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Four American Guns 06/14/2010 - 2:57 PM

102037426 by Pete Bodo

It's entirely possible that we'll see an American player in the final of Wimbledon; there's no news in that. But it won't necessarily be Andy Roddick, and that does qualify as noteworthy.

Roddick has been in three Wimbledon finals—all of them ending in ruin at the hands of Roger Federer and his superb grass-court game. But on Sunday, Sam Querrey and Mardy Fish played in the Queen's Club final (Querrey won that battle), and thereby positioned themselves as contenders at Wimbledon. Queen's, after all, has always been the bellwether warm-up event.

The winner at Queen's has been in the Wimbledon final five times since 1999. That statistic misrepresents the significance of the Queen's results, because Roger Federer—Wimbledon finalist seven years running now, six of them successful—decided some time ago to take a more low-key approach to his Wimbledon warm-ups and play at Halle instead of Queen's. But while Federer cooled his jets in Germany, most of the top names turned out to play Queen's. This year, the field included Roddick, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, leaving Federer the odd man out in this gathering of Wimbledon contenders. 

Last year, Andy Murray beat James Blake in the final. Andy Roddick has won at Queens four times (he's never lost a final there). Roddick and Blake have carried the stars and stripes at Queens for the better part of a decade. But the last American to have won the event before Roddick was Pete Sampras, in 1999—a year when Can Anyone Stop the Yanks? was a more persuasive story line than our current, Whatever Happened to American Tennis?

And that's why the Querrey vs. Fish final was such welcome news to U.S. fans and tennis establishment types. Among other things, it confirmed that Fish, a 28-year old who woke up early this year to realize that his career might be passing him by, can still be an impact player on grass - a surface especially well-suited to his attacking proclivities. It also exonerated Querrey, who had raised eyebrows—and serious questions—at Roland Garros a few weeks ago, when he pretty much quit trying in the course of his first-round loss to countryman Robby Ginepri.

In Paris, Querrey complained that he was burned-out and homesick, and admitted that his desultory loss to Ginepri was "unprofessional." His greatest sin, though, may have been the honesty with which he articulated his actions and feelings. Nobody likes a truth-teller, not really. Querrey endured a storm of criticism, but he performance at Queen's is de facto vindication. The story line morphed from Querrey is a quitter into There's no quit in that Querrey. This was the second most timely self-affirmation we've witnessed in the past few weeks, the first being Rafael Nadal's win in Paris.

So now we have four legitimate Wimbledon contenders with USA attached to their names, as well as a few guys capable of doing major damage on the grass. Let's take a quick look at them:

Andy Roddick (34-9 at Wimbledon; best result: finalist, three times): This thing with Andy and Wimbledon, Andy and Roger, now . . .it's personal. That's a mixed blessing, as Andy Murray might be inclined to tell you. Why do I bring Murray into it? Well, the reasons may be different, but success at Wimbledon would be of a different order of magnitude for those two men than anyone else in the draw.

Sure, Federer is still tracking Pete Sampras, who has one more Wimbledon title (with seven). But let's be real—can anything mean more than that single, elusive Wimbledon title Murray and Roddick seek?  Murray is the great British hope, carrying the expectations of a champion-starved nation that hosts the most prestigious tennis tournament of them all. Roddick's own quest is more intense, because it's more about Roddick and the way he views himself. He reminds us more and more of Goran Ivanisevic, who burned for years to win Wimbledon and was man enough to let everyone know it. Now we all know how much a Wimbledon title would mean to Roddick. And that, after Federer, is the main impediment to his quest.

Job No. 1 for Roddick: Bring the A-game and spirit for that inevitable match-up with a Richard Gasquet, Marcos Baghdatis, or even Ivo Karlovic.

Mardy Fish (7-7, best result: third round): Some pundits are amazed that Fish has never been past the third round at Wimbledon. Count me among them. Granted, Fish has struggled with injury, and he isn't the most nimble guy on the tour. But with that big serve, those "soft" hands, and the history of American players of similar inclination, style-wise, at Wimbledon, you can't help but be disappointed at Fish's record at the All England Club.

