Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Paging Freud

"You know what they say about a man with big feet, don't you?"

"Big shoes?"

"He'll never fall down." Pause. "What are you, about seven-and-a-half max?"

Silence.

::

No, that wasn't an exchange between two men in a bar. That was tennis commentary from Jason Goodall (who posed the first question) and Robbie Koenig during the Andy Murray - James Blake bore.

Seriously.

It came right on the heels of discussing Max Mirnyi's new baby.

12 comments:

Helen W said...
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Helen W said...

If you do a Google search on Robbie Koenig, on the very first page displayed you will see Is Robbie Koenig the most unbelievably annoying commentator ever?

I continually write to the "feedback" to Tennis TV complaining about his biased and inane commentary. Perhaps if enough of us do so, they'll find someone else.

BTW, James just took Andy M to a third set ....

lynney62 said...

I must say tho....this match is a snoozer despite being a close match....both Murray and Blake move like snails...and someone in the background continues to sneeze into the mic....I just keep thinking "here comes H1N1"......

Karen said...

LOL, I had said I was not going to visit message boards in a while after Roger's dismal performance today, but you guys just always keep me laughing. That was just hilarious. Thank you for the comic relief.

Helen W said...

Karen I don't think Roger's performance was dismal. It certainly wasn't his greatest, but Julien played lights-out tennis. It happens. At least it happened to one of those guys that play regularly without much recognition or reward. Nice to witness & fell his joy.

Rafa's performance -- now, except when he fought back from 40-love down to save the second set -- that was dismal.

lilac said...

Nadal is over.

b said...

Unbelievable! I guess this sort of conversation can go on b/c he's an internet commentator and doesn't need to pass broadcast censors?

I hate their commentary, believe it or not I find Goodall even more irritating than Koenig

I think we had a thread about this over the summer..... this pair cannot contain themselves when it comes to Fed...

Thanks for the link HelenW - summarizes perfectly....

b said...

Must clarify above comment that I much prefer these guys to the likes of Shriver, Carrillo, McEnroe, if there is a choice......

That said, as happenned during the Rafa and Fed matches, if I catch a stream w- Koenig and Goodall on - no matter how clear and smooth the picture is - I'd rather watch jerky playback in a language I don't (or barely) understand than listen to them....

ugh!

Karen said...

HelenW, true dat on Fed's play. Julien just played fearless tennis. Heres hoping he does not crash out in the next round, which is usually what happens when these guys post a big win. You can really see how he feels and it was nice to see how Roger looked after the match. Not crestfallen or anything. Funny what accomplishing something more important than a tennis match can do to your psyche. Mirka did not even look at all that fazed by what was happening on the court. As to Nadal, dismal does not begin to describe that performance. Must be autumn blues. As to Koenig and company I actually dont mind their commentary as they usually give very incisive commentary on the players on the court. As I said earlier over at Savannah, they are fan boys. They are for whomever is playing good tennis. They love tennis and they love to see the shotmaking (Federer) the defensive and fighting qualities (Nadal), the tactical (Murray) and the heart (Novak). They usually provide me personally with an idea as to how each player is playing and can break down their games so that viewers can appreciate what they are seeing. I have to confess that I do not pay too much attention to what they are saying as I am too tuned to what is happening on the court, but sometimes their commentary does make me smile. I think if they are fan boying over anyone it is Murray. Also, Goodall feels that everyone should come to net, whether on a good approach or not and he believes that everyone should play serve and volley, but I guess that is just his thing. I have heard other posters say that if you do not hear "inch perfect" every time Goodall is commenting it probably means he is not in the stands. They are however much better than the ESPN crew so there you go.

Craig Hickman said...

So Karen, do you listen to them or don't you?

(smile)

Karen said...

I listen but I dont pay attention (:) - (at least most of the time I dont) LOL

Karen said...

Craig, I am a typical woman. Sometimes my thought process gets in the way of my typing fingers.