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To everyone on this board, We all could learn from Blake today

BlakeJamitis
06-02-2006, 04:21 PM
The odds are stacked against you!
The naysayers are loud & clear!
Your home country & supporters even doubt you!
Some even say that you doubt yourself!

How do you fight against all of that & conquer what seems impossible? Here's what you do...

You remember what brought you through just two years ago. You stand and pull on the spirit of your father who as a black man had to have faced opposition during his early years & living during the civil rights movement. You stand and pull on the energy that made your family a great bi-racial comrade that produced an ivy-league child and more importantly, a great person. Finally, you stand and pull on the strength that made you a great tennis player who is ranked 8th in the world & will not be intimidated just because others say your opponent is better than you.

James Blake - you did it today. I don't know whether you will win the tournament but I can't help but be proud of you.

Castafiore
06-02-2006, 04:26 PM
...a bit melodramatic, don't you think?

hitchhiker
06-02-2006, 04:26 PM
You stand and pull on the spirit of your father who as a black man had to have faced opposition during his early years & living during the civil rights movement. You stand and pull on the energy that made your family a great bi-racial comrade that produced an ivy-league child and more importantly, a great person.


You have to go through that just to beat almagro in a tennis match? :eek:

ExpectedWinner
06-02-2006, 04:27 PM
You stand and pull on the spirit of your father who as a black man had to have faced opposition during his early years & living during the civil rights movement. You stand and pull on the energy that made your family a great bi-racial comrade that produced an ivy-league child and more importantly, a great person.

I doubt that he thought of all that. :devil:

MissMoJo
06-02-2006, 04:31 PM
You have to go through that just to beat almagro in a tennis match? :eek:
:lol:
Good win and i'm happy for him, but it's really not that deep

stebs
06-02-2006, 04:32 PM
Couldn't just be that he's good at tennis then? :p

BlakeJamitis
06-02-2006, 04:42 PM
Not according to what I heard on this board. I would bet that Blake thought at least once - "everybody is doubting me but I'm gonna come with it."

alfonsojose
06-02-2006, 05:06 PM
I'm happy for James, but this thread is :retard:

*Ljubica*
06-02-2006, 05:08 PM
The odds are stacked against you!
The naysayers are loud & clear!
Your home country & supporters even doubt you!
Some even say that you doubt yourself!

How do you fight against all of that & conquer what seems impossible? Here's what you do...

You remember what brought you through just two years ago. You stand and pull on the spirit of your father who as a black man had to have faced opposition during his early years & living during the civil rights movement. You stand and pull on the energy that made your family a great bi-racial comrade that produced an ivy-league child and more importantly, a great person. Finally, you stand and pull on the strength that made you a great tennis player who is ranked 8th in the world & will not be intimidated just because others say your opponent is better than you.

James Blake - you did it today. I don't know whether you will win the tournament but I can't help but be proud of you.
:rolleyes:

ufokart
06-02-2006, 05:25 PM
You remember what brought you through just two years ago. You stand and pull on the spirit of your father who as a black man had to have faced opposition during his early years & living during the civil rights movement. You stand and pull on the energy that made your family a great bi-racial comrade that produced an ivy-league child and more importantly, a great person. Finally, you stand and pull on the strength that made you a great tennis player who is ranked 8th in the world & will not be intimidated just because others say your opponent is better than you.

What the hell? Blake discovered a cure for cancer? he won Roland Garros?................

............Ah, no, he defeated Almagro

Do we need to get so dramatic because of this? :rolleyes: :lol:

BlakeJamitis
06-02-2006, 05:35 PM
I love these passionate replies. But just 2 days ago ... the world was over for Blake. Almagro would DESTROY him. "He had no chance." Now panties are wet because a thread talks about winning when all say you can't. Oh, very appropriate indeed!

ufokart
06-02-2006, 05:39 PM
Not everyone said he would win.

