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12 May 2018 09:45

wirral wrote:I was thinking, "Who is this Myrko?" I had to check the Quick Step team roster.

I feel there should be some mention of precedent though. English commentators have been calling Morkov, "Morkov" for years. If they are going to switch to "Myrko" we should get some warning. How about "Myrko, the rider formally known as Morkov"! Ha.


Hatch does sometimes seem to forget that the point of naming riders is so that the audience can know who is spoken about, rather that to exhibit his multi-lingual talents. A bit like an arts correspondent who produces some probably authentic gutteral noises unrecognised by those listening, who were expecting to hear a programme about 'Van Goff'.
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12 May 2018 13:48

Ok, Italy and Italian food is awesome, but can they please shut the **** up about all the restaurants they visit?
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12 May 2018 14:41

spalco wrote:Ok, Italy and Italian food is awesome, but can they please shut the **** up about all the restaurants they visit?


That repeated conversation about cheap, great restaurants might have led / lead to 200 viewers from across the world booking holidays to the south of Italy.
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12 May 2018 16:31

wirral wrote:
spalco wrote:Ok, Italy and Italian food is awesome, but can they please shut the **** up about all the restaurants they visit?


That repeated conversation about cheap, great restaurants might have led / lead to 200 viewers from across the world booking holidays to the south of Italy.


Exactly.
The images from today's stage of the Giro were absolutely stunning. My non-cycling fan friend who visited the country was captivated by the scenery and I managed to get her excited about the race.
I could be wrong, but I think sometimes people forget how hard it is to fill dead air when nothing is really happening.
Edited to add that I think that cycling is the hardest sport to call as a commentator. I haven't given it much thought, but sometimes I feel bad for those who have to talk when there is nothing to say.
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12 May 2018 18:00

I'd say a good cycling commentator needs to be able to talk about all kind of things when nothing really happens in the race; historical sights, local cuisine, interesting people with connections to the places they're going through, wildlife, children's cartoons... then, as soon as something actually happens in the race, literally interrupt themselves and start talking about the race.
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12 May 2018 18:10

RedheadDane wrote:I'd say a good cycling commentator needs to be able to talk about all kind of things when nothing really happens in the race; historical sights, local cuisine, interesting people with connections to the places they're going through, wildlife, children's cartoons... then, as soon as something actually happens in the race, literally interrupt themselves and start talking about the race.


Yes, I completely agree.
In my not so humble opinion, my man Carlton Kirby does a pretty good job of doing so.
I'm not familiar with a lot of sports --e.g. rugby, cricket, football etc---but I'm curious to know what people think is the hardest sport to commentate.
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12 May 2018 18:13

the delgados wrote:
RedheadDane wrote:I'd say a good cycling commentator needs to be able to talk about all kind of things when nothing really happens in the race; historical sights, local cuisine, interesting people with connections to the places they're going through, wildlife, children's cartoons... then, as soon as something actually happens in the race, literally interrupt themselves and start talking about the race.


Yes, I completely agree.
In my not so humble opinion, my man Carlton Kirby does a pretty good job of doing so.
I'm not familiar with a lot of sports --e.g. rugby, cricket, football etc---but I'm curious to know what people think is the hardest sport to commentate.

No, he doesn't. Duffield was doing a good job. Migels & Leclercq are doing a good job. Wuyts / Schotte & De Cauwer are doing an excellent job. Kirby clearly not.
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12 May 2018 19:09

staubsauger wrote:
the delgados wrote:
RedheadDane wrote:I'd say a good cycling commentator needs to be able to talk about all kind of things when nothing really happens in the race; historical sights, local cuisine, interesting people with connections to the places they're going through, wildlife, children's cartoons... then, as soon as something actually happens in the race, literally interrupt themselves and start talking about the race.


Yes, I completely agree.
In my not so humble opinion, my man Carlton Kirby does a pretty good job of doing so.
I'm not familiar with a lot of sports --e.g. rugby, cricket, football etc---but I'm curious to know what people think is the hardest sport to commentate.

