Sorry if there has already been a thread about ESPN, but I had to post something about the ridiculous expressions their colour people have been using.
I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt in thinking they are just trying to be inventive, but I am leaning toward the "they just don't have a clue" reasoning.
These are some of my favs so far:
Instead of saying "stacking the pads" in describing a save, "2 pad slide" has been used quite a bit. :lol
Instead of saying he "one timed a shot" I have heard the expression "first timed a shot"
In describing a 3 on 2, I have heard on more than one occasion, "3 across against 2"
And the last one I heard was in the Devils/Flyers game tonight, I think it was the 3rd goal on Brodeur where he dropped to his knees to stop a shot, and the colour guy said he (Brodeur) left his legs exposed.
Well, I think it's a postive when broadcasters step away from the old cliches, but in this case cliches are far better than the crap these guys have come up with. I remember reading on ESPN's page two one time an article in which the writer proposed replacing the battle metaphors in sports with law court metaphors. Now that was good stuff.
During the San Jose / St Louis game, the guy was calling the game as...
"There's 13 minutes and 18 seconds left in the 3rd.... 16 seconds....14 seconds..."
He was certainly on the ball and very informative.
But they do call better games than most of the ones on cbc. For the most part they seem more into the game, and the back and forth banter doesn't sound as scripted. Its just kind of annoying that they feel every 5 seconds to spit out some useless stat. Remember a couple years ago in the playoffs the oilers got the D- teams of commentators who loved the term "bounce pass"? Sometimes you gotta wonder....
I would have to say that the pool of talented Canadian play by play and colour men is extreme shallow. Armitage, Mark Lee, Roger Millions, Rod Black etc. talk about boring and borderline annoying. As for color guys, Healey, Garrett and the rest aren't much better. Seriously, these guys are terribly annoying. I think that their should be a better selection process because the one that is currently being used is risky at best with this group of people.
Anybody wishing that we would have been listening to Kelly instead of uh-um-uh
f-f-erraro? I've never herd a guy say umm or stutter as often as he does. He knows his stuff, and his personality kinda grows on ya, but c'mon.
I just meant that if he got moved out East in terms of the games he does...
He's one of the best CFL guys, and the best hockey guy.
I agree. Chris Cuthbert is probably my favourite play-by-play guy on tv. What they ought to do is get more guys who have worked in radio. There's a lot of good play-by-play guys on the radio.
As far as the ESPN guys go, most of them annoy me too. They sound like baseball guys. Instead of calling the play they feel that they always need to be carrying on dialogue and stating irrelevant facts and stats.
Chris Cuthbert is my first choice as well but I don't mind Jim Houston on Sportsnet either.He's got a pretty good grasp on things and sometimes when you watch the Canucks games you know he just wants to punch garret in the face,(or maybe its just me .As for color guys I think Gary green on TSN is really good well he's at least better than anything CBC has right now.