They probably didn't think that they would have to play each other three days in a row. But here we are. John Isner, a 19th seeded! American has battled qualifier Nicolas Mahut to a virtual draw. It even made the cover of ESPN, something men's tennis has failed to do in years (except when talking about Andre Agassi's drug habits or the rampant betting that occurs in Men's Tennis). Incidentally, this match has been suspended not once, but twice, because of darkness.
Even though the match winner still has not been determined, almost every record in the history of tennis match play has been broken - number of games, length of match, number of points, longest set, most aces. In fact, I saw a table of longest matches, and the Isner-Mahut match is longer by 50 PERCENT than the second longest match. It got me to thinking about what the longest games have been in the five major sports in the U.S. At first, I looked here for the answers, but decided that that was a little over the top.
2. Football. Christmas Day, 1971. An NFL Playoff Game between the Dolphins and the Chiefs. The Dolphins eventualy won this game with 7 minutes and 40 seconds gone in the Second Overtime. The funny thing about this actually was my research. So many people were condemned for asking such a "stupid" question. They were scolded that games end up in a tie after the 15 minute overtime. Followed shortly by the answer given above. At least three research sites had this string of questions, snarky answers and salty responses.
3. Basketball. In a 6 overtime thriller, the Indianapolis Olympians defeated the Rochester Royals 75-73 on January 6, 1951. A real yawner of a game, if you ask me. I understand that in the 30 minutes of overtime play, only 23 shots were taken. 23 SHOTS? How is this entertaining? By the way, how did the team from Indiana get the name, the "Olympians?"
4. Hockey. March 24, 1936. This is the time of the original 6. Mud Brunteau scored the game winner for the Red Wings as Detroit defeated the Montreal (soon to be) the Canadiens in the sixth overtime of a semifinal playoff game.
5. Soccer. (European Football). Who cares?
So tomorrow, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut will face each other for a third consecutive day. Neither of these guys will win their second round match regardless, and maybe they don't care. They just want this to end. I don't blame them. As John Isner said at the end of Day 2, "Nothing like this will ever happen again. Ever." I hope not, for their sake.
photo courtesy of cnnsi.com
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
If you know me and this space, when you read about the "Night We Went to the Derby," you're probably thinking we went to the Kentucky Derby or some other type of horse race, or perhaps we strolled the local shopping mall. Not this time. This time we went to the Derby where, in the immortal words of my three year old "the girls go to kill each other!!" I admit that that was a sentence that was uttered out of my mouth to engender some excitement - but who cares? JMR and crew was going to see the Boston Derby Dames.