Monday, March 30, 2009

Tennis Eye-Candy

Oooh, there's a cool Bryan Brothers tennis/fashion spread in the March 2009 issue of Men's Health (with President Obama on the cover).

P.S. For more on the intersection of tennis and fashion, check out my pal Erwin's blog:


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Art & Sport

I'm digging the new Pete Doherty video for his new single "Last of the English Roses"; both the video and single are quite lovely:

Soccer and music make a pretty heavenly combo for me. And then, at about 3:26 into the video, you get a yummy surprise!

Women's Pro Soccer!

The inaugural match of the new Women's Professional Soccer league takes place today between the Los Angeles Sol and the Washington Freedom (on FSC at 2:30pm PST)!


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Saturday Movie Review

Bill and I saw I LOVE YOU, MAN this afternoon, and here's Bill's review of it: "Honey, it had some laughs and a PUGGLE!"

I thought it was pretty good (there were definitely a few fall-out-of-your-chair laughs). I especially liked the Los Angeles locales and Paul Rudd's dreamy green eyes on the big screen.

It's nothing you have to rush out to see, but it's worth checking it out.

World Cup Qualification

The are tons of 2010 World Cup Qualifiers taking place, March 28th - April 1st.

These are the ones that have caught my eye for today:

1) Iran vs. Saudi Arabia (on FSC at 7:30am PST)

2) England vs. Slovakia; just a friendly (on Setanta at 9:30am PST)

3) Portugal vs. Sweden (on Setanta at 1:45pm PST)

4) Spain vs. Turkey (on GolTV at 2pm PST)

Friday, March 27, 2009

LHK Tennis News

1) oooh-OOOH! I just ordered my tix for the ATP World Tour Finals in London this November! I can't wait!

2) Marat Safin takes on Oscar Hernandez at the Sony Ericsson Open today. Vamos, Marat! Unfortunately, one of my other beloveds, Jeremy Chardy, lost in the first round.

3) And YES! I won my company dubz tournament last night! Look out, playaz!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Happy Birthday, Cheryl!

Best wishes to you!!!

P.S. Speaking of wishes, wish me luck! I have a company dubz tennis tourney tonight!!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Chelsea in Los Angeles!!!

YAAAYYYYYYY!!!! Chelsea is coming to Los Angeles this summer as a part of the World Football Challenge!!!! I'm buying my tickets today!

I wonder if they'll be practicing at UCLA again; I need to breathe....

Tennis in Mee-Jammy!

The Sony Ericsson Open starts today in Miami (aka Mee-Jammy)!!!

As I mentioned before, Robby Ginepri is out of the tourney. As far as my other beloveds, Marat Safin has a first-round bye, and Jeremy Chardy takes on Mikhail Youzhny today in the first round.

Vamos, Pretties!

P.S. Unfortunately, TV coverage of the tourney doesn't start on FSN until this Saturday, March 28th.

Happy Birthday, Mrs. S!

Just wanted to come on my internet and wish you a very happy birthday!!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Random LHK News

1) The men's and women's FINALS of the BNP Paribas Open take place today (at 12pm PST on FSN).

2) Chelsea missed their chance to close the gap with Man U yesterday by losing to Tottenham (booooo!). But, Liverpool certainly didn't miss their chance today against Aston Villa; yowza!

3) Tonight's the season finale of FLIGHT OF CONCHORDS (at 10pm on HBO); sniff, sniff. A lot of the hilarious songs from this season are already available via iTunes.
Flight of the Conchords

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Come on, Chelsea!

Chelsea takes on Tottenham today (on FSC at 8am PST).


P.S. The BNP Paribas Open Men's semi-finals take place today too.

Friday, March 20, 2009

We meet again, McFresh!

Chelsea have drawn Liverpool yet again in the Champions League. OY VEY! Let the drama begin!

Happy Spring!

aka HAPPY PERSIAN NEW YEAR! Lelelelelelelelele!!!

