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RafaChat Part 33

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wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 05:40 PM
i hope tsongito and nole will be in the same half :D

scoobs
03-10-2009, 05:42 PM
i hope tsongito and nole will be in the same half :D
Same quarter would be good. Then Tsonga can lose after that.

acionescu
03-10-2009, 05:45 PM
i hope tsongito and nole will be in the same half :D


Roger's :D :bolt:

acionescu
03-10-2009, 05:47 PM
Same quarter would be good.

Can't be even sooner? :awww: Damn rules :smash:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 05:59 PM
Same quarter would be good. Then Tsonga can lose after that.

i think that's likely to happen :lol: tsongito is a numpty :hug:

Roger's :D :bolt:

that's fine by me :D rafa can handle virus-ridden!muzza :cool:


i think overall i am most excited by two things:

-- will roger show up with cahill/have they come up with an arrangement

-- nando's form. i hope nando can win this :awww:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 06:03 PM
i wonder if the mods assign someone amongst them to just follow cd around gm :lol: it can be a full time job.

-Evita-
03-10-2009, 06:17 PM
I wonder where Linda is. She said my spreadsheet was crashing her computer and then she disappeared :scared: And play in IW started already an hour ago so the diffs should be posted... I hope nothing bad happened to her computer :unsure:

Edit: False alarm :lol:

Snoo Foo
03-10-2009, 06:55 PM
:banana: Mo Zaba double bageled zeballos 6-4 6-4 :banana: :rocker2: I'd give my eyeteeth for fucking livestream of this challenger :sad:

dude I just played four sets of doubles with really old people, I am hurtin for certain :rocker2:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 07:09 PM
stolen from funny fotos but :spit: :haha: :haha: :haha: :tape:

http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/9151/83561039.jpg

star
03-10-2009, 07:25 PM
I've not tried this posting from my ancient blackberry before. I'm at the korolev match. 2 all. Monroe just broke on a missed volley from Korolev. I haven't figured out how to read posts yet.

acionescu
03-10-2009, 07:25 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha:

scoobs
03-10-2009, 07:26 PM
Gillou is so dirty.

acionescu
03-10-2009, 07:27 PM
Star :wavey: Have fun *jealous*

Is Korolev looking hot as usual playing well? :angel:

scoobs
03-10-2009, 07:30 PM
I hope Korolev is looking hot because it doesn't look like he's playing well.

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 07:33 PM
frenchies putting the armada to shame :D

anon57
03-10-2009, 07:34 PM
Hi tread:wavey:
*jealous*I wish I was at IW, watching Korolov:drool: play

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 07:35 PM
hi kim :wavey: :hug:

edit: :scared: :unsure: :bigcry:

omg :sobbing: the kop is PACKED

acionescu
03-10-2009, 07:42 PM
frenchies putting the armada to shame :D


They are not French for nothing :shrug: :aplot:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 07:42 PM
seeee mikey, told you torres would be playing today :rolleyes:

edit: xabi sighting :worship: :worship: :inlove:

acionescu
03-10-2009, 07:44 PM
What's a kop? :scared: :unsure:

acionescu
03-10-2009, 07:45 PM
Liverpool's stadium? :unsure:

star
03-10-2009, 07:46 PM
Star :wavey: Have fun *jealous*

Is Korolev looking hot as usual playing well? :angel:

He's a bit too blond for my tastes and he's a little frustrated this monroe guy is so persistent. He did break back tho. Monroe just hit a drop shot that absolutely died just oer the net and on the line. Korolev whiffed at it. Duece on EK serve.

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 07:47 PM
andreea, yeah, the stadium at anfield is called the kop :hug:

omg, i'm so nervous :sobbing:

anon57
03-10-2009, 07:48 PM
Hey WG:hug:
:awww:Nervous about your footie match:hug:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 07:54 PM
mikey :fiery:

i heard through the grapevine that you jinxed rm :armed: you are dead to me now till the match is over :sobbing:

thanks kim :hug:

acionescu
03-10-2009, 07:54 PM
I can't balieve my eyes :speakles: :haha: :haha: I was wandering through SI site and it was this article on the greatest rivalries in individual sports. And next to Nadal-Federer, Bird-Johnson or Ali-Frasier there are Kobayashi-Chestnut, two eating hotdogs contest legends :bowdown: :bowdown:

SI, please don't choose Federer or Nadal as Sportsman of the Year!!!! Like never :spit:

Betty
03-10-2009, 07:56 PM
wilde that will be my mood tomorrow for MAN U - INTER match:o

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 07:59 PM
I can't balieve my eyes :speakles: :haha: :haha: I was wandering through SI site and it was this article on the greatest rivalries in individual sports. And next to Nadal-Federer, Bird-Johnson or Ali-Frasier there are Kobayashi-Chestnut, two eating hotdogs contest legends :bowdown: :bowdown:

SI, please don't choose Federer or Nadal as Sportsman of the Year!!!! Like never :spit:

:haha: :haha: fedal in esteemed company :worship:

wilde that will be my mood tomorrow for MAN U - INTER match:o

betty, why is footie so much more stressful than tennis :awww:

acionescu
03-10-2009, 08:01 PM
WG, I'm afraid you never watched a Nadal match closely :awww: :hug:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 08:02 PM
:banghead:+:sobbing:*million

the massacre has begun :bigcry:


ahhh, i hate you today liverpool :armed: except for xabi :inlove:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 08:07 PM
just retire real, you bunch of mugs

anon57
03-10-2009, 08:08 PM
:rolls:Hotdog eating contests:spit:, no wonder poor Fed or Nadal haven't won Sportman of the Year yet, who could beat the true Sportlegends of hotdog eating contests:worship::rolls:

acionescu
03-10-2009, 08:08 PM
I don't know why but the red t-shirts just seem more on the field :shrug:

RM will win 3-1 :rocker2:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 08:11 PM
I don't know why but the red t-shirts just seem more on the field :shrug:

RM will win 3-1 :rocker2:

maybe on rafa's playstation :sobbing: if we could keep the ball for more than 2 seconds at a time and actually remember what defending means, then we would have a shot at not bending over COMPLETELY.

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 08:12 PM
i think it's time juande ramos started to pray for death

acionescu
03-10-2009, 08:13 PM
Penalty :rolls:

acionescu
03-10-2009, 08:14 PM
4-2 :rocker2: Podemos!

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 08:14 PM
i don't think i can take this anymore :help:

why, WHY does my team have to be a bunch of pansywaisted numptynumnuts :sobbing:

MariaV
03-10-2009, 08:15 PM
maybe on rafa's playstation :sobbing: if we could keep the ball for more than 2 seconds at a time and actually remember what defending means, then we would have a shot at not bending over COMPLETELY.

Oh boy, WG!!!!! :hug: :hug: RM is done, that's just horrible. :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:
Can't wait for GWH's rejoicing comments. :D :bolt:

Betty
03-10-2009, 08:16 PM
i'm near to lose already in IW:o

acionescu
03-10-2009, 08:17 PM
WG :hug: This could turn out en embarrassment, actually :lol:

Com'on RM, for Rafito's sake!

acionescu
03-10-2009, 08:18 PM
*Allways great to see RM losing*

MariaV
03-10-2009, 08:18 PM
WG :hug: This could turn out en embarrassment, actually :lol:

Com'on RM, for Rafito's sake!

Rafito is not amused right now. I can imagine him screaming at the TV screen. :lol: :o :hug:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 08:19 PM
Oh boy, WG!!!!! :hug: :hug: RM is done, that's just horrible. :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:
Can't wait for GWH's rejoicing comments. :D :bolt:

:sad: horrible doesn't even begin to cover it.

WG :hug: This could turn out en embarrassment, actually :lol:

Com'on RM, for Rafito's sake!

i need a very very strong, large :drink: this is gonna end up at 10-0 like i was just telling kelli

bertie would make a better baller than these mugs :armed:

MariaV
03-10-2009, 08:19 PM
*Allways great to see RM losing*

Hello GWH! :hatoff: I didn't know you were around. :D :lol:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 08:24 PM
pepe reina could go grab dinner and come back and it wouldn't make any difference. well done boys :yeah: :retard: :retard: :retard: :retard: :retard: :retard:

-Evita-
03-10-2009, 08:25 PM
So RM is getting beaten, huh? What's the score?

-Evita-
03-10-2009, 08:27 PM
i'm near to lose already in IW:o

I'd say you're more near to win :p But actually it's hard to say without SR diffs.

acionescu
03-10-2009, 08:28 PM
:eek: RM just had a shot :ras:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 08:28 PM
2-0 'pool only 41 minutes into the game. they're dominating us completely. they should stamp "RM are our bitches" on the team's asses.

acionescu
03-10-2009, 08:29 PM
Who's the stud :hearts: next to Rafa B?

anon57
03-10-2009, 08:30 PM
:hug::hug:WG
:smash:RM being numpties

MariaV
03-10-2009, 08:33 PM
nando :hug: i wonder if my numpty has already landed at IW :awww: and i wonder if he'll play doubles with feli :D is the draw out?

