Carillo: 'Everybody wants to watch the Olympics'
Carillo: 'Everybody wants to watch the Olympics'. NBC's Brian Williams speaks with American sportscaster and former professional tennis player Mary Carillo, who reflects on the emotional resonance of the event watched by people around the world.
Fans get lots of Olympic-watching options
The network's "Mount Rushmore of broadcasting talent," as boss Mark Lazarus calls them, are Bob Costas, Al Michaels, Dan Patrick and Mary Carillo. The 2012 London Games will be Costas' 10th for NBC and his ninth as prime-time host. After serving as ...
What you probably didn't miss from weekend one of the Olympics
And poor Mary Carillo; it was up to her to take over for Bob Costas late in the evening, recapping what appeared to be some sort of America's Funniest Home Videos, best-of-falls set of clips. I could be wrong though; the sound was off in the bar I was ...
Welcome to the Olympics, everyone! We're going for the gold in sass!
But for snarkiness, nasty comments about the performers' outfits and attacks on Mary Carillo's taped packages about how much it rains in the UK, you're in the right place, my dear. Welcome. Pour yourself a glass of wine and sit a spell. SO. THE OPENING ...
kayestee RT @perlapell: The sexual chemistry between Mary Carillo & Bob Costas is so searing that when they cut to commercial you can see them lunge for each other.
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ThatDoucheColin RT @Kokomoschmoe: Mary Carillo slurring words like she's drunk.
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Eddie_Fu RT @tcarmody: After a whole day of watching gorgeous 20ish superhuman athletes, seeing Bob Costas & Mary Carillo in HD is like staring at death itself
ThatDoucheColin RT @RealityAmuck: Watching Olympic gymnastics coverage, why is Jim Carrey pretending to be Vera pretending to be Mary Carillo? #olympics
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Does anyone else think ESPN needs to replace Mary Carillo and Pam Shriver? by Angie A
Q: I was watching the Australian Open and noticed that ESPN's female commentators for women's tennis were horrible. The quality of analysis between commentators for men's tennis and the two for women's tennis were so drastic. Shouldn't ESPN hire female commentators who are able to provide live accurate and critical analysis. There were several instances where they would make baseless citicisms of a player's game and then two seconds later say the complete opposite thing and pretend like they were right all along. It makes watching ESPN women's tennis so annoying and it has gotten to the point where I have to look for other outlets for watching women's tennis or resort to watching women's tennis on mute. What happened to Mary Joe Fernandes? I'm sure female tennis players with coaching experience would make for better commentators. Analysis of the men's game is so sharp why can't the they find female commentators that have the ability to be as critical of women's matches without sounding stupid? Does anyone else feel the same way?
A: I feel the same way. Even Mary Joe Fernandez isn't that great. She's really nice, but she doesn't have much depth in her analysis. She's a lot better than the two you named, though. The only reason Shriver is there is to be critical of players without any reason. Carillo is also very opinionated. She was just going after Serena in the earlier parts of ESPN's coverage. In my opinion, the female commentators on ESPN are just talking heads. They really have nothing good to say and aren't up to par on their analysis.
Who are your best and worst tennis commentators? by tennis_ken
Q: I have heard most people generally have a lot of negative things to say about the commentators, myself included, LOL, but who are your favorite commentators to listen to and the ones you wish would just shut up once and for all. LOL
Best: Tracey Austin, Mary Carillo, Dick Enberg, Bill Macatee, Jim Courier (I know he can be a handful at times but I like him) LOL
Worst: John McEnroe, Cliff Drysdale. (Everyone else I have no problem listening to, but when it comes to these two, I could never enjoy any match they're doing commentary for.)
Thanks everyone for responding. J'Adore, thanks for the long answer but I am going to have to respectfully disagree. Many years ago when I did not know much about tennis, it was Tracey's explanation of all the shots and critique that helped to understand the game better and also to know what works and does not work when you are actually playing the game. She knows her stuff and like Martina, can be very analytical, BUT it u really pay attention to their analysis, it will help you to be a better tennis player. That's what I love about them both, even though, as you said, they can be so darn critical at times.
John McEnroe is a great commentator of the "MEN'S" game, but he does not know anything about the women's game, even though he acts like he knows everything. That is what annoys me most about him. He should stick to what he knows as his commentary and analysis is more accurate in the men's game than the women's.
