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Comment Archives: Stories: Sports: A Fan's Notes

Re: “Faux Faulkner, Horrible Hemingway Win Sports Writing Contest

Wow! I'm really impressed, but am curious to know how much "squash time" was spent on this. Just think of the cardio benefits lost in favor of improving your (and our) brain power.

Posted by curmudgeon2 on 09/03/2013 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Get College Basketball Out of Football Stadiums

While I totally agree with you here, it seems that, like most things in this world, it's the money that is winning this battle. They want to sell more tickets than they could at an average college basketball stadium. They want that well-known professional venue to laud as part of the grand experience that comes with attending a March Madness game. They want to be able to sell corporate boxes and luxury suites. The capitalistic urge has taken over the decision-making process and that's why we have college hoops in football stadiums. Sure these games would be fantastic in college arenas (and boy are there plenty of great ones from which to choose, like listed at but until they can monetize the games the same way, I really don't see this changing anytime soon unfortunately.

Posted by Sandy on 04/03/2013 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Get College Basketball Out of Football Stadiums

John.... you're assuming that the NCAA has a genius hidden somewhere. Not much evidence to go on.........but the search goes on for Waldo or some sign of intellectual abilities at the NCAA. My monies on finding Waldo first.

Posted by lifespalette on 04/02/2013 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Get College Basketball Out of Football Stadiums

I completely agree. I have been there, done that, and those games are NOT college basketball.
Atmosphere outside the arena is much more electric than in the stands. It is like going to Mardi Gras and then taking a seat to watch a concert on the big screen. It isn't college ball.

Posted by Melba Fristick on 04/01/2013 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Tennis Pros Shortchanged Memphis Fans

IMO (and not that I care), ATP should ban appearance money. So should all pro sports.

Of course, that'll never happen because without appearance money, most of the smaller tourneys would perish from lack of damn-giving.

Posted by Jeff on 02/26/2013 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Tennis Pros Shortchanged Memphis Fans

Robert: Let's be blunt. There is questionable and there is faked. Malisse played yesterday and won in Florida, his home state. Haas, Isner, and Matosevic are all scheduled to play today. Let's see if they WD, which Federer, btw, has done only twice in his pro career.

Posted by John Branston on 02/26/2013 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Tennis Pros Shortchanged Memphis Fans

It was pretty obvious Isner tanked his match to Istomin after getting appearance money. Istomin is not a bad player, top 50 actually, but no ones heard of him. Attendance was way down even in seats in boxes that were already sold. I know of a couple of boxes that were sold and went basically unused all week. The answer is a better draw with more names. I don't know if the new owners can pull it off. Sometimes they seem so clueless. I would hate to see the tourney go but more local committed management seems to be needed. The ATP néeds to step in too and do something about players tanking or coming up with questionable injuries.

Posted by Robert30 on 02/26/2013 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Tennis Pros Shortchanged Memphis Fans

Why would you pull out of a million dollar plus tournament to go play in a less-than-half-million dollar tournament? Doesn't make a lick of sense to me.

Posted by Jeff on 02/25/2013 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Tennis Pros Shortchanged Memphis Fans

The ATP Tour should adopt what amounts to a "disabled list" (to borrow from Major League Baseball). If a player must retire from an event, so be it. Injuries happen. But he won't be allowed back on a court for two weeks. Would lower the number of convenient escapes by players who see a tournament they previously committed to as inconvenient.

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Posted by Frank Murtaugh on 02/25/2013 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Golden Sets, and Racquet Sports Perfection

Someone else asked me about grunting in tennis today. I can't remember coming across it in club tennis and I don't think it would be tolerated. At least not without complaint.