As a fan of country music, Fish certainly knows the meaning of that famous refrain, If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. . .Fish has lost to Novak Djokovic, Richard Gasquet, Rafael Nadal and Federer, all men who have been to the semifinals or better at Wimbledon. How about that loss to Irakli Labadze, in 2006? Fish had to retire due to injury after the first set. The closest thing he's had to a "bad loss" at Wimbledon was in 2004, when he was bounced by Joachim Johansson—and Johansson was one of the great unrealized talents of our era.

If Fish gets a bit of a break from the gods of the draw, he'll be set up to wipe away many years of disappointment, and he's now mature and fit enough to take full advantage of his opportunities.

102036943 Sam Querrey (2-3, best results: second round): Well, there's nowhere to go but up for Querrey; two of his three previous losses at Wimbledon were to Alejandro Falla (in Sam's first SW19 in 2007) and Juan Carlos Ferrero—who's a better player on grass than some of his other clay-court amigos. But last year, Querrey took down Ivan Ljubicic and Danai Udomchoke before losing a very close five-setter to a player much like himself, Marin Cilic. There's no question that Querrey has been a work in progress on grass, but the advancement is evident.

Given the kind of year Querrey has been having, and his win at Queen's, there's reason to believe he could have an outstanding and highly professional Wimbledon. Besides, he'll be engaging in a little one-upmanship with his pal and doubles partnerJohn Isner, and that's always good motivational fuel. Both American novices are at the Top 20 level, and you can see their confidence growing, almost by the day.

John Isner (0-1, best result: er, none): Isner missed Wimbledon with mono last year, and in his only previous appearance he lost a close four-setter to Ernests Gulbis. Of course, an inordinate number of Isner's losses—as well as his wins—are "close" matches. It tends to work that way with guys who have atomic serves. Even when Isner loses early at a tournament, his ace-count remains right up there, high on the leaderboard, during the final weekend. No doubt about it; Isner's serve will be a terrible weapon next week.

The major questions surrounding Isner, who has so little history on grass (he even pulled out of Eastbourne this week, in order to better prepare for Wimbledon), is how he'll adapt to the relatively low bounces of grass courts. He's 6-9, so even vicious topspin shots tend to sit up, right in his strike zone on clay and slow, gritty hard courts. Whether he'll be up to all the bending, lunging and stretching required on grass will be as important an issue as his first-serve conversion percentage, and his ability to get his racket on enough returns to pressure his opponents.

Those are the four big American guns lining up for Wimbledon. But there are others. Robby Ginepri is in the midst of a resurgence, and his excellent service return is an asset on grass. Michael Russell is a good competitor, ranked just outside the Top 100 and on the cusp of direct entry into the main draw. The USA also has some competent grass-court players in Robert Kendrick and Bobby Reynolds—both of whom have won main-draw matches at Wimbledon, but will probably have to qualify to get in this year's tournament. And there's Jesse Levine and Donald Young. In other words, the USA has a fair number of players who could run interference for their more well-positioned and accomplished peers.

All in all, I'm feeling very good about the USA's chances at Wimbledon; I'm going so far as to predict an American Wimbledon semifinalist not named Roddick.


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Posted by Arun 06/16/2010 at 11:29 AM

LOL, Cotton Jack. And it isn't helping that she chose to play Mixed Dubs at Wimby with a type of Murray that isn't Andy.

Posted by zenggi 06/16/2010 at 11:31 AM

Luczak just took the first set 7-5. How is Marcos Baghdatis being placed in Wimbledon?

Posted by Cotton Jack 06/16/2010 at 11:31 AM

Who won Benneteau - Sela?

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/16/2010 at 11:31 AM

LOL on Laura and Murray.

Goodness - Spain so nearly 0-2 down!