No, he doesn't. Duffield was doing a good job. Migels & Leclercq are doing a good job. Wuyts / Schotte & De Cauwer are doing an excellent job. Kirby clearly not.


Oh.
Thanks for correcting me.
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12 May 2018 19:58

the delgados wrote:
staubsauger wrote:
the delgados wrote:
RedheadDane wrote:I'd say a good cycling commentator needs to be able to talk about all kind of things when nothing really happens in the race; historical sights, local cuisine, interesting people with connections to the places they're going through, wildlife, children's cartoons... then, as soon as something actually happens in the race, literally interrupt themselves and start talking about the race.


Yes, I completely agree.
In my not so humble opinion, my man Carlton Kirby does a pretty good job of doing so.
I'm not familiar with a lot of sports --e.g. rugby, cricket, football etc---but I'm curious to know what people think is the hardest sport to commentate.

No, he doesn't. Duffield was doing a good job. Migels & Leclercq are doing a good job. Wuyts / Schotte & De Cauwer are doing an excellent job. Kirby clearly not.


Oh.
Thanks for correcting me.


My god, how about quitting being so uptight when someone disagrees with you? You know you're fighting an impossible battle in this thread.
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12 May 2018 21:27

tobydawq wrote:
the delgados wrote:
staubsauger wrote:
the delgados wrote:
RedheadDane wrote:I'd say a good cycling commentator needs to be able to talk about all kind of things when nothing really happens in the race; historical sights, local cuisine, interesting people with connections to the places they're going through, wildlife, children's cartoons... then, as soon as something actually happens in the race, literally interrupt themselves and start talking about the race.


Yes, I completely agree.
In my not so humble opinion, my man Carlton Kirby does a pretty good job of doing so.
I'm not familiar with a lot of sports --e.g. rugby, cricket, football etc---but I'm curious to know what people think is the hardest sport to commentate.

No, he doesn't. Duffield was doing a good job. Migels & Leclercq are doing a good job. Wuyts / Schotte & De Cauwer are doing an excellent job. Kirby clearly not.


Oh.
Thanks for correcting me.


My god, how about quitting being so uptight when someone disagrees with you? You know you're fighting an impossible battle in this thread.


We have never met, but I can assure you of one thing. I am not getting uptight. I'm having a bit of fun.
This thing started as a joke about how people get upset and starts fights with strangers on the internet.
One day I said to a friend, "Hey, let's see if I can get people riled up about something so silly as the Carlton Kirby thread."
It worked, and I admit to being a troll. But as the thread progressed I started paying a lot more attention to my man Carlton Kirby, and I began to realize that a lot of vitriol thrown his way was entirely unwarranted.
I have actually come to be a fan of Carlton Kirby.
I've said this many times in the past, and I'll repeat it once again. I do not give a rats *** if you like or dislike Carlton Kirby.
This whole thing started as a way to illustrate how people interact with one another on the internet.
That is all.
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12 May 2018 22:58

RedheadDane wrote:I'd say a good cycling commentator needs to be able to talk about all kind of things when nothing really happens in the race; historical sights, local cuisine, interesting people with connections to the places they're going through, wildlife, children's cartoons... then, as soon as something actually happens in the race, literally interrupt themselves and start talking about the race.



Talking about local cuisine would be awesome.
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13 May 2018 07:26

British Eurosport commentary pairings so far:

(Beyond what ES have already confirmed for early season, I have included Rob Hatch's bookings for the season as they stand, per his twitter)

