> Best: Scott Hamilton. Because I learned more about skating by watching him
> than anyone else. Not only does he point out what doesn't work, he also
> points out what DOES work. He also does not have an "I am the God of
> Skating" persona when he commentates, as almost every other commentator
> does. Plus, he's fair--maybe a bit too generous at times, but I prefer
> that to constant pot-shots.
He's always positive. He has tact. Where Button would say "that was lousy"
Scott would say something like "need to spend more time on that move" or
"what they do, they do very, very well".
> Worst--oh, where do I begin? Speaking as someone who watches almost every
> sport imaginable, the overall quality of skating commentators is abysmal.
> If I had to pick one that I particularly loathe, it's Peter Carruthers.
> This guy has the ultimate attitude problem. I feel like I'm listening to a
> schoolteacher--or maybe a particularly ill-tempered coach. He seems to
> have spent years studying*** Button tapes and concentrated on completely
> adopting all the worst parts! And second goes to Sandra Bezic. She's not
> as annoying as Carruthers, she just says next to nothing that is
> meaningful or interesting!
My pick is DEFINITELY the idiot Peter Carruthers. Constant babbling,
inappropriate comments, and incorrect calls on jumps and the quality of
spins make him THE WORST! And, of course, he comments for Turner networks
skating events, ESPN's, and I think USA's.
> As for*** Button--there are many many times that the "God of Skating"
> act makes me want to pull an Elvis and shoot my TV set. And the sport,
> especially on the eligible level, seems at times to have completely passed
> the man by. Working with Peggy Fleming and Terry Gannon does not help him
> at all, either. But, the man does have his moments. When he is really,
> truly e***d and pleased by the program he is watching, he is the best
> there is. That just doesn't happen often enough, it seems.
> Best Hope for the Future--Brian Boitano.
IMHO, Button respects Brian more than Peggy. Listen to when he speaks. If
he's with Peggy, he states everything as a fact. When he's with Brian,
most everything he says is a question.
I agree with all Fred's picks.