Proposed Tennis Rule: Limit on How Long Server Can Remain in Serving Position
I was watching Nadal v Cilic today. There was one point where Nadal was in position to serve for some time. Cilic stepped out and called for Nadal to reset.
This was not an extreme situation, and I only remember it happening once. But Novak Djokavic used to do this a lot.
As the ESPN commentators pointed out, this is akin to a batter stepping out of the batter box when MLB pitchers take too long.
In the NBA, the free throw shooter has a ten count to shoot from the time the ref hands the ball.
Should there be some kind of rule on how long a server can remain in the serving position without serving? Perhaps 5 seconds? On first two violations, the player is warned. On third, a fault is assessed.
I would not expect this rule to be enforced frequently. But I just think it would let people know that it’s not good for the sport or for fans watching.
My main complaint watching tennis on TV is how long it takes between points. My DVR fast forward is 30 seconds, so if I can hit fast forward and the next point has not yet begun, something’s wrong.
November 3rd 2009 is a day I will never forget. My mother called me and told me that my father had been detained by ICE and that we needed to leave immediately to Canada to seek refugee status. Being an only child, I had to take care of my mother and go with her.
My mother and I were…
The year has started off badly for those of us who value the teaching of history, diversity, free thought and respect for others.
On Jan. 1, a law went into effect in Arizona that effectively bans ethnic studies.
This insidious law, known as HB 2281, threatens true education and academic development for all students. And it intensifies the glare of contempt against minorities.
For instance, Arizona’s new attorney general, Tom Horne, a major proponent of the bill, has singled out the Mexican-American studies programs of the Tucson public schools. This will only serve to make Mexican-Americans feel less welcome.
In an environment where Mexicans and Mexican-Americans are increasingly viewed as “enemies” of U.S. culture, where hate crimes against Latinos are on the rise and where large numbers of Mexican-American students drop out of school, Mexican-American studies are more important than ever — for all students.
Mexican-American students, long denied an equal education, deserve the opportunity to learn their history and to see themselves reflected in their studies. All students deserve this. Students who are not of Mexican heritage deserve the opportunity to learn the history of the diverse peoples that make up this nation. Learning the history of others teaches mutual respect.
I have been an educator for more than 20 years, and in that time I have seen the power of learning history in the lives of thousands of my students. I have taught histories that are filled with tragedies and injustice, with oppression and pain. But they are also filled with examples of courage, of justice, of solidarity, of sacrifice for the greater good.
In my own life, a Mexican-American studies course in high school first helped me see where I fit into the history of this nation. It changed my life. It set me on a course of learning that continues to this day.
If the Arizona law had been in effect in my state at that time, I would have been deprived of this eye-opening experience. Today, tens of thousands of Arizonans may be deprived of it, too, and that’s a tragedy. And tomorrow, millions more may be so deprived if other states enact similar statutes.
Laws like this rob students not only of the knowledge of where they come from but also of the skills they need to navigate the future.
Robbing from our students: That’s the real crime.
Yolanda Chávez Leyva is a historian specializing in Mexican-American and border history. She lives in Texas.
“I went to school, studied the US Constitution. What happened to the Constitution? I feel like that has been lost. He’s such a kid, a little kid.”— The sister of Gulet Mohamed, an American teenager detained in Kuwait who claims to have been arrested and brutally interrogated by Kuwaiti security on behalf of the US government. (via motherjones)
The suspect in custody, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, is a white male with no suspicious ethnic or religious tendencies, i.e. he’s not one of those white Eastern European Muslims or Orthodox Christians.
Mahmoud Omar [the informer of the Fort Dix case] was paid over $200,000 plus expenses for the three years that the FBI hired him to befriend the young men who had gone to the Poconos and record their conversations. (emphasis added)
It seems like there are enough politically confused, emotionally unstable white people who are perfectly willing to kill on their own. Imagine how many convictions of marginally functioning WASPs the FBI could have made with informants being paid $200,000 and working three years.
I think I should add here that I oppose all of these sting/entrapment operations in cases where the informer is pushing people over the edge and manipulating them into law-breaking. If the FBI identifies people who are like this, their family members should be notified and mental health and other assistance offered.