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ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Day 9):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Day 9):

  • In the end, only Nadal was looking pretty in pink; Kyrgios gave us flashes of brilliance, but he showed weakness when it mattered most, and against Rafa providing any opening is normally lethal.
  • Zverev pounds out a convincing victory against Rublev, and readies for a tougher test in the next round.
  • Fed survives an Antietam type, blood and guts skirmish with Tennys, who brought a gimpy Roger to the brink of elimination; but 7 match points later, it’s the favorite who remains standing … and waiting for the winner of Djoker-Raonic.  Give the No. 3 tons of credit for hanging in against almost insurmountable odds.  For Sandgren, there may well be sleepless nights thinking about all those lost opportunities.
  • Steady Kerber just didn’t have the weapons in her tool kit to avoid getting run over in the third by Pavlyuchenkova.
  • Barty’s versatility gives less flexible Kvitova nothing but fits.
  • Sofia knocks out Jabeur.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (4th Round, Day 8):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (4th Round, Day 8):

— Temper-mental Fabio flames out in four against Tennys, tennis’ newest Tennessee tough guy.

— After some slow starting, Roger proceeds to dismember Marton.

— Team Dom readies for a concerted push through the quarters, after their Thiem punishes super pusher Monfils.

— Ashleigh left something to chance, before eliminating Riske and her ugly, but often surprisingly offensive, delayed forehand.

— Swiatek hits just a few too many into the bottom of the net against Anett.

— Mugsy doubles down on Kiki, whose weakling serve and limited mobility left her woefully unprepared for the ensuing hostilities.

— Wawrinka wakes up in sets 4 and 5, to take the initiative away from a generally defensive-minded Medvedev.  Stan is now playing some of his best tennis in years, and should be universally feared going into the second week.

On the “Show With No Name” CDST Show (Part 1):

On the “Show With No Name” CDST Show (Part 1):
— Tank calls in with a major beef about his “Go-Dell” computer, which makes his magic ice scraper look like the bargain of the year/this man needs an IT trouble shooter, or perhaps a tech psychologist
— ‘Froing fresh light on Don Imis’ critique of RU Women’s Basketball
— Without any football to watch, it’s time to look in on the rodeo
— Everything you wanted to know but were afriad to ask about the White Man’s Burden
— Socialism = diet Communism?
— Mets hire Louie from Taxi as their new manager … or is it Rojas
— Eric’s advice … just scrub the hard drive (no big deal)
— GGGGGG Gone
— Analyzing the huge stamp on the back of a prominent male tennis player… what exactly did Fabio have in mind?
— Not fake news … the Saturday edition of Impeachment TV got lower ratings than the WNBA game of the week
— Name that Senator from the riveting Nixon hearings
— The latest new bumper sticker for Elizabeth Warren: Strawberry Fields Forever
— Hey Well-read … who’s Bootlejudge? Is he related to Beetlejuice?
— ChabDog tries to start a fire for moneyman Tommy Steyer
— Frankie Midnight tries ratcheting up interest in a late game run by Nurse Ratchet
— Frank bemoans the fact that revisionist history has been erased from his device’s memory
— Bringing our troubled co-host back to sanity with the ultra smooth tones of Andy Williams doing Burt Bacharach (the voice on loan from god) (“Walk on by”, the “Look of Love”, “Always Something There to Remind Me”)
— All about the latest cigar bar shooting (there was a pre-existing condition involved)
— The low down on why Maryland My Maryland cannot be trusted on the road against a quality (or near quality) team (we smell trouble for Turgeon’s turtles in Bloomerton)
— A play by play color commentary for Match Game … Among other questions that inquiring minds want to know: What is the deal with Rayburn’s obnoxiously long microphone? What was Charles Nelson Reilly’s claim to everlasting fame (give my regards to Broadway)? Has there ever been a better porn stache than Richard Dawson’s? Was that Kid Dynomite wearing a pork pie hat ala Mush Mouth and the Memphis Tams? What happened to fashion sense in the 70’s?
— Uncovering the truth about Cesar Romero … no joke about what the Joker was covering up
— What’s to like about the MD state flag on ChabDog’s Ravens jersey … it’s Steelers colors
— Our preview of the upcoming NBA Finals: Bucks vs. Clippers (that’s Armageddon)
— a contra virus update (time to batten down the hatches)
— Ode to the Williams sisters (Tank sings “Traces of Love” and bidding so long to the sad sacks)
— Sifting through the shrapnel kicked off by “Bombshell”
— Eric please explain how to nicely ask someone to hike their skirt up?
— Reaffirming our collective belief in the Chiefs
— Auditioning for the Regan voiceover in “The Exorcist 3”

NBA Update: January 26, 2020 (A farewell to legend Kobe Bryant)

The NBA lost a larger than life figure and symbol of basketball excellent today, when Kobe Bryant passed in a tragic helicopter crash.

