AMERICAN TENNIS IN THE FUTURE (345)

  1.  College tennis is directly related to the development of elite players in America.  Without more scholarships for our youngsters,  we will continue “the dearth”.
  2. Pickleball could be an obvious first choice as the best lead-up game for our junior tennis programs.   The mass of people are unaware of our  current programs to address junior participation.  Awareness of pickleball popularity grows daily.

(www.tomparham.wordpress.com) has numerous attempts to call attention to the issues above.  Here are  are a few:

A. ( College/American tennis) https://wordpress.com/post/littlegreenbookoftennis.com/1749  (blog 193)

B. (Pickleball)

https://wordpress.com/post/littlegreenbookoftennis.com/1681 (blog 186)

 

 

RAP (344)

RAP

“…where did you go Joe dDiMaggio, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

Wo,wo,wo”

Someone said Bob Dylan’s SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK BLUES was the first rap song.

How about Don McClean’s AMERICAN PIE . Or Billy Joel’s WE DIDN’T LIGHT THE FIRE?

Where is rap? Eminem? Anyone, …Bueller? The fodder is there. Never been more cherries to pick.

  • No shortage of Trump bashing books. Amy Suskind’s THE LIST capsizes all the dishonesty and absurdity in her list (throw enough stuff on the wall and some will stick). Fear-mongering in America is nothing new: Top picks : KKK, the mafia, and the IRS.   Watergate Bob Woodard entitles his book FEAR, highlighting Trump’s proclamation of its effectiveness.
  • Hey, hey hey.   FDR (“we have nothing to fear, but fear itself.”)
  • David Halberstam’s book , THE CHILDREN, cites the courage of the young Nashville college students who led the civil rights protest’s beginning . Led by Diane Nash, James Bevel, Marion Barry and others–the group had to take these fearful actions before their children were born. They saw the chilling effect of fear on their elders, when threats to children and grandchildren were common.

Has there ever been a greater need for young Americans to screw up their courage and to tell the would be emperor he not only is naked, but also stripped of fear?

 

PS vote until the fox is out of the henhouse. Vote only for those who will (1) vote for some form of terms limits and (2) agree to be publicly hung if they renege once elected..

 

With apologies :

Trump is in the Whitehouse,

nation’s in the crap-house.

Manafort, Roger Stone and Cohen,

Off to the jailhouse, they’ll be going.

 

Wall in China, grab vaginas

Stoopid rednecks in Carolinas.

Shut down, shut up, plan unravels,

Oops, Nancy has the gavel.

 

I couldn’t vote for Donald,

You couldn’t vote for Hilary.

Now we’d both would vote for daffy duck,

How much worse could it be?

 

Tax evasion, New York past.

Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity,

What a cast.

Rude, crude, tolerate insanity,

How much longer will you let it be?

 

No dog for Trump, dogs won’t take him

McCain is a loser? What a thing to shout.

Military expertise?, prep school academies!

Vietnam, heel corns, gotta use my daddy’s clout

 

GOP–no more hiding.   Right and wrong are colliding.

On the fence? Vote like Pence?

Come on man, use your sense

 

Iraq I didn’t, Iraq I did,

Tweets and flip-flops, spell like a kid.

Blame Obamas, but give her speech,

First lady, out of reach.

,

See no heroes, neither saints,

Sent poor ‘W”off to paint.

“W” got it right once. This is it:

Trumps’s inauguration: “…ain’t that some weird shit”

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE CLOUD (343)

Earlier I gave the North Carolina Tennis Association/Foundation free  access to THE LITTLE GREEN BOOK of TENNIS.  The same was offered free to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and The National Federation of High School Athletics.

The Southern Tennis Association posted the following link to the free PDF of the book.  Now a simple click on the link below will freely access  the book to anyone.

********from the STA (Southern Tennis Association):

Coach Tom Parham has shared his 130-page book entitled The Little Green Book of Tennis. The book contains numerous tips and other material for tennis coaches.

Parham was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. He coached tennis for over four decades at Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) and Elon University.  His Barton teams won National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics titles in 1979 and 1984, and in 1990 it was Elon’s turn to enjoy its perch at the top of the NAIA ranks.

Parham won National Coach of the Year honors four times and is a member of eight halls of fame.  He had a 75 per cent win/loss record and ranks in the top 10 of all college tennis coaches with 600 wins.  Parham’s players were selected first team All American more than 30 times.

His teams played in 20 national tennis tournaments, finishing in the top ten 16 times and 10 of those were top five finishes.  Parham’s teams won 22 conference titles, including 11-year streaks at both Barton and Elon.

