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Old 09-20-2009, 02:08 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by LttlElvis View Post
I think I remember that article. That was the first live telecast of a Wimbledon final. I believe Wimbledon used to start the Men's Final precisely on the hour, making it more difficult for television intros. Roscoe helped NBC by purposely taking a long bathroom break to delay the start, thus helping the television intro. Taking Borg to 5 on the first live telecast was exciting and started the "Breakfast at Wimbledon" tradition on NBC.
Quite correct. Roscoe was asked discreetly by NBC to help as Wimbledon would not budge on this. He claimed he was nervous and went to the bathroom for an extended stay! His taking Borg to 5 was icing on the cake for "Breakfast at WImbledon".
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