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« Reply #48120 on: April 29, 2017, 10:11:23 AM »

The MC for sporting events does not have to be a bad job though.

Tonight, there is a big boxing match, AJ v Klitschko, & the MC will be a chap named Michael Buffer.

Michael coined the phrase "Let's get ready to rumble". (With "rolled" r's).

So what, you might think.

Well he copyrighted that simple 5 word phrase, and according to Wiki;

As of 2009, the catchphrase has generated $400 million in revenue from licensing the trademark


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Buffer#Trademark


How about that?


The Media claim he will earn £4,000,000 for announcing the 2 fighters tonight.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/michael-buffer-joshua-klitschko-paid-10316681

I think we can safely knock a zero, maybe two, off that figure, but even so, it's a handy nights pay.

This piece probably makes more sense;

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/89076771/Lets-get-ready-to-rumble-Five-words-that-have-earned-Michael-Buffer-millions


Can't help but admire someone who made so much out of so little.

His bother Bruce Buffer is in the same trade, too, I understand he announces Children's TV stuff.






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« Reply #48121 on: April 29, 2017, 10:29:25 AM »

PJ and Duncan should take him to the legal cleaners.
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« Reply #48122 on: April 29, 2017, 01:56:44 PM »

Didn't have Eurosport last year but agree beats BBCs stale commentary hands down .
Just so much more raw and to the point without telling us how great every player is every 5 minutes.
Seems like commentators speak more naturally allowing just enough of their personality to come through.
You missed out Neil Foulds, quality pointing out technical stuff when appropriate but also on the ball with the rest of it too.

I also wonder if Rob Walker got credit for Barry "The Hawk" Hawkins or my favourite Robert "The Milkman" Milkins !
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« Reply #48123 on: April 29, 2017, 02:00:25 PM »

Meant to say session soon on is the one to watch ,  effectively the final and been gripping so far especially compared the other one.
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« Reply #48124 on: April 29, 2017, 02:40:53 PM »

Virgo and Dennis Taylor are my nut worst comms combo.

On the other hand Peter Ebdon has been surprisingly and refreshingly good.

I always quite enjoyed their commentary.

I feel they are quite relaxing and fit with the pace of the game that is snooker.

After reading Mr T's points about Virgo stating the utter obvious... I never noticed it before to be honest but the observations about Virgo's commentary are bang on the money. I shall never hear him saying "Oh, and where is the white going" in quite the same way again. Thanks for ruining BBC snooker for me :-P

I will need to check out the Eurosport coverage.
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« Reply #48125 on: April 29, 2017, 03:55:30 PM »

Virgo and Dennis Taylor are my nut worst comms combo.

On the other hand Peter Ebdon has been surprisingly and refreshingly good.

When I was in Malta last week I had to watch the snooker on Eurosport in German. It was a much poorer experience without  commentary/punditry. I would have killed for a bit of Taylor and Virgo.

You don't miss them until they are gone.  "Wo läuft der Stichball?" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

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« Reply #48126 on: April 29, 2017, 04:34:25 PM »


I'm trying to learn a bit of Deutsch at the moment.  It occurred to me that if in German, you verbally announced your bet in a UK casino - eg dreitausendsiebenhundertfunfundswanzig - someone would shout "string bet!" before you finished.
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« Reply #48127 on: April 29, 2017, 08:11:25 PM »

Virgo and Dennis Taylor are my nut worst comms combo.

On the other hand Peter Ebdon has been surprisingly and refreshingly good.

I always quite enjoyed their commentary.

I feel they are quite relaxing and fit with the pace of the game that is snooker.

After reading Mr T's points about Virgo stating the utter obvious... I never noticed it before to be honest but the observations about Virgo's commentary are bang on the money. I shall never hear him saying "Oh, and where is the white going" in quite the same way again. Thanks for ruining BBC snooker for me :-P

I will need to check out the Eurosport coverage.

Virgo's undisputed finest piece of commentary was at last year's WC during a break in a particularly dull and tedious match he uttered(thinking he was off-air) "I was hoping to get home in time to watch some of the racing but it looks like I'll be f'k'n lucky to catch a bit of MOTD".
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« Reply #48128 on: April 30, 2017, 02:14:51 PM »

I made an interesting discovery in my new garden last week that I thought you might like. When I first bought the place the discovery of a badger set was a bit of a shocker. Obviously something that I have to plan around...

