I hope in a London that had recently suffered a spate of terrorist attacks, and the terrible Grenfell fire, the tennis brought some sense of normalcy back. I sorely appreciate Roger’s grace – in his speech on the court, and in his tour of the lounge afterwards.
American football fans and other on-lookers (me) watched the Superbowl tonight. I really thought the Atlanta Falcons had it in the pocket with their 28-0 lead in the third quarter. But no! the Boston Patriots caught up with them, and with 28-28 at full time, the game went into overtime and .. the Patriots were first to score, sealing their 5th Superbowl win with a touch-down, 34-28.
Below the surface of it all churned some ugly politics. The Dutch newspaper Volkskrant reports that it all seemed like a 2016 Presidential election replay. Trump* is friends with Patriots quarterback Brady and coach Belchick. Neo-Nazis such as Richard Spencer tweeted that the ‘white team’ Patriots must win over Atlanta from the South. The carefully crafted Superbowl commercial about Adolphus Busch (German-born), coming to America to brew Budweiser beer, was seen by some right-wingers as supportive of immigration – prompting them to call for a boycott of Budweiser beer. Man. Give it a rest!
*Trump left the viewing party at Mar-a-Lago in the third quarter, apparently giving up on the Patriots .. but (of course) tweeted his congratulations after the win.
Some tweets have a little goat icon in by Rogers’ name, since Roger is now officially the ‘G.O.A.T’, the greatest of all time, in tennis.
Rodger Federer is 35, has four young children and a postoperative knee – and 17 Grand Slam singles wins. So : he is playing for gravy in the 2017 Australian Open, as the New York Times says. This year’s tournament has already seen world No 1 Andy Murray ousted, as well as 6-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic. Federer is meeting a Russia-born German called Mischa Zverev (age 29), in the quarterfinal. It was Zverev that beat Andy Murray. Go, Rodger!
I did not watch the football NFL and AFL championship games on TV this afternoon, but I see the enormous sideline coat (if one can call it that) of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was made into a meme* on Twitter. (The Patriots advanced to a record ninth Superbowl final, against the Atlanta Falcons).
*a humorous image, video, or piece of text that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users