I’m always amazed at how different athletes look in their street clothes versus their uniforms. I can remember when I was a freelance writer for the Memphis Grizzlies, and they would come out of the locker room after the game. They also looked so handsome, stylish and polished … but you had to be very quick to catch them before they made it out the door or you didn’t get much of an interview.
Once upon a time I watched American Idol, pretty much like everyone else in America was doing at that time – the early seasons. It was Season Two, better known as Clay vs Ruben. Ruben Studdard (the velvet teddy bear as he was nicknamed) went on to win that season. I can say he’s a very nice guy, having met him on more than one occasion. Actually I only watched American Idol that season because there was a contestant on the show that was from my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, Lashundra Trenyce Cobbins, better known “Trenyce”. She had a pretty dynamic voice and made it all the way to being a top five finalist.
As I watched this 27th all-Williams match culminating their long and successful careers, with Serena ultimately emerging the victor as she continues to embark upon a historical first calendar year Grand Slam since 1988, I’m reminded of the time I actually met both sisters at an event in Los Angeles a few years ago.