Real, Treasure, Racing, in Australia...

I finally did see National Treasure. That was my first time in a theatre in months. I remember when I used to go almost every week. My how times have changed. Anyhow, as for National Treasure, it was exciting and I was not bored for any of the 2 hrs and 15 minutes (well, except for the silly cartoon that preceded it). The cast was great. It is rare to find a movie that truly satisfies me in regards to casting. This one is just perfect. The only faults, minor ones at that, were the predictable plot, the lack of use of the aforementioned brilliant cast (but then again, I think I prefer the focus being on the main characters than the peripherals so it is forgivable) and the tendency to toss in the odd ideology or storyline twist that really did not assist in the progress of the plot as a whole. Otherwise, I am eagerly awaiting the third installment of the franchise which, no doubt, will tackle the mysterious Page 47????

Amazing Race 12 has come to the conclusion I most desired - that is, a win for TK and Rachel. Once again, the triumphant team has proven that  you don't have to bicker or scream or whine or act like morons to be successful. Granted they weren't nearly as intelligent as BJ & Tyler, the winners of AR 9 (and the best team ever on AR IMO), they made this cycle of Amazing Race one of the better ones in recent memory. I'm also happy for the runners up as they were the two other teams I wanted to see and rightfully deserved to be in the final.

Thankfully, Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid this weekend. Sadly, I didn't get to see it. I'll assume therefore that Iker was outstanding, as always, since he singlehandedly did shut out the opposing team. I will also assume therefore that the GOL TV announcers have bumped up his status from recently canonized Sainthood to Demi-Godhood. 

The Australian Open has been chock full of intrigue - the extended five set matches (Federer/Tipsarevic, Baggy/Hewitt, Roddick/Kohlschrieber) lasting, in Baggy & Hewitt's case, until the wee hours of 4:30 in the morning, have all been phenomenal. I can't imagine week two providing quite that much drama now that all the usual suspects are back in order and ready for the QFs. I'm not sure if I want to say fortunately or UNfortunately, Rafa's 4th round match ended with Mathieu retiring in the second set. Of course I'm happy to see Rafa in the QFs but, from what I saw of that 4th round match, Rafa looked like he could have beaten both Federer and Djokovic in tandem. I don't think I've ever seen Rafa serve so well - he's changed up his serve a little and has been getting a record number of aces (well, for him, that is). That honestly was the only part of his game that he really needed to work on.  Whatever he is doing now seems to be working quite well so let's hope that trend continues. He plays his QF against Nieminen later today tomorrow at 3:30 AM approx EST. If he wins *cruises fingers*, he'll face either Youzhny or Tsonga in the Semi. Not a bad match up for a Semi. I'd rather Youzhny because I like him I want Rafa to have the opportunity to avenge the Chennai defeat. But I am not getting my hopes up - as I posted earlier, I just wanted Rafa to make the QFs and he is there now. He doesn't lose any points - anything he wins from now onwards will only gain him points. If only Tipsarevic had knocked off Fed, Rafa would have had a more than realistic chance to be #1 by the end of this Slam. Now Rafa's at the mercy of, of all people, James Blake, who faces the #1 seed in his QF. If Blake loses, Rogelio remains #1. If Blake takes him out, well, then, anything is possible.
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