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The Deuce Club, 11.27 11/27/2008 - 5:00 PM

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By Jackie, TW Social Director

(I know I had a Federer picture up last week, as well, but this one was too perfect to pass up!)

Happy Thanksgiving, TWibe! Before I get into the meat and potatoes - or turkey and potatoes? - of this post, I thought I'd go off-topic for just a moment (appropriate considering this is our OT space!).

First, I was pleasantly surprised to see some tennis coverage in a couple of mainstream publications this past week. The latest issue of ESPN Magazine features a breathtaking aerial photo of Ana Ivanovic and Elena Dementieva playing their exhibition in Doha, to kick off the year-end championships. People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue also showcases some tennis hotties of its own - Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Rifling through the issue, I wondered how only Fed and Rafa made it to their pages. Have they seen Feli?

Next, as promised, I present to you my year-end award recipients! You won't see anything that wasn't already expressed in last week's comments, but hopefully this is still of some interest to you:

Most Valuable Player
ATP: Rafael Nadal.
WTA: Serena Williams ... but Jelena Jankovic put up a good fight.
Most Improved Player
ATP: Andy Murray.
WTA: Oddly enough, I feel compelled to go with Elena Dementieva.
Breakout Player
ATP: Juan Martin del Potro.
WTA: I'd put Dinara Safina here, though she's just as worthy of being Most Improved.
Most Disappointing Player
ATP: Richard Gasquet.
WTA: Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Best Rivalry
ATP: This one's tough, but I'm going with Nadal vs. Djokovic because they had some real knockdown-dragout battles this season.
WTA: Jankovic vs. the rest of the WTA. Seems no one is happy she's #1!
Match of the Year, Best of 5 (excluding Wimbledon final)
Federer vs. Tipsarevic at the Australian Open, just because I nearly lost consciousness during that match.
Match of the Year, Best of 3
ATP: Nadal-Djokovic, Hamburg semifinal.
WTA: Serena-Venus, U.S. Open quarterfinal.

Who's excited for 2009?

Finally, as always, please check out our TennisWorld > Real World Facebook group and consider joining if you aren't already a member.

At this moment, I'll bet that the majority of you are either eating or recovering from your Thanksgiving feast. As Pete noted in his "Giving Thanks" post, Thanksgiving is synonymous with food, perhaps more so than any other holiday. They don't call it "Turkey Day" for nothin'! Yet, for vegetarians like myself, the day has nothing to do with turkey.

While I enjoyed the Thanksgiving sides more so than the turkey itself in my meat-eating days, I never thought to take the turkey out of the equation altogether. Yet that's exactly what came to pass the day my family and I took up vegetarianism. Our Thanksgiving meals are still lavish and delicious - we'll have stuffing, mashed potatoes, assorted vegetables, rice, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and more - but it does seem like an affront to the Thanksgiving Gods to not have that bird on the table as its centerpiece.

Yes, I've tried the meatless wonder that is tofurky and found it to be a poor substitute for the real thing - and pretty disgusting to boot. (To be fair, the one time I tried it was several years ago, so I imagine it's improved over time.)

Still, Thanksgiving isn't only about turkeys, pies, and elastic waistbands. It's a time to celebrate family ... and, of course, to give thanks. While I'm on the subject, I'd like to thank you, dear TWibe, for welcoming me as Social Director and for bringing these Deuce Club posts to life. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

(Okay, I can't lie. This year, I'm not doing a big Thanksgiving dinner. Heck, I'm not even with my family. They're out of town, so I'm spending the day with a co-worker and her parents ... and our Thanksgiving meal is taking place at an Italian restaurant. Not a traditional celebration by any means, but it'll do.)

Now it's time for you to share! What does your Thanksgiving meal look like, and what's your favorite dish out of the spread? Do you have any special recipes you're willing to give out?

We can also use this space to discuss today's football action. As I speak, the Seahawks and Cowboys are going at it, and later tonight the Cardinals and Eagles will be in action. Who are your picks?

Before I sign off, I wanted to mention that I plan on reprising the Annual TW Awards, where we give out awards to members of the TWibe. I can't do this alone, so please take some time to think of your honors, and send me an e-mail with your thoughts. Remember, they can be whatever you want them to be - the more creative, the better. (Some examples from last year include the Man, This Is So Creative and Funny I Just Wish I Knew What It Meant award and the It Really Blows Being a KAD for Someone Whom So Many People Dislike award.) I'll be compiling the awards over the next few weeks, so make sure you get your ideas in!


