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A little bit of a lull has descended on the world of college football this weekend. Many top ten teams are off…Alabama, Oregon, Stanford, Baylor, and Oklahoma. The biggest matchup is taking place in Tallahassee between 3 FSU and 7 Miami. This rivalry has a long and storied history, a colorful one that has been known and remembered with joy and heartbreak (depending on which team you may pull for) by the terms…”wide left” and/or “wide right”. FSU was the unfortunate team on the wrong end of those ill fated field goals. But, to be fair, FSU has had their share of exciting wins over Miami teams in years past. It is a bit shocking that the Noles are a 22 point favorite, given the lofty ranking currently enjoyed by the Hurricanes. Incidentally, in case anyone was not aware of it, there is this other game going on this weekend in the state of Florida, over in Jacksonville (spent a year in Jax myself) known as the largest outdoor cocktail party in the world. That only means one thing, Florida vs. UGA. Ironically, both teams are currently unranked, and the bigger game is down Interstate 10 in the other direction, between two ACC schools. This weekend, ACC matchup outweighs the significance of the SEC matchup. In Atlanta, Georgia Tech will host Pittsburgh for its homecoming game. Hopefully the Jackets can continue with their winning ways as they seem to have gotten back on track after a rough patch!
In tennis news, ROGER THAT! Yes, Roger Federer is into the semifinals at the Paris Masters 1ooo event after defeating Del Potro today, 6-3, 4-6,6-3. Finally, as Fed has lost the past two matches to Del Potro and they were both on indoor hard courts. You could see the jubilation in Federer’s eyes with this win. He had a slight wobble in the latter stages of the second set which resulted in the match going the distance. They exchanged breaks in the third, then Fed broke again and that was all she wrote. Federer has looked the best he has looked all year in Paris and today had 36 winners to 22 unforced errors. He also enjoyed an incredibly high percentage of points won on both his first serve and his second. He will face Novak Djokovic tomorrow (Nole defeated the other Swiss, Wawrinka, 6-1, 6-4). Rafael Nadal took care of Richard Gasquet 6-4,6-1 and will play the winner of the Berdych vs. Ferrer match, currently in progress. Update: The energizer bunny, David Ferrer comes from one set down to defeat Berdych. He will face fellow Spaniard Nadal tomorrow. Ferrer is the defending champion of this event, but I do expect Nadal to advance to the final!
So, aside from mentioning the tragic events that took place earlier today at LAX, one TSA agent apparently killed, another injured and numerous other people hit by gunfire…what a world, uh? it is over an out for now. I will update on the Berdych vs. Ferrer match when complete.
Have a good one!
Oh yes, I think I forgot to congratulate the Boston Red Sox, their city, their fans, and my buddy Ronnie on their third World Series title in the past ten years. What a team performance, from last to first! Also, after watching Jennifer Garner on Jimmy Kimmel a few nights ago talk about hubby Ben Affleck and his Red Sox obsession, I thought I would start a new twitter hash tag…#howhappyisbenaffleck!