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(USA Today)   Womens Tennis Association unanimously decides to "drive excessive grunting out of the game for future generations." TV ratings, lotion & kleenex sales plummet   (usatoday.com) divider line 40
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2012-06-26 12:07:22 AM
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario made a man of me.
 
2012-06-26 12:09:05 AM
Let me guess, the girls will also have to start wearing loose fitting track suits as well.
 
2012-06-26 12:09:22 AM
i miss Higgin's quaint grunts!
ha-weee!

/happy VWillliams is out!
//her interview answer was rude
 
2012-06-26 12:09:48 AM
Can't believe people actually care about this.
 
2012-06-26 12:12:52 AM

expobill: //her interview answer was rude


They always are.
 
2012-06-26 12:14:18 AM

fatalvenom: Let me guess, the girls will also have to start wearing loose fitting track suits as well.


Probably ban Caroline Wozniacki from dancing as well.
 
2012-06-26 12:16:21 AM
To me it is unwatchable.

I don't find anything "sexy" about it. It is just annoying.

But that's just me.

The rest of you poor slobs, get it where you can I guess.
 
2012-06-26 12:19:45 AM

karmaceutical: Can't believe people actually care about this.


It wrecks women's tennis for me. I can't watch it with the sound on when one of the more egregious screamers is playing. Huge turnoff. It's the female equivalent of grunters in gyms.
 
2012-06-26 12:21:03 AM
Well, it isn't very lady-like.

/plus any chick who plays the sport risk displacing her uterus
 
2012-06-26 12:24:31 AM

Minimum: To me it is unwatchable.

I don't find anything "sexy" about it. It is just annoying.

But that's just me.

The rest of you poor slobs, get it where you can I guess.


Seconded. I can't watch more than one minute of a Sharapova match
 
2012-06-26 12:36:14 AM

HaywoodJablonski: Minimum: To me it is unwatchable.

I don't find anything "sexy" about it. It is just annoying.

But that's just me.

The rest of you poor slobs, get it where you can I guess.

Seconded. I can't watch more than one minute of a Sharapova match


That's what the mute button is for. Like watching those blondes on Fox News.
 
2012-06-26 12:57:36 AM
How about before they fix the grunts, they fix the awful sportscasters who talk way too farking much and make ridiculous commentary. The only time I enjoy sportscasters is when they adamantly state something as fact, only to have it blow up in their face moments later.
 
2012-06-26 01:17:05 AM
Thank god. The less I have to hear the Williams brothers grunt the better
 
2012-06-26 01:33:42 AM
You can take their screaming but you leave me my skirts.

www.adrants.com

/so...hawt
 
2012-06-26 01:34:36 AM

SharkTrager: expobill: //her interview answer was rude

They always are.


I think serena had grown up a lot in the last several years and learned to be somewhat gracious to her opponent in defeat. Venus never learned. She's either victorious, injured, or a sore loser.
 
kg
2012-06-26 01:35:02 AM
Only place I need to hear sharapova grunting is in my bedroom!
 
2012-06-26 01:35:46 AM

JohnBigBootay: SharkTrager: expobill: //her interview answer was rude

They always are.

I think serena had grown up a lot in the last several years and learned to be somewhat gracious to her opponent in defeat. Venus never learned. She's either victorious, injured, or a sore loser.


Venus asked a report "well, how do you think i should play?"
jar jar has more class
 
2012-06-26 02:01:18 AM
As long as there's women's beach volley ball, I'm good.
 
2012-06-26 02:09:02 AM
BOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Keep extreme grunting in women's tennis.

And out of my gym.
 
2012-06-26 03:20:46 AM
It's actually a form of cheating.

They grunt loudly to hide the sound of their racket hitting the ball so their opponent can't guess its spin and trajectory and prepare for it better. There is absolutely no genuine reason to grunt that loudly for every stroke -- it does not assist in technique, placement or power.
 
2012-06-26 05:19:03 AM
Jeez. If that isn't a stab in the back of the players.
 
2012-06-26 08:04:05 AM
Who watches tennis without the sound muted, or any sport?
 
Slu
2012-06-26 08:09:34 AM

Minimum: To me it is unwatchable.

I don't find anything "sexy" about it. It is just annoying.

But that's just me.

The rest of you poor slobs, get it where you can I guess.


I agree 100%. I rarely watch tennis anymore and the annoying grunting is a major reason.
 
2012-06-26 08:21:23 AM

fatalvenom: Let me guess, the girls will also have to start wearing loose fitting track suits as well.


And comfortable shoes.
 
2012-06-26 08:27:26 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Jeez. If that isn't a stab in the back of the players.


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2012-06-26 08:43:54 AM

fatalvenom: AverageAmericanGuy: Jeez. If that isn't a stab in the back of the players.

iseewhatyoudidthere.jpg


Thank god someone did!
 
2012-06-26 09:09:59 AM

Minimum: To me it is unwatchable.

I don't find anything "sexy" about it. It is just annoying.

