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June 8, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

FRENCH OPEN BLOGGING....So I'm watching the French Open on the crummy little desperately-needs-to-be-replaced TV next to my desk. It's a semifinal match in a grand slam tournament; it stars Roger Federer trying to win his second slam of the year; and the weather looks wonderful.

But the stadium is only about half full. What does it take to get Parisians to a tennis tournament, anyway?

(And in case you're wondering why I haven't replaced my crummy little TV, the answer is odd: I can't find one small enough. It has to fit in a space about a foot wide, but I can't find a color set with a 9-inch screen anymore. Very peculiar.)

Kevin Drum 1:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (52)

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Posted by: roger on June 8, 2007 at 1:36 PM | PERMALINK

Here you go, with a integrated DVD player to boot.

Posted by: JB on June 8, 2007 at 1:36 PM | PERMALINK

I really want to see the cats. Pretty please???

Posted by: phoebes on June 8, 2007 at 1:37 PM | PERMALINK

There's on at Amazon. I've never heard of the brand, though.

Posted by: katiebird on June 8, 2007 at 1:37 PM | PERMALINK

What the hell, one more.

Posted by: JB on June 8, 2007 at 1:38 PM | PERMALINK

So, we're all Amazon shoppers, I guess...

Posted by: katiebird on June 8, 2007 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

It has to fit in a space about a foot wide, but I can't find a color set with a 9-inch screen anymore. Very peculiar.) —Kevin Drum

I guess what I find peculiar is why anyone would want to watch anything on a 9" television screen. I can hardly stand working on a laptop with a 12" screen.

Posted by: JeffII on June 8, 2007 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK

Seats are empty in part because orporate clients buy up the best seats as part of their sponsorship deal and then keep their stiffs in the office. So much for 35 hrs.

Posted by: mndante on June 8, 2007 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

slingbox and watch on the pc?

Posted by: otmar on June 8, 2007 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

I hate to do this on a noncatblogging response thread, truly I do, but I'm having a bad day. The sooner I can see Inkblot and Domino, the better my day will be (I don't get to see my kitties for another 4.25 hours).

Posted by: Angela on June 8, 2007 at 1:47 PM | PERMALINK

orporate clients buy up the best seats as part of their sponsorship deal and then keep their stiffs in the office. Posted by: mndante

"(o)rporate"? Help me here. I never studied French.

Posted by: JeffII on June 8, 2007 at 1:47 PM | PERMALINK

I concur with Phoebes and Angela. Stop watching tennis and post the cat pictures!

Posted by: Optical Weenie on June 8, 2007 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin: What you need is a TV card for the 'puter. Actual tv sets are so 1990's.

Posted by: daniel on June 8, 2007 at 2:03 PM | PERMALINK

Here you go, Kevin. This one's got style -- and under 90 bucks....

http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/Chicago-Cubs-10-inch-Baseball-LCD-TV/2301735/product.html?IID=prod2301735

Posted by: TV Guy on June 8, 2007 at 2:06 PM | PERMALINK

Angela, sending you warm fuzzy thoughts to raise the purr karma of your day.


"slingbox and watch on the pc?"
Posted by: otmar on June 8, 2007 at 1:46 PM

Totally, with dual monitors, watch tv on one, pretend to work on the other.

Problem solved.

Get to the cats.........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Zit on June 8, 2007 at 2:14 PM | PERMALINK

Since Kevin is pulling in the big bucks, why settle for anything less than Sony professional equipment?

http://www.ggvideo.com/sny_lmd9020.php

Posted by: Mr. Sony on June 8, 2007 at 2:17 PM | PERMALINK

I'm waiting for the A's--Giants game tonight. In case you haven't heard, my team is soon to be the San Jose A's--of Fremont!

Cisco Field. Mmmmm. People criticize the game for having varying dimensions at various parks, okay, but tennis has clay and grass'n hardcourt. Give me a fucking break--what the hell is up with that?

It's cool, of course, have fun and a great weekend.

Posted by: paradox on June 8, 2007 at 2:17 PM | PERMALINK

ESPN/ABC commentators were crushed when their last remaining fave, Maria Sharapova, was rudely dismissed by Ivanovic...with Serena Williams run off summarily earlier by Henin, and the Yank men left towelling off in the dressing rooms after the first round, who's left to barrack for? Ah, but there is Wimbleton to hope for, where no doubt the fading Andy Roddick will claim yet again a 3rd seed position, the Williams sisters back for more glory, Sharapova getting plenty of early-round exposure, blah, blah, blah. It's a new day, Drysdale et al, deal with it.

Posted by: barrisj on June 8, 2007 at 2:19 PM | PERMALINK

But the stadium is only about half full. What does it take to get Parisians to a tennis tournament, anyway?

They're all outside the stadium having a smoke.

Posted by: Disputo on June 8, 2007 at 2:20 PM | PERMALINK

I've told Sharapova to pack her things and hit the road -- Ivanovic is my new love....