Tour Down Under (highlights): (world feed - Liggett, McEwan etc)
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Race (highlights): Stephens (solo)
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana: Hatch & Stephens (st 1-4), Stephens & Backstedt (st 5)
Herald Sun Tour (highlights): (world feed - Liggett & Keenan)
Dubai Tour: Kirby & Smith
Vuelta a Andalucia: Kirby & Stephens
Volta ao Algarve: (ES Player only - no commentrary)
Abu Dhabi Tour: Quigley & Smith (Stages 1-4), Kirby & Smith (Stage 5)
(Kirby due to do whole event but was ill)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Quigley & Backstedt
Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne: Quigley & Backstedt
Tour of Oman: McCrossan (solo) (30 mins world feed package)
Le Samyn: Kirby & Backstedt
Strade Bianche: Kirby & Stephens
Paris-Nice: Hatch & Smith + Andy (?) (stage 1), Harris-Bass (stages 2-)
(Kelly was due to be co-comms but unavailable)
Tirreno-Adriatico: Kirby & Gibb (stages 1-3) / Stephens (stages 4-5), Smith (stages 6-)
Nokere Koerse: Quigley & Smith
Handzame Classic: Hatch & Smith
Milano-Sanremo: Hatch & Stephens
GP De Denain: (no commentary - ES player only)
Tour de Langkawi (highlights): Kirby (solo)
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya: Kirby & Stephens
Driedaagse Bruges - de Panne: Quigley & Backstedt (now a 1 day race!)
E3 Harelbeke: Quigley & Backstedt
Gent-Wevelgem: Quigley & Smith
Dwars door Vlaanderen: Kirby & Smith
GP Miguel Indurain: Quigley & Smith
Ronde van Vlaanderen: Kirby, Stephens & Kelly
Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco: Kirby & Stephens (st. 1-5), Stephens & Backstedt (st 6)
Scheldeprijs: Quigley & Smith
Paris-Roubaix: Hatch, Quigley & Kelly (with Will Fotheringham)
De Brabantse Pijl: Quigley & Backstedt
Amstel Gold Race: Kirby & Smith
Tro Bro Leon: Quigley & Smith
Tour of the Alps: Kirby & Backstedt (st. 1-3), Gibb (st. 4-)
Tour of Croatia: Quigley & Smith
La Fleche Wallonne: Hatch & Stephens
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Hatch & Kelly
Tour de Romandie: Kirby & Smith
Eschborn-Frankfurt: Kirby & Smith
Tour de Yorkshire: Harris-Bass & Backstedt
Giro d'Italia: Kirby, Hatch, Smith & Kelly with Harris-Bass (plus guests)
4 Days of Dunkirk: ES Player only (no commentary)
Vuelta Aragon: Quigley (solo)
Tour of California: Quigley & Backstedt
Tour de l'Ain: Quigley & Backstedt
Tour de France: Hatch & ?? (will be part of the big comms team)
Tour de Pologne: Hatch & ??
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15 May 2018 11:07

Flecha again speaking English in Giro Extra! This is great news, I love hearing him speak.
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15 May 2018 16:22

Is anyone else really sick of the Jerusalem Tel Aviv tourism ad. Bloody music is almost as bad as Kirby
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15 May 2018 17:29

Lequack wrote:Flecha again speaking English in Giro Extra! This is great news, I love hearing him speak.


I agree.
Flecha is awesome. I just want to give the guy a big hug and say thanks for his contributions.
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15 May 2018 17:57

craigmalone wrote:Is anyone else really sick of the Jerusalem Tel Aviv tourism ad. Bloody music is almost as bad as Kirby


I don't mind it since the girls are super cute. What I found weird is there are multiple version of the ad for different regions, and in each version they replaced the blond girl with someone else, for example this is the original English one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlOJ-i5hJdI

And the german version has a different blonde girl:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiVOqHHMGo4

And the the Italian (I think) version has a guy instead of the blond girl:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dzwfX_q6Zc

I just found it interesting they did that.
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15 May 2018 19:50

Wait. They actually produced a sexist version of the ad with an older, rich man and his trophy girl especially for the Italian market? :D
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15 May 2018 20:00

staubsauger wrote:Wait. They actually produced a sexist version of the ad with an older, rich man and his trophy girl especially for the Italian market? :D

They seem to know the Italian market pretty well. :D
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16 May 2018 12:57

English ad clearly wins there
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16 May 2018 13:01

Danish (Player) commentators are picking favourites for the stage, by not picking the obvious favourites... apparently that's too boring.
Aka The Ginger One.
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