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Your Call, 3.03 03/03/2009 - 10:52 AM

Rena Mornin', everyone. I've got to write a post for ESPN before I can report on last night's women's tennis extravaganza in Madison Square Garden, so I'll just give you the short version here:  Serena Williams hammered sister Venus in straight sets to cop the Billie Jean King Cup, before a so-so crowd (let's be fair, New York had experienced a mini-blizzard the night before) but a potentially huge national television audience via HBO. Former US President Bill Clinton made an appearance, speaking at a ceremony celebrating Billie Jean King's role as an agent of social change (I think you're all familiar with the template by now), and the two Serbian stars, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, each picked up quarter-of-a-million dollars for playing a set of tennis against, respectively, Venus and Serena. I'm still trying to figure out, what, if anything it all meant. But more about that later. . .

-- Pete


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Posted by Dhiraj 03/03/2009 at 11:01 AM

First!!

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 11:01 AM

First? The exo was really fun, I really enjoy it. But what was with all the people leaving after Rena won the first set in the final?

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 11:02 AM

Tie for first

Posted by Master Ace 03/03/2009 at 11:04 AM

Davis Cup starting times (TW or USA Eastern Standard Time)

Friday
Russia at Romania 5 AM
Serbia at Spain 5 AM
Chile at Croatia 8 AM
Netherlands at Argentina 8 AM
France at Czech Republic 8:30 AM
Austria at Germany 8:30 AM
Israel at Sweden 9 AM
Switzerland at United States 2 PM
******************************************************************
Saturday (Doubles)
Russia at Romania 6 AM
Serbia at Spain 7 AM
Austria at Germany 7:30 AM
Chile at Croatia 8 AM
France at Czech Republic 8 AM
Israel at Sweden 8 AM
Netherlands at Argentina 9 AM
Switzerland at United States 2 PM
*****************************************************************
Sunday – USA/Canada to move clocks one hour early (Spring Forward)
Russia at Romania 6 AM
Serbia at Spain 6 AM
Chile at Croatia 7 AM
France at Czech Republic 8 AM
Israel at Sweden 8 AM
Austria at Germany 8 AM
Netherlands at Argentina 9 AM
Switzerland at United States 2 PM

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 11:04 AM

Repost from the old YC

Good morning!

I was at vb, hehe, Obradovic and Tipsarevic are enemies #1 right now there trashing them. They say there playing mind games and that when Serbia draw Spain that Obradovic wished for Rafa to get injured, that sort of thing. Tipsy well they say that he should stop putting the foot in his mouth, I agree with this btw not just because of this comment but some things he has said in the past, he said Sebia would be the favorites with out Rafa. They posted a question they sent to Rafa in his official site. Here is Mr. I don't like to get myself in the favorite discussion.

Q:rafa'm your biggest fan. I'm 10 years old and I strive every day to be like you. Tell me, what you think of what Tipsarevic said about Serbia being without you and that you are ready for the tournament and that then not going.

A:Thank you Jesus for your feedback. Let's see what you mean. Serbia is a great team and we know that with me or without me will be difficult. They have great players. Remember that Spain won the final without me so I do not think there Janko has reason to what he says. For the tournament, I said that my intention is to play but if I can not go for any reason or discomfort both tournaments as fans understand it. Thanks

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!) 03/03/2009 at 11:06 AM

Looking forward to the post Pete! hope you managed to have fun.

Posted by Master Ace 03/03/2009 at 11:08 AM

Tuesday Schedule:

Monterrey Noon TW - Szavay and Peer/Benesova scheduled
Monterrey 8 PM TW - Pennetta/Craybas and Krajicek/Batrtoli

Posted by lira vega 03/03/2009 at 11:09 AM

FWIW, Obradovic said yesterday that they watched Spanish team practicing for hour and a half and he considers Rafa to be fully healthy after what he saw there. I think Tipsy was the one who made some comments about Rafa showing up at tournaments saying he's healthy, but then it turning out it's not quite true. I didn't hear anything like that from Obradovic (unless you count Rafa being rusty remarks)

Posted by CL 03/03/2009 at 11:10 AM

jewell - just out of curiosity, how many cups of tea do you make in the course of a day? Sometimes it seems like every time I see a post from you it includes, "***makes tea***
I think you must be to tea what Tim is to Starbucks.

