Friday, August 31, 2012
Time to Retire?
Andy Roddick decided yesterday, on his 30th birthday, to retire after the U.S. Open. He is slated to play in the second round tonight. Without Andy, there will be no American men in the top tier of tennis. That doesn't stop us from loving Federer, Nadal, and Djokovik, but still . . .
Andy joins a group of great players with whom I totally identify and hold in high regard: those who were great but not as great as those who fate determined were their rivals. I'm thinking of Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, and maybe even Derrick Rose.
Speaking of retirement, I am maddened by the phone call I had with Elsa yesterday. The story was in the news so maybe you are aware of it. A 100 year old man, driving his car (!), plowed into some parents and school children. This was at Natalie's school! No 100 year old person should be driving a car.
And, speaking of oldsters, Clint Eastwood just made me feel sad. He has made some really good films (who can forget Million Dollar Baby?). He came across as a jerk.