If you’ve been watching the US Open Championships this week, you probably recognize this guy:
Denis Shapovalov, phenom from Canada
I first saw him beat Rafa Nadal a few weeks ago in a tournament in Montreal. Now he’s cutting a similar swath through the men’s bracket at the Open.
I’m pulling for him.
But I am distracted by his hat. It is always cinched so tight.
I have to wear caps like that at the widest possible position. Some don’t fit me at all. Which begs the question…
How small is Denis’ head? And how big is mine?
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Tagged Denis Shapovalov, hats, Humor, Rafa Nadal, Sports, Television, tennis, US Open
Excited to see Kansas City highlighted in this Citi commercial that just aired during The Open on NBC:
Just one of the many great things happening in this little big city!
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Tagged advertising, Business, Citi, golf, Kansas City, Sports, Television, The Open
Vandy, take heart —
You’re not the first team to lose a NCAA tournament game in the final seconds because of a brain fart.
Ignore the histrionics of the play-by-play announcers. Turn off the post-game shows. Consider hypnosis?
I’m old enough to remember a really big blunder that kept the storied Michigan Fab Five out of the Final Four. It was way back in 1993 before the Interwebs.
Michigan vs. North Carolina in the Elite Eight. North Carolina up by 2 with 11 seconds to go. Trapped on the sidelines, Michigan star Chris Webber called a time out that they simply didn’t have, and got dinged with a technical foul. North Carolina went on to win the game and ultimately the national title.
Sure, I remember that brain fart to this day, but Vandy — your game was just a first-rounder. There are plenty of bracket busters ahead that will inspire much more ire.
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Tagged basketball, brain fart, Chris Webber, Humor, Michigan, NCAA tournament, North Carolina, Northwestern, Sports, Vanderbilt
A television series about the first female player in Major League Baseball?
Of course it premieres in 2016, the first year we have a credible chance of electing a female president. No coincidence there.
But when I watched the pilot episode on demand, I was pleasantly surprised.
First of all, the show is filled with supporting actors that I love seeing on TV. Bob Balaban (Best in Show). Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years). Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by The Bell…okay, Franklin & Bash). Mark Consuelos (Kelly Ripa’s husband).
And the star of Pitch, Kylie Bunbury, is up for the task. I like her. And I’m intrigued by her character’s story (and the pilot episode’s big twist).
I do worry, though, that the pilot was a bit too complete — how many stories are left to tell? I guess we’ll see if we stick around — wait for the baseball metaphor — for extra innings.
Had to do it.
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Tagged baseball, baseball player, Bob Balaban, Dan Lauria, entertainment, Humor, Kylie Bunbury, Mark Consuelos, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, MLB, pilot episode, plot twist, politics, presidential election, Sports, Television
I just spent three days at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, my 10th consecutive year among the sport’s best and brightest at the US Open.
Although I’m tired from the trip, I returned home with all my limbs intact.
Unfortunately, many of the top players in the men’s draw can’t say the same thing.
In all my years faithfully watching professional tennis, I have never seen so many walkovers and retirements. And the fact that they predominate in the men’s tour makes me question the best-of-five format.
The ladies play best-of-three in all tournaments, whereas the men play best-of-five in all majors and many masters classics. The sport continues to become more physically demanding, and over the course of the year, these long matches can really takes their toll.
I love watching tennis; I hate watching men in tears as they are forced to withdraw due to injury.
The USTA pays men and women equally as they should — why not require them to play the same amount of tennis?
Who knows…it might lengthen some tennis careers and will definitely make the current tournaments more competitive.
Just one fan’s point of view…
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Tagged best of five, Billie Jean King Tennis Center, equal pay, equal work, Health, Humor, injury, life, major tournaments, New York City, Sports, tennis, US Open
It’s like looking in a mirror…
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I love Jordan Spieth. If you follow golf, you probably do, too.
If you don’t know who Jordan is, he’s the best thing to happen to golf since Tiger Woods first entered the scene. (And keep your judgments to yourself — he who casts the first stone and all that…)
Jordan became a professional golfer after only one year of college, but no one has ever disparaged his decision to leave school early or lack of education or poor example to our youth.
I think Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari sees the irony…don’t you?
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Tagged basketball, college, Facebook, golf, golfer, Humor, Internet, irony, John Calipari, Jordan Speith, one and done, Sports, teed off, Tiger Woods