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The Love List

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Ever since the days of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe we’ve been obsessed with the idea of celebrities dating athletes. In honor of Vanentine’s Day here is my list of the best celeb/athlete couples.

1. David and Victoria Beckham - What’s not to love?

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2.Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen - Two people this beautiful owe it to the rest of us to have lots and lots of beautiful babies to populate the earth.

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3. Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly - I love how he instinctively wraps a protective arm around her. Jeter may be a ladies man but he’s still a gentleman (A-Fraud could learn a thing or two from Jeter).

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4. Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias - And they said it wouldn’t last… This on again, off-again couple have been a hot item since 2002. At least their relationship is hot because neither of them is too warm in the career department.

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5. Tony Parker and Eva Longoria Parker - They’re cute together but I have one small problem with this pair. Every chance Eva gets she gushes about what a great marriage and great sex life they have. The Golden Rule of Public Life… Don’t put yourself up on a public pedastal or you’ll eventually fall from it.

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6. Dario Franchitti and Ashley Judd - They remind me of the beautiful sophisticated old-Hollywood type love story.

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7. Cory Hart and Pink - They may not have old-Hollywood glamour but has there ever been a pair more perfectly suited? Rumor is they are patching up their marriage and I hope it works for them!

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8. Jeff Gordon and Ingrid Vandebosch - He seems like an all-around good guy so it’s nice to see him get a happy ending with a beautiful Belgian model.

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9. Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian - The injury-prone former Heisman winner and Kardashian (I’m still not sure why she is famous???) don’t have a love story for the ages, but if they’re good enough for the pages of the gossip rags they’re good enough for my blog!

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10. Serena Williams and Common - I couldn’t find any up-to-date dirt on whether or not this pair is still an item but I hope they are. I’d love for the iron maiden of tennis to find love.

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Honorable mention-

Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson - I doubt this one will last with all the media scrutiny but I’d like to see Jessica find a happy ending.

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Mike Comrie and Hillary Duff - This former teen queen has managed to escape the fate that many of her cohorts. Unlike Brittany Spears, Lindsay Lohan and the Olsen twins, as far as we know Duff has managed to keep her grown-up self out of rehab. For that alone she deserves kudos.

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Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker - America’s golden boy of tennis and a former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, that’s an all-American love story if I ever heard one!

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Williams Takes Aussie Open Title

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

56617102Congrats to Serena Williams on her smooth win over Dinara Safin to capture her 10th Grand Slam singles title and the world number 1 ranking!

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Serena’s Sweet Payoff

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

images-13Serena Williams reached two milestones with her win over Russia’s Elena Dementieva in the semifinals of the Australian Open. The first, and most obvious, a chance at her 10th Grand Slam title. The second is that Serena has surpassed retired golfer, Annika Sorenstam, as the leader in career prize money earned in women’s professional sports.

At her retirement Sorenstam had raked in an earnings total of $22,573,192. Serena has now earned $22,725,475 in her 14-year career. On reaching this achievement, Williams had this to say,

“It’s amazing how much women’s tennis has grown since I joined the Tour fourteen years ago. I am very proud to have reached this milestone for me, my family and all women athletes out there. This achievement really shows that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.”

 

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3 Down, 1 To Go

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Okay. So, on one hand I was right. Roger Federer did beat Andy Roddick to move on to the finals at the Australian Open. If he wins it will be his 14th grand slam title, an impressive number to even the most unenlightened tennis fan, such as myself. On the other side,  I was happily proved wrong. 

Yesterday, I picked Elena Dementieva to move past Serena Williams in the semifinal and go on to win the title match. Williams made quick work of Dementieva in 2 sets and will meet Dinara Safin, sister of past Aussie Open champ, Marat Safin. The ladies are not only vying for the Open title but the coveted number 1 ranking.

240px-serena_williams_july_2008I’ve been proven wrong with most of my predictions for the women in this tournament. First, I claimed it would be an all-Russian women’s final. Then I went a step further to pick Dementieva as the overall winner. Being wrong on both points I would hate to jinx Williams and make her my new pick to win but, what the heck. After playing with consistency against Dementieva, Williams will carry that through to take the Australian Open.

With 3 semifinal matches now decided lets wait and see who will take the last to face Federer in the final.

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Semi-Finals Set

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I wish I could say that I had the time, the patience and the inclination to be a dedicated follower of tennis. Any given year I’ll watch the final rounds of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and if I happen to be home and the television happens to be tuned to the right channel I’ll watch the finals of the French and Australian Opens.

Now that the semifinals in this year’s Australian Open are set they have definitely shaped up to be view-worthy. I have my PVR set to catch the match between Federer and Roddick. The patriotic side of me is pulling for Andy-boy while the sports fan in me loves to see a master like Federer play to his potential like he did against Del Potro in the quarterfinal.

If the Roger Federer that played in the quarterfinals shows up in the semis, then Roddick doesn’t stand a chance. But if the leaner, meaner Roddick, who is playing well in this tournament under new coach, Larry Stefanki, meets the Roger Federer who struggled to get things going in the fourth round against Tomas Berdych then there may be hope.

The other men’s semifinal will see Fernando Verdasco of Spain face off against Rafael Nadal. As much as I’d like to see things go in a different direction, I still believe we’ll see Federer and Nadal in the men’s final.

