FindLaw.com has a serious tennis rivalry. Just as we have talented people working on FindLaw.com, there are some seriously skilled tennis players in our midst.
So who is the Sunnyvale office's top dog?
Maybe Steve Noel, FindLaw's Vice President of Strategic Development and Audience, was just being modest when he was asked that very question recently.
The tennis ace was reluctant to speak of his exploits. He instead talked up Core Consumer Content Editor Caleb Groos and Senior Content Specialist Javier Lavagnino:
"In general, I think the majority of the story should be focused on Caleb's tennis apparel and Javier's backhand."
What follows is bunch of glad handing by FindLaw's Top 4 tennis stars.
- "Do not sleep on Javier's backhand," Groos advised. "He will punish you."
- Rob Posadas, FindLaw's Director of Technology and an avid tennis player, said Noel's USTA rating is around 5.5. (That, ladies and gentlemen, means Noel is really, really good.)
- Posadas was modest about his own talents but Lavagnino referred to his "heater" of a serve. Groos called his style of play "deceptive."
- Noel has the fastest serve, remains undefeated and now has "bionic" vision thanks to Lasik surgery, Groos said.
- When asked if he got the laser surgery just for that extra edge on the court, Noel simply smiled.
So what about the duds these FindLaw guys sport on the court?Lavagnino expressed mad respect for Groos' "couture," by which he meant a terry cloth bucket hat. (Groos became evasive when asked for a picture.)
Groos said he was awestruck by Posadas' ability to win at doubles without even breaking a sweat. Groos went so far as to suggest Posadas might be using performance enhancing drugs. (Posadas, like Barry Bonds, swears it was just cream from his trainer.)
Alas, we were unable to acquire a photo of any of them actually playing tennis. We'd probably have better luck finding a clear picture of Bigfoot roaming the Santa Cruz Mountains southwest of our Sunnyvale offices.
While Noel and Posadas typically play other opponents, you can find Groos and Lavagnino smacking the ball around at Sunnyvale's Cuesta Tennis Center on any given Tuesday night. Just look for the guy in the bucket hat lunging for a nasty backhand.