How a Swimming Pool Inspired the Hip-Hop Hit Hamilton

first_img Related Shows With the majority of the original off-Broadway cast in tow (Brian d’Arcy James departed to star in Something Rotten! and was succeeded by Jonathan Groff), anticipation is high as Hamilton arrives on Broadway. “It is a rare thing: not just a theatrical landmark, but a show that jolts our thinking about popular culture and casts new light on some of the most storied events in American history,” T Magazine proclaimed. Will crowds and critics agree? A very imporant audience member has already given the musical his seal of approval: After attending an early preview with daughters Malia and Sasha, President Obama gave the show a standing ovation. Fast forward more than two centuries: Bronx based DJ Kool Herc had a unique approach to the turntable. He talked over the records he spun, a trick he learned from the DJs in his native Jamaica. Kool Herc also mastered the self-described “Merry Go-Round,” using his two turntables “to switch back and forth repeatedly between two copies of the same record, extending the short drum break that the crowd most wanted to hear,” according to The History Channel. On August 11, a big crowd was on hand to hear Kool Herc work his sister’s birthday party. That’s how word of hip-hop, born at the rec room at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the West Bronx, spread. Two decades later, Ron Chernow has just published his successful third book, Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller Sr., but the respected historian was experiencing mixed emotions. “I began to sense the danger of becoming stereotyped as the chronicler of American tycoons,” Chernow told the Biographers International Organization. “When I finished a lecture, people in the audience would start shouting out, ‘Do Carnegie next! Do Vanderbilt next!’ as if I would go on knocking off Gilded Age moguls for the rest of my career.” Who will be his next subject? from $149.00 After earning dizzying raves and armfuls of awards off-Broadway, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton officially opens on the Great White Way August 6 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. How did this original account of one of America’s Founding Fathers take the stage—and the musical theater world—by storm? It’s a story involving a Bronx DJ, a frustrated historian, and a swimming pool reading session you won’t find in any history book! View Comments On a break from In the Heights, the show’s young creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, sojourned to Mexico with his future wife, Vanessa Nadal. Miranda cracked open Alexander Hamilton on an inflatable pool lounger. He was floored. “It was the fact that Hamilton wrote his way off the island [St. Croix] where he grew up,” he told Vogue. “That’s the hip-hop narrative.” The story also reminded Miranda of his father, a native of Puerto Rico who eventually became an adviser to Mayor Ed Koch. Convinced Hamilton’s life could become a hip-hop-influenced show, Miranda scours Google to see if that’s been done before. It has not. After years of readings, workshops, and struggle—Burr is tough to write; half the songs in Act One are jettisoned—a completed first act of The Hamilton Mixtape is performed at the Vassar Reading Festival in Poughkeepsie, NY. Miranda sticks to his guns, including casting Latino and black actors as America’s forefathers. “Our goal was: This is a story about America then, told by America now, and we want to eliminate any distance—our story should look the way our country looks,” Miranda said. “Then we found the best people to embody these parts. I think it’s a very powerful statement without having to be a statement.” Featuring Miranda in the title role, theater favorites Brian d’Arcy James and Phillipa Soo, and Miranda’s old hip-hop improv buddies Christopher Jackson and Daveed Diggs, Hamilton opened off-Broadway at The Public Theater on February 17, 2015. The production earned borderline hyperbolic raves (the show “shot open like a streamlined cannon ball,” gushed The New York Times), trophies galore (including seven Drama Desk Awards), and red carpet-worthy attendees. Julia Roberts, Busta Rhymes, Helen Mirren and Robert De Niro paid a visit. (Madonna showed up, texted incessantly, and got denied a backstage visit by Miranda.) “Everybody I know has seen it or is screaming for tickets,” Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles told The New York Times. “The idea of hip-hop being the music of the Revolution appealed to me immensely,’’ Miranda explained to T Magazine. In April, the White House invited Miranda to participate in a concert focused on “the American experience.” He used the platform to bust a four-minute rap about Hamilton’s first 20 years. The audience, which included the Obamas, were entranced. Miranda relayed to The New Yorker that “the President’s first reaction was to remark that [Treasury Secretary] Timothy Geithner had to see this.” Chernow, who eventually became Hamilton’s historical consultant, was serenaded by Miranda in his living room. “I think that’s the most astonishing thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” he said. Ultimately, Chernow decided to tackle the life of an important founding father. “Alexander Hamilton was the perfect transitional figure for my next book, because there would be financial history galore while also opening up vast new subjects for study: military history, constitutional law, foreign policy, and dozens of other topics,” Chernow said. The 832-page Alexander Hamilton was not only a critical hit—Kirkus Reviews deemed the book “a model of the biographer’s art”—it became a New York Times bestseller. And for one Tony-winning musical theater writer, it became a vacation read. At the presidential soiree, Miranda had announced that he was working on a musical about Hamilton. That was true—kind of. What he performed was his only song. A year later, he’d only written one more. Miranda’s friend and In the Heights director Thomas Kail interceded: “You know, Lin, you took two years to write two songs. If we could crank it up a little, maybe we could see what we’ve got.” Six months later, Miranda performed 10 new songs at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. When John Kander’s face “lights up” during the rap battles between Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton, Miranda knew his hunch was right. Hamilton Though we’re not sure exactly when Alexander Hamilton was born, his effect on American history is undeniable. In a remarkably short period of time, Hamilton accomplished the following: fought in the American Revolution (where he was George Washington’s aide); led the efforts to reform the iffy Articles of Confederation; helped design the American government as outlined in the Constitution; and served as the country’s first Secretary of the Treasury. Hamilton died at age 47 on July 10, 1804, one day after being shot by his rival Aaron Burr in a duel.last_img read more

