Tuesday, July 8, 2008



I haven't been a particularly devout tennis fan in the past, but matches like this year's Wimbledon final are quickly changing that. It's pretty rare when you notice a game is immediately turning into a classic, but this was definitely one of those games. Parallels to the Borg/McEnroe finals have already been drawn, but I'd argue that Federer/Nadal is a rivalry on an entirely different plane. I believe Federer is the greatest athlete of his generation, and I'd porbably also consider him the greatest to ever play the game, and he's still only 27. Between his near-perfection, particularly on grass, and Nadal's incredibly young age and raw talent, this matchup is hard to beat, and will continue to be one of the best rivalries in sports until Federer gets old enough to be less competitive.

There's really nothing else I can say that hasn't already been said, except...


Angels 9, Rangers 6

I flipped open Slingplayer in time to see Izturis single in Kotchman to put the Halos up 5-0 in the second. Vlad and Torii hit back to back bombs, and the night was over for Luis Mendoza. You'd think the Angels would cruise to victory easily on an 8-0 lead, but Ervin Santana was pitching like he had an 8-0 lead and gave up 5 in the bottom of the fifth, making his selection to the All-Star Game look a little suspect. Either way, the Angels pulled this one out, and letting the Rangers get within 2 (before Torii hit his second homer of the night) allowed K-Rod to pick up his 35th pre-All-Star-break save, breaking Smoltz's record. Maybe Ervin was just doing his friend a favor.

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