... That "Watching You Watch Him," a breezy folk lament that's become a hit for singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson, with such lyrics as, "Where do I fit in/When I am watching you watch him," is about his wife's obsession with Roger Federer.
Hutchinson (above, left) and his wife, Jill, have been married for two years. No matter when Federer plays, Jill, a fan since the epic 2008 Wimbledon final, is in front of a TV, agonizing over every point. How far does her Fedo philia go? "I'll just say we have a Roger Federer oil painting in our living room," Hutchinson says.
The song, which Hutchinson performed on David Letterman's show, was his way of telling Federer of the torture that his matches put Jill through and how powerless he can feel in those moments. But that message, obscured in the lyrics (neither Federer nor tennis is mentioned) to give the song universal appeal, has mostly stayed an inside joke between husband and wife, who met Federer at the London Olympics.
That high was undercut on Sept. 5 by Federer's loss in the U.S. Open quarter finals. "[We were] in Mexico for an event I was playing," Hutchinson says. "I hid at the [hotel] bar and watched the match while she watched in the room. I've learned that sometimes it's easier not to watch her watch him."
THEY SAID IT
"Any seven-footers out there, give me a call."
Oregon State basketball coach and older brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, during his prime-time remarks to the Democratic National Convention.
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