Episode 16: I’d put you about even with John McEnroe
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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).
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Anne Francis Dies: What Killed Sexy "Forbidden Planet" Star? by David W. Freeman, CBS News, January 3, 2011
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Tennis, Encyclopedia Britannica.com
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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
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