My own tennis season

I don’t really talk about what I get up to in my life, anyone who reads this probably just thinks I spend my life watching tv, films and wrestling and it’s not far from the truth being honest. I’ve finished university and not only don’t have a job yet but I don’t really know what I want to do. It’s worrying how badly planned out I have my life but I’m just not one to worry about things like that. Something that has kept me going in the times of immense boredom in between films and wrestling and looking for a part time job is my tennis.
I play for Liverpool Cricket Club for the Men’s 1st team in the Liverpool District 3rd Division and for the most part I enjoy it. The tennis section of the club is run by people I quite frankly cannot stand and it’s getting worse every year but the other guys in the team, my coach, and a couple of other people I play with are worth staying at the club for. I’m only 21 and still getting better every year but for probably the majority of the season this year I played with agonising tennis elbow. Fortunately it only severely affected one shot but unfortunately that shot was the serve. There were some days I was just throwing away service games because all of my effort couldn’t muster the power to get it over the net but having said that there was only one game all season when I lost both of my matches so despite the pain I still did a pretty good job.
It wasn’t my best season but I played the tennis I needed to play to win as did everyone else. I don’t think anyone played particularly outstanding we just had a pretty solid team and managed to clinch promotion on the final day of the season.
Next season we’re going to be in the 2nd division and the captain will have a difficult choice with my brother coming back. He won’t want to take anyone out the team but in my opinion my brother is the best doubles player at the club and there are at least 2 players past their best that he could replace, I just don’t think he will unfortunately and with the same team as this year we’ll struggle to stay in that division.
Whether or not I even stay at the club is a completely different issue. The treatment of my coach from the people who run the tennis section has been disgraceful, you can barely stand up on the courts when they’re bone dry never mind change direction. I’ll also be paying the adult membership instead of the student one which I think is about a £120 increase.  They’ll have to be pretty convincing to get me to stay but the promotion is definitely tempting, the only club I’d consider moving to is Mossley Hill and walking into their 1st team would still put me in the 4th division. We’ll just have to see what happens but all in all the season itself was pretty successful.

Lucha Underground – Ultima Lucha

I’m not going to do a match by match review but suffice to say it puts WWE and TNA to shame. As much as I don’t like the way the promos are done like a real tv show or more like a low budget film, the quality of wrestling mixed with the old school hardcore style is so good. It was like a mix between a WWE PPV of 10 years ago, ECW from 15 years ago, and a bit of the best TNA X Division. They have two wrestlers that WWE absolutely dropped the ball on with Johnny Mundo (John Morrison) and Alberto El Patron (Del Rio) who produced a match that would easily make the main event of a WWE PPV. Vampiro vs. Pentagon Jr. was like an old Sandman vs. Sabu match it was absolutely brutal. Every single match was equally as good as the last though, there were no matches just to fill up the time and I couldn’t take my eyes off it.

There are also smaller things that add to the show a little bit like the venue and the commentary. It’s a small, compact venue with an outstanding crowd who actually took part in one of the matches (I think). I couldn’t actually tell if it was staged or real but the welts on Hernandez’s head and back were definitely real and they looked painful. The venue itself was turned into an extension of the ring for the majority of the matches which was something we see in WWE once a year and never quite like that was anymore. Another little great addition is the commentary of Matt Striker. Loved him as a commentator for WWE but he never really got given a good run behind a commentary table but it’s definitely Lucha Underground’s gain. He has the experience, the knowledge, and the enthusiasm for pro wrestling and he’s at a company that I think will flourish over the next few years. I haven’t really been watching it weekly like I do WWE but I certainly will after this.

Season Predictions (Mainly Everton)

This year I feel like the gap between the big clubs and the small clubs is going to be much bigger. There has been a massive amount of money spent and Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, and Man City I feel will be leagues ahead of everyone else. Then I think Liverpool and Tottenham will be quite far ahead of everyone else in 5th and 6th, possibly Southampton up there as well because you never really know with them. They sell all their best players but still manage to be just as good every year. The bottom clubs I think Watford will go back down, Sunderland will really struggle this year and go down with them, and probably Leicester. I do think and hope Bournemouth stay up because they were exceptional at times last year. Newcastle were shocking at the end of last season and I always hope they go down but I think they have enough good players to keep themselves above the bottom clubs unfortunately.

But then there’s 7 or so teams that I think are going to be really hard to split. None of them have done anything special in the transfer market because they don’t have the money so 7th/8th to 14th/15th could be anyone. Everton have done nothing that makes me feel like this season will be much different to last. There will be no Europa League so we can focus on the Premier League a bit more but that was an overused excuse last season for a string of abysmal games. Deulofeu is a good, young, talented player and we got a really good deal for him but he’s also injury prone so he’s not going to make a massive difference. Cleverly is a solid player to have in the squad, but he’s not good enough for the 1st team and sadly I think Martinez thinks he is. There has been some good news with Stones still here (for now) and a few players signing long-term contracts but not enough new additions in the squad and still not enough goal scorers.

We’ve got Watford today at Goodison and we need to get off to a good start and build momentum from the very first game otherwise it’ll take a while before we can string some good performances together. What we really need though is effort, something I feel the team lacked last year. There really were some pathetic displays last year that got them rightfully booed off the field.

I forgot about this post and we’re in the second half and losing to Watford. This is shocking. We’re coming about 13th this season.

American Sniper – 2014

“Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.”

I’m not really in to true story films but this seemed like it would have a bit more action in than most, a bit like The Lone Survivor did. Considering how highly rated this film was when it came out and how much money it made I was expecting a bit more from it. Clint Eastwood films are usually rather similar and this isn’t much different. Based on a true story but a concept we’ve all seen before, a little bit of action mixed with drama back home. An army film that ends with someone with PTSD is not original despite what everyone seems to think.

Casting wise I don’t think Bradley Cooper was strong enough to take on a lead role like this. I don’t really like him in anything at all and this was no different. His accent was appalling and kept changing throughout the film and it was ridiculously annoying so I just couldn’t take him seriously but the way the whole film was done didn’t help him.

The action scenes were actually not bad but when you watch a film that is in any way related to the military it is pretty much expected so it didn’t exactly redeem it. Again comparing it to The Lone Survivor just because I watched it recently and it’s a similar film, the action in American Sniper is pretty poor in comparison to that. Overall I wouldn’t recommend it but it made a huge amount of money and did well regarding awards so some people obviously liked it.