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PMRD44
Mar 13th, 2008, 09:58 PM
Without hyperbole, Peter Bodo has today published the most ridiculous column I have ever read on the sport of tennis. His column begins with the absurd premise that he can forecast how far last year's quarterfinalists will go this year, using some arbitrary 1-10 ranking system. Here's where it delves into a new kind of awful and unprofessional, though:

"3. Na Li (losing semifinalist) - She's in resurgence, and I've always liked her game on hard courts. The seedings may not uphold this, but she gets a 5."

8. Tatiana Golovin (losing quarterfinalist) - Those nagging injuries, combined with a history of inconsistency at the best of times, makes it hard to bank on her. She will get to a significant quarterfinal this year, but not at Indian Wells. Stick her with a 2."

Yes, here it is days after both ladies have withdrawn and Bodo is still under the assumption that they both are playing. How pathetic is it that this man, who commands likely a fairly hefty salary to write about tennis, cannot even keep up with the news. Sure, he cannot analyze, research or lend any first-hand experience either. But at the very least, at the absolute bare minimum, if you dare to call yourself a tennis writer and expect others to patronize you or your employers, KEEP UP WITH THE NEWS. We're not exactly talking about two very obscure players withdrawing either, quite the opposite. The rest of the article is junk as well.

"6. Nicole Vaidisova (losing quarterfinalist) - With a so-so field (no Justine Henin or Williams sisters), Nicole is a lock with a 10."
That's right, there is literally no chance on earth that she could lose before then. None. Hear that Tamira, do not even bother showing up.

"7. Vera Zvonareva (losing quarterfinalist)- She's 13-4 this year, and made the Doha final. What's she gonna do, lose to Michaella Krajicek? She gets an 8."
Yes, Krajicek beating Zvonareva would be the biggest upset since David over Goliath (or maybe the Giants over the Patriots). Hey Peter, if you are so confident that these things are going to happen, I imagine you'll put your money where your mouth is and bet the mortgage on both of these ladies, right?

Still, nothing compares to the fact that a man paid to write about tennis simply does not bother to keep up with tennis. There are so many people on this forum who would love to trade places with Bodo. How lucky is he or anyone to have the ability to write about the sport for a living, to travel the world pro bono, to get to know these players even just a little. With that blessing should come some sense of responsibility and pride in your work. Sadly, Bodo has none.

Thanks for letting me vent.

Lunaris
Mar 13th, 2008, 10:02 PM
Isn't this the guy who openly accused Nadal of doping without having any evidence?

serenus_2k8
Mar 13th, 2008, 10:03 PM
:tape: Disgraceful.

cocco80
Mar 13th, 2008, 10:08 PM
I remember reading some of his articles a few times and was thinking the same thing you are.
The man is ridiculous sometimes.

Yasmine
Mar 13th, 2008, 10:09 PM
I know :tape: :lol:

swissmr
Mar 13th, 2008, 10:12 PM
What do you expect with a name like Bodo?

goldenlox
Mar 13th, 2008, 10:17 PM
This guy is proud to do no homework and come across like an uninformed fool.

Corswandt
Mar 13th, 2008, 10:26 PM
Bodo didn't bother to check the draw. He seems to think that both Zvonareva and Vaidisova will reach the QF, which is a logical impossibility.

But Tignor is even better. Some of his vintage "ugly american" stuff, demeaning Nalbandian and Davydenko, claiming the All-American Battle of the Mugs Spadea vs Ginepri is "a match to watch", disparaging the Jankovic/Bartoli 1/4 because it has too many outlandish names in it, and so on. But he leaves the real howler for the end, when he has Jankovic beating Ivanovic in the SF. Jankovic wouldn't beat Ivanovic even if Ivanovic was playing blindfolded and left-handed.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2008/03/the-second-open.html

QUEENLINDSAY
Mar 13th, 2008, 10:42 PM
Its pity to see columnist who gets paid but not really doing their homework.

thenj
Mar 13th, 2008, 10:52 PM
:tape:
Bozo beeing unprofessional? what's new? He should stick to sucking up to Sampras.

drake3781
Mar 14th, 2008, 01:21 AM
Hear that Tamira, do not even bother showing up.


:lol:

NeeemZ
Mar 14th, 2008, 01:28 AM
I don't get his ranking system at all.

