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Maria Sharapova: $1000 per minute

In girls, sports, TV, Uncategorized on 01/23/2013 at 19:44

The 2013 Australian Open is midway through its second week and the eight Men’s and Women’s semifinalists have all spent varied amounts of time on court. Maria Sharapova has looked particularly dominant in her first 5 matches and will seek to keep that streak alive in tonight’s semi against the charming and dangerous Li Na.

Masha Masha Masha!

But let’s examine just how dominant (and just how lucrative) Sharapova has been so far:

R128 Sharapova def. Puchkova 6-0, 6-0 (55 minutes)
R64 Sharapova def. Doi 6-0, 6-0 (47 minutes)
R32 Sharapova def. V Williams 6-1, 6-3 (79 minutes)
R16 Sharapova def. Flipkens 6-1, 6-0 (78 minutes)
QF Sharapova def. Makarova 6-2, 6-2 (66 minutes)

Maria has lost 9 games in 5 matches and no sets. She has yet to play a match that lasted an hour and twenty minutes or exceeded a 6-3 scoreline. In fact, with just over 5 hours on court and a cool $500,000 already in the bank, Sharapova is earning an astonishing $1539 for every minute she’s on court.

To put that in context, a typical 9-5 job with that sort of rate would pay $3.7 million every week. Lucky for the Happy Slam, Maria isn’t logging that sort of time. And her efficient play has been as impressive as her minute/dollar ratio.

Through five matches Maria is +21 winners to unforced errors. Her serve percentage is erratic, but she’s winning 80% of first serve points and 54% of second. Azarenka, the defending champion and Marai’s kryptonite of late, will dominate any weak serving, so there is certainly cause for alarm.

With Serena Williams out, Sharapova has a huge opportunity not only to reclaim the world #1 ranking (she only needs to reach the finals) but earn her 5th career Major. While her numbers have been encouraging, I’m sure she would not mind Sloan Stephens scoring another huge upset on her behalf.

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“Goon”

In movies, sports, writing on 10/22/2012 at 20:07

I recently watched the movie “Goon” starring Sean William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill.

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Happy 500 Tommy Haas!

In sports, TV, writing on 10/19/2012 at 15:56

Inspired by Tommy Haas’ 500th career win this morning and William Miller’s post here, I decided to take a look at one of the most interesting careers in sports today.

With a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over American Jesse Levine in the second round of Vienna’s Erste Bank Open, Germany’s Tommy Haas reached the illustrious 500 win mark. With Andy Roddick’s recent retirement, Haas is now only the fourth active player on tour with 500 or more wins, joining Roger Federer (871), Rafael Nadal (583) and Lleyton Hewitt (566).

“I knew for a few days that I would reach the milestone if I won this match. This was a big goal of mine,” said Haas. “In April, I was at around 472 wins and I knew it wouldn’t be easy to win another 27 or 28 matches.” In honor of the achievement, Haas was gifted a custom Fiat 500 by the tournament.

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Haas, who won Vienna in 2001, faces a qualifier in the next round and likes his chances to add to the win column. “For now I’m focusing on next year,” Haas said. “One of my goals for this year was to win my 13th title since 13 is my lucky number. Next year is 2013 and as long as I’m fit I want to play the whole year.”

Not many 34 year olds are focusing on “next year” in the world of professional tennis. In tennis, 34 year olds are about as effective as corpses. But then, Tommy Haas has had a career unlike any player before him.

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Using Sports To Teach Children How To Hate!

In boston, sports, TV, writing on 10/16/2012 at 17:15

I remember the chant dimly, a Red Sox/Orioles game when I was seven or eight years old. It didn’t seem odd, or menacing, just slightly out of place. A few months later, when my parents took me and my brother to a taping off WWF Thursday Night Smackdown, it erupted again. Finally, when it burst out randomly in Faneuil Hall one evening, I had to ask. “Dad, why do people yell ‘Yankees suck’ all the time, even when no Yankees are around to hear it?”

I can’t remember my dad’s exact response, but it went something along the lines of this: those people are idiots, that chant is senseless, and it’s embarrassing that Red Sox fans–and Boston citizens in general–took it up as an unofficial slogan.

While it’s a regional example, the “Yankees suck” chant is an example of how we can all learn a lesson between uneducated hatred and spirited competition.

Do they!?

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SPORTS SUNDAY: New England Falters Late In Home Opener

In boston, sports, TV, writing on 09/16/2012 at 23:31

The New England Patriot’s streak of ten consecutive winning home openers ended Sunday at the surprising hands of the Arizona Cardinals.

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SUNDAY SPORTS: USA eliminated from 2012 Davis Cup

In sports, TV, writing on 09/16/2012 at 22:53

The United States were eliminated from 2012 Davis Cup competition Sunday, losing 3-1 to defending champions Spain. Davis Cup began in 1900 and is one of the premiere annual team competitions in sports, held every year between February and November. The United States is the most successful country in Davis Cup history with 32 titles, the most recent coming in 2007, while Spain has reached the final round for the fourth time in five years.

