WIMBLEDON 2012 Recap
BY: Arnav Patel
Wimbledon this year was quite captivating to say the least and ended in a familiarly spectacular fashion. Roger Federer captured his 7th Wimbledon title, tied for most all-time, and his 17th Grand Slam title, most all-time. Andy Murray, the British hopeful, reached his first Wimbledon final and tried to extinguish the blazing fire of pressure that lies upon his shoulders. Murray consistently experiences the demands of an entire nation to produce a major championship and this pressure culminates to a climax during Wimbledon. With a cruel and disappointing loss, Murray extends his losing streak to 4 in Major finals while Roger Federer, once again, becomes the number 1 player in the world. With this victory, Roger is set to surpass Sampras for most weeks at no. 1 and solidifies his position as the greatest player in tennis history.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams simply commanded the entire draw during Wimbledon. Aside from a few close calls, Serena captured her 5th Wimbledon title with an elegant display of power and grace. She and Roger Federer displayed their dominance on the grass by snatching this milestone major. With this 5th title, Serena ties her sister, Venus, for the amount of Wimbledon titles.
Other interesting stories also surfaced during this year’s Wimbledon. Rafael Nadal, my favorite player and one of the greatest players ever to pick up a tennis racket, was inadvertently trumped during the second round by Lukas Rosol, the no. 100 ranked player in the world. Nadal and Novak Djokovic were looking to extend history by reaching their 5th consecutive meeting in a Major final, but Nadal was surprised in the second round and Novak Djokovic was denied history by an ambitious and determined Roger Federer.
NBA FINALS RECAP
BY: ARNAV PATEL
The NBA Finals, an elegant display of two teams battling for an NBA championship. The OKC Thunder was led by their magician, Kevin Durant, and the Miami Heat was led by their warrior, Lebron James.
James was the face of consistent ridicule and embarrassment after his mental collapse in the NBA Finals last year against the Dallas Mavericks. He has been tagged as the most mentally weak superstar in history and Lebron was determined after his collapse to alter his image into that of a champion’s. With a near perfect driving game, a developing jump shot, unparalleled speed, and mounting mental toughness, Lebron grew not only physically, but mentally into a champion. Lebron, from a physical perspective, is a freak of nature and a physical specimen unmatched in all of NBA history. He stands at 6 foot 8 and 250 pounds, with the graceful ball handling skills of an elite point guard, ability to attack the basket like a small forward, and the power to obtain rebounds and defend like a power forward/center. All of these characteristics allowed James to dominate the game during the regular season, in which he was awarded his third regular season MVP award. 3 MVP awards is an incredible feat, but James was yet to capture the elusive NBA title he so dearly yearned. On June 21st, 2012, Lebron James was crowned truly as King James when he won his first NBA title with the honor of also being crowned the Finals MVP with astounding numbers to prove his dominance in the finals. He averaged the following in the 5 games in the finals: 28.6 PPG (points per game), 10.2 RPG (rebounds per game), and 7.2 APG (assists per game). These stats are remarkable and clearly indicative that Lebron James was on a mission to silence his haters, and he did just that.
The Oklahoma City Thunder should not be hurt despite their tough loss to the Miami Heat. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden are the youngest Big 3 in the league at 23, 23, and 22 years old, respectively. This squad has many more years to capture multiple titles. Kevin Durant is the three-time reigning scoring champion of the NBA and led the Thunder past an 0-2 deficit against the Spurs. The Durantula, Kevin’s nickname for his extremely long arms, has the makings to be one of the greatest players to be remembered in NBA history. He is regarded as one of the elite shooters in the league, a great ball handler for a guy his size, fearless, mentally tough, and clutch. That last characteristic has been mentioned with Durant’s name for his entire career. The Durantula is known to make clutch shot after clutch shot as seen in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YF7b71kuMI.
These two teams seem to dominate the league by their athleticism, basketball I.Q., and sheer talent. This final is only the first of many times we will see this matchup again, but only hard work and perseverance can determine the winner. As Lebron James leads the Heat capture their second franchise championship, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder look to follow up on a great season by hopefully capitalizing in next season’s finals.