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    Johnny, Tanith and Tara

    I am so impressed with the new broadcasting team on NBC and Universal. Tanith has surprised me! She has been so articulate and has pointed out alot of the finer points of ice dancing and judging. Johnny was fabulous the past 2 weekends. He always tries to find something positive to say, brings a relevance to the sport that hasn't been there in awhile from the broadcasting booth, and his insights and knowledge have been a breath of fresh air. It seemed like this weekend at NHK he loosened up a bit, too. Tara takes a less positive approach but is far better than Sandra Bezic IMO. She was judging the Miss Universe pageant this weekend so Johnny did the Ladies event as well.

    However - as I mentioned in another thread - would someone please please please put a gag on Peter Carruthers? His constant yammering is so annoying. He starts sentences and then doesn't know how to finish them and just blabs words. I don't believe he was in any of the actual NBC programs but was all over Universal.

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    As I wrote in another thread, I think it's painfully obvious which commentators have skated under IJS or have cared enough to learn it and which ones haven't. Having skated under IJS themselves, Johnny and Tanith have valuable insider knowledge of what the judges are looking for. Peter, Scott, and Sandra are very much 6.0 commentators who will probably never warm up to IJS. I loved Dick and Peggy when I was growing up, but part of me is glad they aren't commentating anymore because they would be in this category as well. Terry seems to have adjusted well to IJS and Tara has learned enough about it to speak intelligently about downgrades, URs, edge calls, etc.

    I agree with you about Peter Carruthers. His pairs commentary isn't nearly as bad as his singles commentary, but it's still annoying. Why is he doing 3 out of 4 disciples? Surely there's a former singles skater out there who could do a more informative job with mens and ladies for Universal Sports. I would hope so, at least.

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    It was time for new life for commentating and Johnny and Tara are bringing it. Haven't heard Tanith but glad to hear she is going well too.

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    I totally agree re Johnny. He's been fabulous and getting better every week. He is eloquent, insightful, compassionate, and detailed in his commentary. My husband, a newbie to figure skating, is much more invested now that he's been listening to Johnny- he finds him funny and a "Good Teacher"- about the judging system and other things. Did you see that Johnny tweeted that Dick Button had called him to offer praise for his commentary?

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    Didn't see that about Button - but that was very nice of him to do that. I'm guessing Johnny, Tanith and Tara are the A Team and Peter is the B team. Or maybe Peter works for Universal and the others NBC. I don't know, but I wish there was a way to mute him and still hear the music!

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    Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic is basically the same person at this point. I wouldn't mind a bit if Johnny Weir replaces Scott Hamilton, as Weir would provide actual commentary and analysis not just mere hyperbole, gushing, and speculative asides.

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    Love Johnny as a commentator. He says interesting things, doesn't gush but isn't mean. He says insightful things. And...he doesn't blab over the performance. I was watching a YouTube of Michelle skating the East of Eden short last night (one of my favorite programs ever) and I noticed the constant blah, blah, blah while she was skating. How can you TALK over a perfect rendition of that program????

    Tara is neither here nor there for me. I don't think she is into the finer points of skating the way Johnny is, so she's just a voice to me. A better voice than Sandra Bezic, who is fingernails on chalkboard to me.

    I like Peter and I always will. I haven't heard him this year, as I haven't seen any Pairs on TV. I think he cares a good deal about skating and I've seen him interacting with fans and he is extremely nice and not above it all. I will never forget at Pittsburgh Skate America (I was there) when Totimanyanova (sp) did that head plant into the ice from a lasso lift and he just sat there overcome in the booth with his head in his hands. Kinda the way we all felt at that moment when it was possible that we had just seen some die. God, that was awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobinA View Post
    Love Johnny as a commentator. He says interesting things, doesn't gush but isn't mean. He says insightful things. And...he doesn't blab over the performance. I was watching a YouTube of Michelle skating the East of Eden short last night (one of my favorite programs ever) and I noticed the constant blah, blah, blah while she was skating. How can you TALK over a perfect rendition of that program????

    I like Peter and I always will. I haven't heard him this year, as I haven't seen any Pairs on TV. I think he cares a good deal about skating and I've seen him interacting with fans and he is extremely nice and not above it all. I will never forget at Pittsburgh Skate America (I was there) when Totimanyanova (sp) did that head plant into the ice from a lasso lift and he just sat there overcome in the booth with his head in his hands. Kinda the way we all felt at that moment when it was possible that we had just seen some die. God, that was awful.
    I don't understand all the animosity towards Peter, either. I don't mind him as a commentator @ all, and feel he is really knowledgeable particularly about pairs. A few years ago, he did those post skate interviews with the skaters, and those must have been awkward for him (I'm betting he was told to ask questions like those). We got to meet him in Greensboro 2011, and talk to him following an icenetwork Q&A with Tonia Kwiatkowski & him. He was a total gentleman.

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    Well I've been complaining about Peter since Skate America. I'm sure he is still very knowledgeable about pairs but he talks tooooooo much, doens't have much content in what he's saying, and it didn't appear to me that he knows all that much about the new scoring system. I'm sure he's a very nice person and cares alot about skating but I put him in the same category with Scott, Dick, Peggy and Sandra. Move over and let the more knowledgeable recent skaters move in. Ryan has been very good the past two weeks. He was particularly interesting when he was pointing out how or why a skater missed a jump. He caught the little nuances, a lowered shoulder, a toe pick down, etc. that I found fascinating. He picked up on slower spins, etc.

    I don't feel animosity toward Peter - just don't want to have to listen to him rattle on about little or nothing while a skater is doing their program. Ryan has been much more to the point.

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    Tara is knowledgable, but not exciting in her commentary like Scott and Terry. NBC definitely made the right choice.

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    New poster here. It's my understanding that in addition to commentating for Nationals, Scott and Sandra will be doing the prime time commentating for the Olympics (skating that happened earlier in the day, given the time change) on NBC. Johnny and Tara will be doing live commentary for skating on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), which will be on daytimes. That's the understanding I got from one of the press releases. Personally, I prefer Johnny and Tara. I'm thinking this was a contractual thing, set up at the start of the season. So while a lot of people might like Johnny and Tara, they have been set as the "second tier" team from the beginning. Maybe things will change after Scott and Sandra's contract is up.

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    Welcome, justathought. Thanks for joining us.

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    I'm sure you're right about the contract--Johnny and Tara only joined NBC late in the fall, and this year's Nationals and primary Sochi contracts were likely drawn a long time ago. I was hoping against hope that NBC would at least add the new team in for a bit. Personally, I wish we had now at least the option of watching the last groups with IN instead, but unfortunately IN will have to give way to NBC at that point, so the only way to watch live at that point will involve listening to Scott and Sandra. Those of us without cable TV will be out of luck even for Sochi

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    Why just once can't NBC show the US Nationals Ladies LP live here on the west coast? But what else can you expect they also didn't show any live skating from Vancouver in 2010 despite them being in the same time zone with the rest of the west coast.

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