Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Face Of The Day


(Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Pete Sampras of United States talks to the media during the BlackRock Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall on December 2, 2008 in London, England.

8 comments:

A said...

I know I'm opening myself up to all sorts of criticism here, but I have to say that Sampras's recent pro-McCain comments were so highly irritating ("sports stars should shut up about politics ... but Go McCain!") that my previous dislike for him has escalated dramatically. What a hypocrite.

dwarbu said...

i agree, he should shut and just play tennis.

Beth said...

I know, don't say that people should keep their political views to themselves and then quickly get your 'two cents' in yourself. That was really disingenuous.

MMT said...

I saw a TMZ clip of it, and to me, he looked like he'd had a few when he made those comments - not falling down drunk, but a little playful from the happy juice...but who knows.

Savannah said...

Americans of Greek descent are generally quite conservative in their political views. I was not surprised at all about his comments about his political choice during the election.

The late Federico Luzzi was known to be extremely right wing politically.

I think on the whole sports and politics shouldn't mix but as citizens of their countries players have views that we fans may disagree with and that if they feel the need they should be able to express them if they so desire.

A said...

I'm an American of Greek descent and I'm a flaming liberal!

I know, I know: you said "generally."

I actually agree that players should be able to express their political views. Many have done so quite powerfully (like Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics). What makes Sampras a tool is that he premised his rambling commentary by claiming that sports stars shouldn't talk politics, and then went ahead and did so anyway!

Savannah said...

I shouldn't have deleted my original opening sentence which said that I hate to make sweeping statements about any ethnic group. Sorry about that A.

If Pete said athletes shouldn't and then did well shame on him. Pete never used to talk and now he's talking nonstop. Weird ain't it?

Craig Hickman said...

He craves the attention, Savannah.