Posted by Cotton Jack 06/16/2010 at 11:33 AM

Everyone please note that Spain are so over choking at bit tournaments. Absolutely. Totally. Definitely.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 11:34 AM

Gosh there was a Carlos Moya look a like running along the side line

Posted by zenggi 06/16/2010 at 11:34 AM

Thank you so much for your support, Cotton Jack. :)

Posted by Cotton Jack 06/16/2010 at 11:36 AM

I feel that the Spaniards are breaking the commandment on false witness a little too much for my liking.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 11:36 AM

zengii Get your football boots on and show Spain how to net a ball or even still get your son to do it for them

Posted by CPM 06/16/2010 at 11:36 AM

So, uh, Rafa ... you know why don't trash-talk about tennis?

Yeah, same thing applies in the futbol.

Posted by Cotton Jack 06/16/2010 at 11:38 AM

Roger and Rafa are watching this together on the sofa and pillow-fighting with the cushions

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/16/2010 at 11:39 AM

What on earth did Rafa say? (and why am I such a useless fan that I haven't seen it? LOL!)

Posted by Cotton Jack 06/16/2010 at 11:39 AM

CPM - have any of the Spanish tennis players been saying foolish things about this match?

Posted by zenggi 06/16/2010 at 11:40 AM

AM,
After all the millions of hours I've spent watching my son play football (15 years and counting) I think I could give them a few advices about how to win. :)

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 11:41 AM

Pfft Torres

Posted by CPM 06/16/2010 at 11:42 AM

Oh, just that SUI had no chance, etc. Pretty weak beer, trash-talk-wise, but by Rafa's standard, it was WWE-worthy.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 11:42 AM

zengii Hurry up we are in the final 5 mins of the game

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 11:44 AM

Torres get back on the bench ASAP

That was pathetic

Posted by Cotton Jack 06/16/2010 at 11:44 AM

Surely he knew Switzerland were the definite favourite for the match, no?

Posted by CherryNYC 06/16/2010 at 11:45 AM

So this is where everybody is! Hopp Swiss!! Holy cow.....

Posted by robbyfan 06/16/2010 at 11:45 AM

Everyone,please take a moment to go to time.com and vote on the best sports rivalry ever.

http://www.time.com/time/

Fed-rafa in last place. we can make a change!

Posted by CPM 06/16/2010 at 11:46 AM

Maybe Rafa thought this one was gonna be played on terre battue instead of grass.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 11:46 AM

great defense by the Swiss tonight

Posted by CherryNYC 06/16/2010 at 11:48 AM

robbyfan -- done.


5 minutes added time. Maybe I'm just a stupid American, but I do not get how the clock works at all.

Posted by TennisRone 1000 06/16/2010 at 11:49 AM

How is Kuzzy seeded 19 and Radwanska seeded 7? Otherwise....women's and men's seeds are difficult to overly complain about. You could probably give Rafa the 1 slot over Rog....but he get the No. 2 seed....the two should be on opposite ends of the draw....Rog is the defending champ.

BRing it on!

Posted by Master Ace 06/16/2010 at 11:49 AM

This is upset week as Luczak leads Baghdatis 7-5,4-1 at 's-Hertogenbosch

Posted by GB 06/16/2010 at 11:49 AM

Jewel: he was super careful about how the fans needed to be humble/anything could happen re Spain winning WC. But, when asked if this match was a Fedal rivalry, he said with totally unRafalike confidence: "in tennis he's in a better position, but in football we are for sure in much better position than him...I think he don't have chances". It's at the end of this adorbz interview:
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5229513

Posted by Sherlock 06/16/2010 at 11:50 AM

CherryNYC, I always wonder, why don't they just stop the clock during stoppages throughout the match? Wouldn't that be easier? :)

Posted by Arun 06/16/2010 at 11:51 AM

Indeed, MA.
And stats show 5 breaks of serve after 5 games in Nico-Istomin.

Posted by Cotton Jack 06/16/2010 at 11:52 AM

CherryNYC - the referee keeps a track of how much time has been lost to injuries etc, and then signals to the four official on the sidelines how much more time he'll be adding after the 45mins. The fourth official then tells everyone else with his board

Posted by GB 06/16/2010 at 11:52 AM

Not a happy Rafa in Wimbledon today, then:(((

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/16/2010 at 11:54 AM

Somewhere the Federer clan is smiling and nodding, nodding and smiling. Hop Suisse indeed.

