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Old 07-31-2020, 08:14 AM   #81 (permalink)
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Oh, man, I bet Bolerjack was unbearable yesterday afternoon. Was it Thurl or Harpring with him? I like Thurl but Harpring can stay at the Chick-fil-a that he can't stop talking about.
I was ready for Jazz basketball yesterday, but I wasn't mentally prepared for Boler. I watched the TNT broadcast. I believe it's Thurl that's with him in Orlando, so at least that is something of a silver lining.
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Old 07-31-2020, 08:19 AM   #82 (permalink)
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I used to like Harpring. I actually think he had a promising career in broadcasting, particularly due to his experience as a player. Where I think he went wrong was with his partner. I think Bolerjack ruined him. Bolerjack has a good voice - but he is NOT a basketball person (obviously). So rather that pay attention to the game in front of him, he watches the little monitor and talks about things that [he thinks] he knows. Football. Food. Etc. He has his little catchphrase cliches that he can't wait to use, and attempts to use them at poor times. Just last night Thurl had to tell Bolerjack "too early Craig". Matt has followed in Bolerjacks shadow, and learned all those poor traits from him. That's too bad. Matt has a lot of basketball knowledge and personal experience that provide a nice perspective -- he shows this often during broadcasts, and is much better at explaining what might have happened, and why. Bolerjack, in the meantime, is watching someone in the crowd eat an ice cream cone, and makes a comment about Ingles getting a technical foul - but never explains why. We, as viewers, are left to wonder why, and can only reason that it was really a defensive 3-second call. A few minutes later Boler will hear a whistle and say that player X was called for "over the back", which isn't a foul -- contact is a foul. But, who knows? What we do know is that Bolerjack is already calling for overtime.

Too early Craig. Too early.
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Old 07-31-2020, 08:22 AM   #83 (permalink)
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I used to like Harpring. I actually think he had a promising career in broadcasting, particularly due to his experience as a player. Where I think he went wrong was with his partner. I think Bolerjack ruined him. Bolerjack has a good voice - but he is NOT a basketball person (obviously). So rather that pay attention to the game in front of him, he watches the little monitor and talks about things that [he thinks] he knows. Football. Food. Etc. He has his little catchphrase cliches that he can't wait to use, and attempts to use them at poor times. Just last night Thurl had to tell Bolerjack "too early Craig". Matt has followed in Bolerjacks shadow, and learned all those poor traits from him. That's too bad. Matt has a lot of basketball knowledge and personal experience that provide a nice perspective -- he shows this often during broadcasts, and is much better at explaining what might have happened, and why. Bolerjack, in the meantime, is watching someone in the crowd eat an ice cream cone, and makes a comment about Ingles getting a technical foul - but never explains why. We, as viewers, are left to wonder why, and can only reason that it was really a defensive 3-second call. But, who knows. What we do know is that Bolerjack is already calling for overtime.

Too early Craig. Too early.
Boler does love some free basketball
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I used to like Harpring. I actually think he had a promising career in broadcasting, particularly due to his experience as a player. Where I think he went wrong was with his partner. I think Bolerjack ruined him.
I heartily agree with this. I liked Harpring as a player and initially, I don't remember him irritating me in his role as color commentator. It seems that the last few years, he gets off on tangents, just like Boler and I'm internally screaming at the TV for them to shut up and get back to the game. Maybe they just have been together too long and Harpring would do better with a different broadcast mate.

Another one I wish they'd bring back to TV more is Booner. He makes Locke broadcasts almost listenable when he is on and explaining things.
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PBH- I believe all local broadcasts are remote.
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wow.

That was ugly.



but, like all good shooters, you just keep shooting. The problem is that Niang isn't a good shooter. So why does he just keep shooting? Ugh.

'Course, it all starts with defense - right? Or, in the Jazz case, it never starts because we don't play defense.


The Jazz have a problem. I think it started when Favors wasn't re-signed.
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wow.

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but, like all good shooters, you just keep shooting. The problem is that Niang isn't a good shooter. So why does he just keep shooting? Ugh.

'Course, it all starts with defense - right? Or, in the Jazz case, it never starts because we don't play defense.


The Jazz have a problem. I think it started when Favors wasn't re-signed.

It could be a short run in the "bubble". You are right about the defense and it isn't just Niang laying the bricks.


It will be interesting to see how they do tonight. The Lakers have the West about wrapped up so I'm not sure what their motivation level will be.
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It could be a short run in the "bubble". You are right about the defense and it isn't just Niang laying the bricks.


It will be interesting to see how they do tonight. The Lakers have the West about wrapped up so I'm not sure what their motivation level will be.
LA has played pretty poorly thus far. Curious to see if they are coasting for the playoffs or if they actually try and get some rhythm. Could be an interesting game for sure.
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The Lakers have the West about wrapped up so I'm not sure what their motivation level will be.

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LA has played pretty poorly thus far. .... Could be an interesting game for sure.

It's not good when you are depending on other teams motivation level and poor play in order to have an interesting game.


You are correct. It isn't just Niang laying bricks. But Niang was 0-6 on Thursday and 3-10 on Saturday. That's 3-16. That's 18% shooting. That's not good. He should not be shooting as much as he is -- and that is a problem. When we are relying on Niang to provide offense off the bench - that is a problem!

What will be interesting tonight will be to see whether LeBron or AD hits 40 points first.
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What will be interesting tonight will be to see whether LeBron or AD hits 40 points first.

That's fine as that would at least mean a competitive game.

What is equally plausible is they get 25 each through 3 quarters and then stay on the bench in the 4th quarter of a blowout win.
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