Posted by John Branston on 07/02/2012 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Golden Sets, and Racquet Sports Perfection

The really big news from the world of tennis this week is that they're finally going to do something to rein in the screamers.…

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Posted by M_Awesomeberg on 07/02/2012 at 4:18 PM

Re: “The Problem with Appearance Money

Photo error noted, with thanks for pointing it out. However, my suggestion was that the WTA use more, not less, sex appeal in its promotions. Chauvinistic and shocking and old? I am guessing you are not a fan of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, especially the use of athletes as models.

Posted by John Branston on 06/29/2012 at 12:09 PM

Re: “The Problem with Appearance Money

I wasn't the one choosing *this* "problem" to spend my time writing an article pointing it out. The thing I find discouraging is that not only did you initially post a picture of a supermodel from Slovakia and hammer the WTA and promoters for using her as their tack for promoting the event, but that after I pointed out the error to you, you simply replaced her picture with an accurate one but did absolutely nothing to correct your erroneous and incorrect accusation that their tacks of using supermodels to promote the event was, indeed, your mistake. You should have removed any reference to Ms. Hlavackova relating her to the chauvinistic promotion you claimed to exist, and admit that you were completely in error. Instead you now claim that I know nothing about the problems of the event, while continuing to leave your article hammering a problem that does *not* exist. If you care so much about the problems, how about removing your criticism of one that you created and attack something that actually *is* one of the "bigger problems" you claim to be so concerned about.

You made a mistake. Man up, admit it, edit your article and stop blaming me for pointing out that you were utterly wrong in the very premise of half of what you wrote. You made two points: 1) Top players take appearance fees and run, and, 2) The WTA and local promoters use sex to promote the tournament. You use Ms. Hlavackova as proof of your second point by posting a picture of a Slovakian model by the same name, then, when your error is brought to your attention, you simply displace the picture with an accurate photo of the lovely lady and continue to maintain your same point. If you are so determined that the event is promoted using sex, you should at least use an accurate example, since your initial example fell flat on its face. Either that, or edit your article to remove the allegations.

Posted by StuckOnWords on 06/29/2012 at 11:54 AM

Re: “The Problem with Appearance Money

So is your overreaction. If you know anything about this WTA event, you know it has bigger problems than this.

Posted by John Branston on 06/29/2012 at 10:29 AM

Re: “The Problem with Appearance Money

Photo now fixed. I'm not sure why a photo of an attractive tennis player should suggest that the WTA has done anything wrong with their advertising tacks, though. Did they run a campaign with her picture, captioned with, "Come see hot girls play tennis!"? Obviously the WTA and the local promoters did nothing wrong. Yes, she's attractive; she also won. Are you suggesting that gorgeous girls should not be allowed to play tennis because older men have trouble focusing on the tennis? Either way, the photo with this post in no way suggests that the WTA or the local promoters have done anything more than promote a tournament where lovely young women sometimes display spectacular tennis. To suggest otherwise is chauvinistic and very, very old.

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Posted by StuckOnWords on 06/28/2012 at 9:38 PM

Re: “The Problem with Appearance Money

That photo, as of 6/27/12, is not of Andrea Hlavackova, but rather Michaela Hlavackova, a model from Slovakia.

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Posted by StuckOnWords on 06/27/2012 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Canoe and Kayak Race Comes Back June 16th

The race was good fun and it certainly exposed the weaknesses of my current 10 foot fun boat. I might help the good people at Outdoors inc. out and reduce there Jackson Kayaks inventory by one ten foot Rogue.

Posted by Ralph Dismukes on 06/17/2012 at 8:17 AM

Re: “It's All About the Ball

Banana nut?

Posted by Phlo on 06/12/2012 at 8:19 AM

Re: “It's All About the Ball

Memphis humidity is the worst. I hate it when my balls turn into muffins.

Posted by Jeff on 06/12/2012 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Federer's French Flop is Top Ten Material

Don't know about Federer but I still have images of Willie Mays playing for the Mets in the 73 World Series against the A's misplaying balls in CF handing the A's a victory.

Posted by Midtown Mark on 06/08/2012 at 10:15 PM

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