P.S. The Champions League draw is this morning too.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My Weekend with Jeremy Chardy

I am smitten. Plain and simple.

As I mentioned before, Frenchman Jeremy Chardy has been on my radar for a while now, and my trip to Indian Wells this past weekend has solidified his new status as one my favorite tennis players. I am by no means kicking my beloved duo of Marat Safin and Robby Ginepri to the curb. It's just that my PRO TENNIS LOVE sandwich has turned into a threesome or trinity if you will.

Here's how the rendezvous played out:

This was my first year going to i-Dub on the first Friday, and I'm so glad I did because I was able to catch Jeremy's first round match versus Victor Hanescu, which was the second match of the day scheduled on Court #5 (one of the smaller outer courts). Since Jeremy and Victor are not very famous yet, there wasn't much of a crowd at the match, and I was able to score a front row seat (right on top the baseline; practically on the court).

As soon as Jeremy started warming up right in front of me, I was DONE. The shaggy hair; the gypsy eyes; the lean yet toned physique; the slight resemblance to Robby Ginepri... I was so close to him that I could hear him exhale as he struck each ball and noticed his nervous tick of dragging his feet as he walked to the corner of the court between points. He won his first-round match (thankfully) in three sets. It wasn't a super-convincing win, but the kid's (he's only 22) definitely got talent. His serve is beautiful, and when he unleashes on a forehand, you can't figure out how all that power comes from such a slim guy.

I heartily clapped for Jeremy at the end of his match, unsure if I'd see him again but happy to have watched him play in person. I called Bill on my way to my host's home that night and told him of my new love. Of course, we thought it was hilarious that Jeremy's last name could also be pronounced SHARTY (after one of the funniest words ever coined = shart). Our friend, Amanda, then took it even further by singing it to the tune of Flo Rida's hit song "Low"; "Shorty got low, low, low..." Too funny and perfect!

But, I digress....

On Saturday, I was a little disappointed that Marat Safin's 2nd-round match wasn't in the order of play for the day, but I ended up seeing a whole bunch of great tennis. The Ljubicic vs. Ancic match that I was planning to settle in for during the late afternoon however only lasted 6 games when Ancic retired at 3-3.

BUT, perhaps Ancic's retirement was kismet because without a match to watch, I strolled over to the practice courts (as I liked to do every couple of hours between matches). AND lo and behold, Monsieur Chardy was there practicing with his coach. There were only about three other people watching him practice, so I knew my chances of getting a picture with him (or as Soph calls it "some face time") were good.

Not sure of when his practice would be over and not wanting to be a complete nerd/stalker, I strolled around the nearby area of his court instead of parking it right at the steps of his practice. To pass the time, I chatted with a fellow Chelsea fan; checked out some other pros practicing; and caught some of the Sania Mirza vs. Flavia Pennetta match (all the while keeping an eye on Jeremy's session). Almost an hour later as Jeremy and his entourage (well, just his coach and his girlfriend - both French FYI) were leaving the practice court, I somewhat confidently went up to him and asked for a picture with him. He obliged, and (after a millisecond of annoyance at having to be a fan photographer) his girlfriend kindly offered to take the picture for us.Of course, I dislike the way I look in the pic (I knew I should have worn my prom dress that day), and it doesn't do Jeremy justice. But, I'm happy to have it. SCORE!

If I had any doubts about whether I was going stay an extra night in the Desert and attend the tourney on Sunday, they disappeared as soon as I realized that I could see both Marat and Jeremy's second-round matches in one day. I bought yet another grounds pass and looked forward to another sun-filled day of tennis indulgence.

I arrived to the grounds on Sunday at 10am (the earliest I've ever been). Jeremy's match versus the popular American, Mardy Fish, was scheduled for 11am in Stadium 2. I settled into a seat in the first row of the general admission section (on the baseline again). I made some small talk with the other early-bird fans, who were all there to cheer on Fish. I told them that I was a Chardy fan, and some of them told me that they saw him play doubles on Friday night on center court.

