IF YOU LIKE THE COVERAGE OF THE US OPEN ON THE USA NETWORK,
OR ABSOLUTELY ADORE JOHN McENROE,
THEN YOU BETTER IGNORE THIS POSTING.
The US Open is being shown on the American "USA" cable network.
This has been the WORST coverage I have seen in years,
on ANY cable or broacast station, with today being the absolute PITS.
Throughout the tournament,
they have shown only snippets of upsets (Novotna),
and over-covered incidental or otherwise dull matches
with unknowns or "don't-care-abouts".
Worse, they have taken the time to hawk
all the wonderful souvenirs and gimmicks
one could get from either the grounds or via their website.
They also went on and on about a signed tennis ball
that was being auctioned on their website,
which, though meant for a good cause,
quickly fell out of reach of 95% of the viewing audience
at over $1300 US.
At one point, on Friday,
I turned the TV on and heard John McEnroe
seemingly speaking into an accidentally left open microphone,
going on about how expensive something was.
One of the announcers later explained that John
was on an "Excellent Adventure" through the grounds
of the US Open. "Excellent?" How about BORING?
We were "treated" to John hamming it up,
showing off his tennis knowledge, getting people into
the stadium (without even checking if they had tickets),
telling viewers how great the place is, and on and on and on.
In between the useless tour,
he managed to visit and talk about one particular game
for a few minutes by taking someone's seat
(if I were in the stands, I would have said,
"BUZZ OFF! I'm trying to watch the game!"
Instead, I just turned off the sound).
ATTENTION "USA" MEDIA MOGULS:
Save the tours and monologues when there is a lull in the action,
and NOT when we're trying to watch the tennis,
and then show it ALL at once for NO MORE than FIVE minutes.
And get rid of that ridiculous C/NET camera;
every time I see it, it gets me nauseous from the seemingly
ATTENTION JOHN McENBRAT:
Your 15 minutes of fame ended a LONG time ago.
We're tired of listening to your pointless prattling
(didn't you have enough to say at Newport where you
bragged about yourself well beyond your slotted time?
I'm surprised nobody said, "Game cancelled on account
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