my say, I remain sincerely grateful.

Tom Parham

*****NOTE:  The additional comments  heretofore referred to can be found by reading  HOW TO MAKE AMERICAN TENNIS GREAT AGAIN,   a blog on http://www.tomparham.wordpress.com

HOME GROWN (192)

Sixty years ago Carolina won its first national NCAA basketball championship.   We watched it on this new thing called TV.   UNC beat my Wake Forest Deacons four times in close games that undefeated year for the Heels (32-0).  The last one on a buzzer beater by Lennie Rosenbluth.  UNC Coach,  Frank McGuire observed “…the Baptists and the Catholics were having a swell game when the Jewish kid ended it all”.

This year’s UNC roster was made up of all American players.   Three of five solid starters were from our state.   Gonzaga listed five internationals on their roster.   Someone said there are five thousand international basketball players in the USA.

Our guys are something to be proud of.  The best.

DRIVING PRIVILEGES (191)

February 2017 was the best weather-wise of the ten years worth of “wintering” at the beach.   My wife, Margaret, grew up on Lake Huron.  Loves the water plus realized  “…the kids will come see us at the beach.”  Winters can be quiet.  Our population is ten times larger in the summer.   Then we have a lot of drunks, deer and cops.  We can muster a small traffic problem fourth of July weekend.

The locals (high tiders or “hoi toiders”)  don’t think much of the invader’s driving (“droiving”).   They say “dit-dotters” come, but go back home.  “Dingbatters” stay.  Either way, “…my Lord honey, they must leave their brains on the other soide (side) of the bridge.”

We just ventured a trip to Florida.  Routine drive for Margaret.  I try not to get out of our zip code.  Plus she won’t let me droive (oops).  We stopped in to see The Villages.   Lots of “Seniors”.  One widow confided ” …we are all looking for a rich old geezer, with night driving privileges”.

Anywhere on the other side of Kinston is considered the far west by the “downeasterners”.

In my neighborhood there is only one next door resident who winters here.  Tal.  Tal doesn’t say much.  I watch him a lot.  He spends more time working on one little corner of his lot than Margaret  does all year, yard working, And she is OCD.  Tal’s wife comes out about monthly, so I know she’s not buried below that little plot.

I’ve got his schedule down pat.  Goes to Food Lion twice a week  (his truck is gone).

Margaret has a low threshold of “house containment”.   She gets a “look” you can recognize.  It is a lot like a parent recognizing the look of a child needing a bathroom.  Then it is “roll time”.  Doesn’t matter where, just meet her quota.

In the 70’s Elon College’s mens basketball team strangely won it’s first four games on the road, and  lost the first three home games.   Next home game Head Coach, Bill Miller,  issues assistant Bill  Morningstar some strange orders:  “MAWNINSTAH,   git em all down at the vans at 3pm.  Tell em  to be sure to wear their away suits.”

‘Star:  But Coach Miller, we play at home tonight at 7pm.   Miller:  Ride em around in the county for a couple of hours.  Then tell em to play like they’ve been on a road trip.”

Nearly 77years, I lose my keys a lot.   Actually  I think Margaret hides them.  She’ll take off and go somewhere soon.   I’ll wait till Tal shows up on corner duty, then if I don’t hit a deer, or run off  the bridge, I may try a trip to Swansboro.

How to make American tennis great again

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Problem
Over the past 35 years, the number of top ranked US players has declined drastically. For example, right now there are zero top 10 ranked men in the ATP, and two in the WTA. By comparison, in the 1970s there were an average of 3 men and 4 women in the top 10. Today, our colleges and universities are giving approximately 7,000 scholarships a year (~$200m/year) to international players. In the 1970s, scholarships to foreign players were relatively rare. The USTA spends $18m/year on player development which is 10% of the amount invested in foreign born players by our higher education institutions.

Solution
What if we invested these resources (scholarships) into American tennis players? Would we see a dramatic increase in top ranked players in the next 10 years? Either way, we will have allocated tens of thousands of scholarships to young Americans, investing over $250m in educational resources into the US economy. Let’s build a coalition of supporters of American tennis to test this theory. Our goal is the adoption of a new policy by the NCAA that requires 70% of men’s and women’s scholarships to be allocated to US citizens over the next 10 years.

How would we measure success?
We expect to see a 300% increase in Americans in the top ten men’s and women’s worldwide rankings by 2027 (ten years).

How to accomplish this?
We have the potential to build a grassroots coalition of like-minded supporters of American tennis. Once we determine our strategy, we can leverage our collective relationships to determine the strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities of our campaign. We’ll start by privately approaching Tim Russell, CEO of the ITA, to understand the ITA Board’s concerns with our proposal. Once we have their support (or opposition), we will reach out to the ITA coaches to help us demonstrate their support for our proposal. We’ll state the potential benefits and consequences of this policy shift, and petition the NCAA to make the changes. If they refuse to consider our proposal, we’ll explore a legal approach.

