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This Week in Sports
June 28, 2010 - Al Stephenson
I tell you what. Leave town for a week and the sports world does not stop throwing memorable events at you. While I was away enjoying the third of four annual golf trips; tennis, soccer, baseball and golf brought stories to the front pages of newspapers around the world. Let's see what I missed (at least from the comfort of my couch).
The biggest story this past week had to be the epic tennis battle at Wimbledon. Matching two relatively unknown (perhaps no longer) players, the 11 hour 5 minute match will likely never be seen again. John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut in five sets that lasted, after two suspensions, for three days. The final score looked like this: 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6 and 70-68.
That last number is correct. Wimbledon (for the time being) does not have a tie-breaker for the fifth set. The last set lasted for over 7 hours! It was riveting. Everyone that considers themselves even a marginal sports fan was talking about this match.
Unfortunately, as my son pointed out to me, two days later he didn't care about tennis once again. It was probably good for the sport, but I doubt that it brought more fans to the game - at least not permanently.
The World Cup proved that officiating in any sport is difficult. The hue and cry for instant replay following several questionable calls was only outweighed by a call to outlaw those annoying horns. What kind of person would sit there and blow that silly thing for a couple of hours straight?
Baseball got its fourth no hitter of the season as Edwin Jackson no hit the Rays for the D-Backs. The list should include a fifth had not Jim Joyce missed the call in Detroit. Now we are back to the officiating thing again.
The week was capped by a tremendous performance by Cristie Kerr. She won the LPGA's major yesterday by a whopping 12 strokes. She also took over the number one rating in the world. Good stuff, Cristie. I will see you Thursday at the Jamie Farr in Toledo.
The view from my seat suggests that the world of sports is always entertaining. Sometimes it is downright spectacular as the past week shows.
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