And my guy Dustin Brown has had match points and now match points again. Come on Dustin.

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 06/16/2010 at 11:54 AM

Switzerland too strong in defence today ... not my favourite type of football. Brazil are looking the best team so far.

Posted by Cotton Jack 06/16/2010 at 11:54 AM

I *love* it when a favourite loses, esp. one that competes with such little grace towards truthfulness

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 11:54 AM

Allez Swiss well done and deserve your win

Ugh Spain get back to the drawing board ASAP

Pathetic and very UN Vamos

Posted by ActionFlunky 06/16/2010 at 11:55 AM

Switzerland beat Spain? Wow!

Posted by chegu 06/16/2010 at 11:56 AM

congrats to swiss fans, i am one for obvious reaons;-)

Posted by Sherlock 06/16/2010 at 11:56 AM

Mr. X and Gabby are not happy campers right now. :(

Posted by CherryNYC 06/16/2010 at 11:56 AM

Sherlock -- exactly. It doesn't make any sense to me.


Well, that does it. Spain with a chance right at the end thanks to a yellow card --- but the Swiss hold on 1-0. From what I could tell in my ignorance of all things football, Swiss defended really well.
Let the fun roger/rafa comparisons commence. I do hope they talk to each other -- I'd love to have the NSA to eavesdrop on that call....

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/16/2010 at 11:57 AM

Well done to Switzerland! Great win.

Posted by CPM 06/16/2010 at 11:57 AM

Cotton Jack -- not up on my football smack-talk; what's behind "one that competes with such little grace towards truthfulness"?

Posted by Alexis 06/16/2010 at 11:57 AM

Hmmmmm... well, this may just do wonders for Rog and Stan! HOPP SUISSE!!

Posted by robbyfan 06/16/2010 at 11:58 AM

Wouldn't it be fun if they had made the bet the loser had to shave their head ala Roddick last year before Davis Cup?

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 11:58 AM

Sherlock Well I am still a happy camper after the Lakers kicked ass in their match against Um,um,um,????

Yes it just came to me the Celtics

Posted by CherryNYC 06/16/2010 at 11:58 AM

Thank you for the explanation, Cotton Jack. Seems be a bit inefficient, but every sport has its quirks....

Congrats to Swiss fans, sorry Rafa.......

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/16/2010 at 11:58 AM

Nice on court interview with Dustin. Says his change in form has to do with him now going crazy. Interviewer said she thought he had that nice Jamaican chilllin about him. LOL

Nice win for Dustin. Hope he gets into Wimbledon and at least wins a few rounds. His game is so old school and well suited for grass. yaay Dustin.

Posted by CPM 06/16/2010 at 11:59 AM

This was the first full match I got to watch, and, yeah, not tons of fun by any means, but credit to the redoubtable Swiss defenders. Spain certainly had their chances all the same, and couldn't find the net. Tant pis.

Posted by robbyfan 06/16/2010 at 12:00 PM

Hi JKaren-good luck to young Dustin. I enjoy watching the new players coming up with the big guns!

Posted by Master Ace 06/16/2010 at 12:00 PM

TennisRone1000,
Svetlana is ranked correctly as she lost her French Open and the rest of her clay points this year and her record is 10-10 before this week.

Posted by sans nom (Vamos Argentina and Allez to all the African teams) 06/16/2010 at 12:00 PM

Rising out of my vuvuzela-induced stupor to say commies to Spain fans. Spain has a magnificient team and it would be a shame if they cannot advance to the second rounds. On the other hand, Roger must be one happy man right now. And whatever makes Roger happy makes me happy!

Posted by Arun 06/16/2010 at 12:01 PM

Hmm. Really didn't see that coming.
Commiserations to millions and MILLIONS of Spanish Soccer fans.
They could/might still qualify for the 2nd round.
But then, they might have to face Brazil unless they finish on top in this stage (unlikely, now).