A: Very interesting question. I'll star it for sure. I've been watching the pro game avidly for about twelve years now and I've heard alot of good ones... and alot of not-so-good ones. In no particular order, here are my faves and least faves.- The good ones.- John McEnroe.- Great insight as a former #1 player and someone who's been around the game for years. I might not always agree with his opinions and he can be quick to jump on the band-wagon with current thinking ("the best player in history", "the greatest single shot in the history of tennis", etc), but he is generally a good addition to the commentary booth. Cliff Drysdale.- Well-spoken, fair-minded and well informed. Also love his breakdown segments on players strokes. All round a very good presence. Mary Carillo.- Can be a little prone to let the adjectives fly regarding her favorite players, but knowledgable and informative. Jim Courier.- Always full of insight (only natural for a former champion) and equally appreciative of all playing styles... and it is all accompanied by a ready wit and self deprecating humor. Darren Cahill.- A relatively new addition but highly knowledgable. He may put forth some pretty controvertial ideas at times but he's often right on the money and it always adds some color to the broadcast. Dick Enberg.- Colorful, intelligent and very well-spoken. May not have as much raw tennis knowledge as some but makes up for it with his sheer charm and eloquence. The not-so-good ones.- Patrick McEnroe.- Whiny, boring and irritating. Seems to have a knack for rubbing his colleagues the wrong way and for picking petty arguements with them. Pam Shriver.- Dry as sawdust and has a penchant for stating (often over-stating) the obvious. Unless boredom's your "thing", adds nothing to the broadcast. Jimmy Arias.- Not too bad... but not too good either. Often lacks a real opinion on matters and is so soft-spoken that it makes it hard to really pay attention. Maybe I'd more put him down as bland than just bad. Billie Jean King.- Not a regular commentator but sometimes throws in her hand. Ugly speaking voice, too self-impressed and prone to bringing up "the rise of womens' tennis" rather than discussing the match in hand. Maybe not everyone will agree with me but that's the way I see it.
Can you imagine womens tennis without Serena Williams? by Glenn
Q: I think the whole outburst thing is getting blown out of proportion. She got angry at a foot fault that wasn't correct and now they were even thinking of banning Serena from all of the Grand Slams and not even awarding her with her prize money. This whole thing is kinda convincing me it's race related even though I disagreed with it at first. I don't think it's because Serena is black but this whole thing is kinda suspicious....
*AND* did you hear what mary Carillo said??? Omg this just made me hate her even more. She said that Serena should be suspended and a whole bunch of other things. I mean COME ON!! Seriously???? Where did her girl-crush go? Stupid a-hole. I don't want to EVER hear the man!! commentating on tennis again. She is so frustrating.
I had to rant..Omg I need to do homework!! comment on this
Delpo for the win!! I'm tired of Federer winning!
A: I agree. Young athletes blow up. It's part of reality. I saw her play and I would have dropped dead after 5 minutes of trying to keep up with her. She's an athlete, not a god damned politician or racist minister. Leave her alone. They tried to punish Will Clark back in the 80s when he celebrated a post season series win with a heart felt "God DAMN!" The critics sounded foolish then. They sound foolish now.
Can someone tell me how you can write to ESPN about their tennis coverage? by tennis_ken
Q: I did not get to see the Henin/Dementieva match LIVE so I watched the replay. Now I cannot believe the nonsense that I just saw on ESPN and I want to write them and give them a piece of my mind!!! First, ever since the draw came out everyone have been talking up this Henin/Dementieva possible match up and when they both won their first round matches the commentators were rating up this match-up big time. I mean heck even the organizers knew how big of a match this was seeing that they feature this match in PRIMETIME and on the Main stadium ie. Rod Laver Arena.
Now I am watching it and the entire second set of this match was not given any Television coverage on ESPN as these idiots chose to show the Blake/Del Potro match. I just don't understand why womens tennis continues to get this much disrespect and no one seems to give a damn about it. That Blake/Del Potro match - sure it was good but c'mon people at the end of the tournament no one is going to even remember that match. And yet there was Mary Carillo already proclaiming at the end of the Henin/Dementieva match that this was the BEST women's match we are going to see at this years Aus Open!!!
A: Totally agree with you. ESPN sucks. I was waiting up until 2 AM and staying up to 5 AM this morning to see Henin comeback on this thrilling second round match just for the idiot ESPN turned me down. I was waiting and hoping they was going to show this match at least half of it. Before the match I didn't expect that they will pay attention to Henin matches as they usually did in the past since they seem to think Henin is not someone they can make money from the commercials like Sharapova. But once she returned to the tournament it seemed like the media are excited and pay more attention to her. She gives the women tennis world more hope and raise the bar of quality. I was so happy and hope that I will see her match more. But now I realize this is not going to happen on ESPN as long as they still have those stupid people working just for money.
Should Hawk-Eye Challenges be unlimited? by sj
Q: i heard mary carillo talk about this so much last year,talking about having such a small amount,and then when they're out of the challenges and they get a bad call they can't challenge? should there be more than two or three or unlimited? i know alot of people may say it risks abuse,but i don't think so especially now that it's become such fixture,the players know how it works whereas before they were sort of getting the feel of it,using it just to use it. now we don't see that so perhaps it would be more beneficial. i mean time and again these calls are make or break,and if the player is out of them,and it's a bad call on a very important point,it would seem almost logical.
btw,i am by no means quoting mary carillo just that she brought something up,along these lines,about this many times last year.
A: Mary Carillo makes no sense. The reason players run out of challenges is because they lack discretion as to when to challenge. If you make a large number of wrongful challenges, you forfeit the right to be taken seriously. If challenges are unlimited, it will be abused. Players would abuse it just to throw their opponent off. We saw even in WImbledon last year with 3 challenges instead of 2, Nadal was clearly using it to frustrate Federer. ** Commenting on lolo's answer, I think soccer on the other hand needs an injection of technology. Tennis already uses technology, but the key is to use the right amount. Too much hawkeye is overdoing it and will kill the flow of hte game. SOccer doesn't use enough. Sepp Blatter is an idiot.
