Archive for December 4th, 2007

bid for roddick’s banana!

December 4, 2007

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I can’t say I knew this was going to happen. In the wake of Team USA’s win over Russia in the Davis Cup finals, an enterprising ballboy snagged a half-eaten banana from the trash and put it up on eBay.

Anything that has touched Andy Roddick‘s lips is worth at least $.99, I say. (Plus $8 in shipping.)

“The banana was taken from the players garbage it was eaten by Andy Roddick! yes the HOT ANDY RODDICK for all you female fans out there! I put it in with a picture of Davis Cup Ball Boy gear as proof of me being a ball boy! The Item is Sold AS IS, and returns are NOT ALLOWED. Please don’t bid if you are NOT a serious buyer and intend to not pay for the item.”

And in case the winner had plans to display this prized piece of Americana on their mantle, a clarification from the seller:

“NOTE- I MAKE NO PROMISES OR GUARANTEES ON THE CONDITION OF THE BANANA AFTER SHIPPING AND YOU MUST BID AT YOUR OWN RISK. [...] Also the banana is a souvenir NOT TO EAT! IT IS A SOUVENIR”

(Thanks for the tip, Randy!)

navratilova teams with aarp

December 4, 2007

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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has agreed to be AARP‘s first Health and Fitness ambassador, and in the process will share tips with AARP members in online chats, conduct Q&As and video segments on the group’s fitness website, and speak at events.

This deal, along with ones from Subaru and Prince, makes Martina’s current endorsement portfolio larger than the one she had while playing on the WTA Tour (as an out lesbian).

While there is a trend towards signing retired professionals (with solid Q Ratings) in the wake of scandals (steroids, or Michael Vick‘s dogfighting ring), Navratilova points out that retired female athletes are still getting the short end of the stick. “Once you hit 30, the agents lose interest and the advertisers lose interest — they start looking for the next starlet,” she tells WSJ. “Let’s just say I’m still waiting to get a call from Wheaties.”

(WSJ; photo via Czech Republic)

more masha listage

December 4, 2007

The Masha Machine (mashine?) keeps churning ‘em out, this time putting Maria Sharapova in recent editions of Vogue and Forbes.

2007′s Ten Best Dressed: Vogue, for their weekly Ten Best Dressed, chose to ask their readers whom they thought deserved to be the Best Dressed of 2007. The style mavens: Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Masha, Christy Turlington, Cate Blanchett, Uma Thurman, Sienna Miller, Charlize Theron, Sofia Coppola, and Kate Moss.

Editors chose to feature the Peter Som dress Sharapova wore to the Land Rover Event that benefited her eponymous charity.

While some of you might be surprised by this distinction, let’s make a case: her support of relative newbies Som and Thakoon (at the YEC), while not ignoring mainstays like Michael Kors and Chanel, gives her plenty of chances to show off her fashion sense. And let’s not forget all her Nike dresses.

20 under 25: I have to give props to Forbes for finding creative ways to tell us that the same 100 people own all of the world. Masha has already been on a few of their lists (highest paid female athlete, top Russian celebrity) but they’re not done. Now the $23 million she banked between June ’06 and June ’07 puts her third on the “20 under 25” behind LeBron James ($27 million) and Reggie Bush ($24 million). She edged out Michelle Wie (in fourth with $19 million) for highest-ranked female. No-brainers: Miley Cyrus, the Olsens, the Harry Potter actors. Surprise: Mischa Barton.

Read up: See the complete list here.

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housekeeping: new banner = roger federer

December 4, 2007

That picture of Roger Federer, shot by Liz Collins for the December issue of GQ, was too good to pass up. I’ve made it the current banner for TSF.

Enjoy!

trophy watch: davis cup

December 4, 2007

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Team USA won their 32nd Davis Cup this past weekend after beating Russia 4-1. How much do you know about the Davis Cup? Here are some tidbits from the USTA’s profile of this 107-year-old trophy:

That’s Mr. Davis Cup to you: The trophy’s official name is the International Lawn Tennis Challenge Trophy.

Lots o’ silver: In 1900, a man named Rowland Rhodes used 217 ounces of silver to create the 13-inch-tall cup which is 18 inches in diameter. The top edge of the Cup is carved with primroses and acanthus leaves.

How it works: “Names of the players from both the winner and runner-up teams are engraved on the trophy,” which means a constant need for surface area. The lmost recent plinth — the third tier — was added in 2002. With that, the trophy now stands at 3’7″ and weighs 231 pounds.

Hanging out: “The Davis Cup spent both World Wars in a bank vault in New York.” “The Cup is now in the care of the International Tennis Federation and travels to the Davis Cup Final each year.”

(USTA; photo by Getty Images)

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