The Morning After: May 24, 2011

Today is a glorious day for no other reason than we are officially under the 100 days mark until college football begins. It will surely be a long 99 days, but the college football season is officially on the horizon, and I think we can all agree that is a good thing. Well, most of us can, anyway. Some may dread the beginning of God’s season.

With Miami taking a 2-1 lead on the Eastern Conference finals Sunday, last night saw Dallas and Oklahoma City battle in what was a must-win for the Thunder (I haven’t a clue as to who won, as the game ended way after my bedtime). For those who aren’t big on the NBA or baseball, you should check out the French Open and the sizzling Novak Djokovic.

The Serb extended his 2011 record to 38-0 yesterday when he easily dispatched Thiemo de Bakker in straight sets. Djokovic can take over the world’s No. 1 ranking from Rolland Garros king maker Rafa Nadal at the end of the fortnight should he make the final (even if he loses to Nadal, which is rather odd). The Djoker is on an absolute tear right now, but due to Americans only liking other Americans, he has flown under the radar stateside. In his 38 wins, Djokovic has dispatched Nadal four times, including twice in clay court finals, and has beaten Roger Federer three times. That’s 7-0 against the Nos. 1 and 3 players in the world. His tour card looks like something out of a video game. Should Djokovic win the French (my money is still on Nadal) he would be the first man since 1992 (Jimmy Connors) to win the Australian and French Open in the same year and he would break John McEnroe’s open-era record of 42 wins to open a season.

While Federer is still a threat, Djokovic has proven that he owns that rivalry with his play this year and at the end of 2010. The match all tennis fans want to see is no longer Nadal vs. Federer, but rather Djokovic vs. Nadal. It’s funny how things can change so quickly.

And with that, let’s hit the links:

The crazy man who predicted the world would end on Saturday is “flabbergasted” that he was wrong. I’m flabbergasted that he was flabbergasted.

Newt Gingrich can’t be thrilled with this New Hampshire Republican poll. Romney? He’s doing the Mormon dance.

The Thrashers are most likely leaving Atlanta. Does that make Atlanta a lousy sports town?

Tony Romo finally won something, albeit a run-of-the-mill charity golf event.

Sergio Garcia, Spencer’s BFF, withdrew from British Open qualifying due to an infected fingernail.

NBA.com writer says the real test is still to come on gays in sports. I know Joakim Noah agrees.

Denver Broncos safety David Burton is substitute teaching while the lockout drags on.

Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh give the Lions’ D plenty of options.

How about a beginner’s guide to the Indy 500?

Cycling’s governing body hits back at Tyler Hamilton’s assertion that they covered up Lance Armstrong’s positive drug tests.

The Atlanta Spirit Group, owners of the Thrashers and Hawks, have ended a period of exclusivity with former San Diego Padres owner for the rights to the Hawks.

Ouch. Penn State basketball coach leaves Happy Valley for Annapolis.

 

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    The Djoker is on an absolute tear right now, but due to Americans only liking other Americans, he has flown under the radar stateside.

    the statesmen among us refer to this as patriotism.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    How about a beginner’s guide to the Indy 500?

    75% of the coverage will be Danica Patrick-related. then she’ll wreck herself and several other drivers.

    /fin

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    Another: The Hawks paid $120 million to keep Joe Johnson in the same summer they promoted Larry Drew to head coach at a cut-rate price.

    yeah, this is kinda odd. seems like it would make more sense to overpay the coach to get top coaching talent than to overpay for players. overpaying a coach may cost $2-3 million per year where overpaying a player may cost $6-8 million per year or more.

    by the way, what’s Avery Johnson doing? he coached up the Mavs and then dropped off the planet, no? I mean, everybody kindof acknowledges the Mavs got hosed in that Finals against the Heat, so he’s essentially a championship caliber head coach.

  • Trey

    The Djoker is on an absolute tear right now, but due to Americans only liking other Americans, he has flown under the radar stateside.

    That and it’s tennis, which is about as exciting of a sport as Boggle.

