US World Cup coverage

June 12th, 2006 / Filed Under: sport / 3 Comments / Tags: , , , , ,

Its been an interesting start to the TV coverage of the world cup, the first build up show is on today as a run up to the first US game, all the others start 5 minutes before kick off and more than 4 of those minutes are ads. The main commentator, ESPN’s answer to Motty is a baseball commentator who’s never commentated on football before the tournament. So far he’s done well recognising players but spends most of the time spouting irrelavant facts, almost as if he doesn’t know what else to talk about. During the England game (he did call us Germany at one point) he mentioned how popular Michael Beckham is in England. Fortunately the commentators all have an ex-pro as co-commentator so at least there’s usually one person who has some idea of what they are talking about.

Today’s USA match should be an interesting one, the commentators keep talking about what a great oportunity the US have to beat European opposition on European soil. At half time in the Oz v Japan game the analyst was saying that it will all be about the goalkeepers and the US will do well as he believes Kasey Keller is a better keeper than “Peter” Cech.

I am grateful that I don’t have to watch all the matches on the internet with Chinese commentary though!

3 Responses to “US World Cup coverage”

  1. Comment by Neil on June 12th, 2006 7:08 am

    Alexi Lalas, the guy who had the big ginger beard in USA 94, has also now said that Kasey Keller is the best goalkeeper in the world. I think reaching 4th in the FIFA rankings has gone to their heads.

  2. Comment by Charlie on June 12th, 2006 12:20 pm

    It seemed that the czechs had different thoughts about how great the usa eam are. They seemed intent on scoring from as far out as possible, and Mr Keller did seem somewhat hapless in his atempts to keep the ball out of his net.

  3. Comment by Steve on June 13th, 2006 12:42 am

    To be fair, it sounds like the US commentators are still slightly more knowledgeable and much less annoying than the those working on ITV over here.

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