Jeremy and his dubz partner, Gilles Simon, had taken on Fish and Andy Roddick on Friday night. Due to my dinner plans that night, I couldn't make it to Jeremy's doubles match (believe it or not). But, I was happy to hear that Jeremy was the best net player of the four in that match (even though the Frenchmen lost).

Anyway, Jeremy's match against Mardy was really exciting, and he played really well. I cheered my head off during the match, and Jeremy thankfully won it in 2 tie-break sets. And after the match, when Jeremy (as all match winners do) hit some autographed game balls into the stands, I CAUGHT ONE!

Well actually, the people a few rows above me spilled it, and it rolled right to me! I jumped up and down gleefully and waved at Jeremy's girlfriend who sort of recognized me from the day before. My fellow fans all thought it was apropos that I got one! Me too.

It was such a perfect way to cap off my weekend with Jeremy Chardy. Merci!

P.S. At post-time, I'm very sorry to report that Jeremy just lost his third-round match to David Ferrer tonight. Tres sad...

The Legendary Marat

Y'all know that I j'adore (sic) Marat Safin. He is a legend in my eyes. Not only is he an adonis, but the tennis that he's graced us with was often surreal. Some say that his fiery attitude and mental break-downs on court prevented him from having a career on par with Roger Federer. I think his passion only made him that much more spectacular, and everyone knows that injuries were to blame in his struggle to win more than 2 grand slams.

I'm still in a tiny bit of denial that this may his last year on the ATP tour. But, since I have to realize that his retirement is a fact of life, I really wanted to see him in Indian Wells this year. And thankfully, I did!

Since I stayed in the Desert through Sunday, I saw him practicing (shirtless!) with Janko Tipsarevic that afternoon; HEY NOW!

Then, as Marat left the practice court, he was mobbed. But, I caught some good pics:

As I mentioned to my friend, Sophie, I don't know why I didn't just drop my camera and attempt to hug him.
Oh well. At least, I got this yummy torso shot:

Anyway, later that evening, I was able to catch Marat's second-round match against Nicolas Massu. Even though I was exhausted (and had to drive back to L.A. for work the next day), I hung in there, and the players took the court at around 7pm. The Chilean Massu fans were really rowdy, but most of the fans were there to see Marat in his last Indian Wells showing. Marat did not disappoint! He won it in 2 sets, showing us every bit of that talent and passion.

We'll miss you, Marat! Please don't retire!

i-Dub Highlights

Even though one of my favorite players, Robby Ginepri, wasn't at the tournament this year, I ended up seeing dozens and dozens of tennis pros and so much amazing tennis! Let me share the highlights in short-hand broken down by day:

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009

- Andy Murray playing dubz with fellow Brit, Ross Hutchins
- Jeremy Chardy's 1st round match versus Victor Hanescu (please see My Weekend with Jeremy Chardy post)

- The Ladies; Shahar Peer's fighting spirit and Dinara Safina's power were inspiring.

- Met up with my pals, the McCreary's!

- James Blake practicing with Leyton Hewitt

- DUBZ Eye-candy: Fernando Gonzalez teaming up with Tommy Robredo; Ay Mami!

- And, OF COURSE, I drank an infamous and delicious Indian Wells Bloody Mary


- Tommy Robredo (sporting a really cute buzz cut)

- Fernando Verdasco; HIS hairstyle wins the LHK prize for the FOXIEST! I cannot resist a faux-hawk!
- Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. Potito Starace. This match lasted for 3 exciting sets, and I was pleasantly surprised by Potito's sexy machismo; very Italian!
- In honor of my sister-in-law's heritage, I got a front row seat to an all-Croatian match: Ivan Ljubicic vs. Mario Ancic. Talk about tall drinks of water! The powerful aces being served on tiny Court #4 were dangerous to be near. But, this match only lasted 6 games due to the fact that Mario Ancic was under the weather and retired at 3-3.