(Come back Tim...also Sam, Tari, Beckham..... its a little lonely being a Fed fan here these days.)

Posted by crazyone 03/03/2009 at 11:13 AM

I mean, Obradovic is an idiot, but given that he and Tipsy are going to get a thrashing from Rafa personally, I don't see the need to give them a trashing ;)


Posted by Samantha Elin 03/03/2009 at 11:16 AM

I resent this quote from J-mac at the exhibition match. "It's a shame Justine GAVE UP when Serena became more dedicated." Justine never gave up like he did and she didn't use drug or disrespect the refs. I believe McEnroe has the rare distinction of being one of very few players who was ever defaulted from a match. Go Justine, forever my #1!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 03/03/2009 at 11:19 AM

CL - about 12 usually. NP has already taken me to task for it, at least twice as I recall. ;)

Just back from the village, it is a beautiful stormy day, very Cathyesque. Between that and the goldfinches - where is Syd? Speaking of missing Fed fans...

But you still have crazyone and Pspace and Ren and naughty! And plenty of others I can't think of quickly enough.

Posted by Todd and in Charge 03/03/2009 at 11:21 AM

I enjoyed the format and the match, though they should have stayed with the no-ad scoring all the way through the final.

I have to say the one drawback for me was the commentary -- BJK never stopped talking, mostly about things unrelated to the match itself, and her anecdotes could stand to get a bit sharper and more refined for TV. But hey, legend and all, so I suppose she should get a pass.

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 11:23 AM

Samantha just ignore what J mac said last night he and Carillo where all about the Williams they were making me insane. Especially when he, Carillo and BJK were saying that Serena was the GOAT of female players. I guess they forgot I don't know Martina N. Margaret Court and yeah a player that has the only Golden Grand Slam male or Female, Steffi Effin Graf.

Oh, and Ana is mental miget, never going to win anything else in her carrera and JJ is the better player this acording to Jmac.

Posted by CL 03/03/2009 at 11:24 AM

jewell - 12! Well, I won't take you to task for it. I believe tea is considered quite healthy. (Still that is a lot of liquid. Must keep you........ hopping.)

Oh, I know...and fair is fair...I'm sure Rafalites and FOOPS sometimes felt overwhelmed here by the sheer numbers of Fed fans. Its more just that I miss those posters in general. And come to that, a few Rafalites as well, Tigerlily, Zola, Highpockets, etc.

Still, the more things change, etc.....

Posted by Sher 03/03/2009 at 11:25 AM

>about 12 usually

jewell, a girl after my own tea-infatuated heart :)

Posted by Master Ace 03/03/2009 at 11:26 AM

If anyone is going to the Davis Cup tie in Birmingham, Alabama, Talk About Tennis(TAT) is going to hold a tailgate at noon CST(1:00 PM TW) on Friday. I will be at the tailgate. Meeting place will be at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center sign. Weather is scheduled to be sunny with temperatures in the 70s.

By the way, the local news station showed PMac, RAndy, and James yesterday. They managed to get James to do a quick interview but RAndy declined the interview request during the practice session. However, the cameras did show that RAndy has a mohawk cut.

Posted by Sher 03/03/2009 at 11:27 AM

I think Christopher is going to the tie

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 03/03/2009 at 11:28 AM

I miss them as well, CL.

*raises tea cup to absent friends*

Not really sure all that caffeine is good for me but the making and drinking of the stuff is so deeply (and for me, culturally) ingrained I doubt I'll be able to give it up. And more healthy teas like green tea just aren't right, sigh.

Posted by lira vega 03/03/2009 at 11:29 AM

'Obradovic is an idiot'

I can rally behind this, but I've yet to hear anything offensive from him directed at Rafa

*loves J-Mac*

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 03/03/2009 at 11:30 AM

*joins Lira in Johnny Mac love*

Posted by Sher 03/03/2009 at 11:31 AM

[*saying how court won't suit Nadal as much because it's fast clay and also because ball bounces extremely high.*

i feel like if rafa could somehow put some topspin into his game he might actually get better on such high bouncing surfaces.
but whether he can learn topspin till friday... will be tough, no?]

