I have come to appreciate Rod Black a bit more after watching the 32-12 win by South Africa over England earlier today.
Never in my life have I heard such bad play by play and colour commentating in any sport. And it was not just the Aussie and English accents.
They sounded like robots with their dramatic tones, talking over the ref when he announced his penalty decisions. The colour guy in particular never shut up the whole game. I was unable to figure out what he was getting at. Verbal diarrhea at its worst. The only positive thing I can say is that they did not appear to favour one team over the other.
They had no clue about speaking in a natural way or staying quiet once in a while to let the pictures and on-field player comments tell the story. It was enough to make me start drinking beer at that ungodly hour.
So…in a moment of weakness after getting out of bed at 4.45am today to watch the game live, I now forgive Rod Black for all of his sins (eg Luke Tasker, son of etc) and I also admit he often comes up with some clever and original lines.
It will be a relief to listen to him again after what I heard for 80 minutes this morning. ;D