Tuesday, September 9, 2008
If you've been a regular reader of this site for a while, then you know that my favorite sporting event is the Davis Cup. I often set my alarm clock for the wee hours of the morning to watch Team USA play first-round ties if necessary. Them winning last year was the highlight of my year sports-wise (especially with my New York Jets going 4-12)!
Anyway, there's a story on the Interwebs saying that James Blake was "dropped" from the team for the semifinal tie against Spain for Sam Querrey. And my reaction to this is, "huh"?
They actually "dropped" him? If the story said "replaced due to injury" I wouldn't have any questions, but to phrase it like that? Granted, he lost early at the Open, but I wouldn't think his form is that bad. Here's what I'm left to wonder:
• Did he refuse to skip Mardy Fish's wedding, if it is, in fact, around that time? But wait, isn't Andy Roddick in the wedding party, too?
• Is Blake a mental mess right now due to the Olympics?
• If the above is the case, did he beg Patrick McEnroe off the team? But then, wouldn't they have given some blanket statement, like "Blake injured himself at practice." You know, cover it up? Or did P-Mac take it upon himself to evaluate JB and "drop" him? That's within his rights as team captain, but I think it's totally unfounded.
• Is it the fact that it's on clay? Blake's no world-beater on the stuff, but his results this year are better than Querrey's.
• Is P-Mac playing to the altitude in Madrid and just looking for the biggest servers he can find? I think this is probably the most likely, but I also think JB would do just as well on a fast clay court as Querrey.
If someone has the answers, PLEASE let me know!
**UPDATE: HeyHeyHey stirred me to an ESPN story with quotes from P-Mac saying that James asked off the team. That's a lot clearer than what was originally posted. I think Team USA's chances have gotten slimmer, but you never really know. Weird things happen in Davis Cup!