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    Post NBC Sunday Broadcast of TEB (i.e. Men & Ladies)

    Just got through watching this on NBC (got over at 12PM PST).

    Here are my thoughts:

    MEN

    Oda rules!!!!! I recall seeing his face once before at Worlds last year, and he impressed me a bit then, but nothing like today. Everything was perfect ~ program, personality, magnificent jumps, et al ~ his coach/choreographer/et al found the perfect vehicle in which to present Oda. Charlie Chaplin is Oda.

    Rippon ~ he reminds me a lot of Tim Goebel with his high shoulders, wish he would lower them a bit, otherwise not bad, not bad at all. I LOL when I heard Scott Hamilton say that Adam wants to call his 3L the "Rippon Lutz" due to the fact that he does it with *both* hands over his head.

    Sorry, no thoughts really on the rest of the men, thought the results were spot on.

    LADIES

    Zhang ~ watched this live on icenetwork the other day (btw my IN reception in terms of quality of picture is just as great as my HD television one; really not that much difference at all, so glad I have an automatic subscription renewal to IN). Back to Caroline, my feelings are exactly the same as yesterday, she's exquisite. Just needs to fix the technique on her jumps & also her SPEED. If she can fix these to a passable level by Nationals, continued with her strong mental toughness & land the jumps, then she belongs on the Team.

    Gilles ~ great senior debut on the international scene by Alexe! Just needs to continue to improve on landing her jumps (her technique & speed are good, no problems there, but could always do with improvement & being better). And the Eggbeater I Spin at the end has got to go, doesn't look good at all IMHO. Other than that, very good, the future of the US Ladies doesn't look as dismal.

    Asada ~ very good comeback by Mao! Not soup yet, gradually getting there one-by-one, has improved from Japan Open, but more importantly it was good for her psyche to recover from the disastrous start to her SP on Friday. What I love about this program is that THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO REST STOPS!!!!!!!! Seriously, 99% of skaters take little rest stops here & there, either to breathe/catch their breath after a spin(s), or to shake their booty & flirt with the judges. Not Mao, not Mao, she literally does a full out sprint from beginning to end, her legs don't rest once, ask any skater & they will tell you that takes incredible athleticism! Her legs must have been burning at the end, especially after that incredible complex fast step sequence. That is what I call an athlete, combined with her tall supple body with beautiful posture & super fast speed, all which makes for a Queen (& Tatiana Tarasova outfits her as such, reminiscent of a young Marie Antoinette when she first ascended the throne at age 19 in 1774). When Mao lands all her jumps, this will be a masterpiece... I bow to Tatiana's genius.

    Nakano ~ nothing more I can say, perfect music & choreography, et al, for the perfect powerful FIREBIRD skater! Those spins are out of this world, Yukari! WOW!!!!!!!!

    Kim ~ Yuna didn't even have to skate clean, as she built up such a huge lead in the SP (deservedly so btw), that she could've just taken it easy & did doubles with a few triples thrown in, but she didn't. She skated like the World Champion she is, with the requisite triples thrown in for good measure. Easy win, well deserved. All the other ladies have their work cut out for them due to the high bar Yuna has set!!!!!!!

    THANKS TO ALL THE SKATERS FOR TAKING PART IN TEB & GIVING US SKATING FANS A TERRIFIC START TO THE OLYMPIC SEASON!!!!!

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    Nice job by NBC bothering to show the GP events. HOWEVER, please can someone shut up Scott Hamilton!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxade21 View Post
    Nice job by NBC bothering to show the GP events. HOWEVER, please can someone shut up Scott Hamilton!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!
    The more you want to shut up his mouth, the louder he will speak

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    I like Scott Hamilton's shrieking. He really gets into it!

    I think they were commenting from the tape, though, rather than having been taped live. It seemed like Scott already knew which jumps the skaters would mess up on, etc.

    I thought Yukari Nakano's costume was great. The sleeves were cool. She looked sort of like ..um...a bird on fire?

    Also, I think Nakano's leg wrap looks better in pants.

    I hate to say it, but looking at the difference between Nakano's performance and Caroline Zhang's, it really emphasized how far Caroline still has to go in terms of getting the audience into her performances.

    Oda ruled, this time out!

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    "His next jump, quadruple salch-OWWAHAHAHAHAH.
    A little short on rotation."

    " Now triple ax-ELLHAHAHAHAHAHA.
    Nicely done."

    Sorry for the double post, but I had to respond to that one.

    Scott is at his best when he is trying to encourage the skaters down at the bottom of the rankings.

