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It's pretty simple.


If this were the USO or AO finals, Rog would have to hope that Novak's form to dip in order for Rog to win.  And on grass, it's the other way around.


If both play to their ability, Rog should win tomorrow.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/champions-ball/52025/

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@Prince of Rascia @IdleTime I'm not saying that Rog will win.  I counter pointed anyone who so confidently predicts that Novak will win.  So you don't want to base things on the past, what factors are you exactly base on for a Novak win?  Things that haven't happened yet?

That makes a lot of sense.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/wimbledon-federer-d-raonic/52010/

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People who expect Djokovic to win on Sunday need to watch his Wimbly semis match against Roger in 2012.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/wimbledon-federer-d-raonic/52010/

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@topspinner @IdleTime I never said that he had a strong season, but strong *clay* season, by his standards.  What's immediately leading up to his QF match.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/fist-ball-73-murray-meltdown-edition/51995/

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@topspinner @IdleTime Facts don't prove that Murray is "a shadow of himself".  He had a very strong clay season, his least favored surface.  And he went through his first 4 matches here with ease and authority.  Like Federer, he dropped zero sets.  Grigor's win is a testament to his ability to go far at this point in his career. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/fist-ball-73-murray-meltdown-edition/51995/

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@Spice26 @IdleTime Spice26, I agree that there are not that many grass specialists out there and obviously I know you don't have to be one to win Wimbledon, since I said Novak isn't one and he won, not to mention Nadal.  "Specialist" means that you have the game and movements that suits the surface.  I would say that Murray has the wily game that can prove to be successful on this surface.  The reason that players Novak and Nadal can be successful at Wimbledon is b/c there aren't that many grass specialists out there.  They can go through the draw by the mere virtue of their aura of being the top player on a mission.  But their chances are dicey.

So my point is that Dimitrov is dangerous to Novak b/c the guy's got game for the surface.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/fist-ball-73-murray-meltdown-edition/51995/

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IDK.  I'm predicting Dimitrov upsetting Djokovic.  Grigor was a junior champion here.  He broke through and won his first grass tournament this year and beat the defending champion soundly.   He has game for this surface.

Novak is not a grass master, despite his title here in 2011.  In fact, grass is his most awkward surface.  When playing against the grass specialists in Murray and Federer, he loses.  I mean, 5 sets against Cilic?  So why won't he be the victim to the specialist Dimitrov who is ready and seems to have the perfect composure for a champion?

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/fist-ball-73-murray-meltdown-edition/51995/

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Federer can't ask for a better prelude to this semis match.  He won a tune-up to build confidence, in the process having to play only 3 matches.  He got through the first 4 rounds at Wimbly in a breeze and met, at the right time, a challenge in Wawrinka in the QF, to build grits.


This "he's too old to win 7 straight 3 out of 5 sets matches" doesn't really apply on grass given how quickly Rog can get on and off the court.


Having said that, I won't lie that I wish that it was Styrgios (or even Nadal) that Rog plays in the SF, and not Raonic.  Bombers like Milos can always pose as a minefield for Rog, especially on a surface that favors the ball-bashers.  Rog would have to be on his toe the whole time, something we can't rely too readily for him these days.  He can also hope that Milos will find the momentous occasion too overwhelming to perform.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/fist-ball-73-murray-meltdown-edition/51995/

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Playing 3 days in a row *might* be a factor for Stan's loss, or it might not be at all.  We don't know this.  And as a journalist, you want to stick to the facts, not conjectures.


Players play 3 days in a row all the time in smaller tournaments.  Playing 3 days in a row at Wimbledon can be less taxing than playing 3 days in a row in, say, the clay tournament in Rome, even in 3/5 vs. 2/3 formats.  Matches are shorter on grass and lacking in long rallies.  Weather conditions are always cooler here as well.


If fatigue was a factor to Stan's loss, then that is his problem.  Fitness is part of the game and if you're not prepared for this, then you deserve to be eliminated.  Furthermore, we don't know if he would win if he were fully fit either.  He won the first set and never saw another break point for the next 2 1/2 sets, so it was Roger's high level of play that perhaps wore him down.


This was Stan's first QF at Wimbledon, so there was no real reason to believe that he would cross over line with a grass maestro like Federer who knows his opponent's game very well. 

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/friend-and-foe/51985/

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Not to take anything away from Kyrgios, obviously a big win and a big talent.  But beating Nadal on grass is nothing to write home about.  He has a terrible record on this surface (at Wimbledon and warm-up)  in the past 3 years, proving that his earlier success on grass was due more to his tenacious competitive spirit and aura than skills and feels for the surface.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/wimbledon-kyrgios-d-nadal/51965/

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That's just horrible!  How could he be on Fox and Friends?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on VIDEO: Chris Daughtry apologizes for ‘Off The Clock’ comments on D-Day on Fox & Friends

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Idol was not happy that Caleb won.  You could tell in Ryan Seacrest's blank reaction after announcing Caleb's winning.