Basketball fans everywhere will almost certainly remain in shock for days, weeks, month and years to come.  Kobe’s loss weighs most heavily on Laker fans, who saw the reemergence of their franchise as the dominant power in the NBA with his joining the team in 1999.

Kobe’s accomplishments and his place among the greatest of the great are undeniable and forever etched in history, including 5 world championships, 1 MVP, and 2 NBA Finals MVPs.  In addition to his prolific scoring (now 4th on the all-time list), he was a tenacious defender (3-time All NBA defensive team).

But what stands out is his confidence and ability to take (and make) the big shot in the clutch.  He was a stone, cold killer when the game was on the line, as witnessed when he took out the Boston Celtics in Game 7 for his final title.  He was also the consummate showman, … always dazzling in the All-Star games (3 time All-Star MVP), and inspiring a generation of new players with his brilliance.

There will never be another Kobe, and anyone who had the privilege of seeing him exhibit his talents knows he was a once-in-a-lifetime star.

Rest in peace Mr. Bryant.

Categories: NBA

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 7):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 7):

  • Wolfman Khach was quite an animal, coming back from 2 sets down to force a final set breaker, but in the end it was happy hunting for killer Kyrgios.
  • Isner just couldn’t stand rallying with Stan.
  • Too tall an order for Verdasco to hang with lanky Zverev.
  • Raonic playing with a real itch to win his first major.
  • Too much of a reach to think short Schwartzman could hang with No. 2 Novak.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 7):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 7):

  • Better wake up and take some serious heed of Garbine, the un-seed, as she did proceed to clean Svitolina’s clock in what seemed like a NY minute.
  • Bertens dismantles Diyas and moves one step closer to standing at the winner’s podium.
  • Petra’s power game leaves Maria stranded and out on Sakkari.
  • 15 yr old Gauff’s effort in the Rd of 16 was nothing to scoff at, but in the third set she gets put on detention by strict disciplinarian Kennin.
  • Jabeur quiets Wang and an all hands Ons deck performance.

NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives, Saturday, 1-25-20:

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NBA Update:

  • “I now pronounce you Chris and Dennis” … quite a honeymoon going on in the OKC, as these two little guys have a big bromance going. #Thunder #Timberwolves
  • Lakers are getting precious little from their guards, and with their very mature front line, that’s a precarious situation. Without Embiid,Sixers go small and get some large results. #Lakers #Sixers
  • Nets perk up with a scoring spree from Kyrie, while the Pistons continue their piss poor play. #Nets #Pistons
Categories: NBA

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 6):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 6):

  • Cori’s story continues to build, as the 15 year old phenom surgically removes an ordinary Osaka from the tournament.
  • Sofia certainly wasn’t loafing as she sends Shuai away packing.
  • Swiatek navigates around the Vekic wreckage
  • Kontaveit takes flight and soars over Bencic.
  • Mertens returns from an incredibly productive bathroom break to break Bellis over and over and over again.
  • Halep didn’t feel like saving a place for Putintseva in the next round.
  • Pavly’s slight edge over Plisk involved more than just a few last name letters.
  • The trains are running on time in German, and Kerber’s reorg plan is definitely on schedule.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 6):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 6):

— Well looky here … another White Russian advances as red hot Rublev rubs out Goffin.

— Clad in punishing pink, Rafa pounds on Pablo, then cruises home for some late night paella.

— Gangly Querrey looks like a bit of a shrinky dink, as he gets sandbagged by rock solid Sandren.

— Fabio finds himself on the fast track to Round 4 with a pillorying of Pella.

— For those unlucky enough to have missed it, favored Fed barely escaped a monumental melee with Millman.

— Monfils gobbles up Gulbis, then leaves without paying the check.

