Sunday, January 13, 2008

Australian Open Programming Reminder

"I used to play doubles with Dana Fairbanks, if you catch my drift."

North American viewers, take note: ESPN2's coverage of the Australian Open begins tonight at 7 EST. The Australian Open, like all Grand Slam tennis tournaments, has special significance to the gay community. Every year, for two weeks at a time, it allows us to gawk at a seemingly endless parade of lesbians dressed in small amounts of clothing, working themselves into a sweat while they shriek and grunt and moan in defeat. On the men's side, there are the cheeky antics of Novak Djokovic to look forward to -- and it's just a matter of time before some crazy straight women start writing X-rated Federer/Nadal slash fiction.

As for me, my favorite part of the Australian Open is the commentary provided by Mary Carillo, who is more likely to quote Simpsons episodes as she deconstructs a player's game than gab about her jewelry or what she had for lunch. (Yes, Tracy Austin, I'm looking at you. I don't watch tennis to hear about your salad or what you're wearing.) My love for Carillo, which blossomed when I read that she once explained a loss by saying, "I blame society," and grew when I saw her spots with Johnny Weir during NBC's Olympic Ice, is sometimes the only thing that keeps my TV off mute during ESPN2's tennis coverage. One can only listen to so much Patrick McEnroe, Pam Shriver, Chris Fowler and Mary Joe Fernandez before lapsing into a coma, and I'm expected at work this week.


"So, what are you doing after the press conference?"

The Internet is a truly magical place. Not long after I posted this, I was sent a link to Tennis Slash. While I'd never given much thought to a Safin/Federer pairing, I have to say, until Rafa cuts his hair and burns every last pair of those awful capri pants, it's the hotter alternative.

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