Phil Gould must be sacked by Channel 9

Qlder88

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

Which begs the question, where is this all going? Is rugby league dead, and/or is the clock ticking on the life of it?
 

Big Pete

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

As it's been said though Fatty/Belcher/Ikin/Wally were the sole Queensland commentators in a telecast otherwise dominated by Rabs, Sterlo and in recent times Gould.

Rabs and Sterlo really controlled the call of the game - Fatty could only chime in when necessary and it was usually just a generic comment.
 

theshed

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

Which begs the question, where is this all going? Is rugby league dead, and/or is the clock ticking on the life of it?
1 series loss and the game is dead... Okay mate
 

jarro65

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

Nein must be due for a major overhaul of their commentary team though.

They're getting stale IMO and new blood is needed.
 

Jeba

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

Bring back Alan Thomas

[video=youtube_share;6NottgZJhUk]http://youtu.be/6NottgZJhUk[/video]
 

Battler

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

Voss was the future for 9 but they've rooted that idea.
Best thing that could happen to the game would be if Fox and 9 shared the rights come the next TV deal (sort of like with the AFL, and how they have a specialised channel), that way we could get more of Vossy/ HD/ professional coverage of the game (if they move him over from NZ, which they should do).
 

Harry Sack

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

I agree the commentary was very Blue biased but hey it's not like the Queensland commentators have been known to show their colours before. Remember Fatty creaming his pants whenever Queensland used to score or do something great.
Which was balanced off with Sterling doing the same.

I have no issue with equal bias in the room (Sterling V Fatty) but it has been rather one sided for a while now. The Queenslanders in the box are way too quiet.
 

Kimlo

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

I seriously don't care if commentators are biased, that being said Vossy is the best and CH 9 really need all their NRL games to be broadcast in HD.
 

Porthoz

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

Let's not kid ourselves. Nine needed a blues win as hard as the NSW'kers, if not harder!

The maroons dynasty was bad for business down south, so the odds were stacked against Mal and his men.

People may think this is stuff from the tinfoil hat realm, but knowing how the corporate world works, and what they will do to protect their bottom line, nothing would surprise me, and I mean nothing!

Last night, the refs made sure the field was on a downwards slope towards the Qld line. The continuous ignoring of the obvious by the video refs, paired with selective replays and commenting from the box, just ensured the job got finished.

Mal sure knew what he was talking about, when he published his article about the rats down there...
 

animal eater

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As mentioned before, I come from the States and grew up watching American sport. I truly do not believe that people realize how special this sport is outside of those who watch it. The potential is very global. It has skill, drama, heart and a gladiator element which in my opinion is a world better than the UFC which has become next to soccer as I call it, the most watched and biggest growing sport in the world. It certainly hooked me quick so much so that I send links to mates overseas showing how it is a different beast all together and people are amazed when they watch it.

All that said, it is time for the NRL to get serious with it's presentation which very much includes the way it is called and bring it up a notch or three. I can deal with Ray Warren but he is also 70 now. For it to go from a sport that attracts a few million knuckleheads like ourselves to really global, it's time to shelve the Gus Guilds of the sport as the mainstay color commentator. Have him elsewhere doing other things as he does have personality and knows the game, just not in the seat he sits.
 

Sproj

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

I cannot agree more @animaleater. The Sydneycentric nature of the NRL in general and it's governing body holds this potentially great game back. The amateurishness and tribalism is fine for lower leagues and origin in the crowd but not for the global representatives on the commentary teams. The way our game has been left for dead by the afl ticks me off no end. I like afl (there I said it) live but it is a far inferior product to league in terms of visual tv spectacle, why are we so far behind? Because in so many ways we are still just so close minded and amateurish.
 

subsbligh

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

Best caller in the game IMO.

Such a shame he got shafted :tsk:
Only 3 more years of Channel 9 TV rights deal.

Foxsports is biting at their heals, with Andrew Voss.

And they certainly don't have the "brand" (especially without Rabs) that the cricket coverage does.

Strangely, I heard somewhere that Ray Warren's son is also a wanna-be caller?
 

subsbligh

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

I cannot agree more @animaleater. The Sydneycentric nature of the NRL in general and it's governing body holds this potentially great game back. The amateurishness and tribalism is fine for lower leagues and origin in the crowd but not for the global representatives on the commentary teams. The way our game has been left for dead by the afl ticks me off no end. I like afl (there I said it) live but it is a far inferior product to league in terms of visual tv spectacle, why are we so far behind? Because in so many ways we are still just so close minded and amateurish.
Absol-fucking-loutely brother.

Can I hear Super League anyone? Idea that was 25 years ahead of its time killed by the old boys because it was Murdoch dollars funding it.

Pity it was an all or nothing prospect and put us 15 years behind AFL.
 

subsbligh

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

The epitome of entertainment being sitting on the fucking hill at Brookvale or Leichardt with 12,000 locals.

No vision for the long term.
 

Sproj

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

Exactly!! But then we can't cut the deadwood clubs or revamp them because that would hurt the five fans that go to games. People say it's easy for us cos we are a rich club and it is true we are but scare the clubs holding us back and if their fans don't respond too bad for them. We should be an international heavy weight sport but we aren't even a national sport anywhere but PNG. What an absolute joke!!
 

Cult3

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

This thread is a bit of a joke. Who says commentators need to be unbiased? Have you ever heard Australian commentators during the World Cup or Olympics?

I think the bias makes the game more entertaining, though I do think it's only fair to have someone equally bias towards QLD. Wally is easily worse than Phil.

As for the video ref conspiracy, that is the nuttiest things I've heard.
The Australian commentary at the Olympics and World Cup only goes into Australia though. Other countries don't have to listen to our bias. I for one am sick of hearing Gould talk about anything. Maybe two commentary boxes, one NSW and one QLD would be a better option. Mind you, the QLD box will probably have Tim Gilbert and Ray Hadley in it.
 

Browny

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Re: Phil Guild must be sacked by Channel 9

I miss watching channel 9 while listening to Roy and HG
 

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