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Old 07-16-03, 11:48 PM
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Bob Roll is so funny. Love his commercials. Classic Bob.
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Old 07-16-03, 11:53 PM
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He even dyed his hair to be Phil.
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Old 07-17-03, 08:40 AM
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Did Bob ride with the 7-11 team. Seem like a caught part of a story about them crashing in the team TT.
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Old 07-17-03, 09:02 AM
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Yes Bobke did ride with 7-11 team and yes they
did crash in the team time trial first year (I believe I saw
Bob sliding into a curb).
Bobke rode leTour 4 times.
He also raced for Motorola.

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Bobke is DA MAN ! he is insightful without being snobbish abotu racing... he is like you or I... he knows about the sport, but still shares what he knows to people hwo don't know anyting... like uhhh Kirsten Gum... although nice to look at... even my wife (who knows very little about bike racing, but will watch TdF with me) said to me this morning after Bob's and Kirsten's segment "She doesn;t seem like she knows a whole lot does she ? What is she doing there ?" And she thinks Bob is weird looking.. i have to agree there... anyone who can floss with rope, is a little goofy.. but ya gotta love him !

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Re Kirsten Gum: Seems like OLN thought they needed to have a pleasant face to represent the person who's just gotten interested in bike racing and doesn't know much about it. I don't know. She seems okay but it's getting a little crowded in the OLN booth, doncha think?

OTOH, they should can the woman who does the "local flavor" bits. Yes, we know they have fancy food in France. Yes, we know they make wine and cheese. Now, shut up and lets get back to the stage!

I've seen it 10 times now but I still crack up at that one ad: [bobasphil] And Armstrong is accelerating like a grand prix motorcar! [/bobasphil]
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Old 07-17-03, 10:16 AM
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Today Bobke picked Tyler and Jan to beat Lance in tomorrows TT. Interesting. Or maybe, as they are want to say on OLN it's the "Running of the Bull".
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I agree with most people on this post, Bob is just awesome, maybe it's an american thing or just a biker thing or what not, but in my mind, he's really complete...A great commentator on the Tv, funny and also can offer some good stuff seriously on races, (ie. summer sportzone??) but also a good rider personally..I've heard that Lance goes riding with him in Boone N.C. and other places, and regards him as a good training partner, so he can't be that bad of a rider....Now to me that's a complete package, and I like that!!..

Go Bobke!!
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I like the contrast between two authorities on the Tour- Sherwen (7 tours, 5 finishes) is a conservative voice with a good feel for the differences of approach between different european riders from different traditions. He also worked for Motorola, so he has insights into the American approach (and rode alongside Lemond and Boyer). Bob Roll represents the Gonzo side of american cycling; he's a character, who's been there- and has unbroadcastable anecdotes to prove it.......

Ligget is the doyen of english-speaking broadcasters. How many tours has he done, now? 26? 27?

Any extra 'human interest' journalism is wasted on me......but I can understand the networks trying to attract new audiences, etc. I'd drop the rest of them, and play more race footage but I'm not the target consumer..........
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