Chances are if you’re watching Wimbledon, you’ve become annoyed at the amount of grunting by several top women players. It has gotten to the point where I really can’t watch anymore. The repeated grunts are just too jarring.
Obviously, I’m not the only one who feels this way. ESPN’s Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m.) will examine the issue. Check out this preview if you need to be reminded why it is a huge problem for women’s tennis.
Here’s more from ESPN:
The world’s two top women’s players, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, have become well known for something completely different than their tennis: they are among the loudest grunters in the sport, each letting out high-pitched shrieks on nearly every stroke. Hall-of-Famer Martina Navratilova says fans complain to her constantly about the noise and now, for the first time, the Women’s Tennis Association says it’s
Harry Caray was prone to a little hyperbole. So don’t quite believe him when he opens his interview with Michael Jordan, wearing a White Sox uniform, by saying, “It is the biggest thrill of my life.”
Still, it was a unique day. Caray interviewed Jordan prior to a Cubs-White Sox exhibition game on April 7, 1994. It was the only game Jordan played in a Major League park. As usual, Jordan rose to the occasion, going 2 for 5, including a double.
SI.com has learned that Fox Sports is aggressively pursuing ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews for a role at its network. The network’s executives recently met with Andrews regarding a major role in Fox’s college football coverage.
Shortly after SI.com reported the news that Fox was pursuing Andrews, ESPN released a statement that said Andrews had left the network. “Erin Andrews is leaving ESPN,” an ESPN spokesperson said. “She did great work for us and we made an aggressive offer to keep her. We wish her the best on her next chapter.”
The big awards recently were handed out at the Associated Press Sports Editors annual summer conference in Chicago. From APSE:
The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald and The Oklahoma of Okahoma City were “Grand Slam” honorees at the 2012 Associated Press Sports Editors awards banquet held Saturday.
APSE’s “Grand Slam” is defined as earning national top-10 recognition for daily, Sunday and special print sections as well as top 10 website.
Among writers, Matt Calkins of The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) was a three-time first-place winner. Calkins took top honors for beat writing, column writing and featuring writing in the 30,000-75,000 circulation division. In the over-175,000 class, Yahoo! Sports reporter Jeff Passan received first-place awards for beat writing and feature writing.
Here’s a complete list of the winners in the newspaper and individual categories:
Trust me, the book business is extremely tough these days. So it’s difficult to imagine publishers getting excited for a proposal about a small-town high school baseball team from central Illinois in the 1970s.
Yeah, we haven’t had a good high school baseball book in a long time.
But that’s what exactly happened for Chris Ballard’s One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, An Unlikely Coach, and A Magical Baseball Season. The book tells the story of the Macon (Ill.) baseball team’s bid to win the state title against the big-city teams from Chicago led by its beatnik coach Lynn Sweet.
Actually, it hardly was a surprise that publishers (Hyperion in this case) wanted the book. When Ballard wrote about the team in a 10,000-word story for Sports Illustrated, the response was huge. Boom, built-in audience. The next step was to expand the magazine article into a book.… Continue Reading
As you may or may not know, I am based in Chicago. From time to time, I provide updates for the hometown readers:
My good friend Jeff Nuich wants everyone to know about a new show debuting Sunday on Comcast Sports Net Chicago. Here are the details:
Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, along with StarPilot Productions, is bringing a brand new Chicago baseball trivia game show to the network as The Batter’s Box presented by Midas will officially debut on Sunday, July 1 at 5:00 PM(time approx. following “Cubs Post Game Live”). The show is hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Luke Stuckmeyer.
Beginning July 1 and, over the course of 15 weeks, 16 Chicago-area contestants, who auditioned for spots on The Batter’s Box in May,
Consider this: With the exception of the guys on NFL games, there are few TV sports analysts who receive more exposure than Elfi Schlegel during her once every four-years, two-week visit to our family rooms.
Women’s gymnastics dominates NBC’s prime time coverage during the Olympics, attracting ratings only surpassed by the NFL. That means once every Summer Olympics, millions of viewers, as in 25-30 million per night, will tune in to Elfi Schlegel.
I just find that amusing. Eat your heart out Dick Vitale, Tim McCarver, Ed Olcyzk, Jeff Van Gundy, etc.
Besides Schlegel, here’s your lineup of who is going to cover what in London. I will tune into water polo simply because Mike Emrick is going to be on the call. He’s capable of doing sports where the ice has melted.
The NFL announced today it will push back starting times for the Sunday doubleheaders games from 4:15 p.m. ET to 4:25 p.m. From the NFL:
The 4:25 PM ET kickoff time will reduce instances in which fans miss the end of a 1:00 PM ET game telecast because they must receive the opening kickoff of their home team’s late-afternoon game. In addition, fans not in the cities of the late doubleheader opponents will be less likely to miss the beginning of the late doubleheader game.
In researching the kickoff time shift, the NFL analyzed games from the 2009-11 seasons and found that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader game kickoff. With a 4:25 PM ET kickoff time, that number that would have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15