GMIM: Hot-Take Monday, Tennis Edition

Welcome to another installment of Good mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

WARNING: THIS WEEK’S BLOG WILL FEATURE HOT-FIRE-FLAMES TAKES. THESE ARE OPINIONS (OR MAYBE FACTS) THAT’LL BE SURE TO GET YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS CHATTING IT UP AROUND THE WATER COOLER. MAKE SURE YOU ARE SEATED FOR THE DURATION OF YOUR READING PERIOD.

Is Wimbledon’s dress code racist against the colorblind and thicc people?

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It’s MLB’s All-Star week, which means the American sporting world has come to a halt. It’s especially dead this year since the All-Star game means nothing now thanks to Commissioner Rob Manfred’s choice to take away the whole “winner is the home team in the World Series and it means something now, guys” aspect. First he takes steroids away, then chewing tobacco is banned at parks, and now teams lose without consequence? Pretty soon he’ll be making players line up after games to give opponents high-fives and say “good game.” If we start praising Corey Kluber for shaking Aaron Judge’s hand after giving up a pair of bombs, then I guess we’ll have to be critical towards Cherokees for not thanking Andrew Jackson.

So as America’s Past-time takes a timeout, we have an opportunity to watch our friends across the pond scream and moan their way towards winning a plate and centerpiece. Yup, I’m talking about Wimbledon.

Most people covering the event will say the main story lines are Roger Federer’s quest to win yet again, Novak Djokovic’s attempt to be liked more than Roger, Rafael Nadal’s strategy to convince us he’s good at tennis when not playing on clay, Andy Murray’s journey towards being relevant in his own country, Serena Williams being pregnant, or Venus Williams being the best Williams sister in the tournament.

But the real story this year, and every year since 1877, is Wimbledon’s offensive dress code: players must wear all white. Continue reading

The Long Run Ahead

Back in April 2011, I wrote the following piece on Chad Crowther. I originally wrote this for my sports journalism course, but with Chad’s approval, I revised the piece for online submission. Chad and his family are amazing people. I wish them all the very best.

Every mile is nearly the same. Every race is almost a guaranteed victory. Every other runner is behind. For Chad Crowther, cross-country running is second instinct. Winning numerous state and vocational titles, the 17-year-old from Lowell, MA is the best runner for Greater Lowell Technical High School. It began as something to use up time back in middle school. Then it became a way to stay in shape for high school basketball. But Chad’s early success in the Massachusetts Commonwealth Athletic Conference raised his goals and standards in cross-country running. Continue reading

Idol

No matter what aspect of life you look at, it’s always good to have some form of an idol. In politics, it could be a former President. In business, it could be a CEO of a multimillion dollar company. In childhood, it could be a parent or teacher. In Christianity, it could be Jesus Christ. In sports, it could be a former champion. Idols are a necessity in everyday life, for if we didn’t have idols, a majority of us wouldn’t be able to find a purpose. Continue reading