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Old 07-19-2007, 11:33 AM   #16
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"In order to get the cherry ... you have to be willing to make the commitment. ... It's the commitment ... as shown ... through years of training and determination .. that determines whether ... you can get the cherry. ... And if you do get the cherry ... all that commitment ... has paid off."
Ha! Pitch perfect.
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Old 07-19-2007, 11:33 AM   #17
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Teddy is the worst kind of guy to run across if you're having a drink by yourself at a bar. I wonder if he waxes philosophical about his lovelife.

"In order to get the cherry ... you have to be willing to make the commitment. ... It's the commitment ... as shown ... through years of training and determination .. that determines whether ... you can get the cherry. ... And if you do get the cherry ... all that commitment ... has paid off."
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Old 07-19-2007, 11:35 AM   #18
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Jim Lampley during Chavez-Taylor I, Hopkins-Taylor I and II, Marquez-Barrera.

Larry Merchant during Hopkins-Hakkar.

Ferdie Pacheco: too many fights to name.

The worst interview job I can think of was Tim Smith interviewing Jay Nady after Tszyu-Judah. My god that was an awful interview. You don't have to ask the same question 3 times, especially when the guy has already given you his answer.
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Old 07-19-2007, 11:38 AM   #19
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I'm sure I'm setting my guy Lampley up for some abuse here, but rewatching Hopkins vs. Trinidad last night, I'd like to nominate George Foreman.

Foreman embarassingly bought into the Trinidad hype. That was fine for a few rounds, but for the first eight he keeps admonishing Hopkins for things he "better not do against this boy." He advises Bernard to not make Trinidad mad, or to punch with him, or to give Trinidad room to punch, or basically be in there with him at all.

Foreman continually lauds Trinidad for his toughness and determination, completely glossing over a masterclass -- a true masterclass, one of my favorite performances ever -- by Hopkins. Bernard tamed Tito almost from the opening bell, and yet Big George was convinced the fight would turn any second.

Merchant (who was much sharper back then, sad to say) eventually calls him out on it, as well as calling out Lampley for calling shots for Trinidad that Bernard blocked.

By round 9, at least, George started noticing what was happening. By then Bernard was teeing off on Tito, and toward the end, he cruelly abused him. The series of counters in the last 30 seconds of the 10th round, with the grin and step away to go along with it, was vintage Hopkins.

Too bad George didn't notice earlier.
"That referee's speech didn't impress me at all"

"There's a lot of signs (that Hopkins is slowing down)!!!"

Big George was also pretty bad during Hamed-Barrera.
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:26 PM   #20
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"That referee's speech didn't impress me at all"

"There's a lot of signs (that Hopkins is slowing down)!!!"

Big George was also pretty bad during Hamed-Barrera.
Oh yeah, the thing about Hopkins slowing down was great, especially as Hopkins was blistering Trinidad all the while.
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:31 PM   #21
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Jim Lampley during Chavez-Taylor I, Hopkins-Taylor I and II, Marquez-Barrera.

Larry Merchant during Hopkins-Hakkar.

Ferdie Pacheco: too many fights to name.

The worst interview job I can think of was Tim Smith interviewing Jay Nady after Tszyu-Judah. My god that was an awful interview. You don't have to ask the same question 3 times, especially when the guy has already given you his answer.
I thought Jim was OK in the Taylor/Hopkins fights, although I can see where his excitement for Taylor would have made a Hopkins fan annoyed. But Taylor did throw more punches, and Jim tends to favor the more aggressive guy in his commentary, even if he's inefficient. And Jim made a point to mention "Shades of Holmes vs. Spinks" after the decision was announced in the 2nd fight.

Pacheco was awful for his smugness and arrogance. He said some unfortunate things about McClellan at the time of his collapse vs. Benn. Granted, no one could have known fully what was going on then, but he didn't even allow for the possibility that G-Man was injured.
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:45 PM   #22
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Can someone PLEASE blow up the buffoon Col.Bob Sheridan?
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:00 PM   #23
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Jim Lampley during Chavez-Taylor I, Hopkins-Taylor I and II

Ferdie Pacheco: too many fights to name.

The worst interview job I can think of was Tim Smith interviewing Jay Nady after Tszyu-Judah

Lampley is an insane HBO homer, just brutal. His latest "MMA" rant was embarrassing.

Pacheco has always sucked. Things always come back to his time with Ali. *yawn*

What did Tim Smith ask? I'm sure it was 'did you stop it too soon?'
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:04 PM   #24
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Lampley is an insane HBO homer, just brutal. His latest "MMA" rant was embarrassing.
I find that this accusation usually comes from Hopkins fans or ODLH haters. He has flirted with that at times, even I'll admit, but people only point out what they see as one-sided, never mentioning the stuff he says going in the other direction.

But I agree with you about Jim's diatribes against MMA. I'm not a big fan, either, but he needs to step down from his high horse.
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:07 PM   #25
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Anytime McGuigan, McKenzie or Bruno are at the mic...
Mckenzie is a genius!!


HOW DARE YOU!!!
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:09 PM   #26
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I find that this accusation usually comes from Hopkins fans or ODLH haters. He has flirted with that at times, even I'll admit, but people only point out what they see as one-sided, never mentioning the stuff he says going in the other direction
Jim is probably my least-favorite play-by-play guy, and always has been. I would take Tim Ryan, Bob Papa, Steve Albert and several other guys ahead of him. He does not have a good boxing eye, he is incredibly partial to the HBO fighter, and he gets pissy (MMA rants).

He's a very smart guy, and is great at running the 'event' of a big fight. But in terms of actually calling a fight, he sucks. Hard. Forget about ODLH or Hopkins. As someone mentioned, Taylor-Chavez, just to name one. A number of Lennox Lewis fights.

Lampley was, is, and apparently always will be a HBO 'company guy.' And that's probably why he's still announcing after his latest shennanigans.
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What did Tim Smith ask? I'm sure it was 'did you stop it too soon?'
He asked Nady what he felt about Judah going after him, and if he felt threatened.

Nady kept answering him but Smith kept asking the same question.
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HOW DARE YOU!!!


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Old 07-19-2007, 01:13 PM   #29
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Two words: Lennox Lewis.
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:17 PM   #30
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He asked Nady what he felt about Judah going after him, and if he felt threatened.

Nady kept answering him but Smith kept asking the same question.
Ugh.

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