Posted by Master Ace 06/16/2010 at 12:01 PM

Maria Jose won over Aravane 6-2,3-0(retired)

Posted by Sherlock 06/16/2010 at 12:01 PM

AM, I'm not sure what team that was on the floor last night, but it wasn't the Celtics. :)

Talk about lack of effort. Sheesh. Hope they actually come out with a bit of intensity tomorrow night.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/16/2010 at 12:01 PM

Cheers CPM and GB. :)

Posted by Cotton Jack 06/16/2010 at 12:02 PM

CPM - players like Iniesta do a lot of cynical tackles to break up opposition attacks, but behave like they've be shot or hacked to death if an opposition tackler breezes past them. Compare/contrast with how honest Spanish tennis players are regarding line calls.

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 06/16/2010 at 12:03 PM

Interesting ticker fact: No team who has lost their opening match has gone on to win the world cup.

Posted by Jamaica Karen (WTA Rules) 06/16/2010 at 12:05 PM

@robbyfan, thanks. He has been doing really well and I am glad to see something positive about Jamaica on the international stage. Dustin along with our other athletes are really putting our little country on the map. Lots of which to be proud about.

On that note folks, off to earn my living. Talk to you all later

PS - commies to supporters of team Spain. Their next opponent is tough let me tell you so their task is not going to get any easier. I think this was perhaps their easiest match in this group.

Posted by Sherlock 06/16/2010 at 12:06 PM

"Rising out of my vuvuzela-induced stupor"

Lol. It's been ringing in my head all morning, and I only watched for about 10 minutes earlier. If I find a genie's lamp today, my first wish is for those damn vuvuzelas to disappear.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 12:06 PM

Dear Sherlock well colour me surprise it sure did look like the Celtics team to me

I could give you further stats on their lowest point score in the nba

But hey no further point at this time.

Posted by CPM 06/16/2010 at 12:08 PM

A little something from our friends at The Onion for Sherlock, NP, and all those other poor, deluded souls with a rooting interest in the NBA finals: http://tinyurl.com/2bcm5u6

(Warning: Includes salty language)

Posted by Mr.X 06/16/2010 at 12:09 PM

Well done, "favourites". Oops, i'm sorry, i meant idiots. Way to build up the hopes of a country for 2 years to come up in your lamest way when it mattered the most. Pique and Puyol stopped Cristiano Ronaldo cold, and now they look like morons against a couple of unknown Swiss guys. And then, apparently, they try to beat a record for stupidest form of attack when they had all of 40 minutes to even the match. What a big pile of stinking you-know-what. Hey, we've made the same play over and over! It hasnt worked, not one time, but let's try it once again, shall we? Yes, cos we are THAT bright. Well done, Xavi. Well done.
Iker, you were once a saint. Now you've become a guy who goes soft to the ball, because he doesnt want to hurt himself. Of course, it would be terrible not to be in a good way to his uber-hott girlfriend.
And you now, Del Bosque, maybe this way of playing isnt gonna make it in serious matches. How about going back to what actually worked in the Euro? What? You dont know how to do it? Oh, i imagined it. Bring back Luis, then. He knew things.
There's nothing worst than being favourites. Now you guys know why Rafa doesnt like to be the favourite. This is way. One more nail in the coffin, and the black legend is back. I really, really, really want to get drunk. What a shameful disgrace. I hate the horns. I hate it all.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ActionFlunky 06/16/2010 at 12:09 PM

Sherlock -- they're in huge trouble with the loss of Perkins, especially if you saw LA's rebounding edge last night. Oh well. I was a bit surprised Boston was up 3-2 in this thing. What's particularly crummy is I don't see anyone challenging LA for a couple/few years. They're not exactly ancient.

Btw, I rate that Gasol trade right up there with Jordan's two-year baseball sabbatical and the Knicks/Ewing envelope in terms of a commisioner-approved conspiracy. No way that trade should have ever gone through. Actually, the Webber/Hardaway draft right after Shaq was a bit fishy, too.

Posted by sans nom (Vamos Argentina and Allez to all the African teams) 06/16/2010 at 12:10 PM

Jamaica Karen: uh I disagree. Switzerland was not the easiest team on Spain's draw. Honduras is. In fact, considering past results and how solid Switzerland has been during the qualifyings, Switzerland was the toughest match. Chile may have a good team but they are inconsistent. I think the next 2 matches are do-able for Spain.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 12:11 PM

Bravo Mr X and well said

I hate those horns too? hey Swiss have horns dont they in those mountains of theirs to round up their cattle etc????