It's ok that you are happy because of this (i am too), but there is a thread about his win and you make it look like he defeated Federer and Nadal in the same tournament :lol:

BlakeJamitis
06-02-2006, 05:44 PM
But ukofart - Almagro was Federer. I'm a bigtime Blake fan - has been even through his bonehead years. But go check out that other thread from two days ago, (The "Hold the Presses" thread). Blake was trashed so badly & Almagro was so supremely uplifted, these people almost made me think I was wrong. I didn't see anyone coming to Blake's defense in that thread. Even his supporters were saying stuff like, "I like Blake but I don't think he has a chance." Now because I start a post saying this, it's overly-dramatic. Those replies in that other one are the ones that turned out dramatic. No ones, expecting Blake to win RG but you have to see the parallel in this & life. It's quite hilarious. :)

DrJules
06-02-2006, 05:48 PM
The odds are stacked against you!
The naysayers are loud & clear!
Your home country & supporters even doubt you!
Some even say that you doubt yourself!

How do you fight against all of that & conquer what seems impossible? Here's what you do...

You remember what brought you through just two years ago. You stand and pull on the spirit of your father who as a black man had to have faced opposition during his early years & living during the civil rights movement. You stand and pull on the energy that made your family a great bi-racial comrade that produced an ivy-league child and more importantly, a great person. Finally, you stand and pull on the strength that made you a great tennis player who is ranked 8th in the world & will not be intimidated just because others say your opponent is better than you.

James Blake - you did it today. I don't know whether you will win the tournament but I can't help but be proud of you.


You are sounding like a William's fan on WTF. :help:

robinhood
06-02-2006, 05:50 PM
James won? :eek:
I didn't think he could beat Almagro, but now that he's actually done it, I'm so proud.
Good luck to him tomorrow!

vincayou
06-02-2006, 05:54 PM
:sad: I'm speechless.

rofe
06-02-2006, 05:58 PM
Where is the violin emoticon when you need it?

Lee
06-02-2006, 06:00 PM
Where is the violin emoticon when you need it?

You have to wait for GWH ;) I think he brings that emoticon to this board.

Scotso
06-02-2006, 06:00 PM
:yawn:

betterthanhenman
06-02-2006, 06:02 PM
...a bit melodramatic, don't you think?

Bit of an understatement.

Cervantes
06-02-2006, 06:08 PM
He was already the better player yesterday, so I think he fully deserves it. Also I don't think the odds were that much against him. The courts at RG are always a bit faster than other clay courts and with the weather improving today it didn't seem impossible to me for Blake to beat Almagro. Still, well done :yeah:

cobalt60
06-02-2006, 06:08 PM
Well I get your point. Welcome to MTF.

scoobs
06-02-2006, 06:13 PM
It's a great result for clay and he proved a lot of people wrong, including me, but this thread is way over the top - why not trace his hardships back right the way to Adam and Eve?

Jeez.

I know Blake is a great fighter and he's overcome a lot of difficulties and I really respect him for that and good for him - he's a great player.

But this thread is overblown.

betterthanhenman
06-02-2006, 06:15 PM
It's a great result for clay and he proved a lot of people wrong, including me, but this thread is way over the top - why not trace his hardships back right the way to Adam and Eve?

Jeez.

I know Blake is a great fighter and he's overcome a lot of difficulties and I really respect him for that and good for him - he's a great player.

But this thread is overblown.

:yeah:

cobalt60
06-02-2006, 06:21 PM
In all seriousness I prefer to learn from someone other than a tennis player. And I have been following Blake for a few years as well. This was a great win for him and that's that. Now onto the the next round :yeah:

AgassiDomination
06-02-2006, 06:26 PM
I'm a huge Blake fan, but this thread is lame.

BlakeJamitis
06-02-2006, 06:53 PM
Hey betterthanhenamn. I remember you from that other thread. Good to see you again. LOL

Merton
06-02-2006, 07:33 PM
"James Blake, CEO. Lessons of leadership for the corporate world" That is the title of a coming book, why not extend the core ideas outlined here?

fenomeno2111
06-02-2006, 07:41 PM
I like James Blake and everything but since USO last year when they talk about Blake is "ohh such a remarkable comeback and his father died" he seems like he's the only player on tour who has faced tough moments in his life and everyone else on the field were just handed everything , With this I'm not saying anything againt him and I know he's a great player and a great guy but PLEASE stop victimizing him, life is a cycle and people around you will die and everyone in this world faces that he's not the only one.