Will Serena's new record (prize money) inspire her more? by K
A: I doubt prize money is the major motivator for her. She is probably more concerned with winning grand slam's and getting in history books. I'm sure like everybody else she loves the money. But the bulk of her income will be outside the prize money which is also related to her performance. I personally think all these huge prize money are well deserved for sports people but those wall street.... Congrats to Serena. I hope she continues success and do as Mary Carillo said the other day, which is continue to play and win more titles. Serena sets record for female athlete prize money MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - All those winner's checks for Serena Williams add up: By reaching two finals at the Australian Open, she broke golf star Annika Sorenstam's record for career prize money by a female athlete with nearly $23 million. Williams was busy Thursday, first beating Elena Dementieva of Russia 6-3, 6-4 in the singles semifinals, then pairing with older sister Venus for a victory in the doubles semifinals. Even if the American were to lose both title matches, she would leave Australia with career earnings of about $22.7 million, according to the WTA Tour, eclipsing Lindsay Davenport's women's tennis prize record by more than $500,000, and Sorenstam's total by more than $150,000. If Williams wins two Australian Open championships this week, she'll push her haul above $23.5 million. When told of the news, the 27-year-old Williams recalled her first check of $240 in prize money from an event in Canada in 1995. "It's amazing how much women's tennis has grown since I joined the tour 14 years ago," she said. "I am very proud to have reached this milestone for me, my family and all women athletes out there." Williams will play Dinara Safina of Russia in the Australian Open singles final Saturday, bidding for a 10th Grand Slam singles championship, most among active players. She and her sister will be seeking their eighth Grand Slam women's doubles title when they face Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and Ai Sugiyama of Japan in that final. Overall, the younger Williams has won 32 singles titles and 14 doubles titles. Inspire her as in, play more matches, grand slams. I'm not necessarily talking about the money. I do not believe she's greedy, if she was, she would've played in more matches than she has.
Do you think Andy Roddick would've succeeded had Roger Federer not existed? by djb32067433_1
Q: It's weird how the commentators brought this up during the Hewitt-Djokovic match. Each of the commentators stated that they thought Roddick would've succeeded far more had Federer never existed. Everyone agreed accept Mary Carillo. She showed her nerve when she disagreed that she didn't think Roddick would succeed, even if Roger Federer were never around.
Guys, I agree with her. There is no guarantee Roddick would've succeeded if Federer never existed, because eventually everyone figured out that he's just one-dimensional, and if you can get him into a rally, you can beat him. Everyone knows that now. Roddick is a player that tends to choke on big occasions, and it's evident he won't win another slam.
Federer or no Federer, Roddick would still be the same as he is now.
A: He would have moved up one spot which would put him all the way to...#5 in the current rankings. He still doesnt have the game to beat Nadal or Djokovic. Ferrer is now a better player than Roddick and I expect a few more players to pass him in the rankings by the end of the year (Murray and Gasquet should and Youzhny and Tsonga have the talent too as well). Federer is not the only person that beaten Roddick, but I think he would have won 2 Wimbledon titles if not for Roger. Nadal still would beat Andy and I think Novak could as well on grass. Right now the mens elite are so much better than Roddick he cant compete. I think we both are aware Roddick has not finished among the top 5 for 2 consecutive years and this will make 3 this year. Roddick's time has passed and his #1 ranking occurred in a lull in the game, I dont see another one coming that could allow him to be relevant in the game anytime soon
Why is Alona Bondarenko so skinny? by James Blake For President!
A: That was actually Kateryna Bondarenko in the link. She lost to Rebecca Marino. It looks like Yahoo mislableled the photos. Alona bulked up because of her diet and training and got skinny when she stopped training. The same thing happened to Kournikova when she stopped training. BQ: In the old days there were stories of sibling rivalry between circus acts like "The flying Fratelli brothers." The Bondarenkos are constantly fighting and full of drama so maybe she attributes that to them being circus-like. On another note, I hate Mary Carillo and wish she would retire already. I'm watching her match against JJ, and she is but a tooth pick. She's been injured, but you would think she would gain weight, not loose it BQ: Why did Mary Carillo (who I love) call the Bondarenko's "The Flying Bondarenko Sisters".. is it some sort of reference to something. It made me LOL
I can't believe they're allowing Serena to play today!? by
Q: I mean I feel sorry for Venus because I truly respect her as a player,she's nothing like her sister. But come on.......after what Serena did,she needs to be banned from Tennis for a while. I totally agree with Mary Carillo,it puts a bad taste in the mouth of tennis fans. Also,I guess Serena wasn't too upset over the whole ordeal,they said she was at the MTV awards last night......she's a disgrace! I hope they boo her off the court today.
the rules apply to everyone,sad thing is even in 2009 the race card is always used. I certainly hope they are not being "soft" on her because they are afraid of a discrimination thing? I mean seriously,does it look like Venus and Serena have been discriminated against all these years?
Yeah,I see what your saying...it would probably be a whole different outcome if she were white. And she released a statement last night....but nowhere in that statement did she apologize to her fans or the linesperson! I hope the linesperson sues her big time,I would!
I agree that Mcenroe was a "lunatic",but to my knowledge,he never personally threatened a line person. And,maybe the tennis rules have changed over the past 30 years huh?
