The most prestigious tennis of the year begins at The All England Club in London today. I filled out a bracket last year and I think I ended up in the 95th or 97th percentile or something like that. No need to actually look that up or fact check that, I'm sure it's accurate. I'm looking to repeat that feat again this year. Being the 2015 IGHSAUTCROTY (Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Tennis Coaches Rookie of the Year) you can feel confident with these picks I'm about to give you. For each of the men's and the women's draws, I'll post the link to my completed bracket and a quick paragraph overview for each draw.
For the Men's draw this year I just don't see how you could feel confident about anything other than a Djokovic/Murray Finals matchup. I'd like to get aggressive and pick some upset champion or finals matchup but I jsut don't see it happening. I'm sure Federer would have liked to get on the opposite side of the bracket from Djokovic again but by potentially meeting him in the semis I think you gotta go with Djokovic on the top half. He's almost always in the finals or semi-finals of Wimbledon, he's about as sure of a bet as you can get in tennis right now. On the bottom half of the bracket, I got Andy Murray over Stan Wawrinka in the semis. I feel like Wawrinka is at now where Murray was about 5-8 years ago. He's not quite to the level of the top 2 or 3 guys in tennis but he's close and just needs to keep battling until he makes that leap into the elite level. That leap could come here at Wimbledon but I'm not confident enough in that to bet on it. Then in the finals I'll go Djokovic. I'll be cheering for Murray but it's tough to bet against Novak right now. Only four players have ever three-peated as Wimbledon champions. I think the possibility joining that group dials Novak's focus in over the next couple weeks and I just can't find enough reasons to bet against him.
Quarters: Djokovic, Raonic, Federer, Cilic, Sousa, Wawrinka, Gasquet, Murray
Semis: Djokovic, Federer, Wawrinka, Murray
Finals: Djokovic, Murray
Champion: Novak Djokovic
The Women's draw is always a lot more wide open than the men's draw seems to be. Serena Williams is normally a pretty safe bet to make a great run but there are a lot of ways you could go with this tournament. I'm not a Serena Williams fan so I had her losing in the Quarterfinals, mostly out of spite. If you want to take her to win the whole thing I would fault you. She's the favorite but I just can't do it. And full disclosure here, I probably don't follow women's tennis as closely as I should. In fact, I'd never even heard of the 2 seed here. Some G. Muguruza. I'm just going to assume her first name is Gabby. So spoiler alert here: I don't have her winning.
I'm a little shaky on some of these matchups. For the most part, I found myself a lot of time just picking the person whose named ended in -ova or -vic in the first round. Mladenovic, Kusnetzova, Pilskova, Sinkiakova, Cibulkova, Gabrilova, Kvitova, Strycovaa, Kovinic, Pilskova, Ivanovic, Govortsova, Jankovic, Allertova, Shevedova, Safarova, Cepelova. I figured they must be good at tennis. And I actually left a couple -ovas and -vics on the board that I could have taken in the first round. It's unreal how many of them there actually are. So my apologies to Erakovic, Alexandrova, Sevastova, Schmiedlova, Pironkova, Makarova, Rybarikova, Kozlova, Pavlyuchenkova, Sandikovic, Melnikova, Hantuchova, and Sasnovic for not picking you in the first round. Keep working on your game and I'll give you guys some real consideration next Wimbeldon.
Then from there, if I'd heard of you before I was taking you. In the top half I had to have Serena losing so I had her failing in the quarters to Vinci, who in turns loses to Kvitova in the semis. In the bottom half, I think that Kerber/Halep match in the quarters is going to be really good. I think the winner of that makes it to the finals. I'll go with Halep but that one could go either way, as most matches could technically I guess. So I've got a Kvitova/Halep finals and I'm putting my money on Kvitova. One of my summer goals this summer was to read The Hunger Games trilogy and I just finished book one. HUNGER GAMES SPOILER ALERT coming if you haven't read the books yet but Peeta put on quite a performance in his Hunger Games and I expect Petra to do the same thing in this tournament. I don't think she's going to literally kill anyone like Peeta did, but Petra is going to be a figurative killer here. I'll take her to hoist the championship on Saturday.
Quarters: Williams, Vinci, Radwanska, Kvitova, Halep, Kerber, Kasatkina, Stosur
Semis: Vinci, Kvitova, Halep, Stosur
Finals: Kvitova, Halep
Champion: Petra Kvitova
If you hadn't picked up on this already, the Three Count is going to be pretty heavy into Big Brother this summer. Whether it's Power Rankings, analysis, or predictions, you are probably going to be getting at least 2 Big Brother posts a week here. To help you get even more invested in the season, I am going to run my first ever Big Brother Pool. I'm going to call it The "Blood on my Hands" Big Brother Pool. I had planned on just running this contest on my Facebook and Twitter accounts but since this Three Count is taking the nation by storm this summer I thought I'd include it here as well.
Basic idea of the contest is you fill out the Google Form survey linked below and pick out three Houseguests. The better your Houseguests do the more points you get. Whoever has the most points at the end of the season wins. I will send out a prize pack to the winner. That may or may not come before the prize pack that the winner of my Super Bowl prop bet pool is still waiting on.
General Rules and Point System:
- You must pick 3 Houseguests. You must pick at least one contestant from each gender.
- Each Houseguest will get 3 points for each person that is eliminated before them.
- If a contestant is evicted, re-enters the house, and is again evicted, that only counts as one person.
- So if 8 people are evicted before you Houseguest is evicted, you gain 24 points.
- Each Houseguest will get 2 points for each HoH competition that they win.
- Each Houseguest will get 1 point for each Veto or Roadkill competition that they win.
- The two Houseguests that make the Final Two will get 3 additional points.
- The Houseguests declared the winner will get an additional 5 points.
- The Houseguest declared America's Favorite by Julie at the finale will also get 3 points.
Here is the link to the form. All entries are due before the live eviction episode on Thursday begins.
My wife and I have been debating for a month or so now where to go for vacation this year and I think we have finally decided on San Francisco. Neither of us have ever been there before. We aren't sure yet what we are going to do out there or when we are going to do it but we have the location. So if anyone has ever been to San Francisco or lives in San Francisco and has some suggestions for us, leave a comment or tweet me at @bollmeyer11.
Our rough plans are as follows:
Our flight out arrives in SF around 11:30 PM, so we will go straight to the hotel near the airport once we land. The next three nights we are going to try staying at a Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO). We've never stayed at a VRBO before so it will be a new experience for us, but we got a really good deal on a place and staying here rather than a hotel should save us a couple hundred dollars so we thought we'd give it a shot. So we have 3 full days in SF. Things we know we want to try to hit are:
- Giants game
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Lombard Street
- Pier 39
- Alcatraz (We don't have tickets and they are sold out for our dates. Hoping to find some pop up closer to our vacation dates)
Those are our basic plans or rough ideas so far. I am serious though, if anyone has been to SF before or lived in SF please shoot me some thoughts or ideas if you have any.