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    Sandra Bezic and Scott Hamilton

    Was watching a little bit of the Men on NBC this afternoon. I'm so glad they are in the US network, not the Canadian's, because I don't think I can stand both of them for so many hours. Boy, are they annoying

    Wilson and Browning all the way

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    Scott is the greatest! He is so-o-o-o much in the corner of every skater who takes the ice, like he is the coach, mentor ans father of each one, and he so wants them to do well. Each jump is the greatest thing he has ever seen!

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    I don't think Scott has ever lost teh joy of skating, and he remembers just how exciting that time in his life was. Why beat down and discourage any skater?

    then you have Sandra who has her favorites and the rest shouldn't even bother showing up because they suck and should never put on skates... NBC has two extremes. of the two I will always prefer Scott.

    Yes, he shouts, but I don't blame him so much as the audio crew. They've worked with him for four years now, they can lower his volume... but I don't find it annoying

    what I do find annoying is Sandra still whining about the judging system picking on every little thing. Does she not remember her nitpicky assessment of B/S's LP in 2002... anything to show just how much her fellow Canucks were robbed (they were robbed, but seriously Sandra playing this game of "I'd never stoop as low as this judging system" is just UUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHHHH)

    I've never liked Sandra's commentary. She's so negative... as are the NBC color commentors (who I think are only there because of the paycheck)

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    Yeah, I don't like Bezic. Fine with Scott. He was so happy for Chen Lu in 1998. I liked that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue View Post
    Yeah, I don't like Bezic. Fine with Scott. He was so happy for Chen Lu in 1998. I liked that.
    I loved his excitment at the end of her program! Sandra is too blah for me to listen to, even when she's happy she sounds monotone. I feel like I should be in mourning whenever she talks.

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    I love SH and his commentary. I love how excited and passionate he is about skating. I did think it was comical at the men's event when Sandra keep saying something like: "the energy and passion that the skaters have will not be reflected in their marks." Scott then would try to remind her about the second mark and Sandra would say something like "yeah, but it doesn't usually count because of the technical marks." Sorry, those aren't official quotes, just what I'm remembering. She seems to be argumentative and doesn't take into consideration anything that isn't her own opinion.

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    Well, yesterday and today I wasn't screaming "shut up, Scott" as much as I was during previous events...maybe because I've finally realized it's useless as he'll never be a good commentator:sheesh: I've written to NBC (Ebersole) begging them to replace SH at the Olympics (that was after the first GP event when he just about had me screaming myself hoarse). All that screeching, groaning, whooping, growling is so unprofessional and distracting. I wish they'd replace him with Paul Wylie whose delivery is knowledgeable, lowkey, pleasant and doesn't interfere with the performance of the skater(s).

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    none of the skaters are supposed to be the "professional" they're there to give their "expert opinion/analysis"

    watch some of the other sports coverage, most of the experts DO get excited and whoop and holler...

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    I've always been a fan of Scott, that hasn't or won't change no matter what, even though I get ticked off with him every once in a while, lol.

    It's enough that we have lost Mr. Button commentating, I don't want to lose Scott too. I honestly like to hear him more than Brian Boitano, et al. Besides, Scott has been at it for decades!

    That said, I think he & Sandra Bezic together will always be remembered for the 2002 Olympics in a bad way, leastways for me, sorry to say. :( It's kind of like a bad shadow or cloud. Scott on his own I don't mind, or paired with Verne Lundquist or Tom Hammond, et al. But he & Sandra together kinda bring back bad memories.

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    Actually, I like Sandra Besic just fine, too. She makes interesting comments on choreography, especially for pairs, that other commentators don't always bother with.

    OT, but did anyone watch the Rodeo bull-riding contest that led into Universal Sports' coverage. The commentators really did a good job of explaning what was going on, like one rider fell off because he shifted hid right heel back anticipatibng the that bull would turn to the left, but the bull turned th the right instead (we saw this on slo-motion replay.) The next rider got up close to the bulls right shoulder because he knew that that particular bull could be made to buck up and down instead of in a circle if you were in that position, etc. Very ineteresting.
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    I really don't have anything against Sandra Bezic either. In fact some of my favorite figure skating quotes are from her. It's just for me personally having Sandra & Scott *together* commentating brings back bad memories. They kinda egg each other on, no objectivity, leastways that's the way I see it.

    Also, Sandra's voice gets on my nerves, there's a timbre in there that isn't pleasing to my ear. Lol, if that makes sense. Anyhow, I did love hearing her scream "YESSSSSSSSSSS" when Sarah Hughes landed her second 3/3 at the 2002 Olympics!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Actually, I like Sandra Besic just fine, too. She makes interesting comments on choreography, especially for pairs, that other commentators don't always bother with.
    I agree that Sandra is best at calling pairs (despite 2002), given that was her own competitive discipline she has more insight than the usual commentators who are almost always ex singles skaters. She is at her most technical as a commentator with that discipline.

    I hope Tracy Wilson will be in the booth next weekend. It would be nice if Suzie Wynne were there too. Along with Wylie, they are all very good at explaining COP relatively concisely and don't harp on it's drawbacks all the time. For Tracy and Suzie, they are probably used to restrictive rules and constant changes in standards more than singles or pairs skaters are, so they can accept what they have to work with and make the best of it. Just a thought.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1795 View Post
    who's the canadian commentator who only speaks good of canadian skaters and uses the tacky phrase "second to none" all the time?
    That's definitely PJ Kwong. She usually does CBC internet commentary. Just watched some of her work and she used the phrase then.

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    at least Scott came back with a cool head later that night and the rest of the competition and apologised for his outbursts, that he was caught in the moment and he took it to far, and that he felt that their commentary, in part, was the reason Elena and Anton were getting a lot of negative things spout out on and about them.


    of course, no one's commentary was worse than Rosie O'Donnel's on the pairs competition that year saying she'd wished that Elena's partner's blade had dug in farther so that Elena'd not even been in SLC... I was so disgusted by that comment (as were Sale and Pelletier - they refused to come on her show, and that also ticked her off.)

    in comparison, Scott and Sandy come off pretty well in my book... and it's been 8 years, its time to let go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonichelle View Post
    at least Scott came back with a cool head later that night and the rest of the competition and apologised for his outbursts, that he was caught in the moment and he took it to far, and that he felt that their commentary, in part, was the reason Elena and Anton were getting a lot of negative things spout out on and about them.


    of course, no one's commentary was worse than Rosie O'Donnel's on the pairs competition that year saying she'd wished that Elena's partner's blade had dug in farther so that Elena'd not even been in SLC... I was so disgusted by that comment (as were Sale and Pelletier - they refused to come on her show, and that also ticked her off.)

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    The only problem with Scott coming back later and regretting his commentary is that many people probably only remember the initial statements right after S&P's marks came up that the media focused more attention on. Even though cooler heads may have prevailed in the aftermath, that seemed to get lost in the shuffle. Especially with the U.S. networks constant replays of Scott and Sandra's initial comments and shots of Jamie in tears.

    I've never liked Rosie O'Donnell. It seems her job is to just sit in front of her computer blogging and talking crap about various people. I'm glad I missed that disgusting comment she made regarding Elena yet coming from her I'm not surprised. She always comes across and bitter and unhappy with an ax to grind.

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