NEW PODCAST: 278 - "It Doesn't Even Matter"
And just like that, another GOAT says goodbye. This time, it’s Roger Federer at Laver Cup, giving tennis and his fans one last glimpse at his greatness. Confession: we haven’t always been the biggest FedFans, but we’re still paying respect to the man and his genius, offering some of our most enduring Federer memories. Along the way, we chime in on Laver Cup itself, the tender Fedal moments, where the event worked, and where it falls short for us. ‘Til next time, Roger!
Of course, Federer's retirement matters. What doesn't -- at least to the players, it seems -- are the petty fan rivalries that have come to dominate the Big 3/4 era.
0:30 Federer retires: regret over letting stan wars cloud our appreciation
14:35 Federer’s imperial period: if you know, you know
17:05 Our favorite Roger memories
21:10 A non-recap of Laver Cup
29:40 The racist abuse leveled at Frances Tiafoe; fans now trying to find their next prop to prove they’re not racist
37:40 The touching retirement punctuated by truly absurdist theatre
41:20 Rafa & Roger’s unique and genuine bond - men showing affection!
52:20 Big Three or Big Four? Yes, we want to go there, just for a minute
55:10 What exactly is Federer’s legacy? What did he bring to tennis that no one had before? (thanks @seasaltandrum for the question!)
275 - Looks Like We Made It: #USOpen Preview
26 Aug 2022
We're piecing together a preview for the US Open on precarious hotel wifi, but the show must go on! After all, this is Serena's final Slam. Jonathan is in NY taking in the action, while James holds down the TBS fort (i.e. Vince) in Toronto. Hear Jonathan's initial thoughts on TBS’s first trip to a Slam, plus we're talking about Novak’s eleventh hour withdrawal, this year’s version of the bathroom break distraction, and of course the just released US Open draws, seemingly some of the most balanced draws in recent memory.
276 - Very Good, Serena Williams: #USOpen Week One
5 Sept 2022
Well folks, that was quite the first week of the US Open, wasn't it? Jonathan is back from his trip to Flushing Meadows, and we are back to talk about Serena's last dance (or at least our first stab at it). There's a lot to unpack from the first week of the season's last major, so grab a honey deuce and join us for the ride.
277 - Barely Bleating: #USOpen Wrap
12 Sept 2022
The final Slam of the season sees Iga Swiatek troubleshoot and learn now to extend her dominance, and the coronation of the (not very) long awaited Carlos Alcaraz as a major winner and youngest male #1 in history. As always, we try to be skeptical of hype and take a fresh look at the results and what they might mean for the near future. Also at this US Open: the shambolic choice to have Supreme Court Justice Patrick McEnroe helm the women's doubles presentation, profiteering off Serena's name, and more awful revelations about sexual abuse in women’s tennis.