Episode 16: I’d put you about even with John McEnroe

Episode 16: I’d put you about even with John McEnroe


Welcome to Season Three. We have a very varied set of sports jokes to get to this time (one set is even topical for the current sports landscape!) and I figured I'd start with an episode centered around tennis and a bunch of other tennis gags.

I'll let the episode mostly speak for itself but I will say that I learned a ton in the process of writing it. Anne Francis's entire career, John McEnroe's accomplishments, tennis's origins, Leslie Nielsen's time as the King of France (seriously), the history of arm wrestling... all were mostly totally unknown to me before this and I'm glad I'm aware of them now.

I'll also admit that the Over The Top mention is totally gratuitous. But even after 20-something years, when I think about arm wrestling, that's the first thing I think about. So blame Sly Stallone and Sammy Hagar.


Colucci, Jim. Golden Girls Forever. Harper Design, 2017. (Amazon link). 

Remembering Anne Francis (1930-2011), by Richard Corliss, Time Magazine, January 8, 2011

Anne Francis, TV and Film Actress, Dies at 80, by The Associated Press, January 3, 2011

Anne Francis Dies: What Killed Sexy "Forbidden Planet" Star? by David W. Freeman, CBS News, January 3, 2011

A Brief History of Tennis, HistoryofTennis.com, June 17, 2016

Tennis, Encyclopedia Britannica.com

Tennis scoring system, Wikipedia entry

Leslie Nielsen, Biography.com

Four-times married Naked Gun star Leslie Nielsen dies from pneumonia aged 84, Daily Mail, November 29, 2010

Leslie Nielsen Dies at Age 84, by Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, November 28, 2010

Leslie Nielsen, 84, Romantic Hero Turned Comic, Dies, by Anita Gatesnov, The New York Times, November 28, 2010

Handbook for the Families and Friends of New York State DOCCS Offenders

Aerial views of prison yards as abstract art, Artsology.com

John McEnroe, Tennis Hall of Fame

Inside tennis great John McEnroe's life of rolling with rock stars like Mick Jagger and Robert Plant, by Sherryl Connolly, New York Daily News, June 24, 2017

At 58, John McEnroe Ponders a Life Off the Tennis Court, by Sarah Lyall, New York Times, July 14, 2017.

'But Seriously,' Tennis Great John McEnroe Says He's Seeking 'Inner Peace', by Lulu Garcia-Navarro, NPR, June 25, 2017

History Of Arm Wrestling, Armwrestling World.com

Wrist-Wrestling Statue, by Hank Pellissier, New York Times

Honey West S01E21 Like Visions And Omens And All That Jazz via YouTube

Forbidden Planet Official Trailer #1 - Leslie Nielsen Movie (1956) HD via YouTube


Oginiland by U.S. Army Blues

Dance Of The Stargazer by U.S. Army Blues

Volksing Ferretismico by Goto80 and the Uwe Schenk Band

Action Fight by Komiku

1 - Fast by Lloyd Rodgers

LSD by Monplaisir

The Presidents March by The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

Episode 17: You're Not Exactly Mary Lou Retton

Episode 17: You're Not Exactly Mary Lou Retton

Episode 15: You Need to Keep Your Thighs Warm

Episode 15: You Need to Keep Your Thighs Warm