On Mon, 07 Jan 2002 06:20:23 -0500, Dave Williams
>Had an interesting conversation with Chris Burner from Martin Kilpatrick
>about thicker sponge concepts. I was asking him if he was tuned into
>whether Butterfly had plans to follow some other manufacturers into the
>2.3/2.6 sponge mode for their premium inverted lines. Although Chris had
>not heard about any such initiative from Tamasu to-date, he did share one
>cool little ditty.
>Apparently Butterfly makes a version of Challenger especially for the
>Granny Ball leagues in Japan. To cope with that "can't make progress in a
>windstorm" feelling come from the 44 mm ball, Tamasu makes a thin top
>sheet version in both Attack and Chop. With a thinner top sheet they can
>then use sponge thicker than the 2.1 "world spec" versions. Could this
>be the Speedy Pips Out kinda product rumored for US introduction? At
>that point, I got a sort of Warner Brothers cartoon response..."Welllllll,
>The Iguana will stay on the case. Anybody else heard this or seen these
Any idea, Lefty, how many grannies, or grampas for that matter, play
in those Japanese really big ball Granny Ball leagues?
If there are more than 8,000 or so, roughly the present USATT
membership, perhaps USATT too should consider Granny Ball leagues for
our very own codgers and codgerettes. Many grannies and grampas
actually have money, and might be able to afford USATT memberships.
For whatever reasons, many senior citizens do not seem to adapt too
readily to hide it, stomp, serve it out your butt, gloop the bejesus
outta the return and flipkill everything the other mongoose serves you
type of pong that seems to be very much the rage among the 3-15 (at
which time you're probably washed up) year old Generation Whatever.
Just don't call it Granny Ball. Some of them Golden Agers may not
have the stamina and reflexes you and I and the other 7,998 USATT
members still got, but that doesn't necessarily mean they can't be
meaner than Original Sin.
Nos Habebit Humus