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Move over, Mark Philippoussis: Whodathunk that the gays would be really into the sport? References have popped up in some recent reruns of Will & Grace. One joke mentioned Andy Roddick (and his then-romance with Mandy Moore), while another one included Lleyton Hewitt. “Lleyton Hewitt” is blurted out on an American sitcom. Isn’t that wild?

Speaking of boobs…: The Today Show ended their news round-up today with a mention of Tiger Woods‘ latest PGA Championship, after which host David Gregory casually mentioned the golfer’s friendship with Roger Federer. Al Roker, ever with a stick up his ass, teased Gregory by pointing to the front of their desk and sayin, “It doesn’t say SportsCenter, it says Today.” Uh, ok. That’s your reward for David giving the broadcast a personal touch? I swear, Al’s been such an ornery diva since his gastric bypass surgery.

Did you see that Emirates Airlines commercial?: Playing during the Djokovic/Federer match, it showed an old woman getting into a chopper from the Burj Al Arab helipad. The tagline: “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” It was so sweet. Good job, Emirates.

Bonus round: Roger received the World Tennis Award at the Champions’ Dinner in London (post-Wimbledon). It was presented to him by Emirates Palace (out of Abu Dhabi). I guess they want a piece of the sporting events pie, too. Why should Dubai get all the attention?

Comments

  1. I do not play tennis but I do love watching the anime, Prince of Tennis.

  2. I’m not at all surprised that Will and Grace has tennis angles. Andy Roddick, for obvious reasons, has a serious gay fan base. The fact that tennis is basically THE pioneering sport for gay athletes (even if they are all ladies) certainly has something to do with it, but I think there are other aspects of the sport that appeal to gay men. Yes, a big part of it is that tennis players are hot. Another part is the appeal tennis has to most of its fans, the one-on-one duel nature of it — and it’s a non contact sport so fewer of us have traumatic gym class scars relating to it. Tennis also doesn’t have athletes running dog fighting rings, which helps.

    I liked that Emirates commercial too, but I actually found it kind of creepy. I assumed, initially, that the old lady was being medevaced somewhere to get a heart transplant. The music was very sonorous.

  3. Johnny love Marat says:

    You ignorant fool! We gays love watching tennis. The boys are so cute on the ATP circuit. Welcome to the reality. Top 5 cutie pie: Marat Safin, Richard Gasquet (rumored to be gay), Djokovic (please win more matches! So that he can take off his shirt to celebrate!), Moya, Robredo….

  4. I’m not surprised that gays watch tennis at all. I’m just surprised that someone made a joke about Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt that ended up on American network television…

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