After honing his skills working behind the mic on radio, Andy Roddick made his TV debut last night on the brand new Fox Sports Live. The nightly 11pm ET show on the new Fox Sports 1 network puts the former tennis World No. 1 on a “panel” alongside Donovan McNabb, Ephraim Salaam, Gary Payton and leggy blonde host Charissa Thompson.
“I was a tennis player for a long time, but I’ve been a sports fan a lot longer than that, and I am beyond excited to be joining Fox Sports Live, being a part of television’s newest national sports network, Fox Sports 1,” Roddick said in May. “It has always been a dream of mine to pursue an opportunity like this after my playing career, and I am incredibly grateful to Eric, Scott and the entire FOX Sports 1 team for helping make this dream a reality. I can’t wait to get started.”
In between highlight rips Saturday night, the panel offered their thoughts on the bigger news events of the day in sports. And the opinionated, sarcastic Roddick wasn’t shy discussing topics outside of tennis like baseball, football and more. Here’s a sample:
A tennis player getting paid to talk about the NFL on TV? Not surprisingly, the twitter reaction to the show and Roddick’s debut (and attire) was mixed:
(For Roddick fans he will be featured this Tuesday night in an HBO Real Sports interview with Mary Carillo.)
So far I don't understand Fox Sports Live. I just don't understand why I am getting baseball analysis from Andy Roddick?
— Nash Williams (@NashSports) August 18, 2013
@seasonneverends they had Andy roddick on the panel last night. Dude reminds me of Stiffler. I can't take him serious at all
— George (@catfangeorge) August 18, 2013
@FIRQ1 But isn't the grand opening when you throw the first blow? Over the top last night and Roddick talking Baseball/Football? Really?
— Scott (@scottyj2006) August 18, 2013
I turn to Fox sports to see a highlight show, and I getting Andy Roddick talking about baseball. No. #FS1
— Christopher Madigan (@chrisismadigan) August 18, 2013
Why is Andy Roddick analyzing the NFL or any other sport besides tennis for that matter on #FoxSports1 ?
— Jonathan Trout (@Jtrout_08) August 18, 2013
The new Fox Sports 1 channel is really banking on their audience caring about who Andy Roddick thinks will make the NFL playoffs this year.
— Joe Gallois (@JoeGallois) August 18, 2013
— Aaron Somers (@AaronJSomers) August 18, 2013
Didn't watch FS Live last night, but wondering what credibility Roddick, Payton, et al., have to be experts on sports they didn't play.
— Brian Finkel (@thefinktank) August 18, 2013
Nice to see a mix of commentators talking about sports! Andy Roddick hanging with McNabb, Payton and Salam on the set! #FoxSports1
— Shane Fogle (@s_fogle) August 18, 2013
Andy Roddick and Gary Peyton are better at breaking down the MLB & NFL than you'd think they'd be. #FOXSportsLive
— Derek (@skankbook) August 18, 2013
@FOX152 I thought Roddick did ok when I watched last night. I just wait for McNabb to say something "negative" so he gets back in the news.
— Brent Turner (@BrentTurner1) August 18, 2013
Watched @FOXSportsLive last night and I was massively impressed. Love watching Andy Roddick as an analyst of all sports.
— Kevin Craig (@TheKCraig) August 18, 2013
Okay I like what your doing @FOXSports1 but it's strange hearing Andy Roddick talk about baseball and football. Gary Payton too.
— Mo Miller (@MoMiller15) August 18, 2013
6) Panelist pecking order Kapler, McNabb, Roddick, Salaam, Payton. In general, not sure America is going to embrace the panels.
— bkoo (@bkoo) August 18, 2013
Of the people on the couch, only Andy Roddick (and Charissa Thompson) belong on TV.
— Chris Gorski (@gorskic) August 18, 2013
@JosephVeyera the show progresses. Definitely intrigued by Gary & Roddick though. McNabb, not so much.
— Brandon (@Brando817Halien) August 18, 2013
Fox Sports Live would be more entertaining if Roddick lost a 6-0 set to Federer before coming on set. #FoxSports1
— Daniel Allar (@DAllar_MDN) August 18, 2013
Initial thoughts on FS1: the Canadians are a little jokey, Donovan McNabb and I share socks, Andy Roddick needs a new undershirt or a mirror
— ricoincredible (@ricoincredible) August 18, 2013
Fox Sports 1 has Andy Roddick offering his football analysis and I can't stop laughing
— Adan (@PrincipalEnch) August 18, 2013
So far on Fox Andy Roddick looks like he's watching a tennis match. Head turning back and forth to catch the shouts from each side.
— Steve Tignor (@SteveTignor) August 18, 2013
Everyone has slacks and suit jackets on. Roddick in jeans and a sweater.
— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) August 18, 2013
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