- Met fellow Chelsea FC super-fan and tennis aficionado, Ron (from Orange County)

- Ran into my pal, Christian, from grad school

- Got a pic with JC! (again, please see My Weekend with Jeremy Chardy post)

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2009

- Got to the grounds early (10am) to score a good seat to the Jeremy Chardy versus Mardy Fish match (again, please see My Weekend with Jeremy Chardy post)

- More DUBZ Eye-candy: Feliciano Lopez teamed up with Fernando Verdasco; Ay Dios Mio!

- Marat Safin practicing shirtless! (please see The Legendary Marat post)

- Met up with my blog pal, Erwin (from TENNIS SERVED FRESH), and we inadvertently (no joke) ended up in VIP seats during the John Isner vs. Gael Monfils match

- Rafael Nadal hitting unbelievable shots versus Michael Berrer in the main stadium

- Marat's 2nd round match versus Nicolas Massu (from Chile); (again, please see The Legendary Marat post)

- Made it home, safe and sound at about 11:15pm

i-Dub Eye-Candy

As I walked into the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Friday, March 13th, the first thing I noticed was that some of the smaller match courts that were by the South entrance last year were now being used as practice courts. And the first person I noticed was (Russian player) Teimuraz Gabashvili practicing shirtless in the hot desert sun. Next to his court, two other ATP players were practicing shirtless, (Frenchmen) Julien Benneteau and Paul-Henri Mathieu!

What a beautiful way to start my weekend tennis adventure; shirtless tennis pro eye-candy greeting me at the entrance!

Unfortunately, I was too gun-shy to start snapping pics. But, not to worry, I soon warmed up my trigger-finger and start scoring pics of pros practicing (sans shirts). Aside from the obvious beauty of the desert landscape, Indian Wells is such an amazing tournament for the access you have to the pros. Please TO (sic) enjoy the following pics (as always, click on any pic to enlarge):

David Ferrer (Spain)

Tommy Haas (Germany)

And the PIECE DE RESISTANCE: Marat Safin (Russia)
(Please also see The Legendary Marat post)

And, at the risk of being cliche, I have to throw in some scenic pics:

i-Dub Round-Up

Instead of writing a multi-paged article about my 3-day weekend in Indian Wells and posting a pdf version of it here, I've decided to break my i-Dub adventure into the following separate postings:

1) i-Dub Eye-candy

2) i-Dub Highlights

3) The Legendary Marat

4) My Weekend with Jeremy Chardy

Hope you enjoy them!

Happy Birthday, Amanda!


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Back from i-Dub!

I just got back from Indian Wells a little while ago, and I'm exhausted. I put in about 8 hours at the tourney on both Friday and Saturday, and I put in about 11(!) hours today! I'll post my pics and news soon.

Speaking of news, I finally found out why Robby Ginepri wasn't in the draw. He has appendicitis and will be out of Miami as well. Even without Gineps though, I had an absolute blast!

Get well soon, Robby.

Come on, Chelsea!

Chelsea takes on Manchester City today (on Setanta at 6am PST).


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Soccer & Tennis Today

I'm in i-Dub today; in tennis mode.

But, there's a big EPL game between Liverpool and Manchester United today (on Setanta at 5:45am PST). Good luck to McFresh and his team Liverpool!

P.S. Tracy Morgan is hosting Saturday Night Live (with musical guest, Kelly Clarkson); should be a good one.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Off to the Desert!

I leave for i-Dub this morning, and I'm very happy to have the day off to indulge in tennis! Although the order of play for today isn't mind-blowing, there are some matches that I definitely want to catch. So, I will report upon my return, and I hope you have a great weekend, Playaz!

P.S. Did you hear that Roger Federer is going to be a baby-daddy?!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Am I missing something?

