The first day of Wimbledon is in the books and I'm here to break down the day for you and update my bracket. Now full disclosure, I didn't actually watch any of the matches yesterday. But that's not going to stop me from breaking down the big points and providing some quality #HotTakes. I mean, I did check the box scores on ESPN.com and read @FourFortnights tweets all day so I think I'm pretty well up to date here.
On the men's side I didn't do as well as I was hoping to. I went 20-12 and lost THREE picks from my Sweet Sixteen: Kohlscreiber, Anderson, and Monfils. Kohlscreiber lost in the first round last year too, but that was to Novak Djokovic so that was pretty expected. Him losing to some guy named Pierre this year was a little more of a shocker. But as they always say "That's tennis". Anderson I had making a deep run as well. I think I rode him pretty hard last year as well and he rewarded me so thought he could do it again this year but he fell in 5. Monfils is the one I'm upset with. You know going in that betting on Monfils is a huge risk-reward proposition. He's got talent by the bucket-full but you never have a lot of confidence he's going to put that together into a full match day in and day out. I didn't see anyone else on his portion of the bracket though I felt comfortable going deep so I rolled the dice with Gael. And I crapped out. Just like Gael did yesterday.
One the women's side I went 21-11, losing one Sweet 16 pick in Ana Ivanovic. Did not see that one coming, especially to a qualifier. In fact, I got crushed on that entire part of the bracket. The bottom part of Halep's bracket I went 2-6 yesterday. Luckily one of my wins was Angelique Kerber who I have coming out of that to the Quarterfinals. So if she does keep advancing she can save my bracket a little. But I'll take this from Day One. I always say that picking a bracket is like playing in a golf tournament, you can't win it in Day One but you can't definitely lose it in Day One. I held my own and am looking to do the same tomorrow hopefully. Then cash in with my picks late.
My next TV series to binge watch this summer is Veep Season 3. I got the first two episodes in yesterday and it didn't skip a beat from Season Two. This show is really good. It's sharp, it's witty, and it's a little edgy. Being an HBO show it can push the envelope a little bit and that's a nice change of pace from most of the basic cable television shows I regularly watch. I think Season 6 just wrapped up Sunday night on HBO so I have a little bit of work to do to get caught up. But that's another reason I enjoy watching this show, especially binge watching them, is that they are just 30 minute shows. They are quick and easy to watch and just flow from one episode to the next. I think I watched Season One in two or three days and Season Two in two days. I only had an hour or so to watch yesterday so I only got two episodes in but I plan on completing the season in the next day or so.
I'll give a complete update on this season when I watch all 10 episodes but this is definitely a show to put on your queue if you haven't seen it yet. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is great as the disgruntled Vice-President and it's fun to see her in another prominent role after Seinfeld. Quick warning though, if you are watching this on Amazon Prime only the first two seasons are available for free. I had to pay to watch Season Three. I really enjoyed the first two seasons so decided to take the plunge and pay for the 3rd season but that is something to keep in mind. I'm not sure what the cost is if you have the HBO app or HBO To Go. That's actually probably the better option.
I posted a link yesterday in the Three Count to my first ever Big Brother pool I'm hosting, the "Blood on My Hands" Big Brother Pool. Unfortunately, I don't think the link was working yesterday so I want to repost the link.
I think when I posted the link yesterday I had it restricted to only people in my my network. It should be open now and working. If it's not, let me know in the comments or tweets to @bolllmeyer11 and I will try to figure it out. We have 20 people in the contest so far.
And just some really brief Big Brother talk since there has been no new episodes but I think this section needs at least a little new material. It looks like the house is starting to divide into sections and alliances, which is great. Some years it takes away to materialize or some years those divides never materialize and the show isn't as good in my opinion. This year not only is the house starting to split there are even sub-groups and sub-alliances starting to form. Some people are in 2 or 3 or 4 alliances or packs already. That will make the game fun once those alliances start becoming broken or someone has to turn on someone.
The only thing I don't like this year, and it's started to become a trend the past couple of seasons, is the fact that everybody wants to name their alliance right away. I know there was "Chill Town" early and were other alliances after that gave themselves a name but I think "The Brigade" was the first group to make it REALLY popular. They had their group name pretty early and ran with it all season, and then even gave each group member a nickname. And since then, every season has people trying to form an alliance and then immediately come up with a name to call themselves. Stop it.
Be alliance, grow together, become solid. Then if you think you need a team name come up with one. I'm tired of watching people come together for 5 minutes because they are all sitting together and then a Houseguest saying "OK, we need a alliance name now." I get that people think that's going to get them more TV time but knock it off Big Brother. I don't need twenty different alliance names by Week Four. Think of all the ones we have already this season: Team Unicorn, Category Four, Big Sister, Freakazoids, 8 Pack, The Revolution, Spy Girls, Fatal Five, The Vets, The Newbies, and I'm sure I'm missing some. We are three episodes in and it's already ridiculous.