Archive for September, 2014

My last game at Nassau Coliseum?

They’re moving to Brooklyn’s Navy Yard next season. I’ve feeling they’ll extremely well there. A fight broke out on youtube.

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The glorious past, four Stanley Cups in four seasons.

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Charles Wang invented the ice chicks and now all the teams in the league have them too it

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The kids

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The sellers and the berger

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The offenders in the penalty box

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Food booths

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Kings Point

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The pool

Nassau County Aquatic Center
Eisenhower Park
East Meadow, Merrick Avenue south of Stewart Avenue
516-572-0501

I used to swim there when it was first built, for the 1998 International Goodwill Games. A woman runs master swimming club there.
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Kicking off the new season

We played at Eisenhower Park.
Susan mark, cheung wong, jen mao
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Eisenhower Park

The park has 16 hard courts. The club booth is empty, so everyone plays for free.
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Chang’s own US Open Final

It’s 1996 US Open Final. Chang has won French Open in 1989 as a 17 year old, the youngest. Pete Sampras has won his first grand slam title as a 19 years at Flushing Meadow, in 1990, also the youngest.

Two Americans meet in the final is always something to talk about. The two, in fact, grew up together and played each other often in the junior tour. Chang had an edge over Sampras but Pete dismissed Chang in straight set. Afterward, Chang answered the media that he was taller during the junior years, when asked why did he have winning record. Sampras would go on to win 12 more grand slam titles while Chang did none.

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What was memorable for me of that Final, was a slow zooming shot, of an empty stadium, to a seat in the empty stadium. It’s Michael’s brother Carl and his wife or girl friend. She was talking to him and he wanted no part of the conversation. Perhaps she was trying to persuade him to leave? Carl was Michael’s coach. Pete would go on to win 12 more GS titles while Michael never arrived at a GS final.

Michael becomes Kei Nishikori’s coach and Carl shows up at the player’s box from time to time. Buy one get one free or just to come for the party?

张德培自己的美网公开赛

1996年美网决赛。张在1989年赢了法国网球公开赛,只有17岁,最年轻的。桑普拉斯在1990年,19岁,赢得了他的第一个大满贯冠,就在法拉盛草原的美网,也是最年轻的。两个美国人进入美网公开赛总是会有很多新闻价值。其实这两个是从小一起长大,在少年队交锋多次。张赢的多. 张回答媒体表示,戏称小时候他个子高过桑.最令我难忘的,是赛后,一个缓慢的变焦拍摄,由一个座位空空的体育场聚焦在一个座位上. 那人是培的兄弟卡尔和他的妻子或女朋友。她对他说话,他没有反. 也许她是想游说他离开?卡尔是弟弟培的教练. 桑轻易赢了这场决赛;还将继续赢得12个大满贯赛冠军,张再也没有进过大满贯的决赛。
今年张德培做锦织圭。的教练. 培的哥哥 卡尔Carl 也出现在球员的座位里. 买一送一? 还是来凑热闹?

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Greed, is good?

Kei Nishikori lost in 3 sets, 3, 3 and 3. The disappointment is written all over his face. Considering after first doubting he would play at all (a cyst on his right foot which required surgery in August), shouldn’t he feel over-joyed?

Of course NOT.

It’s our human nature. Once we spot something within our reach, no matter how far and improbable the circumstance has been, we want that trophy or to accomplish that task.

The doper Cilic (intentional or unintentional…) won, that came with cool $3 million. Btw, Serena Williams earned $4 million, a record in tennis — $3 million for the title, plus a $1 million bonus for having had the best results during the North American summer hard-court circuit. 

Way to go girl!

贪婪,是好事儿?

锦织圭输的即整齐又快:三局,3, 3, 3. 明显的失望清楚的写在他的脸上。其实考虑到他都可能无法参加这次的比赛,因为他的右脚的手术需要在八月囊肿,相反,他是不是应该感到满意?当然不是。这是我们人类的本性。一旦我们发现我们力所能及的事情 – 垂手可得,无论多么遥远,多么不可能的情况下,我们都自然的希望拿到这个奖杯或完成这个任务。赢家 Cilic (七离?),去年因为使用了禁药(有意或无意的..)没有参加,今年挣了300万美元。顺便说一句,小威赢得了400万美元,是网球的纪录 – 300万美元的冠军,再加上100万美元的奖金,在北美夏季硬地有最好的结果。

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Djokovic v Nishikori

Four sets, 4 hours and 15 minutes, Kei Nishikori gets himself into the final. First Asian male. Rain pours down soon after the match is over. Oh well.
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This must be the first year that so many past masters show up in doves to coach. Boris Becker, who at 17 won the Wimbledon in 1985. Michael Chang won French Open in 1989 at 17 too. They both set the record for being the youngest. However Becker would go on to win five more Grand Slam titles while Chang none.

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The cubs of those four former champions (Becker and Edberg have 6 GS titles each and Chang and Ivanisevic have one each) made into semi finals. … Can one image IF Gael Monfils is more interested in winning a match than entertaining?

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Among those four coaches, Becker changed the most from their playing days.

Uniqlo, Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer is sponsoring both Djokovic and Nishikori.

 

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Peng Shuai vs Caroline Wozniacki

Peng Shuai 彭帅 was towed off court in a wheelchair in her semifinal match against Caroline Wozniacki. Many media covered this event: NYTUSA Today, SB Nationthe Guardian and ESPN when Mary Jo Fernandez said in this video that

  1. the rule pertaining to illness allows evaluation on and off the court
  2. Peng wants to return to the court and doctor said she would not be in danger
  3. In my opinion, you have cramps, injury or suffering from the heat, you should not be allowed to finish the game which you interrupted. Its very disruptive for your opponent.
  4. however, I do believe that if the doctor gives you the ok, you can come back out and finish the match

#3 and #4 are a little conflicted.

The women semi final match of US Open 2014 would be remembered by the painful facial expression of Peng Shuai; the hot pink outfit; the unheard of long time out; her crumbled/succumb to the ground and ultimately the wheelchair.

I have never seen any tennis player had taken out a medical time out for this long. Wondering why did US Open allowed Peng such long break time and was it fair to Wozniacki? The match was really tight and enjoyable. I must say Wozniacki was extremely gracious on the face of long time out. She did not complain, just patiently wait, or practiced her serves. It’s Peng’s first grand slam simi final and couldn’t blame her for not wanting to lessen up her claws without a last fight. I remembered at one match, Andy Roddick hurt his ankle (or knee) but did not want to quit. His coach almost leaped into the court – he stood up and both arms crossed a few time, telling the young and wide eyes Roddick to retire.

Playing with pain is routine.

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Cover Girl

Well, I’m no expert of photograph but I do know this cover (Sept/Oct issue of Tennis) sucks. Maria Sharapova looks like a working girl and what’s happened to her right eye? The bottom photo I got from the web, her normal look, may or may not ps’ed.

And she lost to Wozniacki in three sets today.

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