rockalt wrote:That's a valid consideration Larry Goodenough but the problem is there's a lot more that goes into being a hockey analyst than simply having experienced life as a pro. It requires a certain set of skills which many former players do not have. I mean, did anyone watch the PPV broadcasts with guys like Kirk Mclean and Cliff Ronning? They're local heroes and great guys but sweet Jesus they are boring to listen to! Sames goes for Garry Valk when he first started. He may have gotten better, but he's still got a very awkward delivery. Guys like Taylor, Pratt, Murphy, etc... are simply far more entertaining and interesting. If they weren't, then you're right, they wouldn't be on television. They're fans, just like us, but I guarantee that many of us here on this site would absolutely suck at the same job.
rockalt wrote:I see where you're coming from Larry. Pro players definitely have more crediblity but at the same time not having played hockey at high level doesn't necessarily mean you're an idiot. I've never played hockey at a high level and I'd like to think I have a decent sense of the game. At the very least, I can identify the strengths and weaknesses of the team and its strategies as I'm sure many other people on this board who have never played can. When it comes down to it, I'd much rather watch someone who's never played pro but is a decent sportscaster than some former pro who's got the personality of a stump. Obviously some combination of the two would be ideal. I agree with you though, there certainly are a lot of annoying personalities in the Vancouver media and sometimes you just figure you could do a better job, but then again, it's never as easy as it looks. Despite all his "broohahahas" and abstract references, I'd much rather listen to Don Taylor than say Garry Valk.
Joe Rockhead wrote:I mean what is Don Taylor other than a news reader? He read scores of a sheet with a vidoe screen behind him! I mean the guy is just a self taught "hockey expert" Shit almost anyone of us could do the same if we were willing to trade in our nuts for a paycheck. When this asshole said anyone that supports Bertuzzi is not a hockey fan, I thought of hunting him down and kicking the shit out off him. Still might.
I went to High School with Dave Randorf and know for a fact that he played hockey the whole time he was growing up. This guy (Randorf) while no longer considered "local media" is someone I can atleast respect. I never hungout with the guy so I'm not just blowing smoke up his ass but I have followed his career and have to like the way he focuses on the sport at hand and not trying to read whats going on in the players head or speculate on the locker room.
The reason Murphy and Randorf get decent interviews is because the focus there questions on what is goin on on the ice, and don't go for the tough "journalistic" questions that piss atheletes off(like that pack of cocksuckers that cornered Luongo after the Oilers game). Or come up with retarded speculations about moods, or willingness to play a certian way or possible fueds. The media says somthing speculative five times and then considers it a fact!! Fuck I hate them.
Like I've said before ,you could put all the Vancouver media ( sans Murphy) in a burlap sack and hit it with a stick and you'd be smacking a f'ing idiot every time.
Joe Rockhead wrote:Mr Pratt entertainment is one thing but you seriously can't tell me that our local media didn't have a serious hate on for Todd Bertuzzi. Or that they contrived to spread unfounded rumors and undermine his value to the team in an effort to get him out of town.When the media gets its pink panties in a knot and try to influence the personal on a team because of personal and not perfomance reasons its no longer entertainment but petty bitchery run amok.
DavidPratt_ wrote:Need I remind everyone that sports broadcasting is ENTERTAINMENT?