LOL Bismarck & lira vega

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 11:33 AM

Now I want some tea.

jewell you can drink all the tea you want. Do you drink different kinds of tea or just one kind, because not all teas have caffeine.

Posted by naughty T, unknown meat product. 03/03/2009 at 11:33 AM

Have to agree that BJK sounded a bit batty a lot of the time, but hey legend etc. Interesting to hear how much she and J-mac disagreed about technique.."goofy grips" v "what just about everyone uses in the modern game".
I am with Pete though,though I enjoyed the vee v ree maatch I am not sure what it really all meant except a good deal of money for a lovely shopping spree in the big apple.

Posted by CL 03/03/2009 at 11:33 AM

jewell - well black tea actually IS quite healthy. Although the sheer volume might be a bit less so.

First time I ever enjoyed a cup of tea was in England. But that is because they made it properly there. Here, its mostly just dunk a tea bag in boiling water for a nanno second and they think that is tea.

I envy your goldfinches. It is a bright sunny day here but it is 9 degrees (F) and blowing a gale. And there is about 2 feet of snow on the ground. Only birds around I have seen are chickadees and even they seem a little depressed by it all.

Posted by CL 03/03/2009 at 11:38 AM

Overall, I really enjoyed the commentary last night..from all of them. Sure, they talked too much, (what else is new?), and there were some truly daft remarks, but a lot of insights sprinkled in as well. And I actually agree with BJK about the no ad scoring. A.) it was an exo. B.) they had played the earlier matches as no Ad. c.) they started late, even by NY standards...people were leaving in droves at the end of the first set and it was partly because of that 8 deuce game at 4 all (?). I would hate noAd to become the general rule but in this kind of a situation, it made total sense.

Posted by PaulaV 03/03/2009 at 11:39 AM

Pete,

I agree with you...definitely trying to figure out what it all means. It seems like there have been quite a few tennis exhibitions at MSG over the past few years. Are they testing out the venue, or is it just another promotional opportunity? Personally, I would like to see more tennis in NYC--good for the fans and good for the game.

On the down side, the prize money for last night's showdown seemed to be a bit much, given the economic crisis and how little tennis they really played.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 03/03/2009 at 11:39 AM

Stella - mostly ordinary tea, with milk. I did have to learn to do without sugar, because 12 spoonfuls of sugar per day is definitely not good for anybody. ;)

CL - these birds? They're very pretty.

http://tinyurl.com/dcl2xz

"First time I ever enjoyed a cup of tea was in England. But that is because they made it properly there."

So I should hope! LOL.

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 11:41 AM

The court for DC is like a mini FO. Obradovic is the only one I heard describing the court as a fastcourt. Costa, Rafa and Feli said that they love the court that is perfect. Costa said that it was medium pace and that the ball jumps really high. Besides Rafa just won AO and yeah the last time he beat Nole it was at the Olympics in the same surface asthe USO that is really fastcourt, right?, also this is 5 sets, it's in Spain and oh, yeah is CLAY.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 03/03/2009 at 11:42 AM

Hm - well, didn't see any of the exo, but I dislike no-ad scoring on principle, strange, newfangled way of doing things that it is. ;)

Posted by naughty T, unknown meat product. 03/03/2009 at 11:44 AM

recent research indicating that black tea may help prevent Parkinsons disease, so that is goo news. but the 12 spoons of sugar may not be so good Jewell.
I actually had black tea this morning instead of my usual green because let's face it, I am daft enough.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 03/03/2009 at 11:47 AM

I suppose as bad habits go, excessive tea drinking is not actually that bad.

Not that it's the only bad habit I have, of course.

Posted by CL 03/03/2009 at 11:48 AM

jewell -yup...those are the ones. Normally a very cheery and quite bold little bird. But right at the moment looking a bit grim. Just hanging on til spring. And it IS supposed to warm up by the end of the week so the chickadees and I have some hope. And what the heck, when it DOES warm up and the snow goes I won't be able to x-country ski and we will have mud up to the wheel hubs. Poor Mother Nature...she just can't win for trying as far as human's are concerned.

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 11:48 AM

I usually put honey in my tea and when is really hot I drink Lemon Ice Tea that has a lot of sugar.