But that's just me.

The rest of you poor slobs, get it where you can I guess.


Attractive women in skimpy outfits sweating and grunting isn't at least a little sexy?
Are you a catholic priest or Jerry Sandusky or something?
 
2012-06-26 09:22:40 AM

JohnBigBootay: I think serena had grown up a lot in the last several years and learned to be somewhat gracious to her opponent in defeat. Venus never learned. She's either victorious, injured, or a sore loser.


expobill: Venus asked a report "well, how do you think i should play?"
jar jar has more class



Did I miss the meme where we mistake the Williams sisters for one another? She refused to allow her Sjogren's to become a talking point during the conference, she complimented her opponent's play, and she posed that question in response to the reporter asking, in essence: "So, you pretty much suck now, so how much longer are you going to keep dragging your lame ass onto the court?"

/Did I just bite?
//I think I recognize these handles...
 
2012-06-26 09:42:00 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: fatalvenom: AverageAmericanGuy: Jeez. If that isn't a stab in the back of the players.

iseewhatyoudidthere.jpg

Thank god someone did!


Gotta admit I didn't see what you did there till fatalvenom pointed out that you had done something there. Good jorb.
 
2012-06-26 09:50:42 AM

fatalvenom: Let me guess, the girls will also have to start wearing loose fitting track suits as well.


Au contraire... This is about making the game more feminine and sexy to draw viewers, not less. Observe:

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Huge turnoff. It's the female equivalent of grunters in gyms.

AliceBToklasLives: Well, it isn't very lady-like.

Minimum: To me it is unwatchable.
I don't find anything "sexy" about it. It is just annoying.

 
2012-06-26 09:55:47 AM
 
2012-06-26 12:22:39 PM
Ask any martial artist. The "ki-ya" is not for show but has a real, measureable impact on the speed and strength of the strike. This is not for any mystical reason but because it tightens the muscles of your core and gives you a more solid "platform" from which to deliver the energy of your arm or leg.

For women's tennis to limit this is them implicitly acknowledging that they care more about asthetics than athleticism, calling into question whether they are a real "sport" or not
 
2012-06-26 12:25:46 PM
I approve of tiny miniskirted uniforms for females when it comes to sports.

Grunting, not so much.
 
2012-06-26 12:32:09 PM

Magorn: Ask any martial artist.


Ask someone who does a completely different form of exercise, which has a completely different set of demands and requirements!

The reason they do it has been mentioned earlier: they are masking the sound of their shot.
 
2012-06-26 12:58:05 PM

Ishkur: It's actually a form of cheating.

They grunt loudly to hide the sound of their racket hitting the ball so their opponent can't guess its spin and trajectory and prepare for it better. There is absolutely no genuine reason to grunt that loudly for every stroke -- it does not assist in technique, placement or power.


I hope you're not being serious about being able to hear the spin and trajectory of a ball.
 
2012-06-26 01:20:26 PM

skrame: I hope you're not being serious about being able to hear the spin and trajectory of a ball.


You can absolutely hear spin and how well a ball was hit.
 
2012-06-26 01:25:27 PM
Need less caveman grunts from the Williams sisters and more eastern european squeals and moans.

awww yeah
 
2012-06-26 05:11:25 PM

Magorn: Ask any martial artist. The "ki-ya" is not for show but has a real, measureable impact on the speed and strength of the strike. This is not for any mystical reason but because it tightens the muscles of your core and gives you a more solid "platform" from which to deliver the energy of your arm or leg.


"Exhale upon effort" is the rule for any strenuous motion or action, and grunting does lend assistance but only up until a certain limit (after which it becomes a detriment). The women are routinely exceeding this limit which does nothing extra for the speed, power, or focus of their shot.

Besides, they don't hit the ball hard enough in tennis. The men don't grunt, after all.
 
2012-06-26 09:06:25 PM

skrame: Ishkur: It's actually a form of cheating.

They grunt loudly to hide the sound of their racket hitting the ball so their opponent can't guess its spin and trajectory and prepare for it better. There is absolutely no genuine reason to grunt that loudly for every stroke -- it does not assist in technique, placement or power.

I hope you're not being serious about being able to hear the spin and trajectory of a ball.


The sound will give you an indication. drivining though the ball and hitting it hard and flat emits a much different sound than brushing the ball and imparting spin. The sound will let you know what to expect
 
2012-06-27 12:10:48 AM

Pumpernickel bread: skrame: Ishkur: It's actually a form of cheating.

They grunt loudly to hide the sound of their racket hitting the ball so their opponent can't guess its spin and trajectory and prepare for it better. There is absolutely no genuine reason to grunt that loudly for every stroke -- it does not assist in technique, placement or power.

I hope you're not being serious about being able to hear the spin and trajectory of a ball.

The sound will give you an indication. drivining though the ball and hitting it hard and flat emits a much different sound than brushing the ball and imparting spin. The sound will let you know what to expect


I learned something today, thanks.
 
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