Monday, June 23, 2008

Hey Bristol: Chris Fowler talking is NOT Tennis!

Me and Mrs. Angus are probably the last two tennis fans in North America. We love watching the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open and in theory having ESPN2 live broadcasting Wimby every morning should be a productivity killing treat for us.

Yet here I am in the office blogging instead of at home vegging because ESPN seems to think Chris Fowler flapping his ignorant gums is live tennis. He yammered through a full set of Serena's opening match about the queen of England's hobbies. He yammered through a bunch of Ana Ivanovic's opening match about how Sam Querry is a dog.

He (a) doesn't know anything about tennis and (b) is not even remotely entertaining.

So please ESPN: Show tennis on your live tennis broadcasts! Pick a match and show it with occasional cutaways to other live breaking stories of matches in progress. Don't show me Chris Fowler drinking tea and trying to be witty. You only have two people watching anyway, so give us what we want!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Three tennis fans.

Rolo said...

At least Tim McCarver and Joe Buck are not announcing.

br said...

Tennis fan #4. Would like to request that Bud Collins be re-allocated to staff writer for The Young and the Restless.

Anonymous said...

No directTV?

Anonymous said...

chris fowler announcing at wimbledon has been almost as bad as chris berman announcing at the US Open last week. these guys should stick to sportscenter as they are clearly underqualified to do anything else. shame on espn.

Anonymous said...

In all sports coverage, networks bring in outside commentators to represent fans whom are not familiar with the game in order to draw interest. Being a sports fan for over 30 years.. He has "made" The Slams worth watching . Anyone that knows anything about sports would see the brilliance and marketing savvy of ESPN for using Chris as a commentator. I know way too much about tennis and it's nice to hear an outsider ask questions that might seem silly but they are questions that new fans would ask. If you know nothing about tennis..(which accounts for 75% of the US Population)..Fowler is a great fit.