DONGMEI
Mar 14th, 2008, 01:52 AM
he's too old and can't think:help::help::help:

frontier
Mar 14th, 2008, 01:54 AM
who reads the drivel that he spews.

viele
Mar 14th, 2008, 02:30 AM
After actually reading the whole article, I don't see anything wrong with it, with the exception of not checking the draw and knowing who pulled out (that's unacceptable). It's just a fun and light-hearted way to look at and analyze the draw. I don't think it's meant to be a serious analysis. I'm not a fan of his either but this article was harmless IMO!

karin1492
Mar 14th, 2008, 03:42 AM
But Tignor is even better. Some of his vintage "ugly american" stuff, demeaning Nalbandian and Davydenko, claiming the All-American Battle of the Mugs Spadea vs Ginepri is "a match to watch", disparaging the Jankovic/Bartoli 1/4 because it has too many outlandish names in it, and so on. But he leaves the real howler for the end, when he has Jankovic beating Ivanovic in the SF. Jankovic wouldn't beat Ivanovic even if Ivanovic was playing blindfolded and left-handed.
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2008/03/the-second-open.html

You might want to go back and look at what he wrote more closely. He said that the Ginepri/Spadea match was a "match NOT to watch."

Also, he never says anything bad about the girls because their names are weird. All he is saying is that Jankovic is playing in a weak quarter, which anyone with an ounce of brain power can plainly see. And if he thinks that Jankovic can beat Ivanovic on a hard court that's his opinion, he's allowed to have that.

You might want to make sure your facts are correct before you go bashing someone. You're as bad as what you claim they are by making accusations without making sure of your facts.

Serenidad.
Mar 14th, 2008, 03:59 AM
You might want to go back and look at what he wrote more closely. He said that the Ginepri/Spadea match was a "match NOT to watch."

Also, he never says anything bad about the girls because their names are weird. All he is saying is that Jankovic is playing in a weak quarter, which anyone with an ounce of brain power can plainly see. And if he thinks that Jankovic can beat Ivanovic on a hard court that's his opinion, he's allowed to have that.

You might want to make sure your facts are correct before you go bashing someone. You're as bad as what you claim they are by making accusations without making sure of your facts.

Owned by a Titine fan. :tape:

mankind
Mar 14th, 2008, 04:49 AM
Bodo didn't bother to check the draw. He seems to think that both Zvonareva and Vaidisova will reach the QF, which is a logical impossibility.

But Tignor is even better. Some of his vintage "ugly american" stuff, demeaning Nalbandian and Davydenko, claiming the All-American Battle of the Mugs Spadea vs Ginepri is "a match to watch", disparaging the Jankovic/Bartoli 1/4 because it has too many outlandish names in it, and so on. But he leaves the real howler for the end, when he has Jankovic beating Ivanovic in the SF. Jankovic wouldn't beat Ivanovic even if Ivanovic was playing blindfolded and left-handed.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2008/03/the-second-open.html

OMG READ IT PROPERLY. Firstly, as someone else pointed out, Spadea-Ginepri was branded as the match NOT to watch by Bodo. Secondly, concerning your comment about Zvonareva and Vaidisova as losing quarterfinalists, THIS is what Bodo has to say to explain:

So this year, instead of handicapping the chances of the top seeds, why don't we look at last year's Top 8 (quarterfinalists) in either draw, and rate their chance of reaching the same round as the previous year (e.g., losing finalist for Djokovic and Kuznetsova) on a scale of 1 to 10 - with ten indicating the greatest probability of duplication.

So Bepa and Nicole were losing QFists LAST year...

ZeroSOFInfinity
Mar 14th, 2008, 04:53 AM
"Bodo The Dodo" strikes again... :tape:

Jakeev
Mar 14th, 2008, 06:03 AM
Ugh Dodo has got to be one of the worst tennis columnists out there. Stop reading his junk people.........

Corswandt
Mar 14th, 2008, 03:11 PM
You might want to go back and look at what he wrote more closely. He said that the Ginepri/Spadea match was a "match NOT to watch."

OMG READ IT PROPERLY. Firstly, as someone else pointed out, Spadea-Ginepri was branded as the match NOT to watch by Bodo.

Mea culpa. And he was indeed right, judging by the way the match went.

Also, he never says anything bad about the girls because their names are weird. All he is saying is that Jankovic is playing in a weak quarter, which anyone with an ounce of brain power can plainly see.

There is a "dem forriners wid dem funny names" feel to that bit of the article. You don't see it, I do. Matter of opinion.

Secondly, concerning your comment about Zvonareva and Vaidisova as losing quarterfinalists, THIS is what Bodo has to say to explain:

"So this year, instead of handicapping the chances of the top seeds, why don't we look at last year's Top 8 (quarterfinalists) in either draw, and rate their chance of reaching the same round as the previous year (e.g., losing finalist for Djokovic and Kuznetsova) on a scale of 1 to 10 - with ten indicating the greatest probability of duplication."

So Bepa and Nicole were losing QFists LAST year...

My point was that he gives Zvonareva a 8 in 10 chance of reaching the QF this year, and Vaidisova a 10 in 10 chance. How is that possible if they're in the same 1/8 of the draw?

DA FOREHAND
Mar 14th, 2008, 03:16 PM
Peter Bodo, is oftentimes a brilliant writer, even when I don't always agree with him.