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Best Commentator of the Tournament
Best Commentator of the Tournament
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Guy Mowbray4 Votes - [16.67%]
Steve Wilson6 Votes - [25%]
Steve Bower0 Votes - [0%]
Jonathan Pearce1 Votes - [4.17%]
Simon Brotherton0 Votes - [0%]
Ian Crocker0 Votes - [0%]
Clive Tyldesley7 Votes - [29.17%]
Jon Champion2 Votes - [8.33%]
Peter Drury0 Votes - [0%]
Ian Darke4 Votes - [16.67%]
 
 

11 July 2010 22:33 Post ID: #400
Token Yank
Try not to pick the top commentator of the tournament based on your likes and dislikes. Do it on ability and performance. I've shown a lot of Ian Darke in the last month so I might as well include him.

Conversely you can pick the worst commentator of the tournament but I won't bother putting up another poll.
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12 July 2010 00:06 Post ID: #406 - in reply to #400
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I've went for Clive, I think he's shown why he's the best big match commentator from the 2 main channels. Special praise too for his solo commentary which would have left a lot of commentators struggling.

I thought the 3 on the BBC were all pretty good. Pearce showing why he's better on live games than highlights and the other 2 being solid all the way.

Didn't get a chance to hear Darke barring a couple of clips so can't really comment on him.
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12 July 2010 09:24 Post ID: #414 - in reply to #400
Expert
I've gone for Wilson, his Germany vs Argentina game was the best commentary of the tournament IMO.

Just a quick note, if people are voting then I would encourage them to post who they voted for and why
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12 July 2010 14:14 Post ID: #417 - in reply to #400
Expert
SS, bit biased? You added Darke from ESPN in the Poll but not Tyler too? (He wouldn't get my vote but for fairness!)

Also where is Roger Thames ?!?!?!?!

Anyway I went for Clive. Hard for me to find a Number 1, but Clive's big game approach just does it for me.

Taking out Darke - just sticking to BBC/ITV for me:

1.) Clive T 2.) Steve Wilson 3.) Ian Crocker 4.) Jon Champion 5.) Jonathan Pearce 6.) Simon Brotherton (vastly improved) 7.) Guy Mowbray 8.) Steve Bower 9.) Peter Drury
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12 July 2010 14:44 Post ID: #420 - in reply to #400
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I voted for Tyldesley. His final commentary was very good and capped off a decent tournament for him. He's worked very well with all four co-commentators, did exceptionally well on his own for the semi final, called the England games well without going overboard and didn't make any major howlers.
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12 July 2010 14:51 Post ID: #422 - in reply to #400
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Gone for Wilson ... great throughout and, as bwfcol pointed out, his Germany vs Argentina commentary was a real highlight.
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12 July 2010 15:28 Post ID: #423 - in reply to #400
Expert
Steve Wilson. Solid to very good every game, with no overhyping etc

Would have been my choice to be BBC number one
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12 July 2010 17:39 Post ID: #434 - in reply to #400
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The commentators I most enjoyed listening to during the World Cup were from the radio, these being Jim Proudfoot and Ian Danter on talkSPORT. Both of whom I thought had superb tournaments.

On the telly (and so for this poll), I'd go for Clive Tyldesley (even though I went for Guy Mowbray last night). Always liked his pleasant personality and I think he has a great voice and manner for the big matches. He conveys them well.

I enjoyed listening to the rest of the ITV team as well but Clive is very much their number one by a long chalk.

For the BBC, Mowbray is usually my favourite of their team but I felt he was hamstrung by having to work with Mark Lawrenson and Mark Bright. He had a good final though.

In contrast, I don't usually rate Jonathan Pearce but I felt he excelled in South Africa (in the main thanks to him being paired with Mick McCarthy, who I thought was great as a co-commentator) and was the best of their team.

Edited by The Difference 12/7/2010 17:42
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12 July 2010 17:59 Post ID: #437 - in reply to #400
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I've gone for Wilson too, though all of the BBC's big 3 (and Brotherton) have had a very good tournament, Pearce being a pleasant surprise, though my overall opinion of him won't change too much unless his MOTD work improves drastically.