A: for the love of God put the gorilla back in her cage
Why do they do that to Rafa? by Carlin D
Q: Okay, so why is it that commentators like Mary Carillo of Dick Endberg say, ' The last time Roger Federer was beaten, aside from at the French Open'. stop right there, in my book, if he lost at the French Open, he lost right?! Why should they make those kind of exeptions, and isn't Rafa good enough to the point when if he beats Roger, it counts as a win for him and a loss for Federer?
oh, and not to mention, they're now saying that he was sick with mono and that's why he lost in Dubai, not because Andy Murry is getting better and beat him. Puh-lease.
Federer is beatable, and he doesn't have to be sick for that to happen, he lost to Canas, Nabaldanian, and Volandri, and i don't think he had mono when that happend either.
A: Carlin, I'm sure his fans will say he had some other problem back then when he lost to all those people (and Gonzalez and Sampras also). Afterall he's Federer, when he wins, he did it all by himself (his opponent did not play bad at all), when he looses, Federer made mistakes or was unhealthy. The bottom line for his fans is, whether Federer looses or wins, Federer and Federer only decides the outcome of the match.
what do you think about the top 15 female sportscasters of all time by the ASA? by
Q: what do you think about the top 15 female sportscasters of all time by the ASA?
this was back in 2009 by the American Sportscasters Association. this is by knowledge not by how they look.
A: only two worth listening to. 1. Lesley Visser 2. Andrea Kremer 3. Robin Roberts 4. Michele Tafoya 5. Hannah Storm 6. Mary Carillo 7. Linda Cohn 8. Andrea Joyce 9. Suzy Kolber 10. Phyllis George 11. Bonnie Bernstein 12. Pam Oliver 13. Donna de Varona 14. Judy Rankin 15. Ann Meyers-Drysdale what do you think of this list?
Is anyone else suffering/annoyed because of ESPN's coverage of the Aussie Open? by Glenn
Q: It's not really the time that I'm annoyed about. I understand that the time is different in Australia than over here so that's why some matches are 3 in the morning but it's not that that is pissing me off. It's the commentators!! Someone please tell me why Mary Carillo keeps bringing up what happened with Serena at the US Open???? Ughh she is sooo annoying and biased!!! why is she bringing that up? It's in the past.
ALSO: I heard that Direct TV allows you to choose which matches you want to see. Is that true? I am annoyed that they only show Federer, Nadals matches ALL THE TIME!! I understand for a few minutes but I want to see other people play. This is unfair.
Tennis Channel people...do you have mary Carillo as a commentator? If so then you are lucky
I meant: If you don't have Mary Carillo as a commentator then you are lucky
HOW DO I GET HER OFF OF THE AIR?
If that's possible*
*tiara* you are so luckyyy :))
She sounds like a man and the things she says are RIDICULOUS!
YES I KNOW!! It's awful :P I still haven't seen Tsonga play a match and I don't want to watch it on the internet it's just not the same
Even when I set the DVR to watch it I don't enjoy it. I don't like to watch tennis muted!! These commentators have got to go!!
A: I know what you mean! Personally it is super annoying that they bring up the same freaking topic every single match with a person e.g. I swear I have heard that Nadal plays leftie even though he is rightie at least 2 times per grand slam match, really people...we get it...and for tennis channel we do get more coverage of the Australian Open (like 3 hours before ESPN's coverage starts) and then they replay matches during the next day for people who didn't want to stay up late to see them. For tennis channel commentators we have Martina Navratilova (who has improved VASTLY, but used to constantly talk about how bad a player's shot was and could never just shut up...) and Bill Macatee, and then during the US Open we get Jimmy Connors too, and occasionally there is another random commentator like on of the Jensen brothers and some random dude whose name I don't remember. I've seen on commercials about Direct TV that this is how it goes, and I also think that there is no commentating as well!
Did anyone else find the Billie Jean King dedication the other night "over the top"??? by damonpersiani
Q: I mean the best thing about was JC and J-Mac and Chris Evert speaking. Venus Williams sounded like a 7-year-old. Surprisingly, Diana Ross can still sing, and, look good. "PC" was penultimate that evening, no? Mary Carillo is always a solid professional.
Whats with the stupid sound effect during U.S. Open instant replays? by
Q: CBS is driving me nuts with this every 2 seconds! And get rid of Mary Carillo too.
A: I don't even watch CBS or ESPN anymore. ESPN is even worse, they missed points due to commercials and interviews. I just go on the US Open site and watch live stream. Much better there :)
Music from NBC Wimbledon Update 2011? by Livestrong7
Q: Hi...just wondering if anyone happens to be following this year's late night Wimbledon Update on NBC with Mary Carillo and Johnny Mac. What's that rock-ish sounding song that they play at the beginning and end of their show? it's really catchy and i think i heard it somewhere before but I don't quite know what it is...? thanks!
A: "second chance" peter bjorn and john
Do you think Melanie Oudin is overrated? by Glenn
Q: Omg I can't take Mary Carillo commentating anymore. That's all she ever talks about is Melanie Oudin..So annoying. And Anyone else tired of Brad Gilbert also??
