Rounds and Quarters

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Pride of Athletes

“You’re talking about people who are told that they can overcome anything, do anything, if they work at it. It’s not just in athletes. You see the same thing in lots of people: doctors, lawyers, bankers. Athletes think they’re stronger than anyone else. Doctors think they’re smarter.”  

The latest issue on yahoo.sports got me thinking about pride and ego. True man's ego and pride could help a lot for man to live a normal life. Without it, a person will live a life of seclusion and fear. On the other hand, the article had given me a glimpse of the truth about how pride affects negatively on people. You see, those people who knew that there is something wrong that is going on within them can't and will not admit their flaws and weakness due from their pride and high ego. Some athletes in sports and team wear for instance have the tendency to believe that they are the strongest and admitting their personal struggles is a sign of vulnerability. And even some doctors wearing hospital uniforms and white scrubs are proud of their intellect to the point that they had been thinking that they are the smartest people and don't need guidance from others since they know what to do with their own health.

But the sad truth is, there is no perfect person. Even if you are an athlete, a doctor or a lawyer-you're still imperfect. Every being have flaws and refusing to admit it will have a bitter consequence. Saying that you are weak is so easy and simple however our pride just makes it difficult. Anyway there is just one lesson that I've learned from the article; that is the consequence of too much pride is our own lives.

Read more: Despite resources, players reluctant to seek help

The Producer of NFL Players

Here is a list of the states and the corresponding number of NFL players that they produced:

Source: Friday night stars: California and Texas produce most NFL talent

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Consequence of Racing

Is it a choice to die early? I wonder about this upon reading the news about a boy who happened to die while on a racing competition.

Peter Lenz of Vancouver, Wash., fell off his bike during the warm up lap for Sunday's first race at Indianapolis and was run over by another motorcycle, driven by a 12-year-old. Medical workers in scrubs uniforms immediately placed Lenz in a neck brace, put him on a stretcher and began chest compressions while taking him to a hospital. Several hours later, he was pronounced dead.

At age 11, he was already wearing sportswear uniforms and earned the "expert" license from the American Federation of Motorcyclists, and in March 2009, Lenz became the youngest rider ever to win an AFM race. This year, competing in the U.S. Grand Prix Racers Union series, Lenz had four wins, five podium finishes and was leading the MD250H classification in points. The grown-up resume just didn't match his appearance. Listed at 4-foot-11 and 81 pounds, the baby-faced Lenz described his profession as "kid."

His father's message on Peter's Facebook page was heartbreaking. "He passed doing what he loved and had his go fast face on as he pulled onto the track," the posting said. "The world lost one of its brightest lights today. God Bless Peter and the other rider involved. 45 [Peter's number] is on another road we can only hope to reach. Miss you kiddo." Lenz is the youngest driver/rider fatality ever at the 101-year-old Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Without blaming the victim in any way, the tragedy nonetheless raises the specter of age, and whether teens and pre-teens possess the necessary dexterity and presence of mind to pilot vehicles that can go more than 120 mph. Lenz was 13, and the racer whose bike ran over Lenz is only 12.

This accident raised the issue of how young is too young in racing competitions. Racers insist age has never been an issue. American Colin Edwards was running 250cc bikes at age 17, and Indy MotoGP runner-up Ben Spies was competing on the 125cc circuit at age 12.

"That's not like a bike too big for him, you know, I mean this is our sport, we chose to do it," said American Nicky Hayden, the 2006 world champ who called the death "terrible. I mean, sure, we know going in the consequences."

Surely the boy knew that the consequence for him was death.?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Winners of the US Open 2010

Here are the list of the winners of the US Open 2010. With their sportswear uniforms they are definitely bringing home the bacon with them. Hope to see them in the next US Open.

Men Division

Rafael Nadal

“That’s what I dreamt. It’s just amazing to be in there in this final to me. Just the ride to the final was amazing. Just to have the trophy in my hands in a moment will be unbelievable.”

He beat Novak Djokovic to win his first US Open and join six of the game's greatest players as the owner of all four grand slam titles. At the end, Nadal rolled like a kid on the hard court, the surface that was supposed to be beyond him. Now he ruled the tennis world. He is the first Spaniard to win the U.S. Open men’s singles title since Manuel Orantes in 1975 and the first left-hander to win it since John McEnroe in 1984.

