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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

Named the No. 1 Sports Technology writer in the U.S. on Oct 1, 2014.


Thursday's Match to Watch at The U.S. Open

Juan Martin Del Potro(ARG)[6] vs.   Marin Cilic(CRO)[16


Two of the young guns of the sport in this quarterfinal match.  Cilic coming off the big victory over Murray.  Del Potro has had a good Summer and is playing solid tennis.  I like Del Potro's mental intangibles, and the fact he can play long matches and sometimes seems to get stronger as the match goes on.  Should be some shotmaking  in this one.  A thriller.  Del Potro in 5.


I Was Watching a NHRA Drag Race and a Wrestling Match Broke Out

This is what happened on ESPN2 Sunday afternoon when 14 time Funny Car Champ John Force was accused of cheating on the coverage by rival Tony Pedregon.  The accusation first came from Cruz Pedergon, the series' current champion when he was about to be knocked out of the top 10 who qualify for the season end "Countdown". 

I know this may confusing to many of you, but when Force lost to teammate and Son-in-Law Robert Hight allowing Hight to pass Cruz the crap hit he fan, and the censors hit the ESPN2 airways.

Force smoked his tires at the start and Hight drove into the finals of the U.S. Nationals and NHRA's "Countdown".  After Force's Daughter Ashley Force defeated Tony Pedregon the other semi-final Tony and John Force had a heated exchange that would've made Hulk Hogan and Rowdy Roddy Piper Proud.  All that was missing on the episode of "Piper's Pit" was Mean Gene.  ESPN2 analysts Mike Dunn and Paul Page picked up the slack with Page trying to calm the situation and Dunn taking sides with the Pedregon Brothers.

ESPN2 was not going to cool the situation as they kept replaying the altercation, and went back and forth interviewing Tony and Force setting up a storyline and rivalry the rest of the season.

I have no problem with what John Force did.  NHRA competition officials investigated the possible "throwing" of the race and they had no findings.  The fact is, many teams including the Pedregon's have had their sponsors cut their funding and a mega team like John Force Racing is thriving better than most.  Some of the bitterness is coming because of jealousy.

Race fans, stay tuned in 2 weeks for Charlotte.


Atlanta Firmly Behind Oudin

When it comes to tennis, it is no secret that Atlanta is a participation sport, not a spectator sport. Atlanta boasts the largest tennis league in the world, ALTA, with over 80,000 members.

The last week or so, tennis players and fans in Metro Atlanta have taken to the internet, television and mobile phones to keep up with one of their own, Melanie Oudin, as she makes her surprisng run through the draw at The U.S. Open.

Oudin's home club, The Racquet Club of The South has transformed itself into a giant tennis viewing venue during Oudin's matches. The club, co-owned by Oudin's coach, Brian de Villiers had all of its big screened televisions turned to Oudin vs. Petrova during Monday's round of 16 encounter.

Fans let out screams and gasps during the points, and when Oudin raised her arms in victory the room exploded. Racquet clubs weren't the only venues watching with anticipation. Sports bars throughout Atlanta that normally show football or Atlanta Braves games on their main screens were now showing women's tennis.

In a town where sports arguments are frequently debated on the radio and the newspapers, one consensus is the support shown to this 17 year old quarter finalist from Marietta, GA.


Tuesday's Match to Watch at The U.S. Open

Flavia Pennetta(ITA)[10] vs.   Serena Williams(USA)[2]


A great evening match.  Serena is the defending champ and possibly the odds on favorite right now.  Pennetta will be feeling confident after her comeback victory Sunday Night.  Pennetta will not be afraid of Serena, but Serena will have a little too much for Flavia.  Should be a close 3 setter, with Serena advancing.


Should Gadget Makers Help You Track Lost iPods and Kindles?

You've been on the road all week, returning home on Flight 782 late Friday Night.  You just finished reading the new Stuart Woods thriller on your Kindle 2 but now in baggage claim you realize your precious Kindle 2 was left in the seatback pocket on the 767.  A call is made to the gate attendant but no luck, the Kindle is gone.

Even though the Kindle and other similar devices like iPhones and iPods are registered with their makers these companies have been refusing to disclose information about who ultimately ends up with these missing devices once the accounts are deactivated and then reregistered.  It appears nothing short of a search warrant will give you a chance to get your device back into your hands.

There appears to be growing outrage among owners of these devices who know with the wireless technology these gadgets possess, and with the ability to pull illegal content off them, why would they not go the extra mile to help reunite stolen or lost gadgets with their rightful owners?  Will this outrage change the policies of companies like Amazon and Apple?  I say with the price consumers are paying for this technology, and the loyalty enthusiasts are willing to show it seems they should go the distance, and do all they can to assist customers when they are in need.  It's just good customer service.