Sexy Andy Roddick mocked the line judge after disagreeing with a call at the US Open.
Kathy Johnson Clarke spoke to Gymnastike about USAG finally honoring the 1980 Olympic Team. She was quite classy by assuming her role as an ambassador for the less heralded American gymnasts and kept the focus on them during the interview. Given that she is never at a loss for words, one can see how my interview with her lasted 4 1/2 hours.
Johnny Weir is now landing triple lutzes in practice and may do one in China. No word on the triple loop ;)
Serena Williams spoke to Christine Brennan about the injury keeping her out of the US Open.
PJ Kwong spoke with Tessa Virtue about the new skating season and her new programs.
Word is circulating that Sam Shapiro decided to verbal to Stanford.
The fix may be in on DWTS again. Derek Hough will be partnered with Jennifer Grey and Mark Ballas will be partnered with Bristol Palin. Both are given rather able partners yet again. Florence Henderson will be dancing with Corky Ballas. Edyta quit the show after being partnered with David Hasselhoff. Maxsim has another good partner in Brandy, but it remains to be seen how the public will respond to her after all of the suspicion surrounding her car accident and personal life. Readers of Perez will remember how relentless he was going after her.
Lizzy LeDuc is rumored to be injured.
The USFSA officially announced the team for JGP Japan.
Several additions to the Skate America roster have been made: Alexe Gilles (waste), Armin Mahbanoozadeh, Castelli and Shnapir, and Kriengkrairut and Giuletti-Schmitt.
There is a video of Evgeny Plushenko discussing his amateur ineligibility. Recently, fans of Evgeny's have rallied saying that this is somehow a conspiracy against him and that they can't believe the ISU would "suspend him" for longer than a drug charge.
Naturally, the craziness of the argument has my head spinning. Let's discuss:
1. The ISU rules of eligibility have not changed. Evgeny had to follow them in order to be eligible for 2010. Every other skater on planet Earth has follow them as well. Recently, we have seen fewer and fewer skaters definitively turn professional, but this used to be exceedingly common.
2. Skaters are not "suspended" by the ISU. It is not a punishment. It is being declared ineligible and it is and has always been for life. After extreme arguing, Boitano got his wish for amateurs to be allowed to be reinstated for '93-94 and professionals were given through '95 to declare their future eligibility options with the ISU. The ISU allowed the reinstatement in order to milk TV ratings given that the Olympics were moving up two years and would otherwise be seen as less prestigious given that it was mid-cycle.
3. Plushenko did not attend worlds, nor did he find it necessary to file an appeal in the alloted time. Why should anyone be crying for this man? He has a complete disregard for rules that every figure skater takes pains to follow in order to make a living and continue competing.
4. Whether or not it is a political fight between Plushenko and the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, he chose to say F.U. to the rules. He also said F.U. to the ISU (who gave him a European Title and Olympic Silver Medal...when they could've rallied against him for the inadequacies of his footwork, spins and transitions) when he decided to skip worlds but skate in exhibitions. Mishin's reason was that he couldn't do the quad but could do everything else. It is obviously questionable logic as the previous two World Champions and the Olympic Champion won without quads.
5. The new generation of hysterical fans makes my head hurt.