The final 24-hour countdown has begun.
Perhaps comedians are the public intellectuals of our day. Imagine a world where we watched the draft of the nation’s top teachers. I would love to watch that prime time television event.
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.
I just couldn’t help myself. And clearly she couldn’t either.
The case of Trayvon Martin is troubling for so many reasons, first of which is that a 17 year-old who went to the store for tea and Skittles at the half-time of the NBA All-Star Game was shot dead. We may never know the truth but enough has come out that leads me to believe that it’s a tragedy all the way around. The news that Trayvon’s hoodie was part of George Zimmerman’s initial suspicion is even more troubling, akin to rape being ’caused’ by a women’s provocative clothing. From Marion Wright Edelman to the Miami Heat, hoodies are becoming a political statement.