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Posted by Bismarck 11/28/2008 at 09:47 AM

oh wait! you´re both talking about the last one in my first post, right?
(had to split the links cause otherwise i seemed dangerously close to having an automated robot like personality)

interesting that you both want the same...

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 09:48 AM

jewell, I'm at WORK. In an open-plan office. I cannot do said googling.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 09:49 AM

And I am pretending to work on my husband's computer.

I also cannot do said googling.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 09:50 AM

I suppose we could split it, Bissy, gauloises could have the turban and I could have the scarf...

Posted by Nic 11/28/2008 at 09:52 AM

Fine. I'll google it. The truth must out.

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 09:52 AM

Bismarck - the last link in your second post wouldn't work for me.

jewell - it will just have to remain a mystery then ...

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 09:53 AM

Nic! You saviour. :)

Posted by lulu B 11/28/2008 at 09:54 AM

Totally googled it, but can not bring myself to click images...

It just brings you to MTF, the locker room gossip so is safe for work.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 09:54 AM

or, gauloises could have the gold, and I could have all the jewels?

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 09:55 AM

Nic takes one for the team. Great stuff.

Posted by Nic 11/28/2008 at 09:55 AM

Right. Ahem. http://tiny.cc/MmSEB

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 09:55 AM

Hi Gang...I googled 'nicholas kiefer well endowed' ...got nothin' good...
*contemplates Manliest Man question....*

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 09:57 AM

I. Love. TW. People.

I thought everyone was silently disapproving of me, and it turned out you were all googling away.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 09:57 AM

*slips crate of red wine under table to Rafadoc*

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 09:58 AM

Yah-I will throw Marat into the mix...lots of testosterone there! Great racket smasher, which does not necessarily=manly man...some would argue, just the opposite...not me. LOL.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:00 AM

I. Also. Love. TW. People.

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:00 AM

*accepts crate of wine from Jewel and opens a nice cabernet to start the day*

Thanks Jewell! You never disappoint:)

Posted by ptenisnet 11/28/2008 at 10:01 AM

MTF is a very odd place

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:01 AM

Rafadoc, how was your Thanksgiving?

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:03 AM

Can anyone think of a reason why building an insect tower/wildlife habitat in your garden is fun, particularly for children?

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:03 AM

Hi, ptenisnet.

Posted by ptenisnet 11/28/2008 at 10:05 AM

afternoon jewell.

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:05 AM

Thanks for asking Jewell...it was nice. At one point I thought my brain might explode because my niece (13) and son (12) are at the "I can talk faster than you phase"...and most of it centers on sex. Great turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie-all prepared by my mom. Got to visit with my two sisters who I don't see much and then my one sister from out of town spent the night at my house before traveling home this morning. Needless to say, your wine came just in time-I am now dangerously low after catching up with my sis!

Posted by Nic 11/28/2008 at 10:07 AM

Because bugs are fun. I remember spending hours collecting stink bugs and lady beetles. I'm not sure if it was from an interest in the natural world or the school yard status points that a jar full of bugs brought.

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:07 AM

Jewell: My niece used to love stuff like that-although her IQ is off the charts-seriously, way smarter than me.

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 10:09 AM

jewell - children love bugs and dirt?

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:09 AM

Thanks Nic and Rafadoc - collecting - good idea!

ptenisnet - did you watch the Lord of the Rings films? Did you like them?

Posted by ptenisnet 11/28/2008 at 10:09 AM

prolly educational or something Jewell. or maybe even builds character.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:10 AM

"Buy an insect tower - children love bugs and dirt."

I could try that...

Lol, gauloises.

Posted by Nic 11/28/2008 at 10:10 AM

But can they talk faster than Blake?
http://tiny.cc/ErEpr
It didn't even occur to me, that there would be someone sitting there typing out transcripts.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:11 AM

Thanks, ptenisnet.

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 10:11 AM

Gonzo's pretty manly, you know. Can punish a racquet like nobody's business. Hairy, too ...

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:12 AM

Gauloises: I loved your description of Christmas Day with your family-sounds like great fun!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:13 AM

Richard Gasquet?

No, my vote is still for Rafa, if you are counting, gauloises.

