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July 23, 2004

Does OLN's coverage earn a maillot jaune?

NPR audio | Armstrong's Tour Quest Boosts Outdoor Life Network

NPR's Morning Edition talks to New York Times sports columnist Richard Sandomir about OLN's Tour coverage and its audience.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 23, 2004 in Television | Permalink


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How good are Liggett and Sherwen? It's hard to tell, not having heard anybody else. For me at this point, the attraction of the telecasts is the racing itself, not the commentary. I think both guys have gotten tired. How many times have we heard that various riders are "having the ride of their lives"? Or that "their legs are screaming out in pain"? Or that Jan Ullrich is "a beast of a rider"? Beyond the barrage of cliches -- and maybe they're unavoidable, maybe the action in a road race just doesn't have enough variety to lend itself to more creative descriptions, maybe these guys are doing the best they can watching TV monitors from the finish area -- but I think other parts of their event calling are sloppy, too. Phil regularly will misstate what's happening on camera. And on the final Alps stage, both were so transfixed with the idea that Ullrich would try an attack that they kept talking about it long after it seemed obvious his best chance had passed.

But all that being said, I'm going to have a serious withdrawal problem once it's all over tomorrow.

Posted by: Dan at Jul 24, 2004 1:39:43 PM

I've been listening along to the audio coverage. I've found OLN's coverage to be informative and exciting. I wish I could watch from work!

My only quibble is Sherwen's habit of saying "utterly" after every "completely." He's incapable of separating the two. It has all the hallmarks of a good drinking game!

Posted by: Mark Turner at Jul 24, 2004 2:09:02 PM

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