Phunkadelicious
06-02-2006, 07:50 PM
Where is the violin emoticon when you need it?
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/svein_sveynsson/whine.gif :D

BlakeJamitis
06-02-2006, 08:05 PM
I like James Blake and everything but since USO last year when they talk about Blake is "ohh such a remarkable comeback and his father died" he seems like he's the only player on tour who has faced tough moments in his life and everyone else on the field were just handed everything , With this I'm not saying anything againt him and I know he's a great player and a great guy but PLEASE stop victimizing him, life is a cycle and people around you will die and everyone in this world faces that he's not the only one.

testy - testy. :haha:

fenomeno2111
06-02-2006, 08:13 PM
:unsure: :cuckoo: Are you sure your head is alrite?
testy - testy. :haha:

DDrago2
06-02-2006, 08:16 PM
Almagro is a good player but not such a monster-player for a thread like this! It's irritating :( as if Blake conquered the chief-devil itself. And all that crap about black father and all - :zzz:

Anyway I thought Almagro will win - how the heck did Blake do it?

MissMoJo
06-02-2006, 08:20 PM
This thread has its positives: finally James has his very own troll :D further cementing his status as a top player :yeah:

tangerine_dream
06-02-2006, 09:29 PM
Here on MTF, BlakeJamitis will do for James Blake what Jerry has done for Ivan Ljubicic. :)

Freeze17171
06-02-2006, 09:31 PM
Here on MTF, BlakeJamitis will do for James Blake what Jerry has done for Ivan Ljubicic. :)

I hope not...

gogo_guga
06-02-2006, 09:39 PM
The odds are stacked against you!
The naysayers are loud & clear!
Your home country & supporters even doubt you!
Some even say that you doubt yourself!

How do you fight against all of that & conquer what seems impossible? Here's what you do...

You remember what brought you through just two years ago. You stand and pull on the spirit of your father who as a black man had to have faced opposition during his early years & living during the civil rights movement. You stand and pull on the energy that made your family a great bi-racial comrade that produced an ivy-league child and more importantly, a great person. Finally, you stand and pull on the strength that made you a great tennis player who is ranked 8th in the world & will not be intimidated just because others say your opponent is better than you.

James Blake - you did it today. I don't know whether you will win the tournament but I can't help but be proud of you.

Whoever created this thread is a tool!! Blake beat Almagro not Federer!!

BlakeJamitis
06-02-2006, 10:01 PM
OK ... i wasn't gonna do this but since everyone is saying I was overly-dramatic with this thread. Who is more funny me or the following quotes about James losing this match.

GeorgeWhitler said “Clutching at straws. It seems you haven't watched much of the clay season have you? He (Almagro) won Valencia as a qualifer and he also qualified for Rome and tested Federer.

Only way Blake is winning in 3 sets is if he hits less than 10 unforced errors, not happening against a good claycourt player. Thanks for the laughs.”

He also said “Almagro [wins] unless he is sick or has an injury”

Then he said, “You haven't seen him play have you? It's obvious enough that this is the case and as for being calm. You are the one talking up Blake's chances and the only chance Blake will have is when he books his flight to London, he is not winning this match.”

Scoobuk said “I think he'll be too hot for Blake to handle.”

Merton said “The only way Almagro is losing is if he braincramps and decides to engage in a hitting contest. Not likely to happen.”

Freeze17171 said “This isn't like Max Mirnyi "getting hot" and winning a couple matches in a row on clay, Almagro is a young player who has tons of talent, especially on clay. Now he is finally starting to put it together and harnessing his skills. If you watched him play recently instead of just looking at his stats from a year ago, wou would see how good his game is and he could easily be arguable as a top 5 clay courter as of this moment.”

Pyromatic said “Methinks your love of Blake is affecting your opinion just a little”

Rofe said “I like Blake's brand of tennis but even I have to admit that I will be shocked if he wins tomorrow. Get over it.”

