Classical Notes

Wimbledon Men’s Final. A riveting rare classy classic. Could have gone either way. Djokovic and Federer beautifully played a 5-set 12-12 tie-breaker. First time in history. Didn’t get to the Park until after three.

Pete Buttigieg on David Axelrod’s great CNN show. It seems they’ve known each other for quite some time. At one point, Axelrod reminded Pete that his piano teacher told him not to just play the notes perfectly, but to make music. Axelrod as campaign maestro.

Prima Final

Knowing the Dutch well, surnames so familiar, this year’s Women’s World Cup final is fun. Survived a wild night in Amsterdam’s Leidseplein where pandemonium was an understatement as the Netherlands beat Germany in the ’90’s. But that was for the men.

Finally as USA has brought women’s teams to the forefront, the Orange also got their due. Especially Van Veenendaal. Prima.

 

Pebbles in Time

U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. As it was in 1982. Tom Watson. This year. Who? Rosie had a great start. More off-course drama. Tiger’s ex having another cub. Jordan dressed down his caddie on national tv. Koepka whines about not being in promos on Fox. We’ll see.

It’s the middle of June and ice hockey is mercifully done. As is the NBA. In more ways than one.

Congrats to Ogilvy New York. Global Instagram branding. On to Cannes.

Un Rapt

Jerry Nadler needs a new cast. John Dean? How lame. Nobody who cares was even born during Watergate. Next up. Monica Lewinsky.

Joe v. Donnie in Iowa. Let’s see what happens. Crowd size matters.

Wouldn’t pay a dime for KD. Don’t do it Knicks. Barkley is right, he’d never make it in NYC anyway. He didn’t even stay to watch his team play. But. Hey. Game 6. Go Raptors!

Holiday Inn ad was gorgeous! Well done, mAdBen.

And They’re Off

Breaking News. Seriously. Network television just broke into regular programming to announce the birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby boy. Yup. That’s journalism today.

The Derby. Notice a familiar theme? 20-odd horses in the field. 20-odd Democrats running for President. How did/will that turn out?

As the troops descend on the Red Keep, arrows fly from the sea. Dany is now down two dragons on GOT. Cersei is up to her familiar evil tricks. Jaime a likely lynchpin. And. Arya and The Hound are together again. To take revenge and position Sansa for the throne?

The Hound’s brother could be the key.

Derby Picks 2019

May 5 Update: Jake coulda won. But. Maximum Security DQ’d. So. Nobody did. Country House not on any list. Closest. Code of Honor placed. mAd Ben had it to win. Tacitus showed. Dr. H had it to place. Another sloppy day and even messier race.

Hey. History was made. Margaritas all around. It’s Cinco de Mayo and Cersei tonight. See ya next year!

Vendredi Potpourri

CNN Democrat Town Halls
Pete Buttigieg     A –
Elizabeth Warren & Bernie Sanders     B +
Kamala Harris     C
Amy Klobuchar      C –

Sleepy Joe Biden on The View.  Halting half thoughts and a string of clichés. Seemed a bit doddering. Meanwhile. Trump will be at a rally in Wisconsin during the White House Correspondents Dinner. Beto out.

Acid Test for any Democrat. Can they fill an arena? How will they look on the debate stage next to Trump?

NFL Draft bumps Jeopardy James. Boo.

Jodie Comer as Villanelle more brilliant on Killing Eve than Sandra Oh. Like NoHo Hank on Barry. They steal the show.

Kristoff St. John’s fitting sendoff. Shemar Moore shining in a brilliantly delivered eulogy. Written for soap brother Neil Winters. Don’t ask.