As far as his commentary, I didn't get to hear it. Wish I had. But, isn't this his first time? A learning experience, he'll grow into it and get better with time. Tanith sounded like a 12 year old when she first started, now she sounds good.
^^ Well, that was just general comments at the end of each segment of competition. I think this was his first time doing play-by-play commentary. I thought he did a very good job. He talked a bit too much, maybe tried too hard to be funny in the beginning with the constant hair critiques, but he settled in quite nicely and gave a lot of constructive criticism on spins, jumps and steps, interpretation, etc.
Methinks a Tara-Johnny pairing would be my dream team!
"Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode
Unfortunately I did not get to see Johnny commentating, but reading this thread I am cracking up at some of Johnny's comments. He sounds like a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale and bland field of current commentators, but of course I am biased because I love Johnny...off to search you tube to see if I can find a video clip.
I'm the kind of person who wants to watch my figure skating commentary-free. But if we HAVE to have a commentator, I prefer Johnny. Some of the fashion/hair talk was a little OTT, but when he did talk about the actual skating, it was informative even for those of us who are knowledgeable skating fans. Most other commentators dumb everything down, even on IN, where it's assumed that the only people subscribing are more than just casual fans.
I thought that Johnny was terrific. When I first heard that he was commentating, I was a little nervous, this from a long-time fan of Johnny th e person and Johnny the skater. But, he was articulate, complimentary, not a snark, he infused wit , he did his homework. Let IN know, I did.
I'm tired of Tonia only telling us about the skater dropping a shoulder (especially on jumps where it's obvious that wasn't the problem). She's dry and boring, though to her credit she doensn't talk too much.
What got me was Tonia would talk during the entire performance, then as soon as the skater stopped, she stopped talking. She waited a minute for them to get in the K&C to talk again.
I just do not see how anyone could complain about Johnny or even poor Tonia after listening to Scott and Sandra. They are SOOOO awful; words could not possibly describe how pitiful they are. They say nothing informative. They do not ID the jumps. They do not understand the scoring system, so they cannot explain it. When Jeremy has just landed his quad and is about to give us a masterpiece, they keep blathering on and on about nothing rather than letting us enjoy the skating unfolding before our eyes. They jinx every skater by talking about a fall and then it happens (LOL, joking, but still, it is really annoying how that continually happens! lol) They are redundant in their idiocy, and just plain dumber than a sack of rocks!
Johnny was silly sometimes about hair or eyebrows or whatever, but 95% of the time he gave insightful commentary, praised each skater, knew for real what they had done wrong approaching a botched jump, understood the scoring system, could appreciate the difficulty of spin positions and tell us, etc. etc. If I kept thinking I could go on and on. The comparison is so glaring. johnny=knows what he is talking about. Scott and Sandra=Do Not Know What they are talking about, or do not care to act as if they do. Both should. Why they are so insipid is beyond me.
If you haven't listened to the 2nd half of the men that just went up on demand on IN, I think you'll find a very different Johnny. I don't know if they asked him to tone it down, or if he was just a little nervous during the short, but in this segment he is calm, restrained and very selective in his commentary, with nary a mention of fashion or hair. Still some funny quips, though, with a pointed reprise of his honey badger remark (I'm guessing he got a lot of comments on that one ).
And once again, Johnny found something positive to call out about every skater, even as he might have also been pointing out errors. I really enjoyed hearing his thoughts.
"I miss footwork that has any kind of a discernible pattern. The goal of a step sequence should not be for a skater to show the same ice coverage as a Zamboni and take about as much time as an ice resurface. " ~ Zemgirl, reflecting on a pre-IJS straight line sequence
Just to add, I think I like Johnny's voice as a commentator. Not annoying like errr...Scott's
The honey badger reference also could have come from Glee last year.
Y'all, if there was a honey badger reference other than the youtube video posted on this thread, then it was in itself a homage to the youtube video... the youtube video came first, became a big hit, and lots of pop culture references to the video came later.