Saturday Sports ShortsDecember 1st, 2007 at 7:14 pm by Preston Taylor Holmes
As I watch the TN/LSU game, trying to understand the rationale for the all-orange uniforms (which were commonplace in the 70s/80s, but I haven’t seen since the Memphis State game in 1999), the second-half starts with LSU getting the ball and the Vols leading, 7-6.
The real story of the day, however, is that the U.S. has won the 2007 Davis Cup for the first time since 1995. Yeah, I know you don’t care, but it’s pretty sweet.
The Bryans cruised to a 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-2 over Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev on the indoor hard court at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum as the U.S. won the first three matches in the best-of-five final.
The once-dominant United States had not won the Davis Cup in 12 years, the longest span without an American victory. Pete Sampras last led the team to victory over Russia on clay in Moscow.
The United States now has 32 titles in the international team competition, dating to 1900.
Andy Roddick and James Blake got the U.S. off to a fast start Friday, winning the first two singles matches. The U.S. had not taken the first three matches of a Davis Cup final since 1990 against Australia.
Congrats to James Blake, currently my favorite player and one of the true class acts of the game.
Whoops, TD LSU. Looks like the Great Pumpkin will have to find a way to get that anemic offense to stop sucking.
UPDATE: I would be liveblogging this, if I could figure out a way to entertain a 3 and a 5 year old while simultaneously getting dinner ready for my better half. So you see, it ain’t happening. But holy cow, Vols score, lead 14-13.
UPDATE II: Failure Face. I am not sad to see the end of the Ainge era. On his best day, he was serviceable. For the most part, the offense was a pile of shit this year, and you saw it again today. Oh well, I wonder which ACC team will pound our eyes shut in the Peach Bowl? Care to wager?