We all have our favorite soccer commentators or co-commentators, but many of us have ones that we dislike too — the ones that makes us groan whenever we find out they’re announcing our team.
You know the one(s). They’re the commentators that say the things that upset you — either by saying inaccurate statements or only seeing the negatives in your team.
I have one co-commentator that I dislike listening to. But before I share my opinion, feel free to let us know in the comments section below regarding which commentator or co-commentator you dislike the most, and why.
The color commentator I dislike is Barry Horne. He’s often a co-commentator on the weekend Premier League matches, but he seems to often be selected as the co-commentator for Everton, Swansea and Cardiff games. That’s probably because Horne used to play as a midfielder for Everton and Wales, so he’s well-versed on those teams. However, whenever he commentates Swansea City, he always gets under my skin because of the things he says.
This probably happens to most hardcore soccer fans, but we feel protective of our teams and sensitive to criticism. I understand that, but Horne seems particularly tougher on Swansea City than the opposition. For example, Swansea may miss a chance in front of goal, and he’ll criticize the player for a wasted opportunity. And then a similar chance happens at the other end of the pitch, but he praises the opposition for creating a good chance in front of goal instead of criticizing them for not scoring.
I’m not a fan of commentators stating the obvious after a missed opportunity. Horne and Trevor Francis are particularly guilty of this (as are dozens of other commentators and co-commentators), but I don’t like “in hindsight” commentating. I don’t want to hear what the player should have done after he missed an opportunity or made a poor cross. Of course, he should have scored or crossed the ball better. But he didn’t. There’s no point stating the obvious.
Share your opinion below regarding the commentators or co-commentators you dislike listening to. And tell us why.