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    He's commentating the Spurs-Jazz game. Boy do I love me some Devlin all season long


    *sarcasm*

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    Matt and Jack are pretty good. Matt is definitely way better when he's on a US network, but he still has massive delays between some of the plays and his calls. Jack is hilarious, yet he speaks his mind when he sees BS on the court.

    Leo, however, makes me want to stop watching immediately because he thinks he's funny (grossly mistaken) and he talks about the same shit every game:
    - don't try to block a jumpshooter
    - take it to the rim
    - I think I could have been something if my knees weren't built out of toothpaste

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    i think we all miss chuck swirsky right now.

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    Quote koncept wrote: View Post
    i think we all miss chuck swirsky right now.

    I do.

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    I know he got on a lot of people's nerves but I honestly believed that he was a Raptors Homer at heart and that he contributed to the attitude of the fans and team, which did lead to more wins.

    I can't eat a salami and cheese sandwich anymore without shedding a tear.

    Leo needs to be retired, the guy has such an obvious over inflated sense of self and it gets on my nerves. He does seem to be a genuine dick, plus for a guy who has played at a high level I am disappointed by his LACK of insight. Jack is annoying at times but at least he calls it as he sees it AND occasionally has something worthwhile to see. I also find his occasional quips/joke that really isn't a joke, about "they don't pay me enough to do that" is horribly unprofessional. I can only hope that the raps employ him because they literally can't get anyone else unless they pay a boat load more.
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    "HEEEELLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOO!!!!!!" (said every time a dancer is on the screen) Believe me Jack, we are all thinking the same thing, but it just brings more attention to it when our wives are in the same room. That being said, he does bring more energy to the game, plus I think the singing and chatter will slow down a little when they put a winning product on the floor.

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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    We're going to need a pinned "all things Devlin" thread soon
    I made one. Didn't last though.

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    Also, here's a suggestion. Turn the volume down. It helps.

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    Matt Devlin is plain vanilla with a golden voice. He's like a plain backdrop which gets accented by the commentator that is calling the game along side him. Like Bob Costas, you just need a great voice and don't really need to know what you're talking about because there is a commentator with you who knows what they're talking about. All Matt needs to do is verbally nod his head to the other individuals comments.

    Jack is a homer and outside of when he and Matt start singing I really don't really mind him at all.

    Leo on the other hand makes me want to put my foot through the TV everytime he speaks. His voice sounds so damn nasally and whiny. Damn it I'm all riled up thinking about that douche bag now!

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    Chuck set the bar too high in my opinion.

    Couldn't stand Matt the first year but he's grown on me. His first season he knew nothing about the players on the roster and made the stupidest comments. It also seemed like he was routing for the other team and that got on my nerves. As the seasons have rolled on he's seemed to become more of a supporter of the club and his commentating has become better or at least bearable.

    Leo is an egotistical prick majority of the time but I don't mind him when he's in the studio. He seems to love himself so much more when Devlin is kissing his ass.

    Jack is the man no way around it. The guy brings it every night and his honest is appreciated. the guy doesn't sugar coat things and doesn't have an ego. At times he's not professional but he's enjoyable to listen to. I look forward to some "get that garbage outta here" next year with JV roaming the paint.

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    It's funny how many people miss Swirsky now. But when he was here, there was a lot of hate, especially for his over-the-top homerism.
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    Jack has some sweet quotes he says sometimes. That shit needs to be written down

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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    It's funny how many people miss Swirsky now. But when he was here, there was a lot of hate, especially for his over-the-top homerism.
    i loved swirsky. Especially his excitement after a huge play it was pretty awesome

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    Raptor games:
    Devlin sounds like a moron who doesn't understand the game.
    -Misses blocked shots
    -doesn't know what the violation was and just says turns it over
    -has horrible expressions (bang on, up fake, uptake, etc)
    -calls players by their first name(sounds retarded)
    -often just says JOSEEEEEEE or ANDREAAAAA when they shoot - no other description whatsoever
    On TNT
    -doesn't get nearly as dorkily excited or loud
    -doesn't do nearly as much of the stuff in the above list
    -still GARBAGE

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    Swirsky was excited about the game of basketball. He made a reasonably big deal about the opposing team's awesome play but not to the point where you'd say hey they're the enemy. He understands the game way better than Devlin. He has way better ball vocabulary than Devlin.

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    I don't think its even fair to compare Devlin to the Swirsk. Chuck was a homer, but loves the game of basketball and loved the raptors. His passion and excitement every game he called. When Toronto was getting spanked he didn't sugar coat it, either. To me he was the voice of Toronto basketball for many years. I hope he is doing well in Chicago and the fans there appreciate him as much as we do.

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    Nobody can live up to the homerism that is hawk harrellson.

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    For what it's worth, I did commenting on my local university team for a couple years and went to school for that sorta thing.. Not that I'm more qualified than any of you but I'll give you my two cents. I analyze commentators as much as much as games somethimes.

    First and foremost, Leo is garbage. Totally repetitive and no attitude. You could have drinking games on when he mentions that you shouldn't jump to block jump shooters and to not swat the ball out of bounds.

    Jack Armstrong is king. Awesome personality and calls players on their sh*t, even if it's the Raptors. Yeah he goes off sometimes, but see my next point...

    Matt is pretty meh. Not a lot of personality but says some funny things sometimes. He does know the game. People say he goes off too much but you try calling 82 games (or 66) for the last two seasons that were basically wright offs. Matt's job isn't to criticize the team, that's not why they hired him. It's hard to get excited about a team starting three 10-contracts.

    I watch a lot of streams, and believe me guys we're not doing that bad compared to a lot of teams. It's pretty rare that I feel a local broadcast has it better than the Raps.
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    he's totally right. There are commentators out the that are garbage compared to ours, we don't have to act like spoiled brats lol. Be grateful for what we have

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    agreed. theres some commentators that make it unbearable.

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