Nov 23, 2014

Two Deep vs.Too Deep

At least that's how some of the wishful thinkers who were predicting the Davis Cup were gossiping. Switzerland with two top five players against an assortment of French players ranked just outside the top ten to just within the top fifty. The next Swiss player was in a different continent...

...on a different planet.

The Theory of Depth went so far as to completely discount the chances of the Swiss team. Federer and Wawrinka would be tired, the French would be fresh and playing at home. Two stalwarts could then punish the Swiss on day 1, and then two other equally competent stalwarts could finish them off in the reverse singles.

Nov 19, 2014

Sampras the disappasionate

One of the most boring champions of our time was a generally grouchy dude named Sampras. The man is known for the dizzying heights he reached at Wimby but was generally associated with having no heart early in his career, most notably called out by Connors after Sampras had expressed indifference about being excellent. Or something that usually pissed off Connors.

Like opponents breathing air.

Sampras's first two Davis Cup finals were not so memorable, the first one was a thumping by the French in 1991, and the second, while a win over the Swiss was a bad consolation as his inclusion was with an aging Mac in the doubles, while the prime slots went to Courier and Agassi.

See how I cleverly made the connection with France and Switzerland, this year's (2014) finalists?

Nov 18, 2014

One Mississippi, Two Mississippi...

Ok, so the wingnuts patriots are not satisfied until the South Confederacy has risen again. So they're going boldly where no Mississippians have gone before. With a Heritage Initiative. Because this is all about heritage and has nothing to do with social conservatism or racism or Christianism or anything like that. It is just about recognizing their heritage, that's all. Oh, and also religion, official language, state flag, nickname, song, motto, and state university mascots.

University mascots are part of heritage? Seriously?

Nov 5, 2014

Kentucky Proud!

Democrats couldn't be prouder of Alison Lundergan Grimes. As they couldn't be any prouder of any Democrat who ran in the 2014 elections. Something to be proud of, especially the way they proudly stood for principles.

What principles, you ask?

Alison Grimes stood with Kentucky coal.  Because fat-free butter clean coal is the wave of the future. Not alternate energy sources like solar or wind, but clean coal. Cleaner the better!

And she proudly stood for that.

What about Obamacare? She proudly stood for something better: AlisonCares. Which is, like, not Obamacare.

What else?

She proudly stood for her constitutional right declining to state whether she voted for Obama. No one fought harder for that right than Alison Grimes. Good thing too, because now we'll never know for certain whether a Obama delegate from Kentucky voted for Obama. She did it to emphasize her independence from Obama, who was not running for Senator in Kentucky. Most people did not realize that till she fought tooth and nail for her right.

Democrats should be proud of her. For her courage, unstinting adherence to clean coal, and fighting for the right to not say who she voted for.  Exactly what Kentuckians were looking in a candidate. The election night upset of McConnell by a razor-thin 56-41 margin confirmed that. I hope she runs again in a few years so that Democrats could be proud that she's not a quitter, or that like President Al Gore, she was not going to run on a sitting President's coattails.

Nov 2, 2014

A guide to the outrage you should have over the Barclays ATP WTF 2014* draw

Before the draw is official, that is; so this is an unofficial analysis. This way you can evaluate the injustice yourself.

As it stands, Nadal is not playing and the rankings are, in order
  1. Novak Djokovic
  2. Roger Federer
  3. Stan Wawrinka
  4. Kei Nishikori
  5. Andy Murray
  6. Tomas Berdych
  7. Milos Raonic
  8. Marin Cilic
The way it goes is that the 1. and 2. players are placed in opposite groups, and lots are drawn to pick who plays where. Clearly, there is a conspiracy.

Consider that Djokovic is in Group A, and Federer in Group B.

Oct 20, 2014

The Weaseling Continues...

From the New Yorker, here's Obama:
Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states
Now, this is an argument he has never made before. As Toobin notes, his administration, never, in all the cases it argued before the courts made that argument. In fact Obama was opposed to gay marriage until a few months before his re-election, when suddenly he evolved. Note that evolution is never sudden.

His evolved position? Same as Cheney's from years ago. Wanted to leave it to the states.

This was predictable. As gay marriage has become not-illegal in a majority of the states, and is crumbling elsewhere, Obama has an eye on his legacy. He wants to go down as the one who established equality for gays. History unfortunately will judge him to be so, despite being opposed to it for most of his political career, riding the coattails of many a nameless activist who fought for and won the battles in court, and stepping in to take the credit.

Oh, you want evidence? Look up weasel on this blog.