    "Well, she had a disasterous short program, but now in the long if she can just land this triple toe-looo -- AWWWWWW. Now here she goes for her double Ax...AWWWWWWWWW."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    I like Scott Hamilton's shrieking. He really gets into it!
    I'd agree with you if it was the Olympics or Nationals or Worlds...

    but at smaller events, it can get to be a tad bit OTT

    I think they were commenting from the tape, though, rather than having been taped live. It seemed like Scott already knew which jumps the skaters would mess up on, etc.
    Yes, they were. David P. was the only person actually in France, it seems, so he could interview the skaters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehdtkqorl123 View Post
    The more you want to shut up his mouth, the louder he will speak
    Yea, I love him, too! I don't think he should shut up. lol He's just so fun to listen to!

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    People like Scott and Dick are part of the fun!

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    I fall into the not-Scott camp. I don't dislike him, I just wish he would allow me to hear the music for more of the performance. I understand his enthusiasm is aimed at drawing in casual fans but it can be a bit much. He tends to be under more control when he's paired with the right color commentator. For my money that was Vern Lundquist back in the 90's.

    I honestly think part of the issue is not him at all, but NBC mandates to dumb down commentary. Their skating coverage has always lacked as much substance as other networks, in my opinion, to focus on a broader audience. Sandra Bezic has alluded to this in interviews. There is a distinct difference in Scott's commentary since he's been on NBC compared to his CBS days. Sandra has also been far more substantive in her commentary in Canada than on US tv.

    On a side note, he's actually been calling skating since the 85 Euros and Worlds when they were on CBS (see youtube). As annoying as he can be at times now, at least his voice is deeper. He was really squeaky back then and even more excitable.

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    Who's this David Peltier guy doing the interviews?

    With his free hand stuck in his pocket and using casual expressions like "congrats", he looks and sounds like a guy trying to pick up a chic at a bar rather than a journalist conducting an interview.

    Is he some kind of a political/financial pundit who is dissatisfied with his assignment at a figure skating competition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxade21 View Post
    Nice job by NBC bothering to show the GP events. HOWEVER, please can someone shut up Scott Hamilton!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!
    "His next jump, quadruple salch-OWWAHAHAHAHAH.
    A little short on rotation."

    " Now triple ax-ELLHAHAHAHAHAHA.
    Nicely done."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Sorry for the double post, but I had to respond to that one.

    Scott is at his best when he is trying to encourage the skaters down at the bottom of the rankings.

    "Well, she had a disasterous short program, but now in the long if she can just land this triple toe-looo -- AWWWWWW. Now here she goes for her double Ax...AWWWWWWWWW."
    He is not at best at anything. Sorry but I don't understand how a person with such horrible voice is hired to comment by any TV or Radio station. My ear drums start popping after 1 minute.

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    totally forgot it was going to be on, but it wouldn't have been shown here anyway according to my aunt - high school football was on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxade21 View Post
    He is not at best at anything. Sorry but I don't understand how a person with such horrible voice is hired to comment by any TV or Radio station. My ear drums start popping after 1 minute.
    Hasn't he been commenting for more than 10 years or something since he retired?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehdtkqorl123 View Post
    Hasn't he been commenting for more than 10 years or something since he retired?
    since 1988, so twenty years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadine
    Rippon I LOL when I heard Scott Hamilton say that Adam wants to call his 3L the "Rippon Lutz" due to the fact that he does it with *both* hands over his head.
    Why not?? It was fabulous!

    Asada ~ very good comeback by Mao! Not soup yet, gradually getting there one-by-one, has improved from Japan Open, but more importantly it was good for her psyche to recover from the disastrous start to her SP on Friday. What I love about this program is that THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO REST STOPS!!!!!!!! Seriously, 99% of skaters take little rest stops here & there, either to breathe/catch their breath after a spin(s), or to shake their booty & flirt with the judges. Not Mao, not Mao, she literally does a full out sprint from beginning to end, her legs don't rest once, ask any skater & they will tell you that takes incredible athleticism! Her legs must have been burning at the end, especially after that incredible complex fast step sequence. That is what I call an athlete, combined with her tall supple body with beautiful posture & super fast speed, all which makes for a Queen (& Tatiana Tarasova outfits her as such, reminiscent of a young Marie Antoinette when she first ascended the throne at age 19 in 1774). When Mao lands all her jumps, this will be a masterpiece... I bow to Tatiana's genius.
    Oh Nadine. I love your take on Mao and have more confidence in her ability to skate this program than most. But Marie Antoinette is the wrong analogy!!!

    Nakano ~ nothing more I can say, perfect music & choreography, et al, for the perfect powerful FIREBIRD skater! Those spins are out of this world, Yukari! WOW!!!!!!!!
    Yes, it's a perfect program for her and she deserves a lot of encouragement. I also thought the editing of the music was very effective. Watching it I thought, Ths is the best skating music in the whole world. Joannie Rochette did a great one too, but Yukari's may be even better.

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