On the ladies’ side, again, I want to see Serena Williams in the final against a Russian (both competitors in the other women’s semifinal match, Vera Zvonareva and Dinara Safina are Russian) but my gut tells me it will not be so.

Elena Dementieva has played well against Williams in the recent past and she is due to win a grand slam title. So, for no other reason other than timing I’ll stick with my earlier pick of an all-Russian women’s final and go one step further to say the winner will be Dementieva.

Elena Dementieva, my pick to slam down a victory and win her first grand slam at this year's Australian Open.

Elena Dementieva, my pick to slam down a victory and win her first grand slam at this year's Australian Open.

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Quarterfinals Set At Aussie Open

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Here is how the ladies’ quarter final round will shape up:56568691

  • Marion Bartoli (France) v. Vera Zvonareva (Russia)
  • Dinara Safina (Russia) v. Jelena Dokic (Australia)
  • Carla Suarex Navarro (Spain) v. Elena Dementieva (Russia)
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) v. Serena Williams (U.S.)

For the gentlemen:

 

  • Rafael Nadal (Spain) v. Gilles Simon (France)
  • Fernando Verdasco (Spain) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France)
  • Andy Roddick (U.S.) v. Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
  • Juan Martin Del Potro v. Roger Federer (Switzerland)

 

My predictions- a Russian will win the women’s title and Federer will meet Nadal in the finals for the men.

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Australian Open Field Narrows

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Thins are swinging right along at the Australian Open.

One the men’s side Roger Federer managed to gut it out against Tomas Berdych. RFed will now face Argentenian, Juan Martin Del Potro. Andy Roddick got past Spaniard Tommy Robredo in 3 sets and now will face off against Novak Djokovic which worries me a bit.

He’ll have a tough time with the Serbian Djokovic. Let’s hope he can hang on for one more round.  I’d rather watch Roddick get tossed from the tournament by Federer in the Semi-Finals. The other half of the men’s quarterfinal bracket will be decided tomorrow.

In ladies’ singles the Russians have the potential to sweep the quarterfinals to move on to an all-Russian semi-final. First they must get past a few speedbumps in their path, mainly Serena Williams (this woman is an amazing physical specimen, wow!).56567882

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Balls Not Only Flying Objects at Open

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

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  • Flying Objects Part I    The biggest story of the day wasn’t a battle on the courts between two highly-disciplined, well-trained athletes. No, day six brought us a full-out ethnic scuffle between fans of Novak Djokovic and Amer Delic. Chairs, bottles and racial slurs were sent flying as the Serbian supporters of Djokovic and the Bosnian fans of Delic clashed just as the match wrapped up with Djokovic coming out victorious. One woman was hit in the head by a projectile chair but not seriously injured and police quickly got the ruffians under control.
  • Ana Ivanovic, one of our Hot Sporty Chicks, was ousted from the competition by Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova.
  • In the battle of brooding handsomeness Roger Federer came out ahead (on our list and on the court) over Marat Safin. After the match Safin remarked to reporters that this would likely be his last year of competition.
  • Everyone’s favorite American tennis star, Andy Roddick advanced to the next round.
     
  • Flying Objects Part II  The Williams’ sisters, Venus and Serena won their doubles match despite being distracted by a naked man (and no doubt his jiggly objects) dancing across the court. The nudie and his unmentionable parts were contained and arrested by police.

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Aussie Open Update

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Now into the 5th day of the Australian Open there have been some matches to note.

  • Venus Williams, 6th seed and reasonable contender for any tournament in which she participates, was ousted yesterday in a huge upset by Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. 2nd- seeded sister Serena is cruising along just fine up to this point.
  • One of our tennis hotties, Tommy Haas, has a tough draw in the next round as he’ll face 1st seeded, Rafael Nadal.
  • Speaking of our hottie picks, two of them are set to face off. Roger Federer and Marat Safin’s match may be one worth watching, if not for the tennis then for the eye-candy!

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7th Grade Ballers Scouted for Skills

Friday, January 16th, 2009

The NCAA voted Thursday to lower the age from 9th grade to 7th grade that a boy can officially be considered a prospect by college recruiters. 

So, lets get this straight… 12 and 13 year-old kids are now being scouted?

I am all for kids being involved in sports from a young age. Participation in athletics keeps kids interested in school, teaches them teamwork, goal setting and helps build a healthy self-image.

The problem is that all too often nowadays kids are now being exploited.  First by their parents who are trying to live out their dreams of glory vicariously through their children.  Then through coaches, trainers and scouts looking to capitalize on the parents’ hunger to see their child become the next LeBron James, Sidney Crosby or Serena Williams.  basketball1In fact, this is what led the NCAA to lowering the age of male basketball prospects. College coaches were being paid big bucks to work at high-profile camps for 7th and 8th graders. This new ruling will make that an NCAA violation. Look for a similar ruling in football soon.

I happen to have two professional athletes in my family, one football player and one hockey player. I have seen firsthand what it took for them to achieve the ultimate goal and get paid to play the sports they love. At twelve years old they, like most kids, dreamed of being professional athletes. There is nothing wrong with that. But at twelve and thirteen they were still allowed to be just what they were - kids. At that age playing sports should be about one thing, having fun.

Want your kid to grow to fame and glory on the field? Teach them the fundamentals of their sport, teach them about healthy competition by setting an example of good sportsmanship and then when the game or match ends go for ice cream rather than heading home to break down their game film. If your kid is as special as you think he or she is the rest will work itself out in due time.

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