I've been a Phillies fan since I was a little girl cheering for them since the early/mid 80's. Bo Diaz and Ivan DeJesus were my favorite players back then (sad, I know). I played sports in highschool and college. I have been a rabid fan again since Rollins and Burrell have been on the team, as I knew they were on the way back up (I'm actually a crazier fan than my boyfriend). Now they are World F*ckin Champs! I hope they can get back to the World Series soon.....
Well, I decided to take Joe Torre to task for his managerial blunders last night! Stop by and let me know what you think"
In wake of the ALCS, please check out my interview with the former Yankee and Angel, the truly inspirational, Jim Abbott!
Sorry BY - Did not wish to appear biased - tried to explain my point two or three times without seeming to appease you - my point of view is as valid as yours - when it goes on after three replies - it is not objective criticism anymore - it degenerates into either "you think my way or you are an idiot."
I gave up is all...hate to offend anyone...
Hi Betsy! Glad to know you're a baseball fan in addition to your affinity for tennis - you've got great taste in sports! lol
Glad you enjoyed my tribute to my mom. She had a recurrence of cancer, and had to undergo a mastectomy. Tore me up inside, but she's still here! It rather puts things in perspective, I suppose!
Thanks for the cool BB post, I really appreciate it.
A real piece of history to show you why we are where we are today. Enjoy and comment if you choose too, please.http://bleacherreport.com/articles/221859-anatomy-of-a-franchise-new-york-mets-part-v-grants-tomb
Lets sing as we say to the first half goodbye!
Top 10 busts this season
Why are you talking about Federer? No offense, the discussion was about Nadal and Nadal alone. But yes, Wawrinka does know how to beat Federer. He knows what it takes to win against Roger. Does that mean he's going to beat him every time now? Hell no. But he knows what he needs to do to win the match against Federer.
I'm not taking away a think Nadal has accomplished. But remember this. When Federer was on top of the world for so long, who really challenged him on a consistent basis? Nobody. But then players like Nadal, Murray, Djokovic, and company started rising. They had all seen Roger play a lot of tennis, and practiced so they could beat him. Their game plans revolved around Fed. He was the man they had to beat if they were going to win a title.
Federer himself has not gotten any worse since his fall in 2008. His play is still at the highest level. Guys have just caught up to him in a sense, and know how to attack him. Now Nadal is No. 1, and he's going to face that same kind of pressure. He didn't have everyone gunning for him when he was No. 2, but now he does.
So at this point, I think players know what they would need to do if they want to beat Rafa. Same goes with Fed. But knowing and doing, as I said, are two totally different things. Is this loss at the French going to throw Rafa's career completely off course? No chance. He'll be right back at it again. But his health will raise some more concerns than his gameplay. He can adjust his game as well as anybody, but he can't fix his knees.
I never implied his dramatic downfall. Everyone has their days. But nobody is perfect, and even the best players in the world have weaknesses.
I know you're a big Nadal fan. But we're all entitled to opinions, am I right? Players on tour know how to beat him, this is a fact. But knowing how to do it, and actually executing it, are two totally different things. You also have to look at the truths. Nadal, historically, has always had problems with tall, free-swinging forehand players with a big serve. Apart from Federer, he has lost to Soderling, Monfils, Del Potro, Murray, Tsonga, and Roddick in the past two years. Know what they all have in common? They are all taller than Rafa, have powerful forehands/serves and use those tools against him. But like Chris said, they also share a belief, that they could actually beat him on any surface. That wasn't there before.
Granted. They all have to play nearly flawless matches to even have a chance. But it can be done. They KNOW how to beat him.
Thanks for your kind note. My computer has not been working--needs a new ac adapter--so I haven't been able to post any more comments. Frankly, I'm not sure that anything we said was getting through to a couple of the more fervent posters anyway. They have their opinions, which is fine. I appreciate your comments also.
Hope we "meet" again soon.