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Weekend Sports Roundup

February 1, 2009 Leave a comment
Bella

Bella

It’s been hard to keep up with everything this weekend, especially because the men’s and women’s finals at the Australian Open were evening events in Melbourne. That meant they started around 12:30 AM here. I recorded the women’s final between Serena Williams and Darina Safina and watched it when I woke up yesterday morning. Not a bad way to watch a short match, zipping through the breaks and even some of the points. I recorded the Nadal-Federer men’s final early this morning, but still haven’t watched it. I couldn’t resist looking up the score right away, when I got up this morning, but once I saw that it had been a five-set match, I knew I didn’t have time to do it justice. Instead, I read the AP account of it, and tonight I’ve read a lot more about it. I’ll watch it eventually. But five-set men’s finals are always so painful, between the huge competitive and emotional swings that take place and the tedium of watching so many hours of tennis.

That pretty well describes today’s Super Bowl — the mix of competitive and emotional swings and the tedium. But I did watch it, unlike the tennis, and I’ve been reading some of the accounts of it tonight. Accounts of the TV ads also.

What I completely forgot to watch was the end of the men’s golf tournament from Phoenix, thereby missing the dramatic ending, as Kenny Perry bogeyed the final hole to fall into a playoff with Charley Hoffman, then won on the third playoff hole. I watched a little bit of yesterday’s coverage. It’s always fun to see the wild crowds and the scene at the famous 16th hole of the TPC Scottsdale course. (The hole is a very short par 3, completely enclosed by grandstands that seat about 15,000 fans, many of them drunk by the time the final groups come through.)

Fortunately, even though I also forgot to watch Animal Planet’s fifth annual Puppy Bowl, we stumbled on a re-broadcast of it a short time ago and watched some of it. One has to watch in limited doses. The screaming-fan soundtrack becomes grating after a while. But the puppies (including Bella above) are great competitors, tireless as they bounce around on the field, tackle each other, and carry toys toward the endzones. Plus, there are always great shots from the waterbowl cam. Joel got us to watch it three years ago and we’ve been fans ever since. If you missed it, be sure to tune in next year.

Categories: Animals, Sports

Weekend Restaurant Update

February 1, 2009 Leave a comment

maya1

It’s not my blogging goal to write a post every time we go to a restaurant. However, having written several restaurant-related posts last weekend, I’ve decided to update you on them.
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Categories: Restaurants

Updike and Williams

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ted

I learned on Tuesday that John Updike died by reading a blog post by my favorite sportswriter, Joe Posnanski. In it, he simply quoted a single paragraph from one early Updike article in the New Yorker. Read more…

Categories: Culture, Sports, Writing