Henman deservers better from his peers

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  1. IvanYentl

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    Many here have pointed out over the years, and in recent weeks, what a travesty it is that Tim Henman is ignored by cable programmers who care only for the mainstream "blockbuster" matches that are usually a waste of time but make good headline news.

    My biggest problem lies with Patrick McEnroe et. al. as they cruise thru the French and simply refuse to acknowledge Henman's accomplishments. When they do mention Tim, they are smirking. The only answer I can come up with is that the announcers have been told to stay focused on what ESPN considers to be headline news and to ignore Henman's run. Why else would otherwise-intelligent Patrick McEnroe be so hush-hush about this great story?

    If it's true that the announcers are being kept in line by the network, well, I'm embarrassed for them, they should know better, and they're supposed to be journalists, after all. Then again, I guess it takes a good chunk of change to buy the suits Patrick McEnroe is wearing, and ESPN is his Sugar Daddy, so maybe it's all very clear cut.

    Regardless, the facts will stand for all time: Henman has made a tremendous run in the French, and if we try hard enough, we'll be able to find DVD recordings. ESPN can kiss my grits in the meanwhile.
     
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  3. dander

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    john, pat - hey, it's pretty easy to get them confused...
     
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  4. Craig Sheppard

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    That's *JOHN* McEnroe, his brother Patrick McEnroe is ESPN's lackey that refuses to acknowledge the world exists outside of the USA.

    Craig
     
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  5. Brettolius

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    Btw, IvanYentl is about the funniest screen name i have ever heard, very clever! To hell with espn and their lame-ass coverage, I wish they would just show curling or another rerun of NBA Fastbreak and let ttc carry all the tennis. It's only a matter of time before everyone has access to it. And their coverage is absolutely the tops, and the british commentators are hilarious.Well, cheers!
     
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  6. Aonex

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    Agree w/ Brettolius. Before I left L.A. and my beloved TTC, I got to see something like 10 hours straight of coverage of Monte Carlo every day. Simply amazing coverage... pretty much got to see everyone play (Henman, Moya, Coria, Guga, Hewitt, Safin... etc.). If ESPN had a conscience (which they don't), they'd share broadcast rights for the slams with TTC, that way the masses can get their replayed matches, while the rest of us real tennis fans can see a variety of international players.
     
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  7. Brettolius

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    My sentiments exactly. How could that hurt them? For instance, I won't watch a stupid women's match that I don't want to just to see some tennis, and i'm a huge tennis fan. Let all the patriots watch nothing but Americans to their hearts content, let the true fans of the game experience the tournaments in all their glory, rather than have to follow it by freaking live scoreboard. That would also be case in point to ESPN when they see how many true fans follow the other coverage. Or, maybe i'm wrong and ESPN is right, more people do want to see only Americans. In any case, we all win! Btw, I don't have anything against American players, just tired reruns of matches that.... well we all know THAT story unfortunately.
     
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  8. Feña14

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    He definetly deserves respect.

    JMac was prasing him on the BBC (great coverage btw). I think his brother must be on the same stuff as Coria.

    I knew Henman would do it and I am giving him all the applause he deserves, and will be going mad for him when he wins tomorrow.

    Respect the Tim.

    -Liam
     
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  9. a verrry large duck

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    His run is already unbelievable, but if he can actually beat coria I'll drop my shorts. Matter of fact, to make the broadcast interesting they need to get pmac or someone else say that they will sing "I will always love you" while shaving his head or something if henman wins.
     
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  10. IvanYentl

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    wherefore art thou, TTC

    oh, to have a chance at TTC, you all are so fortunate.

    here in my east coast location, I'm chained to comcast, can't go DISH, too many mature trees in the yard and all that.

    I have wondered about TTC quality, sounds like it has made a bit of a splash. Perhaps I'll consider investing in a chainsaw.

    Until that time, I'll go where the tennis is. I saw Henman win the Legg Mason live in D.C. last summer, highlight of the season for me.

    Very anxious about tomorrow. I think he can do it.

    cheers
     
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  11. nippurr

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    Liam Please give it a rest with Tim. If you haven't jinxed him yet, you're sure gonna!
     
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  12. Pushmaster

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    That's just the way it goes. Until you win a Slam, your just not going to get big time attention, unless of course you look like Anna Kournikova. :wink:
     
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