Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thursday . . .

I have become a huge tennis fan.
No, I don’t play. I don’t even watch a huge amount of tennis, although I can get hooked if John McEnroe is supplying the analysis.
I am a huge tennis fan because of what happened at Wimbledon over three days earlier this week.
In case you missed it, American John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut of France 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.
They played 183 games over three days. The match lasted 11 hours five minutes. The fifth set alone went on for eight hours 11 minutes.
The point here is that there isn’t any 4-on-4 overtime at Wimbledon. There isn’t a shootout. They don’t settle things by deciding who has the fastest serve.
No, they don’t change the rules. They start the game . . . and they finish the same way. There is no circus time.
They play it out.
Just like the WHL should.
The Prince Albert Raiders have signed F Luke Mahura to a WHL contract. He was a second-round pick in the 2010 WHL draft. Mahura, from St. Albert, Alta., played last season with the Alberta major bantam league’s Gregg Distributors Sabres. He had 68 points, including 39 goals, in 33 games.
The Anaheim Ducks have added Mike Foligno to their staff as an assistant coach. Foligno was the GM/head coach of the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves last season. He resigned following the season, ending a seven-year run. . . . He also played for the Wolves and, in fact, is perhaps the best foward ever to have played there. . . . Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle was an all-star defenceman with the Wolves. . . . With the Ducks, Foligno replaces Newell Brown, whose contract wasn’t renewed. Brown is the father of Kelowna Rockets G Adam Brown.

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