Daily Bagel: Unpredictability what sports are all about
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• VIDEO: Watch Sorana Cirstea completely school the umpire and supervisor on proper tennis procedure. To recap: Cirstea hit a ball that Cibulkova thought was out, Cibulkova raised her hand and called out as if stopping play, then the umpire said "out". Hawk-Eye showed the ball was in. Point Cirstea, right? Not according to the umpire, who sought to replay the point. Don't worry, it all came out right in the end, though it should be noted that this match as a whole was one of the worst showings by linejudges and officials since, well, Melbourne.
• Great read here, using Lukas Rosol's win over Rafael Nadal as insight into history. Sportswriters and historians endeavor to make sense of the seemingly chaotic happenings in their respective worlds. But the inexplicable is precisely what makes sports... sports.
Unpredictability helps add to sport’s excitement, its drama. In many ways The Black Swan is the most thrilling of all sporting outcomes, either as an unbelievable upset, or as an outcome which somehow totally defies all narrative.... In the historian’s gut, The Black Swan’s most extreme criticism of history – ‘nobody knows what’s going on’ – is as heretical as telling a scientist that an unexplained physical phenomenon is a mystery, or the work of angels: a cop-out which responds to the difficulties of history, the challenges of intellect, by throwing one’s hands up and saying “it is written”, “who knows?”.
• A profile of the ever controversial but always influential Nick Bollitieri.
The Lord of the Flies/sink-or-swim system became a template that has proliferated around the globe. Similar setups can now be found in Europe, South America and Asia. It was tough — the stories of backcourt brawls, smashed rackets and tearful comeuppances are legendary. But it pushed everyone to strive to be atop the pecking order, and it worked.
• Lacoste and Fred Perry: A tale of two shirts.
Even though the shirts look and feel similar and cost about the same (Lacoste shading a little less expensive), somewhere down the line the laurel wreath of Perry’s logo became a favorite of mods, skinheads, rude boys, football hooligans and Brit Poppers, while Lacoste became the sport shirt of choice for the rich and privileged and anyone looking to be seen as such. But why did it turn out that way?
• A fun look back on Jennifer Capriati's 13-year-old debut in Boca Raton. And another more sobering look at her life since she left tennis.
• Liezel Huber is lobbying for the mixed doubles nod ahead of Serena. "We're doubles specialists, and that's what we do," Huber said, "so I think Serena should save her energy and her time and rack up the medals in the other events." I still think Serena will step aside once she realizes the grueling schedule of three events in nine days.
• Andy and Judy Murray are being sued. For what, I don't know. It's all pretty vague.
• An independent movie on the grind of the professional tennis tour? I'm all for it.
• Non-tennis: Who doesn't need an "I am Batman" supercut to start the week? See or read something that you enjoyed and want to share? Feel free to email or tweet us links to pieces from around the Internet that may have slipped past our radar.