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paskatefan
12-25-2010, 10:52 AM
"It's raining teddy bears!" after a Michelle Kwan performance.



Was that at 1998 US Nationals?

Mafke
12-25-2010, 11:03 AM
I think it's hard to top (quote approximate): there's not enough death in that death spiral.

I also like "It don't mean a thing, if it aint' got that triple" (from 88 olympics about Joanne Conway who skated to Ellington and .... fell on her combo).

caro-ira
12-25-2010, 01:05 PM
Dick: May I pinch your cheeks?
Irina: All the old men like to do that.

Susan1
12-25-2010, 01:29 PM
[QUOTE=attyfan;2997018]From 2003 Worlds ... "it doesn't matter a rusty hoot ..."QUOTE]

He actually used that one on Skating with the Stars. He's still got it.

snoopysnake
12-25-2010, 01:43 PM
One time Peggy Fleming made a comment on someone's beautiful layback or some other thing Dick liked, and his response was, "Peggy, will you marry me?" Peggy replied that she was married already!

I always loved Dick's praising of skaters that they have left the sport different and better just because they were in it.

Sparks
12-25-2010, 03:39 PM
True that. There's a reason why he was banned from commentating in the late 2000s. Button was definitely my favorite (American) commentator up until the early-mid 2000s, but he started to lose it quickly thereafter. I will never forgive him for lambasting my precious freakin Liashenko in the 2006 Olympics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9Jyl6dXaiM). :drama: He was sooo unnecessarily bitchy he even shut up Sandra and Scott...

Banned?
Uncle Dick suffered a terrible head injury in 2000. I'll always give him a pass...

Favorite: (about Tim Goebel) He's built like six o'clock.:D

my little pony
12-25-2010, 06:03 PM
banned? skating changed networks in the US

pixie cut
12-25-2010, 07:23 PM
banned? skating changed networks in the US

All the ABC commentators except for Dick Button moved to ESPN when ESPN took over the ISU contract in 2005. He remained on ABC for the USFS stuff. Until all the skating moved to NBC/Universal sports.

JamieElena
12-25-2010, 07:56 PM
All the ABC commentators except for Dick Button moved to ESPN when ESPN took over the ISU contract in 2005. He remained on ABC for the USFS stuff. Until all the skating moved to NBC/Universal sports.

Dick was on the ESPN broadcasts sporadically after the contract change, right off the top of my head, 2006 US Nats (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rnkku5aJzZM)and 2008 Worlds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1GfZW03lM4)come to mind immediately.

pixie cut
12-25-2010, 08:20 PM
Dick was on the ESPN broadcasts sporadically after the contract change, right off the top of my head, 2006 US Nats (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rnkku5aJzZM)and 2008 Worlds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1GfZW03lM4)come to mind immediately.

I believe he was eventually added after a couple of years.

Nationals were part of USFS's contract. He never stopped doing the USFS stuff -- Nationals, Skate America, cheesefests.

He didn't do Worlds or any other Grand Prix events that were on the ISU contract for the first couple of years of the ISU contract with ESPN. I think he returned for 2007 and 2008 Worlds.

bardtoob
12-25-2010, 08:31 PM
Dick Button's contract renewal situation for ISU Events post-2005 was related to his association, perceived and/or actual, with WSF. He has had opportunities to commentate since because of his popularity with loyal fans and he is an American legend:

- Friend of Ulrich Salchow
- 2 Olympic Gold Medals
- 5 World Championships
- European Champion
- 7 National Championships
- The first to perform 2A in competition
- The first to perform a triple jump, the 3Lp, in competition
- The first to perform a flying camel spin
- Harvard BA
- Harvard JD

There are not too many like him left :(

pixie cut
12-25-2010, 08:35 PM
Dick Button's contract renewal situation for ISU Events post-2005 was related to his association, perceived and/or actual, with WSF.

He was at the launch press conference for the WSF, but I believe the ISU's antagonism to him runs deeper. Several ISU Council members past and present have always resented Button's creation of professional skating competition. Dropping him from the broadcasts was stupid and petty and eventually they relented and he rejoined the broadcast team.

all_empty
12-25-2010, 09:25 PM
I will never forgive him for lambasting my precious freakin Liashenko in the 2006 Olympics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9Jyl6dXaiM). :drama: He was sooo unnecessarily bitchy he even shut up Sandra and Scott...

At least he caught himself a bit at the end and apologized.

My favorite Liashenko comment of his: "Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHKh0RAxDTA

Super nice guy in person, wicked sense of humor.

Sparks
12-25-2010, 10:02 PM
Dick was on the ESPN broadcasts sporadically after the contract change, right off the top of my head, 2006 US Nats (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rnkku5aJzZM)and 2008 Worlds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1GfZW03lM4)come to mind immediately.

And he got a pretty good gig at the 2006 Olympics on NBC. :encore:

DORISPULASKI
12-26-2010, 03:13 AM
Dick Button's contract renewal situation for ISU Events post-2005 was related to his association, perceived and/or actual, with WSF. He has had opportunities to commentate since because of his popularity with loyal fans and he is an American legend:

- Friend of Ulrich Salchow
- 2 Olympic Gold Medals
- 5 World Championships
- European Champion
- 7 National Championships
- The first to perform 2A in competition
- The first to perform a triple jump, the 3Lp, in competition
- The first to perform a flying camel spin
- Harvard BA
- Harvard JD

There are not too many like him left :(

And he won an Emmy in 1981 for Best Sports Personality :)
He is a spokesperson for Traumatic Brain Injury
He created the very popular (and silly) Supersports program where players from different sports competed in stuff like weight lifting, bowling, & swimming.