Idol should find better ways to determine a winner, outside and in addition to votings.  A Southerner is always going to kick a non-Southerner's butt in the finale when it comes to votings.

Or Idol should either pick all of their contestants to be Southerners or none of them to be Southerners, so that the result would be more reflective of marketability, rather than Southern pride.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Caleb Johnson lands at #162 on iTunes, to release debut album this Summer

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It's great (smart?) to have the opening match on Sunday.  And luckily this looked like an 84 minute practice session for Roger.  He won't play again until Wednesday, which is when the tournament officially begins for him.


This way, it's like he would only have to play 6 six matches in the span of 12 days.  So psychologically and physically, it won't feel too taxing for him if he gets near the championship match.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/05/roland-garros-federer-d-lacko/51546/

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My stats show that Caleb will edge Jena tomorrow.


There have been 7 boy vs. girl finale, and boy edges girl by 4-3.  This is statistically insignificant.  But two other stats can't be ignored:


1) In a mixed gender finale, the eliminated 3rd placer's gender determines the gender of the winner in a ratio of 6-1.  Since Alex got eliminated in 3rd place, Caleb will benefit.  More significantly...


2) In a finale of a southerner vs. a non-Southerner, the Southerner wins in a ratio of 6-0.


But history might not have much of an impact this year because this is the first year where votings are limited to 50  per device, so whoever performed significantly better tonight can still win.  Since I didn't see the show, I don't know how each performed.  But during the whole season, there weren't much that separated these two.

2 months, 1 week ago on POLL: Who will win American Idol 2014 Season 13?

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I can't understand a word she's singing during the verses.

2 months, 1 week ago on VIDEO: Jena Irene sings ‘Heart Attack’ on American Idol 2014

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Alex should have done something a little different with "Story of My Life".  It was a mere repeat/reprisal and that might have hurt him.  For my money, he's the only worthy finalist.


Having been the frontrunner and the only girl left, Jena is primed to make it.  In the old days of unlimited voting, Caleb would have been a shoo-in for the finale, as he is the only Southerner of the 3.  But, musically, in a battle of between a throwback entertainer ala Taylor Hicks (Caleb) and an easy-going breezy singer-songwriter ala Phillip Phillips (Alex), I'm not sure who will make it through?

2 months, 1 week ago on POLL: Who’s Going Home on American Idol Top 3? – 05/15/2014

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Overrated!  Ppl get excited because she's 17, but really that was just decent at best.  JLo, sit down, girl!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on VIDEO: Jena Irene sings ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ on American Idol 2014

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How can they be s-holes if they didn't know the result before voting?  It could be them who has the least votes.  But, Rickey, you are just too funny!

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Alex Preston and Jena Irene voted to evict Sam Woolf on ‘American Idol’ – Report

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If either Alex or Jena is in the B2, then CJ is going home.

3 months ago on American Idol 2014 – Top 6 Results – Live Blog and Recap

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@ArchieSue @IdleTime In the 12 AI seasons past, only once the top 5 doesn't have an African American in it.


Rickey forum has always underrated male black singers in these singing competitions (to put it mildly).  So, I wouldn't trust its poll.  And Sam has been overrated in this forum for weeks now, even during the week that he got the lowest votes.

3 months ago on American Idol 2014 – Top 6 Post-Show Power Rankings

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And Sam at #4?  No way.  He should be leaving this week.  (I'm  also predicting this)


They try to stuff Sam into this heartthrob role, but he simply isn't that kind of artist/singer, despite his good looks.  The type of artist he wants to be, singer/songwriter, requires him to mature a lot more.  He currently doesn't have the depth to deliver that package.


CJ, while often off-pitch, is more convincing at it.

3 months ago on American Idol 2014 – Top 6 Post-Show Power Rankings

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Nick,


I think you need to get over your Alex's pet peeves.  It's nothing but your prejudice, your issues.  Odd and awkward even, I though never feel that they hinder his musical performances.  He always sells his songs effectively, his emotional message always comes through clearly.  And that's what matters.


Hoping that he wouldn't make those faces is like hoping that he'd be a brunette instead of a blonde.   It's irrelevant.

3 months ago on American Idol 2014 – Top 6 Post-Show Power Rankings

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I don't know why he was playing this week.  I know he's a defending champion, but he just won 2 masters back to back.  He had earned enough points to afford to sit out on this one.  


I don't think it's that serious.  He will skip Madrid and come back in Rome.  If not Rome, for sure he will return for RG, at which point he might be too rusty especially for clay to be a challenger.