Purple Rainbow said, “Kim has a better chance to beat Nadal than Blake has of beating Almagro.”

Oneandonlyhsn said, “I watched James play today does he even slide on the dirt”

Bad gambler said, “Almagro in however many sets he wants to play”

Leo said, “Blake will be demolished. Almagro is a different class on clay. He's only lost to one player this spring clay court season besides Federer and Nadal”

And let’s not talk about the person, Albert Pujols, that said, “I give Blake 12games total for next match”

:worship: I bow to all of you. I now know to never be so decisive in my picks. :rolls:

rofe
06-02-2006, 10:21 PM
Rofe said “I like Blake's brand of tennis but even I have to admit that I will be shocked if he wins tomorrow. Get over it.”


Dude, seriously, get a life. You used your heart and not your head in coming up with a Blake win. Almost, everyone else, including me, came up with a Blake loss based on his performance on clay leading up to the french open. Most of the times, past history is a very good indicator of a person's chances against another opponent.

This time, you were right. Lets sync up again when you predict a Blake win and he loses.

By the way, I am responding to your fanatical posts in this forum and not to Blake's tennis in general. I really like Blake's tennis and I am happy to be one of his more moderate fans.

It is still shocking that he won it and kudos to him for the upset. The key word being "upset". Learn to see the difference.

Merton
06-02-2006, 10:24 PM
[QUOTE=BlakeJamitis]OK ... i wasn't gonna do this but since everyone is saying I was overly-dramatic with this thread. Who is more funny me or the following quotes about James losing this match.

Merton said “The only way Almagro is losing is if he braincramps and decides to engage in a hitting contest. Not likely to happen.”

Almagro did engage in a hitting contest which he lost. But this is besides the point, dealing with uncertainty means that your predictions will often prove to be wrong. I don't see the point of reminding people what they said about the match. I was wrong with my prediction over the outcome, so what?

oneandonlyhsn
06-02-2006, 10:28 PM
OK ... i wasn't gonna do this but since everyone is saying I was overly-dramatic with this thread. Who is more funny me or the following quotes about James losing this match.


Oneandonlyhsn said, “I watched James play today does he even slide on the dirt”


Thanks for quoting me :hatoff: I feel so special now :worship: As to what I said, its not a lie, I dont think that James slide on the dirt at all. I enjoy watching James play but I think his lack of sliding will hurt him in the later rounds. I give James an edge to most players especially on HC but when it comes to the dirt its hit and miss.

AgassiDomination
06-02-2006, 10:31 PM
You used your heart and not your head in coming up with a Blake win.
That is a first for us men... unless BlakeJamitis is a woman or something.

Dusk Soldier
06-02-2006, 10:31 PM
He won, we get it.

I have to admit that when I tuned in to the match on tv. I saw that one player was up two sets and I thought to myself, at least Blake managed to get the first set before he went down. lol. I didn't even bother to read the names besides the score that's how sure I was he was going to lose.

But he pulled it out of his ass or whatever so congrats to him. But was this part really necessary

You stand and pull on the spirit of your father who as a black man had to have faced opposition during his early years & living during the civil rights movement. You stand and pull on the energy that made your family a great bi-racial comrade that produced an ivy-league child and more importantly, a great person. Finally, you stand and pull on the strength that made you a great tennis player who is ranked 8th in the world & will not be intimidated just because others say your opponent is better than you. come on :rolleyes:

It's not even the second week yet. :o

rofe
06-02-2006, 10:36 PM
That is a first for us men... unless BlakeJamitis is a woman or something.

Or something? ;)

You cannot predict a fan's reaction based on gender. Actually, you can't predict anything anymore based on gender.

AgassiDomination
06-02-2006, 10:40 PM
Or something? ;)

You cannot predict a fan's reaction based on gender. Actually, you can't predict anything anymore based on gender.
I meant men use their head and not their heart as opposed to women. :p

El Legenda
06-02-2006, 10:43 PM
Blake still sucks :wavey:

tennis_freak67
06-02-2006, 10:44 PM
Blake still sucks :wavey:

:lol: :o

DrJules
06-02-2006, 10:46 PM
I think Blake could challenge for top 5 position in world as he is in the form of his life. He has proved himself on hard courts, has improved on clay court and I think he might surprise us all on grass and carpet courts later in the year.

