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Doraemon
Nov 24th, 2003, 05:19 PM
I'm sure Pam has made quite a few interesting quotes....

pav
Nov 25th, 2003, 05:31 AM
Johnny Mac saying at the U.S. Open that Lyndsay was the tallest player on the tour.

Fingon
Nov 25th, 2003, 05:41 AM
most idiotic:

Chris Evert saying that a one-handed backhand was a liability on grass. Considering she said that during the match that where Justine's one-handed backhand beat Capriati, and considering that Pete Sampras switched to a one-handed backhand to do well in Wimbledon (and won it 7 times) and that for example, Navratilova (9) times and Steffi (7) times had a one-handed backhand.

SpikeyAidanm
Nov 25th, 2003, 05:52 AM
anything Seven's Garry Wilkinson says, every second phrase is a mistake. :rolleyes:

AjdeNate!
Nov 25th, 2003, 05:54 AM
Joanne Russell - Roland Garros early 90s... maybe 91??? When referring to ASV's ball holder in the back of her skirt:

"Well, Bud, she has those so she doesn't get clay up in her panties."

Joanne Russell was/is/will alway be the biggest idiot to ever commentate a match. Ever.

PatM04
Nov 25th, 2003, 06:10 AM
Cliff always seems to be mixed up about the score or something. I can't stand when ESPN lets Chris Fowler commentate a match because he wants to sound like an expert when he has no clue. It was especialy evident in the Aussie open final.

Knizzle
Nov 25th, 2003, 06:24 AM
most idiotic:

Chris Evert saying that a one-handed backhand was a liability on grass. Considering she said that during the match that where Justine's one-handed backhand beat Capriati, and considering that Pete Sampras switched to a one-handed backhand to do well in Wimbledon (and won it 7 times) and that for example, Navratilova (9) times and Steffi (7) times had a one-handed backhand.

These days on the grass a one handed backhand IS a liability on grass against the top players. The game is obviously not as slow as it used to be in Nav's and Steffi's time. She may have been speaking of Justine's backhand alone.

Fingon
Nov 25th, 2003, 06:32 AM
These days on the grass a one handed backhand IS a liability on grass against the top players. The game is obviously not as slow as it used to be in Nav's and Steffi's time. She may have been speaking of Justine's backhand alone.


ahem, yes, that's why Justine beat Capriati who has a two-handed backhand with her liability from which most winners came.

and how can Justine's backhand alone be a liability? she's been in the finals and the semis twice, if that's a liability, then give me some more credit limit.

oh sorry, I forgot Federer has a two handed backhand, hmm, and that year's finalist Pat Rafter

Fingon
Nov 25th, 2003, 06:33 AM
These days on the grass a one handed backhand IS a liability on grass against the top players. The game is obviously not as slow as it used to be in Nav's and Steffi's time. She may have been speaking of Justine's backhand alone.


I also guess they slowed the game down in 1999 when Steffi's one-handed beat Venus's two-handed.

Knizzle
Nov 25th, 2003, 06:37 AM
I also guess they slowed the game down in 1999 when Steffi's one-handed beat Venus's two-handed.

Does the fact that Steffi beat Venus make a one handed backhand that much less of a liability on the grass in the modern era. No one said the person with the one hander would ALWAYS lose. Seems that Davenport picked on that backhand of Steffi's in the final. LD said she served to the backhand because she knew she would get a tame return.

Knizzle
Nov 25th, 2003, 06:38 AM
One more thing Fingon, what made you decide to mention a match between Steffi and VENUS??

jdog3008
Nov 25th, 2003, 06:48 AM
These days on the grass a one handed backhand IS a liability on grass against the top players. The game is obviously not as slow as it used to be in Nav's and Steffi's time. She may have been speaking of Justine's backhand alone.

Remember Alex?

:wavey:

Knizzle
Nov 25th, 2003, 06:50 AM
Remember Alex?

:wavey:

Alex............who??
:shrug:

jdog3008
Nov 25th, 2003, 06:55 AM
Alex............who??
:shrug:

Amelie also made semis the last two years.

Knizzle
Nov 25th, 2003, 07:04 AM
Amelie also made semis the last two years.

No she didn't. Just in 2002. We all know what happened to her when she got there.

ptkten
Nov 25th, 2003, 07:21 AM
:rolleyes: ...it's common knowledge that a one-handed backhand helps on grass, expecially if you have a good slice

YSL
Nov 25th, 2003, 07:27 AM
One of my faves..

