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What are the best songs for sports?

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More specifically, which songs would you like to listen to, to really get you pumped up and ready to bash that shuttlecock (so to speak).

Let’s ignore all the usual cliched nonsense, and go straight to good stuff.  I’m going to break it into categories:

Getting ready for a gig:

Song choice – Holes, Mercury Rev.

Might seem like a bit of unusual one that.  It’s got everything, amazing intro, brilliant chorus, a theramin, keyboards, a bass, some drums, the following lyric “Holes… dug by little moles”  In my opinion, the last thing you want to hear before a gig is something pumping or too full of energy.  If I hear system of  a down, it’s going to be a bad gig.

Getting ready to play tennis:

Song choice – Show me how to live, Audioslave

It’s absolutely banging, and enough to get even the most average player to raise his game enough to beat Mr One Dimensional

Ready to play in a pool tournament:

Song choice – Out there somewhere (part 2), Orbital

It’s a digital symphony.  Musical genius, helps your to chill and focus for that classic effortless (3 pints kind of) state of mind that you need for pool.


Song choice – Just stick on some Smiths I guess, I mean you must already be a bit depressed that your sport is darts, so why not indulge in the most melancholic music ever written.

Just some thoughts.


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23/09/2010 at 9:53 pm

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So long and thanks for all the fish

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We never really understood Roger Federer.

He played not just for our amusement and gratification, but also to try and teach us mere mortals some important lessons.  All we (well not me personally) gave him was round after round of applause and handsome endorsements.

He’s leaving the (tennis) world shortly and I wanted to assess what Mr One Dimensional actually did in the game.

He turned pro in 1998 but didn’t actually win his first grand slam until 2003! What was he doing for 5 years, that’s just sloppy as far as I’m concerned – McEnroe won his first grand slam 2 years after turning pro:

A true Great (not like some modern day pretenders)

16 Grand Slam wins.  Big deal.

I could have beaten some of the players he beat in those finals.  Aside from Nadal, I don’t think it’s anything to be amazingly proud of.

Think of the players from McEnroe’s era:

Bjorg, Connors, Lendl, Vilas

Players with True Grit.

So, goodbye Federer, and when conventional words fail, I’ll end on a song:

Give me my money back, give me my money back you B*tch

I want my money back

And don’t forget

To give me back my black t-shirt.

Au revoir

Can Nadal win more grand slam titles than Federer?

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7 grand slams? Put that pipe down.

1.  If Andy Murray wins seven grand slams, i’ll castrate myself with a plastic spoon.

2.  New rule:  No smokin’ crack before posting.

The talk of the tennis world (the real tennis world, not the crack smoking one) is whether or not Rafa Nadal will have won more grand slam singles titles than Roger Federer once both of their playing days are over.

Obviously Federer has peaked and isn’t as dominant as he once was.  However, he still hammers most players regularly and usually seems to find himself in the last four of every tournament – so he most likely will contest several more finals.  He is still ranked two in the world, and you have to go back to 2002 for the last year Federer didn’t win one.

Assuming Federer didn’t win another, Nadal wouldn’t basically have to win every title over again to pass Federer’s current total of 16.

I’m not saying he can’t or won’t, but one of the key’s to Federer’s achievements is that he somehow seems to be healthy all of the time (other than mononucleosis in 2008).  Nadal isn’t as injury prone as Andy ‘ma back is pure achin’ maaan’ Murray, but Nadal relies on his athleticism more than most players, and once that goes so to does his dominance.

I personally don’t think Nadal will get to 17, but who knows.  He’s got more chance of getting to 17, than Murray does of getting to 7.

Go Andy!

As far as I’m concerned…

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There are two players in the world – whom I shall not name – who can throw all their trophies in the bin because they got them from cheating.

One of them battered his opponents into submission through sheer physical superiority, that’s not the tennis that I know and love.

The other one… I don’t what his deal is, but there’s definitely something fishy going on, that’s all I know.

On an completely unrelated note.  Federer and Nadal are both in their twenties.  Federer will hopefully retire in the next year or two, and Nadal won’t be far behind him (as I’ve said before, the human body wasn’t meant to be pushed to the limits he pushes it too).

Then it will be over to the so called young guns.  I predict at this point that the following players will win the following grand slams:

Andy Murray  – 7 (3 Australian open, 2 Us Open, 1 French and 1 Wimbledon)

Novak – 3 (2 Australian Open and 1 French Open)

Del Potro – No more Grand Slam wins



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Yet again, Novak Djokovic is the bridesmaid — does that make Andy Murray a one-night stand? — but at least an extra days rest and another rain delay when he was getting his backside handed to him in the second set saved him from a straight-sets defeat.

All four of the grand slam titles during 2010 have gone to Federer and Nadal.  Both are still in their 20’s and have confirmed their status as legends of the game.  When will one of these young chumps give them a proper run for their money?

Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be a player on the circuit with anything close to the total package of Mr. One Dimensional (16) or Nadal (9).

Del Potro, Berdytch, Murray, and few others nearing their mid-20’s would have made an impact by now if it was meant to happen.  It won’t.

Note:  Alex – I don’t want you turn to turn green and starting tearing the place up.  Andy may win a grand slam yet.  Federer will retire soon and possibly Rafa as well.

Well done Nadal, the player of the year for 2010 as voted by the Tennis Doctor.

There can be only one!

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Murray didn’t make the final this week.

Ok, that’s fine, it wasn’t his time. But before Nadal and Novak get started, I wanted to share some words of wisdom from the very wise Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez to Connor MacLeod:

Connor: Tell me how’d it happen for God’s sake.

Ramirez: Why does the sun come up? Or are the stars just pin holes in the curtain of night, who knows? What I do know is that because you were born different, men will fear you… try to drive you away like the people of your village.

Ramirez: You must learn to conceal your special gift and harness it until the time of the gathering.

Connor: What gathering?

Ramirez: When only a few of us are left, we will feel an irresistible pull towards a far away land… to fight for the prize.

Just as the final battle in Highlander took place in New York, so will Andy Murray’s final battle when he will eventually fulfil his destiny and win his first Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows.

It's a kind of magic you know

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12/09/2010 at 8:16 pm

Jordan river: The original spa weekend.

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Alex: Even you can be saved.

First of all:  Alex you need therapy.  Perhaps anger management or a quick dunking in the Jordan river?

Moving on…

I’ve never seen Roger play worse tennis (no timely serves + awful groundstrokes), and Djokovic will never play a better match (or luckier) in his life.  I lost count of the number of shots Djokovic hit into the net only for the ball to land over and into Federer’s court.

Federer lost the match, so save the Novak won it nonsense.

Anyway, I could analyse this all day (and I’d be right) – but believe this:  Nadal will win easily in straight sets.  Djokovic although he has a grand slam title and is the third best players in the world, he is nowhere near the class of Roger (16) or Rafa (8 soon to be 9).

Although Federer still comfortably handles most players, he used to be capable of playing his best more often and if he wasn’t at his best, his second best was more than enough for anybody else.  What goes up, must come down.

Federer has two nappies to change these days, and I predict he will win only one more grand slam title before he retires.

So says I.