I will be interested to see what Almagro can do on grass, carpet and hard courts.

oneandonlyhsn
06-02-2006, 10:53 PM
I think Blake could challenge for top 5 position in world as he is in the form of his life. He has proved himself on hard courts, has improved on clay court and I think he might surprise us all on grass and carpet courts later in the year.

I will be interested to see what Almagro can do on grass, carpet and hard courts.

I think Blake will contend very soon for the top 5 position, if anything his self belief has always hindered him in the past. I expcet him to do well on any surface except maybe clay, and he is doing well so far on the dirt which is a huge confidence booster for him.

As for Nico, I think after the dirt is over, he wont contend for much. He plays way too far back from the baseline. He can only get away with that kind of play on the dirt.

El Legenda
06-02-2006, 10:57 PM
I think Blake could challenge for top 5 position in world as he is in the form of his life. He has proved himself on hard courts, has improved on clay court and I think he might surprise us all on grass and carpet courts later in the year.

I will be interested to see what Almagro can do on grass, carpet and hard courts.

and at age 20 i still can grow 3 more ft, to be 9'4 one day :yawn:

DrJules
06-02-2006, 11:01 PM
and at age 20 i still can grow 3 more ft, to be 9'4 one day :yawn:

Are you having stilts surgically implanted. :lol:

bad gambler
06-02-2006, 11:03 PM
The odds are stacked against you!
The naysayers are loud & clear!
Your home country & supporters even doubt you!
Some even say that you doubt yourself!

How do you fight against all of that & conquer what seems impossible? Here's what you do...

You remember what brought you through just two years ago. You stand and pull on the spirit of your father who as a black man had to have faced opposition during his early years & living during the civil rights movement. You stand and pull on the energy that made your family a great bi-racial comrade that produced an ivy-league child and more importantly, a great person. Finally, you stand and pull on the strength that made you a great tennis player who is ranked 8th in the world & will not be intimidated just because others say your opponent is better than you.

James Blake - you did it today. I don't know whether you will win the tournament but I can't help but be proud of you.


I've got tears rolling down my cheeks after reading that

So profound, come here big fella and give me a :hug:

buddyholly
06-02-2006, 11:11 PM
How do you fight against all of that? Here's what you do...



You play a young, ineperienced guy ranked beneath you.

chicky841
06-03-2006, 02:49 AM
You have to go through that just to beat almagro in a tennis match? :eek:

:rolls:

El Legenda
06-03-2006, 02:54 AM
You have to go through that just to beat almagro in a tennis match? :eek:

what will he was to go through to beat Nadal on clay?

Take 9 bullets in the face or chest like 50 CENT :rolls:

gogo_guga
06-03-2006, 03:36 AM
OK ... i wasn't gonna do this but since everyone is saying I was overly-dramatic with this thread. Who is more funny me or the following quotes about James losing this match.

GeorgeWhitler said “Clutching at straws. It seems you haven't watched much of the clay season have you? He (Almagro) won Valencia as a qualifer and he also qualified for Rome and tested Federer.

Only way Blake is winning in 3 sets is if he hits less than 10 unforced errors, not happening against a good claycourt player. Thanks for the laughs.”

He also said “Almagro [wins] unless he is sick or has an injury”

Then he said, “You haven't seen him play have you? It's obvious enough that this is the case and as for being calm. You are the one talking up Blake's chances and the only chance Blake will have is when he books his flight to London, he is not winning this match.”

Scoobuk said “I think he'll be too hot for Blake to handle.”

Merton said “The only way Almagro is losing is if he braincramps and decides to engage in a hitting contest. Not likely to happen.”

