Archive for May 15th, 2008

A coelacanth swims back into the deep

May 15, 2008

Joshua Gibson praises the rare creature that is Justine Henin’s game.

To watch Justine Henin play tennis was to see something at once indestructible and fragile. She was a creature of another era, emerging from Belgium like a coelacanth from the deep. In a time when her contemporaries were increasingly tall, muscular and strong, Henin was only 5’6″; there didn’t seem to be a place for such a player eight years ago. (Speed and a beautiful backhand will only get you so far, even if that backhand is the most technically-perfect backhand in the sport, men’s included.) Henin should have been crushed, left to linger somewhere in the top 20. But she refused this offer. She wanted to be the best. And for much of the last five years she has been the best.

The numbers only begin to do her justice: (more…)

Masha = new number one?!?!

May 15, 2008

Apparently the brouhaha between Maria Sharapova and the WTA over that photo shoot in Rome is old news. Masha’s done venting (via her blog — how 21st century of her), she’s done posing (a 90-minute photo shoot, down from the 5 hours initially scheduled), and she’s now ready to prove her clay mettle at the Foro Italico.

She took out Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the first round. Also, she switched her Paris Tank and Skort from the Blue Chill of earlier this season to Dark Obsidian/Lilac Ice ($55; nike.com).

By the way, I know these top tier girls don’t really pay attention to their rankings (or at least they pretend not to when asked during press conferences), so I’d like to point out that Masha is taking over the top spot if Justine Henin, like Kim Clijsters, has requested her name be taken off the rankings list immediately.

The Wiimbledon Wiinebago stays in Brooklyn

May 15, 2008

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Much to our disappointment, the Wiimbledon Wiinebago has decided to stay in Brooklyn (instead of making a cross-country trip, as they had originally planned). No more San Francisco event. Le sigh.

Good news to Brooklynites, though, because the event set at Barcade for Saturday, June 7, is still on.

What you really want to know about: Brooklyn Brewery will provide a three-hour open bar at Barcade. Prince is providing apparel, racquets (Wii ones, perhaps?), and shoes for winners. Brunswick will shell out Wii Bowling bags. More prizes to come.

Registration: Sign-ups for the 128-player bracket begins Monday, June 2; everything will be done online.

(OT) Sharply-divided California Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marraige

May 15, 2008

Yessssssssssssss.

A sharply divided California Supreme Court today legalized same-sex marriage, a historic ruling that will allow gay and lesbian couples across the state to wed as soon as next month and inflame the social, political, and moral debate over gay unions.

Three Republican judges joined the lone Democrat in the 4-3 ruling.

More: Read the rest of the article here (San Jose Mercury News)

Celebrate: There’s going to be a big rally in West Hollywood tonight (7pm, on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and San Vicente Blvd.). Sadly, I can’t make it. Instead, I’ll be making my way to New York City to help out with this weekend’s AIDS Walk!

(photo by SJMN)


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