Wednesday August 8th, 2012

The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

• Video: Milos Raonic has a court named after him at the Rexall Center in Toronto. No pressure, Milos.

Bring on the final-set tiebreaker, says Pete Bodo.

The recently concluded Olympic tennis changed my mind on this issue, but my main reason for embracing the final-set tiebreaker is not the obvious one that would be cited by most time-sensitive television producers. The real problem with deuce sets is that when a match goes as long as Federer v. DelPo or even Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v. Milos Raonic (that one went 25-23, for Tsonga) the reward for the winner's heroic feat is almost always a quick subsequent loss.

• Fantastic piece her from S.L. Price on how, with a little help from Andy Murray, the fog of gloom and dread has finally lifted over Britain.

"After London got the Games, there were people running around saying, 'This'll put London on the map,' " said Stefan Szymanski, a professor and co-author of Why England Lose. "Show me a map that London isn't on!" Indeed, only a few other cities -- Paris, New York, Tokyo -- could afford to stage the Olympics without making a hard sell. And the effect is that, instead of sending the message of "Be impressed with us!" London organizers managed to make these Games all about them: Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt and Missy Franklin, yes, but especially Ennis, gold-medal rowing pair Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland and silver-medal-winning sprinter Christine Ohuruogu, who grew up just a mile from Olympic Park. And slowly, organically, the narrative of London 2012 materialized: Watch as a people emerge, blinking, from a deep national funk.

• Roger Federer is looking to Rio.

• It's all about Milos Raonic this week as he returns home to the Toronto Masters.

The Atlantic takes a humorous look at why tennis players wear white.

By about this time, the rich in America (and England) had adopted summer white as a symbol of their leisure. Since white clothing dirties easily, it didn't recommend itself to factory workers and domestic servants in a dry-cleaning-less era of weekly baths. In fact, really the only people suited to wear white were people who didn't work at all—or who could at least afford to look like they didn't.

• Serena does love her Dolphins.

• Non-tennis: Not all Olympians ride off into the sunset. Read about the end of gold medalist Nancy Hogshead-Makar's career. 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.

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