Wednesday, June 10, 2009

one championship at a time

When Nadal bowed out of the French Open in a fourth round defeat I made a devil's bargain with myself: If only Roger Federer could prevail and hoist the French Open trophy I would not concentrate any energy on the Penguins failure in the Stanley Cup Finals. Although I find the thought of Crosby's name etched on the cup infinitely distasteful, the promise of Federer's on the coupe des mousquetaire, the last missing piece in his quest for the ultimate place in tennis history, was too sweet to deny. That it would be handed to him by my other tennis sweetheart Andre Agassi, the last man to win all four, was an image I ached to see realized. And here it is to your left. Look at those pair of cheeks (and for once I mean the ones on their faces)! You can hardly tell Roger had already been crying for a good 10 minutes. He really is the Mark Messier of tennis, but I love his emotions and his inability to control them at times of both victory and defeat. For someone who can almost surgically disect his opponents it can be easy to forget just how much his success means to him.

Can you imagine the relief Roger must have felt in finally overcoming this one hurdle? It's the kind of accomplishment I want so badly for Henrik, Avery and the Rangers and it would be sweet justice if Crosby never achieved it. Unfortunately he's one game away, but so are the Red Wings, even if Lidstom's already been immortalized 4 times. Let's hope for 5!


:el fano: said...

i am soooooooooooooooooooooooo happy for this news! for the win! and for those [other] CHEEK[s]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yay! yay! and YAY [again!] xo xo :el fano:

dollie said...

Oooh E Fano,
You're so cute! We both love cheeks!And we both dislike "Falcon Exclusive" Crosby! We Rock!
love, Butter McGrandSlam