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Ian Eagle überlässt es Mike Fratello und ich bin dafür da

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I hadn’t really thought much about the Brooklyn Nets broadcasts, or the Brooklyn Nets themselves, for that matter. They’d get more views if they told us all that a brawl could break out at the network’s table at any moment:

One feels that this isn’t the first time Mike Fratello has been cornered, but he surely must be the first to express it on air. On the other hand, Marv Albert might have always somehow branded him in a way that us back then couldn’t perceive, who knows?

But if Eagle is truly allergic to BS, then let’s use this power forever. Eagle and Tony Romo are both CBS employees. So, bring Eagle into the booth and have him make fun of all the weird noises Romo makes, while apparently intending to transform himself into Jerry Lewis. Or the non-sayings like, „I think this could be the right play, maybe not the right play, but almost!“ or „I don’t know, Jim!“ Make Eagle scream, „It’s your damn job to know!“ after all, that’s why they pay you the GDP of a Caribbean island!

We don’t have to stop there. Let’s get Eagle and John Smoltz together during the MLB playoffs, so Eagle can draw attention to Smoltz’s complete disdain for the game he’s supposed to explain and sell. Get Eagle to actually teach Reggie Miller how the English language works! Have him hit Eddie Olczyk with a cattle prod every time he uses one of his half a dozen catchphrases he fits into every game! This is our vehicle for a better future!

Tennis players really try to outdo each other

Down Under, the Australian Open kicked off with the somewhat perplexing news that ATP Tour players had elected Alexander Zverev to the player council, despite facing domestic violence charges in his home country of Germany. This is the second time he’s been accused of domestic violence by a former partner.

We were dismayed that players could vote for someone like Zverev while facing such allegations, and how heartless they must have been to do so. Well, they really want everyone to believe that they’re not heartless, just ignorant and clueless. They’re nailing it.

Watch as some of these tennis players show the best footwork of their careers to answer why they voted that way. First off, Stefanos Tsitsipas, who admittedly has always been a bit of a space cadet:

Next up, Cam Norrie:

Let’s go to Alex De Minaur:

And Grigor Dmitrov had the chance to chew off his own toes:

Leave it to a player to really get into the matter:

Not exactly scathing, but it sure made Zverev look pretty gross in that council.

Of course, Zverev himself was plagued by the same question:

Tennis players live in perhaps the tightest bubble of all athletes. They have their teams and must be just as purposeful and concentrated as anyone else, after all, it’s just them out there. And they may have seen players who show interest in other things or try to address bigger issues, like Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, or Andy Murray, sometimes treated. That doesn’t excuse them here, and no one should completely buy into their „I didn’t know that!“ excuses. It’s just a cover-up. Excuses. It’s the easiest cover to run for, after all.

It seems most players are hoping that the problem goes away, and thanks to the work of the reporters, it doesn’t seem so easy for them to get away with it.

Meanwhile, it’s onwards to Grossville by train:

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