While the first-ever Drone Drop certainly turned heads at the NFL Pro Bowl, the 2017 Australian Open stole last weekend’s spotlight, culminating in a pair of iconic singles matches featuring four long-time tennis greats: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams. With the NFL taking a week-long hiatus before the big game, we set aside Super Bowl preparation here in Boston to explore these historic tennis matches as well as recap NHL All-Star weekend.
- Serena Williams clinched her 23rd Grand Slam singles title, surpassing Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slam titles of any woman or man in the Open Era, and trailing only Margaret Court for Grand Slam singles titles (24) in any era. FiveThirtyEight’s Carl Bialik explores how the Williams sisters are defying Father Time and extending their era of greatness in tennis.
- On the men’s side, Roger Federer clinched his 18th Grand Slam singles title in a thrilling five-set match against Rafael Nadal. Jeff Sackmann, a former Competitive Advantage (CA) speaker at SSAC15, shares his thoughts on the unprecedented success of Roger Federer’s backhand, which helped propel him to the thrilling win.
NHL All-Star Weekend
- Aiming for a high-scoring All-Star game, Sportsnet’s Andrew Berkshire shared his own Analytics All-Star team for both the Western and Eastern The 3-on-3 All-Star championship game produced a flurry of late goals as the Metropolitan Division scored two within five seconds, coming from behind to win 4-3 against the Pacific Division.
- Held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NHL All-Star weekend was a resounding business success, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Indeed, the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission estimated that the event generated more than $20M in visitor tourism for Los Angeles.
Of course, the spotlight will shine bright as ever on the NFL this weekend as the Patriots and Falcons battle for the Lombardi trophy on Sunday. We hope you have your favorite game-day recipes raring to go and your Super Bowls squares locked in for Super Bowl LI in Houston. Make sure to check back in next week as we do a full recap of the big game!