I spent the early part of the evening tonight watching the Juan Martin del Potro’s five set victory over Roger Federer in the US Open Final. I was rooting for Federer, but it is good to see an Argentinian tennis player win the US Open again. I think the last one to win it was Guillermo Vilas (right) in 1977 when the tournament was still played on clay. I remember watching that match as a kid and being very upset that my hero–Jimmy Connors–lost to the guy I have always called the Argentine Bjorn Borg.
After the match I switched over to ESPN to catch the second half of the Bills-Patriots game. As a long time AFL-AFC fan, I am enjoying seeing both teams commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the old American Football League with their vintage uniforms. It took me a few seconds to realize that I wasn’t watching O.J. Simpson and Joe Ferguson against Steve Grogan and Sam “Bam” Cunningham. At halftime the Patriots introduced their 50th anniversary team. It was good to see one of my favorite players of all-time, Nick Buoniconti, as a member of that team. Buoniconti is known best for his years with the Dolphins (including the 1972 undefeated season), but he spent several years as an all-pro linebacker with the Boston Pats in the 1960s.
By the way, Buffalo is winning this game. Let’s see if they can hold on.