The big balls are back

It was almost 90 degrees in the house last night at about 11 p.m. so I’m sitting around the house right now watching the U.S. Open while the air conditioner is repaired for the third time this summer.

The return of the U.S. Open also ushers in the return of those really odd, really big tennis balls fans try to get autographed by star players after every match. If you want one to call your own, just head over to and shell out $25.

That’ll get you an inflatable 7 to 9 pound tennis ball the size of a soccer ball to look really silly with.

Venus Williams just got done slapping around some early-round nobody. Being a low seed at a major tennis tournament is kind of like being the guy in the red shirt tagging along with Captain Kirk and the rest of the landing party on Star Trek — you know you’re toast.

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