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!