Friday, July 27, 2007

We are the Champions, my friends!

With potential Lady Hooligan points, hugs and booze on the line, I’m happy to report that I WON the championship match of my 4.0 ladies singles tennis league. I am beyond ecstatic, and I dedicate my victory to my beloved Wednesday night class and fellow Hooligans!

It was a tough match (2-1/2 hours long), and I must admit that I was quite nervous throughout it (even almost throwing up at one point). The weather was hot as well (it was about 90 degrees this afternoon), but I’ve played in worse conditions (Lady Lorelei and I once did cardio tennis in 105 degree weather). Ultimately, my serve and match fitness helped, and I fortunately came from a set down to win the match (2-6, 7-5, 6-3)!

Of course, I couldn't have done it without the support of my friends (which I summoned desperately during the match) and a few good luck charms:1) Bill & Rob. As I've mentioned before, they’re my pre-match-meal escorts.

2) My Chelsea wristband. I retired it after Dogg and I won the 2007 Humes Elite Invitational, but I had to bust it out for my semi-final and final matches.

3) The Staying Alivesoundtrack. I listened to it on my drive to the match, and it played in my head during the match. When I was losing the first set, I was a “Moody Girl”, but I kept telling myself that it was “Far From Over”. So, I played “So Close to the Fire” and STAYED ALIVE to win it all!

4) My Adidas and Under Armour gear. I always wear it as proof of my admiration for Marat Safin and Robby Ginepri respectively. I know I’m crazy, but I'm a marketer’s dream.

5) Finally, COURT 8. After the 2nd set, we noticed that we only had a few minutes left on our 2-hour court reservation (on Court #7). My opponent then asked the league manager if we had to move to a different court at the end of our allotted time. We did indeed and were told that we could play on (the infamous) Court #8 for the 3rd and final set. This is the court where the Hooligans and I take our weekly lessons with Coach Connz, and I knew it was a good sign to move there (8 also happens to be my lucky number). Being on OUR court really helped me to stay positive, and SELL IT (full price)!

In any case, it’s all over now, and I eagerly await my/our trophy!

1 comment:

bill said...

Go, Lady! It's my Birthday!
Go, Lady! It's my birthday!