Boris Becker on why Henman lost at Wimbledon last year: "Tim lost today because he wasn't the best player on court today" :lol:

moby
Nov 25th, 2003, 07:30 AM
anything nirupama says

nubienne954
Nov 25th, 2003, 07:35 AM
Almost anything by Pam Shriver or Chris Evert.

jdog3008
Nov 25th, 2003, 07:56 AM
No she didn't. Just in 2002. We all know what happened to her when she got there.


Yeah, I'm retarded.
But it doesn't mean a one handed backhand is obsolite.

Brian Stewart
Nov 25th, 2003, 08:38 AM
Hmm, I noticed a lack of entries for the category of "intelligent" things announcers may have said.

Here's one that Bud Collins in particular has said, that shows how out-of-touch the tennis community is: "If he (Boris Becker) had been born in this country (US), he'd have been a Tight End (NFL)."

Bud is apparently unaware that NFL tight ends will be around 6'5", and about 260 pounds. Boris would have had to hit the gym, and pack on at least 50 pounds of solid muscle, to be one of the smallest tight ends in the NFL.

A similar idiotic comment was made about Safin recently.

Another case with Joanne Russell was during a Martina Navratilova match in the mid-80's. Martina was playing one of the top baseliners, and was way off form. Particularly her approach shot. She was not hitting it deep enough, or close enough to the sidelines, and wasn't getting any "bite" on her slice. Basically, the ball was plopping in just past midcourt, allowing her opponent to tee off on passing shots before Martina could get anywhere near the net. This allowed the opponent to pile up a bunch of "winners" as a result of Martina's poor play. Yet Russell, who should have known better as a fellow serve/volleyer, said something like "...and it's not as if Martina is playing poorly. Just look at her low unforced error total".

The funniest exchanges are usually whenever a female announcer mentioned tennis panties, and there is at least one male in the booth. You can tell the guys don't know what to say, and there's that awkward pause. They won't even say the word "panties". Considering how quiet these guys get, maybe we should ask Pam, Mary Joe, and Tracy to bring it up more often, so we can relax and enjoy the tennis. :)

Brian Stewart
Nov 25th, 2003, 08:48 AM
Just to get the announcers "on the scoreboard" in the intelligent category, I will point out that, of all of the announcers currently steadily commentating (does not include Martina, BJ), Pam is the only one who points out how you have to keep the ball in front of you when approaching the net. Whenever a WTA player does NOT do that, she almost invariably gets burned. Particularly on one of my pet peeves, the "approach down the line charge to the middle like an idiot" play. The WTA players, especially near the top, will drill the passing shot down the open line consistently. None of the male announcers will point out this net-rushing error when calling men's matches, or point out the consistent failure of the opponents to take advantage of the wide open line. It shows Pam to be the most tactically-aware of the regular announcers. (And how poor the others are in that regard.)

Fingon
Nov 25th, 2003, 03:15 PM
One more thing Fingon, what made you decide to mention a match between Steffi and VENUS??

Venus has a two handed backhand, Steffi has a one handed backhand, it happened fairly recently, nobody can argue Steffi's ability on grass, beating Venus is an achievement on grass, there are not many more players with a one-handed backhand, I remember that match, everyone remembers that match, it (shocker) happened, it's reality, it's difficult to argue against. Should I continue or is that enough?

GoDominique
Nov 25th, 2003, 03:31 PM
Just to get the announcers "on the scoreboard" in the intelligent category, I will point out that, of all of the announcers currently steadily commentating (does not include Martina, BJ), Pam is the only one who points out how you have to keep the ball in front of you when approaching the net. Whenever a WTA player does NOT do that, she almost invariably gets burned. Particularly on one of my pet peeves, the "approach down the line charge to the middle like an idiot" play. The WTA players, especially near the top, will drill the passing shot down the open line consistently. None of the male announcers will point out this net-rushing error when calling men's matches, or point out the consistent failure of the opponents to take advantage of the wide open line. It shows Pam to be the most tactically-aware of the regular announcers. (And how poor the others are in that regard.)
:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

bandabou
Nov 25th, 2003, 03:40 PM
Yeah, but if Venus would have been more clutch in converting the many bpīs she had, the match would have been totally different. Still canīt believe she missed that volley that could have make everything square in the third-set.

Simply Orange
Nov 25th, 2003, 03:41 PM
Brian, the Tight End analogy is used in other sports as well. It's more used for taller players who are just thicker than most others. You're technically right, but don't be so nitpicky.