Last week whilst digging out the old pond I found that I also have a large quantity of newts to contend with. I can't remember the last time I saw a newt so it was brilliant to see.

Obviously all work on the pond has stopped while I figure out what to do. I quite like the thought of having badgers and newts plus whatever else turns up living in my garden. My original plan of ripping everything apart has now subsided somewhat as the thought of making little critters homeless doesn't sit well with me at all.

It's turning out to be a proper haven for wildlife Smiley


Won't badgers eat newts ?
A chewy little starter I'd imagine ??
We used to catch newts in a local pond years ago then they disappeared overnight
Only to randomly pop up on devolpment sites everywhere ,causing mayhem n plastic membrane fences to be laid with newt traps etc
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« Reply #48129 on: May 01, 2017, 11:28:05 PM »

I made an interesting discovery in my new garden last week that I thought you might like. When I first bought the place the discovery of a badger set was a bit of a shocker. Obviously something that I have to plan around...

Last week whilst digging out the old pond I found that I also have a large quantity of newts to contend with. I can't remember the last time I saw a newt so it was brilliant to see.

Obviously all work on the pond has stopped while I figure out what to do. I quite like the thought of having badgers and newts plus whatever else turns up living in my garden. My original plan of ripping everything apart has now subsided somewhat as the thought of making little critters homeless doesn't sit well with me at all.

It's turning out to be a proper haven for wildlife Smiley


Won't badgers eat newts ?
A chewy little starter I'd imagine ??
We used to catch newts in a local pond years ago then they disappeared overnight
Only to randomly pop up on devolpment sites everywhere ,causing mayhem n plastic membrane fences to be laid with newt traps etc

Yes, but only in the absence of earthworms, which is their preferred diet.

Pretty sure we can rely on Mr Russell to ensure his badgers are well provided with succulent earthworms.
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« Reply #48130 on: May 01, 2017, 11:33:03 PM »

Congrats to Mark Selby on his snooker win tonight.

To be honest, whilst I think he is a worthy & deserving champion, and reasonably personable, I was ambivalent to his success. Not sure I would have enjoyed seeing Mr Higgins win though. Oh no. Anyone but Higgins.  

And I most certainly don't approve of children standing on snooker tables. Sacrilege.


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« Reply #48131 on: May 02, 2017, 10:59:57 AM »

Congrats to Mark Selby on his snooker win tonight.

To be honest, whilst I think he is a worthy & deserving champion, and reasonably personable, I was ambivalent to his success. Not sure I would have enjoyed seeing Mr Higgins win though. Oh no. Anyone but Higgins.  

And I most certainly don't approve of children standing on snooker tables. Sacrilege.




I watched it too (with the sound on mute after your Virgo/Taylor commentary analysis) and also as I was playing some poker. I didn't care too much who won. Selby may be a 'real character' for all I know but I get the impression he is a bit vanilla. Would marginally have preferred Higgins to win just for the whole comeback thing, oh yeah and he is a Scot Smiley
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« Reply #48132 on: May 02, 2017, 11:42:32 AM »

At least Selby is straight

granite match-player that worked like heck to improve what began as a quitemoderate talent

i doubt i would prefer Higgins in a snooker match against Pol Pot let alone any other professional player

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« Reply #48133 on: May 02, 2017, 01:12:06 PM »

Agree would of been shame if sniggy higgins won, cheating ****
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« Reply #48134 on: May 02, 2017, 02:50:09 PM »

At least Selby is straight

granite match-player that worked like heck to improve what began as a quitemoderate talent

i doubt i would prefer Higgins in a snooker match against Pol Pot let alone any other professional player

Very lucky to be allowed to play

This indeed. When he was still coming up as a snooker player, he used to also play a lot of 8 ball pool. Played a lot of money matches, usually against Appleton and lost a lot to begin with. Worked hard to the point he was winning money matches regularly and ended up winning the world Pool champs in 2006.

His wife was Appleton's girlfriend around the time he was playing pool  Wink
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