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Carol Lewis

Postby abinferno » Mon Jun 23, 2003 5:55 pm

Is anyone else as annoyed as I am about Carol Lewis' commentating? She could be speaking about a 1500m run and throw in "well, when I was long jumping..." Did anyone see, I think after Alyson Felix made the team, she felt it necessary to throw in, because we haven't heard it enough, that she was 16 when she made the olympic team in 1980. She couldn't praise anyone without bringing up her accomplishments.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby Guest » Mon Jun 23, 2003 6:19 pm

Cue blacklilly.....
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby oldvaulter » Mon Jun 23, 2003 8:11 pm

Larry: Don't you think abinferno is kind of overreacting?
Carol: Yes, I really do.
Larry: We rarely mention your accomplishments at all.
Carol: No, we really don't.
Larry: In fact, hardly anyone knows that the greatest track and field athlete of all time is your brother.
Carol: Yes, he really was.
Larry: Besides, you were younger than Allyson Felix when you made the Olympic team.
Carol: Yes, I really was.
Larry: But Allyson is a lot faster than you ever were.
Carol: Yes, she really is.
Larry: Oh well, back to the track meet. Are we going to Dwight for an update on the field events?
Carol: Yes, we really are.
Dwight: Now, over to the shotput. (Five seconds later) That's it for the field events!
Carol: Yes, it really is.
Larry: Carol, do you think young Sanya Richards has a chance to win the 400 meters?
Carol: Yes, I really do.
Larry: She's been running great all season and just won the NCAA.
Carol: Yes, she really did.
Larry: Carol, do you think you're really adding anything to our broadcast?
Carol: Yes, I really do.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby blacklily » Mon Jun 23, 2003 8:13 pm

>Is anyone else as annoyed as I am about Carol
>Lewis' commentating? She could be speaking about
>a 1500m run and throw in "well, when I was long
>jumping..." Did anyone see, I think after
>Alyson Felix made the team, she felt it necessary
>to throw in, because we haven't heard it enough,
>that she was 16 when she made the olympic team in
>1980. She couldn't praise anyone without bringing
>up her accomplishments.

Yes, she is annoying. If she was accurate, I could maybe accept the annoyances. During the Pre Classic telecast, she said Alan Webb had broken the WORLD high school mile record. No such thing. Oh, and "the Armory track is a flat track" comment during the Millrose Games telecast. Hello? She broadcast from Armory track at last year's USA Indoor Champs. Was she blind to the banked track?

Rare positives: I did like it when Lewis called out Mo Greene for not running the 200. The "I made the Olympic team at age 16" after Felix's Worlds berth didn't really bother me, since it was within the context of a youngster heading off to a major champs. If anyone can comment on that issue, it's her.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby hammer forever » Mon Jun 23, 2003 8:13 pm

How come Carl isn't in the broadcasting booth? He can sing, if I recall.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby blacklily » Mon Jun 23, 2003 8:23 pm

Another thing. I HATE when she sticks the microphone up in someone's face when they're injured. She did it to Ato Boldon during the Pre Classic, after his hammy pull, sitting down with him on the track. She did to Larry Wade this past weekend. Guy is flat on his back, clearly in pain, & getting medical treatment. Does Lewis wait until after his treatment to talk to him (or his coach), & then give us an update? Oh no...No wonder Wade didn't respond when Lewis ended the interview with a congrats comment, looking at her crazy (perhaps he should've not left her hanging like that, if only because of the viewers, but I understand why).

Lewis was also too pushy during the Penn Relays telecast. Bev Kearney was getting hugs from her Texas 4x4 athletes, & Lewis just BARGES up in between them. Yes, it followed the commentary re: Kearney's car accident rehabilitation so it made sense to interview them. But geez!
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby oldvaulter » Mon Jun 23, 2003 8:34 pm

If Carol wasn't allowed to use the word "really" it would cut her airtime in half.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby Guest » Mon Jun 23, 2003 8:59 pm

Larry Wade got hurt at the end of the race this weekend? I guess I missed that at the meet as I thought that Duane Ross got hurt.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby Guest » Mon Jun 23, 2003 9:06 pm

This is why I like reading this site rather than the Letsrun web message board. The people on this board get all worked up if an athlete is accused of performance drugs, but you all love to attack a persons personality,or character or looks.... Lets face it, no one here cares about Track, your just waiting for a thread to call someone an asshole,bitch,sick moron...take your pick.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby Guest » Mon Jun 23, 2003 9:12 pm

>How come Carl isn't in the broadcasting booth? He
>can sing, if I recall.


He sings, but he can't sing. Don't you remember the time he made a complete mess of your national anthem and Sir Charles et al were in hysterics? You should take a look at his website, it's (I assume) hilarious.

Wade cramped up at the end of the race and was prostrate on the track when Princess Carol tryed interviewing him. He totally ignored her after a few questions.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby Guest » Mon Jun 23, 2003 9:15 pm

>>How come Carl isn't in the broadcasting booth?
>He
>can sing, if I recall.


He sings, but he
>can't sing. Don't you remember the time he made a
>complete mess of your national anthem and Sir
>Charles et al were in hysterics? You should take
>a look at his website, it's (I assume)
>hilarious.