I see its a conspiracy no?

Go and get drunk and have a few on me.

Posted by Link 06/16/2010 at 12:13 PM

@Sherlock

I'm not American, but I've also always wondered why FIFA does not employ the stopping of the clock when treating injuries or tending to fouls/altercations on the pitch ala most predominantly American sports (the NBA, NHL, NFL).

FIFA also seems very stubborn regarding the use of instant video replays and the like to settle disputed calls; one referee in the midst of so many players cannot possibly be in the right place to make the right call on every occasion, even with the aid of the two linesmen.

For example, France would not have made the WC Finals at the expense of Ireland (because of Henry's handball) had video replays been used to settle the issue. I just find it strange that in many ways spectators watching on television and football commentators have the better viewing angles when compared to the elected officials on the pitch.

It's not like the technology isn't there :)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/16/2010 at 12:13 PM

Sorry, Mr X. Still - it's not over yet, perhaps losing here will gee them up a bit for the next two games.

Posted by Red 1.7.17.287⁺ = Legacy Solidified 06/16/2010 at 12:13 PM

Commies Mr. X,
I am really really sorry.
I am am happy that SUI won but would have been happier if Spain did.
Keep hope alive.
Vamos!

Posted by sans nom (Vamos Argentina and Allez to all the African teams) 06/16/2010 at 12:14 PM

I think everyone should get drunk. Spain and Swiss fans alike. Those vuvuzelas could drive Jesus himself to murder! And since it's just weird to watch a WC match on mute, you just have to endure it.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/16/2010 at 12:15 PM

I don't mind the horns so much now, getting used to it.

Posted by Arun 06/16/2010 at 12:16 PM

"I hate those horns too? hey Swiss have horns dont they in those mountains of theirs to round up their cattle etc????"
AM :-)

Posted by robbyfan 06/16/2010 at 12:16 PM

More onion fun, click on individual players:

http://www.theonion.com/interactive/the-onion-sports-introduction-to-world-cup-soccer,17558/

Posted by Cotton Jack 06/16/2010 at 12:16 PM

Ah well, Mr X, you made me laugh! Open yourself a nice bottle of Jumilla and keep angry ;-)

Posted by Colette 06/16/2010 at 12:17 PM

I like the way "time" works in soccer aka futball. You always know exactly how long you have to bite your nails. Longest minutes in sports = the last two minutes of a basketball game. The way they drag it out can be torture. (Maybe they should ban intentional fouls)

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 12:19 PM

Colette No ban inernational idoits like Spain for starters lol!

Posted by ActionFlunky 06/16/2010 at 12:19 PM

Three more matches left. Spain should still get out of their group. Just gives Fed bragging rights on the futbol front for a few years. Especially given what an underdog the Swiss were. And hey, Spain won the EuroCup in '08, didn't they? Not like this team hasn't already tasted glory.

Posted by ActionFlunky 06/16/2010 at 12:20 PM

Sorry, meant to say "two" matches left.

Posted by Colette 06/16/2010 at 12:22 PM

Upsets seem to catching from the grass warm-ups

Posted by zenggi 06/16/2010 at 12:23 PM

Mr. X,
Anyone left to rant about?. Alonso? Del Bosque's mother? Derdiyok's father?

My most sincere commisserations on this one. Really.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 12:24 PM

Lynne Just reading back posts,thanks for that stat regarding the World cup very interesting

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 12:28 PM

zengii I thought the lines people aka men smiled too much in that game

I found that very off putting to say the least

Apart from that nothing else much to add really.

Posted by NP 06/16/2010 at 12:30 PM

zenggi, you forgot Torres.

Mr.X, it always sucks to be losers. Anyhoo thank Gawd Pau didn't suck last nite. The Kobies really should've wrapped this up in 6. Still can't believe they couldn't take advantage of Kobe's scoring frenzy in Game 5.

