During this fortnight that is Wimbledon, I can’t get enough tennis.
But that’s not why I loved and fervently recommend 7 Days in Hell, the hilarious mockumentary scheduled to air this Saturday night on HBO.
(I saw it early OnDemand. Gotta love OnDemand.)
Andy Samberg (SNL, Brooklyn 99) is Aaron Williams, a washed up former tennis star long removed from the game who returns for one last epic match against his bitter rival, young tennis phenom Charles Poole, played by Kit Harington (the late — or is he? — Jon Snow of Game of Thrones).
The match goes the full five sets and, since it is played at Wimbledon, does not have a tie break in the final set. So the play goes on and on — for a variety of bizarre reasons — for seven long days.
John Isner and Nicolas Mahut will be a tad jealous when they see why. (They hold the real record for the longest match at Wimbledon, iffin you didn’t know — 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over three days.)
There are tons of cameos by celebrities from television, film, tennis, even the world of magic. The story is outrageous, but the documentary format is honored, so it looks right…
Even though it is gloriously wrong.
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#1 in the world
#1 seed at Wimbledon
Reigning Wimbledon champion
Now playing on Court #1
#2 in the world
#2 seed at Wimbledon
Last won Wimbledon in 2012
Now playing on Centre Court
Something doesn’t add up…
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Tagged celebrities, Centre Court, check your match, doesn't add up, history, Humor, life, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Sports, tennis, tennis court, tournament seeds, Wimbledon, world ranking
What a difference a day makes.
Sam Groth, an unseeded player from Australia, was last seen on the courts at Wimbledon in his traditional tennis whites. Nothing to mar the surface except the brand logo.
It is a different story today during his headline match on centre court with Roger Federer.
Note the sponsor patch that has been applied on his right sleeve. There is another out of view on his left arm as well.
Those last-minute sponsorships can earn a player $50,000 a pop.
When you add that to his projected winnings for losing in the third round — it looks that way at this point — Groth could walk away a Wimbledon ‘loser’ with close to a quarter of a million US dollars.
A good week.
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I love Wimbledon. I look forward to it every year. I consider it a legitimate response to the question,
“What are you doing July 4th weekend?”
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For a sport with such small balls, golf is an unusually large target.
People who don’t watch it or understand the nuances of the game are quick to dismiss it as boring.
My mother never understood why I watched golf on TV as a young child. But if she sat with me for even 30 minutes, she would soon be ‘oohing’ and ‘ahhing’ over some of the precision shots the pros could pull off.
And in television golf tournaments, you see a lot of golf. The cameras jump from tee to fairway to green, so you get to see sometimes 50+ different golfers swing the club or putt every 30 seconds or less.
So, contrary to what you might think, there is a lot of action in golf.
In contrast, televised baseball and football games — America’s sports — mostly involve standing around. A Wall Street Journal study calculated that a baseball fan will see 17 minutes and 58 seconds of action over the course of a three-hour game. And the football audience? A paltry 11 minutes per game.
So for pure entertainment value, swing for swing, I’d put the US Open Golf Championship up against a baseball game any day. I’ve watched both, and I feel pretty good about my chances.
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Today people across the US celebrate those who fathered them (and deservedly so).
But did you know today is also Go Skate Day?
The holiday was started by the IASC (International Association of Skating Companies) to promote skateboarding around the world.
So, clearly you need to get the dads in your life skateboarding as part of the festivities. Seriously — get a mental imagine.
It will be brilliant.
Happy Skating Father’s Day everyone!
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Tagged celebration, children, dad, family, Father's Day, fathering, Go Skate Day, Holiday, Humor, IASC, love, skateboarding, Sports, wheelie
One of the first things I saw on television this morning was the commercial featuring “Mr. Hyperbole” Terry Bradshaw promoting the vaccine for shingles:
Since I have had the misfortune to have shingles twice at an unusually young age, I feel like I need to speak up — to confirm that what he’s saying is true (because his style of delivery can sometimes appear false).
Shingles is a bitch, pure and simple.
You have a horrible, itchy rash on your skin, just as Terry described. But what makes it 10 times worse is that the pain runs far deeper. It’s like your internal organs are on fire, and your muscles ache — all at the same time. And you have the rash to deal with, too.
Quite simply, you are miserable.
I had my first case of shingles in my 20’s on my back, which is a fairly classic presentation. It made breathing almost impossible. In my early 40’s, it reappeared on my shin, which is so unusual, it took ER doctors two days and a ridiculous amount of testing to diagnose. I had phantom leg pain from that case of shingles for almost two years.
I wouldn’t wish shingles on my worse enemy, so if your doctor recommends the vaccine, give it serious consideration.
Terry and I aren’t lying.
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