Favorite and least favorite NBC/Universal Commentators this year
I am really glad that NBC and Universalsports used a variety of commentators to call this season. It brought a wide ranges of perspectives and opinions. Who was your favorite and least favorite?
My favorite of all time is Paul Wylie because he is very educated about the judging system and actually teaches viewers about the sport. He educates the viewers on the importance of edge quality and basic skating skills.
My favorite new comer was Jenny Kirk. She did an excellent job calling the 4CC's. I love her speaking voice, too. It's very smooth and pleasant to listen to. She also had a lot of interesting and relevant things to say. I hope NBC gives her more competitions to call.
Least favorite was Sandra Bezic. She's way too biased and speaks at the wrong times . For example she said something really corny about Kozuka "finding his artistic voice on the ice." It really ruin the moment for me when I was getting into his music and the edges of his footwork. Her commentary was getting so bad that I waited for the full raw replay on NBColympics.
Least favorite new comer, Johnny Weir. I guess mostly because he interrupted Tara Lipinski a lot. Instead of feeding off of her comments and creating some dialogue he seemed to dismiss it. Don't get me wrong I like Johnny Weir as a skater and a public figure but not as a figure skating commentator.
Best commentators: Scott Hamilton, Johnny Weir, Sandra Bezic. They all know where to focus.
Least favorite : Tara Lipinski, talk too much at the performances. Lack of focus.
Waiting for on-ice perfection.
Sandra Bezic always strikes me as nice, but she's way too corny for my tastes. I didn't really like any of the NBC/Universal commentators. I much prefer EuroSports (British). They usually highlight the best in each skater and with class. I also like their British accents
Favorite: Lipinski! She really knows her stuff. Its not just 'oh shes a pretty skater' its 'she needs to drop her left shoulder on her takeoff.' I could watch her and Johnny with Carruthers all day.
Least: Andrea Joyce's cringeworthy AT&T Lounge question and answer moments. But ok for actual commentators: the perennial choice, Scotty Hamilton.
Dedicated follower of the black line
I thought Tanith and Ben did a great job on ice dance.
I prefer Paul Wylie, he knows his skating. I can't stand Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic. Scott screams and Sandra says corny stuff. Peter Carruthers is ok but I am tired of him saying "strong back to do that jump". Or "cat like ability".
Originally Posted by Wicked
Dreaming and dancing
I watched the Loft on Youtube. It was so much fun! Johnny is fun and Tara is fun! They looked so relaxed together on the sofa. They provide very honest opinions and both are very intelligent, articulate commentators. Johnny is not afraid of expressing his likes and dislikes and Tara is also not afraid of predicting the comp results and providing criticism.
I hear ppl admire Tara's commentary and I wish if I could have seen the comp covered by her, too. If anyone has a link to her commentary during competitions, I would greatly appreciate it if you could please give the link (I live outside the US so that the coverage on that site does not work for me).
I'm not a Tara fan at all but she is good at commentating. I really enjoy most of her comments..even the comments about the flawed jumps since she had so many in her own skating. I just wish she would make things less and less about herself.
Scott is still annoying to me.
Overall I like Paul Wylie the most and the British guys.
Paul Wylie was on and on about Patrick Chan, saying his skating skill was so much better than everyone else. Daisuke just couldn't match. Then in the AT&T lounge, Johnny called him on that.
Dai regularly does level 4 footwork, if that's not SKATING SKILL, I don't know what is skating skill.
Paul Wylie can be just as biased as Scott and Sandra. At least with Sandra, you know she'll go all out on certain skaters. Miki hadn't started and she already trashed the poor girl.
I like actress Tara, but she always brought it back to her competitive career day and drew parallel comparison between the ones on ice and her skating.
Andrea Joyce was pretty good throughout the season.
Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program
Favorite was Tara. She knew what she was talking about and wasn't as sugary sweet as the usual NBC ladies. Tanith and Ben got off to an awkward start but I thought they were holding thier own by the freedance.
Scott drives me crazy with his screeching during every jump, I think he hit his all time high at Nationals and seemed a little more reserved at the Olympics. Glad they did not have him doing worlds. Can't stand Peter Caruthers, everything he says sounds scripted.
Sandra Bezic and Andrea Joyce are pretty useless and I still have no idea why Tom Hammond sat through every event at the olympics.
I hope that they bring back the newbies next year: Tanith and Ben, Tara maybe Johnny as well.
I think Sandra is ok, Scott is a bit annoying though. I always liked Peggy (and I think she had a lot to put up with, Dick was such a microphone hog!).
I didn't really like either Tara or Johnny, too much self-promoting. Jenny was good, I thought. Tanith and Ben I haven't heard yet.
I liked Jenny Kirk and Tara.
Last edited by Mathman; 04-06-2010 at 08:41 PM.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Tanith and Ben by a thousand miles. That is the best COP ice dance commentary I've heard so far, even better than Chris & Simon on Eurosport, because B&A had better technical comments and even can call why a step sequence lost a level, or what's difficult about a particular lift. And they found something nice to say about all the teams they commented on.
I liked Johnny a lot, too, on the loft. I haven't watched the men yet, nor the ladies LP. I've just finished the dance competition and the ladies SP.
Least liked would be Scott Hamilton. He is a nice guy, but he really has little to add about what is going on with the scoring and on the ice any more. Second less liked, Sandra Bezic.
Keeper of Bab's Death Stare...
I really enjoyed Tara's commentary. I hope Universal will have her around next season.
Only Lipinski, I thought, REALLY offered insightful commentary that allowed the viewer to learn from her as the broadcast went on. She has the type of technical analysis that is sorely missing in NBC's main broadcast team (Hamilton/Bezic) and even ABC's former team of Button/Fleming. I get the feeling she knows the system and can convey what's important in a way that is not confusing. My sole criticism of her is that she should work on her timing a bit, but other than that, I thought she was miles ahead of all the others. I hope they bring her back in the future- maybe even one day gear her up as a replacement for the incumbent(s) (yeah, yeah, not happening, I know)