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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.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 3):

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Women’s Singles, Day 3):

  • Consistency (and ground strokes) curiously abandoned Amanda, as she takes a dive Down Under against Diyas.
  • Lauren Davis waylays Leylah.
  • Garbine overcomes a bagel to shelve Shelby.
  • Smart money did not cast it’s lot with Lottner.
  • Siegemund successfully lays siege to Coco on Ct. 22.
  • After a close first set, Brady’s points did not come in bunches against Halep.
  • Nice win for No. 26 Dan-yell.
  • Harriet darts to victory against Doi.
  • The ageless Suarez Navarro sinks Sabalenka.
  • A second Cori-story is emerging, with another plot twist that now engages Naomi.
  • Binkova didn’t blink against Paolini.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 3):




ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 3):

  • It was mission imPospisil today for Vasek against Dr. Ivo’s wrists of fury.
  • Paire will be stewing about this bad beat against Cilic and his happy feet.
  • Seppi finds just enough separation to avoid a Kecmanovic’s lien.
  • When it came to games after the 1st stanza, Evgeny didn’t get many against Verdasco.
  • Hometown boy Boit becomes a local hero when he outlasts Vinolas.
  • Rublev wins more rubles by ousting O’Connell.
  • Daddy long legs Danill bits Tiafoe in the heel and doesn’t let go.
  • Jaume has a Munar lading in the 2nd Round.
  • Since we’re early in a major, no surprise that David hits all the Goffin corners (not to mention the lines).
  • Gadfly Gilles relies on his famous wheels in running circles around Pablo.
  • Slamming Sammy berates Berankis 6-4 in the 4th.
  • No relief for ITO against no-nonsense Novak.
  • Nick definitely carried the big stick in slapping down Sonego.
  • Taylor pins a double-up loss on Tallon.
  • Isner reaffirms his status as the tyrant of tie-breakers.
  • Anderson and Zverev answer their respective bells.

ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 2):


ChabDog’s Aussie Open Conversation Openers (Men’s Singles, Day 2):

— “What me worry” Paire nearly stubs his big toe against Stebe, but the best beard in sports … survives.  Sorry Harden, Paire’s is without compare.

— Novak loses a set but hardly breaks a sweat while stuffing Stuff.

— Japan’s latest sensation, the Tasumian Devil outguns Gunneswaran.

— Homeboy Millman seen milling around the 2nd Round, and the locals are pleased.

— Fabulous escape by Fabio from the ridiculous reach of long tall Reilly.

— To the dismay of most of the ladies in the crowd, little Agut wins another Spanish Civil War over over lover boy Lopez.

— Dusan dusts off Kyle Edmund.

— More tennis for Tennys.

— Leonardo definitely needed to be more on the ball against Tommy Paul.

— Stan narrowly avoids collateral damage against Damir.

— Gulbus takes a big gulp and fortifies himself in four.

On the “Mid-January Affect” CDST Show (Part 2):

On the Mid-January Affect CDST Show (Part 2):
— Best of the Western trailers is on display as we showcase “The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid” (Cliff Robertson as Cole Younger, with his curious bullet proof vest and Robert Duvall as Jesse James, escaping from the scene of the crime dressed in old lady’s garb), “The Long Riders” (Keach, Carradine, Quaid and Guest brothers) and “The Wild Bunch” (William Holden’s performance as Pike will make you hold your breach, Robert Ryan is the ever captivating lawman on his trail, Warren Oats gets drunk and gets married and Borgnine is, well, Borgnine) …
— We can’t see our way from staying away from Tennessee … looks like our glasses were fogged up (and Andy was doing more on the sidelines than ordering up from the Denny’s menu)
— Eric’s attempt to lecture on the colonization of Australia … despite never having made the trip (boy was my ass sore after going there)
— ChabDog does a mini-handicap of the Aussie Open Men’s field, but is handicapped without his top 32 list (we need more than the picture of Berdych and Queen Ester)
— White men can’t jump … and neither can John Isner, but on his smash down serve, it doesn’t matter.
— Santa is beard boy? And then she saw Jimmy Connors … how exciting … except that it did conjure up images of Cousin Eddie from Vegas Vacation
— Watching pre-game for Chiefs-Titans and admiring all the sharp dressed men
— Nailing the trivial question about non-participants in the NFC Championship game since 1991 (Tank gets it faster than he can eat blueberry pancakes)
— Time to put an APB out for Massachusetts Maaahk? He needs to show up for his job interview in Vegas, where he’ll be lifting as a bouncer and Ubering/Lyfting as a driver.
— No Andy Reid isn’t losing weight; he’s just dressed in black.
— Troy P. is definitely head and shoulders ahead of his competition for the Hall.
— An extended discussion of Plunkett vs. Eli for enshrinement at Canton. Going back in time to remember the Just Win Baby Raiders of the mid-70s to mid-80’s (The Tuz = O.W. Matthews from North Dallas Forty/Lester the Molester/Snake/Mark Moving Van Eeghen/Cliff “Speed Kills” Branch/Jack Tatum/Mann and Guy as kicker and punter)/Todd “Renaissance Man” Christensen
— Frank joins the fray and makes impassioned bids for voting in Coach Flores and Drew Pearson
— And would somebody please explain how Gastineau did not get in … let alone Klecko
— Diagramming an Italian Dog (pizza bread, potatoes and doggies, with very optional ketchup) (got to eat them in New York, because that’s where they have the good water)
— All about the infamous no-show watcher for the Bloomfield Ave. water tower in Newark, and how to get a park named after you by doing but living offa the graft
— What’s up with RU b-ball; Scarlet Knights are finally up for the fight, maybe for the first time since ’76
— Big doings in the Big 10
— Don’t even try to give the host grief for the Bruins being in ruins
— Some unforgettable clips with The Gipper
— Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting … and so is Sunday morning