Thanks so much for sharing The Little Green Book of Tennis. I’ve made the book available on our website’s school tennis

 

“PEOPLE GET READY” (342)

My wife says I don’t like criticism.  Lots of it on social media now and coaches get their share.   Once, reading a major tennis magazine,  I saw my name in an article by a major tennis writer.   He chastised me for proposing a shortening of the scoring format for college tennis.   Somehow he missed that the proposal was for college tennis, not pro tennis.  Since that time college (and numerous other tennis bodies) have indeed realized the need to make these suitable changes in length.

The Australian Open starts the 2019 pro season today.   And with a shortened format.   People have, via common sense,

realized “Isner-like” five setters may end the careers of modern pros by injury, or causes starvation from a fan.   TOUCHE.

“Nothing remains the same but change.”

My first job was at a small college.   While in high school I played what many did:  Football, basketball, and baseball.   Now,  in addition to coaching varsity tennis, and running  the intramural program, I was assigned eight different courses to teach.  One was for physical education majors entitled TEACHING VOLLEYBALL AND SOCCER.  At that time no one knew what a soccer ball looked like.  Volleyball was at best a backyard game.

Now that school features sixteen varsity sports, Soccer and Volleyball for men and women included.

(Wait a minute.  Mistake.  There are no men’s collegiate volleyball teams  in the southeast.  Only the west coast and northern US field teams.)

WRONGY DONGY!   The North State Conference was originally an NAIA member.  After about fifty years and innumerable name changes, this league is now CONFERENCE CAROLINAS, members of NCAA Division 11.   All of its eleven members field a varsity men’s volleyball team.

Why all this change?   Ask anybody in the small college business in recent history.  Clients!  Numbers!  You can have a “college”  only if you have students.  North Carolina may have too many small colleges.  And while I believe small colleges may be the best way to become educated, two main factors compound their  dilemma:  They are expensive.  There  are 16  fine state institutions  of higher learning and tons of Community colleges.

Back to volleyball and male children.  Karch Kiraly led the USA in the Olympics in the 1980’s.   These California boys captured sports imaginations, including mine.  Why not play college men’s volleyball on the east coast.  We’ve got gyms too.  Courts are already lined.  No brainer.  The more I thought, taught, and played volleyball –the more I pushed the notion.  And, while our girls slipped seamlessly into varsity play, only club, class, intramurals,  and recreation  were it for high school boys and college men at a varsity level.

About five years ago I heard Conference Carolinas was to become the first conference to sponsor Collegiate varsity volleyball for men in the southeast.  The first match our school played in was an hour away and I was there.   Upon entering the gym I was struck by the kids and families and fans.  Eleven teams were entered.  And while our team featured some “beginning” players who rarely scored a point,  I inwardly beamed.  I WAS RIGHT.

January 11, 2019 we (BARTON COLLEGE) hosted the NCAA DIVISION 1 2018 champions, Long Beach State from California.  Several “old timers” came to me and asked Coach, what do you think of this?  Wow – and proud of pushing the game.

I studied the roster sheets and the players.  Long Beach featured 21 players.  Seventeen were from California.  Four were international.  Fourteen players were 6’5″ or taller.

Barton had quite a different mixture of their 13 players.   Seven were internationals from five different countries.  Twelve were 6’3″ or better.  I can tell you that to recruit that many internationals is a lot of work.

There was a good crowd who were enthusiastic and encouraged by the performance of this small school against the nation’s best.  Me too.

There were several others impressions:

****American college rosters can become international very fast.  This too is an evolving process.

****American coaches have to win.  This puts pressure on them  to find any good player.

****Basketball is also “going after internationals”.  Some are concerned (see blog 337 ).

****All college sports that are played internationally  will recruit more and more internationals  (Volleyball, tennis, golf, soccer, swimming, basketball, etc.)

****Tennis began this kudzu like spread in the 1970’s. Recently the top six ranked men’s tennis teams in NCAA Division two  combined,  featured 63 roster members.  Sixty two of them  were international.

I still believe scholarship control, with “our kids first, is RIGHT for American college sports.

THE PREDICTED “PICKLEBALL TSUNAMI IS “RIGHT” ON COURSE.

RIGHT—since 1970 about football and head injuries.  To be continued.

1998 RIGHT —-International basketball players are coming.   And they want  your scholarship.

 

 

 

 

 

“GOLFIRMATIONS” (341)

“Golf is like faith:  it is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”  (Arnold Haultain quoted in GOLFIRMATIONS– a book by Hugh O’Neil).

