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Advantage, Federer

Noshikori and Cilic in Monday night’s US Open Men’s Final?

Tennis fans are in shock.  (I include myself.)

But I would guess most perplexed are the organizers of the US Open themselves.  They wanted Roger Federer in that final game and, I contend, gave him every advantage to get there.

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Just take a look at his schedule:

  • Aug. 26th — Round 1, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Aug. 29th — Round 2, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Aug. 31st —  Round 3, last match of day session, Arthur Ashe
  • Sept. 2nd — Round 4, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Sept. 4th —  Quarterfinals, night match, Arthur Ashe
  • Sept. 6th —  Semifinals, rain delayed to early evening, Arthur Ashe

If he were the #1 seed, or the #1 player in the world, you could argue that Federer was given more night matches due to his position.  But Djokovic occupies both of those spots, and he played primarily day session matches — was even scheduled in Louis Armstrong one afternoon.

If organizers cite TV ratings as justification for the schedule,  I call foul.  Federer was able to march through the draw without being forced to endure court temperatures over 100 degrees like every other player….

And that’s an unfair advantage.

 

It’s a date

Attention bailiffs!

If you’re tired of playing that dated and — let’s be honest — rather trite ‘Aren’t you proud to be here today doing your civic duty?’ video to newbies in the jury pool each day, help is on the way!

Wouldn’t a sweeping tale of love and romance — ripped from the headlines “Law and Order” style — be way more inspiring to the usual herd of unwilling victims…and easier for you to stomach watching over and over and over again?

Well, I’d say it’s only a matter of time before a dramatization of the real life courtroom love story between a certain famous former plaintiff and a member of his jury will be coming to a holding room near you.

The couple?  None other than Rodney King, the Los Angeles man who was notoriously beaten by members of the LAPD, and Cynthia Kelley, a member of the jury that awarded him a $3.8 million settlement in the civil suit against that very police department.

(The two met the day after the trial at a pizza shop, so it’s all above board.)

Think of the singles who normally crowd into bars, or suffer through blind dates or church mixers, desperately looking for Mr. and Ms. Right.  Now, those same singles will be clamoring to meet their special someone and send people they don’t know to prison.

There’s a fun two-fer…and the meal’s included.

Now, there’s no guarantee that everyone will find happiness in the courtroom and walk down the aisle like Rodney and Cynthia.  But if you wanna take a chance on love…

You’re just gonna have to face the judge.