Wade cramped up at the end of the
>race and was prostrate on the track when Princess
>Carol tryed interviewing him. He totally ignored
>her after a few questions.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby Guest » Tue Jun 24, 2003 7:20 am

And the fact that Carol's vocabulary is limited. Has anyone noticed that she uses the word, "PARTICULARY" WAY TOO MUCH. "In this particular race" is one of her favorite statements.

Read, read, read Carol! Expand that vocabulary.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby Twister » Tue Jun 24, 2003 9:51 am

Would like to see Carol Lewis on Jeparody. That would be a laugh. Actually I enjoy Dwight Stones to a degree.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby Guest » Wed Jun 25, 2003 3:52 pm

"Oh, and "the Armory track is a flat track" comment during the Millrose Games telecast. Hello? She broadcast from Armory track at last year's USA Indoor Champs. Was she blind to the banked track?"

Huh? This is your biggest complaint about Carol Lewis' broadcasting? Then throw a party and invite all your friends!! Carol is intelligent, articulate and knows her sport. I don't miss OJ or many other past commentators one bit. Sounds like you may have been having just a bit of a bad day or something.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby jlanza » Wed Jun 25, 2003 4:04 pm

The thing I really do not like about her is that she seems to know nothing and doens't appear to have spent any time trying to learn or study the sport. Maybe I'm the only one, but I like Dwight Stones. He was a high jumper, but can speak articulately about any trrack event, even the distances. Okay, he's not the person you would like commenting about distance races, but he certainly knows more than Rawson or Lewis.

From my perspective, there's not much to choose from and Dwight does okay. I just can't wait to hear Rawson and lewis for the worlds. Another reason to be pissed that you can't get the BBC or Canadian television.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby Per Andersen » Wed Jun 25, 2003 9:57 pm

Yes, Carol is pretty bad but I am not too impressed with Dwight Stones either. I know he is one of the world's leading H.J. experts but you would never know it from the telecasts. He almost never says anything really insightful. Either he is not allowed or he just does not have time. It is 2 quick jumps and then back to Diving which always is opposite T&F during the Olympics. The Diving commentators can show about 10 dives in a row from all angles and they can be as technical as they like. Dwight is also pretty predictable about what he says about L.J. It is always: "Oops he looked at the board, a cardinal sin in the Long Jump". He also should learn that Lars Riedel is not a former East German.
The Canadian telecasts are not as good as they were. They do the same "up close and personal" as the Americans + they have a guy who absolutely has it in for Gail Devers. The woman can not clear one hurdle without this guy complaining about her poor technique. It is as if the 3 steps between has nothing to do with hurdles technique.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby Guest » Wed Jun 25, 2003 11:57 pm

Why shouldn't Dwight call Lars Riedel a former East German. He is, after all, from Chemnitz.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby Guest » Thu Jun 26, 2003 9:08 am

The real tragedy is the lack of TV coverage! I can't see that any of the Golden League meets (starting with Bislett this week) will be televised -- just the Worlds! I hope I'm wrong. Can anyone tell me? I'd listen to Carol any time if I could just get to watch the world's important track meets.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby blacklily » Thu Jun 26, 2003 10:48 am

>"Oh, and "the Armory track is a flat track"
>comment during the Millrose Games telecast.
>Hello? She broadcast from Armory track at last
>year's USA Indoor Champs. Was she blind to the
>banked track?"

Huh? This is your biggest
>complaint about Carol Lewis' broadcasting? Then
>throw a party and invite all your friends!!
>Carol is intelligent, articulate and knows her
>sport. I don't miss OJ or many other past
>commentators one bit. Sounds like you may have
>been having just a bit of a bad day or
>something.

Read above. I used several examples, in two posts, to illustrate my displeasure with her broadcast abilities. Just a few of the many examples which illustrate that she doesn't know as much as she should know about T&F. She "knows her sport?" Then why does she garble people's achievements & her sprint commentary so much?
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby tafnut » Thu Jun 26, 2003 12:21 pm

I'm gonna have to 'jump' to Dwight's defense. Don't you notice that he actually understands the technique involved in EVERY field event. If someone jumps or throws poorly, he almost always points out the flaw (correctly!) and when it's a good attempt, he tells you why, not just that it was good.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby 197hjsteve » Thu Jun 26, 2003 12:28 pm

I have said this before but I am going to repreat it:

We all are grading on too high of a scale !

I bet if a bunch of us watched a swim meet we would think the announcing was just fine, and we are all "sports fans." But if a bunch of Swimming Wonks were listening, they would be crying the same way we do.

So.. the answer is is relax and enjoy what little Track & Field we get to see. Beggars cannot be choosy as to the meal or the quality of the service.
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby Guest » Thu Jun 26, 2003 12:36 pm

>I have said this before but I am going to repreat
>it:

We all are grading on too high of a scale
>!

I bet if a bunch of us watched a swim meet
>we would think the announcing was just fine, and
>we are all "sports fans." But if a bunch of
>Swimming Wonks were listening, they would be
>crying the same way we do.

So.. the answer is
>is relax and enjoy what little Track & Field we
>get to see. Beggars cannot be choosy as to the
>meal or the quality of the service.

This is actually a good point. We think track commentators are idiots because we know more about the sport than the general public. I wonder if former football players think football commentators are idiots?
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Re: Carol Lewis

Postby Guest » Thu Jun 26, 2003 12:42 pm

on the other hand, Carol still has gotta go.
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