Yes Feli y Fer are on the doubles list.

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 08:35 PM
why is it not half time yet :sobbing:

edit: thanks maria :hug: first bit of good news today :hug:

edit2: my stream died just to save my last remnants of sanity :hug:

acionescu
03-10-2009, 08:43 PM
What do you mean? :armed: Shirtless Nando was not good news?


Well, it's true that naked barechest Nando is not something new but really.....

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 08:46 PM
What do you mean? :armed: Shirtless Nando was nort good news?


Well, it's true that naked barechest Nando is not something new but really.....

shirtless nando is not "news", it is "art" :D

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 08:49 PM
is it really worth it to find a new stream? :awww:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 08:51 PM
i have no words...

acionescu
03-10-2009, 08:54 PM
I don't know, I stopped watching...

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 08:56 PM
3-0, on track to bend over 10 times :rocker2:

team is just AWESOME today :retard: way to earn those paychecks :bigclap:

acionescu
03-10-2009, 08:57 PM
or it's 3-0? :rolls:

4-3 :rocker2:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 08:58 PM
andreea, i'm beginning to suspect you're jinxing them like betty and mikey :armed:

acionescu
03-10-2009, 08:59 PM
*RM is a very good sparing partner tonight* :rolls:

acionescu
03-10-2009, 09:00 PM
No intentionally :angel:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 09:00 PM
this sums up the game today :worship:

kittydesade: WG's dog and Xabi in a wheelchair- 10 to 0 against RM

Betty
03-10-2009, 09:03 PM
i dont care of real madrid:sad:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 09:06 PM
i dont care of real madrid:sad:

right now i don't care for them either :smash: :smash: :sobbing:

xabi's off. i can now hate on 'pool in peace :armed:


HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTT TTTTTTTTEEEEEEE

acionescu
03-10-2009, 09:10 PM
I don't care either, just simpathise with WG and Kelli's distress :shrug:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 09:10 PM
and well done :worship:

will there be a separate trophy for sucking the most? :inlove:

I don't care either, just simpathise with WG and Kelli's distress :shrug:

thank you to all of you for your sympathies and hugs :hug: :hug: it's saved me from banging my head repeatedly against the desk.

tennizen
03-10-2009, 09:17 PM
Someone wants to open the IW thread? The draw is out. Rafa has Djokovic in his half:D

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 09:18 PM
guti time :banana:

acionescu
03-10-2009, 09:19 PM
F*ck! :mad:

I hope Andy is healthy, at least. Probably not with Rafa's luck at draws.

Betty
03-10-2009, 09:19 PM
see the MD nole is on rafa part

tennizen
03-10-2009, 09:20 PM
Andreea do you want to open IW thread or Betty or WG?

Castafiore
03-10-2009, 09:20 PM
Tsonga is in Roger's half. :D

acionescu
03-10-2009, 09:21 PM
Hema, do you have a link to the draw?

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 09:21 PM
Andreea do you want to open IW thread or Betty or WG?

i'm only opening queens :D

where's nando?

acionescu
03-10-2009, 09:22 PM
I open Barcelona :D

acionescu
03-10-2009, 09:23 PM
Hilde, do you want to open it?

Betty
03-10-2009, 09:23 PM
i never open nothing so:scared: no jiinx so....wait for somebody else:p

Castafiore
03-10-2009, 09:23 PM
No, not particularly, Andreea.

Singles draw (http://www.bnpparibasopen.org/4/assets/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/4/assets/pdfs/draws/09ATP_MDS1.pdf)

tennizen
03-10-2009, 09:25 PM
:rolls: You guys are crazy.

Edit: Betty, I insist you open the thread:D

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 09:25 PM
thanks hilde :hug:

oooh, a potential feli/nando match coming up :bounce:

of course, they'll both be numpties and lose before that but a girl can hope :inlove:

edit: iker should be up for sainthood after this match for real :worship: san iker :inlove:

Castafiore
03-10-2009, 09:26 PM
Nobody's going to open the damn IW thread at this rate...so, I'll do it.


Bunch of cowards. :mad:

tennizen
03-10-2009, 09:27 PM
Hilde:yeah: I am not a coward:mad: I have opened too many threads:lol:

acionescu
03-10-2009, 09:27 PM
You have to prove yourself first :shrug:






So that's why I'm opening Barcelona before the big ones :D :angel:

anon57
03-10-2009, 09:28 PM
Tsonga is in Roger's half. :DI'd rather have Roger playing Tsonga in the semi than Murray:p

Betty
03-10-2009, 09:30 PM
what a big fantasy for the title casta:p;)
:bolt:

acionescu
03-10-2009, 09:31 PM
OK, is anyone else who wants to score? Ian Rush? The stadium's doorman? WG's dog? Kelli?......

5-0 :help:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 09:31 PM
fanfuckintastic :bigcry:

hala madrid, make it 10-0 :rocker2:

:retard: :retard: :retard: :banghead: :fiery: :smash: :smash: :smash:

Castafiore
03-10-2009, 09:32 PM
what a big fantasy for the title casta:p;)
:bolt:
Are you going to start whining again?

Fine, the thread title is going to stay this way. Anybody with complaints: blame Betty.

This thread starting business is too much of a circus in here anyway.

Betty
03-10-2009, 09:36 PM
yes everybody blame me also here:p:bolt:

real :o

B.Munich :haha:

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 09:38 PM
yes everybody blame me also here:p:bolt:

real :o

B.Munich :haha:

i don't blame you for real, betty :hug: this kind of epic!failness takes a team effort :worship:

ffs, stop scoring 'pool :sobbing:

Castafiore
03-10-2009, 09:39 PM
And if nobody is going to freaking post in that IW thread, I'm going to delete it. :mad:

Minn
03-10-2009, 09:43 PM
I just did, Hilde. The name's fine.

Hello everyone.

Hema, glad to hear your husband is doing okay. Good luck with the car.

tennizen
03-10-2009, 09:43 PM
Are you going to start whining again?

Fine, the thread title is going to stay this way. Anybody with complaints: blame Betty.

This thread starting business is too much of a circus in here anyway.

And if nobody is going to freaking post in that IW thread, I'm going to delete it. :mad:

:cuckoo:

Edit: Melanie:hug: Thanks:hug:

Castafiore
03-10-2009, 09:44 PM
The name's fine
:) It covers the basics.

Betty
03-10-2009, 09:45 PM
sometime i feel like an alien here....
of course the name is ok, coz i see often a lot of particular titles..and coz i have not fantasy i should write something of easy as castina did...i was only joking with my post

Minn
03-10-2009, 09:46 PM
Betty :hug: I know you were joking. I'd end up with something straightforward too. Nothing wrong with that.

tennizen
03-10-2009, 09:48 PM
sometime i feel like an alien here....
of course the name is ok, coz i see often a lot of particular titles..and coz i have not fantasy i should write something of easy as castina did...i was only joking with my post

There's nothing wrong with what you said Betty:shrug: The name's fine this way too but we are used to longer titles and no harm in joking about it.

wildegirl05
03-10-2009, 09:51 PM
sometime i feel like an alien here....
of course the name is ok, coz i see often a lot of particular titles..and coz i have not fantasy i should write something of easy as castina did...i was only joking with my post

betty :hug: i got that you were joking :hug: i think hilde was too :unsure:

-Evita-
03-10-2009, 09:59 PM
I've almost lost my TT singles match :sobbing:

Getta
03-10-2009, 10:07 PM
And if nobody is going to freaking post in that IW thread, I'm going to delete it. :mad:

Splendidly straightforward title, Hilde. :yeah:

Love it.

acionescu
03-10-2009, 10:08 PM
OK, the draw is out, I did whine a little, the rest tomorrow.

:wavey:

star
03-10-2009, 11:15 PM
I'm fine with the draw. Looks ok to me. I have this feeling that Nadal will be practicing this evening. I should go back to the site and see, but I bet I won't. :p

Korolev lost! What a shock. I thought he was going to roll after taking the second set 6-1. These qualifying rounds are so tough. People are scratching and clawing to get into the main draw.

Snoo Foo
03-10-2009, 11:22 PM
:banana: gato won 6-2 6-4 in santiago :banana:

star
03-10-2009, 11:23 PM
I don't have much to report from the tournament today. I wandered mostly -- except for the Korolev match. I saw Gulbis practicing again. Again without a coach. He was with some handsome latin guy today. I didn't recognize the guy. He had a beautiful, blindingly white smile. They were playing points, but I didn't keep track. Gulbis in a grey t-shirt today. He was happy enough. He smiled with the latino guy teased. Some really tall guy was practicing - - Blondish hair, fine features. I asked someone who it was, and she said "Sam Querrey." Without thinking I just blurted, "That's not Querry." And then I felt bad. :o :o :o But I mean from a distance maybe because of the height, but his face -- completely different. Anyway, I'm afraid I made her feel bad.

Trying to think of the other guys I saw practicing. I'll remember later, I'm sure. Maybe Lee was there today and will give a better report.

