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#1 Wildwing55

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:15 PM

I know it's tough taking over for Johnny Miller.  But:

Paul, you are an announcer, not a cheerleader.  The Phoenix is not over yet, but from the beginning, you were pretty much begging for Fowler to win the tournament.  You would hate to see him blow that big a lead, etc, etc, hope he pulls it out, etc.

Get this, and get it good.  Your job is not to root for any player, no matter how popular he is, and no matter how big a lead he has going into the final round.  Your job is to call the action as you see it, from a player's prospective.  You didn't do that today.

Not an easy job, is it?  But learn, and be more objective than you were today, no matter how this one turns out.


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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:17 PM

View PostWildwing55, on 03 February 2019 - 05:15 PM, said:

I know it's tough taking over for Johnny Miller.  But:

Paul, you are an announcer, not a cheerleader.  The Phoenix is not over yet, but from the beginning, you were pretty much begging for Fowler to win the tournament.  You would hate to see him blow that big a lead, etc, etc, hope he pulls it out, etc.

Get this, and get it good.  Your job is not to root for any player, no matter how popular he is, and no matter how big a lead he has going into the final round.  Your job is to call the action as you see it, from a player's prospective.  You didn't do that today.

Not an easy job, is it?  But learn, and be more objective than you were today, no matter how this one turns out.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:18 PM

I couldn’t stand Johnny Miller and his constant “when I played in 1974” comments myself. Kind of enjoying Zinger today

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:20 PM

View Postwfrogge1, on 03 February 2019 - 05:18 PM, said:

I couldn’t stand Johnny Miller and his constant “when I played in 1974” comments myself. Kind of enjoying Zinger today

The main thing I won't miss from Miller is him talking about himself.  I prefer Azinger already.
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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:21 PM

Zinger will improve but he won't "replace" Miller

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:25 PM

Really hoped Zinger's neighbour would finally be able to put that overhanging fruit tree dispute behind him and not bring the animosity to the forum, but I guess not.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:31 PM

View PostWildwing55, on 03 February 2019 - 05:15 PM, said:

I know it's tough taking over for Johnny Miller.  But:

Paul, you are an announcer, not a cheerleader.  The Phoenix is not over yet, but from the beginning, you were pretty much begging for Fowler to win the tournament.  You would hate to see him blow that big a lead, etc, etc, hope he pulls it out, etc.

Get this, and get it good.  Your job is not to root for any player, no matter how popular he is, and no matter how big a lead he has going into the final round.  Your job is to call the action as you see it, from a player's prospective.  You didn't do that today.

Not an easy job, is it?  But learn, and be more objective than you were today, no matter how this one turns out.

Over dramatic, much?  Directing this directly at Azinger as if he gives a flying f what you think is just a joke.  He’s five minutes in and you’re ridiculous.
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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:35 PM

Disagree.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:38 PM

Azinger is doing fine and will be a good announcer, but that comment about tour players not choking in their body only in their thought processes was idiotic
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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:40 PM

Man I wouldn’t want to be Zinger after the beating OP just dished out to him.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:43 PM

I like Paul *shrugs*
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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:50 PM

Did you hear that... Paul said there are no golf Gods? What next? He's gonna tell us that there is no Santa Claus?

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:54 PM

Looks like the top of Don Kings head!

Ok, ok, not bad

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:55 PM

 duffer987, on 03 February 2019 - 05:25 PM, said:

Really hoped Zinger's neighbour would finally be able to put that overhanging fruit tree dispute behind him and not bring the animosity to the forum, but I guess not.

Perfect!

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:55 PM

Azinger’s that playing partner that reminds you about the OB and water hazards, rather than telling you where a good shot should go.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:58 PM

 SheriffBooth, on 03 February 2019 - 05:55 PM, said:

Azinger’s that playing partner that reminds you about the OB and water hazards, rather than telling you where a good shot should go.

LOL, more shots fired!  I've always thought Paul was more FIGJAM than genius when it came to all things Ryder Cup, but I was going to give him a pass on his latest announcing maiden voyage, at least for today.  I guess now I didn't. ;-)

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 05:59 PM

I watch the golf and formulate my opinions on what I see.  I don't hinge on the announcer's every word like some of you guys.

This board is turning into a bitchh fest.
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Posted 03 February 2019 - 06:13 PM

 BMC, on 03 February 2019 - 05:59 PM, said:

I watch the golf and formulate my opinions on what I see.  I don't hinge on the announcer's every word like some of you guys.