I don't like commentators. :D
I only like Dick and the other guy with Dark hair
A: Oudin is waaaaaaaaay overrated. Unfortunately, these airheads they have commentating wouldn't know it if somebody wrote it down and gave it to them. I hate the favoritism they show. How about unbiased commentating? I hate the way then swoon over players like Federer, and Serena. Mary Carillo has to go. She never has anything intelligent to say. Brad Gilbert needs to grow up. He acts like he's 12 years old when he's calling a match. The McEnroe's are fine. Cliff Drysdale is a little stiff sometimes, but not bad overall. Like I said above, Oudin is way overrated. Yes, she beat Dementieva, but it can't have been a surprise to anybody. In every tournament every played in the history of the world, there have been major upsets. That's the nature of the game, people. Anybody can beat anybody at any given time in any given place. That's just the way it is. Dementieva could have been tired from her previous tournament, she could have not been feeling well, she could have had an off day, we just don't know. But, to say that Oudin is going to go all the way just because she beat a higher seed than her, is just plain dumb.
Who's your favourite tennis journalist/TV commentator? by number1tennisfan
Q: I love reading Wertheim and think Mary Carillo gives some really good insights as a commentator. Who do you guys like?
A: Nobody. I prefer them to keep quiet so I can enjoy the match :)
My wife just died. What would be a cute phrase for her gravestone? by 60 & Rising to the Occasion
Q: She died last week in child birth with our sixth and seventh twins sons (who thankfully survived).
But since she was in child birth I was thinking it would be cute to say, “Mary Elizabeth Carillo, lived to age 28 and died whilst in the act of duty.” Since a woman's duty is to bring children into the world and she did just that.
A: I agree w/ Alec S!!!
Why do white people like Maria Sharapova so much?? by macrinus18
Q: I find her to be the most annoying thing, this side of Mary Carillo?
I find her grunting annoying.
I find her drawn face annoying.
I find her constant fist pumps after almost every
point utterly grating.
I find her very popularity annoying.
I find her constant pushing back of her bangs
In short, I can't stand Sharapova. Why do white people
like a person like her, when she already has so
much anyway? She's already rich, healthy, successful and
famous, does she really need the adoration too?
A: cause some people are perverted.
Who are the BEST and WORST tennis commentators? by James Blake For President!
Q: So here is this poll:
A: Oh yeah, rather than editing my other answer to add this one in, I forgot to mention that Cliff Drysdale bugs the hell outta me! And I'd like to point out on the link that you've given us that the same website also has titles such as "Does Patrick McEnroe have "Homoerotic" feelings for Andy Roddick and James Blake?" and "Barbie and Ken Bounced from Tennis" (Roddick and Maria from the 2008 Wimbledon 2nd round.) Clearly this website isn't that reliable or anything especially considering he just had twins with his wife several months ago...... Why do people hate Carillo so much she's hilarious!? Patrick Mcenroe is annoying but Mary!? Anyway you can rank them if you want..
what do you think about Lindsay Davenport as an announcer? by Ja
Q: I really like her. I mean, she's no Mary Carillo (my favorite) but she's sounds good and obviously knows what she's talking about.
oh, i had no idea Chanda Rubin announced. I hope to hear her soon
A: She's terrific. Davenport stays calm and keeps the subject directly on the match. She knows when to speak and when not to. As a professional, she understands the game and knows how to play it. Speaking from experience, she can give some insightful feedback on the players and the match itself. By the way, Rubin is great as a commentator too. I wish I had the chance to see her play a few years ago, but I'm content with her as a commentator. I do hope they keep her around. Her and Lindsay do a great job. By the way, Carillo's been announcing for a long time, and she bring personality to the booth. No matter how different she is, she's great and I enjoy hearing her views on the game, the players, and the matches.
Why was Olympic tennis coverage so sparse? by Elmyr
Q: With Mary Carillo as the #2 announcer to Bob Costas I expected more, but they barely even mentioned any results even with James Blake beating Federer to go to the Semifinals.
Boring? The Wimbledon finals this year was one of the most exciting sporting events of all time.
Watch it on TV anytime? Not without cable/satellite, which I don't have because I'd watch way too much TV if I did. All I see are Grand Slam tournaments.
Australia? Sorry, this is the US I'm talking about. That's why I mentioned Blake.
A: I agree with trekker. By anytime, I mean several times per year, even without cable. Hell, we just endured two weeks of Wimbledon, when all I care about is the final match. And I think the U.S. Open is right around the corner. The French Open before Wimbledon. Right? It's old news. The other events are once every 4 years, and most people don't care about the World Championships every year. For some reason, the Olympics are more popular. Not sure why. That might be a good Q to ask. Think I will.
Is it racist that Serena Williams is being given no chance by the media to win the Australian Open? by skillzgotti
Q: I know Maria Sharapova is great but Serena has won the tournement twice before. I have been watching the coverage from the beginning and the commentators on ESPN (Mary Carillo) have been counting her out from her first match. No respect for what she has already accomplished. I think this will be one of the best tennis matches in a while.
All time Championships
They have went head to head 4 times and are even at 2-2 each.
you tell me?
A: serena williams is an amayzing tennis player. i think the media can be racist i, what the world has to realize is that who cares what color you are or were you come from, everyone should except people for who they are, so i agree with you on that one.
Who do you think is the worst tennis commentator? by Timothy H
Q: My top picks are Bud Collins, Mary Carillo, sometime Pam Shriver can be a little annoying. Tell me who you think is the worst!
