There are two sporting events I could watch over again knowing the outcome.
The 2008 Wimbledon Final and the 2006 Rose Bowl.
It was the greatest tennis match I may ever see in my lifetime, completely transcended sport. It was all about heart and will.
chris fowlers take on the match, he was in the crowd that day
As toured by my favorite sports broadcaster, Chris Fowler, with a nod to one of my favorites growing up, Dick Enberg. One of the smallest, most special places in all of sports. Cool to see it.
She is the real deal. Dedicated, ambitious and talented. Her second run of the GS in PyeongChang was pure drive.
Before it was (this widely) politicized.
Before hypocritical owners locked arms in solidarity.
Before it was easy.
This started with one man and his principals fearless of what he had to lose.
Then Eric Reid.
Look at this now. He is still unsigned. So much respect.
WHAT IS MOST REMARKABLE IS HOW HE HANDLES LOSSES.
NEVER PLAYS MORE THAN ONE POINT AT A TIME.
HE PLAYS EVERY POINT LIKE IT IS THE LAST ONE HE WILL PLAY.
HE NEVER EVER GIVES UP.
ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRING ATHLETES.
I have been transfixed on the Australian Open for the past 2 weeks.
I have watched this tournament for more than a decade. Always in the middle of January.
It has always provided a telescope into a summer state of mind as Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere.
But this year it has been magic. You don't need to be a fan of tennis. You don't need to be a fan of sport.
If you are looking for hope, it has been in Melbourne over the past two weeks.
Serena Williams will play her sister Venus in the final of the women's tournament tonight.
Roger Federer will play Rafael Nadal in the men's final on Saturday/Sunday night.
That might seem like something you have seen or read about before but the likelihood of these two finals is absolutely surreal.
I have seen a lot of sporting events but never a tournament like this. wow. so special.
Rafa and Roger have endured a tremendous amount of setback over the last few years. They have been sidelined by injury and naysayers proclaiming their best days are behind them. The same is true for Venus Williams with an auto-immune disease that cannot be treated to-boot. Serena has worn the "best female athlete" "needs to break the grand slam record" for years and she is still at the top of her game. Roger is 35. Rafa is an worn-out 30, Venus is 36, and Serena is 35. They played brilliantly through 6 matches over 2 weeks against the best, younger, hungriest players in the world. And they won.
All 4 of these athletes have transcended the doubt and negativity put on them. How? through heart and belief in themselves. It is truly remarkable to watch them continue to compete through the pressure. The desire comes directly from their heart(s). It is remarkable. This has been so inspiring to witness. Thank you!