Surely, in order to get paid to do any job at all, a basic expectation would be that you are in some way capable to perform said job? That being the case, I am at a complete loss to understand how the hell Warren Brosnihan is regularly (I assume) given a pay-cheque to be a Supersport commentator.
He’s been getting my back up more and more with every subsequent piss-poor display during this year’s Currie Cup and I’m afraid I’ve now got to breaking point – I can’t take this idiocy any longer. A mate of mine has a wonderful story about Bill McLaren, the late great “voice of rugby” – and the standard to which all commentators must surely aspire. He witnessed McLaren running up and down the touchlines at a Springbok training session in Edinburgh, running through the players’ names and commentating on the moves as they were practised, all to make sure that he would know all the names (and how to pronounce them) and be able to reel them off on demand during the upcoming test match.
Compare that to some of Brosnihan’s pearlers on Friday evening, which prove without a doubt that he does not know the very simplest thing about any of the players he is commentating on – their names! The “Keegan Daniels” error is now so commonplace that I hardly notice it any more (and Owen Nkumane did exactly the same all game long), but it was some of the others that really got my hackles up. “Lwazi Amovo” was pathetic. This young man is THE form winger in the Currie Cup, Brosnihan. LEARN HIS NAME! “Eugene van Staten” is one that can perhaps just be put down to poor pronunciation, but again shows a virtually criminal lack of preparation.
The mistakes weren’t limited to the Sharks, though. I found it particularly interesting that Os van der Walt at one stage morphed into Os du Randt, whereas the player whose last name actually IS Durandt, replacement flyhalf Clayton, had to be content to become Clayton Dumond. Dumond was playing for the other team, of course. Not that Brosnihan noticed, or cared.
Simply not good enough, Bros. Raise your game.Tweet