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Re: “What a Racquet: Prince is Bankrupt

Good points, John, and i think Ted Gross' comment about the relative unimportance of squash racket design, compared to tennis, is very true. I used to play Prince rackets in squash all the time, and i like them, but now I'm playing Wilson and I'd be hard-pressed to really tell the difference. The good news for you Prince fans is that the company will be back; they are reorganizing, not fading away....

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Posted by The Squashist on 05/03/2012 at 8:55 AM

Re: “New Flyer Blog: A Fan's Notes

I'm glad you are back blogging, sir. I would love to hear your take on the aussie tournament, because I completely agree, the tennis was at an entirely new level. For years i8've been griping about tennis having points that went too fast: a hard serve, a weak return, and then a hard shot to win the point. That used to happen all the time. This year there was something different going on: I saw a lot of 30, 40 and even 50 shot rallies, and blistering shots with great gets. Really an amazing tournament. And one more thing: about your picture. I laughed because in my garage is an assortment of old tennis rackets, some classic old squash rackets -- all broken, and my current racquetball racquet, a sport i no longer play regularly but occasionally revisit for the heck of it. But Jenny? I never had a jenny......

Posted by The Squashist on 01/31/2012 at 5:42 PM

Re: “The Old Man and the Tennis Court

Very good reminiscence, reads like a nice song...

Posted by The Squashist on 01/05/2010 at 9:35 AM

Re: “On Sports Outliers, Blogs, and Trolls

Oh God, i feel your pain! My last year has been my annus horribilis: started with a rotator cuff tear, which i rehabbed back into acceptable, but not great, condition. Then a longstanding twinge in my left ankle has blossomed into a real problem, which will have to be operated on in early january. It's an old squash injury, a subchondral defect. And finally, because i was walking strangely from my ankle problem, i've developed a problematic right knee. It's supposedly chondromalacia patellae, although I have my doubts. So that will have to be rehabbed. Throughout all this i've played a little, stayed off the courts when things started to hurt, and then played a little only to get things hurting again, yada yada yada. If I'm lucky I'll be back on the courts in late January. Ultimately it comes down to this: Why is youth wasted on the young?!

Posted by The Squashist on 12/17/2009 at 3:44 PM

Re: “When Sports is Better than Sex

I completely agree with the man from Memphis, and the lob in squash is the shot that has the greatest potential for a squashgasm. I might also add that the poor ignorant clod known as 38103 is typical of the mass of intellectually stagnant dunderkopfs that unfortunately populate this planet. That he or she doesn't care for squash is a blessing to the sport, which is truly a great one.

Posted by The Squashist on 11/23/2009 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Great Excuses for Backsliding

I like this column quite a bit, since it resonates with me: an older squash nut who plays a lot, has injury issues, and would much prefer downing some black-and-tans after work rather than denying himself.... I've got a blog about squash, btw, at TheSquashist.blogspot.com, and I'll be addressing some injury problems shortly. I also visit relatives down in Sewanee where not long ago they put in an international squash court. I consider that pretty much racquetball territory but there are a few decent players down there. Keep up the good work!

Posted by The Squashist on 11/05/2009 at 8:33 AM
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