A: Bud Collins.. he asks the dumbest questions , makes the stupidest comments, has bad hair and never even really played tennis. He won an Indoor US Mixed title at 32 with Janet Hopps who made it to the 3rd round of the French & 2nd round of Wimbledon & is a two time champion of the old US Open in WD's ...is mixed even considered tennis. We played that after wine & cheese at the club. Then he won a Seniors French men's doubles at 46. His partner was very good. Jack Crawford was a world #1 ranked Aussie. Hell give me Patrick Rafter or Pat Cash or Mark Philippoussis and I'd probably win the French Sr. Men's Doubles too.
What was Ana Ivanovic's quote that impressed Billy Jean King? by karmaschizo
Q: During the Wimbledon broadcast, Mary Carillo mentioned Ivanovic's quote that impressed Billy Jean King. BJK called Ana after her french open final because of it-- it was similar to BJK's "pressure is a privilege" Sharapova mentioned in her victory speech. Anyone catch it?
A: "Becoming No. 1 takes more pressure, but also you have to see pressure for what it is," "It's a reflection of your own ambition. If you see it as a positive thing, it means that you put yourself in a position to do something memorable. So if you look at it that way, it can be very motivating."
Why do you hate Mary "She's a man bay-bee!" Carillo? by Arsenio Beckman
A: Mary needs to shut up during the game and stop putting in her constant opinions. We don't care what she feels or thinks about shot spot. I think PAm Shriver is even more annoying and kwetches much more, AND goes on and on and on about the players she's biased towards - like the williams sisters. They should go on and on about the top players, not about who they like. You listen to reporters on European channels, and they aren't as annoying. D. Cahill is fantastic. He stops talking at the moments when the game is going on. And he tells you feedback about the GAME not a bunch of silly trivia that Star magazine or such would report.
How long will CBS, Dick Enberg and Mary Carillo...? by captainbryce
Q: ...try to turn a non-issue involving the Williams/Stouser final into a media story that they can milk for years to come?
C) 20 minutes
B) 30 minutes
C) 1 hour
D) Every tournament from here on out
10 points to best answer!
Chuck: I'm not biased and I'm actually very fair. Did I say that Serena was right? Did I say that the umpire was wrong? I'm not "defending" her actions in any way whatsoever, I'm simply pointing out just how much CBS (particularly the commentators) are exaggerating them. Players say things to umpires ALL THE TIME on the changeovers that they never replay and discuss over and over again on TV. They did that intentionally to create a story about it. What she did is no different than what many of the male players do at EVERY tournament! Yet Enberg and Carillo can't resist showing it to you over and over again and amplifying the audio to alter your perspective.
Serena was wrong, WE GET IT. We got it the first 8 times it was mentioned! Does it really need to be exaggerated like that over and over again? All it does is breed biased. But that's exactly what they want because they are biased commentators and always have been.
A: Like anything else, they will milk it for ratings to create a bigger story out of a common occurrence. Sure, plenty of people do things like this all the time (not just in tennis but in sports in general), but its going to get way more attention and be blown way up when its coming from a female tennis player.
What was the song that played during Mary Carillo's video with the Canadian Mounties? by
Q: This was the song that was playing during her training session with the mounties. It sounded really, epic. I heard it, but had no clue what it was !
I remember it had some kinda fanfare; trumpet maybe? I don't know. I'm trying to find the video D;
IT was A REALLY EPIC SONG :"(
A: we're the mounties. it be the entrance song for a wrestling tag team called the mounties. they be popular around the late 80s and early 90s. # THAT'S THE LINK
Is Mary Carillo the most biased tennis commentator EVER? by captainbryce
Q: I just heard her give about 12 different excuses for why Roger Federer (her favorite player) has played poorly after the Australian Open (from taking care of his twins to getting sick, etc!) But whenever the Williams sisters play up and down throughout the year (no matter what injuries they have) it somehow always has to do with their lack of commitment or their game just being in decline? WTF? Why is she so obvious with her double standard? I mean, I know she hates the Williams sisters and lover RF, but still, a decent commentator should be able to disguise that a little better shouldn't they?
A: And after the women's final, she said straight to Vera's face that she was overwhelmed by the moment. How does she know that? This isn't Vera's first Grand Slam final, and she didn't seem nervous. And even in her presser afterward, Vera said she didn't feel like she was overwhelmed by the moment, but maybe wasn't as physically strong as she wanted to be.
Is NBC's Mary Carillo a Lesbian? by Black Shades
A: Not sure that this has ever been confirmed. She was married for like 15 years...has two kids. Although it is interesting to note that she currently splits her time between a place in Florida and.....a place in Greenwich Village in NYC. Hmm...
is mary carillo a lesbian? by dd
Q: i know she has kids...and has been married, but since divorced...
A: Mary has been a long-time friend and vocal supporter of the gay and lesbian community. However as for her being a lesbian herself, while there have always been the occasional rumor going around the gossip mill, Mary has never publicly stated that she is a lesbian. And until she does, I believe we owe it to her not to speculate about her sexuality. I believe these lesbian rumors started over the way she looks and the heaviness in her voice. First of all its utter rubbish to suggest that someone is a lesbian because they look butch and possess a heavy masculine voice, according to a few narrow minded idiots out there. Mary may not have had that great of a career playing tennis, but her analysis and commentary of the game, backed up by the years of experience she has had horning her skills as a female sports commentator in what is traditionally known to be a man's world, has made her one of the most unique and innovative voices out their covering sporting events all over the world. Yes her voice may not be flattering and her looks may not be as appealing to some, however her professionalism, respect and love for the game and for women's sports in general, has been truly admired all over. Which other female sports commentator do you know of, covers tennis for ESPN, HBO, NBC, CBS and even does coverage of the Winter Olympic Games? I mean, say what you want about her, but the main fact is that the woman clearly knows what she is doing.
Does anyone else think ESPN needs to replace Mary Carillo and Pam Shriver? by Angie A
Q: I was watching the Australian Open and noticed that ESPN's female commentators for women's tennis were horrible. The quality of analysis between commentators for men's tennis and the two for women's tennis were so drastic. Shouldn't ESPN hire female commentators who are able to provide live accurate and critical analysis. There were several instances where they would make baseless citicisms of a player's game and then two seconds later say the complete opposite thing and pretend like they were right all along. It makes watching ESPN women's tennis so annoying and it has gotten to the point where I have to look for other outlets for watching women's tennis or resort to watching women's tennis on mute. What happened to Mary Joe Fernandes? I'm sure female tennis players with coaching experience would make for better commentators. Analysis of the men's game is so sharp why can't the they find female commentators that have the ability to be as critical of women's matches without sounding incompetent? Does anyone else feel the same way?
A: i definitely agree, especially for mary carillo she os honestly kind of obnoxious
who agrees that Dara Torres and Mary Carillo...? by NaNa
Q: are smokin hot...
as well as Shawn, Nastia, and Alicia.
i love the olympics
but just putting it out there... see who agrees :)
A: I was thinking the other day about how it would be if i was there in beijing......... Checking out the les scene at the olympic village.... Yummy
can we get Mary Carillo fired? by
Q: she SUCKS. she is ruining wimbledon for me. everything out of her mouth is either totally obvious or stupid or both. and i don't want to hear tracy austin commentation at the us open either..
A: Yes she is incredibly annoying but Patrick Mcenroe is 4x more annoying than her, too much self praise and sucking up to people he wants on his Davis Cup team.
Is Mary Carillo a transgender? She seems to have a large Adam's apple... by mspeggynd
A: No, I actually know her from when she was a little girl and I was in grade school with her older brother. She has always been female.
Is Mary Carillo, the tennis sportscaster straight or gay? by JustMe
A: She is straight as far as the naked eye can see, with 2 kids and a husband, but buy her actions, and butch like talk, she could be a Billie Jean King in disquise, only time will tell???
Is NBC's Olympics reporter Mary Carillo really a man? by Eric Cartman
Q: Like the rest of you, I've been watching the Olympics. Once in awhile they'll show short segments about China. The hosts of these segments is Mary Carillo. She has very manly features and a sissy man's voice. She dosn't have any feminine features at all. Is she really a man? Her jokes are lame too. Not funny or entertaining at all.
I didn't delete my first posting, Yahoo did. I thought it was a very valid and un-offensive question but some cry baby reported it as vulgar.
She was married? To who? And they had kids??? WTF? That's disgusting. There's not enough liquor in the whole world that would make me wanna touch that! "BARF".
A: You're clueless if you don't know Mary Carillo. She is a former pro tennis player that teamed with McEnroe in mixed doubles. The won the French Open together -- the only French title McEnroe owns. And she's a great tennis commentator who often puts McEnroe in his place during broadcasts.
Why Was Mary Carillo not in the booth for the Men's Final like she had been in past years? by Dude883
A: i noticed that as well. she in years past,has been a fixture alongside ted and johnny mac for both the women's and men's finals. maybe they're changing the direction? maybe she had to leave early and get back home? pam shriver did that before the semifinals were set.
Mary Carillo Question?? Girlfriend? by Sandy S
Q: I had to make this account to ask who Mary Carillo lives with? I know she has kids but who is the Mother? I have seen her in my Florida neighborhood with kids and woman who looks familliar. ANYONE?
Oops. I should have said Life Partner or other PC term. Sorry. No offence.
No body knows who this girl is? Orlando is no small town. Some body has to know who she is living with. I've seen them out mutlitple times my self.
A: She was married for 15 years to tennis instructor Bill Bowden. They divorced in 1998 and have two children, Anthony and Rachel. Mary has been a long-time friend and vocal supporter of the gay and lesbian community. However as for her being a lesbian herself, while there have always been the occasional rumor going around the gossip mill, Mary has never publicly stated that she is a lesbian. She wrote a book with Martina Navratilova & they remained good friends. Maybe it is Martina who you have seen her with? Are you sure that this other woman is a life partner?
What is Mary Carillo's ethnic background? by steffi32086
Q: Mary Carillo is a former tennis player turned sports commentator.
