In these enlightened times of political correctness, why do sports commentators insist (particularly in golf and tennis) on referring to women by their first names, and men by their family names?
For example: “Oooh! Lorena seems to have left her putter at home today!” vs " The short stick seems to be letting the left-handed Michelson down of late".
Or: “Jenena’s struggling with her serve on clay” vs “That’s Nadal’s 15th Ace of the match”.
Exsqueeze me? Baking powder?
[quote]ESPN fired Steve Phillips on Sunday, less than a week after a newspaper revealed that he had had an affair with a 22-year-old production assistant with the network. . .
“Steve Phillips is no longer working for ESPN,” the network said in a statement. “His ability to be an effective representative for ESPN has been significantly and irreparably damaged, and it became evident it was time to part ways.”
. . . “Steve Phillips is voluntarily admitting himself to an inpatient treatment facility to address his personal issues.”
When Phillips was the general manager of the Mets, he was forced to take a leave of absence in 1998 because of a series of affairs and an accusation of sexual harassment by a Mets employee. He entered counseling and returned to the Mets, but was eventually fired in 2003[/quote]
nytimes.com/2009/10/26/sport … llips.html
I’ve never noticed the difference. With very few exceptions, sports are best watched with the commentary either ignored or turned off all together.