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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.


Boo to the ATP Tour

The ATP today denied the sale of a U.S. Open Series tournament to another city that actually wanted the event.

The tournament held in Indianapolis, held in mid July was to be moved to Atlanta, that was until the ATP denied the sale, in an effort to shorten the ATP schedule. Shorten the ATP schedule I ask, by eliminating a tournament in July?

The decision has been appealed and it should be. Atlanta hosted a clay court tournament in the spring for years. The tournament routinely drew 60,000 plus fans for the week, and champions included Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and Michael Chang. The main problem with the tournament in Atlanta was the unpredictable spring weather, but if the weather was good, and name players were in the draw, the fans in Atlanta turned out in droves.  Case in point, I attended an Atlanta Thunder Team tennis match back in 1992 that featured Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova, and the scalpers were out working overtime that night.

Atlanta should get this tournament for a variety of reasons. The weather will be nice and hot, good prep for The U.S. Open. All the top Americans, with the exception of Andy Roddick will more than likely play. John Isner, a former Georgia Bulldog will have a strong following. Atlanta is easy to get to, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport has direct flights to just about everywhere. If tournament organizers set up a temporary venue at say, Atlantic Station, it is close to all Buckhead and Downtown Atlanta hotels and restaurants. Atlanta has a decent chance of landing a top player that may have had a bad grass court season, and is looking for some more match play, maybe a Roddick, Del Potro or Verdasco or Soderling type. Atlanta tennis fans will turn out. Metro Atlanta has more than four times the population of Indianapolis, and tennis fans from the South might come to Atlanta as kind of mini vacation to take in a Braves game and some tennis action.

The ATP needs to change its decision and do what's best for tennis. Yes, the season is too long, but the type of player who would be playing in a 250 level Atlanta event isn't the type of player that complain the season is too long. Interest and participation in tennis is on the rise, and keeping a U.S. Open Series tournament going is vital no matter where it is held. Do the right thing, and let Atlanta have a chance to support tennis and this event.

Downtown Atlanta




Send Your Christmas List to Santa via Text with AT&T

Do you know a little one who’s working hard to stay on Santa’s “Nice” list this holiday season? If so, there’s a faster way to get word to Old St. Nick than ever before: Text messaging, who would've thought.

Beginning this month, AT&T customers can text SANTA to 1224 – at no charge - to help their children submit their holiday lists to Santa via text message – and he might just have a few holiday wishes to share in response! Little ones can also keep tabs on what Santa and his elves are up to through a special new application on AT&T U-verse TV’s Channel 98, called Santa Tracker. With Santa Tracker, families will be able to:

•read bios for Santa’s reindeer;
•get holiday arts and crafts project ideas;
•play sing-a-longs for popular holiday music;
•read facts about the North Pole;
•play “Gingerbread Man” and “Repeat” holiday games;
•view a countdown to Christmas Eve;
•vote on whether your family deserves a visit from Santa in the “Naughty and Nice” poll and see instant polling results from other U-verse TV families; and
•watch live reports on Christmas Eve from the Santa News Network to see if Santa has left the North Pole and track his sleigh as he travels around the globe.

All this with AT&T.  I bet you can't wait for Christmas!


Amazon and Kindle Big Winners on Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday came and went, and industry experts say sales rose 14% compares to Cyber Monday 2008.  Many retailers saw traffic to their websites increase by about 33%

Sites like American Eagle,, Walmart, and Target said sales were strong all day long. 

But a clear winner appears to be  Amazon did a great job promoting their deep discounted items, and third party sellers on Amazon also reported brisk sales. 

The "best-selling item across all of Amazon's product categories on Monday" was the Kindle e-book reader.  The Kindle had its best month ever in November, and sales are expected to be strong throughout December.  At $259, the Kindle competes with Sony's Reader, and Barnes & Noble's yet to be released Nook.  I tend to think many customers were holding off purchasing an e-book reader until the reports of shipping delays involving the Nook were let out.  This caused many people to order a Kindle by default.  Amazon still refuses to disclose how many Kindle units have been sold.

Some people even think supplies will start running low on new Kindles, so you may want to get your order in soon.




Chip Caray is "Going, Going... Gone"

Chip Caray was let go today as an announcer for TBS and the Atlanta Braves  The Grandson of legendary broadcaster Harry Caray, and the son of the late Braves broadcaster Skip, Chip could not overcome mistakes made during the 2009 Postseason to keep his job.

Caray, 44 had three years remaining on his contract.  Caray joined the Braves broadcast team in 2005 after 7 years with the Chicago Cubs.  Chip never totally adjusted to his duties when he started working for the network.

I always thought Chip could've been the best of he Caray broadcasters.  He seemed a natural early in his career.  Caray admits he is at his best when he covers one team every day. 

The mistakes Chip made were clearly terrible errors.  He called a line out a base hit, and a call he made  in a Twins-New York Yankees American League Division Series game: "A quality at-bat for (Minnesota shortstop) Orlando Cabrera."

But Cabrera struck out with two men on, his team down 6-2 to end the top of the seventh inning and batting champion Joe Mauer on deck.

Fans started watching the games to see how Caray would screw up next.  I wouldn't be surprised if MLB put pressure on TBS to get rid of Caray.

Maybe Caray will resurface back in Chicago with another of his Grandfather's former teams, The White Sox.


Buy Your Coffee at Starbucks Dec 1, Help Fight AIDS in Africa


Tomorrow, December 1 - Starbucks will donate 5 cents to fight AIDS in Africa for every beverage bought.

In the last year, Starbucks has donated enough contributions to fund 6 million days of medicine for people with AIDS in Africa.

Your purchase on Tuesday will help them increase thier contribution to the Global Fund.

Head to to help out.