Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Amazing ability from players

By watching the match between Marcos Baghdatis and Novak Djokovic in Australian Open, I realize how difficult for players to play in front of that kind of harsh atmosphere fans create. They both have tons of fans rooting for them crazily. It becomes so annoying to me. I have to turn off the volume in order to watch the whole game. Can't image to play in front of those kind of crowd all the time.

15 comments:

dannyzupl8 aka Dan The Man said...

I heard it was 140 degrees farenheit on the court.

hopbitters said...

It was in the high 120s from what I saw. I've played in the low 100s (you know, at the average club guy or high school level) and that's rough. I can't imagine 120+ at a professional level. And they were already dropping like flies from other injuries.

hopbitters said...

Upon further review, it did get up to 140-some on the on-court thermometer. I'm not sure how accurately that reflects the air temperature for the players, but whatever it is, it was seriously hot.

dannyzupl8 aka Dan The Man said...

I only report what I hear, Mr.bitters : )

hopbitters said...

I was the one who had it wrong, actually. ;) I saw 120s on one of the matches and didn't realize that one of the other matches hit 140-some...that's a big swing. I live in the desert, but I don't think I've ever been anywhere that was over 125 or so.

Jessica Lee said...

Yes. It is hot in Sydney as well. Many players retire because of that. Novak retire as well. The match with young William they finally decide to close the cover, but some other matches they doesn't. This causes a lot of different argument. A lot of purists don't agree to use that because Australian open is a outdoor tournament. One of purists even suggest Novak is not ready for tournament. If they want cover, they need to choose to go to movies.

dannyzupl8 aka Dan The Man said...

I live in the Mid-Atlantic Us, I guess, but I'm from NYC. The temperature there is around 15-35 most days, and rainy, or snowy, or some god awful mix in between.

And wow..some biting criticism from Miss Lee.. 'go to the movies' she says! hahahahaha =D

I can't wait for spring training. I don't get the YES network, and am strongly considering the MLB package. I'm going to find someone to split the cost with me. I'll get some sort of limited package, and a username to share with someone. I bought the plaoff package in 07 and it was great, but I didn't use it to its full value.

hopbitters said...

I lived in central CT and NY (outside Albany and Poughkeepsie at varying times). The weather really isn't among the things I miss.

I understand your sentiment about it being an athletic competition and I agree for the most part, but there is a point where players feel they are endangering themselves and won't enter the tournament. Also, there's the safety of the linesman, umpire, and other officials, and the bottom line, of course, is if the fans aren't willing to come out, you won't have much of a tournament.

The MLB package will still be blacked out more than you'd think. Apparently, no matter how much money you try to throw at them, MLB doesn't want you to be able to watch their product.

Jessica Lee said...

Those are not my words. Those words related with closing the roofs are from a lot of purists regard of Australian open.

For me, I just feel why not use roofs if you have that to protect players or anyone from this hot weather. One question I have is they need to use to every match if they decide to use for fairness.

By the way, you mean mlb package from MLB.com or from local cable network?

hopbitters said...

The cable/sat MLB packages ("Extra Innings" on DirecTV, not sure if that's what it's called everywhere) still have all the blackout restrictions. MLB.tv also has blackouts. The only broadcast that isn't blacked out is the MLB audio streams (I forget the name).

MLB is allegedly trying to somewhat lessen the blackout areas this year, but they will still be completely arbitrary and meaningless, like most things MLB.

danny said...

What exactly do they balckout? I'm im Virginia right now, and I want to watch Yankee games, and Ranger games, and some Mets, etc.

hopbitters said...

YES blocks out a lot of the non-game content (Yankeeography, BP, etc.) and many games for out-of-market areas. Essentially, the only way you can get all of the games is to move back to the NY area. I'm not sure if you get the WWOR games either.

Additionally, you are subject to the ESPN and FOX blackouts, and various random blackouts, like when your provider allots 3 hours for the game and forgets to flip the switch when the game goes longer, so you lose the feed.

I've tried every combination of sports packages, Extra Innings, and mlb.tv and it's just not worth the money to get a handful of games to me. If they really do relax the restrictions, it may be a little better, but I doubt it.

hopbitters said...

When did we sign Jason Johnson? Why did we sign Jason Johnson?

Here's an odd thought : Pedro hasn't been picked up. I doubt he or the Yankees would be interested, but wouldn't he be an interesting clean-up option for Hughes/Chamberlain when they're on pitch counts or if somebody bombs? He could throw regularly (with the pitch counts plus picking up innings where needed) and do spot starts if someone got hurt, but not be as taxed as he would as a regular starter in the rotation. 6 innings of Joba, 2 of Pedro, 1 of Mo...I can think of worse ways to go through nine innings.

danny said...

thats a stupid idea

Jessica Lee said...

Yankees sign Jason Jackson before they re-sign Pettitte. I think Yankees just want to give themselves one more option to fill in no.5 spot if Yankees can't re-sign Pettitte.

As for Pedro, I don't think Yankees need to sign more pitchers. I am all for signing Pettitte because they need someone to pitch those innings. I don't have problems to let Joba and Hughes for no.5 spot.

If someone get injury, I don't have problems to let one of kids fill in.