- Roserunner, who set a PR in 1:26:21 at the Kaiser Permanente half marathon!
Ugh. That is the phrase most 49ers fans used at the end of the Super Bowl. Turns out I was close to predicting how many points the 49ers would score (predicted 27, they got 31), but I didn't expect the Ravens to destroy us with 34 points of their own. 49ers pass coverage was awful. Though this sentence on my last post proved prophetic: "Main way I think Ravens will score is either a screen pass or run to Rice, bomb to Jones/Smith or a special teams TD by Jones." Jones's name was present twice, and he ended up scoring a TD on a long bomb, and a TD on the longest play in NFL history via a kickoff return lol. He is just so fast. And how did he not get the MVP? He was robbed! He set a Super Bowl record for all purpose yards with 290!
- Ravens deserved the win, they outplayed the 49ers
- refs were fine - the calls seemed to be fair on both sides - that was not pass interference on the last play of the game
- Ravens converted 9/16 3rd down conversions, compared to only 2/9 for the 49ers - if you want to know why the Ravens won look at this stat alone. That 2/9 stat for the 49ers is eerily similar to last years NFC title game loss to the NYG when they were 1/13 on 3rd down conversions
- 49ers had 2 turnovers, compared to only 1 for the Ravens
- 49ers had 5 penalties, compared to only 2 for the Ravens
- Ravens defense was simply more physical than the 49ers, and the 49ers missed lots of tackles on defense
- SF offense did run over the Ravens on the ground with 182 yards, bummer that SF didn't call more running plays (or QB sneak play) on the last 4 downs of the game
I was thrilled that the 49ers even made the Super Bowl though. And in 2013 I think they are the #1 or #2 team out there - they return substantially all of their team again. (I ran my 3 miles of shame on the treadmill on Wednesday)
this picture perfectly sums up Chris Culliver's week both on and off the field - out of line and out of position
Aussie Open 2013:
Since I've already posted a lot of pics of Melbourne besides tennis pics, I decided to do just 1 post about tennis. And it's like 100 pics lol. So if you don't like tennis, you can stop now. If you do, carry on =).
DAY 1 MONDAY:
We had tickets for Rod Laver Arena for the 1st 4 days and nights of the start of the tourney - turns out our best seats were for the first day session on Monday - 6th row!
Maria! Always fun to see her - now the 3rd time I've seen her play (Stanford 2011, 2012 Olympics)
she gets a lot of air on her serves! Maria double bageled her opponent 6-0, 6-0 lol
next match was Stosur of Australia - these guys were at pretty much every Australia match - they call themselves the Fanatics - fun chants! Stosur advanced 7-6, 6-3
Novak was up next!
Novak made it look easy 6-2, 6-4, 7-5
gorgeous view on outdoor court number 6 for Rogowska vs Dolonic - Dolonic advanced in a well fought match 5-7, 7-5, 8-6
The Aussie Fantatics were back for Hewitt-Tipsarevic!
Rod Laver was gorgeous at night - not an open seat anywhere for the Hewitt match
Tipsarevic advanced in a close one 7-6, 7-5, 6-3
Ana Ivanovic was next! She advanced easily 6-2, 6-1
DAY 2 TUESDAY:
next day first match Andy Murray was on court! he was my pick to win the tourney before it started (ended up getting 2nd)
Andy prevailed in easy fashion 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
next up was Azarenka!
Azarenka advanced easily 6-1, 6-4
of course Redfoo of LMFAO was on hand - he was mobbed by fans!
next up was the genius and greatest tennis player of all time - Roger Federer. Privilege to watch him play tennis!
Roger That - lol
Look at how easy he makes the serving motion look - it's so fluid. his serve isn't massive - but he is consistently around 120 to 130 mph - and it's always on target. Poetry in motion.
Roger made it look easy - 6-2, 6-4, 6-1
outside the courts - people lounging watching the big screen for tennis - very laid back atmosphere at Aussie Open
Aussie Fanatics back for more tennis - Matosevic of Australia was playing, unfortunately he lost to Cilic of Croatia
I was super excited to see Monfils play - the crowd was doing the wave at Margaret Court Arena!
check out this guy carrying 5 beers lol
Monfils! I love his sliding style of tennis and his overhead smashes
a gorgeous setting at Margaret Court Arena - seeing the player I wanted to see most all tourney, and a gorgeous background
This is my favorite photo I took all tourney - the setting sun made a gorgeous sky
Monfils ended up winning outstanding match, the crowd was going crazy, this was one of my favorite matches of the tourney. 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3. Epic times!
these guys were also at the Andy Murray match - they would have a chant at every new set lol (their shirts spelled out GAEL) for Monfils
DAY 3 WEDNESDAY:
a gorgeous day out walking to Rod Laver Arena. Only maybe a 30 min walk from downtown Melbourne to the stadium - a great setup. You could also take a tram there too.