T Bone Burnett Replaces Alan Menken & Glenn Slater on Roy Rogers Musical

first_imgThis is some switcheroo. T Bone Burnett will replace the previously announced songwriting team of Alan Menken (Aladdin) and Glenn Slater (School of Rock) on the creative team of Happy Trails. The long-in-the works musical, based on the life and career of Roy Rogers and his wife Dale Evans, had at one point aimed to land on Broadway in 2014, which then got pushed back to 2016. The latest timeline has not been set.Tony winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) and Oscar winner Marshall Brickman (Annie Hall) remain on board the project.Burnett is an Academy Award winner, a Golden Globe winner and 13-time Grammy Award winner. He’s worked and collaborated with musicians across many genres including Elton John, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, B.B. King, Tony Bennett, k.d. lang, Elvis Costello, The Civil Wars, Taylor Swift, Ryan Bingham, Steve Earle and Leon Russell. Burnett’s first major foray into film was his collaboration with the Coen Brothers on The Big Lebowski, and has since held multiple titles for numerous films including The Hunger Games, Cold Mountain, The Hunger Games, and produced the songs for and scored Walk The Line, The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Crazy Heart, which he also produced. He also has multiple credits in television including as the Executive Music Producer and Composer for the HBO series True Detective, and he was Executive Music Producer and Composer for the first season of the ABC television series, Nashville.Rogers—born Leonard Franklin Slye—grew up in an impoverished Ohio community before gaining a reputation as a yodeler and guitar player. It wasn’t before long that he rightfully earned the title “King of the Cowboys,” starring in 88 films between 1945 and 1975, and the popular The Roy Rodgers Show. Equally famous were his wife, “Queen of the West” Dale Evans and his golden palomino, Trigger—the only horse in Hollywood to be billed above the title. Rogers and Evans wed in 1947—three years after meeting on the set of The Cowboy and the Señorita. The two would go on to co-star in 28 films together. View Commentslast_img read more

Red Light Market Riot Results in Hardship on Residents

first_imgEffects of the recent riot which involved motorcyclists and officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) are being acutely felt by residents and marketers in the Paynesville Red Light area.The incident has created a severe shortage of commercial transport since the Pem-Pem riders were restricted to the outskirts of Paynesville.The suspension of the cyclists has created serious commuting problems as most communities they service are not accessible by motor vehicles.According to some of the affected residents, they have to get up early to walk long distances before reaching their destinations or the motor vehicle routes to their destinations.This situation, they claim, has exposed them to criminals who frequently lurk in most of the communities they have to pass through on their way to connect with commercial vehicles taking them to their destinations.Affected residents are appealing to the government and the authorities concerned to speed up the investigation into what led to the pem-pem riot so that normalcy can return to their daily routines.Madam Mary B. Thomas, in an interview, told the Daily Observer that one possible root cause of the recent incident could be the alleged extortion of money from motorcyclists by some of the LNP officers.“I think, many of the motorcyclists have become frustrated because of the way traffic police officers extort money from even the marketers as well as the cyclists,” Madam Thomas asserted.The constant seizure of street vendors’ goods could also be one of the reasons.This newspaper also learned that traffic police officers assigned in the disputed areas have over the years joined “daily savings clubs” where they are obligated to pay LD1000, and LD2000 per week.“We are responsible to pay their “daily susu,” Cyclist Tamba claimed.The LNP is yet to comment on this latest allegation, but a spokesman promised to investigate the allegations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FBI, Apple begin inquiries into celebrity nude photo leak

