The Italians Committed the Robbery

September 14, 2015

The Italians Committed the Robbery

Tennis

We all know what happened…

I don’t even want to talk about it. I am the definition of the word bummed when I think about it. After all that hype around the quarterfinals and playing her sister, Serena lost to an unranked Italian, Roberta Vinci in three sets in the semifinals. How did that happen? Let’s take a look:

Serena beat Venus in three sets. It was pretty good tennis to watch. To be honest I was surprised Venus took a set from Serena, but in true Serena fashion, every set has to have a little drama.

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Here comes Roberta Vinci who played one less match than Serena because Genie Bouchard was forced to retire after a fall and concussion. Vinci played amazing against Mladenovic in her last set before Serena.

Serena and Vinci play and Serena looks totally off. She is not playing her game but trying to win at Vinci’s game: playing at the net, slices, and lobs…I screamed: Play YOUR game, Serena! I don’t think she heard.

Serena took the first set and looked like she was going to take the second. She had multiple opportunities to but just could not consolidate breaks. Somehow the match goes into a third set. I shouldn’t say somehow because that’s how Serena has been playing all season.

The third set Serena has a chance to win again, but could never get her game together and loses to Vinci to everyone’s dismay. I think everyone was just shocked, I threw up multiple times…

Serena claims to not feel pressure, but I think nerves got to her. To try to claim a calendar grand slam after beating Venus seemed to be looming over her head. I just don’t think she could keep playing three sets against players who have nothing to lose. Vinci came out with nothing to lose and played her game the best she ever has.

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I will congratulate Vinci, she did deserve to win. Also at 33 years old I love that the Women’s final was the all 30s club…

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Now on the other side…

Another Italian was playing unbelievably well taking out Kvitova and Halep: the ever flamboyant Flavia Pennetta – also in her 30s. Simona Halep had beat Azarenka to make it to the Semifinals but could not hold off the Italian leaving the Finals without the #1 and #2 in Women’s Tennis.

I’m sorry I couldn’t watch…

The 2015 US Open Finals belonged to two 30 something-year-old Italian women. I didn’t watch because I was at the beach and I suspect ESPN lost quite a bit of ratings. Regardless, Flavia Pennetta of Italy won in two sets and I congratulate her for making a little history of her own.

Congratulations to Flavia Pennetta the 2015 US Open Women’s Champion!

Another ESPN Classic for the books…

The men’s side of tennis has lost a lot of attention due to Serena’s chance at history, but some great matches were happening.

The world #1 Novak Djokovic beat the Spaniard Lopez and the defending champion Cilic.

#2 Roger Federer didn’t drop a set while beating Frenchman Gasquet and fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka.

Anyone who has seen Roger and Novak play knows they will fight tooth and nail until the end.

Of course, they did not disappoint this match.

Roger dropped his first set of the US Open to start but then took the second. Roger and Novak then played close for the next two sets, but Novak’s fitness and rallying ability prevailed against Roger’s strong service games and pressure.

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Congratulations to Novak Djokovic the 2015 US Open Men’s Champion!

NCAAF

No big upsets, just upsetting injuries…

Week 2 of college football was status quo for the most part. The only big upset was BYU winning against Boise State.

Auburn almost lost in a huge upset. Otherwise, the higher ranked teams handled their business: LSU beat Mississippi State, USC dominated Idaho, Oklahoma beat Tennesse and UCLA beat UNLV.

The game of Saturday: Michigan State versus Oregon. The game was close, but Michigan State kept their higher ranking alive against the Ducks.

Sad news of the Saturday: Notre Dame’s star quarterback, Malik Zaire, broke his ankle while they played and beat Virginia. This is unfortunate because Notre Dame was stacking up to have a promising year.

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Play twice, Win twice…

Ohio State played twice this week and looked great both times. The Buckeyes played Virginia Tech – who they lost to last year – on Monday and all three of our quarterbacks demonstrated their worth on the team. J.T., Cardale, and the ever-resilient Braxton Miller all had time on the field. Braxton played as a receiver exemplifying the possibility of making a place when it looks like there is no place. Plus, Braxton’s spin move was the play of the week.

Ohio State also dominated against Hawai’i on Saturday.

Still undefeated…

Duke shut out NC Central in their Wallace Wade home opener to advance their record to 2-0.

NFL

Guess who’s back…

The NFL is officially back in business – a very booming one if I might add.

Huge comeback of the week: the Dallas Cowboys against the New York Giants. I am not sure how that happened, but between the Giants defense break down and Romo pulling off 72 yards in a clutch, the Cowboys took the win.

Some other close wins: The Packers against da Bears, the Chiefs versus the Texans and the Chargers against the Lions.

Surprising losses: The Colts lost to the Buffalo Bills – I am going look out for this Bills team – you should too. Also, the Seahawks lost to the Rams in overtime.

A battle of the Heismans…

Marcus Mariota proved his Heisman will translate to the NFL a little better than Jameis Winston’s. Mariota and the Titans racked up 42 points with 4 touchdowns against the Buccaneers. Fantasy players everywhere are dropping jaws and switching up benches.

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Not surprising, but disappointing…

The Browns opened their season with a loss to the Jets in New York. Manziel did throw for a touchdown. Fantasy fans everywhere are not doing anything because he’s not on anyone’s team.

Speaking of fantasy: My teams in my two leagues won! That’s a pretty good start for a rookie. I will have to make some adjustments before next week: T.Y. Hilton injured his knee as well as Ellington on the Cardinals. Sigh…I think this is where fantasy gets tricky.

Thank you for reading my first NFL football blog of the season! 

I’m bummed about Serena but dare I ask: Who thinks she can do it in 2016?

Until next tennis season, I will be on Twitter for football @theprettymaven!

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