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:14 AM

LOL Nic! I saw that article-poor transciptionist-Yes, they can talk faster than everyone, and at the same time-makes me dizzy thinking about it.

Posted by ptenisnet 11/28/2008 at 10:14 AM

Yes and Yes Jewell. A little too much smouldering intensity but I guess that comes with the territory.

Why does Firefox think that smouldering is spelled wrong?


Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:15 AM

Agreed Jewell-Rafa is pretty darn manly, especially when he gets his strut goin'..
*sighs thinking of Rafa strutting*

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 10:15 AM

Thanks, rafadoc! It can be ...

Posted by ptenisnet 11/28/2008 at 10:16 AM

i wonder why transcription would be a problem if they taped it and transcribed at their leisure. i would assume that's what they did.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:16 AM

Lol at your 10.14, ptenisnet.

Posted by Bismarck 11/28/2008 at 10:17 AM

i can´t imagine anyone disapproving of you, gauloises.
the interweb seems to think you are not totally off with your errh speculations re kiefer.
though other sources say this guy beats them all:
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/lleyton.jpg
http://img136.echo.cx/img136/7696/1232oy.png

but now excuse me while i make me some arvo tea and google some ivanovic pics to find my inner peace again, jejeje.
or maybe i´m already banned then?

Posted by ptenisnet 11/28/2008 at 10:18 AM

is Bucks Fizz the same as mimosa?

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 10:18 AM

Rafa's just not manly to me. Some sort of freakish overgrown boy, possibly. But not manly.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:19 AM

320 words a minute is amazing.

Posted by Sher 11/28/2008 at 10:19 AM

thanks for the blake link, Nic!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:20 AM

*prevents self from writing 10 000 word essay arguing with gauloises*

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 10:20 AM

ptenisnet - it's just orange juice and champagne. That's a mimosa, right?

Bismarck - thanks, now I'm scarred for life. Lleyton ... *shudder*

Posted by ptenisnet 11/28/2008 at 10:21 AM

yeah, gauloises. it is the same thing.

Posted by Nic 11/28/2008 at 10:21 AM

Bismark - Argh!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:22 AM

gauloises, how is it possible to share a crush on Tony Benn and not have one tennis player in common?

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:23 AM

Holy crap Bismarck.
*goes to find lovely Rafa picture to cleanse pallet*

Posted by ptenisnet 11/28/2008 at 10:23 AM

mimosa = 3* Champagne + 2* OJ
BF = 1*Champagne + 2*OJ

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 10:24 AM

jewell - I don't know! Weird, isn't it? Maybe it's because you read Just William and I never did. Two roads diverge in a yellow wood, etc.

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:24 AM

Make mine mimosa then:)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:24 AM

Maha will kill you for that, gauloises.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:26 AM

But it is weird all the same.

Lleyton's not so bad.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:28 AM

Rafadoc, did you see Malimeda's pictures from upthread?

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 10:28 AM

Meh, Maha doesn't scare me. I've got years on her.

You like Lleyton?

Posted by Nic 11/28/2008 at 10:29 AM

Ok, got to go to bed. The wee brother has made a special request that I watch his tennis matches in the morning. The superstitions develop early I suppose. And he's quite the show pony. There goes my Saturday morning.

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:29 AM

No, Jewell...where abouts are they? *anticipates Rafa pictures*

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:29 AM

*darkly*

I can think of worse.

Posted by Sher 11/28/2008 at 10:30 AM

Aww, Ana!

http://tinyurl.com/5eswrt

Google translation:

['I moved to live in Basile thirteen years because of the sponsor - says the tennis player, winner of Roland Garros this year, and for some weeks, a number 1 of WTA ranking. The chance of playing tennis were higher than in Serbia. I love Basel: 'a city' so quiet. It's easy to live here for me: help me relax. I am a simple girl: I do not like the nightlife and have never been really drunk.]

[Finally, the Serbian indicate her model, which is not a tennis player, but a colleague on ATP: 'Roger Federer. I love watch play, hitting the ball in an incredible way. And then, also 'a nice person']


Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:30 AM

Night Nic!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:30 AM

http://tinyurl.com/5dzmuf
http://tinyurl.com/5rurnn
http://tinyurl.com/5747vh
http://tinyurl.com/6kg8vm

Posted by Bismarck 11/28/2008 at 10:30 AM

i totes wash my hands of it.
gauloises wanted research. i did it. for the team.
not my fault if the results now don´t please everyone. (or anyone?)

