Monday, September 10, 2012

NFL replacement refs, Serena and HOLY *&%# LOOK AT ANNA!

I saw a lot of terrific performances and intriguing developments in Week 1 of the NFL season: RG3's phenomenal debut, Peyton Manning's triumphant return and the Jets serving up some crow to the haters, to name but a handful of compelling plot twists. What I didn't see was substandard officiating cost anyone the game, their job or their health. I'm not saying it didn't happen. I'm saying I didn't see it, and I watched some of the games and most of the highlights. You'd have to catalogue every missed call in every game to say with certainty whether the replacement officials were better or worse than the locked out referees, and it seems to me that anyone who would go to those lengths is looking for a reason to complain...The case to be made for the Alouettes as the best team in the CFL fell apart Saturday in Vancouver, where the BC Lions schooled the Als and served emphatic notice that the Grey Cup will not be easily relinquished. The good news is that the 2012 Grey Cup game is in Toronto, meaning if the Alouettes get another crack at the Lions this season, it won't be at BC Place, which has consistently brought out the worst in the Als during a 10 year span that they've otherwise pretty much dominated...He's not as typically unprofessional as John Tortorella, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi is starting to share the Rangers coach's open disdain for certain media members. After a loss in Baltimore Saturday, Girardi went nose-to-nose with the New York Post's Joel Sherman, who reportedly gave as good as he got in the exchange, which would represent a rare moral victory for sports reporters routinely subjected to psychological bullying by self-important athletes, coaches and managers...If she didn't already belong, Serena Williams is now a legitimate part of the conversation about the greatest woman tennis player of all time, alongside Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf. On the cusp of 31 in a young woman's sport, Williams is on one of the best runs of her career, adding yesterday's US Open title to the Wimbledon and Olympic championships she won earlier this summer..Meanwhile, I would conservatively estimate that men's professional tennis is at least 30 percent faster than the women's game - not necessarily better or more entertaining, but played at significantly greater speed and with correspondingly more power. It might not be politically correct to say so, but pointing out the obvious doesn't make me sexist. What makes me sexist is that Anna Kournikova is still my favorite tennis player.

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