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#49290 - 02/10/08 08:55 AM Re: Rob Stone makes an impact [Re: Dennis Michael]
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I think there are a lot of people like tweety who like bowling but aren't hard core bowlers. I think, like tweety, they like what Stone brings to the telecast.

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#49295 - 02/10/08 10:02 AM Re: Rob Stone makes an impact [Re: Lefty]
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Then, I guess this discussion illustrates the polarization Rob Stone has brought to the announcing table.

Personally, I often find myself talking to the TV telling Rob to shut up. Others may enjoy him.
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#49299 - 02/10/08 10:39 AM Re: Rob Stone makes an impact [Re: Dennis Michael]
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I'm split between "the old school" and "the new school" in terms of announcing. Like Dennis, I'm used to the old "professional, business-like" approach of Chris Schenkel, but I agree with Lefty that his manner of commentary would be boring today. Bowlers are, for the most part, more emotional than the "robotic days" of yesteryear.

I guess the most bothersome thing to me is that #@$%&!* "hambone" reference he makes. Otherwise, I agree that his enthusiasm is right up there with someone like Randy. The fact that he asks questions doesn't bother me. Sometimes he's a little off (ok, WAY off) on leaves and other shots, but you can't expect someone with little or no background to know everything about the sport.

And yes, Bryant Gumbel is a complete moron when it comes to announcing. He's arguably the worst play-by-play person ever to open his yap to a microphone. I watch the games on NFL Network on Thursdays/Saturdays when he's in the broadcast booth and I roll my eyes at least 10 times a game.
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#49300 - 02/10/08 12:10 PM Re: Rob Stone makes an impact [Re: Brian Longo]
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I am tired of the Hambone thing. I do not mind the stupid questions he asks. I just wish the others would explain it to him. That way they could be explaining bowling to the audience as well.
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#49305 - 02/10/08 02:02 PM Re: Rob Stone makes an impact [Re: Reader]
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The new saying Rob came up with today was "ten pin party in the pit".
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#49308 - 02/10/08 02:25 PM Re: Rob Stone makes an impact [Re: Dennis Michael]
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Originally Posted By: Dennis Michael
The new saying Rob came up with today was "ten pin party in the pit".

I actually liked that one. Original, for sure. And he laid off a bit on the "hambone" references. Ok, so he's wearing on me a bit, but that line you referenced, Dennis, was pretty good.
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#49310 - 02/10/08 03:39 PM Re: Rob Stone makes an impact [Re: Brian Longo]
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Paused it to go bowling - just got back and started up again, in the Barnes/Mika match. Stone just let out a "Barnes drops a Nickel!" I like it.
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#49312 - 02/10/08 04:04 PM Re: Rob Stone makes an impact [Re: cgeorg]
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I kind of liked the nickel saying as well, if it was spontaneous and not something he thought up earlier in the week so much the better. At least he didn't add bag at the end of it, that would have been funny though.
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#49313 - 02/10/08 04:58 PM Re: Rob Stone makes an impact [Re: Calvin Pistorio]
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#49333 - 02/10/08 11:02 PM Re: Rob Stone makes an impact [Re: cgeorg]
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I liked the nickel and the ten pin party in the pit. At least they made sense. I don't mind him asking questions. I think he should do more homework though. Ask some off the air as well spend some time with the bowlers. Ask them questions. That way he will be more informed. I like the spirited nature he has. I hate the hambone though. I'm sorry. I cringe everytime he says it. I think the worst sports announser may be kornheiser or however you spell his name. The whole espn crew for monday night football is awful. It's better than last year's espn crew, but still kind of bad. Jaws is okay. Kornheiser has to go. I think he adds nothing. My two cents.
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