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    OMG, duct tape his hands down please !

    I honestly cant watch oln when Bob Roll talks anymore, i have to look away.
    He does a hand motion with ...every...single...word.
    Someone needs to duct tape his hands down to his legs.

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    I have never noticed his hand movements, but I cannot stand how he pronounces anything in french -- for example, he says "the Tour DAY FRANCE". Drives me nuts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by specialK
    I have never noticed his hand movements, but I cannot stand how he pronounces anything in french -- for example, he says "the Tour DAY FRANCE". Drives me nuts...
    He does it to piss them off.

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    for example, he says "the Tour DAY FRANCE".
    Really? Who would have known? It's never been covered around here.....

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    Just the other day he was talking about how he pronounces french words wrong to piss people off, like a waiter who ignored his group in a restaurant for over an hour.

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    So hes an ignorant dumbass not just a dumbass? Fantastic, he deserves a good kick in his junk.

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    Would you take Trautwig over Roll? At least Roll knows what he is talking about. I'm sympathetic to people who have been mistreated over the years (as Roll has by the French) and take out their frustration in such an non-violent way. But it's probably his own fault he was mistreated - get him a copy of Culture Shock France.

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    I think Bob Roll is a hoot!! He's pulling everyone's chain with that Tour DAY France stuff. Pay attention to him when he's talking about the classics - his pronunciation is beautiful. He's the best one OLB has out there by a mile in my book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thelung
    Just the other day he was talking about how he pronounces french words wrong to piss people off, like a waiter who ignored his group in a restaurant for over an hour.
    And of course he's too dumb to realise that being ignored was the result of his idiocy. He probably thinks he got the last laugh in that one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Dog
    I think Bob Roll is a hoot!! He's pulling everyone's chain with that Tour DAY France stuff. Pay attention to him when he's talking about the classics - his pronunciation is beautiful. He's the best one OLB has out there by a mile in my book.
    Absolutely. Bobke is hilarious but delivers great commentary.

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    Bob Roll is awesome and enertaining. He reminds me of a character that was cut out of "Cannonball Run", probably hanging out drinking beer with Mel Tillis, or perhaps shooting up with the junkie doctor. Liggett and Sherwin are the greatest, and for some reason I don't mind Al Trautwig as bad this year, although I think a background in the sport should be a prerequisite for being a commentator, which Trautwig obviously doesn't have. My question to those who hate on Roll; "Well what DO you want?" I, for one, can do without another clone of "Best Damn Sports Show, Period". I think OLNs coverage leaves something to be desired as far as the huge surplus of commercials goes, but their choice in commentators is very well done.
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    Bob Roll is pure entertainment. He thumbs his nose at those that thumbed at him for many years. Now he has had the last 6 and probably 7 years with an American dominating a french race. He must really be loving it.
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    I have zero problem with his commentary, just his non stop hand gestures.
    Listening to him IS entertaining

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    Bob Roll is king. My Tour de France experience would be lessened if Bob weren't around to make the coverage so unique. I used to have problems with Trautwig, but he hasn't bothered me as much this year. Of course, Sherwin and Liggett are great. I enjoy the commentators on OLN more than any other team of sportscasters I've ever heard.

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    Roll is the real deal, but plays the nutball gig to the hilt. Read his books and listen close to when he interviews others. Remember last year in the OLN coverage when they had Hinault on TV? Bobke spoke excellent French with him.
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    BFD. He's funny. If you don't like it, well... too bad.

    I particularly enjoy the adds for the scratch off games where he gets progressively more desperate while Phil and Paul rake in the prizes (I feel like Bob, BTW -- no prizes yet!).
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    I'll take Bobke's "Tour DAY France" over Frankie's "TOUR defrance" any day. ANY day.

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    The Trek game rocks. I feel like Paul. Three keyrings, two peak bars, and a JERSEY! WOOHOO!

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    I caught a mere glimpse of him in a commercial riding a bike in the nude. Correct me if I'm wrong please!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarery
    I have zero problem with his commentary, just his non stop hand gestures.
    Listening to him IS entertaining
    Have you ever seen the episode of Seinfeld where George says he grows on people like an irritating commercial jingle ("By Mennen")? In two years, you'll be humming, "Boooob Rollie" or "Tooour day France".

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    I can take the hands, but Trautwig is a doofus, he signed off sunday by telling us, "the tour de france is not over, there is always the possibility of crashes or the flu..tune in!"

    Just because he's too much of an idiot to appreciate the sport, doesn't mean he should assume this of his audience.

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    i hadn't noticed bob's hands flying around before this year's tour coverage. i think someone told him he needs to learn the art of talking with his hands. while i enjoy his commentary, he needs a lot of practice using the hand gestures.

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    Roll is good for the sport. He plays the part people have told him to play. If you don't like him, get your tour feed from the net.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Da Tinker
    Roll is the real deal, but plays the nutball gig to the hilt. Read his books and listen close to when he interviews others. Remember last year in the OLN coverage when they had Hinault on TV? Bobke spoke excellent French with him.
    I've seen him interview Italian riders in Italian, also. The man has a lot more on the ball than the casual viewer gives him credit for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacMan
    And of course he's too dumb to realise that being ignored was the result of his idiocy. He probably thinks he got the last laugh in that one
    I think it is hilarious you call Roll an idiot and dumb and yet you can't seem to spell realize!
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