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 10:30 AM

jewell, you better not be hinting at an Elf-bash there.

Posted by Sher 11/28/2008 at 10:31 AM

>jewell - Make tea, not war.

lol, i love your signature

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:31 AM

Night Nic.

Thanks, Sher!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:33 AM

Sher, credit to Sherlock. :)

gauloises, of course not...only I didn't want to have mental image of Soderling. Ugh, too late.

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 10:34 AM

Ha, good old Wormtongue.

At least we have a distaste for him in common.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:35 AM

I remember you said Pat Cash and Johnny Mac were ok too, gauloises.

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 10:39 AM

See? More common ground.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:39 AM

"I am a simple girl: I do not like the nightlife and have never been really drunk."

That's quite cute.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:40 AM

Damn, I was hoping for a Pat Cash poster picture...

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:41 AM

*happy after having daily Rafa fix*

Thanks Jewell!!!!!!!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:42 AM

*starry-eyed*

They are lovely pictures...Malimeda always finds such good ones.

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:43 AM

Bismarck: I appreciate your dedication and willingness to take one for the team....I knew what I was getting myself into! lol.

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:44 AM

Agreed Jewell...*raises glass in a toast to Malimeda.*

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:45 AM

*clinks tea cup with Rafadoc's glass*

Posted by ptenisnet 11/28/2008 at 10:46 AM

What does she mean "not a tennis player"?

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:46 AM

Tennis God?

Posted by Bismarck 11/28/2008 at 10:47 AM

yeah, it´s all for TW. all for TW, rafadoc. ;)

but now back to gauloises´ *original* question - manliest man, full of testosterone etc etc.
what about him?
http://i34.tinypic.com/1z1bcr4.jpg

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:48 AM

Who is that, Bismarck? Or am I just being thick?

Posted by ptenisnet 11/28/2008 at 10:49 AM

Oh Jeeez Bismarck. I didn't need to see that. You should have posted a warning with that one.

Posted by naughty T, no sex please, we're Raffuh 11/28/2008 at 10:49 AM

hells bells I am away for a bit and the whole place becomes a den of filth and genital speculation.
well done people. I am proud to think that perhaps I have had a lasting effect here.

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 10:50 AM

Bismarck - that link doesn't work for me. Who is it? I must know.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:51 AM

naughty! - you're back. :) Are you enjoying Belgium?

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:52 AM

Of course nT:)

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 10:52 AM

Just doing my part to keep the home fires burning for you, naughty.

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:52 AM

That is the lovely Feli....looking....lovely.

Posted by Bismarck 11/28/2008 at 10:53 AM

sorry ptenis. i´d edit a warning in front of the link if i had the editing power, jejeje.

Jewell,
it is florence of course. in all his manly glamour.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:53 AM

In that case I much prefer the less polished version, Rafadoc.

Posted by naughty T, no sex please, we're Raffuh 11/28/2008 at 10:54 AM

Hey Jewell. Yes I am back for a bit. I am in Ghent and finally have a nice cafe where I can drink red wine and have free internet access.
so lots and lots of excitement here clearly.

Posted by gauloises (sentenced to 20 years of boredom for trying to change the system from within) 11/28/2008 at 10:54 AM

Ah. I see. Thank you. And by that I mean, "thank you for posting a link that doesn't work for me so that I don't have to see that".

Posted by ptenisnet 11/28/2008 at 10:54 AM

For a minute I thought it was Mauresmo. But then I remembered, Mauresmo never looked that pretty.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 11/28/2008 at 10:54 AM

Thanks, Bismarck...I think. :)

I was being thick.

Posted by Bismarck 11/28/2008 at 10:55 AM

gauloises,
it´s a pic of florence. shame that you can´t see it. but i´m sure you´ve seen it elsewhere. it is almost famous i´d say. a keeper.

Posted by Bismarck 11/28/2008 at 10:56 AM

true, ptenis. so true.

Posted by rafadoc 11/28/2008 at 10:56 AM

I know Jewell...I will take this one though:)

http://tinyurl.com/66ka98

Posted by Sher 11/28/2008 at 10:56 AM

jewell, it is so cute, I love that she's so down to earth. she's kind of climbing my list of fave wta players

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