The Best of Dick Button's Commentary
For any American viewer who began watching skating on TV prior to 2008, you should be familiar with this man. Together, with Peggy Fleming and Terry Gannon ... oh man, the memories.
Anyway, I found these little gems (montages?) while I was roaming the plains of YouTube:
1. "Dick Button: The Gold Standard" - In which some of "Uncle Dick's" sarcasm and disdain for some skaters or their skating from programs over the years (about 1990-2007) is highlighted-- Yuna and Plushy are talked about; and no one, not even his favorite Michelle Kwan, is spared.
(Some posters might find his remarks a bit "pretentious" when talking about their favorite skaters, but I honestly think they're all hilarious.)
2. The Dick Button Seal of Approval - In which Mr. Button, two-time Olympic gold medalist, shows his love for skaters and/or their skating-- sometimes by yelling out his excitement.
(Volume is unstable-- if you're wearing headphones, watch your ears!)
Ah, I miss Mr. Button.
--What are some of your favorite "Button-isms" that aren't included in the video?
--What are some other ridiculous/funny things other commentators have said?
One of mine is this one from Tonya Harding's 1993 Nationals LP -- "And this move, the Harding spin; it's sort of a cross between a Hamill Camel and a little tipsy skater!"
Last edited by aftertherain; 01-07-2013 at 05:15 AM.
Gotta Have Music
Thanks for posting these! Loved them both!
For the Dick Button Seal of Approval, I wish the videographer had included some of the many times when "Uncle" Dickie gushed about Todd's spins (1998 Worlds - end of his free skate - "This is enough to bring any audience to its feet!" 1998 Hershey's Spring Challenge - when Todd skated to "Il Mare Calmo de la Sera - he went on & on about how he thought vocal music could be used effectively in competition (I'm not saying it always works, but that version of "Il Mare" is my personal favorite), 1998 Keri Lotion Classic - he talked about the difficulty of doing well centered spins, stating that they are as difficult as doing triples, should be given more credit, etc. not to mention, "Good for you, Todd Eldredge," "Good boy, good boy!" I'm sure there are many more examples, but these are so clear in my mind.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Unfortunately, the montage maker did not include many of Uncle Dickie's positive comments on pairs and dance.
Here's his (very positive) comments about Belbin & Agosto and Davis & White following the 2008 Free Dance
Clearly a fan of ice dance, our Uncle Dick.
And here's Dick Button as a speaker, introduced by Paul Wylie,ranting about judging over the years.
But definitely, you should listen to the Caesar's Tribute to Dick Button
And some shots of Dick skating that I hadn't seen here
some zippy footwork, Dick!
Last edited by dorispulaski; 01-07-2013 at 08:35 AM.
The dig in Speedy's direction in Dick's speech that you linked, Doris...magnifique!
and two futured comment about his commentary
Originally Posted by FSGMT
And listen to Dick "s commentary about Godfather program, he liked it..interesting.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5CxQq1vsRU
on MarshallsWC, and that is also interesting how much love Plush the Americans audience..
Last edited by plushyfan; 01-07-2013 at 12:15 PM.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Dick on Plushenko at the Marshall's competition
"this guy can really bring you in"
Plushyfan, I'm not sure why you included Hamilton's (as usual) miserable commentary?
You are right, I deleted, sorry In generally I don't like Americans commentaries, if you compare with the Eurosport's commentaries, you will notice a huge difference. The NBC commentaries are too biased, and they are talking too much.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
Last edited by plushyfan; 01-07-2013 at 12:38 PM.
"Unfortunately, it was heavy, slow with pedestrian choreography ... uh uh umm I mean the whole program was sort of uh .. unfortunate skating. I don't know what to say. Not her night."
re: Agnes Gosselin 1988 Olympic Ladies SP
leave no stone unturned
^ That Godfather is not the best skated but it is the in your face ending to the judges that I liked.
I m always confused with Marshalls, was it sometimes in late spring and sometimes before Christmas?
"Those sit spin positions are not the best .... kind of slumped forward like they are tired at the dinner table ...."
Wicked Yankee Girl
Rapturously, "You could iron a shirt on her back."
I remember that voting competition. Michelle was injured and I think didn't do a single jump. That was one time even I thought that someone else should have won.
I envy your getting to see Plushy and all the others at that competition with Michelle and Irina, and Evan and Plushy.