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New Brooklyn Nets Barclay’s Center Revealed

In sports, TV on 09/13/2012 at 12:57

Earlier this week Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark unveiled the new basketball court at the Barclay’s Center.

“It’s surreal to think that the court’s down, that the building’s almost completed,” Yormark said. “It’s been a long journey, but I think you can fairly say it’s well worth the wait. I think Brooklynites, all our key stakeholders, owners, management, all of our employees are really going to be pleased when they see the court and the finished product here. It’s spectacular.”

The court will debut November 1st when the Nets host cross town rivals the New York Knicks for the season opener.

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Top 10 Tuesday (rain delay): Andy Roddick Matches

In sports, writing on 09/05/2012 at 14:51

I was going to post this yesterday before Andy’s 4th round match vs. Juan Martin del Potro was interrupted by rain at the start of the first set tiebreak. Unfortunately it looks like the match might not resume at all today, so I figured I would post these anyways.

Roddick getting into his ninth US Open quarterfinal would put him in very good company, tying him with Roger Federer and leaving only Ivan Llendl, Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi ahead of him. It’s hard to see him getting beyond that (see: Djokovic), so let the tributes keep coming while they can!

10. 2009 US Open 3rd Round Isner def. Roddick 76(3) 63 36 57 76(5)
One of only two losses to make my list. This match came just a month or so after the 2009 Wimbledon final. Roddick did rebound from that loss eventually, going on to reach back to back Masters finals in 2010 (winning Miami), but the hangover was still present as he exited the USO before the quarterfinals for the first time since 2005. But the loss came to the future of American tennis in Isner, was played at a high level from the first point through a fifth set tiebreak. Like the Wimbledon final, Roddick dropped serve only once. Watch Isner discuss his victory here.

9. 2009 Australian Open QF Roddick def. Djokovic (3)67 64 62 21 ret.
Roddick came into the 2009 season with a new coach, a new look and renewed ambition. He reached the Chennai final to open the season and came into the Australian Open quarterfinals against defending champion/world number 3 Novak Djokovic in stellar form. Djokovic took the opening set tiebreak, but from then on it was all Roddick, who literally out hustled his opponent in some of the hottest conditions the tournament had ever seen. Court temperatures exceeded 100 degrees, forcing Djokovic to retire, while Roddick looked content to play a few more sets.

Novak melts

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Top 10 Tuesday: Summer Olympic Sports

In sports, TV, writing on 09/04/2012 at 19:19

The Olympics, near and dear to my heart, already seem like a pleasant memory. I’ve compiled here a list of ten of my favorite events from the Summer Games. In truth I’d be hard pressed to come up with ten Olympic sports I don’t enjoy, so plenty of my favorites (Handball, Water Polo) have been left off.

10. Tennis.
I love tennis, post about it frequently, but it wasn’t that popular at the Olympics until 2004, dropping it to last on this week’s top 10. However in 2008 when Rafael Nadal, the absolute dominant player on tour, won gold (as well as Federer winning gold in doubles) tennis was suddenly a very legitimate Olympic contest. The 2012 Games upped the ante big time with Andy Murray winning gold (and silver) in front of his home crowd, one of the most magical moments of this year’s Olympics.
Andy Murray def. Roger Federer in straight sets

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SPORTS SUNDAY: Andy Roddick vs Fabio Fognini

In sports, TV, writing on 09/02/2012 at 17:33

It’s Sunday, and at Stahr Magazine that means one thing: sports.

This weeks entry will focus on what might be Andy Roddick’s last professional tennis match. He takes on talented but inconsistent Italian Fabio Fognini.

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Casual tennis fans might have Roddick penciled in for a fourth round meeting with Juan Martin del Potro, but an early exit is likely for three reasons. Firstly, Roddick hasn’t played well this year. Despite two titles and having just played his best tennis in a long while vs. Bernard Tomic in the second round, Roddick has been rough around the edges and can lose to anyone at any time, retirement or not.

Second, Roddick and Fognini met just over a month ago in Eastbourne. Roddick won, going on to take the tournament, but narrowly edged the Italian 7-5 in the final set. That was on grass, Roddick’s best surface.

Lastly, tennis fans remember Andre Agassi’s last US Open, where in the second round he got past a young, talented opponent (Marcos Baghdatis) 7-5 in the fifth set. He then, almost by choice, ended his career against unheralded Benjamin Becker. Will Roddick be satisfied with his second round performance, and embrace retirement? Or is he dead set on matching up with the top talents in today’s game?

Find out now, as the match is just underway. STAHR MAGAZINE will be live tweeting the entire match.