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July 05, 2004

I think I've coughed up a Cyclysm

I'm watching Late Night with OLN, the midnight showing of Stage 1, and it's the first time I've watched the taped coverage.

For the prime-time race coverage, all of the play-by-play is by Bob Roll and Al Trautwig. It's interesting to watch the footage in real-time (not compressed), but not being called by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen. Are Bob and Al sitting in a trailer taping their footage at exactly the same time as Phil and Paul call it live? Or, more likely, are they taping their comments after the stage finish, and taking advantage of hindsight to improve their coverage?

Trautwig is clearly enthusiastic, but most of my cringes have come at his hands: "Why don't they drop back a motorcycle to show Lance Armstrong; we haven't seen him on screen for a long time..."; "wouldn't it be great if the rain picked back up as the pack heads into town?"; "Why do these riders break away if they know that 90 percent of the time, it will fail?"

Bob is fun, as always, but I think I may tape the live coverage when I have to go back to work on Tuesday.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 5, 2004 in Television | Permalink


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I've read that they're gearing the primetime coverage toward the newbies, so I'm wondering if that's why they brought in the "American accents" so that people could understand the race coverage better.

It would be sad if it's true. (BBC America, for instance, redubs one of its shows in American so that it's more understandable.)

Posted by: John at Jul 5, 2004 9:37:58 AM

Can anybody give a definition for Cyclysm?

Posted by: Sam Lark Sr. at Jul 12, 2004 9:13:39 PM

Well, one article I read said it's a combination of 'cycling' and 'cataclysm.'

Someone else (was it here?) suggested that it was 'cycling' and 'orgasm.'

Take your pick!

Posted by: lancefan at Jul 13, 2004 12:04:53 PM