Number Eighteen and an Unrivaled Rivalry

At long last, he’s done it! On Sunday, Roger Federer conquered some personal demons, downing Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to claim his eighteenth major tournament trophy. Whether you were in Australia, woke up at 3am on the East Coast, or merely stayed up through the night on the Pacific Coast, it is…

The Veterans Down Under

The past two weeks Down Under have been thrilling, shocking, and fun. There have been taut five-setters on the men’s side and three-setters on the women’s. There have been shocking upsets of top seeds in the early rounds in both draws, and with those inconceivable results have come new and exciting matchups and fresh faces…

An Exercise in Contrast at the U.S. Open

Most of my connection with sports comes from playing them at a young age. I played several – basketball, soccer, swimming, volleyball, the list goes on – and I still believe that the sports I appreciate most are the ones where I’ve learned basic strategy and competition styles through firsthand experience. While I never got…

Watching Him and What Comes Next

When Roger Federer announced at the end of July that he would miss the rest of the ATP season due to a nagging knee injury, my heart sunk. It was a little over a week until the Olympics commenced in Rio, which, for the then soon-to-be 35-year-old Federer, was likely to be his final chance…

On Novelty and Normalcy: The Avalanche and Wimbledon

Three years back, I codified my love for the Colorado Avalanche with a purchase of a ten-game ticket pack. We had just come off our first playoff appearance in five years, Nathan MacKinnon’s rookie season had been sizzling, and only the work of noted asshat Matt Cooke had kept us from advancing out of the first…

Nothing Gold Can Stay

“Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.” -Robert Frost, 1923 At the outset of The Championships at Wimbledon, the draw was packed…