I can't seem to find Robby Ginepri's name on the ATP draw sheet for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. As my co-worker, Karen, would say, "Deflate!" I was really hoping to see Gineps this weekend when I head to the early rounds of the tourney.

Oh well, the rest of the draw isn't too shabby. My main aim is to see Marat Safin play (he and Gineps are always my top targets). Then, if possible, I'm going to try and sneak a peak of Andy Murray (among other top 10 players) in action. For some additional eye-candy, Feliciano Lopez and Tommy Robredo are always nice treats.

The one new player I'm curious about is Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy. He's been on my radar for about a year now, and he's been playing really well this season. It's been said (and I would agree) that he sort of looks like Robby Ginepri (in a younger, skinnier, French kind of way)! Hmm... I'd like to see him play in person and check him out for myself. HEY NOW!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Champions!

Chelsea takes on Juventus in the 2nd leg of their Final 16 Champions League match-up (on Setanta at 12:30pm PST).


New Music (&DVD) Tuesday

Download a free new PETE YORN song called "Don't Wanna Cry" via THIS LINK!

Monday, March 9, 2009


Ooh-OOH!!! The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (aka i-Dub) starts today! I am so excited! I've gone to this tournament for the past 3 years, and it's a tradition that I just live for every March. I'll be heading to the Desert this Friday to catch some early round action, and I hope to have plenty of news and pics for the blog upon my return.

Speaking of tennis travel, there was a cool article in USA TODAY on 10 great tennis tournament destinations. I have one 1 down, and 9 more to go!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Art & Sport

1) The Ladies and I checked out the Hammer Museum last night for the opening of the NINE LIVES exhibit. It was a lovely members opening shin-dig, but I wasn't blown away by the exhibit. There were a few cool works in the group show, but nothing that I would rush out to see. (However, a thank you again to Lady Lorelei for the hook-up).

2) David Beckham is officially staying at AC Milan until the end of the Serie A season, and then he'll come back to the Galaxy. Whatever... I really don't care if he comes back to the Galaxy or not. But, he does look cute in the AC Milan kit, and it ain't too shabby seeing him play along all those foxy Italians. Grrrrrrr...

Go, LADY(s)!!

It's International Women's Day! Go, LADY(s)!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The FA Cup

Chelsea takes on Coventry City this morning (at 4:30am PST on FSC - ouch).


Happy Birthday, Kara!

Cheers, Lady!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Oh, Chelsea...

Under Gus Hiddink's new management, Chelsea have been getting results and winning games. Things are moving in a positive manner.

But, I woke up this morning and read that Chelsea left-back, Ashley Cole, was arrested last night for drunken and disorderly conduct after a Chelsea charity event (in support of CLIC Sargent and Right To Play).

Oh, Ashley.... Let's hope this blows over quick and doesn't affect the squad (a la Steven Gerrard's early season arrest - sorry, McFresh).

In any case and on a brighter note, check out this great clip of the Chelsea players struggling to name the best-looking player on their squad:
Obviously, JT is my pick (hands-down), but (former #2 goalkeeper) Carlo Cudicini would have definitely been my second choice. Sorry, Carlo. Maybe that's why he left for Tottenham?!?!

(Thanks to Ivan for the awesome clip; CFC and eye-candy = LHK HEAVEN!)

P.S. Happy Birthday to Brian (aka BBMAC)!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Come on, Chelsea!

Chelsea vs. Portsmouth today (on FSC at 11:30am PST).


New Music (&DVD) Tuesday

Monday, March 2, 2009

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

YAY! Late Night with Jimmy Fallon premieres tonight (at 12:35 am). I can't wait!! I love Jimmy Fallon and am excited to be able to see his cute mug on TV five nights a week!

Tennis on HBO

Check out the show-down for the Billie Jean Cup tonight on HBO (at 4:30PM PST)!!