I don't know what it is about Condaleeza Rice. Now I'm seeing her everywhere. There she was on TV at the U.S. Open today, being interviewed while watching the Marat Safin-Gustavo Kuerten match. And she was just chatting good-naturedly away, seeming very nice and down-to-earth for someone who's had a Chevron oil tanker named after her. Trying to make me feel bad for disliking her. But then she slipped and I saw through her ruse. She said she's a fan of both Safin and Kuerten. That's where she made her mistake! No one is a fan of Marat Safin: He's a charmless sociopath. She was so close to getting away with it, too.
Safin, the two seed, was in full meltdown mode today. This is how out-of-it he was during the last set of his straight-sets loss: He went up for one of those overhead volleys that Pete Sampras made famous -- where he leaps gracefully off his left foot and, with full extension, kabooms it into the opponent's court before landing on both feet, square to the net -- on a Kuerten lob and just plain whiffed on it, just completely missed it. The ball landed a foot inside the the baseline. Point, Kuerten.