Tyldesley & Champion have both performed to their usual high standard, save for Clive's performance on Africa United v Uruguay. Drury has been fine during normal play, but some of his goal calls have been, as ever, ridiculous.

I haven't heard very much of Bower or Crocker, and nothing of the international feed/ESPN etc

Edited by Jamesp84 12/7/2010 18:02
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12 July 2010 18:23 Post ID: #441 - in reply to #417
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Pakokelso93 - 12/7/2010 06:14

SS, bit biased? You added Darke from ESPN in the Poll but not Tyler too? (He wouldn't get my vote but for fairness!)


I thought about that, but not a lot of people really heard him this tournament, and he pretty much took himself out of the running after that really poor group stage.
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12 July 2010 22:36 Post ID: #478 - in reply to #400
Expert
I agree with the difference on Danter and Proudfoot, heard dozen or so games with talksport commentary. Danter Really could be on MOTD or ITV's Europa league lower live games or even FIVE Commentator. Proudfoot solid as ever.
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14 July 2010 05:09 Post ID: #529 - in reply to #417
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Pakokelso93 - 12/7/2010 06:14

SS, bit biased? You added Darke from ESPN in the Poll but not Tyler too? (He wouldn't get my vote but for fairness!)


Just want to get back to this and in fairness should post a couple of Tyler clips from the game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXjGiaC44JQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqooSYpYk1Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CivxkPE_J1M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3ZY9U8ayAo


And lastly....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fkVCE8N93g



No doubt his best game of the tournament.
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16 July 2010 15:41 Post ID: #596 - in reply to #478
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Pakokelso93 - 12/7/2010 22:36

I agree with the difference on Danter and Proudfoot, heard dozen or so games with talksport commentary. Danter Really could be on MOTD or ITV's Europa league lower live games or even FIVE Commentator. Proudfoot solid as ever.


I think Ian Danter has a massive amount of potential and is someone who I've earmarked to reach the top for quite some while. He's very versatile and excels both as a presenter and a commentator. All being well, he will go a long way in broadcasting.

The question is for me is whether he'll now look to push on to become one of the main voices on talkSPORT - by becoming a permanent presenter on The Sports Breakfast or Drive in the future if things change, rather than just their "utility man" and a weekend presenter/commentator as he is now - or if he'll focus on football commentary, be that on the radio with talkSPORT or elsewhere.

Personally speaking it pleases me that someone with a noticeable (if quite mild) Birmingham accent can get to the national level without this being an issue.

One of the reasons why I like talkSPORT is that they've never shied away from giving a platform to people from the West Midlands, long may this continue.

As for Jim Proudfoot, he's always been extremely knowledgeable and authoritative which is a big part of his appeal IMO.

One of the things I look for in a top commentator is for them to provide relevant statistics and anecdotes during their commentaries, so you come away from watching a game knowing a bit more about the teams and players who are taking part. Jim is very strong in this area and that's why I rate him very highly.

Edited by The Difference 16/7/2010 15:51
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16 July 2010 16:30 Post ID: #600 - in reply to #400
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I watched the World Cup on BBC, ITV and ESPN and would agree with the plaudits for Ian Darke. I was very pleased that Jonathan Pearce showed his true qualities in this tournament. ID is my vote.

Edited by Lanarkian 16/7/2010 16:31
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13 August 2010 20:55 Post ID: #1676 - in reply to #400
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I went for Guy Mowbray because I was impressed with his commentary in the final as he kept us entertained because it was a boring match. I was still impressed with Clive Tyldsley and peter Dury but I didn't watch as much of ITV because of the ADVERT! If you disagree it may be because 2 weeks of the world cup I was away and only heard german and Greek commentary! Guy Mowbray is BBC no. 1 now after being 1st choise in the world cup
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13 September 2010 11:26 Post ID: #3807 - in reply to #400
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I enjoyed listening to Clive Tyldesley more than Guy Mowbray. Mowbray did really well but he got me annoyed when he kept mentioning what Roger Federer was doing in Wimbledon rather than concentrate on his match. (1 of Switerlands WC games.) I also enjoy Jon Champion. I was disappointed ITV didn't give him more big games. I can't watch ESPN because I haven't got it.
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