Are there any risks? 
The first question is, is it legally possible to reserve a percentage of scholarships for US citizens? We may need to hire a legal expert to determine the complexity of our proposal if necessary. Does the ITA Board, the ITA members, NCAA, and/or USTA have an incentive to incur the cost of fighting this proposal? We should address any negative consequences in our proposal. For example, we understand that we would eliminate some great international players (and scholars) from our institutions. It is also probable that the overall quality of competition would decrease in the near term, and that this could put some smaller college programs at risk. Finally, there would be a decrease in the “diversity” of students in our higher education institutions. We are willing to take these risks.

Next Steps

  1. Determine the right legal and financial structure to support this campaign. Is there an existing non-profit that we could leverage as a fiscal sponsor to move more quickly?
  2. Start a coalition of supporters to staff and fund this campaign. Establish a working leadership council with clear roles and responsibilities, and a decision making process.
  3. Identify an internal or external program manager with campaign experience and strong relationships in the ITA to plan, manage, and execute our campaign.
  4. If we face resistance from the ITA or NCAA, we will need to hire a legal team experienced in NCAA policy and laws to litigate this proposed change.
  5. Identify the ideal leader for the campaign

Who’s with me?
Please comment here or contact me (ethomasparham [at] gmail.com) if you would like to discuss this further.


Addendum

Assumptions
We estimate that they are at least 700 men’s and women’s programs across D1, D2, NAIA, and junior colleges. We estimate that 70% of these 10,000 total scholarships are valued at $25,000/year. Before taking this campaign public we should validate these assumptions with the ITA.

History of this issue
In 1970, the NAIA eliminated their quota on foreign scholarships. Within five years, the consequence was clear – NAIA tennis was dominated by foreign tennis players. I would know – I won two national championships with teams with at least 50% of foreign-born players. During the 1970s, the NCAA followed by removing any barriers to recruiting foreign players, and D2, D3, junior colleges, and eventually D1 tennis programs became dominated by foreign players. Concurrently, from 1970 to 2016 we see a clear and consistent reduction in the number of top 10 ATP and WTA players born in the US. Is this causation or correlation? No one knows, but if necessary, we could design and conduct a formal study to explore causation between these two trends.

Focusing on the ITA
Our ecosystem of stakeholders includes: ITA, NCAA, USTA, Higher Education administrators, private and high school teaching professionals, parents of young players, and American taxpayers. After evaluating the incentives and resources of each of these organizations, my recommendation is to start our campaign within the ITA, build a grassroots movement with the ITA members that demonstrates that the majority of coaches support us, and then take our proposal to the NCAA. Given that the ITA changed leadership, how can we effectively influence the strategic plan?

Would most of the ITA members vote for our proposal? Our theory is that they would because 73% did vote for a similar policy change in 1990, but the ITA board rejected the proposal after the USTA stated that they would not provide indemnification for the ITA in a lawsuit. Some coaches would not support this proposal, because it would risk them becoming less competitive and ultimately threaten their personal well-being. One way to get started would be to internally poll of the 700+ ITA coaches and the ITA Board, and evaluate potential buy-in to the idea. If there is a consensus, our coalition would provide the program management resources to formally propose the policy change, collect endorsements, and present it formally to the NCAA. If ignored or contested, we would then put together a plan to litigate against the opposition.

Externalities
Creating an incentive for American families to invest time and resources into junior and high school tennis is seemingly good for our economy. Quantifying the potential impact would require some resources, and should not be an immediate priority. If we determined that quantifying the economic impact of our proposal would help us fundraise, we would measure the potential impact by surveying 7 families whose children received full scholarships to US universities and determine the average cost of their commitment. Then we would survey 7 families whose kids play junior tennis (and/or high school tennis) and determine how much of a factor the potential of earning a college scholarship drove resource allocation in the family. We would need to hire a consultant to design and execute this survey to be statistically sound.

Extensibility
Could this approach apply to other sports? Is the NCAA’s primary concern that if the ITA makes this change that they will be pressured to do so on other sports. Would that be a bad thing? No, not in our opinion. Title IX created a tremendous opportunity for women athletes, but many of these scholarships are currently being allocated to international athletes.

Former college tennis players
Jack Kramer, Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, John McEnroe, Bob and Mike Bryant, Jim Courier, Brad Gilbert, Bill Tilden, Roscoe Tanner, Jimmy Connors, Dennis Ralston, Dick Stockton, Vitas Gerulaitis, Michael Chang, Malavai Washington, Todd Martin, Bob Lutz, Bill Talbert, Tony Trabert,, Vince Spadea, John Isner, Steve Johnson

 

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“Tom Parham is my friend, my coach at Elon University, and a long time advisor. He brought me to America. He skillfully guided me through a new world and a new tennis arena–American College Tennis. We did well. He understood both the game, the team, and me.  He is a very well respected professional with success at coaching and teaching at all levels

(Roland Thornqvist , Coach of Florida Women’s tennis team—currently ranked #1).