Nadal's smile remained fixed in victory, more eloquent than a thousand words. "It's more than what I dreamt," he said in his charming, halting English. His ninth slam not only puts him seven behind the faltering Federer, but lifts him alongside Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi and Federer as owners of all the four slams.The US Open win will be Nadal's 9th Grand Slam Title. He also has won the last 3 consecutive slams, and will no doubt be looking to take the Australian Open as well, making it 4 out of 4 in slams, something that has not been achieved since Rod Laver did it in the late 60s.

Men Doubles

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan

 “This has been the best match we ever played. These guys played incredible. We had to step up and match their energy.” _Bob Bryan_

Twin brothers who won their ninth Grand Slam tournament and third U.S. Open title against Pakistan’s Aisamul Haq Qureshi and India’s Rohan Bopanna. They were the World No. 1 doubles player for 201 weeks. Between 2005 and 2006, they set an Open Era record by competing in seven consecutive men's doubles Grand Slam finals, three of which they won. On February 26, 2010, they recorded their Open Era record 600th match win by defeating Taylor Dent and Ryan Harrison in the semi-finals of the Delray Beach ATP 250 tournament. Born on April 29, 1978, with Mike being older by two minutes, and Bob taller by 3 cm, The Bryans, as they are known, have won a record 65 tour titles, surpassing The Woodies. They have a career Grand Slam that includes victories at the French Open (2003), US Open (2005, 2008 and 2010), Australian Open (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010), and Wimbledon (2006). They won the Tennis Masters Cup Doubles tournament thrice (2003, 2004 and 2009), and have been finalists in 38 other occasions. They won the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They also won the 2007 Davis Cup along with Andy Roddick and James Blake.

Women Division

Kim Clijsters

"I'm glad to be standing here as the winner now. New York is an amazing place for me. The U.S. Open brings nothing but happiness to my tennis life."

She is the first woman since Venus Williams in 2000-01 to win the title in Flushing Meadows two years in a row. And Clijsters' U.S. Open winning streak is actually up to 21 matches because she also won the 2005 title. She missed the tournament in 2006 because of injuries, including wrist surgery, and skipped it the next two years while taking time off to get married and have a baby. Clijsters won a second consecutive U.S. Open championship and third overall by easily beating Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-1 in a final that lasted 59 minutes and lacked any drama — perfect for a tot's short attention span.

Women Doubles

Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova

“It is kind of unbelievable for me. I don’t feel like we have won the title as it all happened so quickly today,” _Shvedova_

Vania King from America along with partner Yaroslava Shvedova from Kazakhstan won the United States Open Women’s doubles title after defeating Nadia Petrova and Liezel Huber in a total of three sets on Monday. The final match score was 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Mixed Double

Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan

"He wants to chest bump, chest bump, chest bump. I'm like, no. Do it with your girlfriend; don't chest bump me." _Liezel Huber_

Top-seeded Americans Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan won their second Grand Slam title in mixed doubles Thursday. Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan won their second Grand Slam mixed doubles title. The pair beat Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan 6-4, 6-4. Huber and Bryan also won last year's French Open. Huber, who was born in South Africa and became an American citizen in 2007.

Junior Division

Jack Sock and Daria Gavrilova

“No, I think us, as in ‘juniors’—we’re just doing what we can. We’re practicing hard and we’re working hard and doing what we can to improve. Hopefully we can get to that level one day and be in the American tennis spotlight. Hopefully.”  _Jack Sock_

Jack Sock beat Denis Kudla 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Sunday to win the U.S. Open boys’ title in the first all-American junior final at Flushing Meadows in a decade while top-seeded Daria Gavrilova beat Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 6-2 in an all-Russian girls’ final.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Best and Worst Sportswear Uniforms in the US Open 2010

The first round of the US Open was over. However those critics in fashion are still on to give their comments of the worst styles and most fashionable sportswear uniforms of the tennis players that catch their critical eyes and minds. Let's take a look on the result of the best and worst fashion at the 2010 US Open (1st round).

