Most of us spend hours watching pro tennis on TV; so this question comes from blog reader BJ Miller “What do you like and dislike about tennis on TV?” Some thoughts and my medical update follow.
The Goods and Bads
Like all of TV “entertainment,” tennis broadcasting is a business with the goal of increasing viewership (and therefore advertising revenue); so they should be striving to attract and please the “customer,” … us. Are they succeeding?
- Europe vs. USA – It seems to me that most of the camera angles from European tournaments are too high up above the court and do not give you a good sense of the play down on the courts. Conversely, many American have excellent, court-level camera positions which enhance the viewing.
- Announcer Quality – This is a huge factor in enjoying watching TV tennis. Color commentators like Paul Annacone and Martina Navratilova bring excellent insights to what is going on down on the courts. While others (who shall remain nameless) insist on telling long stories, ignoring the action that is going on down below.
- Split Screen Coverage – When there are two “important” matches going on at the same time, networks frequently move to split screen coverage to show both. I don’t know about you, but I then cannot really see either match well enough to really follow the action.
- Match Stats – Networks now are getting into the numbers to illustrate what is happening on the court. While these statistics are interesting, they frequently and not up on the screen long enough to understand what point they are trying to make.
How about YOU, what do you like/dislike about the TV coverage of tennis matches?
Good News/Bad News
Yesterday morning, DeDe and I met with the heart surgeon to discuss what they found in my Friday catheterization and what to do about anything they saw.
The Good News: I really liked Dr. Brian Solomon… he is open, clear and he inspires confidence. He and his two partners do 800 surgeries a year. Besides, he was born and raised in Connecticut and went to UCONN med school. And he has operated on both Gino Auriemma and Jim Calhoun family members. But, he is a NY Jet fan and doesn’t like the Patriots!
The Bad News: My LAD (“widowmaker”) is 100% blocked and the Ramus next to it is 70% blocked; along with about five other blockages. So guess what is next?? … out comes the chain saw (probably next week) for bypass surgery.
More Good News: I asked about my aortic aneurysm and he essentially said “don’t worry about it.” It was only 3.8 and very unlikely to ever increase in size (over 5.5) to take any action.
Pacemaker? Given “who I am,” he feels I may not need one (and good that I said NO last week; because it would have come out during surgery); but will monitor my output during the time I am in the hospital for post-op recovery.
- I have to go in for further tests: pulmonary breathing test, Cat Scan, vascular test (to see what they can take out of my legs to put in my heart), and Carotid artery test. They will call to schedule.
- They will try to get me in for the surgery as soon as possible; probably next week.
- Meanwhile, I should do “nothing strenuous”
- He said normal would be seven days in the hospital; but he would guess that I could shrink that to five days.
- No tennis for two months!
And if I did nothing? My body would continue to compensate for the blockages until it couldn’t anymore, and then I would have “a massive heart attack.” So, thank you to Fred and Evert for probably saving my life!
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