  • knightwhosaysni

    Does that make Atlanta a lousy sports town?

    yes

  • Trey

    by the way, what’s Avery Johnson doing? he coached up the Mavs and then dropped off the planet, no? I mean, everybody kindof acknowledges the Mavs got hosed in that Finals against the Heat, so he’s essentially a championship caliber head coach.

    He’s in the dirty jerz

  • Sully

    That and it’s tennis, which is about as exciting of a sport as Boggle.

    I love boggle!

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    maybe Atlanta’s problem is just too many pro franchises…NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL in the same city. for comparison around the region:

    City (proper population; metro population; pro sports)
    Atlanta (420k; 5.3 million; NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL)
    Memphis (647k; 1.3 million; NBA)
    Nashville (627k; 1.7 million; NFL)
    Charlotte (731k; 2.4 million; NFL and NBA)
    Orlando (238k; 2.1 million; NBA)

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    He’s in the dirty jerz

    coaching the Nyets?

  • Sully

    coaching the Nyets?

    all the way to the promise land…

    …in brooklyn

  • Trey

    Atlanta is so freaking spread out, and it’s terrible to travel in. Getting to the city center is like Adventures in Baby Sitting. And none of their venues are near the majority of uptown/downtown living.

  • Sully

    Atlanta is so freaking spread out, and it’s terrible to travel in. Getting to the city center is like Adventures in Baby Sitting.

    Trey = Dennis Miller?

  • Trey

    No Knightro is Dennis Miller. He looks like him.

  • Sully

    Atlanta is a lot like LA in terms of urban sprawl. and very apathetic towards its teams.

  • Trey

    Somewhat. They’re a college football town (Specifically, the University of Georgia). Thousands of Atlantans make teh trek over to Athens in the fall.

  • john

    Too much Thrashers and not enough Bruins.

  • Trey

    Too much Thrashers and not enough Bruins.

    Tim Thomas is too busy stopping all Bruins talk. That fucker.

  • Sully

    Somewhat. They’re a college football town (Specifically, the University of Georgia). Thousands of Atlantans make teh trek over to Athens in the fall.

    I was talking pro sports. They aren’t as bad as Miami with college an pro.

  • Buzz Killington

    Ouch. Penn State basketball coach leaves Happy Valley for Annapolis

    Good riddance

  • Knightro

    NBA.com writer says the real test is still to come on gays in sports.

    I read this and then re-read it and then read it a third time before I heard it in my head the way it was meant.

  • arkbadger

    Sergio Garcia, Spencer’s BFF, withdrew from British Open qualifying due to an infected fingernail.

    I feel like I should know the answer to this, but do they give any kind of exemptions into the British or US Opens, or any major for that matter? I am pretty surprised to see Sergio having to qualify for the British and US.

  • ParrishWalton

    Atlanta simply isn’t a pro sports town. Everything is geared to college football first. The Falcons are a big draw as well, but that’s it. There’s nothing wrong with liking college sports over pro sports. Though some people seem to have an issue with that.

  • HawkEye

    I feel like I should know the answer to this, but do they give any kind of exemptions into the British or US Opens, or any major for that matter? I am pretty surprised to see Sergio having to qualify for the British and US.

    They do, but Sergio’s not been playing too well as of late, so he has to go through qualifications.The Open Championship Exemptions

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    Atlanta simply isn’t a pro sports town.

    I put that list of southeastern cities up in comment #8 to give perspective on Atlanta’s por sports. I JUST remembered that Nashville has an NHL team. and nobody even corrected me on that yet.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    por = pro

  • Trey

    Atlanta simply isn’t a pro sports town. Everything is geared to college football first. The Falcons are a big draw as well, but that’s it. There’s nothing wrong with liking college sports over pro sports. Though some people seem to have an issue with that.

    I know…it makes no sense, sports is sports.

  • Trey

    I put that list of southeastern cities up in comment #8 to give perspective on Atlanta’s por sports. I JUST remembered that Nashville has an NHL team. and nobody even corrected me on that yet.

    They throw Catfish on the ice. Innovative.

  • ParrishWalton

    I know…it makes no sense, sports is sports.

    Apparently you’re a JV town if you prefer college sports to pro sports. Or at least that’s what Butters says at least once a week.

  • Trey

    Apparently you’re a JV town if you prefer college sports to pro sports. Or at least that’s what Butters says at least once a week.

    To each their own.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    They throw Catfish on the ice. Innovative.

    seriously, Trey…the fuck are you talking about?

  • Trey

    Nashville fans were throwing catfish on the ice at the end of the game when they played Vancouver last round.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    the whole fish? or filets fried in cornmeal with ketchup?

    /mmmmmmmmmm

  • HawkEye

    filets fried in cornmeal with ketchup?

    Ketchup on delicious fried fish? *shudder*

  • Johnny

    I put that list of southeastern cities up in comment #8 to give perspective on Atlanta’s por sports. I JUST remembered that Nashville has an NHL team. and nobody even corrected me on that yet.

    Maybe we just don’t pay attention to your posts

  • Trey

    The whole fish, much like an octopi in Detroit.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    ketchup on fried catfish is glorious, hawkeye.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    Maybe we just don’t pay attention to your posts

    mean-spirited, but probably true.

  • ParrishWalton

    fried fish (as well as fried shrimp) never caught on with me. I like my seafood (which I don’t often eat) grilled or seared.

  • Johnny

    mean-spirited, but probably true.

    nah the real reason for me is that i’m having a hard time opening my eyes this morning and my brain doesn’t seems to be in kernal panic

  • arkbadger

    ketchup on fried catfish is glorious, hawkeye.

    whaaaaattttttt? if you and the missus ever venture to Fayetteville for a football game, I will be taking you to Catfish Hole, my treat.

  • arkbadger

    Apparently you’re a JV town if you prefer college sports to pro sports. Or at least that’s what Butters says at least once a week.

    yeah I’ve never understood that one. especially when it comes to a place like Fayetteville, or all of Arkansas for that matter, where there is no pro sports.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    if you and the missus ever venture to Fayetteville for a football game, I will be taking you to Catfish Hole, my treat.

    Catfish Fillets
    Served with french fries and fixin’s of coleslaw, green tomato relish, pickles, onions, and the best hushpuppies ever!

    them’s strong words, ark. I’ll take you up on it.

  • Johnny

    Hey Miz while you’re around did you ever make it to the hoover dam? And if so how was it?

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    I did, johnny. it was awesome. the misses and I spent about half a day there walking around at the dam, taking the big tour, and then walking over to the new Pat Tillman Bridge and taking pics of the dam from there. we got some excellent pictures too. I’ll send you some if you’re interested.

  • Johnny

    Awesome MIz. I was just asking because and I’m putting together a list of options fora trip to take with a friend and Vegas/ Grand Canyon area is one of the options and I was trying to figure out what else we could do though it would be balls hot in July

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    you can always go to Zion National Park from Vegas too. being honest, 3 days in Vegas is enough for me. I got the experience, I had a lot of fun in the casinos, I went to a show…but the Hoover Dam and Valley of Fire State Park were just as cool (if not better) than Vegas. Zion is supposed to be awesome. Valley of Fire is really cool, but we drove the whole thing in about 2.5 hours and it’s only about 45 minutes from the Strip.

    we’re going back sometime and planning on 3-5 days in Zion. ideally, we’d fly into Vegas, go to the Grand Canyon for a few days, go to Zion for 3-5 more days, and finish up with 2 or 3 days in Vegas.

  • Johnny

    Sounds good Miz, we’re also considering Seattle, San Diego, the Carolina cost, and Boston/ Cape Cod

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    the northwest is badass too. my brother lived in Seattle for a while and some really good friends of ours just got back from a vacation to Seattle and Vancouver. we spent a week and a half in Yosemite and San Francisco* and had a blast a couple of years ago.

    *not really northwest, but close enough

  • Johnny

    I’m pushing hard for Seattle and would like to be able to include Vancouver for half of the trip, but she doesn’t have a passport which is now evidently needed to get into Canada for some silly reason

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Mark Mizerle06

    there’s so much to do up around Washington and Oregon with the beaches and redwood forests. there’s wine country all around there too.