Posted by: Disputo on June 8, 2007 at 2:23 PM | PERMALINK

I wish I could have seen Federer's match. It must have been great tennis!
And, the weather here is kida yucky. Must look better on the TV.

Posted by: Todd on June 8, 2007 at 2:23 PM | PERMALINK

You don't need a teevee. just buy a 24in lcd computer monitor.

And please Federer is good but not that great if you consider the competition he is playing against. Roddick is a pro fraud. Nadal ? please Nadal is not that good when he is not on red dirt.

Sampras was truely great champion b/c he had to get past players Chang, Curier, Agassi, etc...many many good players....


Posted by: bob on June 8, 2007 at 2:25 PM | PERMALINK

Sampras was a true athlete. He would get sick during a match, puke up a few times along the sidelines, and keep playing and win. Nothing like him.

Posted by: Disputo on June 8, 2007 at 2:34 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, here is an 8.1" LCD TV for under $100.

Posted by: Bill on June 8, 2007 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK

Dave Barry has important advice regarding small TV sets

SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR MEN: I assume you will be watching on a brand-new high-definition TV with an 11-foot-diagonal screen delivering a picture so enormously lifelike that, to comprehend what you are seeing, you have to watch from your driveway. I hope you did not allow anybody -- defined as ''your wife'' -- to convince you that you don't need a new TV, because your current TV still works fine, or you need the money for your child's insulin, or some other lame excuse. You do not want to be known in your neighborhood as ''the guy with the small diagonal.'' The Super Bowl is today; the electronics stores are open right now. You need to step up and be a MAN, by clipping out the following newspaper article and giving it to your wife:

SMALL TVS CAUSE CANCER, STUDY SHOWS

NEW YORK OR BOSTON -- (AP) -- A scientific study, done by scientists, has shown that small television screens cause cancer.

''If your TV set is not the size of, at minimum, a Toyota Camry, you are taking a serious medical risk,'' stated Dr. Harold Gropenfinger, a scientist. ``A person who would deliberately expose her family, including children, to a smaller TV is, in my scientific opinion, scum.''

Dr. Gropenfinger won the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize for Science for discovering that beer prevents heart disease.

Posted by: ex-liberal on June 8, 2007 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

so its federer vs nadal again! hmm..decent fight by davydenko. 2 sets lost on tie breaker.

Posted by: yugan on June 8, 2007 at 2:43 PM | PERMALINK

so its federer vs nadal again! hmm..decent fight by davydenko. 2 sets lost on tie breaker.

Posted by: yugan on June 8, 2007 at 2:43 PM | PERMALINK

Ok, now can anyone find me a computer that can run Vista (Dual core; 4GB RAM) for under $1000?

Also, I need a new dress watch for around $100.

Posted by: Disputo on June 8, 2007 at 2:44 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks, yugan! Guess I don't need to bother continuing to watch....

Posted by: Kevin Drum on June 8, 2007 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

Update on the matches!

Federer posts: 29
Bush_is_fucked-up posts: 24
Andrew Sullivan_says_blah-blah-blah posts: 44


Posted by: ROTFLMLiberalAO on June 8, 2007 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

I bet the women's matches are packed though..

Posted by: Andy on June 8, 2007 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

My aunt and uncle recently went shopping for a new TV when their old one bit the dust. And apparently hardly anyone is even making small TVs anymore. They wanted a 19-inch screen and couldn't find a single one at the electronics store, and even the 23-inchers were being phased out.

Posted by: editer on June 8, 2007 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

bob, you're quite full of it. Sampras is better because he had to get past Chang? Agassi himself said Roger was better than Sampras. McEnroe as well. People that know tennis can see that Roger is great, not just good.

Posted by: shams on June 8, 2007 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK

Here's the real news from the French Open.

Sugiyama reaches doubles final

PARIS (Kyodo) Japan's Ai Sugiyama and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia overcame a one-set deficit to reach the final of the French Open women's doubles Wednesday with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over defending champions Lisa Raymond of the United States and Australian Samantha Stosur.

No. 7 seeds Sugiyama and Srebotnik were overwhelmed with the speed of their opponents in the first set, but came roaring back to set up a meeting in the final with 17th seeds Alicia Molik of Australia and Italian Mara Santangelo on Friday.

"We were being overwhelmed by their speed and didn't know what to do at first," Sugiyama said. "We started hitting all the balls we could and stopped making easy mistakes."

Sugiyama and Srebotnik have come from behind in three of their five victories at this tournament. The Japanese ace won this event in 2003 with Belgian Kim Clijsters and was a finalist with Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova last year.

On Tuesday, the pair came from a set down to reach the semifinals with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Italian Maria Elena Camerin and Gisela Dulko of Argentina.

Go! Nippon! Go!

Posted by: JeffII on June 8, 2007 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

shams:

You obviously did not read my comment very closely. I sez Sampras had to get past all those players before the finals, not just Chang.

Look at the era before Sampras, we used to have Becker, Stefan Edberg, Wilander, Lendle etc....in order to get to the finals, you have to get through tough draws. Not today.

