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I saw the most sublime tennis match in recent memory at Wimbledon today. Between rain delays, it was a grand competition. I can honestly say I have never seen two foes so evenly matched in tennis. By the time Rafael Nadal had finally beat Roger Federer for the Wimbledon crown, most people were already incredulous at the back and forth that was today championship match. After winning five Wimbleon titles in a row, only Rafael Nadal stood in Roger Federer’s way for a sixth. But, it seems recently that Nadal has really come into his own. He’s come a long way since being that Spanish kid wearing capri’s. If today was any indicator, there is a changing of the guard occuring. Federer has been dominant for so long, someone was bound to beat him. Only Nadal has even come close. I think this tennis match showed how far ahead of the pack the top two men’s singles players really are. These two should not be surprised if they find each other’s company in a lot more majors for awhile. The rest have a lot of catching up to do.

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Cheat to Compete

I think there is a difference between why players cheat and why teams cheat. A player will cheat to gain an advantage on the floor. Whether that be an elbow foul or through steroids, it’s all about better performance on the field of play. This is constant among players, always trying to vie for supremacy. But what about when sports businesses cheat, like the New England Patriots, when they videotaped opposing teams’ workouts? How does that compare to players cheating on the field? I think the cheating off the field is what would happen on the field if the refs weren’t there to immediately punish infractions. Cheating is part of human nature, it’s part of animal nature, it’s all part of competition. Sports is no different than life, except in life there are no referees. Continue reading

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How the Mighty can Fall

I’ve always read sports religiously as well as political and economic news. Growing up in Denver, I’ve always followed all Colorado sports as well as the national sports scene. As I grow older I look back at a lot of events with a different perspective. As analytical skills grow, you start to see things in sports that you didn’t see as a kid. One example I can think of was in 1990, when Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson (left).

I remember when it happened, everyone was speechless. It was unreal. This bruiser had been knocking people out left and right. He had so much going for him, I’m sure some were ready to put him in the company of Ali, Robinson, Marciano, etc. Then that night in Tokyo, Mike Tyson’s Heel was laid bare for all opponents to see. The knockout showed what Tyson’s life would be like from then on. He was sent to jail for rape shortly after and the downward spiral continued. Now twice a felon, Tyson lost his last fight to Kevin McBride right here in DC in 2005. How the mighty have fallen. Continue reading

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