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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.


Saturday's Weather Looks "iffy" for U.S. Open

As of Satuday Morning it is not raining, but the forecast looks intimitading.

Need to get some tennis in today.


Guitar Hero 5: Headbanger's Ball

Metal is what it is all about when it comes to Guitar Hero 5.

With tracks like 2 Minutes to Midnight by Iron Maiden, Shout Out Loud by KISS, and Jailbreakby Thin Lizzy, GH5 has everything a metal fan could want.  GH5 now sets the standard for a multiplayer music game.

Flexibility is a word of the day now.  Players can double up on instruments, drop in and out of songs, switch instruments and difficulty levels if you start getting bored. All the tracks are now available once you start and you now have the ability to set up a "Rockfest" of challenges that even the seasoned Guitar Hero fanatics will find captivating.  A whopping 85 new tracks to jam to.


Small in a Good Way: Verbatim's Tuff-N-Tiny USB Drive

I thought I had seen small until I received a Verbatim Tuff-N-Tiny USB Drive.  Now I know what small is.  It is really only small in size as the USB drive comes in sizes from 2GB to 8GB. 

This small drive, with the thickness of a coin will fit in your wallet without you even noticing it.  Because of the SIP technology which these drive possess they are durable and resistant to dirt, water, and static electricity. 

For those of you that like keeping a USB drive on your key chain, there is a key ring lanyard included.  For those seeking privacy, there is a private area that is password protected on the drive for storing your sensitive data.  They work the same as your old USB drive except you load it upside down.  It may take a time or two to get used to this, but they work beautifully.  They range in price from about $20 up to about $50.  Get one and try it out, and experience what small is, at least in a USB drive.


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.