‘”…new putters have a way of quickly finding out who’s holding them.”

“…never bet anyone with a deep tan but whose left hand is  the color of mayonnaise.”

 

I never knew about the tricky putt Jack Nicklaus gave Tony Jacklin in the1969 Ryder Cup. Or WHY?

 

Or about why Curtis Strange played at the Inverrary Classic with only four clubs (page 41).

 

Verse One from THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE HIGH HANDICAPPER:

“Mine eyes have seen the glory of some drive so straight and true,

And I’ve endured a botched up bunker-shot

that stopped atop my shoe.

I have triumphed.  I have staggered.  I have foozled quite a few.

My handicap won’t go down.”   ****VERSES FOLLOW (pages 14, 15)

 

 

 

FLORENCE (340)

“It won’t happened to us” just happened to us.   It was named FLORENCE, and she roared through our neighborhood Sept. 18, 2018.   In the 1950’s movie THE RAINMAKER, Burt Lancaster’s character, STARBUCK warns “…don’t ask for deluge”!  Somebody didn’t get the memo.

Trying to find some good out of all this, I make this observation and suggestion.

Our community of some 400 lots and houses is fairly new.  The codes from day one prohibited metal roofs.  This was a decision made with aesthetics a major guideline.

Coastal people described Florence as “once in five hundred years” storm.  Yet the description was applied a week later to storm MICHAEL, that literally blew a Florida town off the map.   While Florence was  evaluated as “…” the most expensive storm in North Carolina history” by Governor Roy  Cooper,  Water–not wind was –the problem:  Unlike 2018’s Michael, or the 1954 monster Hazel.

The water, in flood-like fashion came from down  to up in homes and businesses.  More  often it came down, through  roofs with shingles.  Our house tops turned “tarp blue”.  We travelled eastern NC several different routes,  to Wilmington, who got it the worst, to Raleigh via 24/40 west or 58/70.  To Beaufort by 24/70 or down the island’s 58.

SAME STORY EACH WAY!  While shingled roofs allowed water into the buildings,  most metal roofs remained intact.  NO INTERNAL DAMAGE.  I asked my  insurance adjustor if my observations were accurate?  I guessed a 50-1 ratio between shingled or metal.  He said “…you are no where close”.

Lots of bad weather lately.  Hard to work outside.  Today and yesterday it has been nice.   Roof work every where.   Our people voted to allow metal roofs now.  But—they are more expensive.

CUT TO THE CHASE.  Shouldn’t replacement and new roofs in certain coastal and suspect geographical areas be metal?  Is a study worthwhile considering how to make metal roofs more accessible?   Should governments from local to federal  be concerned about not going through this nightmare again.  Insurance companies?   Certainly homeowners and businesses who are rebuilding.  New ones?

Our people know the scoop now.  Still pricing has people rebuilding with shingles.  While “I won’t be around for the next one” may be true, don’t you want your heirs to avoid this trauma?  Will the extra cost of metal now yield higher resale?

Time for some thought.  Action.  Do your own survey.  How many tarps on shingles roofs.  Metal?  Best evidence?   Check the old tobacco barns with intact metal tops!

If, in fact, the next FLORENCE styled storm is 100 years away –newly added metal roofs will join the tobacco barns as survivors.

 

“LOVE AND THEFT” (339)

I thought Jeff Bridges stole the Golden Globe 2019 show.  Tis good to be here NOW.   Maybe we all can become “trim tabs”:

 Trim tabs are little rudders on big ocean tankers, and that piece of information may not seem relevant in the context of a glitzy award show, but let Jeff explain:

“I like to think of myself as a trim tab and all of us are trim tabs,” he said. “It may seem that we’re not up to the task,  but we are, man. We’re alive. We can make a difference. We can turn this ship in the way we want to go, man! Towards love, to creating a healthy planet for all of us.”

Lots of stuff I  haven’t seen, but I did see VICE.  Breathes there a soul so dead that hasn’t realized what a mistake going into Iraq was, and remains.  Check VICE!

“…we have seen the enemy and it is us”  (POGO).

ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA a great series with best actress  Patricia Arquette winning the golden globe.

Continuing with my recents reviews and recommendations, next on my list is “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”.   Haven’t even seen the film but the various trailers on you tube guarantee my attendance.  The Coens strike again.  And, while checking on Buster I found an all time best short film.  THE GUNFIGHTER (WITH THE “VOICE”)  lasts ten minutes.  Check it out .  “…but he was!”