first_imgThe FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online.The agency did not say what actions it was taking to investigate who was responsible for posting naked photos of Lawrence and other stars. Apple said Monday it was looking into whether its online photo-sharing service had been hacked to obtain the intimate images.Lawrence, a three-time Oscar nominee who won for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook,” contacted authorities after the images began appearing Sunday.Naked images purporting to be of other female stars were also posted, although the authenticity of many couldn’t be confirmed. The source of the leak was unclear.Apple Inc. spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said the company was investigating whether any iCloud accounts had been tampered with “This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” Lawrence’s publicist Liz Mahoney wrote in a statement. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”The FBI said it was “aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter.””Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time,” spokeswoman Laura Eimiller wrote in a statement.Apple Inc. spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said the company was investigating whether any iCloud accounts had been tampered with, but she did not give any further details.”We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” she said.advertisementActress Mary Elizabeth Winstead also confirmed that nude photos of her were posted online.”To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves,” Winstead posted on Twitter. Winstead, who starred in “Final Destination 3” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” wrote that she thought the images had been destroyed.”Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this,” Winstead wrote.The FBI has investigated previous leaks of nude celebrity images, including leaks involving Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and footage of television sports reporter Erin Andrews in a Tennessee hotel room. Those cases resulted in convictions.How widespread the hacking of celebrities photos was is not immediately clear. Some of the images were quickly denounced as fakes.Some cybersecurity experts speculated that hackers may have obtained a cache of private celebrity images by exploiting weaknesses in an online image-storing platform.”It is important for celebrities and the general public to remember that images and data no longer just reside on the device that captured it,” security researcher Ken Westin wrote in a blog post Monday. “Once images and other data are uploaded to the cloud, it becomes much more difficult to control who has access to it, even if we think it is private.”Private information and images of celebrities are frequent targets for hackers. Last year, a site posted credit reports, Social Security numbers and other financial info on celebrities, including Jay Z and his wife Beyonce, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher and many others.Johansson, Kunis and Aguilera were hacked by a Florida man, Christopher Chaney, who used publicly available information to hack into the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry.”I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed,” Johansson said in a tearful videotaped statement played in court at Chaney’s sentencing in December 2012.”That feeling of security can never be given back and there is no compensation that can restore the feeling one has from such a large invasion of privacy,” Aguilera wrote in a statement before Chaney’s sentencing.last_img read more

