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The Best Decade of All Time in Tennis

In no generation or decade in the Open Era have the top active players won 91% of all grand slams!
Never before. Not the Agassi, Sampras, Courier period nor the Connors, Borg and Mcenroe period
Not even the Wilander, Lendl, Edberg and Becker period.
Have taken a top player to mean anyone who has AT LEAST won 4 grand slams in the Open Era in their entire career!
Agassi, Courier and Sampras together won LESS THAN 60% of all grand slams.
Borg, Connors, Vilas and McEnroe were better and they CUMULATIVELY won 75% of all slams.
The immediate next group of Connors, McEnroe, Wilander won just 83% of their slams.
Even the highly competitive 80s era of Wilander, Lendl, Becker and Edberg together won just 82% of all slams.
But FEDERER, NADAL AND DJOKOVIC HAVE WON 32 OF THE LAST 35 SLAMS. 
Never before have the top tennis players DOMINATED a decade like this.
This is a phenomenal 91% win rate in all grand slams.
And the best part? the TIME PERIOD of this era is now 9 YEARS!!!  so its not like a brief 2-3 year bright period. Its freaking 9 YEARS!!!
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India become World Champions in Cricket after 28 years!

The shot that will remain etched in the memory of the 70 Million Live TV viewers in India on 2nd April 2011.

Winning shot by Dhoni in 2011 World Cup Final

Dhoni hits a 6 to win the ICC 2011 Cricket World Cup for India

Every Indian cricket fan would want to watch the India-Australia, India-Pak & the Final vs SL again and again!

Full credit not just to the current Indian team led by M.S.Dhoni but to Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman and Kumble who laid the winning foundation for the current team by consistently winning test matches  home and away.

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Insane USAIN!!!

I have never seen someone DESTROY competition in any  100m and 200m run… ever.

9.69 seconds for the 100m!!! And he slowed down in the last 20 m to THUMP his chest in celebration as he had a ridiculous lead… who knows what his time would have been if he had run that section hard? 9. 5? 9.4?

And then lightening struck twice: 200m in 19.30 seconds! Just look at the lead he had in the below pic.

Its just unbelievable! The world has almost forgotten poor Phelps after this performance.

Insane Usain

Insane Usain

Usain Bolt of Jamaica is 6 ft 5 tall, making him the tallest Olympic Gold sprinter in history… He is almost a freak of nature as guys this tall shouldn’t “bolt” out of the blocks as fast as he does…and take strides as fast as he does…

Michael Johnson says Usain can destroy even the 400m record…and called him “Superman 2”

Even CARL LEWIS with all the dope couldn’t break 100m and 200m world records in his Olympic Gold run.

Ben Johnson with all the steroids could manage just 9.79.

But INSANE USAIN just blew everyone apart.

Hope he wins 5 Golds in next Olympics: 100m, 200m, 100m relay, 400m relay and 400m.

Hell… maybe he should try the long jump too..with his speed, he can cross 9 metres easily in a single leap. After all he is Superman too (pun intended).

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Abhinav Bindra wins India’s FIRST INDIVIDUAL OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL IN HISTORY

Today was a watershed day in the history of Indian sport as Abhinav Bindra won India’s first ever individual Olympic gold medal with a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the Men’s 10 metres Air Rifle event. This is India’s first Olympic Gold Medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and hopefully will inspire Indians to take up individual sports big time. For some strange reason, the only non-team sport taken up by Indians seriously on a world level are Chess, Billiards and Snooker. We have won world championships regularly there. Push them a bit further and they may play Tennis or Badminton…but thats it. There are dozens of sports like shooting (we have 2 olympic medals now, Gold & Silver in Athens 2004), squash, swimming, track &field, gymnastics…where Indians can surely excel. Maybe today’s win might inspire more youngsters to take up these individual sports instead of cricket & hockey (usual suspects).

Abhinav Bindra

Abhinav Bindra

Anyways, super show by Abhinav! Great job..hope you keep going!

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Best repsonse to a cricketing rant of 2005

The RICKY PONTING rant: “I think it is an absolute disgrace the spirit of the game is being treated like that. [Duncan] Fletcher has known right the way through the summer this is something we haven’t been happy with, but it’s continued. He knows it’s something that has got under our skins and I’ve had enough of it, and I let him know that, and most of his players too. Being here in England they’ve obviously got the resources to just draft in the best fieldsmen that they possibly can at the time. The way they’ve been doing it is just before their bowlers are about to bowl they’ll send them off for a short amount of time to have a bit of a loosen-up and a massage and that sort of stuff, and come back on and bowl. As soon as they’ve finished their spell they’ll do exactly the same thing. It’s within the rules of the game but it’s just not within the spirit of the game, which is what we’re all trying to uphold.”

And the DUNCAN FLETCHER response: “You want to take a run to a cover fielder and get run out, whose fault is that? You know what’s more? All the palaver caused me to burn my toast.”

Source: Wisden Cricinfo

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