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Closed To The Open

Have you been watching the French Open?

Yes? Good for you. I applaud your constancy as a tennis fan. Because, frankly, between the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Final, and traveling across this land (Wyoming Wednesday, Iowa yesterday, Pittsburgh tonight), I haven’t seen one damn serve nor one damn rally of the thing.

Stan: a man, not The Man

Why have I made no effort to watch any of it? I blame Roger Federer. . Continue reading Closed To The Open

Logo for the DFR Audible post categoryMelbourne Musings

I’ve given it about a week, but I’m still having some trouble processing what I witnessed during the recently-concluded Australian Open.

This may be due to brain damage caused by repeated–indeed, relentless–exposure to that goddamned Visit Melbourne poem commercial.

Nevertheless, we must persevere on. What did we just witness? A revival by the sport’s great champions, one that portends more unforgettable matchups to come? Or a fluke occurrence that we’ll never see again, once the rest of the ranks reassert themselves?

Roger Federer wins the Australian Open: more interesting times to come?

My best guess: a little from column A, a little from column B. Continue reading Melbourne Musings

Pastimes and Passages

There are two recognizable mileposts that all sports fans pass along their journeys with the games, from youth to old age.

The first comes when all the players on the field in the game you’re watching are finally younger than you are. Having now reached my 48th birthday today (Sunday, October 9, 2016), I passed that particular milepost several years ago. It’s a moment when you realize just how far away, and far behind you, your dreams of athletic success really are.

And then there’s the second milepost: that point where many of the people you associate with the games–in particular, broadcasters–leave the scene for good, either through retirement or death. That second milepost recurs for most sports fans, as name after name disappears from the sports landscape, and it happened again–for myself and many others–just a week ago, when Dick Enberg and Vin Scully retired from broadcasting. Continue reading Pastimes and Passages