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Name: Mark Schirber
Member since: August 31, 2003
Last visit: October 06, 2003

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Is Tennis going down for the count?: Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News thinks so. On the one hand, this year's US Open has been a wash, in more ways than one. The weather delays really hurt the weekend schedule, and with neither Williams sister competing, the woman's side seems like a tournament to determine who's #3 (regardless of the actual rankings). It's really a shame, because the US Open is by far the most prestigious tounament played on a surface that doesn't overly favor one style of game over another.

posted by panther to tennis at 12:28 PM on September 03, 2003 - 13 comments

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Holy Cow!

Just a couple of things. First, I didn't do this post because I hate Rush (though I kind of do), but because I thought it was newsworthy. Second, a few weeks ago rcade had a piece about what a mistake ESPN was making hiring Rush for their pregame show (he knows a lot about football; so do thirty million other people in this country). To be honest, I have not watched ESPN's pregame this season. But I was disgusted by Rush's comments about McNabb. Hey Rush, there are now a dozen black starting quarterbacks in the NFL; the "liberal" media wasn't playing up McNabb for some inspirational Jackie Robinson story. One reason sports is so popular is because it is a diversion from all of the political bs we get tired of during the week. The reason Rush doesn't belong on ESPN is because he never lets go of the political. But I might be wrong. ESPN execs are defending Rush because their ratings are up.

posted by panther at 10:12 PM on October 01, 2003

For the casual fan, the only way to judge such things is who did the most with the least talent (which is why it is difficult to gauge how great of a coach Phil Jackson is). So I would probably pick Mckeon.

posted by panther at 05:57 PM on September 17, 2003

Maurice Clarett to Grambling?

This option doesn't make a lot of sense to me. If this season is shot for Clarett, why not come back next year with Ohio St. instead of a Division 1-AA team? Or, if he's worried about getting rusty, why not run off to Canada for a couple of years and then jump into the NFL? If I were advising Maurice, I would probably tell him to challenge the NFL in court. There's some pretty good precedent that he would win via the Spenser Haywood Rule.

posted by panther at 08:42 PM on September 08, 2003

Now that's what I call

Classic. It reminds me of a prank a couple of months ago where a couple of DJs called Chirac pretending to be Jerry Lewis.

posted by panther at 03:37 PM on September 05, 2003

If at first you don't succeed,

Here are mine: AFC East: Bills AFC South: Titans AFC North: Steelers AFC West: Raiders Wild Cards: Patriots and Colts NFC East: Eagles NFC South: Bucs NFC North: Packers NFC West: Rams AFC: Titans NFC: Eagles Super Bowl: Titans

posted by panther at 03:11 PM on September 04, 2003

Is Tennis going down for the count?

Sorry, I forgot the Morning News was a registration site. Great point, Ufez: The women's draw I never watch until at least semis (depending on who's paired up they're often better matches than the finals, though the same can be said for men). This year will be no exception. The women's game has always been incredibly top-heavy. For as long as I can remember (about twenty years), going into every Grand Slam there would be only two or three ladies that had any realistic shot of winning it. And the first five rounds would consist of a lot of 6-0, 6-1 matches that lasted forty minutes. One question I have: Why on earth does tennis have such a funny seeding system (i.e. #1 vs #3, #2 vs #4)?

posted by panther at 01:41 PM on September 03, 2003

I think this is just a lot of hot air. If California or Nebraska were to do this, the schools in these states simply wouldn't pay the players, since the NCAA would just rule them ineligible. I realize the legislators are simply trying to put this on the table for the NCAA to take notice, but any solution has to be national (imagine the advantage some schools would have if they were allowed to pay players while other schools were not). I myself have changed my mind on this issue. I now think the players should be compensated for bringing big money to their colleges.

posted by panther at 03:01 PM on August 31, 2003