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Anybody else miss Bob Roll?(15 posts)

Anybody else miss Bob Roll?wonderdog
Jul 8, 2002 7:56 AM

Phil, Paul, and Bob. That's the trio. Get those other dudes off the air....including Frankie.

Anybody know why Bob isn't in OLN's tour lineup?

Mr. tour day france?DougSloan
Jul 8, 2002 8:05 AM
I think Bob knew his stuff, but just wasn't a good communicator. He sounded sort of like a doof much of the time. Haven't heard an explanation of his absence.

Frankie does pretty well. He's closer to knowing the present day riders than anyone else, too.

the third with phil and paul is a poor replacmentishmael
Jul 8, 2002 8:25 AM
he sounds like every other american commentator, his voice could be heard a mile away and everything is exciting to them. Phil and Paul are nice and relaxed, they sound excited only when there's something exciting going on, and they dont treat the audience like they're idiots. Its partially the like european accents and intonations. the new guy sounds like he could be a voice in a commercial for an exciting new product. Phil and Paul have nice stories too, and so did Bob. I hope Bob was enjoying his free-time too much to bother with commentating, if they booted him they are fools.
Mr. tour day france?trimble
Jul 8, 2002 4:35 PM
Right on.

I wondered if anyone else noticed Bobke's pronounciation of 'de' as 'day'. He sounded like some hillbilly.

As far as Frankie goes, he needs to relax. Being a USPS insider (him not me) he should follow that angle instead of trying to become a journalist overnite. He comes across as uptight when he asks questions.
re: Anybody else miss Bob Roll?PhatMatt
Jul 8, 2002 8:22 AM
I think Frankie is doing well, but please get Bobke in the booth. Look he even got rid of the chops?
re: Anybody else miss Bob Roll?ishmael
Jul 8, 2002 8:30 AM
the chops were great. Who wants them in a clean cut suit anyway, these guys are more comfortable in spandex and road gime. Its sports not a business meeting. Its a good time, they should be alowed to dress like it. Maybe they could break out there old uniforms or something, we could do before and after shots. I think the best part of the show is hearing their stories.
I like that ideaPhatMatt
Jul 8, 2002 10:53 AM
I heard Roll use to roll up on a Harley back in the day.
i don't think bobke likes france muchrufus
Jul 8, 2002 8:30 AM
so maybe he didn't want to do the tour. just the impression i got from reading some of his email replies during the giro. which is why he pronounces it "tour day fraaannnce". i'd say it has something to do with how he got along with the french while he was riding. he loves the italians.
Thanks for the scoopwonderdog
Jul 8, 2002 9:18 AM

I think Bobke should keep the chops, and I thank you for giving me the inside track. Have you read Bob's book called "Bobke"? That, my friends, is why he should be doing all of OLN's "color" commentary.

the "Bobke" book is out of print & hard to find. :-( -nmTig
Jul 8, 2002 4:37 PM
oh, and check this out.....wonderdog
Jul 8, 2002 9:57 AM

Seems Bobke has started to enjoy France more and more since his racing days are over....

pardon my ignorance, but....raboboy
Jul 8, 2002 10:03 AM
where did the Bobke come from and what does it mean (the -ke part, I mean)?

feels like we're missing an important 'com-ponent'...JS Haiku Shop
Jul 8, 2002 10:03 AM
still, i can't read that word without hearing bob mangle it in my head (he's obviously become one of those resident voices in my head).

his commentary (and subversive beatnik poetry) are sorely missed. wonder if he's stuck in customs again.

for one, i dearly appreciated the pork chops.
re: Anybody else miss Bob Roll?mapei boy
Jul 8, 2002 1:25 PM
Frankie is getting better. He's found his sense of humor. His tech tips have been fun. Interview-wise, he seems to be able to get more out of Lance than any of the other dudes who stick a mike in the champ's face. It's only a matter of time before Frankie really hits his stride. In a sense, he's 'riding himself into shape.'

As for Bob Roll, yeah, it's too bad he's not on board, even if it does drive me crazy to hear him mangle the French language. He's one of the best color men in any sport. He may do his share of clowning around, but he's also extremely articulate and insightful. When you listen to him, you really understand how it feels to be in the peloton.
Nothing wrong w/ Bob AND Frankiecoonass
Jul 8, 2002 4:08 PM
I appreciate the actual experience that these guys have and their input to the strategy, pros and cons of the racers and the me, this surpasses any qualifications or expertise as a 'professional commentator'....these guys speak from 'being there'; and that gives me more of an insight of the event. (obviously I'm not a good writer either.)