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    Olympic Commentators

    (This is my first post to the form, so if this topic has either been brought up before, or should be posted elsewhere, please accept my apologies.)

    Hi All,

    In watching tonight's pairs short program, I was disappointed that both Dick Button and Peggy Fleming seemed to be among the missing in the broadcast booth. Am I accurate in assuming this? Will we not hear from them during this olympics?

    I'm not a huge fan of Sandra Bezic. I find her comments to be condescending and her enunciation and "accent" to be exaggerated and affected. I do like Scott Hamilton, though. But I miss Dick Button's commentating the most. For me, he's the voice of international figure skating, and I'm disappointed that he won't be on air in Vancouver. However, maybe he'll be part of the team for the singles competition.

    Any thoughts or other information on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnNewEngland View Post
    (This is my first post to the form, so if this topic has either been brought up before, or should be posted elsewhere, please accept my apologies.)

    Hi All,

    In watching tonight's pairs short program, I was disappointed that both Dick Button and Peggy Fleming seemed to be among the missing in the broadcast booth. Am I accurate in assuming this? Will we not hear from them during this olympics?

    I'm not a huge fan of Sandra Bezic. I find her comments to be condescending and her enunciation and "accent" to be exaggerated and affected. I do like Scott Hamilton, though. But I miss Dick Button's commentating the most. For me, he's the voice of international figure skating, and I'm disappointed that he won't be on air in Vancouver. However, maybe he'll be part of the team for the singles competition.

    Any thoughts or other information on this?
    Well Dick was on tonite with Bob Costas before the final flight. However, I would've loved to have him (as annoying Dick can be pointing out skaters flaws) over Sandra and Scott! At least 2 out of 3 ain't bad (Terry Gannon is hosting the FS Show on Universal Sports with Kristi and Peter).

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    You have lots of company on this page in these opinions. See the Olympic Drinking Song thread, for example. There are also threads praising Dick Button (aka Uncle Dick to skating fans).

    I thought Uncle Dick would have more of a role in the Olympics and I'm annoyed that he's been retired. Rank ageism!

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    On the Canadian front, I think Sale and Pelletier did a decent job commenting on CTV. They didn't talk too much during the performances, and generally pointed out useful things like difficult variations, etc--well, mostly Pelletier, I guess.

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    Hah! I want calm/cool/collected Gannon and Hamilton to commentate together. What an odd couple they would make. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moxie View Post
    Hah! I want calm/cool/collected Gannon and Hamilton to commentate together. What an odd couple they would make. lol
    I think it would be a fantastic combination. much like how Scott worked with Lundquist on CBS... when Scott was at his best (IMO)

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    And David looked HOT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colleen o'neill View Post
    CTV : David in particular is pretty good.. but I've noticed before that he often has something thoughtful to say. Even when they had a bit of fun at the expense of the Ukrainian costumes , it wasn't mean. Certainly not as blunt as I would have been.
    David wasn't the only one. I think Tom asked Sandra what shade of blue they were wearing and she said "electric blue".

    Quote Originally Posted by hikki View Post
    And David looked HOT.
    Agreed! Jamie, OTOH,

    (don't worry I love Jamie... just wasn't her best today in the looks department )

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    Quote Originally Posted by hikki View Post
    And David looked HOT.
    The Male CTV Commentators that wear suits on air, are wearing Armani. They make everyone look good, but when you're already pretty good looking, they enhance that factor to the Power of 10000!!!

    Sandra Bezic's a snob and if you guys think she's bad here? At least you didn't have to put up w/her and her elite, snobbish comments during Battle of the Blades. Talk about biased towards your favourites...Yikes!!

    Good thing I'm not a drinker, otherwise w/all of Rod's "Elvis slobbering"/mentions, I'd be pretty plastered right now.

    Was very pleased w/Liz tonight and she did really well too. David's been wonderful too. Looking forward to seeing how Victor and Jen do later on during the Games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    I thought Uncle Dick would have more of a role in the Olympics and I'm annoyed that he's been retired. Rank ageism!

    Welcome to the forum!

    Considering he butchered the Germans' names and can't catch half of what goes on, on the ice anymore.. I don't think it's ageism so much as they want someone more accurate.

    then again Bob Costas said Denney & Barrett were two time national champions.


    as for Peggy and Dick - they were ABC's commentators, not NBCs... they bring Dick in for color stuff now on NBC, but Peggy wasn't on the team four years ago. She IS in Vancouver and was in the building tonight, though. Sat infront of Vice President Joe Biden.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonichelle View Post
    Considering he butchered the Germans' names and can't catch half of what goes on, on the ice anymore.. I don't think it's ageism so much as they want someone more accurate.

    then again Bob Costas said Denney & Barrett were two time national champions.


    as for Peggy and Dick - they were ABC's commentators, not NBCs... they bring Dick in for color stuff now on NBC, but Peggy wasn't on the team four years ago. She IS in Vancouver and was in the building tonight, though. Sat infront of Vice President Joe Biden.


    welcome to the boards, post often, post long!
    Everybody makes mistakes in live commentary sometimes. Dick is perfectly acute IMO. Whatever he might lack compared to others he makes up for in wit and directness. I don't miss Peggy though - she was pretty bland and didn't offer much detail. I'd like to see him with a quiet detail person - a PJ Kwong type.

    I did notice Scott toned it down, actually. Have we heard the last of "tired legs"???

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    I don't miss Peggy though - she was pretty bland and didn't offer much detail.
    I think she'd be different with a co-commentator not bullying her into submission ala Dick. Man could not and would not let her have an opinion without talking down to her.

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    Rod Black(Canadian coverage) is annoying the crap out of me. I hope they have someone else for the other events.

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    Am I the only one who likes Scott and Sandra? They love skating and skaters, and they each have insights that add to my understanding of what's going on. They've both been rather quieter this year, but if Scott wants to be enthusiastic, he's certainly earned that right. Sandra is not just a former skater but a choreographer, so her commentary on details of people's programs can be very helpful. For example, she pointed out that the positioning of S and S's jump in their layout made the jump automatically chancy. Someone mentioned her accent. I think a lot of Canadians have that crisp enunciation. It might depend on where in Canada she comes from. To my ear it's very pleasant, so I guess it's all a matter of taste.

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    Liz Manley is doing pretty good tonight with David. However, Rod Black has just gotta go!!!!!!!!

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