ESPN's Dave O'Brien and Marcelo Balboa: The horror continues
Dave O'Brien loves the words "clean sheets', he repeats it ad nauseum. Marcelo Balboa loves "fresh legs" and repeats that ad nauseum. Between the two of them they could start a laundry and a poultry farm. O'Brien loves reminding his viewers that this is the knockout stage which means if you lose you get knocked out of the tournament and go home. Got that children. See here we call it elimination.
O'Brien does not know his players either and he is a step too slow in calling the plays because he is busy listening to the feedback from his sonorous voice. The game has gone on about 20 paces ahead and the ball switched between the feet of about 5 players by now. His commentating is a mixture of eulogies and platitudes. In between he will ask Balboa questions like, "What makes Ronaldinho great?" Yep, the right time and the right person to ask these existential questions.
For O' Brien Appiah becomes Pappoe, Gyan becomes Mensah, Cafu becomes Juan. They are all victims of identity fraud and they do not know it.
Marcelo Balboa still talks as if everybody is hard of hearing. I wonder why these two are still calling the games. We can't get FIFA to change their atrocious refeering but do we have to listen to this garbage too?
John Harkes and JP Dellacammera don't know their players but they seem to know the sport of soccer a bit better. They make themselves look like geniuses compared to O'Brien and Balboa.