Ch 7 Commentary - is it intervention time?

Hungdaddy

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I saw something in the news today about the Rance incident..."channel 7 STARS disagree on dive" - I'm paraphrasing but you get the point.

Stars?!?!! In their playing careers, Carey and Richardson might have been stars but shouldn't their former status be left at the commentary box door. Ch 7 are plain awful these days.
 

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Lukey Miller

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Bruce is the only commentator who is a professional career broadcaster on 7. Basil is a career broadcaster who, with experience, should develop to become a competent pro commentator. I find Brian Taylor is at least fair and he doesn't let his bias dominate like many other commentators often do. Professional sports commentators do not let their bias show - for example the commentators for NFL, NBA and the EPL As for Foxfooty, , Anthony Hudson may develop into a pro if he is paired with professional broadcasters - and Healy is outstanding as a comments man. After that - Dwayne, Eddie and the many of the crew are biased and often actively barrack when broadcasting. Eddie should never be allowed near sports broadcasting, let alone be a game commentator. Jon Brown and Roos are already a very good comments men. Denis and Bruce should be commissioned to train and mentor up and coming AFL commentators. Gerard Waitely is an experienced and competent sports broadcaster and commentator who is under utilised.
 

Yianni

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AFL app has multiple streams of every game which is great! But quite delayed unfortunately.
Works well if not watching the game but doesn’t sync up at all if you are at the game or on TV, unless you can pause it.
I tried pausing the game at the game.

It proved quite difficult.


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Firestarter

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I saw something in the news today about the Rance incident..."channel 7 STARS disagree on dive" - I'm paraphrasing but you get the point.

Stars?!?!! In their playing careers, Carey and Richardson might have been stars but shouldn't their former status be left at the commentary box door. Ch 7 are plain awful these days.
Don't use the word at all. Star, superstar, legend, etc.
 

sherb

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It won't happen, but my wish would be for commentary-free vision and sound. There's a term for what you would be listening to as a result, can't think what that is - ambient?

I can't stand the way commentators crap on. I think my biggest gripe, among many, is how they call it thinking we can't see what is happening like in front of our very eyes.

"So and so kicks it out to the wing". Oh rly?

:D
 

Yianni

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It won't happen, but my wish would be for commentary-free vision and sound. There's a term for what you would be listening to as a result, can't think what that is - ambient?

I can't stand the way commentators crap on. I think my biggest gripe, among many, is how they call it thinking we can't see what is happening like in front of our very eyes.

"So and so kicks it out to the wing". Oh rly?

:D
It’s about the ‘style’ of commentary. Different sports have differing levels of detail.

Tennis commentary on TV will often eschew commentating everything that happens, which I think is for the best because it’s such a fast game that calling everything sounds ridiculous. Which is what I think when I hear it commentated on the radio. “Federer forehand, to the Nadal backhand, plays it back crosscourt’ I just think ‘accept it, this isn’t a radio sport’

Soccer commentators often let the game breathe especially in lead up play which also works, because it offers a real contrast to when they do call and get excited.

AFL commentary, especially on TV with their FIVE commentators plus special comments, feels like a pizza with EVERY ingredient. And some of the ingredients are chocolate, cloves and capers.

A bit like this.



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YippeeYiYeo

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Neither Bruce or BT can pronounce the word ‘brilliant’.

Anyone who heard the way Bruce just tried to sum up Wingards ability must realise the bloke is past it.
 

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Superstar swan

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Malcolm blight was the only thing worse than bazil. I remember one game when (might have been huddo) calling someone a running machine or goal kicking machine or whatever it was and blight goes "il stop you there huddo) then proceeds to go on this epoc rant how its impossible for human beings to be a machine as machines are mechanical intruments yada yada...lost the plot.

Also it irritates the shit out of me when dermie has too much of an ego to actuall call a shot before it is kicked. Someone will be lining up for goal, theyl kick and just about as the ball is going to cross the line he will sit back in his chair and say " now he will want to curl this slightly left to right....yea that will work" after hes just watched what the ball actually does
 

Topkent

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Ling is the worst comments man in the world. Fair dinkum. Everything was a free kick. Nothing was ever wrong and he has the charisma of a robot.


Also the commentary fapping over Petracca and how he loves the big stage? He was shit. Jack Viney was immense for us and deserves those plaudits, same with Jetta but of course they focus on the sexier option.
 

Plugger35

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Ling was OK when he started but now he's just another Ch7 sycophant like Darcy and his Geelong bias can be nauseating when he commentates their games.

Malcolm blight was the only thing worse than bazil. I remember one game when (might have been huddo) calling someone a running machine or goal kicking machine or whatever it was and blight goes "il stop you there huddo) then proceeds to go on this epoc rant how its impossible for human beings to be a machine as machines are mechanical intruments yada yada...lost the plot.

Also it irritates the shit out of me when dermie has too much of an ego to actuall call a shot before it is kicked. Someone will be lining up for goal, theyl kick and just about as the ball is going to cross the line he will sit back in his chair and say " now he will want to curl this slightly left to right....yea that will work" after hes just watched what the ball actually does
I didn't mind Blight as a commentator, he was a bit left field with his thoughts on the game, some of it was just plain kooky but he was at least interesting.
 

AcuteWhistle

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Watched the Thursday Night game with radio coverage, which was fine, & then the replay with CH7's bunch of jokers...the number of mistakes they all made with player names was just disgraceful, my favourite was Basil calling Hooker Bellchambers...yeah they look alike, they're tall:drunk:.

Incompetents.
 

PowerForGood

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To me the best caller in the business is Hudson, with Whatley being second best. I don't think it is a coincidence that the best commentators are not former players.
Absolutely. For special comments roles then former players are perfect because they can provide insight on something that is happening by giving a players perspective.

Calling players by their wrong name is not commentary.
 

JohnZ

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Ling was OK when he started but now he's just another Ch7 sycophant like Darcy and his Geelong bias can be nauseating when he commentates their games.
See it's funny you say that, because most Geelong fans would say he's painfully neutral and won't make a call. Eh, he must be on a long contract like Basil
 

Sprout

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It’s gone beyond a joke how bad Ling has become. He may as well just say “durrrr durrrrrr durrrrrrrr” everytime he is asked a question. It would offer as much as what he currently does.
 

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