As long as there is football there is a good reason to remember Munich

first_img Daniel Taylor The Munich disaster’s long shadow still falls on us all, 60 years on Pinterest Read more Facebook While this may not be entirely fair, just like the resentment felt in some quarters as Matt Busby’s recovering team monopolised national sympathy and gained many new supporters following their ghastly ordeal, the overriding lesson of February 1958 was that life is not fair.The distinguishing feature of Munich was possibly not football anyway, though sport will always magnify the sense of loss when youthful promise is cut cruelly short. Because this was a take-off failure rather than a fall from the sky there were survivors, rare in an aviation disaster. The handy headline that a team had died told only half of the truth. The harsher fact is that the other half of the team lived, and then had to face the gruesome task of picking up and playing on as if nothing had really happened.One photograph in Old Trafford’s Munich tunnel demonstrates this effectively, if rather eerily. A black-and-white team picture has the shirts of the players who did not return picked out in crimson. A team shot that makes grotesque mockery of what it means to be a team and a haunting memento mori, yet the half of the side that lived had to deal with the reality, and in public. Footballers of the 1950s did not live in a bubble of fabulous wealth, television celebrity or agent-led aloofness either. Supporters regarded them as friends, local boys made good, people one might see – and sometimes did – on the bus. In a real sense the mourning after Munich was so keen because the loss seemed so close.To understand exactly why United were so nearly and dearly loved one would have to go back to the grey austerity of the post-war period and appreciate how brightly Busby’s charismatic band of emerging but already forceful talents illuminated Saturday afternoons. Beyond Old Trafford the visionary Busby was at odds with the ever insular Football Association over the merits of the newly dreamed-up European Cup. English football wanted no part of it, Busby felt it was the future and eventually got his way, only to pay a terrible personal cost. Twitter Donny Davies, the Guardian correspondent who died in the Munich air disaster Read more Richard Williams features That aspect of the story, along with the emotional scenes at Wembley in 1968 when Busby’s quest came to a successful conclusion, is just one of the reasons Munich remains relevant. United were on the right side of history after all, yet back in the 1950s European glamour was as remote from most people’s lives as the space race. When Busby paid Barnsley £29,999 for Tommy Taylor in 1953 it was a huge fee, not far short of the English record. Busby withheld the last pound – allegedly he gave it to an Oakwell tea lady – because he did not want Taylor burdened by the status of being a £30,000 footballer. Four years later Internazionale of Italy offered £65,000 for the strapping centre forward who grew up with Harold “Dickie” Bird practising headers on Yorkshire waste ground, and Busby turned them down. Taylor was 26 when he died at Munich and, though by that time he had won 19 England caps, the world never got to see whether he would live up to his billing as the new Nat Lofthouse. Duncan Edwards, by some distance the most evocative name on the list of fatalities, was five years younger, yet at 21 had already made 151 United appearances and won two league titles. In the seemingly arbitrary scale of damage from the wreckage Bobby Charlton was relatively unharmed, physically at least. Busby was in hospital for two months but pulled through in the end. Edwards fought for life for 15 days, surprising doctors who knew the extent of his internal injuries and briefly offering false hope to those praying he might be spared. Recuperating in Northumberland, Charlton can vividly recall hearing the dreadful news from his mother: “Big Duncan has gone.”The sense at the time was that Manchester United might never recover, so great was their grief, and though to every outward indication they did, the feeling among contemporaries was that what was lost was too precious to be adequately replaced. “United have done well since but they never had better than the boys of ’58,” was how Tom Finney put it. “It is very sad to think what Duncan Edwards might have done had he been allowed.”Charlton believes Edwards would have rivalled Pelé as star attraction had he gone to the 1958 World Cup, while Terry Venables has suggested that, had he lived, he would have most likely been captain of England in 1966 ahead of Bobby Moore. In terms of English football there can be no higher praise, football here forming a useful vehicle for the dreams and fears of all of us. 7 February 1958: Seven of United’s players killed: Matt Busby seriously hurt in Munich air crash Share on Pinterest Share on Twittercenter_img Share on Messenger The Manchester United team line up in Belgrade before their European Cup quarter-final against Red Star Belgrade. The plane crash in Munich happened on the way home from the game. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images Share via Email Manchester United Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook There are only two Munich survivors left now and, while memorials will inevitably be downscaled when there are none, as long as there is football there is a good reason to remember where the modern game came from. Taylor sometimes had to sit out games at school because his family could not afford to buy him boots. Eddie Colman, the Frank Sinatra fan who was the youngest player to perish, used to walk from games to his Salford home and tell the girls in the local dance halls that he worked in Trafford Park.Perhaps most unbelievably of all, a chartered aeroplane carrying the most admired football team in England made three attempts to take off from a slushy runway that was hampering its ability to reach a viable speed. It is hard to imagine that now, in the world of aviation or the world of football, yet that is how it once was. Sport is fond of words such as invincible or unbeatable, though it is as well to remember at least once a year that they are just words. Nothing in life is actually indestructible. Topics Munich air disaster Bobby Charlton Read more Each time a significant anniversary of the Munich air disaster comes round those of us lucky enough to be in a position to write about football and its attendant matters are assailed by the same nagging doubts. Is it only football that makes this particular loss of life so resonant? Why the grim fascination with a 60-year-old accident when every day brings fresh news of equally terrible events?There have been worse air crashes involving football teams before and since Munich, yet the tragedy that struck Manchester United on a wintry night in Bavaria is always perceived as the most poignant. Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

