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I might be in the minority but I find Bruce Mcaveney extremely annoying to listen to when watching the game. He seems to have no grasp of what is happening,  fawns over well known players whether they are playing well or not and then distracts from what is actually taking place.

Keen to hear others views re Bruce. 

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"Gee Bruce looooves a big occasion, doesn't he BT?" 

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He needs to be put out to pasture much like his beloved black caviar.

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Bruce has become a bit of a caricature of himself over a number of years now.

My special lady friend and I were discussing last night how great it would be if Fox Footy could implement a button where all you get to hear are the effects mics (umps, whistles, crowd noise, players swearing etc).

That commentary team last night were desperate for Sydney to get up...

PS. Lingy can [censored] right off!

 

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I think he is past it. His constant craving for affirmation makes my brain bleed.

isn't it

didn't he

don't they 

wouldn't he

And to think he is often asking Brian Taylor (that vacuous [censored] that Danny Hughes used to wind up) for affirmation! GHM 

Bruce & Brian are the worst commentators IMO

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Answer the question - Sack him
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Just now, Kumamoto_Ken said:

Bruce has become a bit of a caricature of himself over a number of years now.

My special lady friend and I were discussing last night how great it would be if Fox Footy could implement a button where all you get to hear are the effects mics (umps, whistles, crowd noise, players swearing etc).

That commentary team last night were desperate for Sydney to get up...

PS. Lingy can [censored] right off!

 

Lingy is like a Mcaveny light.

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1 minute ago, ManDee said:

I think he is past it. His constant craving for affirmation makes my brain bleed.

isn't it

didn't he

don't they 

wouldn't he

And to think he is often asking Brian Taylor (that vacuous [censored] that Danny Hughes used to wind up) for affirmation! GHM 

Bruce & Brian are the worst commentators IMO

We need a Dennis Cometti to comentate what is happening and then a Paul Roos, Jonathon Brown, Gary Lyon or Kane Cornes to analyse the game and provide insights into what is happening and why. 

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3 minutes ago, ManDee said:

I think he is past it. His constant craving for affirmation makes my brain bleed.

isn't it

didn't he

don't they 

wouldn't he

And to think he is often asking Brian Taylor (that vacuous [censored] that Danny Hughes used to wind up) for affirmation! GHM 

Bruce & Brian are the worst commentators IMO

Being the Gane of Thrones round I would say Mcaveney is Reek and BT is Hodor

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I’d say get rid of him and replace him with someone fresh, but I’m afraid “someone fresh” would be another moronic oaf, fresh out of the boys club, with no experience or even a basic grasp of the English language. That seems to be the hiring criteria for both the major broadcasters.

I reckon our sport has a big problem with the quality of its commentators.

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Cringeworthy. One of the worst callers ever. Behaves like an adolescent fanboy and is in no way objective. If he is not fawning over a personal favourite he is stating the bleeding obvious or asking nonsensical rhetorical questions. Apart from that he’s good.

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On another note...I thought Phil Davis was good last night.

I generally don't like current players commenting on the game but he gave some good insights.

Also, we could do with him at FB...

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Broadcast pasture. All things must come to an end.

In his case, as ManDee so perceptively observed, he whole shtick is to seek too much affirmation for his inane comments. Makes no contribution of his own.

It would be nice if there was a straight commentator who could describe what is happening together with an insightful and intelligent commentator who could analyse what is happening.

Part of the problem is that there is only so much that can be said without being overly repetitive over a long 120 minutes. Davis might have been good last night but he also would become tiring over a season.

Maybe commentators should be rotated in and out over a season.

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Despite his obvious favoritism for the Cats and a bit of a monotone, Whateley is imo one of the best callers. 

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I don't mind Bruce, but he needs the right partner. Cometti worked with Bruce because Dennis would banter with him when appropriate, or otherwise tell him to shut up. People like Ling, Richardson and Taylor who struggle to string three coherent words together are not the right fit.

