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    Default VS really does suck

    I just viewed the sign off VS recap of the three week tour, and TV got about 3 seconds out of 2 minutes.

    WTF.

    So pathetic. So shameful. F-em.
     

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    Default Re: VS really does suck

    Paying their bills. The more people watch recordings and Netflix, the more ads there will be to make up the loss, plus it's not about the sport, it's about the cash. Plenty more interesting things to do.
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    Default Re: VS really does suck

    The new popularity of cycling in the USA due largely to Lance, the new HDTV technology and the increased
    commercial value allowing better production have combined to give us a huge improvement in the TDF coverage here in the USA.

    The views of France alone were worth watching.

    Record it and watch in the evening. Zap the commercials. Warn your friends not to spoil.

    Don't sweat the small stuff. Don't whine about Phil and Paul either.

    Think back 10 years ago. How was the coverage then?

    They deserve an Emmy

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    Default Re: VS really does suck

    He got his due on this VS, which doesn't suck.
     

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    Default Re: VS really does suck

    The coverage certainly could have been worse. The fact that they went from start to finish onthe Alp du Hez stage was pretty cool.
     

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    Default Re: VS really does suck

    Did anyone count how many times Phil said Stephen instead of Nicholas Roche or how often Frank and Andy's names were mixed up? The mistakes do make it more entertaining I suppose...
     

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    Default Re: VS really does suck

    Quote Originally Posted by Nierman View Post
    He got his due on this VS, which doesn't suck.

    9 days in the yellow that Tommy! maybe the television people only like the drama that they (think they) create themselves. TV and Europcar created their own drama. EFF the television people for not being dynamic enough to follow real life (not a reality show) as it happens.

    maybe they'll notice him next year...when they have time to write it into the script.

    cycling fans know.

    but vs. keeps the show dumbed down for three-piece bottle buyers.


    and yes, _this_ is "VS"

    they are "VS."
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    Quote Originally Posted by suhacycles View Post
    Did anyone count how many times Phil said Stephen instead of Nicholas Roche or how often Frank and Andy's names were mixed up? The mistakes do make it more entertaining I suppose...
    I do wonder how much those guys drink on the job!
     

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    Default Re: VS really does suck

    Yes, Phil does that
    But He is a bit old
    and after all HE ACTUALLY KNOWS SROACH! AND EVERYBODY ELSE!
    The richness gained from hanging with (and probably drinking with)
    all those team officials and riders for all those years is priceless IMO
    Obviously they aren't cozy with a lot of the newer riders of the recent years
    but their roots are deep and it comes out in the broadcast.

    This year Phil told a story about the time they blew up his rental car in Spain.
    He said he didn't mind because the car had about 60 of Paul's CD's in it all of
    which he hated!
    C'mon, where else are you gonna get stuff like that?
    You want Vin Skully? I'll take Phil Rizzuto any time.

    VF
     

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    Default Re: VS really does suck

    Anyone here remember the days when we were lucky if the TdeF got 3x 20 minute segments over 3 weeks on ABC Wide World of Sports? I do. I'll live with the commercials and buffoonery as now I feel like I've actually watched the race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pruckelshaus View Post
    Anyone here remember the days when we were lucky if the TdeF got 3x 20 minute segments over 3 weeks on ABC Wide World of Sports? I do. I'll live with the commercials and buffoonery as now I feel like I've actually watched the race.
    is that the one where the guy falls off the ski jump?

    sure, today's coverage is _better_ and much more thorough, but we can still bitch about the shortcomings and the 175,000x one has to skip over poorly written and executed advertisements. how else will they ever learn to improve?

    hey, when did Roll lose all that weight? no wonder no one wants to throw down with him...what was his specialty ITD?
     

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    Default Re: VS really does suck

    after 3 weeks I now remember where vs. is on the "tv dial" but will be forgetting it over the next 344 days.

    I kinda miss having cycling on tv though. Warts and all.

    Next month in Spain.
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    Default Re: VS really does suck

    BMC is american-ish, right?

    I think you'll be seeing a yellow jersey winner on VS racing in Colorado soon.

    Don't change that dial.
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    Default Re: VS really does suck

    I enjoy Phil and Paul. They love cycling and it shows every day. I would prefer to hear these guys instead of network or espn all-arounders commenting on a sporting event that demands knowledge of the racers, tactics, directors and history of the event. They are not perfect, but make July and the TdF something I look forward to each year. Compare Vs. coverage to the years on CBS when John Tesh would describe the three week race in one hour. That sucked, and John Tesh made it suck even more.

    One item that I did not like is that I paid for the full access at Vs.com but the connection was not reliable. Happily, my cable provider does have Vs. so I did not miss a stage. Oh, one other thing, I will be so happy not to see a Michelobe Ultra commercial for the rest of my life, but realize its advertising paid to bring the race to the viewers.
     

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    Default Re: VS really does suck

    yes, and if that!

    more like we got to read about it in winning magazine or some other euro rag about 40 days later by the time it hit the bike shop newsstand.

    every once in awhile i'd turn the volume off, which was surprisingly great too.

    tell ya one thing, the footage each year of the race and the scenery gets better and better. the copter pilots are good.

    Quote Originally Posted by pruckelshaus View Post
    Anyone here remember the days when we were lucky if the TdeF got 3x 20 minute segments over 3 weeks on ABC Wide World of Sports? I do. I'll live with the commercials and buffoonery as now I feel like I've actually watched the race.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by victoryfactory View Post
    Think back 10 years ago. How was the coverage then?
    10 years ago was it not still Outdoor Life Network, before it went to OLN and then VS, showing all the grand tours plus many classics and semi-classics, mountain biking, and other bicycle shows? I also miss their other shows on climbing, adventure racing, sailing, and all that other good stuff. Too bad it never paid the bills.
     

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    In these days of free computer streaming, TV is less relevant for me.
    Sean Kelly and whoever the other guy is were great on Eurosport with minimal commercials and the whole stage!
    I do like Bob Roll for the commentary spot though. (Can Phil please retire?).
     

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    I watched almost all the tour recorded. I saved myself the pain of the commercials, the inside team car bull, and much more. I was just amazed that a short video recap would give .02% to the guy in yellow for 10 out of 21 days.
     

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    Default Re: VS really does suck

    You would think that the Shit for brains at Vs. would seek out some input from folks somewhere like the VS who have an insiders knowledge of cycling. Maybe if they would listen to those in the know, the show would be more appealing to the masses.
     

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