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JOHNNY MAC ON TENNIS, JIMMY CONNORS AND TV SPORTSCASTING
Published June 24, 1998
JOHN MCENROE was a guest on The "Late Show" with DAVID LETTERMAN last night. McEnroe, on how tennis has changed since his playing days: "I think people could relate to me and say, CONNORS, NASTASE, GONZALEZ in the sixties, more because we showed our emotions. They could see that it's a very difficult game. We'd get pissed off -- I hope you can say that on CBS..." Letterman: "Oh, yeah. CBS is the only place you can say that, by the way. See, nobody's watching." McEnroe: "Well, no one's watching tennis either. So we're all right there. But as time went on and the money got so much more it seems like the players became less personalities, more robotic and more boring. And frankly, something needs to be done or we should put some long pants on these guys again." Letterman: "You do a great job on the tennis commentary. It's nice to have somebody with brains shooting their mouth off." McEnroe: "The fact that I was out there, hopefully people will respect the fact that I may possibly know what's going on. Not like these bozos that come out there and pretend like they know what's going on. I'm not going to mention names because I have to work with these people." McEnroe, on JIMMY CONNORS: "He sort of reminds me of [JAY] LENO, you know? You gotta respect him, but to hell with him. He's a jerk." Letterman: "I didn't know Leno played." Letterman showed some video from Sunday's McEnroe-Connors "Challenge" match and asked McEnroe what the Senior Tour was called. McEnroe: "It's the Nuveen Tour. And anyone else that's willing to do it, we're more than welcome to have more sponsors" ("Late Show," 6/23).