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Old 07-05-08, 06:14 PM   #1
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Not liking this Hummer guy. What happened to Trautwig? I know I am probably in the minority but I liked Al, deep voice and all. This Hummer kid doesn't really fit in with the older commentators although Phil probably likes him, notice how they keep him as far away as possible
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Well you would, indeed, be in the minority (as would I). Al, to me at least, seemed kind of like the everyman in the triumverate and I liked that about him. I am just waiting to see what all of the whiners about Al. It almost makes me wonder if VS. read the coments in here, most of which were unduly harsh. I wonder how many of us could do what Al did. I love cycling as much as anyone in the forums but I do not know if I could ever be a commentator...of any sort.

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Word on the net is that Al's in Olympic mode this year. Good for the Olympics, bad for Versus. I think Al's biggest fault was being paired with Rolle for Extended coverage. That was always a train wreck- Al can't play by play a cycling event and Bob is a sub par color man. But during the intros and other production, it was always obvious that Al was the only professional broadcaster on the team.

But I'll give Hummer a fair shake.
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Word on the net is that Al's in Olympic mode this year. Good for the Olympics, bad for Versus. I think Al's biggest fault was being paired with Rolle for Extended coverage. That was always a train wreck- Al can't play by play a cycling event and Bob is a sub par color man. But during the intros and other production, it was always obvious that Al was the only professional broadcaster on the team.

But I'll give Hummer a fair shake.

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Someone needs to track how many times Bob says "Tour Day France". That's gotta kill the Francophiles.
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Al Trautwig rates up there with Brent Musburger, complete Hack. They should just have Phil, Paul and Mr. Tour Da France, Bob Roll.
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Al goes the way of Kristen Gump and the Cutters.

His words here will be little noted nor long remembered (to borrow a phrase) except for the gaffs.
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Someone needs to track how many times Bob says "Tour Day France". That's gotta kill the Francophiles.
Yep, and from what I've read about the way the 7-11 team was treated when they first went to the Tour, I can understand the deliberate provocation in the pronunciation. Let's just say that the Americans weren't too welcome when they first showed up.
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After watching the Tour of Pennsylvania, I shall never again complain about Versus' coverage of the TdF!
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I'm thinking that Al is not here because it is an Olympic year. Bejing starts too soon after TdF. I didn't like the evening coverage- you're missing out on Phil saying the wrong thing and Paul subtely correcting him. Or Paul repeating exactly what Phil just said, as if he wasn't listening. Plus, Phil & Paul Bingo is too fun.
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Yes you're right, Hummer sucks - I'd much prefer a John Tesh wannabe uber-dork who knows absolutely nothing about the sport he comments on. Good grief.
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Al is missed IMHO. He added legitimacy to newcomers and passers by in so much that most sports people sure as heck know who Al is. Only Hummer's mom might know who he is. If I were go sports fan that happen to stumble up in the low 600's on directv and I saw Al, I might figure this is actually real sports event. Same person this year would pass by.
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Yes you're right, Hummer sucks - .
Other than making a stupid pick for the stage one winner, I haven't heard him say in anything outrageously stupid yet. So he's already ahead of Al.
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Yes you're right, Hummer sucks - I'd much prefer a John Tesh wannabe uber-dork who knows absolutely nothing about the sport he comments on. Good grief.
hummer was marginal on americas up coverage too but not as bad as tucker thompson and andy green who provided color
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Yeh, Hummer needs to get some dental work so he looks like Bob Roll!
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I had forgotten about Al Trautwig completely. This Hummer kid is irritating, but nowhere near as bad as Al.
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After watching the Tour of Pennsylvania, I shall never again complain about Versus' coverage of the TdF!
Your lucky, you got to see the Tour of Pennsylvania coverage. Due to some problems with the Virginia State Police and my Harley, I didn't get home until long after the show was over.

At least I was at the first KOM point during the Bedford-Latrobe stage on Friday - an excellent morning. Television coverage doesn't do justice to what's really going on.
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Al Trautwig is serving a 2-year TDF ban.

He was caught being, well, a dope.

Not that I ever really minded. As long as the English boys are there, and Bobke, they could have a sock puppet and I wouldn't care.
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Al Trautwig is pretty good at NHL commentary. I think that's his specialty and he has to find other work during the NHL off-season (summer).
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Hummer is a former swimmer and lifeguard. He is younger and better looking then the other. Ask a marketing Major why he is there. I read that he has been learning more about cycling since he interviewed Lance in 2006. Let him to the do the touristy stuff like the women they have had before. I'll cut him some slack for this year.
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I miss Trautwig. I think he brought in an air of professionalism and sport sophistication. At least as a talking head/pre-game kind of guy. I wasn't that wild about his race play-by-play. There was something 'big' about the broadcasts when he was there. Now it's gotten to feeling a bit sad, empty and low budget. Something is definitely missing this year.

Now that said, I am finding it harder and harder to bear Phil and Paul. I used to love hearing these guys call the races. But both have become enamored with their own old, stale cliches. They are too often now at a loss for words when things get dramatic and tense...they fall back to the same old stock phrases.

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I'll Miss Al

I guess Al is busy with the Olympics. Hey did you hear about the 18 Chinese swimmers getting kicked out of the Olympics, in ahem, China, for doping?

I think this will be the best TdF ever, because of the zero-tolerance doping policy, even with the Hum-meister. Dopers suck - and I don't care if a doper reads this. Win the race on your own, mom-given talent, and leave the drug$ to baseball players.

And hey, what's up with the Hummer-ino wearing a different color of shirt than Bobke and the brits? Did Al ever do that?
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Al Trautwig is serving a 2-year TDF ban.

He was caught being, well, a dope.
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Al Trautwig is serving a 2-year TDF ban.

He was caught being, well, a dope.

Not that I ever really minded. As long as the English boys are there, and Bobke, they could have a sock puppet and I wouldn't care.

^^^^^^ My vote for a top 10 post of the year.

BTW, watch out what you wish for, or they might bring back Sam Posey and John Tesh.
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yeah, Hummer's not too bad, that is if you think one of the tour favourites from italy
is Damian Cuno, and his compatriot Ricky Riccardo.
Every year it just gets worse. I'm at a point where big Al sounded good, at least he
got the names somewhat right and seemed interested.
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