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Johnny Weir as commentator at US Nationals

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by n*ice mom, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Subway

    Subway Well-Known Member

    We've got so many lousy figure skating commentators though - who know nothing. Rod Black makes me cringe. Tom Hammond knows horses better than figure skating. Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic ought to know more about figure skating but often don't act like it, talking about non-judged stuff and making people think it's judging criteria. At least Weir is entertaining and does the job well, especially if you want to grade on a curve. I think so.
  2. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    No, he did not. They parted amicably.

    I agree, Johnny would never insult Pricilla.

    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.
  3. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

    He did commentary on 2010 Worlds Ladies and Men's events for Universal Sports.
  4. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

    ^^ 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! :swoon:
  5. Subway

    Subway Well-Known Member

    Well now you've just spoiled it. :p
  6. kittyjake5

    kittyjake5 Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. nerdycool

    nerdycool Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. reckless

    reckless Well-Known Member

    He got honey badger from college football. It was the nickname given this year to LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, because he is small, but very aggressive. It's actually not very original.
  9. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

    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.
  10. Sparks

    Sparks Well-Known Member

    I listened to Johnny's commentary via Skate Radio (in the arena) for the Men's Short Program.
    I found it to be entertaining as well as informative.
  11. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

    That's a good idea; what e-mail address would I use if I wanted to offer feedback?
  12. vesperholly

    vesperholly Well-Known Member

    This! I was DYING laughing at his commentary, eyebrows and all. The comments about presentation were very insightful. I will take him any day of the week over Scott and Sandra, whose commentary made me :rolleyes: :mad: :scream:

    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.
  13. soxxy

    soxxy Guest

    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.
  14. leigh466

    leigh466 Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    But didn't the LSU people get it from the Randall video?
  16. BittyBug

    BittyBug Living in a Kleptocracy

    Not to mention the fact that I kind of doubt Johnny watches football, much less college football.

    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 :lol: ).

    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. :)
  17. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    :respec: Love him! Hope IN keeps him.
  18. jlai

    jlai Title-less

    Just to add, I think I like Johnny's voice as a commentator. Not annoying like errr...Scott's
  19. nerdycool

    nerdycool Well-Known Member

    The honey badger reference also could have come from Glee last year.
  20. Michalle

    Michalle New Member

    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.
  21. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    The entire honey badger phenomenon started with this viral video:


    LSU's player got his nickname from that. Johnny probably doesn't watch much college football so I would think he got the reference from the original video although anything is possible, haha
  22. fluorescein

    fluorescein New Member

  23. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

    If you are on Twitter or Facebook you could do it there. There is also "Contact" on IN's home page.
  24. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    Just saw it - it is for pistachio nuts. It has a voiceover from the viral video.

    To me, this is the original honey badger film:

    Last edited: Feb 2, 2012
  25. luna_skater

    luna_skater Well-Known Member

  26. meggonzo

    meggonzo Well-Known Member

    He said it was from youtube in the Ice Desk segment with Peter Carruthers after the men's short.
  27. jenny12

    jenny12 Well-Known Member

    After listening to Sarah Hughes, I thought Johnny Weir was brilliant.
  28. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

    Jeremy Abbott@jeremyabbottpcf

    Watching @icenetwork impressed with @JohnnyGWeir commentary! Great job!
  29. dinakt

    dinakt Well-Known Member

    One more thing in Johnny's favor- I went to rewatch Adam's and Jeremy's programs on icenetwork. I strongly prefer no talking during the actual programs, and was really concerned that the constant chatter would ruin it for me. And was so pleasantly surprised that Johnny was very concise and to the point - he named the jumps and had a few comments, but really put Adam and Jeremy center- stage. If anything , the female commentator ( was it Tonya?) - was more intrusive)
    So if Johnny actually shows sensitivity to when and how much to talk- then he's perfect for the job. I hope, whatever his competitive plans are, he continues commentating long- term.
  30. shan

    shan Well-Known Member

    I was much happier with Johnny's amount of talking during the actual performances in the LP. I think that they should have let Tonia cover ladies only. She talked way too much. I was so looking forward to seeing Jonathan Cassar's performance, but was disappointed to see how much chatter there was during.