> I don't have much of an opinion on this, but on a related note, was
>anyone else as sick as I was of hearing Tracey Austin mention time and
>again how much weight Davenport had lost?
Raised hand over here. I think the thing that really makes Austin an awful
boothvoice (and, mind you, she used to be very good, back when programmers
actually allowed her to analyze the match) is that she just doesn't have a
whole lot to say -- though she does say it non-stop. She plops down behind
the mike armed with exactly 2 1/2 factlets about each player, and drums them
to death before the match is over.
In any and every Davenport match, for instance, you'll hear the following and
nothing but the following:
1) She's lost a lot of weight recently (don't know how long the 'recently'
status will last; I think it's been 'recently' for about a year now);
2) She's very tall (between 6'1" and 6'3", depending on the day or whatever
was the last one she heard);
2.5) Her father was an Olympic volleyballer (having heard this one for the
bazillionth time, the relevance of it still evades me).
If it's a Coetzer match, you'll hear the following:
1) She's the fittest or one of the fittest players on the tour (credit to
Hopper .. obligatory mention of the switch to Seles);
2) She's very short (between 5'2" and 5'4" depending... and she'll state
the height at least 4 times during the match);
2.5) She lives at Hilton Head.
If it's a Hingis match:
1) She and her mother/coach are the BEST of friends and have a WONDERFUL
2) Gosh, the way she SMILES all the time and has just an oh-so-WONDERFUL
2.5) (repeat #1 for good measure).
>chubby. Did you see her mum in the crowds? She has chubby cheeks too,
>and she was an Olympic-caliber volleyball player (I think).
No, no. Adam...Tracy told me (and told me and told me) that her _father_
was the Olympic volleyballer. All you have to do is let up on the 'mute'
button for just 2 minutes and I'm sure you'll hear confirmation of this.
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