Posted by katada 03/03/2009 at 11:49 AM

Rain, Rain the lovely rain.

http://www.marca.com/tenis.html

Posted by Marian...wtg Rafa! 03/03/2009 at 11:51 AM

Good morning,

I for one prefer decaffeinated tea, herbal (like Wild berries), no milk, no sugar- at work I have about a cup per hour.

Sorry to hear about Nalby!

Cheers!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 03/03/2009 at 11:53 AM

Mm, honey in tea, nice.

Whisky or brandy works as well but sadly I don't drink anymore.

naughty - you are just daft enough, don't ever change!

Whereabouts are you, CL? I think I am vaguely remembering Maine?

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 03/03/2009 at 11:54 AM

LOL katada. How are you, btw?

Posted by greenhopper 03/03/2009 at 11:58 AM

greetings earthlings (as fuzzy would say)
thanks a mil for the DC OOPs, MA.
Between Spain/Serbia and France/Czech, I'm guaranteed no sleep over this weekend.

Posted by Aleksa 03/03/2009 at 12:00 PM

I would really kindly ask for the said "appalling" quotes from Obradovic and Tipsarevic (if possible reference to interviews)as I have thusfar heard only Serbian Team praising the conditions in Spain, hospitability of hosts, and that DC venue in Benidorm is in fact French Open replica i.e. stating that Spanish players have to be considered heavy favourites as playing at home and on clay with Rafael Nadal leading them.

I have not heard or read nything demeaning or God forbid someone hoping Rafa would be injured.

Nikola Pilic is the Main Man - DC Team Serbia Special Advisor who has been called aboard to provide necessary expertise. He was invited by Novak who considers Pilic his longstanding mentor and friend. Pilic was DC Team Croatia Captain when they won DC Title.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 03/03/2009 at 12:03 PM

Just been up to read the start times (thank you, Master Ace!) and I think I might be able to catch some of Spain-Serbia, maybe on Saturday.

but, eeek, clock changes and time difference changes? eek.

Posted by naughty T, unknown meat product. 03/03/2009 at 12:04 PM

Aleksa I just hope they have got enough Head Cheese and offal stuffed pigs stomachs to keep their energy up.

Posted by katada 03/03/2009 at 12:04 PM

Hey jewell

Many hugs to you. I'm doing ok thanks for asking. I have been very busy at the job. Not to much time for me to chat here. Is very difficult for me , because I'm in and out of the office all the time. And whne I get home I have many things to do also, things I like to do when I'm at the house and if is tennis on I concentrate on the tennis. Is hard to ecplain.

See today I'll be at the office all day, so today I have more time for the net.

I want to write you an e-mail if is on=k with you, and tell you others things I can't here.

But I miss the chat and all of you. Abrazos abrazos

Posted by rafadoc 03/03/2009 at 12:08 PM

>The court for DC is like a mini FO.

Stella....what does that ^^ mean?

Pour moi: coffee over tea, love nT's daftness, and I love JMac even if he speaks before he thinks a lot of the time. :)

Aleska: Hi...not sure where the sources for that was. But welcome...are you new? Seems like I remember your moniker from earlier.

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 12:08 PM

Aleska that is what posters are saying on vamosbrigade, there the theme is Rafa against the world and everyone wants Rafa to fail, I just find it quite funny. All these reports come from the Spanish press btw but I have seen some things in English.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 03/03/2009 at 12:10 PM

Send away, katada. :)

Glad you are doing ok, and thanks for all the news etc on the previous thread.

It's hard to post and watch at the same time, sometimes it makes more sense to concentrate on one or the other.

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 12:11 PM

rafadoc, the court for DC is like a smaller Roland Garros. I call it a mini FO.

Posted by rafadoc 03/03/2009 at 12:12 PM

Still don't get it Stella....you mean RG has a lot of room on the sides and surrounding area? and this one doesn't? Sorry...being a little thick here. :-P

Posted by greenhopper 03/03/2009 at 12:13 PM

from the ticker:
"Arantxa Sanchez Vicario gave birth to a baby girl last week. Sanchez Vicario, 37, and husband Josep Santacana have also named the baby Arantxa."

awww.

also the atomic btomic has won his first challenger title.
yay.

