Tracy Austin, Paul Annacone and Brett Haber - the best announcing team in tennis that doesn't include John McEnroe - did yesterday's Madrid Open final. After one of Rafael Nadal's numerous shanks, Austin noted that the ball hit the Spaniard's racket frame in two places. The slow motion replay showed that it did exactly that. Annacone expressed amazement that Austin had been able to see that as it happened.

"Moms," Haber said sagely, "see everything."

By Thomas Swick • Category: sports
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comedy and age

05/08/15 09:10

You're officially old when, in the course of a day, the things that annoy you outnumber the things that amuse you.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized

I was very proud of my fellow South Floridians yesterday when I read the story about the Cubans who washed ashore in Hollywood and were given water, soda, and snacks by the people sunning on the beach. Then I realized that the good Samaritans were probably tourists.

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history, man

05/06/15 08:44

I'm going to miss David Letterman, but not because, as TV critic David Bianculli said recently on NPR, "His sense of humor and his sense of anarchy provided a new blueprint for the TV talk show."

No, I'm going to miss him because his anarchic sense of humor returned the talk show to the blueprint created by Steve Allen.

By Thomas Swick • Category: media
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self-love

05/05/15 09:11

"How are you enjoying freelancing again?" my neighbor asked me, and I told him, "I like my boss."

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nevermind

05/04/15 07:03

Yesterday at Old Navy the young woman behind the counter said, "I like your glasses." I was about to tell her the story but then I thought better of it and said simply, "Thank you."

By Thomas Swick • Category: Uncategorized