School District 60 Trustees approve 20192020 Capital Plan

first_imgInstead of completely replacing Charlie Lake School, it was decided that they would replace the portables with modular classrooms with $13 million in funding.The District will also be adding modular classrooms at Wonowon Elementary to accommodate the growing student population. That cost is projected at $7.4 million.The replacement school for Ecole Central is still on the District’s wishlist. If approved by the Province, it would require $26.6 million in funding.Upgrades to facility equipment, such as boiler systems, along with upgrades to playgrounds are included in this year’s Capital Plan.The total amount approved for School District 60’s Capital Plan is $125 million. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a School District 60 meeting on Monday, Trustees approved the Capital Plan for the upcoming 2019-2020 School Year.The Capital Plan allocates funding for items such as the construction of new schools, the purchasing of new school buses, and major upgrades to existing facilities within the School District.When it comes to the construction of new or the replacement of existing schools, the District has changed some of their plans.last_img read more

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for BC Peace

first_imgSee the full warning below.Issued at 2019-06-27 00:19 UTC by Environment Canada: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details: An area of thunderstorms just east of BC is moving toward the Peace River district and is expected to reach the region within the next hour. These thunderstorms have the potential to produce strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm. UPDATE – The watch has been updated to a warning with the following information added to the warning: At 5:37 p.m. MST, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the BC Peace.The watch says an area of thunderstorms just east of BC is moving toward the Peace River district and is expected to reach the region within the next hour. These thunderstorms have the potential to produce strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.last_img read more

MP govt spent Rs 158 cr for stay of Kamal Nath 3

first_imgBhopal: About Rs 1.58 crore was spent for making arrangements for the stay of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, three of his top bureaucrats in Switzerland and on wooing investors to the state, according to RTI documents. Kamal Nath and Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary S R Mohanty, Principal Secretary to the chief minister Ashok Barnwal and Principal Secretary,Department of Industrial Policy and Investment Promotion of the state government, Mohammed Suleman participated in the World Economic Forum, 2019 in Davos, Switzerland held in January, it said. The delegation of Madhya Pradesh government participated in the exclusive business lounge in Davos to co-brand the state along with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, government of India, according to RTI documents. The dedicated team members of the delegation in collaboration with ‘Invest India’ will closely interact with potential investors, academia, policy makers, etc. to highlight the state as a highly potential investment destination in central India so as to get them attracted for making investments in various sectors in Madhya Pradesh, the state government had defined as the purpose of the visit.last_img read more

