For me, what made last night's telecast of a great 11th TdF stage even better, was that the commentary went straight to Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin, with the complete absence of Matthew Keenan. Keenan spends half his time rabbiting on about something that happened years ago, while missing what is happening on the screen in front of us all. He seems to feel it necessary to burdon everyone with all the details that he has committed to memory, most of which is irrelevant to current proceedings.
Paul Sherwin's pick up of Phil Ligget's dulcet comments is to the point, and economical. I hope that SBS keeps this pattern for the rest of the tour.
That's probably why I stayed awake and saw the finish last night, the absence of M Keenan. He is the Bruce McAvaney of cycling YAAAWWWWNNNNN.
I actually emailed SBS about my views on Keenan, perhaps it is too much to expect that they took notice !
I suspect they brought "the boys" on straight away last night because of the nature of the stage, ie the broadcast started at the beginning of the first climb. Might happen again tonight with any luck because the Keenan "snooze segment" drives me mad.
Phil and Paul can be a bit simplistic and repetitive, but at least you always know who they are talking about, where they are in the scheme of things and what the overall state of play is. They did have some time confusion towards the end last night, but only due to over-enthusiasm. Keenan needs to look up "enthusiasm" and "entertainment".
It's sometimes worth hanging on until the end of the stage just to see if Scott Sunderland is wearing his wife's clothing again :)
Once you've listened to Dave Harmon, Sean Kelly and Carlton Kirby on EuroSport, it makes you wonder why Sherwen and Ligget still have their jobs. Much more insightful, witty and they don't repeat themselves, ever.
Agree about Harmon and Kirby, Kelly can be either very insightful or just states the bleeding obvious sometimes.
Yes. ahh, so, once i got used to the accents i found them much wittier and insightful ( particularly in terms of speaking about the bikes, which paul and ligget never do) . Yes. so, ahh, Yes. lol
I still like listening to Phil and Paul, but each commentary team has their pros and cons for me.
I must admit, that I also enjoyed Harmon and Kirby's technique.
Phil Liggetts voice is far to soothing for me...I've struggled to stay awake past 11pm no matter what I've tried. I need to get him in to read my kids (and me) bed time stories ;)
In 2006 I went camping with Phil Ligett's wife Trish and some vegan mates outside of Washington once. We were talking that night and she said 'You might know my husband, he does commentary for cycling on TV...'
Then this year I rolled into my mates organic shop at Magill and Phil was sitting in the carpark doing a radio interview via phone.
Is it just me , or is Phil Ligget basically Murray Walker for bicycles , often factually wrong and calls the wrong names etc, but still great to listen too ??
Unabashed Matt fan here. He does ALL the work unlike Paul & Phil. There again, I'm not sure who would be a good foil for him if they were to get a side-kick for him. Maybe they're just waiting for Whitey to finish up his DS career before offering him a commentary gig? Another bloke who could talk underwater with a mouth full of marbles.
Keenan just reads from his notes.