Saturday, June 06, 2009

Talk About Knocking a Guy When He's Down

From The Onion (Via Jon Wertheim's Twitter feed)

After losing his first French Open match in four years, a somber Rafael Nadal apologized Sunday for disappointing his "millions and millions of fans," a comment many are calling a gross overestimation of his popularity and overall effect on people's everyday lives. "The people all have faith in me, and I let them down," said Nadal, seemingly unaware that most people were oblivious to the fact that he lost the match, that the French Open was taking place, and that the French Open is a professional tennis tournament. "In the end, it's the [maybe 500 at most] fans who really push me to succeed." When asked if he was disappointed that Nadal had lost in the early rounds of the tournament, Kansas City, MO resident Dale Hughbart, 46, said he hopes Michael Chang wins the French Open because he's a "quick little guy, from what I remember."
Unlike the English, the Americans don't seem to care about sports they suck at.

6 comments:

Ahsan said...

Wasn't that long ago that Sampras, Agassi and (to a lesser extent) Courier and Chang were dominating tennis. God, Americans have short attention spans.

Saim said...

Dammit, I switched from my Google Reader to the website to comment, but Ahsan beat me to it.

Yawar said...

Wasn't MaliVai Washington going to win the Wimbledon this year?

O wait...that was ten years ago (or more)...

bubs said...

Yawar: Thanks for the Malavi Washington mention. After Nadal lost to Soderling, I'd been trying to think of similarly stunning upsets. This reminded of Richard Krajeck beating Sampras at Wimbledon (that was the year Washington reached the final).

Ahsan said...

All I remember about Karijeck (or however you spell his name) is that he an amazingly hot girlfriend.

bubs said...

Ahsan: That would be Playboy model Daphne Deckers. If I remember Kraijeck for one thing, more so than even his Wimbledon win, it would be his 15-13 fifth-set loss to Goran in the 1998 Wimbledon.