The brilliance of Rafael Nadal. Alyssa Milano makes a great spoof sex tape. And the most helpful criminal this year

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A Happy Rosh Hashanah to all my fellow Jews in the world; spent part of Wednesday night in synagogue where I once again pretended to know the words to prayers others were saying around them, then hugged total strangers and wished them a Happy New Year. Ah, tradition.

Between 2004-2008, Roger Federer played the most sublime tennis anyone had ever seen.
This summer, Rafael Nadal is getting damn, damn close to that level.
Nadal destroyed yet another opponent Wednesday night at the U.S. Open, allowing poor Tommy Robredo only four games over three sets.
Now, Robredo is one of the 20 best players in the world, and Monday he took apart Federer in straight sets with brilliant tennis.
And yet Wednesday, it was like Nadal was playing with a racquet and Robredo with a teaspoon. Nadal crushed his forehands, placed every serve where he wanted to, and showed exquisite touch at net. He was dominating in a way he hasn’t dominated at the Open before, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch.

It sounds crazy to say about a guy who’s won 12 Slams already, but he may be playing better than he ever has. Certainly better than ever on hardcourts.

He and Novak Djokovic are on a collision course to meet in Monday’s final; Novak hasn’t had a speed bump yet either.
They played some epic matches in 2010 and ’11; would love to see them resume their rivalry.
Not sure anyone could beat Rafa the way he’s playing right now.

**Next up, the tale of a criminal who just couldn’t help being helpful, even when it was going to get him in more trouble.

Forrest Lee Ames (a great name) was arrested in Fort Pierce, Fla. on a charge of crack cocaine possession last week, and while he was sitting in the back of the patrol car, he watched as the office began weighing his crack.

But instead of just staying quiet and watching, ole’ Forrest tried to lend a hand. According to the police officer, “Ames yelled from the back of my patrol car that I was doing it wrong. He told me that I needed to press the scale button to grams.”

Ames then explained that he knows this because “It’s what he does for a living.”

Always nice when one professional can help another, isn’t it?

**And finally today, the still beautiful and funny Alyssa Milano decided to fight back against the recent celebrity trend of sex tapes, by leaking one of her own.

OK, it’s actually a Funny or Die spoof, and it’s hilarious. Make sure you keep watching through the first minute to get a great surprise.

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