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For those of you scoring at home ...

During today's Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio, the host was discussing the practice of big-time college football programs lining up home games with weak opponents for which the routees are well-compensated -- the University of Buffalo was the prime example he cited. At one point, he said scheduling such games was like dating a girl with whom you could score. "She may not be the prettiest ..." he said. And more than that is probably left better unsaid.

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In today's column, I included some comments from a conference call this week to preview the USA Network and CBS coverage of tennis' U.S. Open. Here are some additional highlights from Tracy Austin, Mary Carillo and John McEnroe:

McEnroe on matchups that could draw more fans into tennis: "You hope this Federer-Nadal thing will flourish and that Andy Roddick can get in the mix."

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Carillo on what drives tennis ratings: "It all depends on who steps on the court. They [viewers] want to see personalities. ... They want to see comebacks. They want to see go-aways."

Carillo on how most fans haven't latched onto the current crop of top women players: "The casual tennis fan still thinks Venus and Serena [Williams] are 1 and 2 in the world." (In the latest WTA rankings, Venus is No. 31 and Serena is No. 90.)

Austin on how Serena Williams could end up with a good showing at the Open: "Serena looked surprisingly good [at the tournament] in L.A."

Carillo on the Williams sisters' star power: "I don't think the prime-time women's final would have happened if it hadn't been for the Williams sisters."

McEnroe on Roger Federer's style of play: "Roger is the most beautiful guy out there."

Carillo on men's player Andy Murray: "[He] looks like Napoleon Dynamite. Every time I see him, I feel like voting for Pedro."

Carillo on the on-screen gadgetry used in presenting TV sports: "With all the technology and all the toys we have in sports television, sometimes I think it just steps over the moment."

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