Former League Commentators

Discussion in 'NRL Media Watch' started by Knight87, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. undertaker

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    My first memory of Matt Thompson was him doing betting odd announcements for Betfair during the cricket coverage about a decade or so ago. It's all been downhill since.
     
  2. Lemon Squash

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    Matt Thompson is from Penrith

    You are probably getting mixed up with Peter Psaltis, he’s been calling plenty of QLD games for 9... sounds eerily similar to Thompson though
     
  3. Headless Chook

    Headless Chook Juniors

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    Blocker could learn a lot in how to do the sideline stuff by listening to the great Barry Ross.
     
  4. THE CHAMP

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    Salty is shitloads better than Thompson
     
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  5. LeagueXIII

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    Get rid of the ex players unless they are articulate.
     
  6. Brutus

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    Barry liked union better than league.
     
  7. Brutus

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    Agree
     
  8. THE CHAMP

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    Salty loves the game.
    I’m sure he’s capable of being even better than he is now but has to obey his employers requirements.
    He was great calling the qld cup.
    He’s on the radio tab sports show every morning in Brisbane
     
  9. Bring back John Fifita

    Bring back John Fifita First Grade

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    Big Darrell Eastlake is far and away my favourite ex-commentator. May he Rest In Peace.

    One of his requests was to be buried in his Ferrari. Highly impractical and so my Sisters’ business was asked to do livery on his casket - a bright red Ferrari design. With a number plate - HUUUGE. Absolute gold.

    Always a tough act for new commentators to make their mark in the gig, no matter what era. And easy to criticise them. I remember when Voss started out and he was hardly a fan favourite. But the current breed of 9 commentators, and a few Fox, just ooze vanilla to me.
     
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  10. Headless Chook

    Headless Chook Juniors

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    It’s like they’re all on JobKeeper and through no fault of their own, (at least in their own eyes) now that they don’t have a job they expect to get looked after for life.
     
  11. titoelcolombiano

    titoelcolombiano Bench

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    Billy J Smith died last year
     
  12. Bring back John Fifita

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    Wonder what Bill Anderson is up to these days? Still with us?

    And another who comes to mind is Ian Maurice - the bear.
     
  13. WillKavFromMelbourne

    WillKavFromMelbourne Juniors

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    I think they’re both still alive.
     
  14. roofromoz

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  15. Perth Red

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    Has there ever been anything more cringe worthy that having to watch the nsw coach whoring for betting companies on every fox show?
     
  16. davi

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    It did happen, but I'm pretty certain it was Mark Geyer and Matthew Johns. I remember them talking about it on the now axed show The Sunday Roast. I remember Ben Ikin on Nine as a panelist (The Sunday Footy show etc), but I don't remember him ever working there as a commentator.

    The Sunday Roast was an awesome show. And it was so much better when they had an hour of The Sunday Footy show and then an hour of The Sunday Roast. Apparently Nine decided to scrap the show when Andrew Voss departed Nine which led them to incorporate the show into The Sunday Footy Show as a shorter segment rather than airing it as a separate show. They eventually axed the segment completely.

    I agree with the sentiment I wish Andrew Voss was back at Nine. Apparently Voss and Nine didn't leave on the best terms so it may not ever happen.
     
  17. The Mad Hatter

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    I can't see Voss ever back at Nine.

    Would take a wholesale clean out and a shedload of dollars.
     
  18. Perth Red

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    The Sunday Roast was like NRL360 but one thousand times better! Who wants to watch News Ltd scummy Journos arguing with each other and Ikin as ref in the middle?
     
  19. Bring back John Fifita

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    The Sunday Roast was awesome, I also loved Boots n All. And check out the intro below...

    The former was an informative but genuinely funny show - a reason to stay in on a sunny Sunday and/or navigate your way through a hangover from a monster Saturday night. Boots n all was pretty much an original version of The Fan but with Gus involved.

    Best two shows on League IMO. I’d now include the MJ podcast in that category now.

     
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  20. Bring back John Fifita

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    Indeed it was volatile. Stemming from comments Voss had made about the Ray Warren statue which Ray Hadley went beserk about. Don’t think Warren had any issue...

    Hadley n Voss both were at 9 at the time and Voss was finished up.

    And well before that, Hadley and Voss had worked together in radio (think 2ue?) and Hadley had an issue with him back then also, can’t recall what.

    Now both are gone from 9 and I think there’s more chance of Freddie Mercury joining the 9 commentary team than either of these two. And he’s been dead for decades.
     

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