Two or three times a year, I get a truly extraordinary sports on TV day.
When not only are there a ton of great games or matches to watch, but they unfold one after another, leaving me with few conflicts, but hours
and hours of great entertainment.
Sunday was one of those days. Starting with Roger Federer playing Rafael Nadal for the first time in a year, and ending with the Flyers’ trouncing of the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup playoffs, Sunday was a smorgasbord of fun for me (real smorgasbords are good, too).
A few thoughts on what I saw:
— First at12:30 p.m. I got Federer-Nadal playing in the finals of a tournament in Madrid. Rafa-Roger is my favorite rivalry in sports right now. Amazing they haven’t played in a year, what with Nadal’s injury issues. It was a really good match, as it usually is when these two play, filled with some amazing points. But as usual on clay, Rafa won, 6-4, 7-6.
Still, as a tennis fan and a Fed fan I’m encouraged. As a tennis fan, a healthy and powerful Nadal only makes the sport better; I can still dream of Federer-Nadal III in the Wimbledon final this year.
And Federer played pretty well, I thought. He can beat Nadal on clay, he’s shown that. Nadal still owns him head-to-head, but Federer absolutely has to feel he can beat Rafa at the French Open next week.
— Then I had a great hockey game at 3 p.m., Chicago and San Jose. I know most people reading this don’t like hockey, but it was a sensational game between two terrific teams. As always, my hockey blog can be read here
— While that was going on, the Orlando Magic failed to show up for their NBA playoff game with Boston, getting clobbered for three quarters before making it close in a 92-88 loss. Boy did the Magic look awful, though my Duke boy J.J. Redick played well.
— Next was my beloved University of Delaware taking on UNC in a men’s lacrosse NCAA Tournament game. Getting the chance to root for my alma mater, and against the hated Tar Heels, was not an opportunity to be missed. My Blue Hens played fabulously but fell just short, 14-13. It was everything the great sport of lacrosse is all about: hitting, scoring and great goaltending. I know lacrosse gets little love from the U.S. sports fan, but it’s truly a great sport.
— And then the Flyers beat the hell out of the Canadiens. I hate the Flyers, so the less said, the better.
So, yeah, pretty awesome sports day. I think I came up for food a few times, and I definitely remember walking Bernie. Beyond that, I was glued to the TV.
**You’ve probably heard by now that an 8-year-old boy who was accepted to a Catholic school in Hingham, Mass. was subsequently denied admission this fall because the school found out his parents are lesbians.
While this disgusts me, and I think, most others who believe in equality, and got me thinking about the old chestnut I always hear from religious people about how the Bible says we should treat our fellow man with kindness (unless, of course, his parents are both boys or both girls), I was pleased to see that not all Catholics in Boston agreed with this awful decision from the St. Paul’s school. (Man that was a long sentence.)
The Archdiocese of Boston and the Catholic Schools Foundation immediately condemned this decision. They sent out a statement saying, in part, ” “We believe a policy that denies admission to students in such a manner . . . is at odds with our values as a Foundation . . . and ultimately with Gospel teaching,’’ it read.
They’re also going to help the boy who St. Paul’s School rejected find a new place to learn. Bravo to Cardinal Sean O’Malley for doing this.
I’m sure they’ll find a school that will teach this third-grader, and all the others, something about tolerance and acceptance. A lesson still disgustingly lost on some who continue to exclude everyone unlike them at all costs.