So I spent all day Tuesday at the U.S. Open, which was of course awesome; I saw parts of 17 matches, because at the U.S. Open I have ADD, can’t sit still for more than 10-15 minutes, because there’s so much great tennis going on I want to catch as much of it as possible.
One of the many, many thoughts I had while watching was how incredibly accurate the line judges in pro tennis are. They’re seeing 130 miles per hour serves, blistering groundstrokes down the line, and have to make instant judgements on if the ball is in or out, sometimes by mere inches.
As much as we all think we could do better, it’s rare to get a real test. Which is why I loved this interactive Wall Street Journal test that ran on their website the other day.
It’s a four-part exam that asks you, in five shots each, to judge whether the ball is in or out, from various parts of the court. The ball comes at you, simulated at 100 miles per hour.
I did really well, getting 16 out of 20 right, but man some of them are really close.
Stuff like this really makes you appreciate how good line judges are. I once did a story interviewing a bunch of them, and asked them how they felt about instant replay coming into tennis a few years ago.
They told me they loved it, because it showed how often they were right.
**Next up today, one more thing for the National Football League to be worried about: Will Smith is starring in a new movie, out this December, called “Concussion,” and it’s about the pioneering work of Dr. Bennett Omalu, who was the first to link chronic head injuries to significant brain damage, and CTE.
Basically, everything the NFL tried to deny and cover up for years, is going to be up there on film for all to see.
The movie looks great; can’t wait to watch Roger Goodell and Co. squirm.
**Finally today, this is from a few weeks ago on “CBS Sunday Morning” but I just got around to watching it recently. And it made me smile. A historian in Fairport, N.Y. loves connecting people with their past, and recently he got ahold of 16 millimeter home movies from at least 70 years ago, shot by a man named Bob Kramer and his wife, Leona.
As it turns out, there’s an incredible story behind those movies, helping an old woman “see” her lost love for the first time in a long time.
This is so sweet.