Aussie Open (Day 1):

Day 1 Update:

  • A focused Osaka drops many big ones in a day 1 demolition
  • Like a rolling stone gaining mass and traction, it’s rocks off for Gauff as the 15-year old phenom blows up tennis’ 2nd rock from the sun … the very sour Venus Williams
  • Japan’s other Nish deters Djere
  • Slammin Uncle Sammy kills off Borna
  • In a real Guido move, Pella puts Smith in a straight set jacket
  • Berankis is money in the bank against Baena
  • Fucsovics decides not to fuss much with Shapo
  • Fed puts Stevie Johnson out of his ever lovin misery of mediocrity
  • Brother Dim makes short work of Londero, in a throw-up style shirt that resembles a Xmas sweater gone rogue

On the “Mid-January Affect” CDST Show (Part 1):

Mar 28, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) reacts during batting practice against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

On the “Mid-January Affect” CDST Show (Part 1):

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— Raw doggin it at Dicky D’s (Italian dogs are on the menu today for Tank, who’s firing on all cylinders by going with the Niners and Chiefs)
— We announce that “The Mets’ season has been officially ruined” … thank you very little little smug Alex for dropping that dime on Beltran and giving the Wilponizi’s no choice but to show him the door
— But let’s get some clarity … are we penalizing the Houston players (or ex-players) or not?
— It’s pretty darn clear everyone on the Stros was listening for trash cans and getting buzzed for good measure
— Eric will only be placated by the Stros and Bosox recent titles being vacated
— Explaining the hidden story behind the 1951 Shot Heard Round the World (binoculars and flashlights were getting lots of use)
— Nobody stole bean ball Bob Gibson’s signs
— Time for MLB to take inventory on those pesky Apple watches
— New replacements for I like getting licked Mickey — Edgardo “Winning is so bourgeois” Perez or some guy from the minors who is 500 games below .500
— It’s all Trump’s (no Marc’s) fault.
— It’s time for Frank to fly and feed on his furters, but that Keller feller most capably fills the void
— Will the Astros be forced to foot Hugh Darvish’s therapy bill? It’s certainly a whopper.
— When it came to keeping things close with Frisco, most of us thought Green Bay would find a way … and boy were we wrong
— For a guy that’s a powerful, punishing runner, upright, chiseled Henry has more than a little Walker in him
— Ryan Tannehill=a poor man’s Trent Dilfer
— Gonna give Well-read flack for slipping Flacco into the NFC Championship convo .. (missing a few vowels lol)
— More on the short half-back life of running QBs
— Another recounting of the last moments of TB 12’s failed 2019 campaign (“Well…. bye … you smell that Bill? Smells like someone died”)
— The NBA’s China Syndrome code of silence … a sad state of affairs
— Getting a little vocal about the job done by Vogel
— No the Clippers cannot play the Lake Show in the Finals
— Mike Tyson type short work by 170 pound McGregor (scary good going 0 to 40)
— A personal prayer from ChabDog to view 50 year old footage of Nancy Kwan in the square circle with the late great Sharon Tate
— Finding out why Cora needed to “clean his details” (how you like them apples?)
— Do you like women? A real loaded question … particularly for a 7-yr old. I dream of Jeannie, and Tsa Tsa (“Olivah? Olivah?)
— Yours truly was rock solid in the Sports Rock regular season pool, but the post season was certainly not kind
— David Bugg … a super nice guy even for a Boys fan … and he’s certainly a stone cold killer when it comes to sizing things up in the playoffs

2019 US Open Update: Finals (Men’s Singles)

2019 US Open Update:

  • There was no stopping the brute force of Nadal, though his Russian opponent gave him a major league, five-set fight. Midway through the third set, with Nadal up a break and looking to consolidate his advantage, he missed a set up, put away volley, which opened the door for a comeback. Most amazingly, Daniil obliged and had Rafa on his heels for the next two and a half sets, with strong serving, sharp ground strokes and some great net play. But in the end, as is usually the case, expecting a mere mortal to withstand five sets of body punches from the spirited Spaniard was just not realistic. It’s over, and congratulations to the holder of 19 majors … now just one behind Roger.
  • The power of sports — working to transform a rather gruff Russian into a beloved crowd favorite in the blink of a Hawkeye.