Name a player who is scary ? Name one .

Posted by: bob on June 8, 2007 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

Cher Kevin - Why was the stadium only half-full? You obviously haven't spent much time in Paris.

One has only to look at the 1pm starting time of the match to know why the stadium was only half full. The match began at 1pm Paris time ... smack in the middle of the Parisian lunch time - between Noon and 2pm (actually, the lunch rush really picks up about 12:30pm and goes strong until at earliest 2pm.)

Parisians let NOTHING get in their way of enjoying their midday meal!

Felicitations Roger Federer!

Posted by: max on June 8, 2007 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

Aha! I knew you pansy liberal nancies would be watching the French Open. Ha! I bet nobody's there cause they've all surrendered.
/wingnut

Posted by: LiL Nutty Nut on June 8, 2007 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

Daniel's right, you could try PC TV.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on June 8, 2007 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

Sampras was truely great champion b/c he had to get past players Chang, Curier, Agassi, etc...many many good players

I certainly don’t put those guys in the same class as Connors, Borg, McEnroe. Sampras may have won a few less slams against those guys.

But I notice that Kevin did not include any Federer worship in this post. Nadal on clay is a huge historical force. Tennis people know this.

Posted by: little ole jim from red country on June 8, 2007 at 5:26 PM | PERMALINK

The king of trivia strikes again. We're still waiting for your reprise of the food pyramid.

Meanwhile, your future employers make mincemeat of our political discourse, just like in 2000 and 2004.

Posted by: dick tuck on June 8, 2007 at 7:31 PM | PERMALINK

"Name a player who is scary ? Name one."

Tiger Tim?

Posted by: silly old bint on June 8, 2007 at 7:32 PM | PERMALINK

I'm in the market for a little TV too, and I checked out the various recommendations. The user reviews for the cheapies were BAD (I didn't look for reviews of the baseball-shaped one).

Posted by: Swift Loris on June 8, 2007 at 8:04 PM | PERMALINK

because when it's sunny at Roland Garros, it's too hot for comfort.

Posted by: Michele on June 9, 2007 at 5:38 AM | PERMALINK

The men's final tomorrow will be Roger's worst loss to Nadal yet. Poor first-serve percentages throughout the tournament, wandering concentration during matches, and - most importantly - a real psychological edge to Nadal leaves us Federer supporters with little to hope for, alas.

Posted by: barrisj on June 9, 2007 at 1:54 PM | PERMALINK

Right, as predicted, in a strangely lacklustre final, Rafa administers a very routine 4-set beatdown to a listless, passionless Federer. Bloody hell, talk about phoning in your game...for shame, Roger.

Posted by: barrisj on June 10, 2007 at 12:23 PM | PERMALINK

Tilden or Budge woulda creamed any of these young kids.

Posted by: Luther on June 11, 2007 at 2:56 AM | PERMALINK

Not that anyone's still listening, but I returned from Paris last night after 10 days. The weather for the above mentioned match was not as good as it looked on the tube. Cloudy, not quite overcast with light showers in the am. On a weekday in Paris, Federer v Davydanko was not going to fill the stands by a long shot, unless the French Tennis Federation reviews their ticket sales. Most of the best seats are unavailble on match days. Even the lottery via mail or internet or ticket web sites is no guarantee of a show court seat. On the previous Saturday, I stood in line almost 2 hours before the ticket office opened with approximately 700-800 other people. Even then the show court seats were unavailable for the rest of the week. You could only get in to the complex itself but not stadium seating. I did buy a show court seat from a non scalper, and the highlight of the day was Djokovic v Patience on S Lenghlen court. Nothing like the last Frenchman in the men's draw to fill the stadium on blistering Saturday afternoon.( I do not know if this match made US TV). 5 hard fought sets with the Serb prevailing. Great atmosphere with respect showed to both players. Nothing like that at the US Open. When the French do show up for an event like this, they know what they are doing and know how to appreciate it.

Posted by: eastiswest on June 11, 2007 at 8:48 AM | PERMALINK

The U.S.-Mexican border fence works, doesn't work

Posted by: cigar cubas finest havana on August 9, 2007 at 10:53 AM | PERMALINK

I can't be bothered with anything lately. My mind is like a fog. I've just been hanging out not getting anything done. I've more or less been doing nothing.

Posted by: boat house mcclure sale on August 10, 2007 at 3:20 PM | PERMALINK

I've just been staying at home waiting for something to happen. I've just been letting everything wash over me. I can't be bothered with anything recently.

Posted by: candy store equipment on August 14, 2007 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK

I feel like a fog, not that it matters. I've pretty much been doing nothing , but eh. Today was a loss. I haven't gotten much done for a while.

Posted by: vinyl tote bag on August 15, 2007 at 5:36 AM | PERMALINK

More or less nothing seems important. I've just been letting everything happen without me recently. I can't be bothered with anything recently, but such is life. My life's been generally bland today. Not much on my mind these days, but eh.

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