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08-21-2008, 04:27 AM #1
Badminton commentators - what do we think of them?
not sure if this is the right forum for this thread. i was on the other side of the stadium and i happened to notice gill clark with this priceless look on her face
that guy: blahblahblahblahblah
that guy: i love the sound of my own voice! blahblahblahblahblah
that guy: hooohoooo i'm such a funny commentator! blahblahblahblahblah
gill clark: shut up!!!!!!!!!
so now whenever you hear that guy, you can put a face to his annoying voice
08-21-2008, 04:44 AM #2
08-21-2008, 06:20 AM #3
to be honest I think that guy isn't so bad. I mean, at least he's enthusiastic. There are worse commentators--eg., that awful antipodean (and I say this as one myself) who did the commentaries for the European championships was horrendous. I mean, his commentary was really annoying because it was so wrong.
I know I've said this before but why is it that sports channels feel obligated to have someone comment even when they know nothing at all?? Is it so hard to believe that we, the audience, might actually be able to appreciate watching a match in silence?
Ok, rant over...
08-21-2008, 06:21 AM #4
I probably need to get out of the house more
08-21-2008, 08:15 AM #5
It is David Mercer, and he is actually pretty good as far as Badminton Commentating goes, he knows a bit about the game.
Remember it is his job to talk, so saying he likes his own voice is a bit harsh.
08-21-2008, 08:48 AM #6
David isn't that bad... I've heard worse... especially from the Chinese commentators that go yadayadayada all throughout. They probably talk 90% of the time, and 50% of what they say is wrong, and the other 50% is just stating the obvious.
08-21-2008, 09:09 AM #7
Zhao Jianhua is my fave, while David is brilliant in my books... makes all the matches absolutely enjoyable.
08-21-2008, 09:16 AM #8
while i don't know if he's any good with other sports because i haven't heard him elsewhere, THAT guy is definitely my number 1 most hated badminton commentator. i don't have anything against him personally, i just don't want to hear him spout any more patronising crap about badminton.
08-21-2008, 09:34 AM #9
Don't know if David is his name but definetely That Guy's Aussie accent has made it worse. Would be much better if he spoke English as close as Gill's.
08-21-2008, 09:38 AM #10
Clark is absolutely brilliant as a commentator. the best out of all the commentators in our sports. Zhao is my favourite Singles Pro player, but his commentaries is average. Most Chinese commentators from Mainland china is pretty knowledgable. The worst is the HK commentators... Some of them don't even know enough about the sport... i don't know what the heck they are doing... Chan Lim Chi from HK is a bit better as a commentator because as least she is knowledgable.
08-21-2008, 09:40 AM #11
btw, i also saw Gill Clark compete in a 1990 AE open final VHS video. She was vicious... it'll be nice if anyone can share that...
08-21-2008, 09:48 AM #12
David Mercer isn't bad at all; you should try listening to Darren Hall: EVERY sentence opens with "absolutely". We have a prize each year for the closest guess to the number of "absolutely"s uttered by DH during the televised stages of the All England.
Gill Clark and Morten Frost made a brilliant team for this year's AE, and I wish we could have got him for the BBC Olympics commentary. Oh well...
08-21-2008, 10:07 AM #13
at the 2004 olympics there was an irritating commentator on aussie tv's badminton coverage. i remember her most excruciatingly patronising comment about badminton tactics was "you don't lift half court crosscourt, that's a no-no". i can just imagine her finger wagging at the tv audience.
08-21-2008, 10:23 AM #14
IMO, Zhao Jianhua, Gill Clark and Morten Frost are the best commentators currently. I thought Darren Hall is fine as well.
Last edited by modious; 08-21-2008 at 10:30 AM.
08-21-2008, 10:25 AM #15
hasbullah awang is the best commentaries in badminton
08-21-2008, 10:27 AM #16
08-21-2008, 10:34 AM #17
Best of the all time best is Gill Clark. No doubt about that. "How did he manage to do that"
Distant second is Morten Frost, for his acute analysis of the game, and partially because of the aura he exudes, being a top player himself once upon a time.
Hasbullah Awang takes my third spot. His enthusiasm and shouts which accompanies every point are unparalleled. Mostly, I like him because he brings back memories of better days. Thomas Cup 1992, I watched the recording of him commentating... He was practically standing up and screaming at the last few points.
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