-Evita-
03-10-2009, 11:26 PM
Star :) Thanks for the Gulbis report :yeah: Did you happen to see some of the Young match? What's your impression about him?

savesthedizzle
03-10-2009, 11:29 PM
Just stopping by to say hi :wavey:

Snoo Foo
03-10-2009, 11:33 PM
I don't have much to report from the tournament today. I wandered mostly -- except for the Korolev match. I saw Gulbis practicing again. Again without a coach. He was with some handsome latin guy today. I didn't recognize the guy. He had a beautiful, blindingly white smile.

Umm... :hearts: Eduardo Schwank :hearts:? :scratch: Marcos Daniel isn't there... chellerin? :D

Some really tall guy was practicing - - Blondish hair, fine features.

Kevin Anderson?

-Evita-
03-10-2009, 11:35 PM
Hi Jess! Nice avatar :) Although I'm not sure who's in it. Is it Ancic? :scratch:

Snoo Foo
03-10-2009, 11:36 PM
ancic and cilic :lick:



edit: ... or I should say ci:lick:

Getta
03-10-2009, 11:45 PM
:banana: gato won 6-2 6-4 in santiago :banana:

zabala is next

star
03-10-2009, 11:47 PM
Umm... :hearts: Eduardo Schwank :hearts:? :scratch: Marcos Daniel isn't there... chellerin? :D



Kevin Anderson?

No, not Eduardo Schwank -- He was practicing though. Gorgeous man. This was a smaller man. Very defined cheekbones. An angular face. Slightly Chino look -- although not as much as Coria or Rios. and VERY white teeth.

Yes, Kevin Anderson! I thought of that answer when I was in GM in the draw thread. It must have been. :) :) :) Thank you.

Snoo Foo
03-10-2009, 11:52 PM
zabala is next

that'll be... interesting, too bad there's no damn livestream :(

star
03-10-2009, 11:54 PM
Star :) Thanks for the Gulbis report :yeah: Did you happen to see some of the Young match? What's your impression about him?

I did not see the Young match. Young is very troubling to me. I wish him well, but he has so much to overcome. First, his family doesn't really trust anyone so he doesn't get the best coaching or advice. Secondly, he is a young man very concerned with his "cred." But, there is no cred in tennis. So, he has this misplaced persona that doesn't serve him well. Tennis at the top is a soul scrubbing endeavor. If there are demons, the game brings them all out. The other thing is that he is very small. Not Rochus small, but delicate. I really don't ever see him at the top of the game or even near the top. He's a nice kid. A really nice kid, and I feel badly for him.

Haven't seen Nisikouri.

Forgot to say that I saw part of the Ram match. Berrer is so heavy. Sometimes I feel that the court will break under his stomping. Only Labadze can top him. A road runner came on the court during the match. Ram was so shocked. "What is that?" The crowd said "A Road Runner" He laughed and asked about Wily Coyote. :lol:

savesthedizzle
03-11-2009, 12:01 AM
Hi Jess! Nice avatar :) Although I'm not sure who's in it. Is it Ancic? :scratch:

Ancic and Cilic :lick: :lick: :lick: This pic was made to be an avatar. I just like to see myself post now :haha:

Umm... :hearts: Eduardo Schwank :hearts:? :scratch: Marcos Daniel isn't there... chellerin? :D

Schwank :lick: :lick:

Snoo Foo
03-11-2009, 12:03 AM
No, not Eduardo Schwank -- He was practicing though. Gorgeous man. This was a smaller man. Very defined cheekbones. An angular face. Slightly Chino look -- although not as much as Coria or Rios. and VERY white teeth.

:scratch: mkay since to me chino rios is refeo this is gonna be a tuffy...

star
03-11-2009, 12:12 AM
"refeo?" :confused:

Not as dark as Rios -- Sort of a Nico Lapentti look to him, but his face is more sharply defined than Nico's.

Snoo Foo
03-11-2009, 12:17 AM
umm... :scratch: I don't think the brother lapentti is there and imho he's... unglier than nico anyway... nicolas todero? :p

Snoo Foo
03-11-2009, 12:23 AM
this is gonna drive me insane, you gotta make it your mission to find out who it was, hope it's not someone who loses tomorrow in qualleez... um... andre sa? he's not so angular tho...

does every counrty in the world have wimmen's day?

star
03-11-2009, 12:32 AM
this is gonna drive me insane, you gotta make it your mission to find out who it was, hope it's not someone who loses tomorrow in qualleez... um... andre sa? he's not so angular tho...

does every counrty in the world have wimmen's day?

Not here. :p

I will look up tordero. I want to know who it is too! Not as tall as Gio Lapentti, and doesn't look anything like him. He's not what I remember Andre Sa looking like. or Mello. I'm going to look up both of them. Backward cap if that helps.

star
03-11-2009, 12:38 AM
In looking for photos, I found this great one of Monfils.http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0gKjfc207mbz0/610x.jpg

star
03-11-2009, 12:47 AM
this is gonna drive me insane, you gotta make it your mission to find out who it was, hope it's not someone who loses tomorrow in qualleez... um... andre sa? he's not so angular tho...

does every counrty in the world have wimmen's day?

I think Andre Sa is the closest. I couldn't see his hair. But in photos I've seen, he's got quite the smile, so maybe it is him.

Smile was bigger and whiter than this, but still it could be him.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/5/photos/headshots/main/S604_AS.jpg


But is he even here?

Snoo Foo
03-11-2009, 01:04 AM
sa should be there, I mean, I can't think where else he'd be. but I don't know about the hat :scratch: ah well. I mean, it could be a lot of people, it could be, like, someone's brother or something... but you gotta make it your mission to find out. also sa is super adorable so don't know how anyone could liken him to chino rios :lol: remember when he played marilyn monroe at the atp... party thingy :unsure:

but sa & melo get my vote for best teeth of any doubles team

QEvvDxO8_VE

Minn
03-11-2009, 01:11 AM
:wavey:

The Bellagio :inlove:. I saw Cirque du Soleil's "O" there. :inlove: The Murano glass on the ceiling you could see in the clip is beautiful.

We don't have Women's Day either. It must not be a North American thing. Well, except maybe Mexico, I don't know.

Snoo Foo
03-11-2009, 01:32 AM
rusty & gonzo are on a collision course for another rematch

Minn are you going en vacances sur la plage or something soonish?

Minn
03-11-2009, 01:48 AM
Snoo - English, Italian, French, and Internet Slang. What other hidden language talents do you possess? :worship:

Oui. Je vais dimanche à la jamaïque. I'm going to Jamaica on Sunday. :bounce: Et je vais rester toute la semaine sur la plage. And I'm staying on the beach all week. :D (I'm also bringing massive quantities of sunblock with me :o.) I'll miss Indian Wells, but I'm okay with that. :shrug:

savesthedizzle
03-11-2009, 01:52 AM
Oooh nice :) :rocker2:

Minn
03-11-2009, 02:16 AM
I'm excited. :banana: I've never been to Jamaica before although I've been to a few other Caribbean islands. I'm already mostly packed. :lol: I can't wait for sun and warmth.

star
03-11-2009, 02:21 AM
sa should be there, I mean, I can't think where else he'd be. but I don't know about the hat :scratch: ah well. I mean, it could be a lot of people, it could be, like, someone's brother or something... but you gotta make it your mission to find out. also sa is super adorable so don't know how anyone could liken him to chino rios :lol: remember when he played marilyn monroe at the atp... party thingy :unsure:

but sa & melo get my vote for best teeth of any doubles team

QEvvDxO8_VE


I just don't know! Todero was getting beaten last time I looked. I don't think it was someone's brother because he was the one with the coach while Gulbis didn't have one.

Liked the video. The teeth on the right looked vaguely familiar. :lol:

But, I didn't say the guy looked like Rios!! I just said he had a slight chino look -- meaning asian look. Not that he looked like Rios. I was trying to say it wasn't as pronounced a chino look as either Coria or Rios have.

star
03-11-2009, 02:24 AM
I'm excited. :banana: I've never been to Jamaica before although I've been to a few other Caribbean islands. I'm already mostly packed. :lol: I can't wait for sun and warmth.

I hope you have a good time and get a lot of sun. Where are you going? I've only been to Monterey Bay and Ochos Rios. I saw the Elizabeth Barrett Browning house. That was kind of nice.

Minn
03-11-2009, 02:29 AM
I'm going to Ocho Rios and staying at an all-inclusive place. I remember (I think) you saying you had been hassled a bit when you first got there. :unsure: I didn't know Elizabeth Barret Browning had a house there! I'd like to check that out.

