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Let's be honest, between Petra Kvitova and her boyfriend Radek Stepanek, the people are coming out to see Petra. The Czech started turning up the heat back in 2011 when she won at Wimbledon. Interestingly, she is still the first and only person born in the 1990's to win a Grand Slam. That's kind of weird isn't it? You'd think the young guns would be all over the big tournaments.
Petra's second Grand Slam was the Wimbledon again this year. She has a beastly overhand left and uses her six-foot frame like a slingshot. She's also been criticized by a Czech politician for moving to Monaco, a tax-free principality on the coast of France. The name of the politician is Stanislav Huml, and he's publicly said that she should be stripped of her citizenship for having listed Monaco as her place of residence in order to escape income tax. Looks like crafty Petra pulled one over on you, Stanislav, and I don't like your complaining and whiny attitude. Maybe her citizenship should be decided on a tennis court. Step right up and see what happens.
I'm sure Radek Stepanek plays and practices with Petra regularly. He was actually ranked as high as 8th in the world back in July of 2006, but now he's only a top 40 tennis player in the world. Unfortunately for the United States, nobody cares about tennis any more (according to the rankings). Our one saving grace is the marvelous Serena Williams, who continues to soldier on like a tennis terminator and crush everyone that stands in her path. It won't last forever, and when she's gone the US will have basically no one in men's or women's. Joe Posnanski has a great blog post that covers the downfall of American tennis, if anyone cares. Anyway, Radek used to date Martina Hingis and was engaged to her for awhile until they called it off in 2007. He has since nabbed the lovely Petra out of the 90's youth bin.
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John Rocker's girlfriend Julie McGee is a spray-tan business owner and future Survival contestant. That's a lot of living right there. First of all, owning a spray-tan business is sort of like the Sopranos equivalent of "going straight." You're not committing any crimes, but your level of greasiness and low-brow practices continues unabated. Spraying on a tan is sort of baffling to me because it's very easily spotted and rarely improves one's looks. Let me be clear: I'm officially declaring war on the spray-on tan.
Now for this business of The Survivor Blood Vs. Water. Instead of classic single player competitive Surviving, we have couples vying for the million bucks. I don't know Julie, but the fact that she's dating Rocker means she's probably not very nice. Sorry, but I feel comfortable jumping to conclusions on this one. Rocker, though unapologetic, is an ignorant hick. The only thing attractive about the man are his big muscles and self-sure confidence. Confident jerks are the worst kind because their narcissism won't allow them to be dissuaded or even listen to reason. I'm really hoping Rocker and his girlfriend Julie "Faux Tan" McGee fail hard on Survivor. His comment on New York City (where I live) give me all sorts of license to hate him. His head is also too small for his body.
Enough stooping to the Rocker level. Let's talk a bit more about Rocker's girlfriend Julie McGee and her company. So the actual name of the business is True Glow Mobile Spray Tanning. There's a section on her site called "Face The Truth" in which she spews some facts about tanning beds and why they're a waste a time and unhealthy. I agree with her. I would've tacked on a paragraph about spray-tans being the ultimate waste of time, and that surely would not have jived with Her Royal Sprayness.
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Muhammad Ali's wife Lonnie Ali has been at the center of some controversy surrounding Muhammad's children. Recently an article detailing the breakdown of Ali's relations to his kids appeared in the New York Post, and Lonnie was fingered as the catalyst. Part of the problem is that Muhammad Ali is now wholly in the grips of Parkinson's, whether you want to call it the disease or the syndrome. His sons attest to his catatonic state, and his son Muhammad Jr. says he wishes it would take him sooner rather than later so that he could escape the pain.
According to Muhammad Jr., who is poor and destitute and living in a slum in Chicago, his father cannot communicate and is existing in a comatose state, in pain all the time. A number of the Ali children say that Lonnie Ali cut them off from visiting and seeing their father when she married him. She was his fourth wife, and Ali had actually had children with a few other women besides his wives. There's always two sides to a story, but it does seem wrong that Muhammad Jr. will not get a chance to see his father on his birthday and has been barred from seeing him at all. Lonnie might say Ali is too frail to travel and that a visit wouldn't make any difference considering his condition, but it doesn't seem right to keep Ali from his family.
For the one or two people who don't know who Muhammad Ali is, he is widely considered to be the greatest heavyweight champion ever. His blinding speed and reflexes, tough-as-nails endurance, and preternatural ring instincts allowed him to become the only boxer in history to win the lineal World Championship three times. That means he was undisputed three separate times: 1964, 74, and 78. I've seen almost all of his fights, and for a nice demo of his skills, check out this video.
A big problem for his kids now is that he can't remember who they are. Ali Jr. detailed a story about when he first started having memory lapses back in 1986. Ali had taken him to an ice cream parlor and then driven off. His son called his wife, and his wife relayed the message to Ali that he'd left him there, and when Ali got back he told his son that he forgot he was there. Ali Jr. says that was the first time he realized Ali had a real problem, and it's only gotten worse with time. It is true that Muhammad looks quite unhealthy now. All I can say is I hope for the best for his family and peace for Muhammad Ali, The Greatest.