There was about a minute yesterday when Rafa didn't look so good. And then it passed. Andy Murray was rather gracious AFTER he was defeated. During the match, he certainly showed off his potty mouth.
One of the things I ALWAYS liked about Bjorn Borg was that he let whomever he was playing - Johnny Mac, Ilie Nastase, Jimmy Connors- have their temper tantrums and shouting matches and so forth. He stood at the other end of the court and waited - and then usually made mincemeat out of them. Focused. Rafa Nadal is focused.
(Mr. Borg was at the French Open and is in attendance at Wimbledon, looking very distinguished and gracious) He was one of The Two in his day.
And you know, I hope Mr. Federer wins this year. I like them both very much, but Roger has a record to break. Nadal is SO young, his time will come.
There I go again, taking over your lj.
(I won't be able to watch the match this year! I'll be away!!)
Borg was- and is- extremely cool. I was a huge admirer back in the day.
It's great to see the old champions wandering round Wimbledon, doing commentary and giving interviews. This year we've had Borg, McEnroe and Becker all putting in an appearance on the BBC.
I've just watched the women's final- great match- and the camera made a point of picking out Bille Jean and Martina in the crowd. I reckon the Williamses are definitely up with those two now.
I agree about Federer. I'd very much like him to see him carry off the record.
Red Right Hand came from the Let Love Live album, which was produced in 1994. I've personally always liked RRH, but that's the awesome thing about music - there's something out there for every person's tastes. :)
Mercy Seat was part of Tender Prey, which was 1988, and Stagger Lee is, I believe, Nick doing a cover of someone else's song.
Ah, so I'm way out there- which kinda destroys my thesis. Never mind. I still think Red Right Hand is too gothic for its own good.
Stagger Lee is traditional folk- it exists in multiple versions- but Cave's version is so thoroughly his own, so completely worked over, I reckon it counts as an original composition.
I could be completely off-base, but I always got the impression that there was some self-parody in RRH. That it was supposed to be "over the line" (again, I may be utterly wrong).
I'm glad my memory was correct on Stagger Lee - I know I've heard at least three or four versions over the years, though I can't remember from whom. I've never heard Nick's, which is probably a shame.
Cave's version is on Murder Ballads- an album I love.
Life on a budget is an adventure. I am glad that I am not the only person who believes it to be fun. It's a challenge and every little victory, like your four pieces of fish, is what adds in the fun element. Every time I go to the pushcart market I thumb my nose at supermarkets and Whole Foods stores. I come home with a wagonload for about twelve dollars USD.
It's about making the most of what you've got. You can be miserable with a fortune in the bank and happy with very little; it's all about attitude.
I've been thinking about this post today--I stupidly turned on the TV about 4 hours ago, and I've been hooked on the men's finals. There was a rain delay at some point, so they showed part of the women's doubles last night. The Williams sister completely dominated and won. One of the commentators said he'd like to see the Williams sisters play Nadal and Federer. I agree!
Federer is very good, and in the fifth set, seems less tired and more in control than Nadal. But they are so incredibly evenly matched, it's amazing.
I keep reminding myself that I don't even like tennis (which I don't). There's just something so compelling about this.
Well, that was the longest men's final in history. What a match!
I really thought Federer was going to win. He seemed to have the edge mentally. But they were both brilliant.
YES! Honestly, in the end I think Federer just got a bit more tired. Nadal seemed exhausted through most of the match, while Federer seemed fine, and then just sort of lost it.
Even though I have a lot of other stuff I need to be doing, I am glad I watched this.