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Chris Fowler, tennis announcer?

Has anyone been watching the ESPN2 coverage and the interactions between Carrillo, Cahill, and Fowler. I don't like his American jock boy thing at all.

I pine for the days of Cliff, John, and Mary.

By the way, Drysdale and Enberg are working an off court together.

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Re: Chris Fowler, tennis announcer?

I don't mind Fowler that much. At least he isn't spouting verbal vomit like Dick Enberg. Enberg is the devil. And I don't care for Mary either.
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Re: Chris Fowler, tennis announcer?

Mary Carrillo/Mary Jo Fernandez needs to learn that the William sisters arnt the best thing that ever happened to Tennis. Esp Mary Jo in that departnement, she like pretty much ass kissing any of them when they walk on court.

Enberg is not too bad in my eyes, sure he brings up random comparisons to other sports but w/e. Im American, I understand them.

Cahill is acaully pretty good. He is insightful and makes the tennis seem interesting.

I loved Fowler/Gilbert. They were the best team and were histerical.

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Re: Chris Fowler, tennis announcer?

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Mary Carrillo/Mary Jo Fernandez needs to learn that the William sisters arnt the best thing that ever happened to Tennis. Esp Mary Jo in that departnement, she like pretty much ass kissing any of them when they walk on court.

Enberg is not too bad in my eyes, sure he brings up random comparisons to other sports but w/e. Im American, I understand them.

Cahill is acaully pretty good. He is insightful and makes the tennis seem interesting.

I loved Fowler/Gilbert. They were the best team and were histerical.
It's not just that Enberg brings up random comparisons. He never shuts up. It's like he feels like there can never be a moment of silence, even if just means he's saying "And Federer misses the backhand." I mean, we're watching it--we don't need him to tell us what just happened. Plus he tries to say something in the most complicated way possible because he thinks he sounds smarter. I despise his commentary with a fiery passion.

But yeah, I enjoyed Fowler putting Gilbert in his place too.
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I cannot stand listening to that moronic, talking head, Mary Carillo. She drives me insane, everything about her eats my nerves. How is it this woman has been poised as an expert. She was a mediocre talent at best and she talks like she was a shot making genius..she has the answer for everyone...PLEASE someone get her of of the air!!!
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Re: Chris Fowler, tennis announcer?

don't mind fowler, like p.mac and enberg, absolutely HATE that waste of skin drysdale. He's by far the worst commentator of all time.
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But yeah, I enjoyed Fowler putting Gilbert in his place too.
Very funny stuff. You can tell the second they are near each other that Fowler hates B-rad.

And I'll say it again.

Cahill is the best thing to happen to ESPN. He thinks like a coach and has really relevant things to say.
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Re: Chris Fowler, tennis announcer?

After Reading Spadea's book,

He mentioned that Brad and His father would get into sports debates and that Brad would act like he is a god of sports knowledge, yet Spadea's dad could name the entire Red Sox lineup with their batting average.

I can see Brad/Chris going at it for top dog of sports.

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I like Chris Fowler's enthusiasm for tennis and its' personalities. He's relatively new to the sport. He really took to tennis after he became a moderator at majors. His 'jock boy' angle on tennis happenings is different and interesting. The guy before him (Traybert??) didn't bring much to the table.

I'm comfortable with the group of commentators at ESPN2 for this major. They're doing their jobs and they don't bother me enough to interrupt my enjoyment of the tennis.

I want to add to the other voices who enjoy Darren's insightful commentary. He's smart and likeable.

On the Williams commentary from all of the talking heads. The Williams sisters are good press. At any time in tennis they're the best thing that ever happened to the game or the worst. Right now they're the only US women of note so they're great!

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I was really hoping Venus would lose yesturday and Molik to kick Serena's ass today.

but NO.

I have hear how "much fitter" Serena is for the rest of the tournament and how she won the AO. They make it sound like she went through what blake did by how much they keep bringing it up.

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Fowler's just about as good as anyone on that entire channel, save Cahill. Given Fowler's lack of experience compared with Darren, he acquits himself beautifully.
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Oh good I am glad that I am not the only one who can't stand Mary Carillo BUT I wish all the commentators would just be quiet - I miss the good old days of Dan Maskell (yes I am that old) who would just utter the odd comment and then say a few words at the end of the game. All this prattling on makes me hit the mute button and it isn't even about the game of tennis, which makes matters worse!

I enjoy Chris Fowler and Darren to but for the French Open we had Australian lot and they were fantastic bring back Fred Stolle and team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Oh good I am glad that I am not the only one who can't stand Mary Carillo BUT I wish all the commentators would just be quiet - I miss the good old days of Dan Maskell (yes I am that old) who would just utter the odd comment and then say a few words at the end of the game. All this prattling on makes me hit the mute button and it isn't even about the game of tennis, which makes matters worse!

I enjoy Chris Fowler and Darren to but for the French Open we had Australian lot and they were fantastic bring back Fred Stolle and team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I never heard Dan Maskell, but I've heard Fred Stolle and I thought he was pretty good. When John Barrett was doing the ATP Masters commentary I thought he was insightful and did just the right amout of talking. Jason Goodall is good too. I wish the ESPN commentators would model their broadcast more after those guys.
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Re: Chris Fowler, tennis announcer?

Cliff Drysdale and Fred Stolle

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Re: Chris Fowler, tennis announcer?

I like Chris Fowler too. When he first started, I could not stand him mainly because his lack of knowledge. But looking back, it's not his fault when he was thrown into the job without much preparation. But he's professional and learned the sport well.

Since he's the only person there who's not an ex-player or ex-coach, he provided a different view, more from a fan's or viewer's prospect which is a good balance.
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