Posted by Annie 03/03/2009 at 12:13 PM

hey folks. I enjoyed most of the commentary last night but thought it strange that when mary asked BJK if they were going to do the cup again next year she said she had no idea. so what did it mean? There were opposing views of the game which was interesting. Jmac or billie referred to mary as a "purist" in terms of not wanting to change the scoring. i guess i fall into that camp.

jewell: have you tried chai tea? its big over here now and i flove it. it's black tea with spices. very yummy.

Posted by rafadoc 03/03/2009 at 12:14 PM

btw: Jewell...that is my favorite "winter bird" (at least here in northern Illinois)...we call them black capped chickadees. That picture made me smile big time :))

Posted by Annie 03/03/2009 at 12:15 PM

Thank you MA for the start times :)

Posted by Annie 03/03/2009 at 12:15 PM

Think Brook's happy about Randy's mohawk? when is their wedding day?!

Posted by rafadoc 03/03/2009 at 12:17 PM

Annie: I heard about the mohawk but haven't seen it. I think their wedding day is coming up....wth is he doing??

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 12:18 PM

I tell you what I heard in the Spanish News they showed when they were building the court and the person they interviewed said that is was a medium pace court were the ball jumps high kind of like Roland Garros.

Posted by rafadoc 03/03/2009 at 12:20 PM

Annie: I see that Andy's wedding is slated for "spring" which would be in the next couple of months so.......maybe one last rebellion before the big day.

speaking of hair....ex disco Tommy shaved his lovely locks....oh the horror!

Thanks Stella....guess it was the "mini" that was throwing me off.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 03/03/2009 at 12:20 PM

Annie - no, but it sounds lovely. :)

aww to baby Arantxa. :) I loved original Arantxa, I have to say.

yeah Rafadoc - they look adorable, nice little perky clever things. But maybe not so much at the dead end of winter. I don't think we have them, at least, they are not in my bird Bible even as a rare visitor.

Posted by rafadoc 03/03/2009 at 12:23 PM

Stella: makes sense since Rafa has said it is "perfect". Good sign for the Armada, although I am not counting my chickens, so to speak. :)

Posted by rafadoc 03/03/2009 at 12:27 PM

Looking for Andy's new do (no luck) and found this little vid about his famous press conferences...a little Roger love too. :)

http://tinyurl.com/c3x6yc

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 12:30 PM

rafadoc Here are some some vids of the court this is not the one I saw on tv but it shows how they were building the court

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PWo-9sf5KY

Here's is were Costa said that the court wasn't to fast or to slow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGNr7MKgrhc

I'm looking for one that you can see the whole finish court, I'll see if I can find it.

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 12:34 PM

Found it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcWsR3hNAdA

Posted by Annie 03/03/2009 at 12:36 PM

rafadoc: oh man, loved the vid. Randy is so cool and adorable. *sighs*

they should update it and put the bird flu, sars virus one in!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 03/03/2009 at 12:37 PM

"ex disco Tommy shaved his lovely locks....oh the horror!"

What is this new fashion for head shaving?

I hope L'Oreal has some kind of contract for Rafa that forbids him to follow suit. I can not imagine Rafa with a shaved head or a buzz cut, and what will I do without his lovely dark hair to sigh over?

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 12:40 PM

I found this vid and I'm giggling like Baby E. The title says it all http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzDzBdky88c

Posted by katada 03/03/2009 at 12:41 PM

Jewell Thanks.

I was just listen to the press conference of the Modesto Vázquez (Argentina's captain, he had Mónaco next to him and insted of calling Mónaco, Mónaco he call him Del Potro. Mónaco face said it all. He was really very fanny, just to see Pico's face.

Posted by rafadoc 03/03/2009 at 12:41 PM

Jewell: I hope so too! Cannot imagine Rafa with a buzz cut...yikes!

Thanks Stella!

Annie: I know....Randy is cute and snarky, which I like.

Posted by avid sports fan aka "Sigh-Rena" *ReRe hollywood starlet ;-) 10-time grand slam Champion* 03/03/2009 at 12:45 PM

Hello good people!

And the first tennis news I see this morning is Nalby withdrwaing due to viral infection. This is really getting scary for the ATP guys. I hope he takes good care of himself and gets completely well soon.

Posted by Annie (Go USA, Vamos Armada) 03/03/2009 at 12:45 PM

Is Feli the #2 singles player or Ferru?

