Blast from the Past (and on the side: celebrity bloggers and basketball)
Any of you remember Yannick Noah – the flamboyant French tennis player sporting dreadlocks and sunglasses – he won the French Open in ’83 and captained their Davis Cup side for a while. He later went on to have a relatively succesful musical career.
Anyone ? Here is a picture to refresh your memories:
I used to like watching him play because he was quite the lively character on court. However, the reason for this post is that I saw him again today on TV – he was in the audience as his son, Joakim Noah, played a very important role in the University of Florida, Gainesville victory over University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship tonite. College basketball championship is quite the big deal out here. Especially, I live in a part of the country where there are four major colleges with great basketball programs – Duke, UNC, NC State and Wake Forest. So its tough not to get sucked into the sport. Besides, college basketball is quite fun.
Coming back to the point – seeing Yannick Noah on TV after a long time brought a flood of memories of watching tennis coverage on the venerable Doordarshan. This was way back in the dark ages when the period between overs in a cricket match would consist of analysis by Narottam Puri and Sunil Doshi, when the Saturday evening movie was a neighbourhood social get-together time (not everyone had TV) and when the start of Channel 2 was like the second coming! Good days those.
Side Note – while on college basketball, even those who do not follow it, but live in the US must have heard about George Mason University’s amazing run in the tournament. Regular blog-surfers will however be more familiar with its Economics department and the impressive list of top-shelf bloggers hailing from there. These include, among others, Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok of Marginal Revolution, Bryan Caplan of EconLog and Don Boudreaux and Russell Roberts of Cafe Hayek. Here is an interesting Slate article comparing the successes of its basketball team and the ‘unusual’ economics department.