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13 minutes ago, tiers said:

Broadcast pasture. All things must come to an end.

In his case, as ManDee so perceptively observed, he whole shtick is to seek too much affirmation for his inane comments. Makes no contribution of his own.

It would be nice if there was a straight commentator who could describe what is happening together with an insightful and intelligent commentator who could analyse what is happening.

Part of the problem is that there is only so much that can be said without being overly repetitive over a long 120 minutes. Davis might have been good last night but he also would become tiring over a season.

Maybe commentators should be rotated in and out over a season.

One of the things I like about the likes of Davis and Matthew Pavlich is that as well as being insightful, they are softly spoken. That means even if their message starts getting boring, you can just mentally tune them out. No such luck with Cameron Ling shouting his inane comments in to the mic.

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12 minutes ago, tiers said:

It would be nice if there was a straight commentator who could describe what is happening together with an insightful and intelligent commentator who could analyse what is happening.

IT DOES NOT COMPUTE

The channel 7s and fox footys believe that the commentary is not an extra information stream for the viewer, they believe it is part of the entertainment experience in and of itself.

That's why a doofus like Taylor can be a commentating "star", why Bruce is not sent to the glue factory, and why Eddie "No Conflict Of Interest Here" McGuire can be permitted to stuff his face with cream buns do Red For Ed w***fests.

It's "good for football"!!! (isn't it???)

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Francis Leach and Bob Murphy or even our own Robbo.

Im currently in Ubud and lost my carefully assembled and pampered cool with Bruce barracking for Sydney.

He was looking for Sydney free kicks and referring to "Royal Randwick" when ours were obvious to me and even Ketut could see it. 

 

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51 minutes ago, BrisbaneDemon said:

He needs to be put out to pasture much like his beloved black caviar.

No Winx is his fave Special!!!

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Bruce at the Olympics was good. His adulation of the stars seemed to hit the right note but week in week out at the footy it has become tiring and over the last two years or so has become annoying.

He has also become an Eddie everywhere (Melbourne Cup carnival etc) that has compounded the problem.

For years I have been calling out for alternative commentary styles or as KK mentioned a crowd sound only option.Increasingly these days I watch games with the mute button firmly engaged.

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55 minutes ago, chookrat said:

I might be in the minority but I find Bruce McAveney extremely annoying to listen to when watching the game. He seems to have no grasp of what is happening,  fawns over well known players whether they are playing well or not and then distracts from what is actually taking place.

Keen to hear others views re Bruce. 

Genuine love the game.

No ego.  Intelligent. Experienced.

 

Gee wiz.  You can never please the masses.

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55 minutes ago, chookrat said:

I might be in the minority but I find Bruce Mcaveney extremely annoying to listen to when watching the game. He seems to have no grasp of what is happening,  fawns over well known players whether they are playing well or not and then distracts from what is actually taking place.

Keen to hear others views re Bruce. 

You are definitely not in a minority.  

I'd love to hear the umpires all the time with commentators just fitting in with that and saying only essential info, but I guess that can't happen because a player may say a naughty word. 

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Just now, TGR said:

Genuine love the game.

No ego.  Intelligent. Experienced.

 

Gee wiz.  You can never please the masses.

I reckon I'd give myself a tick on almost all those boxes, but you'd be a fool to put me in front of a microphone. 

And 'no ego'? You must be joking, even if the commentators are always looking for affirmation from each other like pathetic puppies.

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He is about on par with the master of the filth. Just find it hard to listen to anything he is saying.

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The fawning over Dusty and Rance last year by Bwooce and the Channel 7 commentary team was borderline sycophantic. They sounded like they wanted to go the Full Bill Lawry on Shane Warne on those two. All we heard was about how awesome they were. The greatest part of Collingwood's win in the prelim is that we no longer have to listen to that twaddle.

Why hasn't Brenton Speed gotten more of a run on Fox? He's been pretty decent and is more interested in commentating the match rather than creaming their Levis.

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