The Green Machine Miracle

Matt4wmIt was the best match of all time.

It was the worst match of all time.

With their season and hopes for sectionals hanging in the balance, Young Matt Parrado, battered, beaten but unbowed by severe sciatic back pain, squared off against a West Meadows opponent who was fresher, healthier and stronger.

His teammates looked on from the sideline, the team match tied at 2-2, pulling for Parrado. The action was not fast nor was it furious. The ball went back…

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It’s Miller’s Time!



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No Doubles Trouble for Green Machine


The reigning Hunter’s Green club champs at 3.5 doubles rolled to another easy win in helping the Green Machine to a 3-2 victory.

Will the Hunter’s Green Green Machine ever win a 3.5 singles match this season?

Or maybe the question is, do they even need to win a 3.5 singles match this season?

Once again showing off the kind of depth that would make even House Stark jealous, the Green Machine posted a big 3-2 win over Westchase Saturday on the strength of its doubles play. Continue reading

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Green Machine Doubles Up Avila


All he does is win: Larry Palombo gives the thumbs up after improving to 21-3 in doubles in 2017.

A couple of singles slip-ups and a slow start at No. 1 doubles turned out to be nothing to worry about as the Green Machine 3.5 officially opened the 2017 season with a 3-2 victory over Avila.

Newcomer Eddie Collins made a stabbing backhand from the baseline to finish off the victory for the Green Machine. Playing at No. 3 doubles, Collins teamed up with Larry Palombo to capture a 6-2, 6-3 win as their teammates waited on Avila’s balcony with bated breath.

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Best weekend ever and other stuff



There are good weekends. And then there are gooood weekends.

The past weekend, as far as the Hunter’s Green USTA league teams went, couldn’t be any gooder. (Note to self, look up gooder, make sure it’s a word).

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The Happiest of Birthdays

IMG_6841 copyI wanted to thank everyone, especially my wonderful wonderful WONDERFUL wife, for the fantabulous 37th birthday party y’all threw me last month.

Seriously, it was the best birthday party I’ve ever had since that one year decades ago I got this:



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Notebook: What’s Goin’ On

Hunter’s Green Tennis happenings:

1:  I wrote about it in a separate and long post, but the 7.0 mixed squad came as close as you can come to advancing to the finals as you can, and if they had, they would have most likely won it all based on how the team that beat the Green Machine, Leon, handled Polk County.

 Also at sectionals, the HG 9.0 team suffered an excruciating loss as well, losing 2-1 in pool play to the eventual pool win. Led by Santiago Romero, Paola Hermann, Bill Zeedyk and Allegra Campos, the team went to third-set tiebreakers at every line, dropping two of them.


Everyone seems happy on the 9.0 team. Well, except Santiago, who we believe is reliving one of his missed forehands from earlier in the day.

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