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OLN coverage of the Giro (not a spoiler)(14 posts)

OLN coverage of the Giro (not a spoiler)tarwheel
May 15, 2003 7:31 AM
So what does everyone think of OLN TV coverage of the Giro so far? I am ashamed to say that I can't offer much analysis because I keep falling asleep during the show. I've had a bunch of meetings, rides, etc. that have prevented me from watching the 8 p.m. So I've been staying up for the 11 p.m. show, but can't stay awake for the whole thing. I keep nodding off during the endless commercials and by the time I wake up, it's all over.
as good as the action allowsmohair_chair
May 15, 2003 7:44 AM
These are still sprint stages, with few breakaways or deviations from the general plan. So watching them is fairly boring from my perspective.

It does give Phil, Paul, and Bob a lot of opportunity to talk, and often whatever they are talking about is a lot more interesting that what's going on during the race. I record the live coverage in the morning on my Tivo and watch it at night, so I fast forward thru the commercials. For these past couple of stages, I also fast forward thru a lof of the (in)action. I've got better things to do than watch the peloton ride together for hours.

The races will get more exciting and it should be harder to fall asleep. The last week should really be fun.
as good as the action allowsdave woof
May 15, 2003 7:50 AM
I want post-action interviews.
I want english translations for the graphics that pop up.
I want to see it uninterrupted.
me me me me
OLN should cater to ME!

as good as the action allowsTarantula
May 15, 2003 8:33 AM
For we posers, the foreign language, the rough Italian television, the countryside views just add to the feel of the race.
My family considers me as the quintessential cycling expert, only because I listen to Phil and Paul. Love Bob. He doesn't sound like he edits thoughts that much. It's good to hear free thinkers in television.
The worst thing that could happen is CBS could be covering the race and feeding the signal to OLN.
Do I detect sarcasm?Spoiler
May 15, 2003 8:58 AM
I see your point. It's not like OLN is broadcasting the race for the benefit of the audience or anything. When will selfish consumers learn that shows aren't created for their entertainment. When I was a kid, our Saturday morning cartoons were Army training films, and we LIKED IT!
The Lance footage has been great!js5280
May 15, 2003 8:21 AM
Commercials are much better this year and I think I'll be able to take the ad infinitum repeats than in previous years. The copious Subaru spots are much easier to take thanks to the great Lance footage. Also, sign me up for the Bob Roll Climbing Camp! Good to see Bobke back to his self-deprecating humor again, always makes me smile. Also, his command of Italian seems pretty decent, so my guess is his horrible French is very intentional.

Oh, lest I forget, the GdI coverage has been a bit uneventful IMO, even for flat stages. I don't think the sprint finishes (at least the one or two stages I've seen, haven't been able to catch it every night unfortunatley) have been all that spectacular. The scenery has been really nice though, although there needs to be more podium coverage, the Italians know a thing or two about podium girls too ;-)
Agree with you on the podium dogsbigrider
May 15, 2003 9:28 AM
Who picked out this eye candy? A neutered vegetarian?

Bob Roll could commentate on a mud drying contest and make it funny and interesting.
Not what I said. . .js5280
May 15, 2003 12:44 PM
I didn't say I thought the podium girls were unattractive, actually the opposite. Just that they are only showing brief clips of the podium and, hence, little of the podium girls.

The whole podium thing is kind of funny though in the begining since the same guy usually keeps going up day after day till a challenging stage comes along and shakes things up. Kind of like being named employee of the month, then having a celebration every day that month. Yep, still employee of the month, that's me! ;-)
Podium girlsinnergel
May 16, 2003 7:59 AM
Me likey the lovely brunette Italian podium girls! I think the riders like them as well. I can almost see a sinister glint in their eyes when they crouch down a bit for the double-cheeked kiss after a stage win.

I do notice that the higher you get up the jersey chain, the better looking the podium girls are. To the winner, go the spoils.
Like the NBA., Sprints are boring until the last 2 minutesDave Hickey
May 15, 2003 8:36 AM
I'll wait until the mountain stages start. IMHO, they are much more exciting.
Better than nothingAztec
May 15, 2003 8:49 AM
Seems like more commercials than last year but overall I'm happy to be able to watch day to day coverage of the Giro. I think once we get into the mountain stages they may cut back on the commercials and show larger portions of the climbs uninterupted.

I'm not complaining.
re: OLN coverage of the Giro (not a spoiler)steve-z
May 15, 2003 9:29 AM
my thoughts:
- Bob Roll has gotten a lot better. He used to sound like he had stayed up all night thinking of clever things to say. Now his commentary sounds more off-the-cuff and is pretty informative.

- The stages have been a bit boring thus far. Looking forward to the mountains.

- Tivo is made for cycling coverage.
I've been catching it at 8pmvelocity
May 15, 2003 9:32 AM
The hour sure passes quickly! Phil & Paul are, of course, great, and Bobke has become a seamless and key member of the team.

Wow, last night's finish! Even though I knew the outcome ahead of time, the stage had another exciting conclusion.

I'm really looking forward to the mountain stages -- and my wife and I are headed to Italy next week and will catch some of the action in person!

Improvements? Post-race interviews would be nice as would commercial-free segments.
Like it better than TdeF coveragems
May 15, 2003 10:17 AM
OLN is following the same format as last year -- a RAI feed with commentary by Phil, Paul and Bob (in Stamford, CT). I liked Bob Roll last year, but I also think that he has improved and, as someone said above, has become a seamless part of the commentary team. I really disliked last year's dumbed down TdeF coverage with its various special segments and superflous USPS team updates. And don't even get me started on the subject of Bill Patrick. The Giro coverage is exactly what I like -- basic pictures with enjoyable commentary.