So. Let's make this thread the top reasons why Rawson should be replaced. Or some top reasons why he should stay, I don't care. Just interested in what others have to say...
Besides the fact that he thinks Nate Brannen is Chris Lukezic, I think one thing that bothers my about Larry's style of track commentating is his "dumbing-down" of track to the nonrunners. He often says things like, "For the average Joe, go down to your local track and try to run one lap in 57 seconds. That's the speed Alan Webb runs for a mile." You know what Larry, very few people watch the meet who don't respect the speed of runners they see running in professional races.
Anyone who really doesn't appreciate the speed of elite runners on tv is probably not watching the sport or they will turn it off quickly. Yeah, I understand he's trying to get people who are non-runners to relate to the elite performances they see on the television, but I'd rather he just talk about athlete's rankings in the USA or compare them to the Olympic Medalists. When you hear that Alan Webb has the fastest time in the world or that he holds that American Record for the mile, you understand how good he is.
What matters in sports commentating may be up to debate, but to me it's about knowing the athletes names, their performances in the past, recent trends in performance, how they tactically match-up to other athletes, strategies to be employed or strategies being use; and personal stories about how people have made it to the top (and sometimes more importantly stayed there). Just an opinion!
Random Shmo wrote:
Yeah. I mean I can't imagine too many non runners would listen to Rawson's comment and immediately head down to their local track and try to run a 57. I mean, I could see how a non runner would be fine with the guy just because they don't know any better. All I know is, I literally have to put the tv on mute and crank up some music while I watch.
I have never posted on any letsrun forum. But I have to applaud this post, because the truth in it made me laugh.