*As Florida Evans, the fictional character and mother on “Good Times” would say: “Damn, damn, damn!” That’s because Serena Williams done went an lost in the finals at the US Open.
Samantha Stosur (pictured below), a 27-year-old Australian, won her first Grand Slam title with 6-2, 6-3 victory over Williams, who lost her cool again and yelled at the chair umpire, a scene reminiscent but less ugly than her 2009 tirade in New York.
Williams had a contentious discussion with chair umpire Eva Asderaki of Greece that included this retort:
“If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way.”
Brett who? Meet the future: Minnesota Vikings rookie QB Joe West
*Considering everything else the Minnesota Vikings have endured this season, it was silly to think two extra days sitting around a hotel room would bring ‘em down.
No way a determined rookie quarterback named Joe Webb was going to let that happen.
Webb threw for 195 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first career start filling in for an injured Brett Favre, and the lowly Vikings stunned Michael Vick and the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles 24-14 in the NFL’s first Tuesday game since 1946.
“It was a big win, especially with what we have gone through,” Webb said. “It was a long trip for us and to get a win against the Eagles, we are trying to finish the season on a high note.”
Adrian Peterson ran for 118 yards and a score, helping the 14-point underdogs knock Philadelphia out of contention for a first-round playoff bye.
The Eagles (10-5) could’ve secured a first-round bye with a victory over the Vikings (6-9) and Dallas and with a loss by either Chicago or Atlanta next week.
“We don’t deserve it after that performance,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “Every phase was terrible. We didn’t coach well enough. We didn’t play well enough. I’m disappointed in myself. It’s embarrassing.”
A concerned Coach Geno Auriemma with star player #23 Maya Moore and teammate
*The University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team defeated Florida State, 93-62, Tuesday night to set the college basketball record with their 89th consecutive victory.
Coach John Wooden’s UCLA teams won 88 straight games from 1971 to 1974. Wooden died June 4 at age 99.
Earlier we reported …
UConn Women’s Team Ties Men’s Record, Coach Sounds Off on Discrimination
*The University of Connecticut’s women’s team have shown themselves to be phenomenal basketball players by any standard, man or woman.
On Sunday, they tied the record of UCLA’s men’s team with 88 straight wins and the young women were supposed to feel truly victorious and blemish free. But, the victory came with mixed emotions from their record breaking audience at Madison Square Gardens.
So far, there is no other women’s team that can compete with the ladies. And their coach Geno Auriemma is really upset about the whole thing. (more…)