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05-17-2009, 08:32 PM #1
I must commend Gillian Clark and Charmaine for their excellent and at times explosive commentaries of the just-concluded 2009 Sudirman Cup World Team Badminton Championship held in Guangzhou, China. They were just fantastic.The early-round commentaries by others were 'so so'. The other commentator who is also very good is John Burgess but unfortunately he did not comment for this tournament.
Gillian and Charmaine were also very gracious in offering their best wishes to Julia Wong, the Malaysian woman singles player, for a speedy recovery from her knee operation.
05-17-2009, 09:10 PM #2
As for Burgess, aka "that guy" to many of his detractors, you either love him or hate him. Personally I shade towards the former. At least he brings some enthusiasm to the table; have you heard some of them drab "point by point" commentators... UGH!
05-17-2009, 09:16 PM #3
I do miss Hoyer-Larsen/Morten Frost analysis...
05-17-2009, 10:07 PM #4
Gillian Clark is fine but she goes over the top a bit too often.
She often proclaims "how in the world did he do that?" on shots that even intermediate amateurs would make from time to time.
05-18-2009, 01:03 AM #5
A good commentator is one who knows when to talk and when not to talk during the course of the match, and Gillian is very good at it.
On the other hand, the worst commentator of all is not "that guy", but the freak male Chinese commentator who talks about crap non-stop during THE ENTIRE MATCH, just view the Cai/Fu vs INA pair during the Sudirman cup, and I couldn't even hear the sound of the shuttlecock being hit simply because of his annoying voice and non-stop non-sense.
05-18-2009, 01:10 AM #6
hah...yeah....the chinese commentator....he talks too much and knows little....plus....he cant pronounce names properly...
05-18-2009, 01:16 AM #7
05-18-2009, 01:33 AM #8
I watch the game on global tv. The commentator cannot spell the player name correctly, each time he pronounce the player name is always changing and end up with a funny name. And he also like to mistaken the player's nationality.
Thanks god on the final match they change the commentator.
05-18-2009, 01:39 AM #9
05-18-2009, 02:01 AM #10
I don't know which channel it is, but if you download the match I mentioned(Cai/Fu vs Ina pair) in my earlier post then you will know what I mean.
Obviously the quality of commentating is way better when they have former badminton greats like ZJH to give actual "expert" analysis on the match.
However, when that annoying Chinese commentator starts telling you how he plays and stuff that has nothing to do with the match itself, then it begins to really piss me off.
05-18-2009, 02:18 AM #11
can they challenge hasbullah awang?
05-18-2009, 04:46 AM #12
I have to agree that Gillian Clark and John Burgess are the best English commentators I've heard so far.
But one thing that I can stand with Gillian is that she focuses too much on LD during every match of LD.
During LD-PSH match, she was saying "LD is such a character and he's so fun to watch...." when LD dove and failed to retrieve a shot by PSH.
She questioned "It was called out?" when LD's return just missed the line but commented "It was very close!" when the replay showed LD's return missed the line but was called in.
Well, I believe she is a huge fan of LD.
05-18-2009, 05:18 AM #13
I did hear her say how good looking he is.
05-18-2009, 09:06 AM #14
Oh well, he was a good laugh. (And did you hear the comment he made about XXF being LD's gf? LOLOLOL. His whole sentence was screwed up! Talk about grammar!) Oh let's not forget he also did numerous mistakes about the scores!
05-18-2009, 09:59 AM #15
And i'd say en ex-player could always be a perfect commentator when they were also provided with the talent. They'd be perfect! Who's next? Wong Choon Han?
05-18-2009, 01:20 PM #16
05-18-2009, 01:34 PM #17
i for one have never been able to stand Gillian Clark. she tend to over-dramatize and over-sensationalize trivial issues.
she also used to be very anti-China. even though she seems to try to be neutral, you can tell her commentating has been a bit hostile to the Chinese, be it that she always tend to support the non-China side, or trying to down play the Chinese.
in recent years, however, she has slowly accepted the fact that it was futile and has since gone with the flow a bit more.
to really see what a good commentator is, we should look towards more professional commentators in the US and in other sports. little that i watch other sports like NBA/NFL, whenever i do, i always find their commentating much more professional than anybody have done in badminton.
another excellent commentator is cycling commentator Phil Liggett, who can make a sport as monotonous as pedalling from point A to point B interesting.
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