It’s been a while since I’ve made an entry … I’m sure this won’t be seen by anyone at this point, but it’s gotta be said! It’s ice skating season, and we’ve been watching events on TV whenever we can. The current announcing team is Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir, and usually Terry Gannon. Johnny Weir is generally quite professional and intelligent, and he has a great sense of humor – we love Johnny Weir (and he’s been great on the Cooking Channel, too!). Terry Gannon bumbles along in not too annoying a fashion … where did he come from, anyway?
Then there’s Lipinski. The only garbage that comes out of her mouth is either so painfully obvious or so painfully presumptuous that every word is like fingernails on a chalk board. The words are bad enough, but they’d be bearable if her giggling, snotty, oh so smug and condescending tone was wiped right out of her mouth. (I can only hope that Lipinski has a publicist that is scanning for any mention of her name – please, please, please!)
By the way, I don’t remember the name of the young lady who was the third announcer (don’t know where Terry Gannon was) for the European Championships that were broadcasted last weekend, but she was absolutely wonderful. She was informative, professional, and her tone and demeanor were spot on. Her every word made Lipinski look even worse than she manages on her own. Please, Miss I-Can’t-Remember-Your-Name, please don’t allow yourself to be infected by Lipinski!!!!!
We are totally waiting for the broadcasting community and technology to implement the ability to mute the announcer soundtrack and allow the rest of the sounds associated with sports broadcasts to be heard. Most announcers (ice skating, gymnastics, golf, football, baseball, etc., etc., etc., etc.) are so profoundly irritating that I believe there would be a cry of joy and relief, even if the new technology costs the consumer a few extra dollars. Come on, Apple, we know you can do it!