Youd Have To Be Pretty Dumb To Fix A Tennis Match This

If suspicions that a mixed-doubles match was fixed at the Australian Open on Sunday prove true, it could go down in the gambling annals as the dumbest fix in sports history. Many of the telltale signs of match-fixing are indeed present; to a large degree, however, the stupidity of fixing a match now is just as strong a reason to doubt it happened.Pinnacle Sports suspended betting before a mixed-doubles match in which Andrea Hlavackova and Lukasz Kubot faced the Spanish pair of Lara Arruabarrena and David Marrero. Even though it looked on paper like a close matchup, with all four players experienced and highly ranked in doubles, most bettors backed Hlavackova and Kubot, even after the books shifted the odds to promise a bigger payout if Arruabarrena and Marrero won. And volume was heavy for mixed doubles, which many players treat more like an exhibition than like a meaningful match.After Hlavackova and Kubot won easily, 6-0, 6-3, all four players were questioned by journalists — a rarity in mixed doubles, especially in the first round. Kubot, facing more reporters than he did after winning the 2014 Australian Open men’s doubles title, said Arruabarrena and Marrero “were trying 100 percent.” The Spanish pair also dismissed the idea that they fixed the match. The New York Times put its story about the match on its home page Sunday, sent out a news alert and ran the print version on the front page Monday.The prominence given to the story by the Times is prima facie evidence for why this would be such a dumb fix. Since BuzzFeed News and the BBC published an investigation a week ago into accusations that tennis authorities aren’t doing enough to stamp out corruption in the sport, journalists have been focused on the possibility of match-fixing — and getting a piece of the story — like never before.Meanwhile, pressure is on tennis authorities to show they are taking the problem seriously, making it a bad time to try to slip something past them. Hlavackova and Kubot said at their post-match news conference that they’d already been contacted by the Tennis Integrity Unit, a joint initiative of tennis governing bodies that is tasked with fighting corruption in the sport.Grand Slam tournaments in particular have more officials on site than other events and far more journalists — an order of magnitude more than some of the tennis tour’s smallest stops. And for reporters at Slams, it’s easy to watch matches — tune your television to any court while the match is in progress, or access video of many matches after the fact. Doubles matches at other events usually aren’t televised at all. The Times story included a detailed account of the match that would be difficult to produce if a reporter were chasing reports of suspected fixing at a smaller tournament — such as many of the matches mentioned in the BuzzFeed-BBC report.Grand Slams also are more lucrative than other events. Although mixed doubles is worth less in prize money than men’s or women’s doubles — and doesn’t earn players ranking points — a win would have netted Arruabarrena and Marrero 2,250 Australian dollars ($1,570 U.S.) more each than their loss did. And they’d have had the chance to win 78,500 Australian dollars each if they went on to win the title. That’s not bad for doubles, where purses generally are far smaller than in singles.By losing, Arruabarrena and Marrero also miss chances to compete together and impress their national tennis federation. That matters because another mixed-doubles tournament is coming up this summer, one that should be easier to win yet matters far more than an exhibition. Just 16 pairs will get into the mixed-doubles event at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, meaning it will take just four wins to get gold, or three to win silver or bronze. Arruabarrena and Marrero are ranked in the top 35 in women’s and men’s doubles, respectively, which gives them a shot at making the Spanish Olympic team. Here’s one sign that mixed doubles matters more to pros this year: There are 12 pairs in the 32-team Australian Open draw made up of two players who represent the same country, up from just seven last year.At this site, we often try to use Bayesian thinking. That means we try to estimate the probability of something being true — our prior — and then update it as we gain new information. My Bayesian prior after match-fixing became the dominant tennis topic last week is that we were unlikely to see actual match-fixing with scrutiny so high, and that any suspected match-fixing was likely to be something else. How much should reports about the suspicious mixed-doubles betting change my beliefs?On the one hand, perhaps quite a bit. Betting on the match really did look funny. Tennis bettors and betting analysts told me that volume on the match — both in terms of the raw number of bets and overall liability — was far heavier than usual for mixed doubles, though the maximum bet at Pinnacle was just $500 at its peak, making it tough to turn too large a profit. And several Marrero doubles matches last year had unusual betting movements, the Times reported. So my Bayesian prior for a Marrero match being fixed might be higher.“It’s a strange one,” Ian Dorward, a London-based tennis bettor who used to set and adjust tennis betting lines for a bookmaker, said in an email. It “would be a really stupid time to fix it, but maybe he just does not care.” Dorward added, “Either way, it is this type of thing that the TIU should be investigating.” (The TIU doesn’t comment on details of its work.)On the other hand, as I wrote last week, betting data alone isn’t enough to identify match fixers. There are many other plausible explanations. One that Marrero offered is that he’s injured and that someone in his or his partner’s camp might have let that information slip. Or at a tournament with thousands of fans on the grounds, one could have seen Marrero struggle in practice or in his men’s doubles match, which he’d already lost. The video clips embedded in the Times article from the match hardly are conclusive evidence that Marrero wasn’t trying.There’s so little data on mixed doubles that it’s not surprising that bookies who often struggle to set opening odds for singles matches might miss big on mixed. Players’ lifetime match records in mixed doubles aren’t readily available and often include just a couple of dozen matches. “With only four mixed doubles events annually, it’s easy to get the opening prices wrong,” Scott Ferguson, a sports gambling consultant, wrote in an email. Odds at Pinnacle for at least two earlier mixed-doubles matches moved by even more.It could be that bettors noticed before bookies did that Marrero simply stinks at mixed doubles. As the Times reported, he has now lost his last 10 mixed matches and is 7-21 in his career. “Normally, when I play, I play full power, in doubles or singles,” Marrero told the Times. “But when I see the lady in front of me, I feel my hand wants to play, but my head says, ‘Be careful.’ This is not a good combination.” read more