Passing Thoughts: post hoc, ergo propter hoc.
Excuse the intermittent blogging of late, I have 4 exams coming up in the next 6 days. Part of the deal with being a student is that you party, play, drink and procrastinate for the majority of the year, then comes every November, when life is a hell-hole and one that’s kicking your ass.
Never fear, if the exams were Novak Djokovic, then I’m Roger Federer – you win some and you lose some. As long as you win more than you lose.
Enough about me! Now tennis …
1. Simon Reed strikes again. For you West Wing buffs out there, post hoc, ergo propter hoc.
Follow my logic here:
# Andy Murray won Valencia.
# Therefore, Andy Murray is BACK.
# Therefore, Andy Murray is the No 1 player outside the slams.
# Thus Andy Murray is the favourite for London, because LONDON IS NOT A SLAM.
# Thus Andy Murray is not the favourite for the Australian Open yet, because THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN IS A SLAM.
That, my dear friends, is Dootsie’s Concise Guide to Simon Reedism.
Post hoc, ergo propter hoc indeed. Simon Reed is CJ, and I’m the President of the United States. God bless!
2. Marat Safin slammed Andre Agassi in an interview with l’Equipe, and he slammed him hard.
“I’m not defending the ATP, but what he said put it in a delicate position,” Safin said. “The ATP allowed him to win a lot of tournaments, a lot of money. It kept his secret. Why does he need to be so cruel with it?”
“If he is as fair play as he says he is, he has to go to the end,” Safin said. “You know, the ATP has a bank account and he can give the money back if he wants.”
“The question is: Why did he do this? What is done is done. Does he hope to sell more books? It’s absolutely stupid.”
One of the fall-outs of the Agassi affair is that we got a little glimpse of each player’s personality in the way they reacted. We found out that Rafa had an innocent sense of morality and righteousness. Andy Roddick looked on with loyalty and bigheartedness. Roger should be nominated as the next UN Secretary-General, and Martina Navratilova had little compassion, being the first player to really blast Andre. For some reason, I had expected her to act with less judgmentalism.
And my favourite? Boris Becker coming out to condemn Agassi for “harming tennis”. Riiiiiight, and he can talk. ‘Cause Boris Becker is the beacon of moral righteousness in tennis, obviously.
So what’s the deal with Safin then? Why such vehemence? Safin’s certainly no stranger to self-destruction. The difference being that while Andre took meth in his path of annihilation, Safin threw his marbles into the wind and took a plunge down the rankings. Oh, and never came back up.
Sure, it’s less idiotic than what Andre Agassi did, but then again, Andre got over his death instinct, he didn’t give up. He bounced back and had one of the most remarkable late careers in tennis history.
Marat? Retirement at the age of 29.
Be it Safin or Andre, I’m so over both of them, so I’m going to 1) watch Marat’s last match, and 2) buy Andre’s new book.
3. Caroline Wozniacki listed her goals for 2010 on her blog:
I am looking forward to an even better 2010 season, in which I hope to establish myself as one of the top 3 players in the world.
Oh geeeeez Carol, how about: “I am looking forward to an even better 2010, in which I hope to win a slam?”
As the corny saying goes, “shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
4. Alicia Molik makes her return in Hobart next year, while Henin gets off in Brisbane. Nalbandian in Auckland. Australia is a country for new beginnings. Hope it bodes well for all of them.
Oops I forgot. New Zealand isn’t a part of Australia.
5. In actual tennis, Marat Safin saved 3 match points to keep his career alive for one more day. Actually, just a few more hours, as we gear up for a day of play in Paris that features Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, del Potro and Safin.
Tennis hasn’t had a mass orgasm of such epic proportions since Roger Federer’s last tweener.
In other results, Nikolay Davydenko claimed a 62 61 victory over Benjamin Becker to put himself one win away from a spot in London. The guys still in contention? Verdasco, Soderling, Gonzalez and Tsonga.
I’m torn really – all of those guys deserve to be there, Sod and Nando for making waves, Tsonga and Gonzo for being adorable. But none of them are fully healthy and ready to take on the demands of London. We’re in for some tired tennis I’m afraid.
6. Fed Cup draws are out for 2010. Serbia and Russia to play first round. Seriously. The rest – Italy/Ukrain, USA/France, Czech Republic/Germany.
7. Andy Roddick is out of London? At least according to the Bryan Bros’ twitter fail.
Dang, that’s two years that he’s qualified and been unable to play (pulled out of his match against Roger last year). But WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE SOD?
8. Gasquet made an CAS appearance with Pamela for his drug-ban appeal.
Oh hang on, that’s not Pamela.
Looking hot with the receding hairline.
The verdict is expected before the end of the year. If Gasquet’s slapped with an tightarse ban, I’m blaming Andre. Sorry Andre.
9. A fan in Basel took a photo of a limited edition Lindt Chocolate Bar. My life will not be complete until I get it IN MY MOUTH.
10. It’s the 40th birthday of Sesame Street, so I leave you with a song.
Happy Wednesday tout le monde.