Most tennis fans do not get up at 3:30 in the morning to watch an event like the Australian Open. Instead, they record it to watch when they wake up in the morning; but TV (and friends) often conspire to thwart their enjoyment.
In the news business, getting it out there “first” is important. But for us weirdos who like to record and watch without knowing the result, why can’t they just say, “Spoiler alert at the Australian Open, … Djokovic won!”? Then we can mute it or quickly change the channel.
And person-to-person, it is human nature to want to “share” any kind of breaking news. We all do. I do it. But be considerate of your recording friends and find out if they want to know a sporting result before you tell them.
So I did watch the Nadal/Djokovic final knowing that the Serb was going to win; but that was painfully obvious from the first game! Djokovic didn’t lose a point on his serve till the middle of his third service; and was totally in control.
Have you ever seen a top player like Nadal so severely dominated in a match?
Dave Barry Agrees
Several years ago, I wrote to famous columnist and humor author Dave Barry telling him that reading his great books on an airplane and trying to stifle laughing out loud because people would think I was weird was like trying to stifle passing gas on a plane.
He wrote back, “George, you ARE weird.”
So for all us recording weirdos out there, please say “Spoiler alert”!
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