Good point on the Pam comment, though. :)

Dawn Marie
Nov 25th, 2003, 06:58 PM
Chrissy is the worst. She would not commentate and would only talk a bunch of GIBBERISH as the match goes along.

I feel Lindsay has the advantage (one hour and a half of match play) Then while Venus was spanking her ass to a pulp, Chrissy was STILL saying Lindsay going to win. Chrissy stated all this drivel as Venus ran Lindsay around the court and as Venus drop shotted. Everytime Venus kicked ass, Chrissy would comment on how well LINDSAY was playing!! LMAO

Then at the very end.. Chrissy states.. "You I sense Venus is ready". She is a joke and I am glad her ignorant ass is out of tennis.


Yet the dumbest comment was when she said Justine's one hand backhand was a LIABILITY on grass!! John Mac almost pissed himself. I remember that I actually laughed out loud.

hey_britney
Nov 25th, 2003, 10:52 PM
Chrissy is the worst. She would not commentate and would only talk a bunch of GIBBERISH as the match goes along.

I feel Lindsay has the advantage (one hour and a half of match play) Then while Venus was spanking her ass to a pulp, Chrissy was STILL saying Lindsay going to win. Chrissy stated all this drivel as Venus ran Lindsay around the court and as Venus drop shotted. Everytime Venus kicked ass, Chrissy would comment on how well LINDSAY was playing!! LMAO

Then at the very end.. Chrissy states.. "You I sense Venus is ready". She is a joke and I am glad her ignorant ass is out of tennis.


Yet the dumbest comment was when she said Justine's one hand backhand was a LIABILITY on grass!! John Mac almost pissed himself. I remember that I actually laughed out loud.

Perhaps you should let knizzle know how you feel about grass and one-handed backhands.

Evert rocks. She had the best line ever. Johnny Mac: "Wow, Chrissie, ten Wimbledon Finals! Oh ... but you only bagged three..." Evert/Everett/Everet/Everette (or however the ignorant spell it these days): "Hey, I was the greatest Runner-Up Wimbledon's ever seen."

Deira
Nov 26th, 2003, 01:36 AM
So many come to mind. Johnny Mac at the French stating that "Venus is not as fast as the other girls on the tour."

Knizzle
Nov 26th, 2003, 05:39 AM
Chris Evert at the Wimbledon 2001 final says:

"Venus hits as hard or even harder than most of the men"

Johnny Mac got on her for saying that one.

A4
Nov 27th, 2003, 07:02 AM
I suppose the Justine hand thing at Wimbledon by Chris Fowler (?).

A4
Nov 27th, 2003, 07:04 AM
I suppose the Justine hand thing at Wimbledon by Chris Fowler (?).

Which I guess should fall in the category of funny and idiotic at the same time.

hey_britney
Nov 27th, 2003, 07:36 AM
There was also the classic Ted Robinson line, after watching federer tap a drop shot into the open court off a net cord while he was standing right up at the net.

Ted: "He makes it look so easy."

Chris: "Uhhh, that shot WAS easy, Ted."

hey_britney
Nov 27th, 2003, 07:40 AM
Or courier at this year's Open, during the (admittedly horrible) Myskina-ASZ match.

Jim: *dripping sarcasm* "Oh, wow, a big serve ..... *sarcasm off* 102 mph ... that one was actually decent."

moby
Nov 27th, 2003, 08:45 AM
Does the fact that Steffi beat Venus make a one handed backhand that much less of a liability on the grass in the modern era. No one said the person with the one hander would ALWAYS lose. Seems that Davenport picked on that backhand of Steffi's in the final. LD said she served to the backhand because she knew she would get a tame return.


ummm... i'd pick steffi's backhand over her forehand any day anywhere... wouldn't you? :eek:

Knizzle
Nov 27th, 2003, 09:48 AM
ummm... i'd pick steffi's backhand over her forehand any day anywhere... wouldn't you? :eek:

Yes I would serve to Graf's backhand for sure.

Pamela Shriver
Nov 27th, 2003, 01:06 PM
Everything I say is genius.

One of my favorites was during one of Serena's matches at Wimbledon last yr. The camera zoomed in on her pierced bellybutton and I said "There's certainly something piercing about her today" Hohoho! I'm a comedy legend.

bandabou
Nov 27th, 2003, 01:35 PM
Everything I say is genius.

One of my favorites was during one of Serena's matches at Wimbledon last yr. The camera zoomed in on her pierced bellybutton and I said "There's certainly something piercing about her today" Hohoho! I'm a comedy legend.

:haha: :rolls: :haha: