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Turned off by the girl power

Robbo Robson | 10:56 UK time, Thursday, 2 July 2009

Squawk! Thump! Squawk! Thump! Squawk! Thump!

Crikey the lasses' tennis is boring isn't it? On the radio it sounded like someone was taking out their grievances on a colony of herring gulls.

The game between Mauresmo and Safina looked like a thriller on paper but I've never been so bored. And Safina v the German lass in the quarters was no better - it was like watching a tree-felling competition between two very tired giants.

Have Marat and his sister ever been seen in the same place at the same time? Cos as far as I can tell they're interchangeable.

Of course the favourites for the title are the arch-bashers Venus and Serena. The latter's mood seems to be a little more in keeping with her name these days but you can't escape the impression that when she takes on a lesser player it's reminiscent of a buxom barmaid swatting a drowsy wasp with a newspaper.

Venus is no less forgiving and although they do their best to prove their feminine credentials with the blowing of kisses and the girly pirouettes, you still know the pair of them are hard as bloomin' nails.

The other squawkers aren't really any gentler and at least the Williamses know what to do at the net. The quarter-finals were chock-full of baseline sluggers who have completely forgotten that tennis is supposed to be entertainment. They close in on the net with all the confidence of Middlesbrough's front two.

While I was celebrating the early departure of Sharapova, there seem to be plenty of shriekers on the production line waiting to take her place: Azarenka, Demenieva, and this new lass called Larcher Brito. None of them are too hard on the eye but they are bloody awful on the ear so I'm thinking of calling them the Deci-Belles.

I swear it's gameswomanship all this bellowing. "It's all a bit fake," I told the missus. "Like you'd know!" she replied a bit acidly.

The Williams sisters in doubles action

I'm fully expecting that the Williams sisters will be the finalists which, despite their protestations, will lead to another dull final. It's not that they're not good players - it's not even that they don't try when playing each other - it's just that they don't care too much if they lose. It doesn't hurt them to see their sis carrying the fancy tray around the Centre Court.

I always feel a bit churlish about these particular women when you remember how their father taught them how to play the game on a public court - and asked if the local gangs in Compton could lay off shooting at each other so his girls could work on their two-fisted backhands.

I mean it's a hell of a story. I just wish they could avoid playing each other somehow. I'm not saying they'll just divvy it up between the two of them but it is Serena's turn. And I won't be watching.

The main criticism of the women's game is its complete lack of subtlety. If Safina's plan of thumping it really blinking hard isn't working, what does she do? She thumps it a bit harder. And that pretty much goes for all of them. The only slice most of them have seen comes in pizza form.

It's not a great time for the ladeez to be earning the same as the fellas is it? I'm all for equality, me. I've got nowt against lasses going down mines, sewers etc. Join the gang. But at least them lasses'll be doing the same amount of work.

Chances are that Serena'll be slipping off her slightly kinky coat on Saturday having played 12 sets of tennis. Were it not for the heat she'd have sweated about as much as your average overwintering penguin. Even the unruffled Federer will have played 19 by the beginning of the final. It's less work, not nearly as entertaining... in short, the lasses've got a flipping nerve asking for the same dosh.

Thankfully the men's game is looking healthy enough if you exclude Ivo Karlovic who is clearly a cyborg that started life as a serving machine. I still don't know how Federer avoided the inevitable tie-breaks. In fact, I thought they'd just cut to the chase and go straight into them given that Ivo had more aces than a veteran card-sharp with deep sleeves, but Rog is made of different stuff.

Murray's late-night thriller was great telly, not least cos the bloke has a whole variety of shots at his disposal. And the roof is just brilliant. You get enough flak in this country if you try and build anything so let's not be shy in praising the fantastic concertina roof.

Centre Court looked like one of them light boxes they stick out on nature programmes to attract the moths. And Henman Hill looked like some weird drive-in movie for tennis nuts. The All England Club must be wondering why it took so long to do it.

The only tragedy was the numpties who left the court before the match had finished. I don't really care if they had homes to go to; there's a great clump of desperate folk who can't get to see the Scottish Wild Cat stumble to victory and you lot are dribbling home early like you're in the exec boxes at Wembley.

A Murray-Federer final? Almost certainly. With Federer to win in four.


Comments

  • 1. At 11:24am on 02 Jul 2009, Ged Sweeney wrote:

    Did I miss any mention of Brit/Scot (delete as appropriate) Andy Murray?

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  • 2. At 11:28am on 02 Jul 2009, dave ritchie wrote:

    Did anyone else notice that when Andy M was a set down on monday night he was "Scottish" and at the end of the third set when he was winning he was back to "British" ? - disgusting !!!!

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  • 3. At 11:31am on 02 Jul 2009, Ceannair wrote:

    Scottishmakem, agreed!

    Remember when Greg Rusedski faced drug accusations he became "Montreal-born Rusedski" to the tabloids.

    Once cleared he was again "Britain's No 2".

    Typical.

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  • 4. At 11:37am on 02 Jul 2009, Paul G - BBC Sport wrote:

    sweeneyged (message 1) - as if Robbo would overlook the might Muzza! Sorry about the cut/paste mishap which robbed the piece of the final four paragraphs (which have now been added).

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  • 5. At 11:38am on 02 Jul 2009, alwaysindoubt wrote:

    The noise Azarenka makes is bizarre. Grunting is one thing, but what's all this 'woo woo' business? Still, it's good to see a but of innovation in the noise department I suppose. Hats off to the first one to shout 'scooby dooby doo' every time they hit the thing.

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  • 6. At 11:39am on 02 Jul 2009, Butch Clown's villainous uncle Claude wrote:

    Can anyone tell me what the point of this blog is? This is repetitive, unorginal TOSH that a child could write, after cobbling together all the arguments we've heard a million times before, and throwing in some 'lovable' norther phrases.

    This is pathetic, BBC, repeat, PATHETIC journalism.

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  • 7. At 11:43am on 02 Jul 2009, jamiestogden wrote:

    I've always said that the women should NOT earn the same as the men for any of the 'majors' and not just Wimbledon, I don't think they would ever play for 3-4 hours.

    Prize money should be on a set-by-set basis so the no hoper wildcards at the beginning of the tournament get what they are worth, not much.

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  • 8. At 11:55am on 02 Jul 2009, StandfreeFM wrote:

    scottishmakem - nope, never happened. This is a fallacy, kept going by scots with a chip on their shoulder. It's the same as the criticism of english commentators, as if the guys on BBC Scotland are any better when it comes to our national team.

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  • 9. At 11:58am on 02 Jul 2009, darkvalleysboy1978 wrote:

    I think you've missed something here Robbo, the women will be earning MORE than the men, not the same! Follow me on this one...

    Due to the women now getting equal pay but for only the best of 3 sets they work less for the same money. This also means they are not so tired and need less recovery time between matches.
    This therefore enables the women to take part in the Doubles. You will not see any of the men's top 5 in the Doubles as they are simply too tired from the singles matches.
    This means the Williams' will earn prize money from the Singles AND Doubles, and hence earn more than the men.

    Less work, more money. Hardly equality...

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  • 10. At 12:07pm on 02 Jul 2009, chapszn wrote:

    i have to say that i find you article rather offensive at the way you describe people. Yes people can say what they want and write about what they want but please bear in mind that people have opinions.

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  • 11. At 12:07pm on 02 Jul 2009, sofajockeyno5 wrote:

    I think the number of sets being played is a bit of a red-herring - the only important thing is that the players are rewarded in proportion to the income they generate.

    If you add up the worldwide TV revenue and the sponsorship of the mens and women's tour events then the prize money should be allocated accordingly. I don't know which way round this is - perhaps the BBC could provide some figures - but money in should equal money out. If the blokes generate the most income they should get the most, etc...
    That's why men's footballers are multi-millionaires and the women aren't - not enough people are prepared to shell out to watch the ladies play.


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  • 12. At 12:13pm on 02 Jul 2009, John Whyte wrote:

    As a born and bred Scot, I really wish that some of my compatriots would stop repeating this nonsense that he's Scottish when he's losing and British when he's winning on UK TV. This simply does not happen. If it ever does, in those rare occasions, it is a simple error - let it go guys. The only time I have heard Andy Murray referred to as 'Scottish' on BBC coverage of Wimbledon has been when he is winning. As much as I love Scotland, a small minority's attitudes towards the English is embarrassing. Can we not concentrate on his performances?

    On the subject of the blog, I feel that the author makes some valid points although I don't like the style, and have never found it to be amusing.

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  • 13. At 12:19pm on 02 Jul 2009, darkvalleysboy1978 wrote:

    "...although I don't like the style, and have never found it to be amusing." - don't read it then O_o

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  • 14. At 12:44pm on 02 Jul 2009, jshivers wrote:

    Great Blog as usual, thought not as funny as most! Tho I did notice you sneaked in a mention of the Boro, hidden away amongst the rest. Murray has vastly improved over the last year and I think (if he makes the final) he has the edge over Federer, despite Federers great showing at Wimbledon this year. Some of the tennis has been fantastic and its been a great advert for World tennis (if not British tennis as most fell at the first).

    And to those who come to complain about the blog, why do you read it? Just to complain? Get a life!

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  • 15. At 12:45pm on 02 Jul 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    Spot on. Equal pay for equal work.

    They may argue that its only fair to pay winners of the same tournament on equal basis but thats hardly true is it? You don't see Roddick being put against Williams do you?(well not any more anyway) So we have clearly two very different sport tournaments.

    Besides, the prize money should be reflective of the entertainment value of the game on hand. A game something on the lines of Federer/Nadal like last year is worth a lot lot more . . .

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  • 16. At 12:47pm on 02 Jul 2009, cupofteafather wrote:

    Good Grief. Most people find this blog via FUN and GAMES under sport therefore its a bit of fun about sport. Funny how people who don't like stuff complain, just move away. Something to do with freedom of speach. Well Robbo, have your say!

    Robbo, you are a legend (albeit in the north of the country) you say what everyone else says to their mates over a pint in the pub (or beer yard/garden in this weather)

    Deci-belles oooh thats a cringer by your standards. Not watched a single womens singles game this year but the doubles are something else!

    I wonder how many complaints the BBC had for moving Eastenders onto a different channel the other night.
    Is he Scottish that Murray bloke, I'd not heard anything about that? Just assumed he was a nice Brittish boy who was doing quite well.

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  • 17. At 12:56pm on 02 Jul 2009, dave ritchie wrote:

    StandfreeFm "scottishmakem - nope, never happened" what never happened is you watching the game live - it absolutly did happen and was even mentioned on the radio 4 new on the tuesday morning!!!

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  • 18. At 1:37pm on 02 Jul 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    Of course, Robbo could do a McNulty and read every post before it is deemed worthy. I have a feeling though that he is sort of a bloke who couldn't give a rat's to what others think of it all.

    And its good so!

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  • 19. At 2:07pm on 02 Jul 2009, bredtobered-forum troll wrote:

    Did anyone else notice that when Andy M was a set down on monday night he was "Scottish" and at the end of the third set when he was winning he was back to "British" ? - disgusting !!!!

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------load of toss. the comentator in question was australian.

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  • 20. At 2:08pm on 02 Jul 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Robbo mate... a good read and a good laugh even though it is on this fringe sport the BBC parades every year... but nice little blog all the same, and yeah have to agreee with the ladies pay issue... If their all gonna get the same money, group em' all together (some more british fellas might get through the openers that way? though to be honest... i doubt it!)...
    Kudos to the tennis followers posting on these Robbo blogs, as some one commented last week the grammer has improved tenfold, aint it. But alot of you seem to be waving the "J" word around, and just because you don't like the man's blog, thiers no need for name calling is their? But i can't see why you's get all wound up with the little grey fella? Alot of the footy boys do it aswell, but they tend to be mancs or scouses, it's in there DNA to be aggressive and opinionated, the same way chelsea fans have no memory of the world before RA arrived, and the way all Arsenal fans are in a permenent state of denile, "the future, the future, Arsene will lead us to it" them lots as gullable as scientologists (Aresenologists?)... Anyways, point is if you dont like the blog, i suppose don't read it... but truth is you people make my day, so keep it up, you know who pays Robbo... You! With you licence fee (Set CAPS TO LOCK)!

    And robbo, this heat and your still in your bleeding duffel jacket looking like a rigor mortis stricken Motty... Can't someone draw you a hawaian shirt or something?

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  • 21. At 2:15pm on 02 Jul 2009, darkvalleysboy1978 wrote:

    "...as some one commented last week the grammer has improved tenfold...thiers no need for name calling is their...it's in there DNA...With you licence fee"
    Hmm, maybe the grammar has improved but clearly not the spelling! If you're going to be critical about someone else it might be worth getting your own post correct first ;)

    Like so:
    "...as some one commented last week the grammer has improved tenfold...there's no need for name calling is there...it's in their DNA...With your licence fee"

    See! Much better! :P

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  • 22. At 3:02pm on 02 Jul 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Glad to see the ironies not lost on you mate, lol...

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  • 23. At 4:23pm on 02 Jul 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    Arsenologists? What's that suppose to mean. I thought we were Arsenists!

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  • 24. At 4:47pm on 02 Jul 2009, lubongo wrote:

    @ comment 9. Have you not read any history at all? Have you not heard of years - no, centuries - of female oppression? It's still going on with this stupid burka ban. Isn't it a bit much to argue over a women earning slightly more now? Anyway, your comment is redundant as you say that they earn more money for less work. They either do the same work (less sets but more matches) and earn more money (from singles and doubles), or they do less work (less sets and same matches) and earn the same money. If you have the talent to do both, or more, go for it. Does a certain Michael Phelps ring a bell? Eight events wasn't it?

    @ comment 10. 'Please bear in mind that people have opinions'. If Robbo - or indeed anyone - had to take this into account every time he(/she) wrote an article about their personal opinion, it would have to be blank in case it offended someone over something. If you don't like their opinions, don't read the article. Please bear in mind that Robbo has his own opinions just like everyone else, and is perfectly entitled to write about them.

    Robbo - I agree; I can't even watch the women's tennis because of the grunting. Can BBC remove the courtside mics? I'd happily not be able to hear them hit the ball if I couldn't hear them squealing either.

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  • 25. At 5:29pm on 02 Jul 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Just watched the semis... Serena v Dementieva completely proved me wrong. Venus v the Russian lumberjack completely proved me right. Still, one good match in the whole competition isn't much to write home about.

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  • 26. At 7:50pm on 02 Jul 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Indeed Robbo, one highly entertaining ladies semi and one about as dim as a glow worm's arm pit. Serena v Dementieva could have made for a good five setter!

    Your blog as ever was rivetting but is it deja vu all over again or was all this discussed last week? Probably last year too and next year and ...etc etc.

    You have to be careful with the buxom barmaid swatting a drowsy wasp comment. Over here I learned that a wasp is what they call a white anglo-saxon protestant. Folks get ever so touchy.

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  • 27. At 9:09pm on 02 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Is it my imagination, or was the Centre Court 50-80 percent empty at the start of the Venus Williams semi-final? Blimey. I watched the first game, concluded that it would be a ludicrously mis-matched two-setter which would be over in less than an hour, and went out into the garden. (51 minutes, since you ask)

    Apparently the touts were selling tickets to Murray's quarter final for £1000 a go, but they didn't bother turning up for the women's semis because nobody would pay much over the odds for a ticket. Not a lot of "equality" in the real world, then.

    Good picture of Venus and Serena. I previously speculated that the Williams girls wore different dresses in the final so that Motty could tell who was serving. Now I see that Serena has a hairband and Venus has a visor. "V" for Venus with the visor, Motty. There you go.

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  • 28. At 10:33pm on 02 Jul 2009, Wolves Secret No18 wrote:

    @ Number 21:

    You can't really go around criticising people's spelling when you can't spell grammar.

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  • 29. At 01:18am on 03 Jul 2009, Sarfend4ever wrote:

    #27 you are right. I went to Italy and was forced to buy a package of men's tickets and women's tickets as they wouldn't sell them apart. I couldn't sell the women's so had to give them away -- the final had 40 people watching. It would be much the same if the UK had more events people would watch. But who really wants to watch Safina lose 0 and 1 in 32 minutes for 300 quid? I find the disparities in common sense in the game really dispiriting. You just know Haas and Feds are going to o for 3 hours tomorrow --that's an hour more than the entire women's quarter finals. Pathetic.

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  • 30. At 05:03am on 03 Jul 2009, DennyCraneWHU wrote:

    You know, I've discovered the scientific, state of the art, intrinsic solution to boring tennis. Don't watch it!!

    I don't watch tennis because it is boring. Mind you, I watch a lot of football and most of that is boring too.

    And I know what I'm talking about. I met Steffi Graf when she was about 16 and before she became STEFFI GRAF.

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  • 31. At 07:55am on 03 Jul 2009, JohnnyLeigh wrote:



    What an embarrassing article, getting even basic facts wrong - "Chances are that Serena'll be slipping off her slightly kinky coat on Saturday having played 12 sets of tennis."

    There are 7 rounds so even if she'd won all her matches in straight sets... which she hasn't... she'd be playing a minimum of 14 sets.

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  • 32. At 08:58am on 03 Jul 2009, MackemSte wrote:

    re comment no.6 Butch Clown's villainous uncle Claude

    If you don't enjoy this blog there is a really simple solution......


    DON'T READ IT!


    PS. Check your spelling before you start ranting about what a child could write.

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  • 33. At 09:23am on 03 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    ref30 DennyCraneWHU

    You met Steffi Graf when she was ABOUT 16? You want to be more precise, mate. That's a dangerous place to be.

    Steffi Graf met Greg Norman when he was about 97. That was OK.

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  • 34. At 09:36am on 03 Jul 2009, DennyCraneWHU wrote:

    # 31, JohnnyLeigh,

    Robbo's not here to give us facts. He's here to make us laugh. Which is exactly the reaction I got from your comment. Only, with Robbo I was laughing wiith him -- on the other hand, with you I was laughing ... I think you need to keep up your weekly attendences at Nitpickers Anonymous.

    # 33, Zootmack,

    You read too much into "met". Also, you have a dirty mind, something of which I naturally approve and admire.

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  • 35. At 09:40am on 03 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    34 DennyCraneWHU

    Thanks.

    I met Betty Stove when she was about 16 stones. That was OK too.

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  • 36. At 11:11am on 03 Jul 2009, palace_mark wrote:

    Loving all the bad spelling in a lot of the above posts.
    Fantastic work people.
    Robbo, when are you going to come back and blog on what you know best?
    The footie pages are lacking, and Bose & McNulty just dont cut the mustard!!
    Come back where you belong!
    Looking forward to hearing about the demise of the mighty palace next year instead of all that prem nonsense!!!

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  • 37. At 12:06pm on 03 Jul 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    31. At 07:55am on 03 Jul 2009, JohnnyLeigh wrote:


    What an embarrassing article, getting even basic facts wrong - "Chances are that Serena'll be slipping off her slightly kinky coat on Saturday having played 12 sets of tennis."

    There are 7 rounds so even if she'd won all her matches in straight sets... which she hasn't... she'd be playing a minimum of 14 sets.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    #31. What an embarrassingly unthought through correction

    She gets to the final, she's won each round in straight sets, she slips OFF her coat BEFORE she plays the final - that's 12 sets. Think it through.

    AS it turns out it took 13 sets...

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  • 38. At 2:34pm on 03 Jul 2009, unseenforces wrote:

    Now days no more football blogs from robbo...comeon mate, write someting 'bout football too...or like boro, have you been relagated by the BBC??

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  • 39. At 3:33pm on 03 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Ref 31,34,37

    Never mind, JanetLeigh. I thought you were great in "Psycho". Don't bother with this shower.

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  • 40. At 4:21pm on 03 Jul 2009, larrylizard69 wrote:

    "Pay the lasses according to the revenue they generate."

    If Wimbers were a male only tournament,all tickets would be sold out throughout. If it were a female only competition then most matches would have coaches, family and friends until the final, which would be better attended depending on the finalists.

    Another fairly entertaining article ,Robbo, going to be watching any rugger tamorra?

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  • 41. At 03:48am on 04 Jul 2009, DennyCraneWHU wrote:

    Oi, Robbo,

    Can you have a word with the lass who does the Quotes Section. Ask her to stop doing her nails, put down the nail varnish bottle and get the quotes up. Ta.

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  • 42. At 08:37am on 04 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    "The Lady Varnishes"

    I'm going to stop being a film buff now. But it's been educational. I used to think that "Home Alone" was an Italian mortgage.

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  • 43. At 10:34am on 04 Jul 2009, Adam Ponomarenko wrote:

    great blog as always robbo. keep em coming...

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  • 44. At 10:41am on 04 Jul 2009, Adam Ponomarenko wrote:

    that was sarcasm by the way...i would suggest sticking to commenting on football however you are equally inept at that. Apparently you justify being paid by throwing together a few bad puns and then stretching it into an unstructured and distinctly unammusing blog. Who on earth employed you for this job and on what basis are you qualified? Also why do your articles always have to be written in your "teeside accent" as though this in some way provides extra comedy. We all get it, your from Middlesborough, you have an accent. Can you please stop reemphasising this point in every blog!

    Oh and before the inevitable swarms of robbo supporters come on and nobly defend their cult hero by commenting that "if i don't like it i dont have to read it" can you please remember that my television license is paying for this utter tosh.

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  • 45. At 11:11am on 04 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    "Licence to Kill". That's another film, correctly using the noun "licence", as a noun.

    As opposed to "license", which is a verb.

    Mind you, that Timothy Dalton... Took things MUCH too seriously.

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  • 46. At 8:07pm on 04 Jul 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    I'm one of the swarm of two that have jumped in during the last nine hours. Was it Queen Victoria who once said "we are unammused"? (and with double 'm'). I'd pay double the licence fee just to keep Robbo blogging, then again I don't have to pay 'owt to read it here. You're a great blogger Robbo and you're never wanting for an apostrophe when one's needed.

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  • 47. At 11:35pm on 04 Jul 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    #44.
    Hmm.. dont think the swarm is coming this way. Guess what, most figured you 'people' will just disappear come next week (for about 50 weeks) and all will be well again.

    Can the football season just start already?

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  • 48. At 00:05am on 05 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    So... Getting back to something resembling the theme of Robbo's blog...

    Serena takes the women's title in 15 sets FOR THE ENTIRE TOURNAMENT, and wins equal prize money to the eventual men's winner. Then, a couple of hours later, she takes to the court again, with Venus, and pockets the prize money for the women's doubles. The top-seeded men aren't in any doubles events, because the demands of the men's singles preclude the possibility of any involvement.

    Net result: the biggest prize money BY FAR is picked up by the women's champion, even though the women's tournament would hardly feature as a major sporting event at all, were it not leeching off the men's tournament.

    We won't bother bringing up the embarrassing "women's number 1", somebody called "6-0.6-1 Safina", who pockets the same as Murray and Haas.

    Truly, some ARE more equal than others.

    However did we get into a situation where such nonsense is viewed as meritorious because it's "equal"?

    And, in a much more horribly serious situation, why is it that an army with a 90% male to 10% female ratio, all operating "equally",
    suffers casualties which are 99% male?

    Let's face it, guys: Harriet Harmann is a really big shot in our country, and we've lost it.

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  • 49. At 03:33am on 05 Jul 2009, lord_crab wrote:

    I'm with 44.

    I will read this blog because frankly i can.
    How on earth 'Robbo' landed this job is mind boggling. I have refrained from commenting thus far but since we are onto Tennis now, and this guy has even less knowledge on the subject yet he's still being paid to write about it, i have decided to leave my feedback.

    Your quote:
    "The quarter-finals were chock-full of baseline sluggers who have completely forgotten that tennis is supposed to be entertainment."

    Ok Robbo so you find women's tennis boring "If you don't like it don't watch it and then moan about it". Also, I'm confident the 'base-line sluggers' haven't forgotten that they are playing tennis purely to entertain you, maybe they know that IT IS A SPORT and they will play the strategy which makes them more likely to win.

    And before some a-hole replies to me correcting my grammar and no doubt smugly grinning to themselves afterward can i remind you that you are probably more sad than i am for ranting about this pathetic blog.
    But whilst i'm on the subject i would like to say to #47: Why have you hyphenated 'people' as if he isn't a real person it is just stupid considering what your comment is trying to achieve.

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  • 50. At 10:31am on 05 Jul 2009, trolley6969 wrote:

    #49 - I really don't get where you're coming from; you say, "Ok Robbo so you find women's tennis boring. If you don't like it don't watch it and then moan about it", but that's exactly what you're doing here. If you don't like the blog, don't read it and then moan about it.

    As for your grammar, it's one of the best written posts on here. You could have used a capital "i" a bit more often and I think you meant to say "quoted" rather than "hyphenated" but other than that it's ok.

    Something for you lot to think about who say, "I pay his wages with my licence fee"; just how much of your £12 a month do you think goes to Robbo? You used to pay not much less for 2 TV channels and 4 radio stations; now there's umpteen digital TV and radio channels and a huge website. Maybe if you ask the BBC to reduce your payment so that you don't pay any part of Robbo's wages they'll oblige, although once it's been rounded back up to the nearest penny, I doubt you'll see any change! Grow up, stop whinging and if you don't like it, don't read it - no one's forcing you.

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  • 51. At 12:40pm on 05 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Ref 49 lord_crab

    Correcting grammar in a rant serves the purpose of drawing attention to the fact that someone who composes a posting which is sub-literate is unlikely to be writing sense.

    I agree with 50. Your prose was OK, for the most part. But what on earth was the point of the posting? Most of us accept that the Robbo blog is primarily an entertainment. We read it, sometimes make a contribution, and occasionally respond to the postings of others. And that's it.

    Lighten up, for Gawd's sake.

    The "Gawd" was deliberate. Honest.

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  • 52. At 6:51pm on 05 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Just finished watching the men's final. It was almost the equal of the women's final.

    Didn't hear a single grunt throughout. I sometimes wonder if these guys are trying hard enough.

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  • 53. At 7:31pm on 05 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Ref 44 bigpommo

    Posting 52... Now THAT'S sarcasm.

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  • 54. At 03:09am on 06 Jul 2009, Adam Ponomarenko wrote:

    Dear Zootmac

    I note that you made the comment, "Correcting grammar in a rant serves the purpose of drawing attention to the fact that someone who composes a posting which is sub-literate is unlikely to be writing sense."

    Since we're getting techincal the definition of subliterate is using language that is dialectal, slangy, or full of jargon. Remind you of anyone...? (Squawk! Thump! Squawk! Thump! Squawk! Thump!)

    No further questions your honour!

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  • 55. At 09:06am on 06 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    ref 54

    Now, that was almost PERFECTLY expressed. My congratulations to your sub-editor.

    Case dismissed.

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  • 56. At 09:09am on 06 Jul 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I are also sick of the grammerisation and spellings on this blogs buy alliterate peeple. Thees post's should be moderatered and removered from the sight.

    Keep up the good werk Roobo!

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  • 57. At 09:23am on 06 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    ref 56 RedBlueArmy92

    I sometimes feel that you people don't take this stuff seriously.

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  • 58. At 10:56am on 06 Jul 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Zootmac... i always take this seriously! After all its MY LICENCE FEE THAT MAKES ROBBO A BILLIONAIRE FOR HIS BLOGS! I looked in to it and mor ethan half of EVERY bodies licence fee goes directly to Robbo for his bi-weekly blog... The only other member of the BBCs staff on more money is Jonathon Ross!

    Any word on my shillings mate?

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  • 59. At 00:50am on 07 Jul 2009, Adam Ponomarenko wrote:

    Its a tad unfortunate how your arguing a point that i never made. At no point did i say "Robbo" Robson was being paid a vast sum. If you read my original posting you will discover that i was making the point that the robbo robson faithful always come on here against any critic and use the argument that if they dont like it then they dont have to read it. I was saying that as my television license is paying for this utter tosh then i have every right to critique. I imagine you both feel rather silly,

    No further questions your honour

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  • 60. At 10:23am on 09 Jul 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Bigpommo... your all right by my book!

    Sorry mate wasn't really getting at you or your comments... oh for sure you have every right to criticise something that is esentially paid for by you... I just wanted to mock alot of the people who do make it sound as though Robbo is sitting in some tax founded platinum mansion writing his blogs with a golden pen using unicorn tears for ink... If you dont like it your not gonna know unless you do read it... For me that argument don't hold water, so read it, and if you feel you want to criticise one way or the other... Go for it.

    But i will reserve my right to mock any one who comes across to Mary Whitehouse (but not you Bigpommo, you got into the spirit and didn't take things too seriously... your aces fella)

    Aldershot for the cup your honour!

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  • 61. At 4:28pm on 11 Jul 2009, used2beprofi wrote:

    did you see serena's ungraceful comments about her match to dementieva? that's what i don't like about those sisters. just once i'd like to see them give credit to their opponent from a loss or a tough match. it's always "their own fault" hogwash. there are players better than them. there are players who can hit w/ them. in fact, i remember players who did outhit them sometimes...

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