Please leave only serious answers
A: According to this article, she is an Irish-Italian american:
Who is Mary Carillo, co-host of the Westminster Kennel Dog show? by anime girl111
thank you KittyIsAround
A: A moron, I think. She's a tennis expert, right? Tennis has WHAT to do with dogs? Exactly. Geez. I watch Westminster because I love the pageantry and the prestige of the show. The very LAST thing I need to hear is the endless pitter-patter yap and babble of someone who CLEARLY knows nothing about conformation (or even dogs in general) rambling on aimlessly and asking sophomoric questions. I truly wish the hosts would just know when to SHUT UP and let us appreciate the dogs and their handlers. The endless lame attempts at humor are just intrusive. How many times do I need to hear "At our house, dog hair is considered a condiment" or "it's not a breed for everyone" ... get a new line, already.
Does Mary Carillo's endless commentary ever bother you? by Peter Griffin
Q: Does four seasons as a pro and a dismal high rank really entitle her to subject viewers to her constant blabbing?
A: She adds little value to the pleasure of a match
Is anyone sick of Mary Carillo? by NO SHITE SHERLOCK
Q: I can't stand her, she is an awful commentator to boot. Going after Serena Williams like that saying she should be banned from her Women's doubles final match and her penalties should be harsher.
She needs to shut her mouth, she really has no clue anymore.
Oh, I dislike Pam Shriver as well.
A: I usually dislike Carillo and want her to shut up, but I think she did a great job tonight and I agreed with her. She actually did a nice job analyzing the match and talking about both Wozniacki and Clijsters' games. Or maybe it was just that I was in an unusually good mood because two of my favorite players are in a Grand Slam final. As for her comments about Serena, you could tell she was really trying to get her point across about Serena. I mean, it's true, Serena deserves a much harsher punishment. In any other sport, the athlete would be facing much more severe consequences, but for whatever reason, they need time to review this incident, which baffles me. I think there is hesitation to penalize one of women's tennis biggest stars. Ratings don't lie; ESPN actually said Serena (not Roger, not Nadal, not anyone else) brings in the biggest ratings. So there may be a bit of favoritism for the game's biggest cash cow going on behind the scenes.
Does Mary Carillo know the names of the US Open's Women's players? by
Q: As if she is not annoying enough, during the Women's US Open Final, she kept referring to Wozniacki and Clisters as "this one" and "that one".
A: Quite frankly, I tend to ignore all sports commentators, as their pithy statements are hardly worth listening to, IMHO, so I have no idea to what you are referring. All commentators may be excused for not constantly using a person's name during the course of a given match, especially when only two people are on the field or, in this case, court. In other words, the listening audience (for those who bother to listen, unlike me!) can usually figure out to whom the commentator is referring, even without using that person's name. As far as being annoying, I strongly disagree with you, as well as to your rantish, one-sided, rhetorical question, but, you are entitled to your opinion.
Is it just me or does Mary Carillo from the Olympics coverage look just like Gary Busey with a wig? by Jennifer D
A: lol good observation
Was our tennis mom Mary Carillo a little hard on Serena?She felt she should not play in the doubles.? by radio309
Q: This would cause Serena sister to default and prevent America from winning a championship.As we know Mary has shown her lack of fondness for the William sisters over the years and a love of Clijssters. She also wanted Clijsters to beat Mary Pierce.who She called a bit of a flake for taking a long bathroom break.Maybe when in the booth Mary should try to keep her Fan Girl feeling in check.
A: She was extremely hard and quite out of line. She's nothing more than a tennis commentator and should have stayed in her place. Who is she to say that Serena Williams couldn't play in the doubles? Glad no one listened to her ignorant self. Because Serena and Venus won the doubles! And where was Mary when they only fined Roger Federer $1,500 for cussing at the CHAIR UMPIRE?
Is Mary Carillo the worst Tennis commentator ever? ? by Scooter McGavin
Q: I think if not she is definitely runner up.
A: Yes, terrible/non-existent stroke analysis. Only talk about how great the Williams sisters are, has no idea that men's tennis is a different game. And she won't shut up during points. She doesn't even talk about tennis half the time! Of course I hate all of them because so few have any idea what it is to hit a modern forehand and only talk about the game today with disdain.
What do you think of Mary Carillo? by Blf1
Q: Sound off on her. For those who dont know her she is the female commentator for mostly all the tennis matches.
A: I think she's funny, especially when she works with John McEnroe. They've been friends since their childhood, and won the French Open mixed doubled together when she was 18 and he was only 17, so they have a great rapport that really works for TV. She can be at times a little over-talkative and too analytical/critical about the minutiae of a match and the game in general, but I think she knows what she's talking about.
How tall is Mary Carillo, former pro tennis player and NBC Olympic commentator?? by Peets Addict
A: her bio says 5'11"
Who is Mary Carillo (Olympics/Tennis) dating? by JennyBenny
Q: I have seen a tiny picture (cameraphone) of Mary Carillo with a woman who I am sure used too be a TV personality in Iowa. Am I crazy? My daughter says she heard this as well. A woman from Des Moines Area who moved south.
A: Carillo's imdb page QA has link to Sara Marx page in a question that suggests she is her partner. The link was deleted on Marx page. The Sara Marx is from Ottumwa Iowa, it lists, so this could be what youre talking about. And she's listed as LGBT film maker (Les-Gay-Bi-Tranny acronym). Its not rocket science. Both have children listed. Might be a suburb of Desmoines. Prob the same woman.