Magic Jewball

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Last tennis post, I SWEAR

Filed under : Tennis
On September 4, 2006
At 11:45 pm
Comments : 20

But I’m way too tired to do Jew&A justice and I can’t just not post. That’s for other, more slackery bloggers. It’s been a tremendous few days of tennis and it’ll go on via TV, which is of course not the same, but hey, watching 14 days of tennis live would probably kill me even if I had the money and vacation days. You should see my sunburn! No, actually, you shouldn’t. Medic!

So, to wrap up, Nalbandian lost in a fifth-set tiebreak heartbreaker in which a shot your dog could make did not clear the net. Clearly MY MIND was elsewhere, it’s really my fault. If you saw me crying in Louis Armstrong Stadium, I simply had sunscreen in my eye. Speaking of crying, during that match, some guy named Agassi was busy losing/retiring on the next court. Something happened which I’ve never seen before which was, when the score that showed Agassi losing the match showed on the screen everyone in my stadium (remember, we’re a whole other match) gasped and then stood up and started clapping, giving Agassi a standing O he wasn’t even there to see. Even the CBS announcers up in the booth were clapping. It was an amazing moment about which I actually have no jokes. Sue me.

Then our match went on. Badly. Now let’s never speak of it again.

While I’ve been out I’ve had a sea change in my Google searches. Now I have a lot of “Is Roger Federer Jewish?” and “Is David Nalbandian Jewish?” and the most bizarre one, “Did Andy Roddick have a Bar Mitzvah?” Oh puh-leeze.

If you’re Jewish and you’d like to get behind a tennis player you can take haimishe pride in, why not go with Shahar Peer? Shahar Peer is Jewish and Israeli and before getting eaten alive by Justine Henin-Hardenne on the main court today, she did a fabulous job making it to the Round of Sixteen. Nothing will make you feel that Jews are maybe a little athletic than waving an Israeli flag at her match and yelling “kadimah, Shahar!” Of course, I let the rest of my family handle the flag; I’m not really a flag-waver.

Anyway, it’s been a fun week, at least for me. And if I ever get the chant, “Chi, chi, chi, le, le, le, viva Chile!” out of my head, I’m sure I’ll even be sane again.

Oh, special props to the folks behind me at the Shahar Peer match who had this comment about Francesca Schiavone: “I’m just disappointed she’s so ugly.” Indeed. And now I’ll go back to watching Richard Gasquet try to take a stand against Whitey McRacist. Allez!


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