I set my alarm this morning so not to miss the Ladie's Final match on center court at Wimbledon. Serena Williams did not disappoint as she won her 13th major title, catching Billie Jean King's record.
Williams beat Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-3, 6-2. Zvonareva was graciousl, yet disappointed, thanking her team who helped her get back in the game after several injuries/surgeries. She even secured a seat in her box for her surgeon to attend the finals.
Rafal Nadal will face Tomas Berdych in the Men's Finals tomorrow morning. I'll be setting my clock for that one too!
Okay so things are crazy enough when Roger Federer doesn't make it to the semi- finals. He was beaten in the quarter finals by Berdych, ranked twelfth in the world, from the Czech Republic. Well, now that Berdych has also beat out Djokovic from Serbia, he will face my Rafa (you may know him as Rafael Nadal from Spain) in the finals on Sunday. This is going to be some crazy good tennis!
Can you imagine the hype going on in the Czech Republic this weekend? Holy cats...this guy has a shot to beat the number one and two ranked, hottest tennis celebrities of the day all in one tournament. I can't wait to see this match! Typically, I am one to root for the underdog...but not this time. I'm a true Rafa fan and will be cheering him on, especially after his rough season last year.
As for the ladies...Serena Williams, in my opinion, is one of the most powerful women in sports. She is just a mountain of strength, agility, speed, talent and personality...and she looks fashionable while she's at it! She was wearing a bolero jacket over her tennis dress, which were both white, with red shorts underneath...she looked fabulous! Who else dresses that well while competing? Her sister, Venus, of course.
Serena will face Vera Zvonareva of Russia (ranked 21) in the finals tomorrow.
Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles is in the headlines again. Depending on which reports you read, he is either in real trouble and headed back to the dog house, or quite honestly, he is in no trouble at all. I've read three articles about an incident that took place June 25th at a club in Virginia Beach where Vick was celebrating his 30th birthday, none of which are conclusive.
Turns out, shortly after Vick and his group had left the club, there was a shooting in the parking lot, injuring a man named Quanis Phillips. Who is that? Mr. Phillips is a co-defendant of Michael Vick in the dog fighting disaster that took place a few years ago. Different articles are posting different twists. Both say the shooting was the result of a minor altercation that took place during the birthday bash.
So what is the big deal? Michael Vick is on probation. As part of the conditions for probation, he is not to have contact with any other felons (Phillips), and further, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall gave Vick a very tight margin of error when he let him back in the game. Any association with former dog fighting pals is a sure ticket off the field.
So...back to the reports of the incident. Quantis Phillips was indeed in the VIP section of the club where Vick's party took place. Where reports differ, is one suggests Phillips was part of the party, the other suggests he was asked to leave as soon as he crashed the party. This is a very big difference.
The most important piece of evidence here has got to be the list of invitees. If Phillips is on the list, that it is a real shame. If he is not on the list, this becomes a non-incident for Vick, or even a good thing since Vick's people would have asked Phillips to leave, and when he didn't, Vick left instead.
I, personally, was disgusted by Vick's behavior years ago and thought he got a just sentence as a consequence of the animal abuse he played such a huge part in. It is also my opinion he paid his dues in jail, he is now a spokesperson for PETA trying to educate others on the errors of his ways, and he has humbly accepted whatever the NFL has offered him, without complaint. I have an easier time supporting someone rehabilitated like Vick, then I do someone like Ben Roethlisberger who is STILL behaving criminally and getting away with it while raking in the big bucks.
Anyway, I hope Vick truly was trying to separate himself from Phillips at his party. I hope Phillips was not an invited guest. If he was, however, only Vick is to blame. After all he has been through, lets hope he knew better.
John Reed, Director of Operations at Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor, just sent a note of thanks to Saline Family Chiropractic for the food drive they held in their office last month.
Turns out, Dr. Paquin and his staff collected a whopping 1133 pounds of food during the drive. That makes a nice dent in the 16,000 pounds of food Food Gatherers distributes on a given day.
Not only did SFC ask their patients to contribute, but with the help of other area businesses, they provided incentive to donate with drawings for prizes. The big prize was a 42" Panasonic Plasma TV! Businesses who supported the effort were Max & Erma's, Mac's Acadian Seafood, Macaroni Grill, Nature's Garden Center, Maplewood Lanes and Prickly Pear.
I don't know about you, but I like to spend my money at businesses I know are giving back to the community, and fighting to beat hunger is one cause I will promote every time!
Big kudos to Saline Family Chiropractic and all those who participated in a very successful food drive. Thanks to all of you, we can continue to keep families fed, one meal at a time.