I think I may have been one of the few football fans in the USA to rejoice earlier this year when John Madden’s retirement was announced. I hated listening to him; his congested voice was like nails on a chalk board, his "me me me" stories were recycled and pedantic, and his egregious overuse of the tele-pen drove me crazy. I watched MNF with the sound muted because he got on my nerves so much.
I understand that commentators are supposed to be conveying the excitement of the game/match, but sometimes they seem to love the sound of their own voices more than the game. And they don’t understand that sometimes, silence really is golden; just let the sounds of the game tell the story. Fans don’t need to be spoon fed.
The tennis equivalent (for me) is John McEnroe. As I watch, I just want to scream JFC, stop telling anecdotes about your playing days; talk about the match in front of you.
Also, please use proper English. He did not play phenomenal; he played phenomenally.
I really think I prefer the relative silence of Jason Goodall and Robbie Koenig. Or the Spanish announcers who’ve called a couple of matches I’ve watched on Youtube.