Freeze17171 said “This isn't like Max Mirnyi "getting hot" and winning a couple matches in a row on clay, Almagro is a young player who has tons of talent, especially on clay. Now he is finally starting to put it together and harnessing his skills. If you watched him play recently instead of just looking at his stats from a year ago, wou would see how good his game is and he could easily be arguable as a top 5 clay courter as of this moment.”

Pyromatic said “Methinks your love of Blake is affecting your opinion just a little”

Rofe said “I like Blake's brand of tennis but even I have to admit that I will be shocked if he wins tomorrow. Get over it.”

Purple Rainbow said, “Kim has a better chance to beat Nadal than Blake has of beating Almagro.”

Oneandonlyhsn said, “I watched James play today does he even slide on the dirt”

Bad gambler said, “Almagro in however many sets he wants to play”

Leo said, “Blake will be demolished. Almagro is a different class on clay. He's only lost to one player this spring clay court season besides Federer and Nadal”

And let’s not talk about the person, Albert Pujols, that said, “I give Blake 12games total for next match”

:worship: I bow to all of you. I now know to never be so decisive in my picks. :rolls:

Dude you are totally making an ass of yourself!! Seriously how much free time do you have in your hands?

mandoura
06-03-2006, 04:31 AM
An innocent question:

Does this thread mean when Roger wins RG, I can mention William Tell as his inspiration for success? :)

AgassiDomination
06-03-2006, 04:47 AM
Innocent question? Looks like you're trying to anatagonize the Rafa fans by saying 'when Roger wins RG'...

ufokart
06-03-2006, 05:00 AM
Dude you are totally making an ass of yourself!! Seriously how much free time do you have in your hands?

This guy obviously doesn't have a job.

tangerine_dream
06-03-2006, 05:45 AM
Here on MTF, BlakeJamitis will do for James Blake what Jerry has done for Ivan Ljubicic.
I hope not...
Exactly. :scared:

mandoura
06-03-2006, 05:54 AM
Innocent question? Looks like you're trying to anatagonize the Rafa fans by saying 'when Roger wins RG'...

It is still an innocent question. I didn't specify the year. :devil:

Allez
06-03-2006, 06:23 AM
Some people thought just because Almagro is a clay court specialist he would steamroll the world no.8. Good to see them proved wrong. I doubt Blake had to "pull" from all those sources of inspiration to win yesterday, but what he proved is that you cannot completely dismiss players just because they are not "specialists" on particular surfaces as some jokers did on that other thread (I've had this argument with some of them before, but it looks like they refuse to learn). The downside of Jim's victory is that Nadal will not have to face Almagro now. I was banking on him to upset Nadal. Now Mr Muscles is going to be unchallenged all the way through :scared:

Alan
06-03-2006, 06:35 AM
...a bit melodramatic, don't you think?

yeah, but i love it! heheh.. this had only made my day better! :worship: :wavey:

16681
06-03-2006, 09:32 AM
Well whatever anyone wants to say about Blake he is the only American player left when it comes to Singles play. So I think he has to get credit for that :)

BlakeJamitis
06-03-2006, 12:59 PM
I love how most of you in this thread got all riled up. :lol: But I won't say anymore, I'll let Ms. Whitney Houston do (sing) the honors...

Oh-o say can you see by the dawns early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilights last gleaming
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming
And the rockets red glare the bombs bursting in air
gave proof through the night that our flag was still there
O say does that star spangle banner yet wave
Oh the land of the freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
And the home of the braaaaaaaaaaaaaaave!!!

FIGHT ON JAMES! FIGHT ON!!

BlakeJamitis
06-03-2006, 02:16 PM
It's called having fun J'torian. We all have fun differently. As long as you're not disrespecting people, it's all good. Sing on Whitney! LOL

fenomeno2111
06-03-2006, 11:42 PM
Watch out Primma Donna, watch out Xistros and every other troll in MTF...A thread to your throne is here :scared: It seems like every day the battle gets tougher, Who will surpass everyone, and their own obstacles, to become the greatest troll of the board?

Nobody knows, DON'T YOU DARE TO MISS THE NEXT EPISODE OF THE BATTLE OF THE TROLLS HERE @ MTF