Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tennis Tuesday

I spent my childhood worshiping Bjorn Borg, dreaming of one day owning one of his trademark Fila shirts. Now I'm more interested in what's in this Fila shirt -- and THOSE LEGS.

Song of the Day: 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix' by Marvin Gaye

Heading home to spend Thanksgiving with my family. I'll be blogging but at a slower pace. Safe travels, all!

Morning Wood

Page 1 Roundup (11/21)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Remains of the Day (11/20)

Back2Stonewall: On this day in 1998, John Lawrence arrested in his own home for having sex with a man, Lawrence v. Texas begins

The Film Experience: Who'd you rather?

Matthew's Island of Misfit Toys: Six-packs none the richer

Kitty of the Day: Ginger4Ginger

Former Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna Dies at 49

This makes me incredibly sad. Will never forget watching the 1993 Wimbledon final with my brothers, Bill and Terence, in a motel room in Pottsville, Pa., on the morning I was "meeting" my father for the first time in 20 years, having not seen him since he was institutionalized following his traumatic brain injury when I was 6. I was thrilled that my girl Steffi Graf rallied from 4-1 -- or Jana Novotna collapsed at 4-1 up -- but Jana's moment with the Duchess of Kent forever made me a fan. So happy her dream came true five years later. Cancer ruins everything. RIP, sweet Jana.

Read her New York Times obituary HERE.

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Hard to know how to react to this year's ATP Championships. While it's intriguing that odds-on favorite Roger Federer didn't end up winning, it's a little difficult to see this as the career-defining moment for Grigor Dimitrov, who jumped to No. 3 in the rankings by defeating Pablo Carreño Busta, Jack Sock, Dominic Thiem (who hasn't won a match since the summer) and David Goffin twice. Meanwhile, Goffin beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer -- both for the first time -- only to go home the "loser." Goffin, Sock and Carreño Busta all end the year in the Top 10, but is it really what it seems when 50% of the top-tier players are sidelined?

Winning view ...

A hug from coach Dani Vallverdu

No, Ryan. Thank you.

... and that sexy partner of yours, too

Meanwhile, comeback queen Belinda Bencic wins again, defeating Arantxa Rus 7-6(3), 6-1 in Taipei. 

These tournaments aren't exactly big-time -- they seem to be a new grade that's just above ITF level -- but it's great to see the young woman who was beating Serena Williams not too long ago find her game again and re-enter the Top 100. 

In less-happy news, Pancho Segura, tennis great of the ’40s and ’50s known for his blistering two-handed forehand, died Saturday at his home in Carlsbad, Calif., at 96. Remembrances from Billie Jean King, Jimmy Connors (a protégé), Chris Evert, Tracy Austin and others were posted on Twitter. Read his New York Times obituary HERE.

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