Sunday, September 7, 2003

That rainy day feelin'

A review of the last two weeks that weren't

It took nearly two weeks, but Andy Roddick finally put a charge into the U.S. Open Saturday with his five-set semifinal win. Still, the tournament hasn't been a total waste, as Top of the Second's water-logged review proves.

Best retirement ceremony

In an upset, our vote goes to a player who decided not to hang it up at this year's event, American Todd Martin. After losing a five-set match to Juan Carlos Ferrero, the 33-year-old Martin said he wasn't in any rush to decide his future.

"You know," he reflected, "I think enough retirement ceremonies have occurred this fortnight, so you're not going to get anything like that out of me tonight."

Thanks, Todd. We couldn't survive any more retirements after A Very Special Evening with Michael Chang.

Worst retirement gift

Pete Sampras, who won five U.S. Open titles, was given a plaque with a photo of himself jumping for an overhead smash ... with a red superhero's cape superimposed! Were all the Timex watches taken? What is he supposed to do with that?

Best retirement outfit

Boris Becker's I-just-got-out-of-a-Berlin-disco suit and hair at Sampras' retirement ceremony. And what was with the dark outfits Becker, Sampras and Jim Courier were wearing? Dick Enberg was the only one with enough brains to put on a sensible summer tan suit.

Speaking of Enberg

How awesome is this guy? Back in the '90s, it was a huge NFL game when Enberg would say something like, "Bubby Brister and the Steelers are looking for that AFC crown ... but there's an old warrior named John Elway who's not ready to give it up ..."

So you know this U.S. Open had some juice when Enberg couldn't help himself from bellowing, "And Agassi is holding the baton that Roddick is working so hard to snatch from his grasp."

If Roddick wins the title, look out. Enberg will go nuts.

Best match

For the 13th straight year, Jimmy Connors' 1991 fourth-round epic against Aaron Krickstein, which CBS replays every year during the inevitable Labor Day rain delay, gets the nod.

Chances are, you remember exactly where you were when Connors pulled out the fifth-set tiebreaker 7-4 after four hours and 41 minutes.

Best nickname for a player

"The Rockin' Moroccan," which one headline writer assigned to Morocco's Younes El Aynaoui. What is it with him and five-set matches? Our bet is his favorite book is War and Peace, and his favorite movie is The Godfather ... Parts I, II and III.

Best nickname, honorable mention

"The A-Train," which fits semifinalist Andre Agassi nicely. Although The New York Times' George Vecsey referred to him Saturday as an ancient Zen master.

Most annoying habit

Justine Henin-Hardenne's preference for ending combative sentences with the phrase, "And you're just going to have to accept that."

Best column on the tournament

In Friday's Wall Street Journal, Sam Walker wrote about the Hawk-Eye, a British system that can pinpoint where a ball lands to within 5 millimeters.

Walker argues that eliminating the doubt from line calls also would eliminate watching players blow their lids when they think they've been had. He's right. What fun is that?

Walker also notes Illie Nastase once told an umpire to address him as Mr. Nastase.

Broncos 30, Bengals 10
Daugherty column: Still the same old Bengals
Offensive line takes the blame
Lewis brings a new style
Daugherty column: Time for redemption has arrived
Dillon record motivates both Bengals, Broncos
Bengals fans need to chart their way home
Who will have better debut, Lewis or Plummer?
This & that

The NFL kicks off from the parking lot
Curnutte: Around the NFL
NFL Week One: Best bets
Curnutte's Power Rankings

OSU survives serious scare from Aztecs
Geiger dismisses criticism
UK, Lorenzen air it out, top Murray State
Wake Forest stuns No. 14 Wolfpack
Berlin thwarts Gators once again
Sooners hold off Tide's charge
Pickett rebounds against Hoosiers
Fighting Irish 'fortunate'
Boilermakers unable to make crucial plays
Top 25 roundup: Southern Cal fends off BYU
Scores, how Top 25 fared
Small college roundup

Sunday's Game: Cardinals 9, Reds 0
Saturday's Game: Cardinals 13, Reds 6
Notes: Shoulder problem bothers Graves
Clock starts now for trade evaluations
Reds chatter
Reds Q&A

MLB power rankings
Notes: Glavine satisfied being a Met
NL games: Giants maintain NL West lead
AL games: Boston tees off on Clemens, Yankees

Roger Bacon weathers Holy Cross bid at upset
Saturday's other games
Football finals stay north
Numbers shouldn't dictate athletes
New focus works for St. Ursula
Prep sports results

Neighbors Morgan, Tewell say Amen
Kroger scores, matchups

For Roddick fans, glass is half full
Henin-Hardenne topples Clijsters

Newman survives late restarts; captures sixth win

McNick product finds place at UC
That rainy day feelin'
Page Two power rankings

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