- The Washington Times - Monday, July 20, 2009

Hot night on court

John McEnroe’s influence may have rubbed off on his New York Sportimes teammates. During a recent World Team Tennis match between his squad and D.C.’s own Washington Kastles, a men’s doubles match almost turned into a men’s cage match. Our colleague Sonny Bunch was courtside and has the details.

It all started when McEnroe’s doubles partner, Robert Kendrick, took a volley off the shin from Kastles doubles specialist Leander Paes. When Paes failed to show the customary — and typically bogus — contrition in the wake of the play, Kendrick and McEnroe started jawing at Paes and his partner, Scott Oudsema. But it wasn’t until Kendrick’s turn to serve that things got really out of control.

In a shocking display of unsportsmanlike behavior, Kendrick nailed Paes with a first serve when the Kastle was at the net. The benches spilled onto the court and the umpire issued unsportsmanlike conduct warnings, while McEnroe and Kendrick got into the faces of the Kastles players.

Cooler heads prevailed — McEnroe even appeared to play elder statesman after the heated verbal volley — but for a moment it felt like the 1980s all over again.

Palin purple

She established herself as a “maverick” on the campaign trail as John McCain’s running mate, but apparently soon to be former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is demonstrating an unorthodox streak when it comes to her personal style.

The fortysomething Mrs. Palin was photographed for a recent cover story for Time magazine dressed in casual chic with jeans and flip-flops, but what really got our attention was the color of her toenails.

Purple, people. Yes, as in the color of Barney.

Evidently, she likes to think outside the classy hues favored by most female politicians like muted pinks and subdued reds.

Earlier this summer, Mrs. Palin sported an orange pedicure, replete with sparkles.

Mrs. Palin’s reps did not get back to us with a comment, but for all those wondering about her future political plans, they can rest assured that she’ll be thinking on her toes.

Discovering Rankin

New York hosts the star-studded Emmys in a few weeks, but, hey, D.C. is home of the EMMAs!

The National Women’s Political Caucus annual Exceptional Merit in Media Awards ceremony was held Tuesday at the National Press Club. There, we caught up with Kamala Lopez, honored for her film, “A Single Woman,” a movie about Jeannette Rankin, the United States’ first congresswoman and the only member of Congress to vote against both world wars.

“The surprising and disturbing thing about Jeannette Rankin’s life is that so few of us are aware of it,” Miss Lopez told G2. “I saw a one-woman show that Jeanmarie Simpson wrote about it, and I just was stunned that I’d never heard of her. I was able to get a lot of wonderful people involved, like Joni Mitchell, Martin Sheen, Patricia Arquette, Peter Coyote, all kinds of great people because they, too, realized that this is a figure that needs to be put back into the fabric of our history.”

Next up for Ms. Lopez, perhaps a biopic on Shirley Chisholm?

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