I was set to give this kid Hummer some extended audition time -- until this morning's pre-race fiasco. Four guys trying to talk nonsense over the top of each other.
Bob's half out of control anyway, but he's allowed - he's Bobke! Phil and Paul have been at this long enough they can take a cue, but someone needs to give the cue. Big Al, whatever you think about his race commentating, is a solid professional broadcaster who can control a panel of sleep-deprived characters. He knows how to bracket segments, and that personal fun and games aren't interesting to the audience. The past few years the pre-race was often the best part of the show. This year it isn't working.
Okay, Al's off to the Olympics. But I sure hope he's back after that.