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Oh Lord!  GRF and I seem to be on the same page (see up there Grahame) LOL
 
I was beginning to think I was the only one that want to kick thinks whenever Rob Walker appears! LOL
 
Is Simmonds REALLY that bad? Yes it's dumbed down, but has he been instructed to go this route?
 
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Simmonds is terrible.... I've had headaches all week listening to him.  

Leigh McMillan has been very good, but the bar was set by Bornhoft - exceptional commentary for a recreational windsurfing or dinghy racing perspective.  Loads of info, loads of sport promo and absolutely spot on tactical as well as technical observations.  

I heard they've booked Julie Andrews for Rio... she was good at flying kites back in the day.


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Rob "Cringy" Walker
 
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Originally posted by alstorer

Simmonds neads loaded into a cannon at the fort and fired in the general direction of France.

LOL LOL LOL LOL I'm not sure even the French deserve that
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At best the sailing commentary on the BBC can only be described as puerile, simplistic, clueless drivel. I'm sure Simmonds must have some abilities at something, but commentating on sailing ain't one of 'em.

The best commentary that I'm aware of was the contribution made by Simon Bornhoft, who gave some brilliant technical insight into an RSX race that really helped explain the action & the equipment being used (and I'm not a board sailor). Sadly the Finns, Lasers, 470s etc haven't been given the same quality of service by anyone.

So far as the stupid, cringeworthy "joker", "turbocharger" type comments go, surely someone at the BBC must realize this sort of infantile claptrap is totally unacceptable to anyone with an IQ higher than 2.


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There are plenty of confident, well presenting top Brisith sailors out there who could do a far better job than Simmonds.... Ian Walker, Pom Green, Nick Rogers, Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb, Sten,  Ian Williams for Elliots, Alex Thompson, even Dee or Dame Ellen would be better..... it wouldn't take much to find the right calibre of person to step up, it's not football where the only bloke on the pitch with a GCSE or two is Frank Lampard.  

There's also a number yachting journos that could put on a good show- James Boyd or Andy Rice for example.  Gael's tweets have been pretty spot on throughout, so imo she seems somewhat under-utilised with only a twitter feed for live commentary!  If I had Auntie's budget, I would be hooking up with the specialised media outlets for certain sports, Y&Y being the natural home for sailboat racing.


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Originally posted by rodney

Given the considerable differences in the classes I would have thought it would be better to have a professional commentator backed up by a class specialist.   The class specialist could be one of the poor guys, or girls, who wasn't selected as they would know all of the characters and also the what to draw attention to in the particular class.

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I’ve not seen any of the windsurfing, so haven’t heard this Simon chap.

Rob Walker is very enthusiastic – but his arms on Ben interview was cringy.
Richard Simmons sounds like Simon Mayo, but he talks in clichés and catchphrases, and repeats the same two or three things over and over and over again. Please find something else to say!
Leigh McMillan – fine, but not great
Shirley – I think she’s done well, but has a difficult job on an isolated RIB. Just please, don't mention how many gold medals she has!

The swimming guys (Andy Thompson and Adrian Moorhouse) have been excellent. I don’t especially care for swimming, but their commentary has been fun and informative, and they seem to actually have expert knowledge of the competitors.
Can we get Richie Benaud?
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If you feel strongly enough about this then the only option is to complain, the BBC do have an online system which is a little long winded but its is seen as the "way to do it" these days, I'm sure I've read somewhere they work on the principle that for every one complaint there are 1000 who didnt complain but felt the same???
 
 
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dogslife Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Aug 12 at 11:43am
Originally posted by Roger

 
If you feel strongly enough about this then the only option is to complain, the BBC do have an online system which is a little long winded but its is seen as the "way to do it" these days, I'm sure I've read somewhere they work on the principle that for every one complaint there are 1000 who didnt complain but felt the same???
 

Thanks for the link, complaint made.
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