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 12:48 PM

Annie, Ferru

Posted by rafadoc 03/03/2009 at 01:03 PM

Stella: That vid...priceless...you get the feeling Feli gets a wee bit tired of Rafa's rituals. lol.

Gotta go for a while. Have fun kids!

Posted by Sher 03/03/2009 at 01:03 PM

hey katada, good to see you around and doing well, I hope :)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 03/03/2009 at 01:04 PM

Bye, Rafadoc the Fabulous. :)

thanks for all the videos, Stella.

Posted by Sher 03/03/2009 at 01:06 PM

I'm very interested in the scoreline of Djokovic vs Nadal in DC on clay. Granted the crowd will likely be in Rafa's favour and that's bound to have an effect, but otherwise it'll be an interesting test of their match up.

In Hamburg Djokovic played great against Nadal and in RG, Nadal played great against...well everyone, really. I'd like to see some more sample points. :)

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 01:06 PM

Bye rafadoc.

You're welcome jewell. :-)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 03/03/2009 at 01:11 PM

agreed, Sher.

Not going to bet against Rafa over five sets on clay, ever, but if Djokovic can pull up the sort of form he had at Hamburg I still think he has a chance, particularly if he can get the first two sets.

Posted by Huang 03/03/2009 at 01:14 PM

If anyone still needs Davis Cup tickets, i have 2 i haven't been able to sell, it's for all 3 days, name your price. it's in the upper level. i am sad i can't go.

Posted by katada 03/03/2009 at 01:15 PM

Hey sher

Hugs hugs, I'm doing a lot better. Just very busy. I haven't been here much because my job keeps me very busy, is very difficult for me to be here on the regular basics when I'm in and out of the office all the time. I have miss you and every one.

Today I'm here at the job all day so I can come to TW and have a little chat, Is always nice to hear from you. How are you doing?

Posted by malimeda 03/03/2009 at 01:37 PM

Since it's raining today in Benidorm, here are some pics from yesterday's Spain/Serbia training sessions. Everybody seems to be quite relaxed and joking around. Rafa is more than relaxed, to the point of being completely oblivious he's in a public place:
http://tinyurl.com/ast6eb
http://tinyurl.com/bte4mz

Zimonjic, Tipsarevic & Rafa horse-playing:
http://tinyurl.com/aqy95f

Rafa with construction workers (the stadium has temporary stands):
http://tinyurl.com/bo2xn6


Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 01:41 PM

Thanks malimeda!

LOL that secong pic is pure gold, Rafa that is not a good place to put your racket. Agree with malimeda completely oblivious.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 03/03/2009 at 01:42 PM

*officially loves malimeda*
thanks for the pictures. :)))

Washing-up and cooking calls...See you all later. :)

Posted by katada 03/03/2009 at 01:52 PM

I hope this works

http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/news/story?id=780984&s=ten&type=story

Posted by PC 03/03/2009 at 02:10 PM

The crowd looked thin at MSG last night. I noticed too the EMPTY EMPTY seats at Delray Beach last weekend, for the semis and the finals. The Sr Tour with Sampras and J Mac in Boston was EMPTY.

Is this a preview of tennis crowds this year? Indian Wells will be an interesting litmus.

Posted by naughty T, unknown meat product. 03/03/2009 at 02:12 PM

Someone said Nalby had a cold but Yahoo reporting it as a virus as well. What is up with these boys? got to stop all that hugging. Perhaps they are snogging in the locker room or something. At any rate Yahoo saying that the reason that Elf is not playing is because he and DonutDave have fallen out. So with Dave not playing the Crazytrain could well spring into action.
God we flove gossip.

Posted by naughty T, unknown meat product. 03/03/2009 at 02:16 PM

Is tipsy farting in Rafas face??????? sure looks like it from the expression on his face. peeeeeeeeeeeooooow!! Obviously the effects of too much head cheese and offal

Posted by malimeda 03/03/2009 at 02:24 PM

Obradovic & Pilic scouting Rafa's game:
http://tinyurl.com/aes3fs

As for the perceived/alleged smack talk by the Serbians, namely Obradovic and Tipsarevic, the only thing I was able to find was this:
http://tinyurl.com/ca9tmg

This is just a journo spin.