This board is turning into a bitchh fest.

Turning into?

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 06:16 PM

 sdandrea, on 03 February 2019 - 05:20 PM, said:

 wfrogge1, on 03 February 2019 - 05:18 PM, said:

I couldn’t stand Johnny Miller and his constant “when I played in 1974” comments myself. Kind of enjoying Zinger today

The main thing I won't miss from Miller is him talking about himself.  I prefer Azinger already.

I only paid half attention to today’s show, but Zinger mentioned twice that he had won this tournament. Might have been more, but I caught at least two.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 06:22 PM

Azinger’s head size (ego) is as big as anyone’s”. He will never replace Johnnie Miller but he might be appreciated over time . But not for me .


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Posted 03 February 2019 - 06:23 PM

View Postgolfandfishing, on 03 February 2019 - 06:16 PM, said:

View Postsdandrea, on 03 February 2019 - 05:20 PM, said:

View Postwfrogge1, on 03 February 2019 - 05:18 PM, said:

I couldn't stand Johnny Miller and his constant "when I played in 1974" comments myself. Kind of enjoying Zinger today

The main thing I won't miss from Miller is him talking about himself.  I prefer Azinger already.

I only paid half attention to today's show, but Zinger mentioned twice that he had won this tournament. Might have been more, but I caught at least two.

Yep, I only watched the last 3 holes and I heard two.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 06:26 PM

Wow. Azinger not bragging about himself is a win over miller. I don’t care if he or anyone else is being a fan boy and mist of the time the announcers are just white noise when I’m watching, that is if it’s not the pip that has no sound

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 06:29 PM

Not a fan.   Lame, lame, lame commentary.
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Posted 03 February 2019 - 06:36 PM

He was fine ....

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 06:47 PM

I thought he was good also and a welcomed change. His voice is a tad monotone but his actual commentary was good.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 06:50 PM

I always thought Azinger was at his best when he was paired with Faldo many moons ago.  I agree that he appeared to root for Fowler.  I tape most of the golf I watch and ff thru the commentary most of the time now.  I don't have high expectations for him but with all the graphics a lot of the commentary is trivial.  BTW I thought some of the short game errors today were due to the reduced spin a lot of the balls now have around the green.  They don't seem to skid and check as well as they used to do. I just got and ERC from Callaway to tryout and it didn't spin any better to me than my gamer soft.  i am still trying to replace that ball in my bag but nothing quite matches it yrt- especially for the price.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 07:10 PM

View Postmunichop, on 03 February 2019 - 06:50 PM, said:


I agree that he appeared to root for Fowler.

Which was the point of my post.  Many fan boys came on to show distemper, as they do.  But the point of being an announcer is what I said, above.  You are one of the few who have caught it.  Being an announcer is not easy, but you have to remember who you are.  As an announcer, you do not express a preference for a winner.

Of course, some of the fan boys here will still be in a lather.  Over what, who knows, and probably temporary.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 07:24 PM

I think Azinger said it best early on, no one likes to see the 54-hole leader with a good cushion implode.  That's not being a homer and overly rooting for Rickey.

You can't even begin to count the number of times a golf announcer favors the leader when the gap gets to 3-4 shots.  And was there ever an announcer that was not falling all over themselves when Tiger was in his prime?  

Give Azinger a break, he just started with this team, it will take a bit to gel.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 07:29 PM

View PostBMC, on 03 February 2019 - 05:59 PM, said:

I watch the golf and formulate my opinions on what I see.  I don't hinge on the announcer's every word like some of you guys.

This board is turning into a bitchh fest.

I agree.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 07:33 PM

View Postgolfandfishing, on 03 February 2019 - 06:16 PM, said:

View Postsdandrea, on 03 February 2019 - 05:20 PM, said:

View Postwfrogge1, on 03 February 2019 - 05:18 PM, said:

I couldn't stand Johnny Miller and his constant "when I played in 1974" comments myself. Kind of enjoying Zinger today

The main thing I won't miss from Miller is him talking about himself.  I prefer Azinger already.

I only paid half attention to today's show, but Zinger mentioned twice that he had won this tournament. Might have been more, but I caught at least two.
there was .. "when I  .....  "   from  Azinger  at least a half dozen times.

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