My wife’s been watching every minute of the US Open coverage on CBS and USA, and I drop in for a few sets here and there, too. We’re both sick of the “Andy’s Mojo” commercials which, rather than encouraging us to use the product they’re advertising, are a turn-off instead. Among the same nine commercials we see over and over again for the two weeks of the tournament, these are particularly annoying.
On the bright side, John McEnroe continues to be the best analyst in all of TV sports. He may not have been a good talk-show host, but in the booth he’s as skilled as he was on the court, knowing just what to do and when to do it. McEnroe says more in a sentence or two than John Madden and Tim McCarver say in a whole game. Of course, it’s always a pleasure listening to Dick Enberg, the consummate play-by-play man.
Last night, there wasn’t much analysis needed during the five-set match between two virtual unknowns, 33-year-old Davide Sanguinetti and 26-year-old Paradorn Srichaphan. It was an epic battle, taking almost four and a half hours. It also made for a riveting distraction from Katrina.
Our only other complaint is we wish they’d show more doubles matches, since that’s the kind of tennis we play, and maybe even a mixed-doubles match here and there.