Probably an inordinate amount of tennis stuff today, but, sorry, the Australian Open is (kind of) on TV now... feel free to skip down to the fourth bullet if tennis isn't your thing.
- An explanation of why Serena Williams didn't vote for Barack Obama.
- Roger Federer has a come back win over Thomas Berdych, which makes me think that he may now be the GOAT. Before my argument was that Sampras was the greatest basically by virtue of how he was able to gut out some huge, memorable matches (the Corretja vomit match, the entire Aussie Open after his coach, Tim Gullikson died, and the entire 2002 US Open run); and that if I wanted someone to play one match for my life, it was going to be Sampras - if he got down, he'd fight. Now with the Berdych win here, Andreev in the US Open last year, Federer is starting to show something other than an unbelieavably pretty game.
- Allan explains that New Zealand is going to stamp out music blogging... note to self: cancel trip to visit Frodo Baggins.
- Allen Iverson as a starter on the East All-Star team... really? If you get to be an All-Star for making a team significantly worse upon your arrival shouldn't Elton Brand and Baron Davis have got spots on the team too?
- Henry Abbott of TrueHoop on what makes an All-Star and why All-Stars tend to come from teams with winning records... and, of course, my favourite part is the analogy he uses to working in an office.
- Also, Truehoop determines, or tries to determine, what makes Kevin Love such a good a rebounder. The verdict: he understands the "dark arts of rebounding", which makes me think that if Jamario Moon knew half of what Kevin Love knows he might be averaging more than 4.5 rebounds per game.
- I saw the Wrestler on Sunday night... highly recommended especially if you are a fan of sports at all. It really made me think about what happens to people who don't "make it"... scary.
- Lastly, thanks to B for the heads up on the new Beirut album leaking... not that I support illegal downloading.