Just watched Australia’s opening football match of the 2008 Olympics against Serbia on Channel 7 and have been "inspired" enough by a few things to get me out into the bungalow on a cold, Melbourne, winter night to vent blog about it.
Firstly… Channel 7. The nerve of them to broadcast this on a delay of TWO HOURS. If they didn’t want to do a proper job of broadcasting the games, they shouldn’t have bid for them. I vaguely recall being equally disgusted with their efforts four years ago with their coverage of the Athens Olympics. A sign of the standard we’re to expect of the next two weeks? Let’s hope not. At least the guy commentating the game for Ch7 was okay. Knew the game and made an effort to pronounce the names correctly (got most of them right too). That brings me to my second point.
Secondly… ABC’s radio commentary was of the game was SHOCKING. I listened to about 15 minutes of the match and one of the commentators (David Morrow I think is his name) didn’t know the game and couldn’t pronounce his mothers maiden name if it wasn’t "Smith". He was clearly a rugby commentator as he kept referring to the goal-line as the "by-line"… and on several occasions during the time I was listening, he made negative stereotypical comments about the sport. Made me want to write to the ABC and complain… thought I’d vent here instead.
Finally… the match itself . What can I say about the Olyroos? Uncoordinated, uninspired, unbelievably lucky to come away from this with a 1-1 draw. Their play had "Graham Arnold" stamped all over it… when will the FFA realise that this guy is a dead weight around the neck of the sport for this counrty. Get rid of him already.