In the movie “Patton” with George C. Scott and Karl Malden, when Patton (Scott) is saying goodbye to his staff after being relieved of command of the 3rd Army in World War II by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, he starts off with the comment, “well, gentlemen, I guess all good things must come to an end.” And with that line comes the conclusion this season of CBS’s coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship this fall.
Since 1968, CBS Sports has been the broadcast home for the U.S. Open. For 46 years, this extraordinary event has been the “big event” between the conclusion of the Network’s PGA schedule and the start of the NFL season.
Great play by play announcers over the years such as Pat Summerall, Dick Enberg, Ian Eagle, Ken Squier, Vin Scully, Brent Musberger, Jim Nantz, and Bill Macatee. Frank Glieber, who was a local sports guy for KRLD-TV Channel 4 (now KDFW) and Newsradio 1080 KRLD, was also a play by play guy until his death in 1985.
Analysts include John McEnroe, Tony Trabert, Jim Courier, and Mary Carillo. Pat Summerall was my favorite because he was the king of describing the action in one word and you felt it….”Wow!”
As you probably know, tennis is a game that is not subject to the demands of a clock but rather is over when the game or set has been won by a player. With that said, tennis coverage has a tendency to run past its scheduled end time.
One prominent former CBS News anchor became annoyed about that one year.
On September 11, 1987, Dan Rather, the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, walked off the set in anger in Miami where Pope John Paul II began a rare US tour. Rather was upset that sports was cutting into his newscast. The match that ran over ended earlier than planned but Rather was nowhere to be found, leaving affiliates with six minutes of dead air. The next day he apologized for leaving the anchor desk.
CBS’s coverage this year starts this Saturday-Monday from 10am-5pm each day. For those of you worried about missing your favorite CBS Daytime shows, they will return on Tuesday, September 2nd and you will not miss any daytime drama storylines.
Coverage resumes on Friday, September 5th, from 11:30am-5pm (again you will not be missing any CBS Daytime Drama) and continue through Monday afternoon, September 11th, when CBS will air the Men’s finals and conclude a very successful 46 year run as the home of the Open.
Thank you for watching CBS and CBS11. See you next time.
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