2019 US Open Update: Finals (Women’s Singles)

2019 US Open Update:

  • It looked like Serena definitely left her monster first serve in the dressing room today. She gets broken a whopping 6 times, and commits nearly twice as many unforced errors as her opponent. Another major issue was her sloppy footwork, and sluggish movement, which led to countless off-target, off balance shots. Until she seemed to wake up down 5-1 in the second, it was as if she lacked the will to stay in the longer points, in which she was unable to put the ball away and found herself actually on the defensive. The bottom line is Andreescu showed up today ready for a knock down, drag out brawl, while Williams just showed up … and the player who was visibly, and happily, showing her competitive zeal ended up prevailing.

2019 US Open Update: Day 11, Semifinals (Women’s Singles)

2019 US Open Update:
  • Serena a breaks a little bit of a sweat to open the match, then proceeds to break her opponent’s serve, and her opponent’s resolve, with absolute impunity.
  • Andreescu overcomes Bencic by the slimmest of margins, and now a very talented teen is all that stands between the younger Williams sister and her 24th major.

2019 US Open Update: Day 9, Quarterfinals

2019 US Open Update:

— Baby Fed’s all grows’ed up with an electrifying comeback win over adult Fed. Yes, Dimitrov was ranked in the high 70s, but anyone who has followed his career knows he had this kind of win within the fabric of his new look bandanna. During the 4th and 5th sets, Grigor was the one who still had the bounce in this step, the one with the more picturesque shots, the one who had the hungry, eager look in his eyes. By contrast, as the match turned against him, Roger looked weary, at times awkward and, unbelievably, uncoordinated, and long in the tooth. This is what age does to a tennis player in his late 30’s … ask anyone. Give him much credit for finishing what he started/seeing this one through even when he was clearly out of it and depleted. The question remains, however, when is enough, enough. The longer he goes without a Major, the more he risks leaving the stage with our view colored by his failures, not his triumphs. This is indeed why the great ones like to retire on top, or near the apex.
— Serena mows down Miss Wang … no offense … without as much as a second thought, knowing she has green pastures to pursue in the finals … if she can in fact get there.
— Stan can’t stand the thought of staying on the road to redemption, and makes a wrong turn toward perdition with a curiously weak effort against the somewhat slovenly, and always saucy, swinging serf Medvedev.
— Steady Svitolina has no problem repelling the unwanted advances to the net of Johanna “I kont stand the pressure” Konta.” From the start of this match, there was little question that the Ukrainian knew she would prevail playing the role of human backboard, while her opponent seemed to have palms too sweaty to even grip the racket. In terms of prime time theatre, this was shades of Novotna in the 1993 Wimbledon Final.

2019 US Open Update: Day 8, Round 4 (Men’s Singles)

US Open Update: Day 8, Round 4 (Men’s Singles)

— You’re only as good as your second serve, and that meant big problems for big favorite Zverev; tennis’ new bulldog, Schwartman, makes short work of the long, lanky German, who folded like a house cards on numerous, pathetic second offerings. Where this problem came from … who knows, but he needs to toughen up if he’s to have any real prospects of busting into the upper echelon.
— Matteo drubs Rublev by keeping his flustered opponent off balance, with a most impressive mixture of spins and changing of speeds. This guy is in super shape, and has major court presence (along with an excellent forehand). And great choice of garb (gotta love the Steeler colors).
— Monfils pounds Pablo Andujar, who mistakenly thought he had the door ajar to the quarters.
— At the time of this writing, Cilic was dead palindrome bouncing a tennis ball in his 4th set against Nadal. Who can blame him? Only a select few can must the energy and firepower to take even one set off this guy on hard courts … and that’s exactly what Marin was able to manufacture tonight … just that.

2019 US Open Update: Day 8, Round 4 (Women’s Singles)

US Open Update: Day 8, Round 4 (Women’s Singles)
— Bencic bears down impressively on Osaka, coercing the top seed into a continuous stream of errors. You could see it written all over Naomi’s face, as well as with the sluggish, negative body language — she simply didn’t have the will … or apparently the wheels … to stay with her eager and aggressive Swiss opponent. The knee should heal, but is that needs to improve here?
— Goerges was in cruise control mode, until she was undone by some very nervous serving late in the 2nd; she could never really recover, and resilient Donna Vekic was there to clean up in the ensuing wreckage.
— Elise unceremoniously releases American Ahn 1 and 1 on her own recognizance.
— Canada’s Andreescu keeps her cool against heroine Townsend, relying on her superior groundies, as well plenty of naked aggression.

2019 US Open Update: Day 7, Round 4 (Women’s Singles)


2019 US Open Update:

  • Maddening Keys takes her attention deficit disorder act to new heights tonight will a bad loss to an opponent who really pushed her to new lows of inconsistency.  And if Monfils achieves his goals tomorrow, could we be treated to lover titleists at a tennis major for the first time since Jimmy and Chrissie in ’74.
  • Everybody. Have fun tonight. Everybody Qiang Wang tonight.
  • To the chagrin of Pliskova, Konta just con’t be stopped.
  • It’s gonna take a heap more than a little turned ankle to turn Serena away from this year’s title. No such presents today for Petra.

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