Rick Macci: Super Coach

Rick Macci is a Tennis Coach.  He is REALLY good at what he does.  He has NO Wikipedia page (which is crazy) despite the fact that he is a world class tennis coach and I would say that he EQUALS Nick Bollettieri in his accomplishments (of course, he does not have the same push for self-promotion that Bollettieri has).

His players:  Jennifer Capriati, Andy Roddick, Venus and Serena, Tommy Ho, Sharapova, and Viele.

He was the coach who developed Jennifer Capriati.  Macci spent many many hours developing her ground game so she could play HARD off the ground and hit deep penetrating forehands and backhands.  He knew she was destined for greatness when Tommy Ho nailed her in the forehead with an 80 mph fastball; she was knocked on the ground and with tears in her eyes, hopped back up almost immediately “Alright I know the rules of the game.  Wait until I get a short ball.”      She was tenacious.    People recognized her as a “phenom” when she was 12.  Macci had her beating everybody!   She played in the 12’s, she won.  Then in the 14’s, won again.    16’s, won again.   She was even beating girls in the 18’s as a 12 year old.  Her ability to play so close to the baseline allowed her to neutralize the power of her larger opponents.

Rick Macci trained Tommy Ho.  To many tennis people, nobody has heard of Tommy Ho.  He was a phenom developed by Macci and he dominated from a young age.   Tommy Ho had this god-like hand eye coordination and he was lefty.  He was similar to Capriati.  From a young age he was able to dominate.   Tommy Ho won Kalamazoo.  He turned pro with Multi-Millon dollar contracts.    His game did not translate that well to the pro game and he did not become a top ranked world famous pro … … but as a junior he had this massive success.  Tommy Ho and Capriati were the players that put Rick Macci “on the map.”

He also developed a young Andy Roddick. Go to YouTube, type in “Young Andy Roddick with Rick Macci” you can see it.  Macci has a pattern of training kids from 10 to 14 and then something happens, like they move on or they turn pro or something.

He spent some time developing Sharapova.  Believe it or not, the Dad really wanted her to play LEFT HANDED.  They trained but Macci didn’t think it would be natural and strong enough.  So … boom boom boom RIGHT HANDED.  She wanted to be with Macci all the way but then IMG showed up and threw the big money at her.

He was KEY with the Williams Sisters.  He traveled to Compton to see them and he even went to the “Country Club” that was there (it was a joke, it was the ghetto).   He was impressed by their athletic skill and they were able to come and train in Florida with him.  Macci invested many many many hours into developing their strokes and giving them world class coaching.  Venus made her pro tour debut when she was 14 and she won!  Her racquet was unpainted and her clothes were from JCPenny … … “SPONSOR ME!”     She won and she turned pro on the spot.  There is more to the story … … … …

Most people talk like those girls just walked out of the ghetto in Compton and were World Class players but OBVIOUSLY they were professionally trained in Florida by Rick Macci.  It’s a shame he didn’t get more credit AND Venus and Serena still don’t really give him credit for all of the training.  (Sad)

If you found all of this information to be interesting then … … you are welcome!    Also, check out his book it is called “Macci Magic.”   VERY INTERESTING if you are a tennis fan and it really sheds some light on the training of Venus and Serena.

February 17th … … DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Learning Economics (And Philosophy)

There was a place where the people could make choices.  Some chose to utilize the brains and their bodies, and these people were rewarded.  There were people who were lazy with their minds and worked only with their bodies; these people were rewarded less.  Some of them labored only with their minds and some labored only with their bodies; more rewards were dispensed to the “mind-laborers.”

There is a different place where people worked in a variety of ways but they were all rewarded in the same way.  There were some who worked hard by choice and some who were lazy and it managed to balance out, the results were enough for success and overall the people were happy.   The hardest workers were intrinsically motivated and worked hard by choice, and the people at the bottom were happy to have the hard workers pull twice the weight.

In the First Place, the place of incentives.  There were some people who thought there was some unfairness and there was too much suffering at the bottom.  There was a demand for an equalization.   The hard workers continued to work hard and the lazy people stopped working (in this land everybody wanted Bananas), after the time of labor, all people were able to get 5 Bananas (each).   Based on the equal compensation, the hard workers lost an incentive (a drive, a purpose, a reason) and they worked less hard … … the next time around people only received 3 Bananas each.  The hard workers lost some of their motivation and the lazy people continued to do nothing … … After the time of working, there were only enough Bananas created for there to be 1 Banana per person.  The lack of incentive created a race to the Bottom.

 

If the above paragraphs seem interesting then you will have an interest in Economics (and politics and philosophy).  This kind of talk will lead in the direction of CAPITALISM VS SOCIALISM.             And it may lead you in the direction of AYN RAND who is famous for her work “Atlas Shrugged.” (Who is John Galt?)

You have Adam Smith, he believed in the “Invisible Hand” of Capitalism and Laissez-faire economics (hands off).

There is also Karl Marx.  He fought for the workers in the factories.

Once you begin to study Economics in the realm of Marx vs Rand, you will notice that the debate continues within the world and the media.    Should there be welfare?  Should we tax the rich?  Who creates the jobs?    Should we redistribute the capital?

February 16th, DJ ROBO BISCUIT

The Quest (Masterpiece)

Are you searching for a Masterpiece?

If you want a beautiful film made by some brilliant college kids then “THE QUEST” is for you.

Here it is:

 

If this does not work, you can find it on Youtube by typing in: “The Quest Campus Movie Fest”

It is a story about some travelers that go on a quest BUT it was made on a low budget.  (It had a slight inspiration by Tim & Eric)

February 16th, DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Noodle World – Entry 14 (Deep Part 2)

The man in the robes began his talk.

“I say Hallelujah!  I say Hallelujah!”

“You people, you need something!  Something real!  Something that is strong that you can feel!”

John Every looked around the room.  He saw twinkles in the eyes of the gathered people.

“People are not happy!  We are living in a Devil’s World!  I feel sorry for the sinners out there!   And I have compassion for the sinners in here! For we all have some sin!”

“The people of this world, they have betrayed the Lord!  I’m talking about the almighty GOD!  I’m talking about Jesus Christ!”

“How could they give up on our Lord and Savior?  How could they accept a Monster made of Noodles?”

“It goes back to Nietzsche.    We know the tale of the Madman. ‘God is dead. And we have killed him.’   That is what it was.   It was Man.  It was our Minds!”

“The people of this world.  They thought they could outTHINK God!   They thought they could use Logic and Reason to prove him not there.    But let me tell you something, He is Real!   I Believe!   I can FEEL him!   God is all-knowing and all-seeing!    They thought they could hide from him and join forces with a Pasta Monster BUT I SAY NO!”

The people were cheering.

“You are on the path to salvation!  You are on the true path!”

“And we will NOT engage in pre-marital sex!  It is frowned upon by The Lord!”

John Every was enjoying the spirituality of this Christianity.  But he felt uneasy about letting his belief have control over his sex life.

-End of Entry, DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Noodle World — Entry 14 (Deep) (Part 1)

John Every entered the basement.   It was noisy.   People were talking.

There was a man in the front of the room prepping for his presentation.  He was wearing a robe and a fancy hat.

As John looked around the room he noticed a curiosity in the eyes of the people.  He could see they were hungry for something and they seemed to have a fervent social desire.  He sensed their desire for connection.    It was in their eyes.   Their eyes.   They wanted … something.

John had a seat.   He noticed there was a lower case letter “T” on the wall.

The robed man faced the crowd and began his talk.

“I thank you all for coming.   We know why we are here in this place.  This world is lacking faith … ”

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT