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