Snoo Foo
03-11-2009, 02:50 AM
:drool: mmm sounds deluxe minn, take lots of pix. drink lots of things with pineapples and umbrellas stuck in them.

ah star I thought you meant he looked like chino rios, luckily todero fightbacked so maybe you can catch him tomorrow. or perhaps invest your time in something you'd enjoy more... :haha:

I'm so jealous of you both :devil:

Snoo Foo
03-11-2009, 02:51 AM
for some reason I don't imagine andre sa practicing with ernie, although, I mean, nothing is impossible, according to adidas, but... who knows.

savesthedizzle
03-11-2009, 02:53 AM
I realllly could use a Caribbean vacation right now :hearts: so jealous! Have a great time :D

Minn
03-11-2009, 03:09 AM
Thanks, ladies. :hug: I will take lots of pictures and drink lots of things with pineapple and umbrellas in them! I'd bring you all with me if I could. And now I have to say goodnight. :wavey:

savesthedizzle
03-11-2009, 03:12 AM
Night :wavey:

star
03-11-2009, 03:18 AM
I'm going to Ocho Rios and staying at an all-inclusive place. I remember (I think) you saying you had been hassled a bit when you first got there. :unsure: I didn't know Elizabeth Barret Browning had a house there! I'd like to check that out.

Her parents house, I think. Can't quite remember. It's a nice side trip if you get tired of the resort. I think it's between Ochos Rios and MoBay.

star
03-11-2009, 05:12 AM
Snoo -- Maybe it's Thomaz Bellucci -- no relation (I hope) to Monica. He's 21.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/21241480@N00/2809110100/in/photostream/

Also for Wilde and other Nando lovers -- I count myself a Nando liker -- Have you seen this picture?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/21241480@N00/2809110100/in/photostream/

Castafiore
03-11-2009, 08:10 AM
Betty,

I'm a rather confrontational sort of person because I prefer to say things directly. If there's one thing I really dispise, it's people staying quiet to avoid confrontation only to run off to some place else to have a good old gossip, moan & bitch session about that person behind his/her back.

Not that you're doing all that :o but I do see that you've taken this up in another thread and of course, Mikey, needs to add fuel to the fire. If you were taken aback by my reaction, why go to somebody else? We're not 5-year olds who need to run to our daddy. We should be able to talk about disagreements.

Don't mind me...:hug: You keep doing your adorable thing in here and I'll be the grumpy one.
You dont have to justify your sense of humor at all. I know that you were only joking. ;)
My bark is louder than my bite (do you say that in English?).
Please don't stay away from here because of me. Put me on ignore or something.

acionescu
03-11-2009, 08:28 AM
:wavey:

Bett :hug: please don't do that, everybody has his style, you should be accustomed with Hilde's until now.
And she was rather right. We run like chicken from openning the thread and then started to comment. At least you were the brave one ;) :lol: I was too scared to do it :bolt:
Please don't tell me that you have problems with Francy again :awww:

MariaV
03-11-2009, 08:37 AM
Uhh, what drama have I missed? Anyone care to explain? :scared: :unsure:

Castafiore
03-11-2009, 08:40 AM
Anyone care to explain? :scared: :unsure:
I'd rather not :unsure: :lol:

It's an 'elephant out of a misquito' sort of thing. ;)

acionescu
03-11-2009, 09:00 AM
I'd call it a white whale not an elephant :lol:

MariaV
03-11-2009, 09:01 AM
I have started 2 threads in GM that were EPIC fails and this one. So 3 in total. :o :o :o
I don't think I'd be any good at starting a tournament thread. At this rate when everyone stops posting here we'll need to close even this thread soon. :help: :help:

Castafiore
03-11-2009, 09:03 AM
I'd call it a white whale not an elephant :lol:
:rolls: :tape:


Maria, it's best that I stay away from opening tournament threads given the drama that followed. :o :D
You've opened this chat thread with success so that makes up for the other 2 by far.

JolánGagó
03-11-2009, 09:18 AM
This place is so full of drama queens :lol:

Metis
03-11-2009, 09:22 AM
I wanted to start the IW thread :bigcry:

Hilde :fiery:


:D

acionescu
03-11-2009, 09:24 AM
Metis :hug:

Who knew? Nobody dared so Hilde made the supreme sacrifice :rocker2:

Did you make the predictions table? :D

scoobs
03-11-2009, 09:24 AM
What is all this drama about?

Betty, return to this thread at once please.

-Evita-
03-11-2009, 09:27 AM
I have started 2 threads in GM that were EPIC fails and this one.

I wanted to write that I'd never be brave enough to start a thread in GM - but then I remembered I have started a few Gulbis results threads :lol: But those don't count :p

This place is so full of drama queens :lol:

Usually it's not but sometimes it comes out :o

I wanted to start the IW thread :bigcry:

Hilde :fiery:


:D

Metis! :wavey: Where have you been? You should have known that threads are supposed to be started before the draw comes out :p

Metis
03-11-2009, 09:27 AM
Metis :hug:

Who knew? Nobody dared so Hilde made the supreme sacrifice :rocker2:

Did you make the predictions table? :D

I wasn't around and look what happened. :rolleyes: Misunderstandings, dissension and so on...

I'm working on the table as we speak :D

Metis
03-11-2009, 09:43 AM
Metis! :wavey: Where have you been? You should have known that threads are supposed to be started before the draw comes out :p

I know... :( I was busy during the day and went out last night, so I missed the opportunity. :sad:

I'm sure Hilde will do a good job though. For once someone labels the thread with the tournament name and the year so that we don't confuse it with threads from previous years. :yeah:

acionescu
03-11-2009, 09:46 AM
Hild, are you around? What does this mean?
Le remboursement de l’avance est effectué par précompte sur les sommes dues au titulaire. Il commence dès que le montant des prestations exécutées au titre du marché atteint 65% TTC du marché.
Le remboursement doit être terminé lorsque le montant des prestations exécutées atteint 80% TTC du montant du marché.

I especially want to know what "precompte" means and TTC

:kiss:

Castafiore
03-11-2009, 09:48 AM
I wanted to start the IW thread :bigcry:
Have you volunteered for the Miami thread yet?


Changing the topic into something else :tape: (probably of no interest to anybody else):
Is it too soon to talk about Eurovision yet? :D
Belgium is going to send an Elvis imitator to the Eurovision songfestival and Elvis fans are already pissed off about it.
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Edit: I saw your post, Andreea...i'll reply to it in a couple of minutes or so.

MariaV
03-11-2009, 09:50 AM
:rolls: :tape:


Maria, it's best that I stay away from opening tournament threads given the drama that followed. :o :D


I've another nice saying for what happened - a storm in the teacup, is it correct in English? :scratch:
And if you want my opinion I agree with Melanie and Metis - it's a nice clear title. :yeah: I know some people here prefer looooooong thread titles, I actually prefer shorter thread titles so... :shrug:
Edit: Metis, see what happens when you stay away just for a day. That's why I can't open any tournament threads, I may not be able to update it every day.

scoobs
03-11-2009, 09:51 AM
I haven't heard most of the songs but I gather it's going to be a bit of a weird year this year. A lot of ballads, and some very weird stuff being sent.

Are Belgium still annoyed over Kate Ryan and that's why they keep sending bizarre stuff? The entry last year was a bit way out there...

MariaV
03-11-2009, 09:55 AM
Oh, you're into this Eurovison stuff?

Here's Estonia's entry for this year, IMO not bad. Have fun. :D
cijmkigSzdg

Betty
03-11-2009, 10:02 AM
Betty,

I'm a rather confrontational sort of person because I prefer to say things directly. If there's one thing I really dispise, it's people staying quiet to avoid confrontation only to run off to some place else to have a good old gossip, moan & bitch session about that person behind his/her back.

Not that you're doing all that :o but I do see that you've taken this up in another thread and of course, Mikey, needs to add fuel to the fire. If you were taken aback by my reaction, why go to somebody else? We're not 5-year olds who need to run to our daddy. We should be able to talk about disagreements.

Don't mind me...:hug: You keep doing your adorable thing in here and I'll be the grumpy one.
You dont have to justify your sense of humor at all. I know that you were only joking. ;)
My bark is louder than my bite (do you say that in English?).
Please don't stay away from here because of me. Put me on ignore or something.

is it a drama...?why:eek:
my drama i dont get all in english:bigcry:

I SAID, no time for to speak today..
I said yesterday night my thought to u here and i dont talk bad or insulting u in another thread, if i share my thought with mike coz he is my best friend ,in his casa i dont need to ask the permess to anyone.blame me for his reaction
I said that because i'm in no in a mood i 'd prefer to stay whrere my words or my mood cant offender no1.it doesnt mean i abbandon the thread but only i wont this question...now

i'm not mad with u...wont put u in ignore..some misanderstanding maybe...

scoobs
03-11-2009, 10:03 AM
Oh, you're into this Eurovison stuff?

Here's Estonia's entry for this year, IMO not bad. Have fun. :D
cijmkigSzdg
Thanks Maria :)

I quite like that.

It's a big improvement on Estonia's effort last year, that's for sure :o

MariaV
03-11-2009, 10:13 AM
Yep Scoobs, at least much better than last year.

Betty is upset. :awww:

scoobs
03-11-2009, 10:13 AM
Berry :hug:

How are you today?

