I love football. I really do. As I went to meet a friend to watch the Cincinnati Bengals- Atlanta Falcons game, I wondered if it was wrong that I was excited for the game, given the NFL headlines regarding Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. The issues at hand go far beyond the field of play and my hope is that eventually, professional football can live up to the aspirations and adulation bestowed upon it by fans.
Here’s to a better future, football.
Guess who turned the big 5-0, this week? Happy birthday to you, Theodore S. Logan/Johnny Utah/Neo/Shane Falco!
Tomorrow, we bid you goodbye. You weren’t here very long. Next time, I hope you’ll stick around a tad longer.
[Image credit: Amy L. Darnell]
Thank you, Mr. Kid President.
One last trip out of Columbia was definitely needed. Let the new semester begin!
[Image credit: Amy L. Darnell]
Thanks to the keen eye of a photographer, her shoes, and some random Columbia street art, here’s an image that evokes Bill Withers and all his voice conjures.
[Image credit: Amy Enderle]
I sat at my computer unable to find the words to describe my outrage and frustration and sadness and grief over the children who have been fleeing the terror of their home countries to enter the United States. I have been sickened and disgusted by the rabid extremists who shout at vehicles containing these children, holding up signs that urge Americans ‘not to get diseases’ from these helpless children. Again, I find myself sighing, not knowing what to say. I cannot imagine anyone with reason or empathy viewing children like the little boy below as any kind of threat to ‘Merica.
The statistics make a very strong case that Roger Federer is the greatest men’s tennis player of all time.
- 17 grand slam titles, the most of any open era player and three more than the next two men.
- 25 grand slam finals, the most of any open era player andfive more than the next man.
- 35 grand slam semi-finals, the most of any open era player and four more than the next man.
- 42 grand slam quarter-finals, the most of any open era player and one more than the next man.
- 274 match wins, the most of any open era player and 42 more than the next man.
- 59 consecutive grand slam appearances, the most of any open era player and three more than the next man.
- 27 consecutive grand slam match wins, which he’s done twice.
- 36 consecutive grand slam quarter-finals, the most of any open era player and 16 more than the next man.
- 23 consecutive grand slam semi-finals, the most of any open era player and 9 more than the next man.
- Ranked first and second with the most consecutive grand slam semi-finals, with 10 and eight respectively.
- Tied for first for three consecutive grand slam finals, which he’s done twice.
- Tied for first for the most Australian Open championships, with four.
- Tied for first for the most Wimbledon championships, with seven, including a record-tying five in a row.
- Tied for the most U.S. Open championships, with five, which were consecutive.
- Tied for most Australian Open finals, with five.
- Record holder for most Wimbledon finals, with nine.
- A career Grand Slam
- An Olympic gold and silver medal
- And more.
I think Rod Laver has a great case for himself at the top of the list, with two calendar year grand slams– one as an amateur and one as a professional. But for now, even with a five set loss to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, Roger is the best. Ever.
Oh, let’s have a laugh. Once you hit rock bottom, you can turn it all around.
If you don’t remind yourself of your own value, you’ll be waiting a long time for others to do it.