England makes another tennis racket. The Bucks turn to Greece to retool their roster. "Lob City" competes with the "Lake Show" for the basketball eyes in LA. Our worldly look at sports continues ? one tweet at a time:
The hot topic
Wimbledon, despite its British roots, used to be as American as the Fourth of July holiday it overlapped.
Jimmy Connors, Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Lindsay Davenport, Venus and Serena Williams - they all took their turns displaying the prowess of U.S. tennis by basking in the gleam of the championship trophies they raised on All England Club's fabled grass courts.
Today? Not so much.
No American players remain in the men's and women's - excuse me ? the gentlemen's and ladies - singles draws as this year's upset-filled tournament crescendos to a finish that likely will elicit yawns from the casual tennis observer on this side of the Atlantic.
Still, we continue on with the aces, the deuces, the faults, the rallies and the winners.
So let's serve up the strawberries and cream. And, of course, some tweets:
? My favorite is when a tournament referee @wimbledon goes out to check the slickness of a court while wearing heels or loafers .... And kind of dabs at the court lightly w their foot ..... Used to drive me insane hahaha. - @andyroddick: 2003 U.S. Open champ and former world No. 1 men's star Andy Roddick.
? Getting ready for my match. Wish me luck! #Wimbledon - @DjokerNole: Top-ranked men's tennis player Novak Djokovic prior to Wednesday's quarterfinal match against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych. Djokovic, the tourney's No. 1 seed, won in straight sets to advance to his fourth straight Wimbledon semifinal and 13th consecutive Grand Slam semifinal.
? Love the fact that @DjokerNoledoes meditation! So much pressure and attention on these guys every day! Helps on court! - @Clijsterskim: Four-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters on Djokovic's training methods.
? Serena needs to add a touch finesse to her game now. Can't muscle Lisicki off the court under this circumstance. She's good though. - @JosinaAnderson: ESPN reporter Josina Anderson while watching Serena Williams suffer a stunning 2-6, 6-1, 4-6 setback against Germany's Sabine Lisicki on Monday in a women's round-of-16 match. Williams, the defending women's Wimbledon champion, was seeking her sixth career Wimbledon singles crown and 17th Grand Slam title.
? I just realized the only time I slipped and fell on my ... Was at Wimbledon against Tracy Austin when she was 15!!!!' - @ChrissieEvert: Tennis legend Chris Evert on the number of players who have been slipping and sliding on the grass courts.
? ...All white? #WIMBLEDON has arrived. - @AndreAgassi: 1992 Wimbledon champ and fashion aficionado Andre Agassi.
My "favorite" tweets ?
? The bucks would pick an 18 year old kid no one has ever heard of - @Bigfishy40: Indiana University men's basketball incoming freshman and former Germantown High School standout Luke Fischer after Milwaukee used its first round pick to select Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo during last week's NBA Draft. We hear the kid could one day have all-star talent. Hope has become a four-letter word for a legion of long-suffering Bucks fans.
? I'M IN!!! #CLIPPERNATION - @CP3: All-star point guard Chris Paul, who agreed to a five-year, $107 million deal to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers. Not the Lakers ? the Clippers. Anything to tweet, Kobe?
? Start of free agency is always interesting. Many teams. Only one Lakers #goldenarmor#FreeAgency#LA#bleedgold - @kobebryant: Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant. Paul and free agent headliner Dwight Howard seem to be siding with the "many teams" argument.
? That crowd of 27000 rocked it hard tonight supporting Homer. Proud to say he's my teammate and I've seen both. Hats of to you Homer. - @JJ_Hoover: Cincinnati Reds pitcher J.J. Hoover after watching teammate Homer Bailey toss his second career no-hitter in the Reds' 3-0 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday. The Reds used the seventh overall selection of the 2004 draft to pluck Bailey, two picks after the Brewers took the oft-injured Mark Rogers. Ugh.
What storyline intrigues you the most as another NFL season looms? Tweet your answers using the hashtag #tellbrett. I'll publish the best in next week's column. And give me a follow at @PCBrettC.
Last week's #tellbrett question: Which sport has the coolest championship trophy?
Jonathan Gruenke (@jester_3) - I think it is the Borg Warner (Indy 500) trophy. Very, very few get to touch or hold the real one, which is always stored. ? Plus your face becomes part of the trophy, your name and average winning speed. How cool is that?
Benjamin Bricco (@bricco24) - i still think it's the World Cup! Only happens every 4yrs. Hardest to get & so few.
Kyle Cousineau (@KCousineau09) - The Stanley Cup. Hands down. No trophy is revered more by the athletes that play their sport than Lord Stanley's Cup.
Logan T Carlson (@logantcarlson) - The Champions League trophy.
Patricia Darcey (@packbrewfan) - The Lombardi Trophy because it's the LOMBARDI Trophy!
Peter D. LaCourse (@CoachPDL) - WIAA State Championship Trophy.
Greg Van Roten (@GVR64) - God what I would do to that Lord Stanley's super-sized cup #nachosforever
- Brett Christopherson: 920-993-1000, ext. 207, or email@example.com; On Twitter @PCBrettC