Castafiore
03-11-2009, 10:14 AM
Belgium has a habit of sending weird stuff because we usually don't stand a chance in that voting system anyway.
I can't remember what we sent last year other than that it was utter crap (and not in a good way).
Usually we take turns in picking songs. Last year, Flanders got to pick a song :tape:, this year, it's Wallonia's turn (and they usually select slightly better songs in all honesty).

For once someone labels the thread with the tournament name and the year so that we don't confuse it with threads from previous years. :yeah:
Do I detect sarcasm there. http://smilies.vidahost.com/cwm/3dlil/eek13.gif


Andreea...hmm...not easy to translate that sort of stuff because I'm thinking in Dutch and those are not terms I'm familiar with in English.. I'll give it a go:
Précompte...voorheffing in Dutch. (bedrijfsvoorheffing) I'm not sure what the correct word for it is in English but in this case, it's the tax on labour and it's deducted from the wages beforehand (hence the "pré"). Companies have to transfer the money to the government.
Simplified, it means that the government tries to encourage companies to transfer that "précompte" well in advance by letting them to pay well in advance on regular intervals, giving them a tax deduction as a result.

So, you can either pay with regular intervals well in advance (every quarter of the year) or you pay it at the end of the term but you'll have to pay more.

TTC = Toutes Taxes Comprises (all taxes included)

scoobs
03-11-2009, 10:14 AM
Yep Scoobs, at least much better than last year.

Betty is upset. :awww:
If Eurovision teaches us one thing - it's that comedy does not translate well across Europe :o

Saumon
03-11-2009, 10:16 AM
This year "we" will send Patricia Kaas because it's in Moscow and apparently she is popular in Russia :o

5rN4wYPzd9A

I predict another epic fail for France. :help:

scoobs
03-11-2009, 10:18 AM
Belgium has a habit of sending weird stuff because we usually don't stand a chance in that voting system anyway.
I can't remember what we sent last year other than that it was utter crap (and not in a good way).
Usually we take turns in picking songs. Last year, Flanders got to pick a song :tape:, this year, it's Wallonia's turn (and they usually select slightly better songs in all honesty).



Last year was a song in medieval folk style in a made up language.

Naturally.

Castafiore
03-11-2009, 10:18 AM
I SAID, no time for to speak today..
:awww: I wrote that before you said that. Don't worry about it, Betty. Don't let something I said upset you. Just blame it on grumpy Hilde. :D

As I said, I'm a confrontational sort of person but I know that it tends to give me a higher risk of clashing with people who hate confrontations and will do whatever they can to avoid that so I try to hold back but in some case, I can't. You don't have to reply to me, you didn't offend or insult me (and even if you did...no problem really...as long as I'm allowed to talk back :p) We'll just let it rest, okay?

Castafiore
03-11-2009, 10:19 AM
Last year was a song in medieval folk style in a made up language.

Naturally.
Oh yes :o :o...that was so embarrassing that I managed to block it off from my memory.



Patricia Kaas? :speakles: She's willing to send a song to Eurovision? (I don't have sound on this computer...I'll listen to it this evening)

scoobs
03-11-2009, 10:21 AM
This year "we" will send Patricia Kaas because it's in Moscow and apparently she is popular in Russia :o

5rN4wYPzd9A

I predict another epic fail for France. :help:
My Lord, that's a dreary little song - that's poor even by French standards of the last 10 years. Sebastien Tellier was cool last year - shame the live performance wasn't so good. The song was formidable.

MariaV
03-11-2009, 10:23 AM
Patricia Kaas is quite popular here too I think, she has given a concert in Tallinn.

JolánGagó
03-11-2009, 10:23 AM
Usually it's not but sometimes it comes out :o

I think it's pretty much the same always, lots of little dramas and storms in glasses of water. Prima Regina Assoluta JM absence makes all the other queenettes look bigger perhaps :shrug:

MariaV
03-11-2009, 10:25 AM
I hope Hilde is not upset because we call her grumpy. :o :o :o

Saumon
03-11-2009, 10:28 AM
Patricia Kaas is quite popular here too I think, she has given a concert in Tallinn.

They hope that since she has fans in many eastern european countries they will vote for her and France will have a bit more points than just those from Monaco. :tape:

acionescu
03-11-2009, 10:30 AM
So that means that is a partial paiment made well in advance divised in equal smaller paiments :scratch:

Makes sense, thanks Hilde :kiss:

EDIT: And I wouldn't call Hilde grumpy, I'd call her harsh when the occasion arrises :bolt:

MariaV
03-11-2009, 10:32 AM
They hope that since she has fans in many eastern european countries they will vote for her and France will have a bit more points than just those from Monaco. :tape:

Well, they're right I guess, because she is popular in Eastern Europe so she should get at least some votes from every country.

scoobs
03-11-2009, 10:38 AM
They hope that since she has fans in many eastern european countries they will vote for her and France will have a bit more points than just those from Monaco. :tape:
Yes but could they not have given her a better song? It's not good, I think and her performance is very understated. Is that they way she tends to perform?

MariaV
03-11-2009, 10:42 AM
EDIT: And I wouldn't call Hilde grumpy, I'd call her harsh when the occasion arrises :bolt:

Harsh but fair.
We could make a day of English idioms and expressions here. :o :lol:

Castafiore
03-11-2009, 10:45 AM
I hope Hilde is not upset because we call her grumpy. :o :o :o
Nope. I'm used to it.

I wouldn't call Hilde grumpy, I'd call her harsh when the occasion arrises
I'd agree with that. :o

scoobs
03-11-2009, 10:49 AM
I wouldn't call Hilde grumpy, I'd call her blunt. She doesn't sugar-coat it when she has something to say.

Castafiore
03-11-2009, 11:52 AM
Pete Bodo underlines his reputation as a shit stirrer once again with his latest article. :rolleyes:

scoobs
03-11-2009, 11:59 AM
Peter Bodo can't stop talking about Federer even when there's 5 or 6 more interesting things going on.

acionescu
03-11-2009, 12:09 PM
Could one of you quote it here? I can't access tennis.com from work and I'm dying to be even more pissed off than I am :rolleyes: This translation is killing me :help:

Please :kiss:

scoobs
03-11-2009, 12:16 PM
The Romanian entry this year is a bit slutty - two costume changes and a lot of leg spreading. Balkan Girls indeed :o

