Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sports: Analysis

Do you derive your identity from a school, city, state, or country? Do you somehow think you belong to a club, even though you’ve never been through the clubhouse door?

Do you sometimes imagine yourself excessively tall, a sea creature, or on the winning side of the civil war?

Do you, on a seasonal basis, shout and spew Cheetos and Miller High Life at an inanimate object because you think you see little men running around inside?

You, my friend, have a bad case of herd mentality. Take two hours of the Aussie Open and call me in the morning.

Tennis, yes, tennis – the symphony that celebrates the individual. A sport, but so much more – it’s the body, spirit, mind in perfect harmony. It’s a battle, yet a ballet. It's strategy with muscles; chess with biceps. It's a walk on the wildside and a dance with destiny. It’s -- it’s

CUTE GUYS IN SHORTS!

34 comments:

  1. http://www.dogwork.com/aalt6/

    Those Aussies are something else, mate.

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  2. lol...enjoy the men running around in tight shorts m'dear! we're enjoying watching what we can find of it and looking forward to the SAP shortly!

    it's NOT an addiction, not, not, not...well, ok...

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  3. Who wears short shorts?

    Men wear short shorts

    They're such short shorts

    We like short shorts

    Who wears short shorts?

    Men wear short shorts.

    repeat

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  4. I divide sports into two catagories: Those with a mascot, and those that I'll watch.

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  5. Cuter Gurls in Skirts!
    (Besides, I find gurls play better.)

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  6. "Do you, on a seasonal basis, shout and spew Cheetos and Miller High Life at an inanimate object because you think you see little men running around inside?" Best description of tv sportscasts (and their faithful viewers) I've ever seen!!

    I'm not a sports fan. Closest I come is watching equestrian events from time to time. In fact, we got free cable this month, for 6 months, and we still haven't turned the tv on...

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  7. ah, yes, we are in perfect agreement. I always know the herd is drunk when the whoops and yeehaws resound from the street. Tennis, the sport of true champions (and individuals!)
    Speaking of which, have you read Agassi's book? Bloody marvelous that's what!

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  8. Karin,

    I wanted to like tennis as I wanted to like bridge.

    Problem: competitiveness.

    Any 'sport' or 'game' has it, I'd like to say good words for track/field, swimming, and gymnastics.

    If one is competing, yeah, to 'win', the more basic competition, registered officially (!) is your individual score or time.

    Not just 'opponent beaten'.

    Competition against one's prior better mark? Competition to see oneself try and do 'best' yet once again?

    Trulyfool, Decathlete of the Imagination

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  9. I take it that Del Potro is playing? Love those Argentines and their fans.

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  10. Ah, the beauty of individual sports.

    Quite a few years ago, the director Werner Herzog was staying with a friend of mine. "You have a lot in common," my friend told me. "He challenged everyone in the room to a hop-on-one-foot competition." True story.

    Bren and Kenny Mac, I'll be spewing my Miller High Life in the direction of either Nadal or Berdych.

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  11. Cute guys in shorts. Yes! One reason I like to go to basketball games.

    wv: tustori

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  12. I'm not a tennis fan (once again revealing my lowbrow status), but since you put it THAT way, I'm willing to reconsider.

    Love the Werner Herzog anecdote.

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  13. I like 'em all. Herd, Indy, High Jump, Tennis, Decathalon, Giants. I've got tickets to team tennis right here!

    A HERD ANTHEM

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  14. Hker,
    I'm all about cute butts in shorts....I mean men. But alas, I have my roots and those roots scream AUBURN FOOTBALL! I dearly love my university and my team that has lost 'em and won 'em. Earl will have a smartass remark to make and I can take it. Other than SEC football, I'm pretty much a loser. Sorry, although I might reconsider cute butts in shorts, now that you mention it.
    V

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  15. It took me a few minutes to figure out the little figures in an inanimate object - for a while I was wondering what you were smoking while spewing. Of course!!! Got it! And I do that too, only with Cabernet sauvignon - easier to see where I have to clean the screen the next day. What the heck is the Australian Open? There's only one tennis competition that's worth watching, and it's Wimbledon.

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  16. I don't follow sports, but #1 = Giants, #3 = Yankees, and #2 = Tuna? Shark?

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  17. Darn it -- I'm just home from another grueling 11-hour work day and I wanted to see cute men in short shorts, but the Open has women on now. Sigh. I'm not that into watching team sports (except the SF Giants on occasion), but I was a bit of jock growing up (although I was more of the "eating dry Jello straight from the box at swim meets" than "spewing Cheetos and Miller High Life" type).

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  18. Ditto Carolynn, except we got rid of our TV two years ago to the day.

    But Herzog's got a new 3d ocumentary.

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  19. And everybody loves a good ocumentary.

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  20. I used to try to drive my older sons nuts by "voting" for the football team that would win by who had the cuter outfits. My little guy takes it all in stride. No herd for me, but I do appreciate a nice butt.

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  21. I think Petrea has a *good* excuse to go to a "sports bar"! ;-)

    of course, those of us who have dyslexic issues, that'd be a sports "bra"...and well, that has an entirely OTHER meaning!

    which is why your "ocumentary" looked more like an "ocdumentary" and...oddly made sense to me ( as long as I repeatedly hit the refresh button?!).

    while I enjoy a good match of tennis (watching...can't grip a racquet at the moment), I was a total jock when I was younger, which means, I watch things like the Super Bowl for the commercials, not the faux game. and wait, Miller Lite? Why bother?

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  22. I just found 8 bottles of Charles Shaw that I didn't know I had. Will Shiraz work for tennis?

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  23. Once again you put to words what I already thought. I don't follow tennis very carefully, but it amazes me when I do--for the very reasons you lay out. Well, not so much the final reason, except for some envy. Of course, if you flip the genders, yeah, I've noticed.

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  24. What's "ocumentary?" Is Petrea throwing around her hipster words again?

    (Katie, I thought I was the only one who ever ate jello from the box. Cherry.)

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  25. You lost me on this one, Karin. The sports section of the paper only see action at our house when we paint.

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  26. Tennis ... hit a ball in yellow or gray color ... in a costumes of short shorts. I rather would put the focus on biathlon ... the combination of speed, endurance and accuracy of fire ... after all we are in the winter season.

    D.

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  27. Even better, I get to watch the cute guys in shorts in my own time zone. {Ok, technically there's an hour's difference for daylight saving, but close enough.}

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  28. Katie,
    Why did you eat dry Jello? Was it a swm thang or what??
    V

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  29. We used to get these little packets of something called Lik-M-Aid. It was supposed to be a drink mix, but we just ate it like in its powder form. There was a little store a few blocks from our house. It was called Hickey's Bungalow Grocery. We called it either Hickey's or The Bungalow. It was in on half of a duplex house in a residential area. Don't know how they got that zoning or what. It was right near the junior high. As kids we'd ride our bikes there and load up our saddle bags. They had the widest selection of weird candy I've ever seen. Big sour grape and apple gum balls, those little wax things with flavored liquid in them, but mostly l remember eating Lime Lik-M-Aid.

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  30. How dare you objectify us! We're people damn it! We have feelings!

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  31. (your last sentence) My sentiments exactly! I'm still mourning Marat Safin's retirement...he was such a hottie on court ;-)

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  32. maybe i am a crazyyyyyyyyy
    i love soccer and i love liverpoolllllllllll

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