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Gillette Shaves a Giant Roger Federer

To promote their Fusion ProGlide razors, Gillette asked their Facebook fans to help them make this giant, painted version of tennis star Roger Federer. After his likeness was painted on the grass, foam was sprayed on it to simulate shaving cream. Then, of course, they shaved him. Link via AdFreak

Whatever Happened to Play?

When browsing Bill Simmons’ new long-form sports site, Grantland, I found myself wondering two things. First, what is a “Grantland”? And second, didn’t the New York Times try this once? Although it only lasted two years, the Times’ Play magazine was an early attempt at a print version of Grantland. It combined long-form sports stories with [...]

The Late Movies: Incredible Rallies

Roger Federer & Lleyton Hewitt go back and forth seemingly forever in this unbelievable tennis rally. Two table tennis masters put on an incredible display. Watch as they even switch sides of the table as they go. Then 12-year old Ai Fukuhara sets a new ping-pong rally world record with 173 hits in 60 seconds. The University of [...]

The Late Movies: Great Shots (Tennis & Otherwise)

This year’s U.S. Open featured a number of highs and lows, including overzealous fans, unexpected outbursts and a huge upset to cap it all off. But one of the craziest moments for me was the through-the-legs winner Roger Federer hit against Novak Djokovic in the semis. Sure, I’ve seen the chase-the-lob-hit-it-through-the-legs thing before, but never [...]