Posted by zenggi 06/16/2010 at 12:31 PM

AM,
Maybe they have been offered perpetual free holidays on the Swiss Alps.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 12:32 PM

NP That opening line of yours was a tad harsh

Posted by zenggi 06/16/2010 at 12:32 PM

NP,
Don't touch El Niño. He is the most precious treasure of the Spanish team.

Posted by Link 06/16/2010 at 12:32 PM

Commiserations to the Spanish fans, congratulations to the Swiss fans. I may be a Federer fan, but I have no actual rooting interest in any football team; well-played football from any team is good enough for me :)

Was happy for the Kiwis when they scored their first ever point against Slovakia, was impressed by Korea DPR for scoring against Brazil despite being down two magnificent goals, felt mighty sorry for Green for that blunder. Seems like today's result is the upset of the World Cup so far.

Anything can happen, but with the overall strength of the Spanish squad I wouldn't bet against them regrouping to make the knockout stages.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 12:33 PM

zengii Yeah with those bloody horns of theirs as a added bonus

Posted by sod'sfriend ( it's ron artest's turn for nba ring! ) 06/16/2010 at 12:34 PM

commies mr. x. i feel your pain. it hurts to lose when you are so committed to a sport/sportsperson.

hang in there, they have 2 more games to play, they may yet pull thru.

;-(

with that, i'm off to see my doctor.

Posted by sans nom (Vamos Argentina and Allez to all the African teams) 06/16/2010 at 12:36 PM

Someone should check on manuelsantana. I'm sure this loss must be hard to swallow for him.

Posted by NP 06/16/2010 at 12:37 PM

AM, losers are losers. Simple as that.

zenggi, but he deserves more blame than most of the guys already listed.

Posted by TennisRone 1000 06/16/2010 at 12:37 PM

I'll take Kuzzy all day against Radwanska.....at the same time, I didn't realize Kuzzy fell that far....seems odd that would even be possible....However, her record certainly doesn't support a higher record....

....i would also be happy to share commies over this Radwanska loss with her personally over dinner....;-)....nobody squeal on me....ok? :-)

Posted by TennisRone 1000 06/16/2010 at 12:38 PM

....meant support a higher ranking....

Posted by zenggi 06/16/2010 at 12:39 PM

sod'sfriend,
Good luck with your doctor. I hope it's nothing serious.

The Spanish press is not very happy.

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 12:40 PM

NP Torres has had a injury lets be fair

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 06/16/2010 at 12:41 PM

Torres did look a bit rusty to me.

Posted by sans nom (Vamos Argentina and Allez to all the African teams) 06/16/2010 at 12:41 PM

Here's a question: where in the hail is Cesc???

Posted by NP 06/16/2010 at 12:42 PM

AM, OK, I'll cut him some slack.

Posted by zenggi 06/16/2010 at 12:43 PM

NP,
He has changed since he plays with Liverpool. Maybe he lost instructions in the translation of Del Bosque tactics.

Many congratulations to you on the Lakers win. I hope the match we'll be satisfactory tomorrow night. And I read you bought a new CB. Yay!. Who is going to win Wimbledon?

Posted by Sherlock 06/16/2010 at 12:43 PM

CPM, thanks for the Onion link. Hilarious. :)

I liked the ticker too..."Kevin Garnett Registers Loudest 8 Points In Finals History". Andrew would like that one. :)

ActionFlunky, yeah, it's hopeless. I figured the Lakers would win both at home, but without Perkins, it's just about a lock. Allen would have to repeat game 2, and the way he's been going, if he just made a couple threes, it'd be a vast improvement.

Link, I agree 100%. :)

"Those vuvuzelas could drive Jesus himself to murder!"

Lol, sans nom!

Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President,Oh My its Pimms Time Again 06/16/2010 at 12:44 PM

NP You are too kind

Hell he was on the bench they only brought him on cause the other so called players could not find the goal at all.

Though the Swiss were great in defence and deserved they win

Posted by Sherlock 06/16/2010 at 12:46 PM

"i would also be happy to share commies over this Radwanska loss with her personally over dinner"

He he. Very sporting of you, TR1000. :)

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