scoobs
03-11-2009, 12:17 PM
There you go Andi

I couldn't help but notice in the Comments on my last post that someone wondered why my first post-Davis Cup post would be about Roger Federer, a guy who wasn't involved in the weekend play. It's a fair question, I guess, but the answer is obvious: Roger Federer matters.
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2009/03/10/tmf.jpg (http://tennisworld.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2009/03/10/tmf.jpg) Some of you will ascribe sinister motives when I say this, but for an Internet journalist Roger Federer also is a gift that keeps giving. The very mention of his name ensures that you can multiply the expected number of comments by at least two, simply because of the unstoppable force (Fed fans) vs. immovable object (Fed "skeptics," if that's the right term) dynamic. If you want to yield to your darker impulses and embrace the idea that this is the only reason I would post on The Mighty Fed, I can't stop you (BTW, did I tell you I get paid by the comment? Just kidding!).
But on this subject, keep these things in mind:
1 - The Swiss are as enthusiastic about Davis Cup as anyone.
2 - Federer is at a stage in his career than can be called "delicate."
3 - Federer just hired a coach, after much discussion of that subject.
4 - Federer until very recently is the world, make that the interplanetary, no. 1 and GOAT candidate.
5 - Some decisions, or missed opportunities, are more costly than others.
With that in mind, let's get rolling here. Incidentally, I'm not going to quote anyone in this story for the obvious reasons. I wasn't conducting official "interviews," just trying to gauge the direction of the winds from insiders - many of them officials and journalists who might be reluctant to speak freely on the record for any number of reasons, including the prospect of jeopardizing their relationship with The Mighty Fed. This admission on my part may create the impression that there's some kind of anti-Federer conspiracy underlying all this, either at this space or even out there in the tennis community. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
At the same time, this underscores something vital about TMF's way of doing business. As an enormous international superstar from a small nation, he has a great deal of personal power. And while TMF is at heart a live-and-let-live guy who's intensely and fully dedicated to his career and tennis self-interest, he also appears to be, to use a direct quote, "a control freak." A less charitable analyst suggested that Federer is surrounded largely by courtiers or, if you prefer, "yes" men. And in Mirka, he has a unique and powerful gatekeeper.
This may not be stop-the-presses news, and I'm sure you also know a lot of other great, dedicated people who can be described as control freaks. You may be one yourself, although the control freak, like the classic cuckold, is often the last to know.
Anyway, trying to keep control of "the message" is always a mixed blessing and if doing it through one impulse or another reduces distractions (it certainly did for Pete Sampras), it can also isolate the controller from the world around him, at a time when it might be productive to listen. This has always been the best argument for TMF hiring a coach, and having the wisdom to choose someone who might stretch or challenge him (in a good way).
And let's remember, Sampras avoided the isolation all great players are prone to partly because he had productive relationship with Paul Annacone that was as strong as it was long. And there's another big difference in the two iconic players' situations. Put bluntly, Sampras never had to contend with a Rafael Nadal.
To that end, I learned last weekend that when Federer announced that Jose Higueras would be his new coach, the Swiss media had hoped to interview Higueras. But the Federer camp insisted on a media blackout. That might avert a potential public relations disaster (although it's hard to imagine one emerging from a Higueras interview), or the broadcast of state secrets that TMF might rightfully prefer to keep under wraps. But as one journalist put it, "This was a fifty something year-old Spanish guy with a lot of experience and previous exposure to the media and the fans. All you do by keeping him silent is raise questions and feed speculation and rumor."
Speaking of public relations. . . With regard to the Davis Cup situation, one source I spoke with felt that what controversy surrounded TMF's decision to pull out was created mostly by "poor communication." Federer pulled out of the Davis Cup fairly early in the process, which just made it seem that much more like a cold calculation. But, as this observer noted, "Roger basically pulled out when he did for a good reason. He's a pretty responsible guy, and he knew it would be worse for everyone, including the host nation, if he delayed announcing the decision. He probably made the commitment to play Davis Cup this year too soon. If the team advanced, he was facing maybe away ties at Argentina (the nations haven't played since 1952, when Switzerland hosted) and Spain (Switzerland hosted the Spanish in 2007). It was maybe too much, and he realized it without saying as much after the Australian Open."
Of course, a Davis Cup aficionado might say such calculations shouldn't really come into it: you're either on the Davis Cup bus or off it. But the impression among many observers is that TMF may have agreed to play Davis Cup under pressure, and a desire to "do the right thing." But it was a moment of weakness that he later came to regret, for a number of reasons including the state of his back.
In a classic case of bad timing, Federer also started working out in Dubai with new coach Darren Cahill while all this was going on. It's legitimate to ask just how badly he's hurt if he can be hitting balls and preparing for Indian Wells with Cahill while the overmanned Swiss are struggling in Birmingham, although lord knows there's an enormous difference between light workouts and potentially grueling five-set Davis Cup matches. How you feel about this is probably determined by how you feel about Davis Cup, and, to some degree, how you feel about the "commitment" issue when a top draw pulls out of an event where (unlike at a Grand Slam) his presence is weighted more heavily.
Of course, there is the team aspect to consider. Pull out of a tournament, you hurt only your own chances of winning. Pull out of a team event, and you damage the entire squad's chances and, in the case of Davis Cup, an entire effort mounted on behalf of your country. That resonates more with some people than others, and I don't think either side is "right" or "wrong."
On that subject, sure there's an unavoidable jingoistic element to Davis Cup. But remember that the intent of Davis Cup is to foster understanding and friendship between nations. In a subtle way, the patriotic overtones of Davis Cup are vital to the mission because Davis Cup often shows that nations can compete, with a fair amount of chest-pounding and flag waving (and wearing), without the shivs and brass knuckles coming into play. A paucity of this national "pride" would ultimately be a detriment to Davis Cup, begging the question: So what's the point? The best ties are the ones in which national pride and an appreciation and embrace of the visiting squad are displayed in equal measure.
Anyway, the Swiss establishment is allegedly angry at Federer, although it's in no position to vent its frustration. That's one of the great strides the game took when the players wrested control of their own destiny from the federations. But the federations always have a whole lot riding on the Davis Cup effort, and Federer pulling out was an embarrassment to the Swiss - especially, but not exclusively, for the functionaries and swells who like to parade around at these ties like bantam roosters.
In the end, though, Davis Cup is also about grow-the-game efforts in every nation - not just in terms of prestige, but financially as well. TMF has grown the game a thousand-fold more than any program or initiative of the federation suits, but you can see why they're bummed out and simmering. The Davis Cup decision also impacted Federer's popularity at home. As one scribe so colorfully put it, "Roger still has the wind of the Swiss people at his back, but that wind is now a little colder."
That wind, of course, could warm up pretty quickly should Federer re-establish his sovereignty, and especially if he continues to add to his impressive Davis Cup credentials. Whether he does or not may hinge partly on Cahill. So everyone is wondering: Is Cahill the magic bullet Federer needs to gun down Nadal? Will Cahill bring the only ingredient that may be missing to Federer's quest for ultimate status in tennis history? I have mixed feelings on that score.
One friend/lurker emailed me to say that she wasn't sure Cahill was the right choice. Let me quote her:
I think Cahill likes to school someone regarding point construction and such, so to speak. That's why Andre and Lleyton are perfect pupils. Would Federer's personality be suited to that? No! I see Pete and Fed as more intuitive players - they like to practice the basics etc., but less is more when it comes to talking about what to do on the court, if you know what I mean..
I think there's some truth in that. On the other hand, at the time he hired Cahill, Andre Agassi was already a fully developed, mature player, as well as a towering personality and wonderful analyst of the game - his own and that of others. Yet he freely admitted that Cahill brought a lot to the table. So we can be pretty sure that Cahill isn't going to drive TMF nuts by nit-picking his technique or boring him to tears with complicated strategic theories over breakfast on the morning of the Wimbledon final.
On the other hand (I have three, as you've probably noticed in the past), Cahill hasn't entirely convinced me with his analysis/commentary, and I buy into my friend's doubts on that score. It's not that I've disagreed with his observations as a commentator, it's more like they've left me more inclined to shrug than to smack my forehand and exclaim, "Of course!" And I'm fully aware of how perilous it is to take that position, given Agassi's endorsement. I guess we'll see how it works out with Federer, because there probably isn't a trickier coaching assignment in tennis.
I think TMF needs a "big picture" guy and, first and foremost, a wingman. Therefore, I place the "emotional" component of coaching ahead of the technical aspect. We're not just talking about support and seeing eye-to-eye here; sometimes, a great coach doesn't see eye-to-eye with his protege. A big part of the coach's job is to secure the confidence of the player and to figure out just how to dissent in a constructive way. Pete Sampras used to drive Annacone nuts, because he liked to show that he could beat anyone at his own game (the legendary Alex Corretja match was a great example). Annacone's mantra, meanwhile, was: You're Pete Sampras, the dominator. Go out and dominate them.
That back-and-forth didn't hurt the relationship because Paul knew how to make his view clear without seeming to be at loggerheads with Pete, and the two men had built up enough mutual trust and confidence to disagree comfortably.
This is an especially important consideration for Federer, because he's coming to this coaching game awfully late (so late, in fact, that the Sampras-Annacone model may be valid in only a limited number of ways). But it's also important because of this "control freak" issue. A fair number of people out there suspect or even fear that Roger Federer has imprisoned himself in the gilded cage of his own perfection, and any tennis player out there will tell you that the hardest thing to break or change are your own habits and convictions - that's especially true if your way of doing business has wrought enormous success and rewards.
It's up to Cahill to penetrate TMF's Inner Circle and distinguish himself from all the others camped in there. It's tough, but not impossible, assignment.

MariaV
03-11-2009, 12:37 PM
If we're talking about tennis news here then Nalby is going to work with Luis Lobo. Lobo is going to keep working with Pico Monaco too. Well....

If Andreea can access Clarin at work.
http://www.clarin.com/diario/2009/03/10/deportes/d-01873941.htm

acionescu
03-11-2009, 12:49 PM
Thanks Maria and Chris :kiss:

Yes, I can access Clarin from work :eek:

Betty
03-11-2009, 01:22 PM
ok maybe i should write something now


:wavey:

Bett :hug: please don't do that, everybody has his style, you should be accustomed with Hilde's until now.
And she was rather right. We run like chicken from openning the thread and then started to comment. At least you were the brave one ;) :lol: I was too scared to do it :bolt:
Please don't tell me that you have problems with Francy again :awww:
and i have my style:p
the only thing that i thought after see hilde reaction (at the start also melanie one,sory i misunderstood u mel :hug), was went out coz in those days i wont start discussion.polemic..for nothing
but seem that i'm always in the middle of the last polemics here
should be my fault
so i thought i stay away until i can be more relax, no need to share my mood with other here
plus sometime little thread are more familary ones
i know that now, i get annoy for,probabily stupid thing, like a no wavey or answer when i post ecc so because depend of me i solve it
I just did, Hilde. The name's fine.


i got it like u thought i wanted annoy hilde for the name then i understood that post was only for hilde,that show how much i'm not in myself lately:o


and hilde, maybe i try to be "diplomatic" (so i try to wait before write when i'm tot:fiery:)but sure the only talent i have is say in face what i think
i was kidding,with my post abt the title,and then i went out for dont start a polemic but...it started a drama:o :lol:
i 'm glad u see was not an insult but coz u wrote it in another post i thought it:)
abt Mike , like i know u ,u know me,we... know him. i dont need to ask his protection i can to talk:p no so well but i try:p

ok finish now..i hope:lol:

sorry for all this drama..and fot not have time before for answer well

MariaV
03-11-2009, 01:31 PM
Betty hun, we all say silly things here, no?
Hope you feel better now.
Heeey, spring is coming!

wildegirl05
03-11-2009, 01:31 PM
:wavey:

i missed drama? :speakles: :sad:

just kidding :D betty :hug: :hug: :hug: for your match tonight. sorry, i'll be cheering for c-ron but i hope your team does well too :yeah:

maria, how did you know that feli and nando are playing doubles? i looked for the doubles draw and it states that it's only coming out on thurs? :confused: i read in the fed forum that rogi was going to play doubles as well :inlove:

Betty
03-11-2009, 01:38 PM
maria:hug:
wilde:hug: no worry u can cheer for who u want i give u the permit;) :lol: j/k;)
I'M THE INTER FAN here:armed::scared:

tennizen
03-11-2009, 01:39 PM
People:wavey: I missed drama too:sobbing:

-Evita-
03-11-2009, 01:41 PM
hi WG :wavey:

I still don't follow football although you talk about it here almost non-stop ;) :angel:

I finished the translation at work and my colleagues were impressed so they gave me more stuff to translate :rolleyes:

But it's a good thing, having such a skill makes it less likely that I'll get fired :bounce:

tennizen
03-11-2009, 01:44 PM
WG, just wanted to let you know we spoke to a lawyer yesterday and the UMI hit and run clause applies only to bodily injury. For property damage there is nothing we can do.