If I were him, I'd wait until 5/19 to enter in a small tournament right before RG to get a few matches in.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/04/djokovic-take-break-treat-wrist-injury/51220/

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Roger and Stan not only made the Swiss proud at home couple of weeks ago, but now abroad as well.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/04/monte-carlo-federer-d-djokovic/51219/

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Her vocal is good (her weird singing mumble accent notwithstanding), but she's not very believable in this song.  I'd never believe in a single second that she would think herself as a "creep".  And the way she lullabies the word "weirdo" is just kind of cutesy.

3 months, 1 week ago on VIDEO: Jena Irene sings ‘Creep’ on American Idol 2014

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I told you guys it would be Dexter and Jess in B2 and Dexter going home.

Sam was in the B3 again and the show doesn't want to embarrass the judges once again for their silly save.

3 months, 1 week ago on American Idol 2014 Results – Top 6 Revealed – 04/17/2014

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I think the B3 will be Dexter, Jessica and CJ/Sam.  I think Dexter is leaving, but could be Jessica.  Dexter's cap covering his eyes didn't help his cause and Jessica's weakness is really exposed, and then get torn by the judges, this week.


Only Jena and Alex look in the zone this week.  The rest just seem to phone in their performances (yet again).  God!  This season's performers (while variant) are just so snoozy.

3 months, 1 week ago on POLL: Who’s Going Home on American Idol 2014 Top 7?

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He tried too hard to make this an "event" when the song requires him to just sing it sincerely.  Didn't work for me.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on VIDEO: Caleb Johnson sings ‘Faithfully’ on American Idol 2014

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This guy really knows how to sell a song, an original or an original take of a classic.  Very memorable.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on VIDEO: Alex Preston sings ‘Every Breath You Take’ on American Idol 2014

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The problem I have with this girl is that she thinks she's better than she actually is.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on VIDEO: Jena Irene sings ‘Rolling in the Deep’ on American Idol 2014

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I'm so bored with this howdy doo dee kid Sam Woolf.

What's the point of saving him?  He'll be eliminated again within a couple of weeks.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on American Idol 2014 – Top 8 Results – Live Blog and Recap

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Not McConnaughey again!

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Your sarcasm is hilarious, Rickey!

4 months ago on Syesha Mercado sued by manager for $300K

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Girlband?  Only Allison plays an instrument.  Girl group, maybe.

But I really don't want to hear these 3 trying to outsing each other.

4 months ago on Jessica Sanchez, Pia Toscano and Allison Iraheta reveal how JLo got them together for ‘I Luh Ya Papi’

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Alex is the most musically accomplished contestant of the season, like how Candice Glover was last year.  It's very satisfying listening to him.


If he were from the South, I'd say he has this in the bag...

4 months, 1 week ago on VIDEO: Alex Preston sings ‘Story of My Life’ on American Idol 2014

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Fantastic win for Rog.  Tomorrow is a tough test against Berdych.  In ways tougher than Novak.

Best of luck, Rog!

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/02/dubai-federer-d-djokovic/50771/

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You kind of got me until the final two words.  Spring Breakers.  Aside from the inept filmmaking by its director, do you seriously think for an iota second that a movie like SB will ever be remotely considered to be nominated for the Oscars BP?

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116503/why-12-years-slave-will-win-best-picture-oscars

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Show how it done, girl!

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Candice Glover – Cried and Same Kinda Man – American Idol 2014

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I love CeeLo.  He always says the coolest things.  Will miss him.

5 months, 1 week ago on Cee Lo Green won’t be returning to ‘The Voice’ next season – Video

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Her signing is just so lovely, confident and accomplished.  So glad she infused torch and jazz in the tunes.  Can't wait to grab a copy of this.

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There's more wattage in Bruno Mars' little body than the lights of the whole stadium!

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Bruno Mars – Super Bowl 2014 Halftime Show – Video

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Indeed.  This was the best performance of the night.

6 months ago on Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons – 2014 Grammy Awards – Video

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OMG!  Can't believe that they're doing a special on Candice!  And so many said that she will be Amaro'ed.  I guess they really want her album to land in the top 10 so they can brag about it on the live show.  Can't wait!

6 months, 2 weeks ago on American Idol XIII – Schedule, Twists and Format Changes Revealed – Report

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Happens to the best of us. :)

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Directors Guild of America Awards for 2013 – Full Nominations

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lol.  I've never seen the audition before.  I must say ... that was quite cringe worthy.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Phillip Phillips – Superstition Audition – American Idol XIII Promo

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"John Singleton (1991′s Boyz in the Hood) Lee Daniels (2009′s Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire) are the only other African-American nominees in the 66-year history of the DGA awards."


True.  Except that Steve McQueen is not African-American.  He's British.  :)

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Directors Guild of America Awards for 2013 – Full Nominations

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Seriously?!  Blaming someone else for your own actions and problems?  How old is she?

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Why are we bringing Mitt Romeny back in the news?  No no no.

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