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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Here's to New York!

The major tennis season recently finished with the US Open, held in Flushing Meadows, NYC.  While I love the tennis, and have a major crush on Rafael Nadal, today I just want to write about ESPNs coverage, and the wonderful world of New York that they captured in many subtle ways in the broadcast.
Here's a beautiful shot of one of the bridges (the 59th St. Bridge?).  The ESPN broadcast captured lovely images of New York at different times of day, each and every day of the fortnight.  And what is more, the narration by selected 'voices' of New York added an extra  vibrancy to the ambiance of the television event.  My favorite one is actually from last year, when Kim Cattral opined that Juan Martin Del Potro - the eventual winner and a shy 20-year old athlete from Argentina, should 'show us your dark side!'  (smiles).  This year it was a 20 second piece in which a couple of roller-skating kids said to the camera '... it's up to You!' - in an allusion to the song made famous by Frank Sinatra, among others.  The images, the humor, and the jazz soundtrack are my lasting impressions of the event and the city, that will stay with me for months to come.