United States running out of sports to dominate
September 7, 2002
I was actually rooting for the Williams sisters during their semifinal matches on Friday at the U.S. Open. Thankfully they both won, which must keep happening if the rumors of Serena and Venus wanting to play with the men will ever come true.
It would be more of a challenge, the sisters said. John McEnroe said they wouldn’t even be in the top 100 in the world. I’d say they wouldn’t be in the top 100 at the Seattle Athletic Club. Think about it… instead of three-match sets with girls, they would play five-match sets against men who serve over 120 mph serves for three-straight hours. Please, somebody make it happen. Then maybe Serena and Venus will disappear. More importantly, maybe their dad will disappear.
The United States makes the quarterfinals of the World Cup this summer and Argentina doesn’t even make the second round. On Wednesday, Argentina beats the U.S. in basketball, then Yugoslavia knocks us out of the World Basketball Championships on Thursday. Canada won the gold medal in hockey. The Euros will probably win the Ryder Cup. Is something wrong here? What’s next? The Barcelona Dragons beating the St. Louis Rams.
Montreal drew only 2,134 fans in Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, the smallest crowd in the 25-year history of Olympic Stadium. If you exclude the hot dog vendors, janitors, both teams and both teams’ groupies and include the Canadian exchange rate, the actual attendance was more like 216, a number even the University of Nevada rifle team wouldn’t be proud of. Do the Expos even have groupies?
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