Bill Simmons’ Wimbledon joke backfires

Bill-SimmonsThe 2013 Wimbledon Championships have featured a number of unexpected upsets on the ladies’ singles side. The semifinal matches have been set, with 15th-seeded Marion Bartoli awaiting her Thursday meeting with 20th-seeded Kristen Flipkens and 23rd-seeded Sabine Lisicki pitted against No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska.

The big names are lacking. Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka all lost in the fourth round or sooner, which will likely result in lower ratings for the semis and final. Bill Simmons attempted to mock the lack or star power remaining in the tournament on Tuesday, but he made an embarrassing mistake.

Let’s have a massive round of applause for NBC Sports for making sure there was no way Simmons’ idiotic tweet flew under the radar. Granted, Simmons has never been shy about criticizing ESPN in the past, so he probably would have tweeted it anyway. But he was definitely attempting to be witty and failed miserably.

Between this tweet and the drama-filled week he had sparring with Doc Rivers, Simmons should probably just give it a rest. He’s going to give himself and thousands more a headache.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Wimbledon Men’s finals tickets going for at least $4,500

Tickets to the Wimbledon Men’s final have become an even hotter commodity now that Andy Murray has advanced to his first final at the All England Club. Murray beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets on Friday to advance to Sunday’s final. The Scotsman has a chance to become the first U.K. player to win Wimbledon since 1938, and fans are dying to be there to see it happen.

At last check, there were only a handful of tickets available for the match on StubHub (UK). The prices varied from £3,000 to £5,900 which equates to $4,500-$9126.

That amount will likely rise as we get closer to the final. Unfortunately for all of the Murray supporters, they will probably be let down considering Roger Federer is playing great and coming off a win over Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

Federer has a lot at stake, too. If he wins, he’ll become the No. 1 player in the world and tie Pete Sampras’ record of 286 weeks ranked as the world’s top player. He’s attempting to win his seventh Wimbledon title.

What remains to be seen is if Murray can have his LeBron-like breakthrough. It will be fun to find out, and a lot of folks are willing to pay big money to witness it in person.

Pigeon-scaring hawk named Rufus reportedly stolen from Wimbledon (UPDATED)

Rufus the pigeon-scaring hawk has gone missing from Wimbledon, and police are ruling the disappearance as a kidnapping — er, a birdnapping. Or whatever. Point is, he was stolen.

The bird was last seen in his owner’s parked car on a residential street less than three miles away from the tournament. Rufus, a harrier hawk, reportedly was stolen with his cage from the car overnight on Thursday. The car’s rear window was open for ventilation and may have facilitated the theft.

“I thought it was something that was going to be fine for him and secure,” Imogen Davies told the BBC. “If I could change something I would. If I could, I would have put him next to my bed.

“It’s hard to get your head around. We just want to know he’s OK.”

Rufus, 4, has had a regular presence at the tournament. He prevented pigeons from roosting in the roof at Centre Court and presumably pooping on spectators at the All-England Club.

UPDATE: Rufus. Found.

H/T Sports by Brooks Live
Photo via @RufusTheHawk