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Noriaki Kasai Tried but Failed to Return to the Ski Jumping World Cup

Just under three years since his last participation in the World Cup, Noriaki Kasai tried again now that international ski jumping competitions returned to Japan. However, unlike that previous time, he had to go through the qualification round, and he failed to do so both times, the first attempt being particularly frustrating, since he was […]

No Snow for "Winter" Ski Jumping Either

At the start of 2012 I was wondering whether we’ll lose ski jumping to climate change, and what I saw in today’s season opener struck me as a desperate attempt to prevent or, more likely, delay that for a while longer, at least when it comes to the lack of snow, since it doesn’t do […]

Federer Officially Retires… Unfortunately After a Loss

Seems that I find myself writing about tennis again, but I did watch Federer’s retirement match and it feels like the end of an era. Sure, after not playing since losing in the quarterfinals of last year’s Wimbledon, this only makes his retirement official, while on the other hand Nadal, Djokovic and even Murray are […]

Yesterday’s Final and Alcaraz Offer Some Hope For the Future of Tennis… Maybe…

While I’m definitely not changing my stance when it comes to the complete and official elimination of long final sets and my interest in tennis in general is still just about completely gone because of this change, which happened gradually over a number of years and was actually formalized and enforced earlier this year, yesterday’s […]

Long Final Sets and My Interest in Tennis Are Both Gone for Good

I hadn’t seen the news about the official decision to implement ten-point tie-breaks in the final sets of all Grand Slam tournaments a month ago, when I was mentioning tennis as the first bad example while asking whether any sports are moving towards instead of away from endurance, nor even before the start of Roland […]