Love this guy. Follow him on twitter if you don’t already.
My quick take on this. Look, whether you believe in God or not, the word is there in the pledge of allegiance. There’s no reason to remove it and pretend like it doesn’t exist. It’s like all those idiots who want to remove the N word from Huck Finn. You don’t have to agree with any of it or the use of it, but the word is there and it’s as the author intended. Removing it in both cases is removing part of history.
Whether it’s because he has a shy personality, or simply because football was back, it somehow got lost that Rafael Nadal became only the seventh man to complete the career grand slam yesterday in tennis. He defeated Novak Djokovic in four sets to complete a dominating tournament in which he was never seriously challenged. He is now only an Australian Open title away from completing a calendar Grand Slam and no it appears that no one will stop him. The Washington Post was there and reported:
“Nadal’s U.S. Open victory, and the manner in which he finally won it after seven years of trying, will no doubt be added to a long list of exhibits in the argument over whether he or Federer is the better player and, should their dominance continue, who is more likely to retire as the greatest in history.
Nadal steadfastly refuses to submit his name for such debate, seizing every opportunity to praise Federer (who has won a record 16 majors to his nine) for having achieved something that’s nearly impossible.
On Monday, so too did Nadal, who just a few years ago was regarded as a clay-court specialist whose skills would never translate to hard courts or grass.
Nadal has now won three consecutive majors in a four-month span, each on a different surface. And he did so by re-inventing his game – beefing up his serve, sharpening his volley, flattening his groundstrokes, developing a slice backhand and altering his court positioning to lurk closer to the baseline.
What distinguishes Nadal from other top players – even more so than the muscularity of his strokes and his single-mindedness of purpose – is the same thing that distinguished Federer during his five-year reign atop the sport. Even after reaching No. 1 in the world, Nadal has continued to improve. In Nadal’s view, as in Federer’s, reaching No. 1 was not culmination of anything. His goal remains as elusive as ever: To develop the ideal tennis game.”
Scary. How long before we compare Nadal and Tiger?
You think he misses it…but wait! You’ll have to view it a second time to see what exactly he does here. Cool shot.
If you don’t like violence or offensive language this is your warning. Don’t watch the video if that’s the case. Apparently the older women and man in this video took offense to the younger man’s use of profanities during the course of play and it led to a shouting match that eventually led to the altercation. It got so heated that the players competing (Novak Djokovic and Philipp Petzschner) actually stopped their tennis to watch it go down. You can read about it all here on the Daily Mail.
Here you go.
We’ve Federer to take the title. Sorry Rafa.
New Yorkers are practically begging for a reason to love Rafael Nadal as this great New York Observer piece talks about. It’s a great read heading into the tournament.
“Every year, reporters convene in Queens and ask the softballs that make for good curtain-raising copy: Why do you love New York and the Open? Veterans like Federer know how to play it. It’s the celebrities! The night matches! The vibrancy of the city! Even Scottish-born Andy Murray, a hometown hero at Wimbledon, has called the Open his favorite tournament (perhaps not incidentally, he got the Voguetreatment in the run-up to the Open this year). But Rafa rarely takes the bait. Last year, when a reporter asked Rafa what it would mean to win here, he shrugged: “For me, have the title here doesn’t change my career.” He said that winning the Open would be an important milestone—that means he’ll have all four Grand Slams—but he has referred to it, somewhat dismissively, as “another Grand Slam.” Three years ago, when asked to rattle off the things he loved about the Open, he mentioned a renovated men’s locker room. And when he was asked whether he preferred a small town or a big city, he said, “I prefer the same like always. I prefer be at home with the family, with the friends, my closer friends. I know my friends from the school. So I am very, very happy living in Mallorca. Is a very nice place, very quiet place.”
[New York Observer]