Racket Brackets

Now, when we tell you what today’s participatory sports event is called, we want you to try and remain calm. Don’t overreact. Although it’s extremely scary-sounding, it’s just a name. OK, starting at 9 a.m., the Plaza Tennis Center (4747 J.C. Nichols Parkway, 816-784-5100) is host to the Spring/
Summer 2011 Bracket of Death
. Now, “Bracket of Death” just refers to the tournament that’s coordinated by some area tennis players as, basically, an endurance challenge, because it’s compressed into one day. And the champion — who has to survive something like 90 games of tennis — receives what we are going to warn you in advance is a scary-sounding trophy. It’s name? The Belt of Death. OK, you seem really jumpy. But it’s just a regular trophy-style belt and doesn’t have rotating blades or any of that Saw II crap. The entry fee is $25, and anyone can become a spectator by going there and looking. For more information, see bracketofdeath.com.

Sat., June 4, 9 a.m., 2011