— Sturdy Thiem blisters Fritz with a daisy-chain blitz of backhand bombs,

— Mighty Milos wasn’t about to let Tsitsipas get a pass … or a break for that matter.

 

NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives, Friday, 1-24-20:

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NBA Update:

  • Great win for the Clips, who are looking like the most balanced and dangerous team in the West; it certainly helps having the MVP playing at full throttle. If they stay healthy, can you say NBA title? #Clippers #Heat
  • Denver’s doing its best to ignore the loss of floor general Jamal; today’s shooting down of the Pelicans was case in point. #Nuggets #Pelicans
  • Houston throws Westbrook to the Wolves, and it works out just fine. #Rockets #Timberwolves
  • Kings come into United in virtual disarray, but have little problem sacking the docile Bulls. #Kings #Bulls
Categories: NBA

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 5):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 5):

  • Brute force notwithstanding, Serena’s lost a few steps, and her groundies are no longer wired tight. EVERYBODY WANG QIANG TONIGHT! EVERYBODY WANG QIANG TONIGHT!
  • Dart misses her targets and gets stopped by Simona.
  • Pavly packed too much punch for Taylor T.
  • Kontaveit had it just ight against Tormo.
  • Ash Friday goes very well for Barty.
  • Yulia puts away Dan-yell.
  • Carla submits to the Iga sanction.
  • Riske-reward definitely favors Alison.
  • Encounter with Sakkari is no pleasure cruise for Keys.
  • Woe is Wozniacki as she’s floored by Jabeur’s jabs.
  • Lauren Davis eliminated by Elina.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 5):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 5):

  • Seppi almost had barrel-chested Stan over a barrel … but we were playing tennis, not horseshoes or hand grenades.
  • Another sexy good showing by Alexei
  • Performance fantastico for Verdasco
  • Gael force winds quell hurricane Karlovic
  • Replay of Russo-Japanese conflict goes the way of Andrey
  • John still looks great, but is this year going to be any different for Isner?
  • You didn’t hear any Belgian jokes being told in and around Ct. 8, with Goffin stoppin Hugues-Hebert.
  • Khach hatches another great escape in a cliffhanger 5th set breaker.
  • Nick looked pretty slick in 4-set win over Gilles the quick.
  • Time for KA to take a schvitz, after getting stepped on by Taylor Fritz.
  • No surprise as Novak and Nadal have no problem advancing.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 4):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 4):

  • Serena bludgeons her way past testy Tamara.
  • Madison finds a good avenue for advertising her power.
  • Mugsy slugs her way past Tomijanovic.
  • Diyas apparently hasn’t exhausted her diet of upsets.
  • Plish knows how to dish out the winners in straight setting Siegemund.
  • It’s over for No. 20 Muchova.
  • Germany’s Kerber u-boats her way into the next round … still operating under the sonar.
  • Cornet was largely out of tune against Vekic.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 4):

 

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 4):

  • Feisty Fognini uses his steady saunter to silence the crowd and stop Thompson in 5.
  • Ernests holds sway in making his way past Bedene.
  • Nobody did Filip a favor when they fed him to Fed in Rod Lavor.
  • It took a while, but Domineering Dom methodically defused Bolt.
  • Pedro Martinez won’t win any Cy Young for his misadventure against Medvedev.
  • True to form, big favorite Zverev dawdles but manages to slip past eager Egor.
  • Laconic Lajovic lets his racket to the talking as he makes short work of Polmans.
  • John Isner looks fresh .. for now .. as he lays claim to the third round.

NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives, Wednesday, 1-22-20:

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NBA Update:

  • Pels mount a nice comebacker with Zion, and go down at home to the Spurs … but it’s not for lack of No. 1’s tryin. #Spurs #Pelicans
  • Griz not welcome in the Gaahden, as the C’s circle the wagons Tatum takes a seat. #Grizzles #Circles
    Get a recap of the Memphis Grizzlies vs. Boston Celtics basketball game.
  • Miami lets Wash take it to OT, then sternly advises the Wiz to get that weak stuff outta here. #Wizards #Heats
  • Thunder looking pretty darn functional, as Schroder off the bench has been simply shredding it. #Thunder #Magic
  • Raptors rattle off another impressive win, tapping into their trusty VanVleet credit card. #Sixers #Raptors
  • Sleepy Rockets perk up to nuke the Nuggets! #Nuggets #Rockets
Categories: NBA

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