Go, Go, Gadget Delpo!

14 09 2009

Juan Martin del Potro (photo from usopen.org)

Well, here he is, our 2009 U.S. Open men’s singles champ. Whether you’re a Fedtard or Rafanatic, you’ve gotta admit: winning your first Grand Slam by bulldozing through both Nadal and Federer in the same fortnight is an amazing feat and takes steel cajones. In this regard, Juan Martin del Potro stands in a club of one.

I remember seeing him live last year in DC en route to his first Legg Mason Tennis Classic title and coming off thoroughly impressed and entertained by his play. If anything, del Potro is a quick study.

The ATP Tour website has a solid blow-by-blow recap of today’s five-setter, and tomorrow’s rankings will reflect Nadal regaining No. 2 from Murray and Delpo leap-frogging Roddick for No. 5:

  1. Roger Federer: 11,240
  2. Rafael Nadal: 8,845
  3. Andy Murray: 8,390
  4. Novak Djokovic: 7,480
  5. Juan Martin del Potro: 6,845

Congrats to the big man, and, as I tweeted earlier, “Go, go, gadget Delpo!”


The Remaining Eight US Open Ranking Scenarios [Poll]

12 09 2009

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro, Rafael Nadal

Crunching post-tournament tennis rankings (well, the top 5, at least) once the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament have been determined is somewhat of a ritual for me. It’s been ages since I’ve posted, so I thought sharing the projection results on the ole’ blog would make a for an easy Saturday afternoon time-killer.

After Rafa Nadal speed-dialed Fernando Gonzalez off the court in today’s rain-delayed (don’t even get me started on the combination of horrible scheduling and tough luck Nadal was dealt in this year’s Open) quarterfinal, we’ve got our final four: Roger Federer v. Novak Djokovic and Nadal v. Juan Martin del Potro.

There are a few guaranteed outcomes once the US Open men’s champion is crowned on Monday, regardless of who hoists the trophy:

There is one ranking outcome that depends on how the semis play out, and the pressure to bring it about lands on Novak Djokovic’s lap. Nole can get his career-high No. 3 ranking back from Andy Murray, but he MUST win the tournament.

Projections and poll after the jump!
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Cute Turned Up to 11

16 12 2008

It’s because of bands like Alphabeat that I think all of Scandanavia is one giant Charlie and the Chocolate Factory diorama come to life.

What is it about the Danish that they’re all so adorable? I swear you want to put this whole band in your pocket and break them out whenever someone’s being a bummer. Fuck Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft. If I ever feel down, I’ll just take a hit of Alphabeat. I dare you to watch the video with a straight face. If you don’t crack a smile at least once you’re stone cold dead inside.
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I Just Posted a Blog and I…

7 12 2008




I think ‘Dick in a Box’ has just been ousted as best SNL Digital Short ever. Honestly, the production quality in this short is beyond. It’s beyond beyond. The boys did Kanye better than Kanye does Kanye.

Bonus points to Andy Samberg for bringing in his Lonely Island crew. Jorma’s the other singer and Akiva’s the DJ in the background.

And yes, JT was the pervy janitor.