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#363159
Andy McDandy wrote:According to a book I'm reading, sports journalism is built around a central conceit - that an event whose outcome is massively influenced by a) highly technical expertise and b) utterly random factors can be given a narrative format.

Rather than explain how conditioning or training can affect performance, or how 22 players and a bouncy ball make for countless permutations, it all boils down to superstition and simplicity - the winners had more heart, the losers were jinxed.

Coverage of sport people off the pitch is pure soap opera, from WAG lifestyles to dressing room bust-ups.
The only sport I'll watch is rugby and F1 (arguably not a sport). The only way I will watch it is to record it and then fast forward over the pundits discussing the upcoming game/race and to avoid the half time analysis where blokes in a studio remind the viewer about what they had just seen. Jonathan 'Whiny' Davis is probably the most irritating commentator/pundit in existence.

F1 can often become mind numbing as boredom often sets in. When there's an impressive crash it's a jolly jape to fast rewind and watch a mangled wreckage shoot backwards while reassembling itself.
#363163
Football punditry - especially when it comes to home internationals - is appalling. Reason goes out of the window, replaced by jerks on sofas engaging in the worst type of phone in moronity and jingoism imaginable.

It was a blessed relief when England got dumped out of the last world cup, ditto a few years ago when they failed to qualify for the Euros. Then the pundits had to talk knowledgeably and entertainingly about 2 foreign teams they had no stake in, and you know what? They managed it.
#363208
Abernathy wrote:Virtually without exception, post-event interviews with sports people are utterly worthless, and more often than not cringeworthy.

Is that where the token blond woman is on teh touchline and thrusts her microphone into the face of a disappointed and angry sportsbloke who is leaving the field because he has been subbed/sent off/or lost the match and asks, 'How do you feel?'. Also seen on F1 when she asks the same question of a driver who has just crashed/broken down/wheel feel off.
#363221
It always amuses me in tennis matches when the favourite loses. The commentator always seems to start off withthe assumption that he'll win, and all the commentary praises his shots and talks in terms of the opponent struggling. As the favourite starts to make mistakes, the commentary is still in terms of how something was 'only just' out, a misfortune, a lucky fluke on the part of the opponent, etc. Eventually, at least three games after everyone else, commentator suddenly realises what is going on and does a screeching about turn, praising the opponent's shots and saying how it's been obvious from the start that the favourite is struggling, they knew it all along. If favourite manages to turn it around, there's a similar time lag before commentator catches up again.
#363328
Daley Mayle wrote:
Abernathy wrote:Virtually without exception, post-event interviews with sports people are utterly worthless, and more often than not cringeworthy.

Is that where the token blond woman is on teh touchline and thrusts her microphone into the face of a disappointed and angry sportsbloke who is leaving the field because he has been subbed/sent off/or lost the match and asks, 'How do you feel?'. Also seen on F1 when she asks the same question of a driver who has just crashed/broken down/wheel feel off.
Ballbag though he is, Eddie Irvine's pre-race interview when he described his strategy as one of going around the track faster than the other lads, hopefully without crashing, and thus finishing before they did was a peach.

BBC losing MotoGP means we'll not ever again need to endure the painful "playful banter" between Cal Crutchlow and Matt Roberts pre-race. It's hard to feel embarrassed for a man who coined his own nickname, had it emblazoned on his leathers, before quietly removing it when it clearly didn't catch on, but you did, every other Sunday.
#364376
Cheated death/life hung in the balance/just 15 minutes from death = had an operation.

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#364600
All EU legislation is draconian.

Britain has lost EVERY attempt to stop draconian new laws from Brussels since 1996, damning report reveals
EU legislation that Britain has tried to block includes restrictions on car emissions which the UK government warned would cost the UK up to £56 billion
Pollution is good? :?
Most of our car industry is foreign owned, so where does the £56 billion come from? And how do we export cars that don't meet foreign emission standards?

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#364721
I think it went the same way as Rip-off Britain and Doom and Gloom. They're a bit like Cybermen* - you only get them under a Labour government.

*And please don't correct me if this is not the case... :lol:
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