Corey Feldman
03-11-2009, 01:46 PM
just about to do my picks Evita - time for my usual Kamikaze style :devil:

scoobs
03-11-2009, 01:51 PM
Not sure about Latvia's entry this year.

Betty
03-11-2009, 01:56 PM
am i a super nice person:lol: :p

so mike ,u in the both and evita in doubles are again in? congrats:o

hema,scoob, :wavey:

MariaV
03-11-2009, 01:57 PM
:wavey:

i missed drama? :speakles: :sad:

just kidding :D betty :hug: :hug: :hug: for your match tonight. sorry, i'll be cheering for c-ron but i hope your team does well too :yeah:

maria, how did you know that feli and nando are playing doubles? i looked for the doubles draw and it states that it's only coming out on thurs? :confused: i read in the fed forum that rogi was going to play doubles as well :inlove:

Hi WG, you didn't miss much drama. :hug:
Feli y Fer were on the doubles entry list. The draw is not made yet indeed so it remains to be seen if they'll really play, I just said that they were on the list. :)

-Evita-
03-11-2009, 02:00 PM
just about to do my picks Evita - time for my usual Kamikaze style :devil:

Go ahead :lol: We were both terrible yesterday :o I think our only chance to win is if one of our opponents forgets their picks again. But even if they don't and we lose I figure we'd have a shot as alternates :shrug:

Not sure about Latvia's entry this year.

Haven't seen it, haven't heard it, don't really care about it. A couple of months ago someone decided we wouldn't participate in Eurovision at all because of having no money :o But then it was decided that we should participate after all so everything was done in a hurry. I read that the song performed in Moscow will be a parody version in Russian of the song that was performed here when people voted for it. :shrug:

Corey Feldman
03-11-2009, 02:03 PM
WG is a Fedal, she is also a LiverMadrista - wonder how conflicted she felt last night :p

Corey Feldman
03-11-2009, 02:03 PM
Go ahead :lol: We were both terrible yesterday :o I think our only chance to win is if one of our opponents forgets their picks again. But even if they don't and we lose I figure we'd have a shot as alternates :shrug:

dont worry, i'll bring my A-Game picks today :yeah:

scoobs
03-11-2009, 02:04 PM
No wonder WG has a stick up her ass all the time - comes from sitting on fences all over the place :)

Corey Feldman
03-11-2009, 02:08 PM
:rolls::lol: she's gonna love that post ;)

acionescu
03-11-2009, 02:17 PM
22 pages of my documentation translated :sport:

Still about 100 pages to go :help:

MariaV
03-11-2009, 02:20 PM
Hehe WG, do you know that Mikey just outed himself as a fan of Fernando Torres. :D

Corey Feldman
03-11-2009, 02:21 PM
Maria you lurker :lol:

Action Jackson
03-11-2009, 02:24 PM
Pete Bodo underlines his reputation as a shit stirrer once again with his latest article. :rolleyes:

Come on next you will be telling me Belgium is flat.

Norway send fucking rubbish songs even by Eurovision standards, the only one with any value was the one by Wig Wam, just because it had loads of spandex. This years entry is going to suck more than a toothless whore.

Iceland's entry is mournful as well, at least she looks nice.

The contest is so clownish and got to love how rigged the voting is. Basically Russia will never get relegated because they will cut of the gas to the other countries or invade again, same as Turkey, who have all the kebab and greengrocers in Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Belgium will vote for them and will keep then it.

Action Jackson
03-11-2009, 02:25 PM
No wonder WG has a stick up her ass all the time - comes from sitting on fences all over the place :)

I thought it was splinters.

MariaV
03-11-2009, 02:33 PM
GWH, I remember Bobbysocks winning Eurovision for Norway.

Castafiore
03-11-2009, 02:33 PM
Come on next you will be telling me Belgium is flat.
Wallonia has hills :shrug:...sort of.:o

scoobs
03-11-2009, 02:35 PM
GWH, I remember Bobbysocks winning Eurovision for Norway.
La Det Swinge :hearts:

Corey Feldman
03-11-2009, 02:36 PM
damn where is Evita

is it a 2 day round? i am losing my singles match so i cant tell if i'm out or not :o

-Evita-
03-11-2009, 02:40 PM
It was a one day round and we both lost singles :sad: And Betty too :sad: Only Linda won :D

Today is a one day round, too (I think)

Action Jackson
03-11-2009, 02:43 PM
Wallonia has hills :shrug:...sort of.:o

If you stand on a beer carton and can see the rest of the country, then it's not a legit hill.

Maria, that was almost decent, but even then it sucked.

Corey Feldman
03-11-2009, 02:43 PM
i'm a bloody worse singles player than Tati Rascon was

oh well

just about done my picks so hve t go .. will catch you all later!

Castafiore
03-11-2009, 02:43 PM
The contest is so clownish and got to love how rigged the voting is. Basically Russia will never get relegated because they will cut of the gas to the other countries or invade again, same as Turkey, who have all the kebab and greengrocers in Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Belgium will vote for them and will keep then it.
A Belgian girl (with Turkish roots) is singing for Turkey this year so she'll get quite a few votes from here.

Castafiore
03-11-2009, 02:49 PM
If you stand on a beer carton and can see the rest of the country, then it's not a legit hill.
:rolls:

Wallonia & Les Ardennes:
http://www.touringcarchauffeur.info/Landen/Belgie/image/ardennen.gif

Flat Flanders:
http://www.photoplaces.be/assets/Uploads/DSC05901-600.jpg

-Evita-
03-11-2009, 02:52 PM
I just remembered that I read somewhere that a Latvian girl will be singing for Ireland :spit: Well, it's great actually, I'm sure she's a nice singer. But the most curious thing is that she apparently tried out for the Latvian contest, too. If she had won it would she go to Moscow and represent two countries? :scratch:

Action Jackson
03-11-2009, 02:52 PM
Eurovision cheese at its best.

UTFec_mrD-c

-Evita-
03-11-2009, 02:55 PM
Mikey, you sent your picks to Allez-Alejo but he's the singles manager :rolleyes: :lol:

Corey Feldman
03-11-2009, 02:59 PM
sent again to Linda

:o

Action Jackson
03-11-2009, 03:00 PM
i'm a bloody worse singles player than Tati Rascon was

oh well

just about done my picks so hve t go .. will catch you all later!

Wash your mouth out you Feinan lover. Tati Rascon is a total legend, though I don't think he'd say you are so bad, get away from me you fucking idiot.

Hilde, you can walk up and down that hill in the pic within the lunch hour.

Betty
03-11-2009, 03:01 PM
sent again to Linda

:o

:lol:
go mike or boss will kill u:(;)
good luck mike and evita:hug:

Castafiore
03-11-2009, 03:06 PM
Hilde, you can walk up and down that hill in the pic within the lunch hour.
:D Well, for us, everything that goes slightly up is a "hill"

There's this piece of road where I live...it's only about 10 meters long and it goes up in a 20% slope (if it's that high). That's a mountain over here. :D

Action Jackson
03-11-2009, 03:08 PM
:D Well, for us, everything that goes slightly up is a "hill"

There's this piece of road where I live...it's only about 10 meters long and it goes up in a 20% slope (if it's that high). That's a mountain over here. :D

You better chew on some coca leaves to get rid of the altitude motion sickness.

Greatest ever German entry.
W_esCf2GSTI

MariaV
03-11-2009, 03:09 PM
Eurovision cheese at its best.

UTFec_mrD-c

One of my classmates was like a totally crazy Herreys fan. :rolls: :rolls:

Action Jackson
03-11-2009, 03:11 PM
Maria, those golden shoes are just sexy.

martine2
03-11-2009, 03:19 PM
A Belgian girl (with Turkish roots) is singing for Turkey this year so she'll get quite a few votes from here.

