Federer impresses sans nastiness
• You know the first person I thought of when I heard about Jordan's monologue?
Episodes such as this ought to heighten our respect and admiration for Federer, who's managed to achieve all he's achieved without such an aggressive streak, without the me-against-the-world self-delusion. The knock on Federer is that he's not a killer, that doesn't have that "assassin mentality." To me, it's just made his accomplishments all the more impressive. He became tennis' analogue to Jordan based on his physical ability, superior fitness and accomplishments on the big stage, but without that "killer instinct" and the attendant nastiness.
• Date's winning an event at age 38.996, beating some decent players in the process, is a terrific achievement. But let's try to enjoy it without indicting all of women's tennis. (The ogre will note that she didn't have to play anyone in the top 10. Plus, it's the fall, when bodies are in the breakdown lane.) Even with the uncertainty and shaky play at the top -- you likely saw that
• Another double-standard badge! Hey, if Wozniacki's body can stand it, power to her. The problem with Jankovic was that she would play relentlessly and then complain that her (insert body part here) was hurting.
• The wild card to Oudin would rankle (at least the other three were former Grand Slams and No.1s). But if the WTA can finagle the rules to get Clijsters, Henin and Sharapova to show up, it would increase the star wattage by a power of 10. Perhaps you saw the splashy announcement that Serena and Venus qualified for the doubles.
• Armstrong was from nearby Queens, simple as that. Sadly,
• Tennis needs to serve up
• You'll note that one of his agents runs the event. What got me: This depleted soul who claims to be so burnt out and so ready to jump off the tennis ride is playing singles
• Obviously, some fans have more interest than you do in the competition. But your point is well taken. The plotlines, fashion and (melo)drama are a significant component in the appeal. Other sports would kill to have fans so interested in the players as "figures" and "personalities" in addition to athletes. (What more does the average baseball fan know about
• Dude, when I'm done playing pool, I don't count my money. I weigh it. Sorry, I always wanted to use that line. Actually, I stink. (And I'm not saying that to sandbag.) I'm a decent shotmaker but never figured out positioning, which, as any decent player knows, is the real trick to the sport.
• Not if Serena isn't suspended. Funny that most questions about Henin have not asked, "Can she come back?" The tenor -- and we can obviously thank Clijsters for this -- is, "How long before she's back to winning majors?"
• Before anyone answers that, we're running low on time, and the executive vice president of lapel-pin administration is here to ...
• This term you use, "offseason," could you be more specific?
• This term you use, "retire," could you be more specific? Given that Henin has a 7-2 lead, my Euros are on her.
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Why is it that Zachary Quinto looks nothing like B.J. Novak?
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