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  1. On love and tennis

    Because of an imposed period of idleness due to the international financial crisis, I recommitted myself to my tennis. Not that had I stopped playing, but I decided to take lessons again, and work hard on improving my game, my strokes and my conditioning.
    The instructor I chose is a young man who reached a rather high ranking nationally, and his instructions are clear: I am not here to hear when I hit a good shot. I am not here for niceties. I am here to train hard and long into proper technique ...
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  2. On rewarding cheating

    Itís OK to cheat.
    The message is by now clear, and hopefully, well understood. Not even 9 months removed from the ugly disclosures that confirmed that he had used some sort of performance enhancing substance, Alex Rodriguez was able to bathe in the whole glory of winning a World Series. Mr. Greed himself was able to finally collect the ultimate glory of his sport.
    It is interesting how the message reads. It can be assumed that A-Rod used some sort of body building pharmaceutical, the ...
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  3. On GOATS and weak eras

    When talking about the GOAT, one issue that frequently comes into the discussion is whether a player played “in a weak era”, meaning that the quality of the competition was not as tough as in other periods. Many people claim that a player can certainly make an era look “weak” if he is winning everything around. Cases have been made for Federer and Graf, clearly two dominant players that have been “accused” (for lack of a better word) of having played in a weak ...

    Updated 09-24-2009 at 12:17 PM by ponchi101

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  4. On appreciating Andy Roddick

    Andy Roddick is not my favorite player. Perhaps never will be. There is something about his style of play, that robotic backhand that gives him so much trouble, his natural lack of speed on court, that makes him a bit unappealing to me. Over the years he has berated Chair Umpires more than once, and has certainly abused spectators or fans on some occasions. These are attitudes that are not to be liked. But over the same few years there has been a certain quality in him, which has nothing to do with ...
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  5. Strange Movie Scripts That Never Made It

    1. The Fiddler on the hot tin roof: An ex-football player not only beliefs his wife is being unfaithful to him, he suspects his rival is a Jewish Orthodox Rabbi. Damn!
    2. The Deep Blue Lagoon: Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins are left adrift in a far away island, and engage in a torrid, passionate chess match.
    3. The Queer Hunter: two friends from Pennsylvania join the Army and go to Vietnam, where they fulfill their secret fantasy of prowling transvestites.
    4. Nosfellatio: ...
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