When Serena Williams lost at the US Open, falling short of the calendar Grand Slam, I was gutted. But on reflection, it’s a good thing: it stops Serena being called the greatest of all time without question, when she clearly isn’t (see below); and it’s a great reminder that upsets are key to sport. Without them, it’s dullsville.
Which brings us to the Rugby World Cup. An All Blacks victory is obviously the smart prediction, but the 2011 edition aside, it’s been a great world cup when New Zealand don’t win.
And so to Chelsea, whose title defence is already in ruins. Nobody saw that coming. You can’t win the season after five games – but can you lose it? I suspect so.
Read / click on for the best sports pieces of the last week or so.
It’s the third biggest World Cup in the world! Or maybe the second, given how terribly the Cricket World Cup is run. Whatever, it starts this week, and here are three things to read.
Is English rugby just for posh kids?
A journey though New Zealand rugby, via Graham Henry. #longread.
Calling John Inverdale! Why Rugby World Cup pundits should not be afraid of being partisan.
Jon Wertheim’s 50 thoughts post-any-slam is always worth a read.
Another beefy game is kicking off: The NFL. Now I thought it was in the midst of a golden age of passing, but according to the WSJ, the NFL has a quarterback crisis.
If once is misfortune, twice is careless, what is screwing up five times? It’s Roger Goodell, that’s what.
Data attack! Every NFL player is wired, and in a good way.
Chelsea: Has Jose Mourinho blown the title already? (Yes)
In what should be an Onion article, Louis van Gaal says he is a ‘communicator not a dictator‘.
Forget the arguments and ego – Kevin Pietersen was a brilliant Test batsman. Here’s the three shots that changed English cricket history.
That’s it! See you next Tuesday, and keep the suggestions coming (firstname.lastname@example.org)