Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Is Mark Nicholas Unctuous?
Important issues such as whether Mark "GQ" Nicholas passes the mark as lead cricket presenter for Channel 9 here in Australia. I had to look up unctuous, but it would be hard to describe him better. Australia would have to be nine wickets down with 50 runs to get in the last two overs of a one day match for Nicholas to call the match as "in the balance".
I always thought it was a bit odd having the most polished pommy accent being the main media cheerleader for the Aussie Cricket Team on television. Sort of Richie Benaud, who was the voice of television cricket for me when I grew up, with a lot less class. That said, the resident Brit on the ABC Radio commentary is Peter Roebuck, who, more knowledegable, is still very annoying. He only has a cameo role however.
This person knows how to gauge Aussie opinion on this one. Not saying he is biased, but I have to agree with a lot of it. Aussies are passionate about the cricket team, but I doubt that they are looking for a cheer squad of one to state the bleedin' obvious. Insincerity does not go down too well here.