Yarra River with Melbourne in the background
found Wozniacki practicing - where is Rory? lol
also found Li Na practicing - no one knew she would end up making the final - her new coaching change has turned out wonderful for her
first match was Ragwanska - she won easily 6-1, 6-3
decided to go outside to court 6 for the Querrey-Baker match since both are from the USA. Awesome setting outside for it
Baker won the first set - but then all of a sudden he cut hard on the court, and he was down, clutching his right knee.
he had trouble walking over to the bench to sit down - Sam Querrey (on left) offered his support
the doctors did some tests on the knee, he was in a ton of pain when they twisted it a certain way - ouch
it was awful to watch - and needles to say he was really upset at having to withdraw from the match
they had to wheel him off the court in a wheelchair - I offered my applause as he went by. Turns out he had a torn meniscus, and had surgery and will be out 6-8 weeks. Hope he's back on the court soon
This is one of my favorite pics - almost looks fake! This is from the first row of the stands of court 3
Saw another US person - this time Madison Keys
this match seemed like my pics turned out the best of any
Keys played some great tennis and won 6-2, 6-1
next was Aussie favorite Stosur back inside Laver
The Aussie Fanatics were back! Unfortunately Stosur played poorly in the 3rd set and ended up losing 6-4, 1-6, 7-5. Felt like a funeral in the stadium at the end lol
after the match I hustled over to court 19 to try to see Cirstea, but her match had just ended. But I saw her get mobbed by the fans! lol I saw Cirstea play at Stanford tennis tourney 2012 vs Serena
happened upon Laura Robson practicing - who I hoped to see in action the next day!
happened upon Laura Robson practicing - who I hoped to see in action the next day!
walking back to Laver from the practice courts
Venus was the first night match
Cornet of France was the most rude player I've ever seen - she was glaring at the ballboys, the crowd, the umpire, even smashed her racket! lol!
Luckily Cornet got smashed by Venus 6-3, 6-3 lol
Laver had some empty seats, but not too many - it is awesome at night since the temperature cools down some
2nd night match was Harrison of the USA vs Novak - bright yellow sneaks for Harrison!
Harrison has one the biggest serves - and a big reason is due to his legs - check out how much compression there is in his legs. He was averaging 130-135 or so - huge. Unfortunately Harrison's groundstrokes aren't as consistent as his serve, and Novak won easily 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
DAY 4 THURSDAY:
This was forecasted to the hottest day of the tourney - somewhere around 105 or so. So we tried to prepare accordingly - it was tough since it was literally hot everywhere you went it seemed like
I actually bought a separate ticket this day to Hisense Arena - since I wanted to see those matches more so than the matches that were going on in Laver Arena. Though when I got into Hisense - the roof was closed, and it felt like a sauna in there. Especially since I was so high up, there was zero air circulation
Kirilenko was the first match up - I could only handle the heat until 5-4 in the 1st set before I went over to Rod Laver to try to find some cooler air. My seats were better at Laver, so I figured that the air would be better there
Turns out Serena was on at Laver - this was the 6th time I've seen her play now (2011 Stanford twice, 2012 Stanford, 2012 Olympics twice, and now this time) - crazy! And check out those sneaks! Serena won 6-2, 6-0. Serena was my pick to win the tourney (she lost in the quarterfinals to Stephens)
next up was Tomic of Australia, so the Aussie fantatics were out in force again!
Rod Laver was packed for the Tomic match
his opponent was Brands of Germany - he had a big serve too. Just like Harrison, check out the knee bend he gets into his serve - a lot of power was generated by him
Tomic ended up winning in 4 sets over Brands
I decided to head back over to Hisense to brave the heat because I wanted to see Caroline play! The temp wasn't as bad as earlier - still hot but not as awful as earlier.
her opponent was Donna Vekic - who I had never heard of before
Hisense more filled up now than earlier
I was more impressed with Vekic than Caroline - Vekic had a ton of power, though unfortunately she made a lot of unforced errors. If she can cut down her errors, I think she will be a great player in the future
they were almost twins lol
Caroline ended up winning 6-1, 6-4
next match on Hisense was my favorite player - Monfils! This time against Lu. Monfils had a big serve and ended up prevailing in a crazy match in 5 sets
I walked back over to Laver for the night matches, and the sun was just scalding - I swear the sun feels hotter in Australia than it does in North America. Turns out there is a hole in the ozone layer in Australia, so skin cancer is way more common there than in North America.
court looked awesome right before the Federer match
Federer up again!
like I said earlier - Roger's serving motion just looks so fluid and easy. May be another reason why it seems like he's never really had a serious injury in his tennis career as far as I can remember
Roger watching his own commercial on the big screen haha
Mario and Luigi on hand haha
this guy sat right behind us, and they had the funniest chant yet of the tourney "Where's your Fed at! Where's you Fed t! Where's your Fed at!" lol
last match on Laver was the main player I wanted to see - Laura Robson! She was up against Petra Kvitova (below) My prediction was that Robson would win 7-5 in the 3rd set - I thought Kvitova wasn't playing very well recently (Kvitova was the 5 seed)
gorgeous setting at Rod Laver for the final night match
The match was pretty even on both sides - Robson had a few less errors than Kvitova
Kvitova's serve let her down - she had 18 double faults, and could never seem to find a rhythm, she was also getting emotional about it late in the 3rd set
Robson ended up prevailing in one of the best matches of the tourney! 2-6, 6-3, 11-9! The crowd was going wild the whole time, what a way to close out the last match of the tourney for me - with basically the best match I saw all tourney. Epic times.
It was the biggest win of Robson's career - and she was thrilled in the post match interview
It was amazing times at the Aussie Open! I hope I can go back again sometime, they run an amazing tourney there. My hope is to go to the US Open in August 2013, and possibly the French Open in May 2014. Likely I won't make it to Wimbledon - since I already saw tennis there while at the Olympics, and for Wimbledon you can't just buy a 4 day pass - you need to apply for a lottery and they only give you tickets for 1 day.
Have you been to any of the grand slam tennis events before?