Olympic coverage in the regular paper has pre-empted our usual weekly TV-Radio Notebook, so we present here online for the second straight week. Next week, we'll be back in our usual Friday spot on Page C2. Promise.
The U.S. Open gets under way Monday with early-round coverage on USA and with the action shifting to CBS on the weekends.
This year's Open will have an added wrinkle because it comes on the heels of the just-concluded Olympic tennis tournament.
CBS' John McEnroe said Thursday it's almost impossible to tell just how much of an effect there will be having the event halfway around the world in Beijing end so soon before the start of the U.S. Open.
"It's pretty hard to say what [will happen to] the guys who were there longer and what it'll take out of them," McEnroe said. "It's a relatively new thing. It's definitely an issue, but I don't know the answer to that right now."
McEnroe has a better idea of what impact the last major tournament might have on interest in the U.S. Open. Rafael Nadal's epic victory at Wimbledon over Roger Federer still has fans buzzing.
"I've certainly gotten a lot of people who aren't even necessarily tennis fans and obviously a lot of tennis people have come up to me," McEnroe said. "I heard a lot of people talk about how they were in different locations around the country ... and they were watching the match, the match was on and people were talking about it.
"A lot of people have come up to me who don't necessarily watch tennis and they might refer back to my match with (Bjorn) Borg in '80 and certainly feeling something similar (with the Nadal-Federer match).
"I certainly that strength that we did get at Wimbledon we start to carry forward and try to ride that because this changing of the guard, it'll be interesting to see not only how the players respond to it, but also the fans watching."
McEnroe was so moved by the Wimbledon final, he famously gave Federer a hug on camera on NBC during his interview with him. McEnroe said he's gotten a little feedback from that episode since then.
"I've gotten a lot of people in the stands when I play now saying, 'Give me a hug, Mac!' " he said.
Back to the pool: In the wake (so to speak) of Michael Phelps' sensational success at the Beijing Olympics, NBC has signed a contract with USA Swimming to televise the U.S. Swimming Championships from 2009 through 2011.
Mad dog, mad dog: We on the West Coast may never have heard of him, but Chris Russo is a big-time sports talk show host in New York City. He recently broke up with his WFAN partner, Mike Francesa, on Mike and the Mad Dog and is heading to Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Russo will not only have his own show on both Sirius and XM from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT, but will also be executive producer of his own channel, to be called "Mad Dog Radio."
Other notes: ESPN Classic will replay the entire Wimbledon men's final between Nadal and Federer from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. ... FSN Prime Ticket will debut In My Own Words: Rick Neuheisel at 8 p.m. Monday where the new UCLA football coach will talk about coming back to his alma mater. No truth to the rumor that the Bruins will be picking quarterbacks out of the stands this season, I understand. ... ESPN will show its first high school football game of the year, an Indiana game between Cathedral and Carmel, at 9 a.m. Saturday. ... The ESPN Radio morning program The Herd with Colin Cowherd will start being simulcast on ESPNU television starting Monday. ...
Dan Fouts is returning to CBS from ABC where he will be an NFL game analyst. ... Warren Sapp will be one of the faces Showtime will put on Inside the NFL, which it picked up when HBO canceled it. CBS Sports is producing the show, which will also feature James Brown, Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth. ... As if he didn't already have enough to do, Chris Berman will anchor ESPN's SportsCenter on Sunday afternoons in the fall. ...
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, will be highlighted by a feature on Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers when it premieres at 10 p.m. Tuesday. ... Yes, NBC will have life after the Olympics. It will show the BMX Park finals of the Wendy's Invitational Dew Action Tour event at 4 p.m. Sunday.