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Some Great Tennis September 11, 2010

Filed under: Sports — lilypad007 @ 8:21 pm

Novak Djokovic I’m one of those sports fans that is always rooting for the underdog, and I can’t tell you how happy I was to see Novak Djokovic of Serbia upset Roger Federer today during the US Open semifinals! Djokovic was ranked 3rd coming in the US Open, but a Nadal-Federer finals was so highly anticipated, that everyone had pretty much discounted Djokovic from the running. The game was so close, coming down to the 12th game in the 5th set, with Djokovic playing a strong game! I love Federer, but it was clear Djokovic really wanted this:  he played Federer in the past three U.S. Opens, losing in the 2007 final and the semi-finals the past two years.

Congrats and looking forward to a great match against Nadal tomorrow!

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Fight at the US Open September 3, 2010

Filed under: In the News,Sports — lilypad007 @ 10:59 pm

I’ve seen brawls at various other sporting events, but would never expect it at the US Open of all places. The fight occurred during the  Djokovic and Petzschner match Thursday night. Granted this was pretty tame compared to say this, which involved players as well as fans, it has actually gone viral today. Check it out:

The fight began when a woman confronted a young man over his foul language. According to NBC news he also challenged her to hit him if she had a problem with his language, and she slapped him in the face.  After exchanging some words, the older man pulled the woman’s shirt, and she stepped away from the younger man. It looked like the fight was over, until the older man kicked what appeared to be a drink, and went for the younger guy’s head. They both tumbled over the seats below. All three were eventually thrown out and banned from the US Open until 2012.

From the video, I think all three are to blame equally, even though the crowd seemed to hate on the younger guy. The young guy should have shut his trap, the woman slapped him, and the old man attacked him. All three deserved to be kicked out for disrupting the match, but in the end,  no matter what the younger guy said, they didn’t have the right to slap and attack him.

Some believe that tennis is now attracting a much broader fan base that is unfamiliar with the kind of conduct that is expected on and off the court. I don’t know about that. I am sure there has not been a significant rise in such incidences at professional tennis events, but that the stories reaches us more quickly and become viral because of youtube, camera phones, twitter etc.

 

Midnight Madness 2010 Dunk Contest

Filed under: Sports — lilypad007 @ 4:42 pm

Well this puts the NBA Slam Dunk competition to shame! According to the comments on the video, there is some dispute over the height of the basket. Regardless, I still think this is amazing!