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2006-07-05 9:12 PM

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Al gets a lot of flack in both the tour broadcasts and at Ironman Kona.  Personally I like the guy, I think he does a creditable job, he's better than he used to be.  Consider the fact that over the past number of years we've had to endure:

John Tesh:  Keyboard player turns tour announcer.  And you thought American Idol was a bad deal?

Sam Posey:  Race car driver / announcer also gives it a shot.  Better than Tesh, but I just can never get over his last name.

Kirsten Gumm:  More picturesque, especially in her sophomore year after the infamous "boob job" but lacked credibility.

 

Now for the current announcers:

Craig Hummer:  GACKKK!!  Lose this guy fast.  Tries too hard to put a comical moronic spin on everything he says.  Another last name faux pas.

Frankie Andreu:  Good rider, sorta OK announcer, but his accent makes a Bostonian sound like he can properly say "Park The Car In The Harvard Yard."  Fingernails on a chalkboard.  There has to be someone better.  Davis Phinney?

Bobke:  Classic, Tour Day France crackpot.  A keeper.

Paul Sherwen:  Only criticism is that he starts every sentence with the final words of Phil Liggett's last sentence.  Other than that, he's great.

Phil Liggett:  A god.  Makes mistakes, but they're offset by his knowledge and memories of past races.  Nuff said.



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2006-07-05 10:29 PM
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Subject: RE: Al Trautwig, yea or nay?
Bobke/Sherwin/Liggett.

Lose all the rest!
2006-07-05 10:43 PM
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I like Al. I think because he is the opposite of Bob it works for me.
2006-07-08 2:28 PM
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Subject: RE: Al Trautwig, yea or nay?
I like Paul/Phil/Al, but Bob gets on my nerves.
2006-07-08 5:38 PM
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I really like Al and I like his Ironman announcing too. Bobke can get on my nerves but he offsets Al with some comedy, I wouldn't vote him off.
2006-07-09 11:54 AM
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Get rid of Ligget. Keep the rest.


2006-07-09 12:41 PM
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Al has the best "announcer" voice of any of them, so he stands out -- he shouldn't call play-by-play, which he of course isn't doing -- he should do the voiceover work for the produced athlete bio spots, with a melodious voice and dead-on seriousness. Hearing him do the intros for Ironman Kona gives me goose bumps.
2006-07-10 12:29 PM
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I like all the guys....
2006-07-10 1:03 PM
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kleinrider - 2006-07-10 1:29 PM I like all the guys....

Me too.  I love Bobke, but he's best served in small doses for comic relief.  I want Paul and Phil for all the play-by-play.  I always hated watching the CBS summary shows when they dumb down the commentary for the wider audience. 

I always liked Sam Posey too.  He never played to the masses, but he is a very intelligent man and has a very keen perspective on the history of the sport.  I thought he did a good job on the thoughtful background pieces he used to do, both for the TdF and the Indy 500.  He was a very under-rated racing driver in his day.  He's also done some great writing for Road & Track magaizine over the years.  Very much a Renaissance man.  Also a huge model railroading enthusiast.   It's so sad to see him suffering from Parkinson's these days.   

Mark 

 

2006-07-10 2:57 PM
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I can't stand Al Trautwig. He doesn't know anything about cycling and what's with the bumps on his forehead? You'd think he would learn that you need a couple of weeks for the Botox to sink in. I don't like Floyd's trainer either.

Keep Bobke, Sherwen and Liggett - even though they get the cyclists wrong half the time! I crack up when Liggett says stuff like "Julich has finally cracked! Then a few later he says oh that wasn't Bobby Julich it was one of the domestique's going back for water.
2006-07-10 6:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Al Trautwig, yea or nay?
Mixed feelings about Al. I love his naration abliites with Kona, and he dose have the prototypical anouncer voice. That being said, in non scripted Tour coverage, he can seem at a loss. Every once in awhile he dose come up with a gem for the open discussion. Overall I would give him a C-, with Bobbki a B- and A's for the rest


2006-07-10 6:27 PM
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Classic Bobke yesterday:

Phillipe Jaubert flies off the front of the pack in a senseless attempt to chase down a break that's 2 minutes up the road.  He gets 200 meters out and stalls.  The convo between Al and Bobke is hilarious.

Al:  OK Bob, so what do you think Jaubert is hoping for at this moment?

Bobke:  I think he's waiting for Eddy Merckx to inhabit his legs

Al:  Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

 

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