Rate Bela’s performance on NBC

Is he a 10 as a broadcaster?

Bela Karolyi: Is he a 10 as a broadcaster?

My feelings at seeing Bela Karolyi beside Bob Costas on NBC were mixed — he has wonderful charisma and energy that makes a person get excited about gymnastics, but I disagreed with some of his statements.

Should he become a regular on NBC, or was he a bit too over the top?

Also, with regards to this blog’s recent dig at the Karolyis comparing them to Bill and Hillary Clinton, the statements come from a blogger who has huge respect for both couples (and one who leans to the left politically, though that’s neither here nor there.)

My point was simply that these are two controversial couples who have achieved great things for the country and gymnastics respectively, but who both tend to whine a bit when things don’t go their way.

And yes, gymnastics fans may be a little sick of Barta, the same way politicos may have thought Billary pushed things a little too far when campaigning this spring. But that doesn’t detract from their accomplishments, nor the fact that both genuinely seem to be trying to do the right things for their constituencies.

Up next: A few thoughts regarding event finals.

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8 Responses to “Rate Bela’s performance on NBC”

  1. TCO Says:

    He kind of grew on me. I thought NBC did a good job of getting past the “you can do it” fluff and having him comment on tactics, on controversies, etc.

  2. Shana Says:

    I think Bela was definitely a plus on the entertainment side, but I agree that a few of his statements definitely made him sound like a sore loser. Since he and his wife are so involved with our team, it might reflect badly on us. I agreed with him that the judges didn’t always get it right, but it was somewhat fishy that he was on NBC, married to the coordinator of the USA team, and disagreed every time that an American got the short end of the stick. It might make casual observers wonder about bias. Then again, like I said, I agreed with him on a lot…maybe even I am more biased than I want to admit.

    Who knows?

  3. rickmccharles Says:

    Though a bit of a buffoon, I must admit I enjoyed the rants and raves. Better a buffoon than someone boring.

    He’s almost as over the top as Don Cherry, legendary buffoon colour commentary sidekick, in the NHL in Canada.

  4. JRRM Says:

    He’s no worse than the NBC commentators.

    Which is why I download the BBC version. 🙂

  5. Natalie Says:

    How does one download the BBC version???

    I happened upon a video of BBC’s coverage of a world championships, and it was so pleasant to watch and listen to.

  6. Colleen Says:

    I enjoyed Bela a lot. I think he give a lot of insight to the world of gymnastics, but he is definitely biased. But that really only makes him human.
    I was a little embarrassed by Bob Costas. I am a HUGE Bob Costas fan, but he seemed to treat Bela with disregard and a flippant attitude. It made me mad that he was talking to one of the most highly respected coaches of woman’s gymnastics like he was a 5 year-old.

  7. Nik Says:

    He made me angry. He’s a coach and still couldn’t manage to see flaws in the American girls with his biased eyes.

  8. Shana Says:

    USAG’s website has a link to an interview with Shannon Miller in the Oklahoman…

    At the end of that, the author snuck this in:

    “Thumbs up

    To Bela Karolyi, for actually saying what everyone else is thinking. While announcers like Andrea Kremer bring absolutely nothing to the Olympic coverage, thank goodness for Karolyi. I would rather listen to someone I can barely understand rather than listen to someone who offers zero insight.”

    Speaking of news coverage regarding the Olympic gymnasts, if you can call it news at all, I bought the US Weekly with Shawn and Nastia on the cover today. US Weekly has lived up to its dirt rag reputation with this, hinting at scandal in the sport, too much hard work, and even including comments from Chellsie Memmel’s “former training partner” Dominique Moceanu about how she just “doesn’t think her [Chellsie’s] body can take much more.” She also downplayed the whole Chinese age issue–anything to disagree with the Karolyi’s, I’m sure.

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