First, we recap the outcomes of the Australian Open. Naomi Osaka earned her fourth Grand Slam after defeating Serena Williams within the semifinals and Jen Brady within the finals. This consequence definitely doesn’t imply Serena is finished with tennis — regardless of how a lot her slicing brief a post-match press convention would possibly recommend in any other case. She performed some actually full video games to get to the semifinals however was visibly not at her greatest towards Osaka … who isn’t unbeatable, both: Serena has carried out it twice, in actual fact. And Williams nonetheless has a authentic shot at Wimbledon to tie Margaret Courtroom’s file of 24 Grand Slams. On the lads’s aspect, Novak Djokovic’s miraculous return to type continues the virtually comedic dominance of The Large Three — mixed, Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have received 58 of the final 68 Grand Slams — and nobody within the subsequent era appears to be like near beating them. That has to alter finally, but it surely’s onerous to see the way it will anytime quickly.
Subsequent, we flip to school basketball in anticipation of the insanity about to descend in just a few weeks. The blue bloods you’d count on to see on the high of the lads’s bracket — Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas — have faltered this yr in methods that may solely partly be blamed on the pandemic. However it’s made room for groups from the Large Ten and the SEC. Alabama is having its greatest school basketball season ever, which truthfully looks like an excessive amount of sports activities success for one faculty. On the ladies’s aspect, UConn has returned to its No. 1 place in no small half due to famous person freshman Paige Bueckers, and most of the different high contenders are acquainted names. However there have been some good surprises, like Texas A&M at No. 3 (although the Aggies weren’t precisely anticipated to fail, given they had been ranked thirteenth in the beginning of the season). Regardless of the irregularities of the season due to COVID-19, and particularly the dearth of the home-court benefit so essential to school basketball, we might have a extra correct have a look at how all these groups will carry out within the event. In that case, it’s going to be an enchanting March.
Lastly, within the Rabbit Gap, Neil appears to be like at an article written by former Montreal Canadiens goalie Ken Dryden concerning the methods during which hockey goalies have gotten bigger and bigger and the NHL internet has stayed the identical, slowly altering the techniques of goal-scoring within the sport. In case you crunch the numbers (and naturally Neil did), it’s true that goalies have gotten larger previously few a long time. However the price of goal-scoring hasn’t dramatically suffered, and present goalie techniques have prompted shooters to get extra correct on the type of photographs they’ll make. So long as targets don’t dwindle to soccer ranges, the Sizzling Takedown crew is okay with holding the online proper the place it’s.
What we’re taking a look at this week:
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