Copied from the World Cup qualifiers thread...FWIW, DAZN does have the rights to the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL qualifiers in Canada, and Agent Tim - who also commentates a bit himself - was actually hosting a RedZone-like program on yesterday's South American qualifiers. Of course, there was exactly one goal in the first half of all five games combined, so that must have felt more than a bit awkward.
I've listened to enough of tonight's game now to believe that my suspicion was correct: counter-intuitively, I think trying to be less excited about games in the future may actually be good for reining in my worst tendencies. I do like the sound of my voice on tonight's tape.I will actually be quite interested to listen to the tape of the game, as I think this is the sort of game from which you can learn a lot. I have a sneaky suspicion that I'm going to like how I sound on the recording; I think the more reserved vocal style I used may actually play rather well.
You mean, e.g., like the pause between "What happened to the offensive..." and "...line for Arizona"? That was me trying to get in a rhythm and struggling to read my notes; I had actually prepared some pregame filler material about the bad Arizona O-line and only decided at the last moment to use it during halftime. The nature of these teasers coming into the start of halftime is that I'm given a montage of highlights from the game that I've never seen before and just need to say something semi-intelligent about the game to transition to the stat graphics (and then transition from those to the highlight clips, etc.); I'm beginning to get a better sense of how much time I have to fill and therefore how much material I need to use, and everything is feeling more natural - not least because I'm trusting myself more and feeling as though I need to read scripted comments less - but I'm not quite there yet.I notice that there were a couple hesitations and verbal hiccups, for lack of a better term, right at the start of the first game (Bucs-Cardinals), but then you got into a rhythm. Was that due to something in production / behind the scenes, or just you getting in the right frame of mind?
That was an editorial decision by our guy cutting the highlights - the long run *was* the decisive moment of the OT (in setting up the kick), and we already had loads of highlights from that game in the package, so I guess adding the field goal would have been overkill.Why nothing on the decisive play of OT for Bears-Ravens? Was it still unfolding but you had to do the highlights with what you had?
I don't see why it wouldn't - I first remember hearing Rich Eisen use "forty-burger" and "fifty-burger" on the Sunday evening NFL Network highlight shows a while back, and while it was a weird turn of phrase, it's not like I needed any help to figure it out myself. You're right, though, that more generally I do need to be careful about cross-cultural differences when assessing my audience and deciding what to say and how to say it.I wonder if the phrasing of "the saints still drop a 50-burger on the lions" will convey to a non-US audience...
Ah, but I was already planning to crowd-source facts about the Patriots from you guys that I can use in the context of the SNF preview we'll be running at halftime of our game this Sunday. I've got the Falcons covered, of course...any insightful facts you would recommend for a 30-to-60-second slot?I just want to see him go back to the well on women's tennis. He could probably head over to TennisForum.com (the SoSH of women's tennis) and get his pre-match notes / filler / prep done for him by hundreds of grateful fans.
I'd talk Patriots to you ad nauseam, but the right answer is to start a thread on BBTL and ask the people who actually know their shiitake to give their 30-second summaries and interesting facts, with a threat that you might use some of it on-air. Particularly if it flatters the Falcons.Ah, but I was already planning to crowd-source facts about the Patriots from you guys that I can use in the context of the SNF preview we'll be running at halftime of our game this Sunday. I've got the Falcons covered, of course...any insightful facts you would recommend for a 30-to-60-second slot?
At the very least, you best come prepared with your jokes when they zoom in on Luis Suarez idly grinding his teeth on the bench, or Messi looking like he just rolled out of bed and has no idea where he is.The good news: Barcelona is involved. The bad news: it's the first leg of a Copa del Rey tie against Murcia of the third tier in Spanish football, so I doubt Barca will be fielding a full-strength team.
Gee, thanks. I'm fully aware that the Falcons were 3-0 before I started presenting NFL games for DAZN and are now 0-3 since. Maybe it's better for my work, in a way, as the increasing unlikelihood of a Falcons NFC Championship repeat makes it easier for me to just concentrate on each game as it comes without worrying about the NFC playoff implications. Of course, it's now probably more likely that a Falcons game or two might get on to our schedule, as they become a less interesting proposition for Bell Canada (with them having first pick of the Sunday games, ahead of DAZN); I wouldn't be at all surprised to see us picking the Falcons-Jets game this week. We'll see.Now just don't let that charm carry over to the game that's about to start.