World Cup: What’s the point of the co-commentator?
ITV co-commentator Jim Beglin was struck down with an inner-ear infection last night, which left Clive Tyldesley all alone in the commentary box for last night’s semi-final between Holland and Uruguay.
It seems ITV were unable to rustle up a replacement in time, although there are some (made-up) rumours that Andy Townsend bottled it. We wish Beglin well – but the absence of an ‘analyst’ type commentator was rather refreshing, and made me wonder – what is the point of them anyway?
As my fellow blogger Neil Forsyth pointed out the other day – do we really need to be subjected to the rapier wit of Mark Lawrenson? And I’ve already felt the need to speak out about Mark ‘what he was trying to do’ Bright.
Co-commentators have a habit of stating the obvious and making a noise when there simply isn’t any need. To make my point, here are some insightful thoughts and opinions that have been uttered from the commentary box:
Chris Kamara: “They only count when they go in the goal”
John Greig: “Celtic manager Davie Hay still has a fresh pair of legs up his sleeve.”
Mike Ingham: “Martin O’Neill, standing, hands on hips, stroking his chin.”
Martin Tyler: “The ageless Dennis Wise, now in his thirties.”
Ron Atkinson: “On another night, they’d have won 2-2.”
Ron Atkinson (again): “I would not say he is the best left winger in the Premiership, but there are none better.”
David Coleman: “If that had gone in, it would have been a goal.”
Peter Jones: “Ian Rush is deadly 10 times out of 10, but that wasn’t one of them.”
Barry Davies: “Lukic saved with his foot, which is all part of the goalkeeper’s arm.”
John Helm: “The USA are a goal down, and if they don’t get a goal they’ll lose.”Tagged in: itv, world cup
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