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  • Guest's Avatar
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    i agree hammond, is mediocre, but has improved in the last 12 years. he is a lot better than charlie jones (88), brent musburger (93 and 95), terry gannon (01). those guys were awful !
    espn has used rawson, liquori and varsha,but those guys are only good for marathons.
    masback was good and pasionate about the sport, but has had another role now for seven years.
    carol lewis has improved in the last 10 years, but still makes a lot of mistakes. there are no other women so she will always be on as the "female expert".
    with so many retired athletes there are a lot of analyst types, but clearly dwight stones is the best and has been around for 15 years. nobody knows or cares about the field events like he does.

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  • jsquire
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    Does
    >anyone have a copy of the movie THE GAMES,
    >starring Ryan O'Neal.

    Try [email protected]

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    Sorry, I forgot my email address before.

    Does anyone have a copy of the movie THE GAMES, starring Ryan O'Neal. I know it is not been sold on VHS, but hopefully someone has taped it. I would love to have a copy.

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    Does anyone have a copy of the movie THE GAMES, starring Ryan O'Neal. I know it is not been sold on VHS, but hopefully someone has taped it. I would love to have a copy.

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  • jsquire
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    >I still believe that human interest
    >stories about overcoming adversity to get to
    >that level is fine. The problem is that it's in
    >over over over over over overkill. Peace.
    >

    CBC's Olympic coverage does the human interest stuff, but they rarely let it last more than 30 seconds (and usually it's more like 10 seconds). Their only problem is that their announcers can literally take interesting sports and make them boring. Even Don Cherry's foil on "Coach's Corner" is an easy target because he has no personality whatsoever.

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    I usually make sure I am watching any meets with other track fans. We provide our own commentary, and occasionally catch some of the unintentional hilarity from the more green announcers. In short, for us, it doesn't matter who's on. The way it's presented right now, the general public isn't going to develop more interest, so the low level of knowledge displayed by a lot of the talking heads makes no difference.

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  • jake the snake
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    marc davis

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  • JRM
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    Personally, televised track and field are synonymous with Geoff Gowan and Don Whitman (CBC Sports). Their voices should be digitized so that they can call the events indefinitely!

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    >As far as "action and only
    >action", let's be
    >real: This is American
    >Television.

    Are
    >you kidding me? Have you seen American
    >Television's coverage of baseball, basketball,
    >football, golf, NASCAR, or any other sport
    >percieved as "major"? The problem is that the
    >networks think they have to broaden the audience
    >by putting in that crap. The truth is that real
    >sports fans want to see real sports.

    You are absolutely correct. I still believe that human interest stories about overcoming adversity to get to that level is fine. The problem is that it's in over over over over over overkill. Peace.

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  • jsquire
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    As far as "action and only
    >action", let's be real: This is American
    >Television.

    Are you kidding me? Have you seen American Television's coverage of baseball, basketball, football, golf, NASCAR, or any other sport percieved as "major"? The problem is that the networks think they have to broaden the audience by putting in that crap. The truth is that real sports fans want to see real sports.

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    Play by play folk arent supposed to do the technical jargon. That's a job for the color commentators. I think Tom Hammond is the best play by play announcer on TV right now. If a play by play man talked technical the way us track junkies wanted, what little track there is would be off the air.

    Some of you guys sound like you were even hatin' on Jim McKay broadcasts of the 70s.

    As far as "action and only action", let's be real: This is American Television. Though I will say that it has gone a couple of steps over the top, you are going to have some form of human interest. I don't have a problem with Gail Devers stories on her Graves Disease, Or Glory Anozie having to go back home after Sydney to bury her fiancee. Has anyone ever realised that adversity (besides talent) drives these athletes to the Olympic level as well?

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  • BillVol
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    I honestly haven't seen as much of her (Lewis) as the others. I thought she was good on the couple of telecasts I saw, but maybe I have her overrated.

    Tom Hammond has certainly improved and works hard at it. He actually does a good job. But I can't overlook that he's a Kentucky boy and he gives my Vols a hard time occasionally on basketball telecasts. ;-) He's been doing SEC hoops for as long as I can remember, going back to the days when his color man was Joe "String Music" Dean.

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    actually, I thought Masback was the best on television, but he's got a better gig, right now!!

    Hammonds fits the network drone type you get all too often, a professional announcer who lacks depth of knowledge, where he can think on his feet while an event unravels...

    that's where the specialist color commentors are supposed to step in.

    CArol has name recognition due to her brother...

    I generally hit the MUTE button and watch the event

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  • jsquire
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    Carol Lewis good?
    >Please. She is horrible.

    Either I missed something, or she did on Saturday. She claimed Debbie Ferguson was from Jamaica until she read the jersey that said "Bahamas".

    Is Ferguson an immigrant to the Bahamas, or is Lewis clueless?

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  • luv2run
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    >Tom Hammond...NOT! Marty Liquori, Larry Rawson
    >would be good. Verne Lundquist is not bad at
    >track. Dwight is always very good. Carol Lewis,
    >too.

    Carol Lewis good? Please. She is horrible.

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