There was only one Spanish blog whith alleged Tipsy quotes (about Rafa's injury and DC tie chances) but I highly doubt it's reliable, because of the factual mistakes re h2h of Nole/Ferrer. Nothing in English.

Posted by CL 03/03/2009 at 02:25 PM

So TC is showing a 1977 match between Borg and Connors. On clay. In the US, methinks. It is fascinating in lots of different ways, but one thing I have noticed especially is that, though comms make a big deal of the FH 'squash shot', as if it is something new to the game and all due to racket & string technology, Connors had that shot ...or a slight variation of it.... back then. He had a way of coming under his forehand...not as extreme as the squash shot, but effective nonetheless.

Posted by Stella 03/03/2009 at 02:29 PM

LMAO nt

You have to take a look at the 12:40 PM vid that I posted
two words Feli jockstrap.

Posted by CL 03/03/2009 at 02:31 PM

In other news, there is a report on Yahoo that a shopping mall in New Zealand is now using Barry Manilow music to drive away teenage 'mall rats.' I guess Mozart just doesn't cut it anymore.

(I would link the story but the URL is too long and I have not yet master tinyurl and I don't want to break the page here.)

Posted by naughty T, unknown meat product. 03/03/2009 at 02:35 PM

I saw the felli jock vid Stella. very fine indeed. It made me go and get a glass of wine to help my imagination ramble all the better.

Posted by Sherlock 03/03/2009 at 02:39 PM

CL, if you've passed the test for posting links here, we know you can do the tinyurl thing as well. :) It's only adding a couple more steps to that process. In the name of rehabbing Stephon Marbury's career, give it a shot. :)

Posted by Sherlock 03/03/2009 at 02:41 PM

Because I'm dying to read about Barry's music scaring away the teens. :)

Posted by Aleksa 03/03/2009 at 02:45 PM

"I just hope they have got enough Head Cheese and offal stuffed pigs stomachs to keep their energy up."

Naughty, don't get me started. That oscure meat product turned me into a ferocious vegetenerian years ago. Shudders.

Anyway, energy boost will not suffice. Team Serbia needs a miracle. And once it is all over and done with, on Sunday evening, a great sense of humour.

Rafadoc, hi!
Yes, I am new to the site. I have been reading all the posts and comments for a long time now and recently decided to join in.

Posted by malimeda 03/03/2009 at 02:47 PM

As for Tommy Robredo's new 'do, it was a bet he lost (go through arrows to see the gallery documenting the proceedings):
http://tinyurl.com/awgxhn

Seems Nico Almagro got buzzcut as well (from today's Spanish team presser):
http://tinyurl.com/c68j2j

Posted by crazyone 03/03/2009 at 02:52 PM

there's a new Speed Lesson up!

Aleksa, do you live in Serbia? And if so, is it easy to be a vegetarian there? the cuisine seems quite meat-heavy.

Posted by CL 03/03/2009 at 02:52 PM

Sherlock - Master Ace...or someone.... put the fear of the computer gods in me re tinyurl..something about viruses. And I am a chicken little about that sort of thing. Besides, the way viruses are laying people low, I ain't taking NO chances.

Also, since Marbury joined, aren't the Celtics like 2 and 3 or something? Not auspicious.

But anyhoo, the story is at yahoo...

Posted by Aleksa 03/03/2009 at 02:56 PM

Crazyone,

I travel a lot, Serbia-Croatia-Ireland, but most of the times I am in Serbia where my parents reside. And, yes, it is not an easy path being a vegeterian down there. Yet I have triumphed over the years.

Posted by Master Ace 03/03/2009 at 02:56 PM

CL,
Marbury just joined the team on Friday and the team is 1-1.

Posted by Carrie 03/03/2009 at 02:57 PM

Nico reminds me even more of a five year old with that buzz cut. I swear- Almagro ahs the body shape of a kindergardner with his big head and kind of tubby belly.

Posted by CL 03/03/2009 at 03:00 PM

MA - thanks.. I guess it only SEEMs worse than that.

Welcome Aleska - wow that is quite an itinerary ... you must rack up some serious frequent flyer miles.

Posted by CL 03/03/2009 at 03:02 PM

What the heck just happened??? Last time I hit refresh, the page came up in an entirely different format and look. I feel like I just stepped in an internet version of the Twilight Zone.

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