The quality of sports commentators in this country is at an all time low. Maybe it has always been bad and the rarity (in comparison to today) of Test, One Day Cricket and Football media coverage was able to hide this from the public? Who knows, it is not important, what is important is what is happening now and what is happening now is… shit.
Larger and larger portions of air time are being taken away from calling the games and are being reallocated to creating news and manufacturing controversy. Complaining about the overall standard of the game, the small crowds or their poor behaviour and when they are not talking about this they are reading in listener’s e-mails or SMS messages.
Today a listener SMSed in asking how many times Ricky Ponting had been dismissed for 61.
Peanut#1: Steve on the SMS wants to know how many times Ponting has been dismissed for 61.
Peanut#2: I don’t know, why would anyone want to know that?
Peanut#1: Well I can tell you he has been dismissed for…
Peanut#2: Don’t encourage them…
And on it went, neither of the Peanuts realising (or at least verbalising their recognition) of the significance of the figure.
I am sure this is a subject which will be revisited later on in the year.