Hadize? Turkish roots and 100% Belgian accent of the Mol region.
Her looks probably will get her some votes too.

:wavey: all

Castafiore
03-11-2009, 03:29 PM
Hey Martine

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wildegirl05
03-11-2009, 03:39 PM
i leave briefly and come back to many posts with my name taken in vain in them :D

hi WG

I still don't follow football although you talk about it here almost non-stop

hey evita :hug: how did it work out with your spreadsheet?

footie is my answer to snooker, if i didn't have it i might drop right out of the top 5 :armed: and that would be a tragedy :sad:


I finished the translation at work and my colleagues were impressed so they gave me more stuff to translate

But it's a good thing, having such a skill makes it less likely that I'll get fired

it's indeed a good thing to make sure your job doesn't get redundant :yeah:

some international financial organization (wb, imf or some such thing) declared the world was in the middle of the great recession :sobbing: of course, we already knew this :p

WG, just wanted to let you know we spoke to a lawyer yesterday and the UMI hit and run clause applies only to bodily injury. For property damage there is nothing we can do.

:awww: i'm sorry to hear that hema :hug: that sucks :( but didn't your husband sustain some injury? i guess that part's covered by other insurance anyway.

maria
wilde: no worry u can cheer for who u want i give u the permit) j/k
I'M THE INTER FAN here

betty :lol: i doubt i'll be cheering for man-u. just want c-ron to have a good game :hearts: and also roo-roo.

man u is gonna win everything in sight :bigcry:

Hi WG, you didn't miss much drama.
Feli y Fer were on the doubles entry list. The draw is not made yet indeed so it remains to be seen if they'll really play, I just said that they were on the list.

thanks maria :hug: where is this list, do you know?

WG is a Fedal, she is also a LiverMadrista - wonder how conflicted she felt last night

my supporting liverpool is nowhere close to being a fedal :lol: i support that team solely because xabi plays there. if he transferred, i would drop them like a hot potato :D

real i've been a fan of for ages :inlove: they'll always be my most favorite football team.

No wonder WG has a stick up her ass all the time - comes from sitting on fences all over the place

oh scoobsy :hug: i can tell you missed me :inlove:

andy not tweeting enough to keep you busy? :D

wildegirl05
03-11-2009, 03:39 PM
Hehe WG, do you know that Mikey just outed himself as a fan of Fernando Torres.

did he? :rolls: cheryl has requested a nando picspam but maybe i'll dedicate it to her and mikey :devil:

I thought it was splinters.

please don't ever talk about my ass or any other body parts. there is not enough therapy in the world to recover from that mental scarring :help:

It was a one day round and we both lost singles :sad: And Betty too Only Linda won

Today is a one day round, too (I think)

come on guys, you have a thread reputation to uphold :rocker2:

-Evita-
03-11-2009, 03:51 PM
hey evita :hug: how did it work out with your spreadsheet?

I don't know :shrug: I finished it but it didn't work for Linda so we'll see. Hopefully I can fix it :unsure: But it's hard if I don't know where the problem is :lol:

wildegirl05
03-11-2009, 03:59 PM
I don't know :shrug: I finished it but it didn't work for Linda so we'll see. Hopefully I can fix it :unsure: But it's hard if I don't know where the problem is :lol:

ok, i can see how QAing the spreadsheet would be difficult under those circumstances :lol:

i hope you're able to figure it out though because you've spent a lot of time and effort on it :hug:

star
03-11-2009, 04:08 PM
:wavey: everyone!

Wilde I posted a link to a Verdasco picture and not even a :hatoff: from you. :p :p

Edit: :rolls:

Wallonia & Les Ardennes:
http://www.touringcarchauffeur.info/Landen/Belgie/image/ardennen.gif

Flat Flanders:
http://www.photoplaces.be/assets/Uploads/DSC05901-600.jpg

That's all lovely, Hilde. I like both flat and hilly. Just so long as there aren't too many trees. I like to see lots of sky. :)

wildegirl05
03-11-2009, 04:16 PM
:wavey: everyone!

Wilde I posted a link to a Verdasco picture and not even a :hatoff: from you. :p :p

Edit:

That's all lovely, Hilde. I like both flat and hilly. Just so long as there aren't too many trees. I like to see lots of sky. :)

hey star :wavey:

you did??? :o :o :o i must have missed it, i'll go and find it :D

edit: found it :lol: omg, what kind of unholy shade of neon green is that :help: his opponents are going to be blinded :p

thanks for finding it, i'm glad to see he's there and practicing :hug:

star
03-11-2009, 04:38 PM
hey star :wavey:

you did??? :o :o :o i must have missed it, i'll go and find it :D

edit: found it :lol: omg, what kind of unholy shade of neon green is that :help: his opponents are going to be blinded :p

thanks for finding it, i'm glad to see he's there and practicing :hug:

Not sure if that is from IW. I liked him in the green.

wildegirl05
03-11-2009, 05:00 PM
just awesome, cahill-federer not going to work out after all :rolleyes: BAH :smash:

the rogi forum now has a bonafide fedal thread :inlove: it is very tempting :awww: i hope they don't shut it down :armed:

and i'm off :wavey: everyone, have a nice day :hug:

tennizen
03-11-2009, 05:05 PM
WG, when I read that I thought you are going to be very disappointed:hug:

Betty
03-11-2009, 06:23 PM
no pick from an opponement
congrats evita and mike...big...a**, ops good picks i mean:p;)

big REAL match is near:scared:

Bibberz
03-11-2009, 06:57 PM
:speakles: Cahill's not working with Fed? Is this true?....It is! :D Cahill stays with ESPN (presumably :unsure:). :bigclap: Quick, Snoo, break out that Snoopy emoticon! :dance:



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acionescu
03-11-2009, 07:07 PM
Go Man U :rocker2:









;)









:unsure:










:bolt:

acionescu
03-11-2009, 07:08 PM
BD, you're mean :p

Bibberz
03-11-2009, 07:16 PM
BD, you're mean :p

I'm not being mean here. :p If Killer became Federer's coach ESPN would have lost its best tennis commentator. It's not always about Fedtards and Fedhaters. :D

acionescu
03-11-2009, 07:26 PM
What Fedhaters? :shrug:

Betty
03-11-2009, 07:28 PM
andreea c. ionesco:armed: wait me u'll become a vamp tonight:devil:

anon57
03-11-2009, 07:30 PM
:speakles:There's actually people who don't like Fed, no way;):p

Bibberz
03-11-2009, 07:41 PM
What Fedhaters? :shrug:

:lol:

wildegirl05
03-11-2009, 08:04 PM
back briefly :wavey:

thanks hema :hug:

watching footie on a giant flat screen is AMAZING :worship: thank you espn :inlove:

betty :hug: :hug: who scored for man u?

the fed forum has got to be one of the most ridiculous forums on this board :lol:

edit: it was vidic.

edit2: hiya metis :smooch: and kelli ;) :inlove:

Metis
03-11-2009, 08:06 PM
Is it Eurovision contest time already? :zzz: There's no way I'm going to be watching that, but I'm sure George will keep us updated with the hottest numbers. :lol:


Have you volunteered for the Miami thread yet?

No. Has it been claimed? :unsure:


Do I detect sarcasm there. http://smilies.vidahost.com/cwm/3dlil/eek13.gif

Not at all. :lol: People always forget to include the year in the tournament titles. It would help if someone wanted to do a search (for some obscure reason :lol: ).


Pete Bodo underlines his reputation as a shit stirrer once again with his latest article. :rolleyes:

Bodo :spit: The first couple of paragraphs in that article :rolls:


If we're talking about tennis news here then Nalby is going to work with Luis Lobo. Lobo is going to keep working with Pico Monaco too. Well....

If Andreea can access Clarin at work.
http://www.clarin.com/diario/2009/03/10/deportes/d-01873941.htm

Nalby :inlove: I hope to see him a bit slimmer in IW :unsure: :sobbing:


I finished the translation at work and my colleagues were impressed so they gave me more stuff to translate :rolleyes:

But it's a good thing, having such a skill makes it less likely that I'll get fired :bounce:

That's good news Evita! :yeah:

Metis
03-11-2009, 08:07 PM
more multiquoting:


No wonder WG has a stick up her ass all the time - comes from sitting on fences all over the place :)

:rolls:



just awesome, cahill-federer not going to work out after all :rolleyes: BAH :smash:

:eek: I'm actually disappointed; I wanted to see how that collaboration would develop...


the rogi forum now has a bonafide fedal thread :inlove: it is very tempting :awww: i hope they don't shut it down :armed:

:eek: that's unexpected; I'm sure MY is not amused :(



andreea c. ionesco:armed: wait me u'll become a vamp tonight:devil:

Always with the vampires :lol:

Betty have you seen Twilight? I watched it recently and I actually liked it. :eek: I remember Linda and Jess were obsessed with it. :lol: I wonder if anybody else thought that the vampire loverboy looked like Gilles Simon. :rolls: