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June 24, 2013

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 9 comments

Nadal ousted in the first round for the first time by Steve Darcis.

Heh. I heard some talking heads complaining about Nadal being listed as the #5 seed (behind Djoko, Murray, Federer and Ferrer). One of them said "I guarantee you that Nadal will finish ahead of one of them, if not 3 of them at least!"

Oops.

posted by grum@work at 07:01 PM on June 24

Do the courts at All England play faster at the beginning of Wimbledon when the grass is in optimal shape, or at the end, when the grass is worn thin by tournament play?

posted by beaverboard at 10:18 PM on June 24

How does that late collapse taste, Boston!?

Muahahahahahaha!

/deranged Leafs fan

posted by grum@work at 10:58 PM on June 24

And the proud tradition of booing Bettman continues.

posted by jmd82 at 11:02 PM on June 24

Stolen from twitter

Bos-STUNNED!

posted by tommytrump at 11:11 PM on June 24

Do the courts at All England play faster at the beginning of Wimbledon when the grass is in optimal shape, or at the end, when the grass is worn thin by tournament play?

I think it depends on that most fickle of mistresses, the English weather. In general, the ball keeps lower and skids through more at the beginning of the fortnight. As the courts wear, and if there's not too much rain, the surface hardens and the ball stays up a bit more. Yesterday, I also noticed that with the early cloud cover and humidity, there looked like more movement when players went for wide swinging serves, although this could have been an optical illusion and my mind was thinking cricket thoughts.

Darcis was playing a good serve and volley game, obviously disrupting Nadal, who couldn't use his massive topspin to advantage. Serve and volley. It was like spotting a dinosaur.

posted by owlhouse at 12:58 AM on June 25

20 Years of Awkwardness: A Celebration of Gary Bettman Stanley Cup Presentations

I was in the building the night the Hurricanes won and I remember us getting a big kick out of Brindy just grabbing the Cup like Bettman wasn't even there.

posted by NoMich at 07:50 AM on June 25

Darcis was playing a good serve and volley game, obviously disrupting Nadal, who couldn't use his massive topspin to advantage. Serve and volley. It was like spotting a dinosaur.

I think their disappearance at All-England can be directly attributed to the slowification of the grass there

posted by Whizbang at 10:43 AM on June 25

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