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RUFC - Would you be a commentator?

Rotherham United will be moving into their New York home in the next few weeks and, if I was a betting person, I`d put money on the fact that the TV crews will be around wanting to televise a game.

This got me thinking about commentators - and the Euro 2012 games.

There you sit getting ready to watch the game and getting nostalgic when the national anthems start only for the commentators to natter all over them while men with TV camera`s are sticking their lenses up the players noses.

I wonder what makes a commentator tick. Years ago (probably as many as thirty) commentators were your bog standard man in the street who had learned to be commentators whereas now, a lot of them are former footballers who have definitely not! Many years ago commentators had to have a BBC accent (like the chap on 'Escape to Victory`) and, by the sounds of them, had had every ounce of emotion taken out of their voices.

Do commentators actually tell us anything we don`t know - or care about?! Yet we all listen to them. Why don`t we just click the volume control off? Regardless of what we think, just simply switching that control doesn`t make it feel more like being at a live game - I know, I`ve done it. And listening to the radio commentators (who perhaps have to tell you more of what is happening because they are expecting their listeners not to be able to see pictures) while watching the game on TV doesn`t work because of the time delay. I actually once had one match on the radio while watching another, with the sound off, on TV - which was OK until someone on the radio scored and you sit waiting for the action replay on the telly which doesn`t happen!

The Euro 2012 commentaries have, at times, drove me to more than distraction and I've found myself growling at them from the settee (sad that int it!) The one who has made me want to switch off and go somewhere else has been Mark Lawrenson. Gawd, I thought I could moan but he has a degree in it and never has a good word to say about the England team (actually, no, I lie, I did hear him say something good last night - I was that gob-smacked I forgot to make a note of it though). Perhaps because I'm from Yorkshire I do quite listening to Mick McCarthy with his 'That was a bit atishoo atishoo we all fall down ' sort of phrases. Jonathan Pearce is obviously madly in love with Cristiano Ronaldo or so it seems after the other night although I did think Martin Keown did make some good points.

But, if it hadn`t been for the commentators, for instance, during the electrical storm the other evening, would we have known what was happening? Maybe but it might have taken a while to sort it out.

Maybe, in the years to come, there will be a facility to turn off the talking and just have the background noise of the crowd - but, even then, it won`t be like being there.

So, what do you think of commentators? For instance, where would we be without the 'Coleman Balls` and the 'Murray Walker-isms`? All I do know is, although we may moan about the ones who we listen to, it's not a job I'd like to do - what about you?

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Writer:Herringthorpe
Date:Monday June 25 2012
Time: 9:34AM

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