Let's start from the Worst:

Nadia Petrova
A Russian professional tennis player. In singles, Petrova has reached a career high ranking of World No. 3 in May 2006 and has reached the semi-finals of the French Open in 2003 and 2005. In doubles, she won the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in 2004 with Meghann Shaughnessy. However in the US Open 2010, she was beaten by Caroline Wozniack.
Too white
Aravane Rezaï
She is the current French No. 2 in women tennis. She has defeated many top players on the WTA, such as, Justine Henin, Jelena Janković, Dinara Safina, Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams. Her career high rank was No. 16, achieved on May 17, 2010. She was beaten by an 18 year-old, Beatrice Capra in the US Open 2010.
Too much stripes

Novak Djokovic
A Serbian professional tennis player, who is currently ranked the World No. 3. Lately he won against Viktor Troicki.
Too bad I find him very very good looking

Kateryna Bondarenko
A professional female tennis player from Ukraine and a doubles champion at Australian Open 2008.  She has progressed to the second round of the US Open 2010 - Grand Slam Tennis in New York with prize money of USD 22.6 million after defeating No.8-seeded Na Li.
Actually I don't find any wrong in her sportswear
Elena Dementieva
Russian professional tennis player. She has won two Olympic medals in singles, including the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She made a successful return to Grand Slam tennis Monday, beating Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the U.S. Open.
Now I can see what's wrong with her suit.

Peter Polansky
A Canadian professional tennis player. He is now Canada's top-ranked singles performer, according to the ATP, having been so since June 21, 2010. His U.S. Open experience ended Thursday night with a 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 second-round loss to James Blake of the U.S.
Ow! The combination of yellow green and gray and with matching stripes.Whew!
Gaël Monfils
A French professional male tennis  player. He is currently the second highest ranked French tennis player, and currently ranked #17 in the world ATP tour rankings. He won against Igor Andreev.
Shirt looks like zebra pelt...
Svetlana Kuznetsova
A Russian professional tennis player. She won the 2004 US Open and the 2009 French Open singles titles defeating Elena Dementieva and Dinara Safina. This two-time major champion reached the second round at the U.S. Open by getting past 39-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm.

Ričardas Berankis
A Lithuanian professional tennis player. As of August 23, he is ranked No. 124 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and is the top ranked Lithuanian tennis player. He was beaten by Jurgen "Tuna" Melzer.
Gosh! His good looking but his shirt is quite not good to look at...

The Best:

Rafael Nadal

The professional tennis player from Spain, Rafael Nadal is currently the top ranked player from the men’s side in the first round of US Open 2010. An accomplishment he also held two years ago back in 2008 however until very recently the twenty four year old Rafa has never been the number one player in the eyes of public.
Black suits him..
Caroline Wozniacki
As of August 30, 2010, Wozniacki is ranked World No. 2 on the WTA Tour. Wozniacki has won ten career titles and was the runner up at the 2009 US Open. She defeated Chang Kai-chen of Taiwan 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the third round.
Whew! She's so alluring...
Arnaud Clément
A professional tennis player from France. He defeated Marcos Baghdatis for nearly three and a half hours.
His dashing on this white shirt...
Zheng Jie
A Chinese professional tennis  player. Her career high ranking is World No. 15 which she achieved on May 18, 2009. As of May 17, 2010, Zheng is ranked World No. 24 in singles and World No. 16 in doubles. She was defeated by the former number 1, Ana Ivanovic.
Blue and white combination is fashionable...
Roger Federer
A Swiss professional tennis player who held the number one position for a record 237 consecutive weeks and 285 total weeks, one week behind record holder Pete Sampras. As of 16 August 2010, he is ranked World No. 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals  (ATP). Many sports analysts, tennis critics, and former and current players consider Federer to be the greatest tennis player of all time.
Simple and classy
Ana Ivanović
A former World No.1 Serbian tennis player. As of August 30, 2010, she is ranked World No. 40 on the WTA rankings. She won the 2008 French Open and was the runner-up in singles at the 2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open.
Smashing gorgeous in pink
 Maria Sharapova
A former World No. 1 Russian professional tennis player. Sharapova has won 22 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles and 3 Grand Slam singles titles, including 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open. She was also runner-up at the 2007 Australian Open. She has advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open with a stress-free 6-1, 6-2 victory over Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic.
She always manage to be beautiful, anywhere, anytime