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sportswriter humiliated for USO prediction: Fed had zero chance to win title!!

JennyS
09-13-2005, 05:47 PM
That's right. Yesterday on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, Tony Kornheiser poked fun at Michael Wilbon's idiotic claim that Roger Federer had a ZERO percent chance to win this year's Open. He also predicted Andy would win. I guess it shows how little a person knows about tennis when he claims the reigning USO champ and the best player by a mile had no chance to win it. What an arrogant idiot.

Dirk
09-13-2005, 05:54 PM
Yep. Roger also got huge props on around the horn. The one guy named Dave said Roger is the single greatest athlete today and is dominatiing the sport more so than Tiger is dominating golf. Wilbon is a moron who won't pick any non American to win a major.

PaulieM
09-13-2005, 05:56 PM
was he drunk when he made those predictions?

ExpectedWinner
09-13-2005, 05:58 PM
Excuse my ignorance, who is Wilbon?

lilfairyprincess
09-13-2005, 05:59 PM
Roger Federer had a ZERO percent chance to win this year's Open. He also predicted Andy would win.

:lol: that's the funniest thing i've read today :lol:

SwissMister1
09-13-2005, 06:03 PM
Wilbon is a local sports columnist here in Washington, he writes articles for the Washington Post, and now has this show on ESPN. He knows a lot about the Redskins and the Wizards (football and basketball), and is a decent commentator usually, but I doubt he's ever even watched tennis.

Mrs. B
09-13-2005, 06:05 PM
HATA! :devil:

Beforehand
09-13-2005, 06:05 PM
Who says Roger has ZERO chance to win ANY tournament?

Clara Bow
09-13-2005, 06:06 PM
Is the devil buying ice skates because hell must certainly be freezing over right now.

They were actually complimentary towards Federer on an ESPN show (Around the Horn)? Yahoo! During PTI- did Tony and Michael actually say anthing complimentary about tennis after Tony ragged Michael or did they go back to their usual schtick of poo-pooing the sport?

Shabazza
09-13-2005, 06:06 PM
Wilbon is a local sports columnist here in Washington, he writes articles for the Washington Post, and now has this show on ESPN. He knows a lot about the Redskins and the Wizards (football and basketball), and is a decent commentator usually, but I doubt he's ever even watched tennis.
You have to be quite dumb to make predictions about a sport, you know nothing about! :rolleyes:

tinuviel_estel
09-13-2005, 06:07 PM
:lol::lol: crazy guy!!!

SwissMister1
09-13-2005, 06:12 PM
I drive by the building they film the show in on the way home from work, maybe I'll go in and set them straight about tennis...

tennischick
09-13-2005, 06:17 PM
That's right. Yesterday on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, Tony Kornheiser poked fun at Michael Wilbon's idiotic claim that Roger Federer had a ZERO percent chance to win this year's Open. He also predicted Andy would win. I guess it shows how little a person knows about tennis when he claims the reigning USO champ and the best player by a mile had no chance to win it. What an arrogant idiot.
i saw that show. i didn't believe for a minute that he meant that prediction. it was ESPN and he was expected to root for Roddick. i didn't take his comments seriously nor should we take seriously his colleague poking fun at him.

heck Amex and Lexus developed a huge campaign around Roddick bec this was supposed to be his year. that is more deserving of ridicule than a sports commentator doing his patriotic schtick.

Jimena
09-13-2005, 06:36 PM
Yep. Roger also got huge props on around the horn. The one guy named Dave said Roger is the single greatest athlete today and is dominatiing the sport more so than Tiger is dominating golf. Wilbon is a moron who won't pick any non American to win a major.

Does anyone have a transcript of any of these shows? I would like to read (and re-read, and re-read) anything good about tennis these people have to say. PTI is notorious for always getting on the anti-tennis bandwagon. Last year after the US Open (I think) Kornheiser basically stated "who cares about tennis, tennis is dead", while Wilbon sheepishly said that he heard that Roger Federer was pretty good". Wilbon also wrote an idiotic article this year on the Washington Post about the state of tennis, after Roddick had called him to chastise him about Wilbon's comments on PTI.

Heck, right after the 1995 US Open final between Sampras and Agassi, Wilbon wrote an article on the Washington Post about the sad state of tennis and how Sampras/Agassi was supposed to be THE rivalry and no one could get excited about it. So you see, dismissing tennis has been one of his pet projects for at least a decade.

Wilbon is pretty good about other sports, I have to say. Except when he pretends he knows something about figure skating... :rolleyes:

Kornheiser? He. Gets. On. My. Last. Nerve.

howardean
09-13-2005, 09:51 PM
wilbon also claimed that the red sox were finished the very year they won the world series. go sox!! (stupid commentator... :mad: )

Blaze
09-13-2005, 10:38 PM
i saw that show. i didn't believe for a minute that he meant that prediction. it was ESPN and he was expected to root for Roddick. i didn't take his comments seriously nor should we take seriously his colleague poking fun at him.

heck Amex and Lexus developed a huge campaign around Roddick bec this was supposed to be his year. that is more deserving of ridicule than a sports commentator doing his patriotic schtick.

I agree that his prediction wasn't serious. If I'm not mistaking he's one of the ESPN guys that have something nice to say about tennis. I think he just made that prediction to annoy Tony cuz Tony hates Roddick.

Shy
09-13-2005, 10:40 PM
Wilbon also claimed that men tennis is boring because of all the serve and volley.:tape:

tennischick
09-13-2005, 10:44 PM
I agree that his prediction wasn't serious. If I'm not mistaking he's one of the ESPN guys that have something nice to say about tennis. I think he just made that prediction to annoy Tony cuz Tony hates Roddick.
that's what i thought as well. i think he actually admires Fed very much. he was just being provocative and folks are taking it too seriously. these guys make a game of point-counterpoint that's all. ;)

Federerhingis
09-14-2005, 01:38 AM
wilbon also claimed that the red sox were finished the very year they won the world series. go sox!! (stupid commentator... :mad: )


Hahahahaha you go red sox!!!!!!!!!! :yeah:

Dirk
09-14-2005, 05:55 AM
that's what i thought as well. i think he actually admires Fed very much. he was just being provocative and folks are taking it too seriously. these guys make a game of point-counterpoint that's all. ;)

He reminds me of you know who. A poster here who just argues just for the sake of it. :lol:

tennischick
09-14-2005, 06:00 AM
He reminds me of you know who. A poster here who just argues just for the sake of it. :lol:
don't wake up the tards please :yeah: :kiss:

Dirk
09-14-2005, 06:17 AM
Dirky will be good. http://instagiber.net/smiliesdotcom/otn/angels/littleangel.gif

JazzGurl
09-14-2005, 06:24 AM
Mannn... He got what he deserved than for making such a one sided and absolute prediction. It's one thing to say that about someone who is a bad/struggling player (and even then you shouldn't say that because there's always an opportunity for an upset), but to say that about the defending champ and someone who is on top of the tennis world right now? That was an imbecilic and unprofessional thing to say. I'm a huge Andre fan, and as much as I HOPED he would win and thought he had a chance, I knew that Federer not only had a chance, but was more likely to win... He needs to have his mouth washed out with soap...