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Wayne Bryan, father of the tennis twins, wrote a long, thoughtful letter to the USTA some while ago. My blog 117 condenses a  few points from the letter. My post “The Guerilla Bureaucrat” calls for a powerful insider to throw appropriate light on the exit of college tennis scholarships  to international players. And to the link between no scholarships for American players and no quality American players winning slams or even getting close. For years no one has done much to confront this cocktail of demise for American tennis. Contrarily, Coach Bryan may now have hit a major nerve with American parents

 

GO FIGURE (173)

There were 14 internationals drafted by NBA teams. NC State’s Cat Barber wasn’t drafted. NC State recruited 3 international men’s basketball players (pending eligibility). Which Americans got bumped?

 

 

https://littlegreenbookoftennis.com/2016/10/24/day-dream-believer-175/ (WHAT IF?)

 

XENOPHOBIA? (145)

ON MARCH 16, 2016 BY ETHOMASPARHAMIN UNCATEGORIZED

Being from the South opens one up to quick criticism. My particular myopia centers around the world of college sports, mostly tennis. This began in 1972. Just this year I’ve made a “comeback”. My blog has 15 articles on the subject(s) published this year. Below I have listed related comments, if anyone is paying attention. If you read only one along with this one, go to #122.

Once again the only two American winners, save the Williams sisters, are college products. John Isner and the Bryan twins won the Davis Cup round.

My strong belief is that the only hope for future top American players, is the allotment of scholarships to our youngsters. Many youngsters are not playing football and basketball for whatever reason. Tennis needs to position itself to attract these youngsters as their next option of choice.

Ah, but the law. The constitution and NATIONAL ORIGIN. I think the Morel Letter (see blog 116)  gives tennis the “out” needed. There again, that Southern thing!

Anyway–to start the new year how about the SIX BY SIX plan? There are six singles players in the standard team format. There are also 6 slots for doubles (2 players per team, 3 teams). How about this: Six of the twelve slots must be filled by Americans?

Bob Burton said the NCAA should be restricted to ten rules. Add one? You have to eliminate one.

So here come the nit pickers: How do you allot scholarships? fill out your lineups? injuries? etc.

Call it the Parham 6×6 plan. But the details and rules? That is for the next Xenophobe.

RELATED ARTICLES BY NUMBER: 111,112,114,116,117,119,120,122,125,126,127,128,132,136,137.

 

From article 153 (Passing the Flag)

Here are some questions and “food for thought” for anyone concerned about the future of American tennis:
1. Does the USTA realize they are spending $500,000,000 plus for a roof and that when it is done perhaps no Americans will qualify for the USOPEN?
2. Did we actually spend 17 million dollars on USTA Player Development with this kind of results?
3. What are the plans on the horizon to correct this problem? Are we willing to listen to new or valid suggestions?
4. If so, has this been thoroughly thought out: There is a direct correlation starting from 1970 until 2016 between the number of scholarships given to American college tennis players to the current dearth of highly ranked American pros. Further, an examination of the top ten Americans during the 70’s and 80’s reveals the quality of those players compared to the top ten men and women today. My belief is the best elite training system world wide is the American College/University athletic programs.  Ask Isner 1. were you selected for USTA elite programs? 2. Did your participation at GEORGIA prepare you for your best shot at pro tennis? 3. Did you have a scholarship? 4. Would you have selected GEORGIA had they not provided that grant?

 

 

 

200 MILLION AMERICAN $ ANNUALLY TO INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE TENNIS PLAYERS? (SEE LINK BELOW)

 

******THERE ARE SOME 200 ARTICLES ON BLOG (WWW.TOMPARHAM.WORDPRESS.COM).   IN ADDITION TO THESE NUMBERED ABOVE, THERE ARE SEVERAL MORE NEW ONES ON THE BLOG, AS WELL AS THOSE IN MY BOOK, “THE LITTLE GREEN BOOK OF TENNIS”. TP

 

SET UP?(189)

Just saw a facebook tv clip on Ron and Don Marley.   At 70 years people of Robbins, NC still can’t tell them apart.
My family moved two houses up from them in 1952. I bet a friend a quarter I could tell them apart. Just to be sure
I snuck “Ronnie” a piece of chewing gum. After I named “Donnie, “Ronnie–Donnie gave Ronnie his gum back. And I gave my
quarter to the friend. I was new in Robbins.

THE ENEMY AT THE GATE (188)

I started writing this blog in 2008. Topics range from the easter bunny to Bob Dylan. “Hits” or visits to the site are recorded. The last pickleball article (187) had a daily total that was three times more hits than any one single day. There was still the fear that pickleball will damage tennis.
NEWS FLASH: Tennis and pickleball should not fight each other. They have a mutual enemy, video games!
See FAULTLINES or article 168.