Friday, March 21, 2008

Sometimes you just hafta laugh: The idiocy of FSN

And I thought they'd outdone themselves with the Tsonga v. Nadal match "coverage."
Last night, FSN showed the Jankovic v. Davenport match at around midnight and Davenport withdrew with an injury after the first set. So, when it ends, they go to commercial, and when they come back, they show the last game again -- an immediate replay!! Why? It wasn't particularly pretty watching Davenport floundering around, and obviously struggling. For a second, I thought they were going to replay it over and over until 1 a.m., but it finally occurred to them to put Ivanovic v. Zvonareva on the air.
Really, FSN. Do you watch your own network?
The commentary was also especially horrendous, and I'm not exaggerating. How about Barry Whoever's comment about Davenport when she quit. "Now that's not just someone quitting. She's hurt." Whew. Your powers of observation, Barry Whoever, are extraordinary. You should become a seeing-eye dog.
Then there's Chanda Rubin. She says, "This is a new injury for Davenport. She's never had back trouble before."
Really, expert commentator? Davenport's had back trouble all her career. And she's a former tennis player, folks. Chanda, have you considered taking a job in television behind the scenes?
This is, by far, the worst tennis tournament coverage I've ever seen. I swear, I'm about to turn to racquetball on the Tennis Channel.

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