Ode to Phil and Paul

05.20.2010 | 11:11 am

I’ve been watching the Amgen Tour of California, and just realized something: my favorite part is listening to Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen narrate it. I swear, every time a stage begins and they start talking, I get the “Christmas is here” feeling.

So I’ve been trying to figure out why. Is it that I’ve got a lot of good memories tied up with watching the Tour de France, and they’ve always (as far as I’m concerned) been the soundtrack to that race? Or is it that they actually make the race into something more than a race? That they take what is otherwise just a large group of anonymized people turning small circles with their legs, and turn it into a dramatic story with interesting characters?

Probably both, really. Plus I really like their voices. And I’m amazed at how they can continue to talk for hours and hours, day after day, and stay interesting — even when the race is not (and let’s face it, long flat stages that make you incredibly glad you have a DVR aren’t all that interesting, even to hardcore fans).

There’s more, too. No matter what happens, they handle it. Need to announce that the next show is about competitive fish cleaning? They do it. Need to talk about a race that they can’t see and have no information on, due to rain keeping the cameras off? No problem.

Need to announce that, due to the very important necessity of Versus wanting to show a lengthy NHL promo, followed by a hockey game, they won’t be showing the final three minutes of a breakaway comprised of three podium favorites? They do it with grace, reflecting none of the rage I was experiencing as I, dumbstruck, watched the screen go black with under three Km to go.

In fact, if Phil and Paul had commentated the hockey game, I might’ve even stuck around to watch.

Come to think of it, I wouldn’t mind if Phil and Paul commentated a lot of things. For example, it would have been really helpful if they had been around to commentate The Phantom of the Opera when I saw that last December:

Phil: Yes, the heroine is still singing. She’s got quite a set of lungs, that one. She’s quite sad, you can see that, and I can’t blame her. After all, she’s got to contend with a crazy, scarred man who until recently was her singing coach but is now pursuing her and is killing her co-workers left and right.

Paul: And that’s not all, Phil. You can see she’s in a cemetery now — a very sad place indeed — and thanks to some important visual cues we saw earlier, I think it’s very likely we’ll see a violent encounter involving swordplay any second now.

Phil: Right you are, Paul, it looks like that fight has begun now. The phantom seems to be the superior swordsman, and the duke looks like he’s been caught off-guard. Oh, but he’s recovered nicely and is counterattacking! This could be a fight for the ages.

Paul: And I don’t think we should discount the fact that the Phantom is seriously unstable. It’s hard to engage in a strategic and tactical swordfight at the top level when you’re a raving lunatic…

Phil: But a handsome lunatic to be sure.

Paul: No question, the ladies seem to like the mask, though a professional fencer I’ve talked to made the excellent point that this mask is going to seriously affect the Phantom’s peripheral vision.

Phil: A handicap that’s just became evident now as the Phantom is down! That’s right, the Phantom has made a serious miscalculation and is now at the Duke of Wellington’s — I’m not sure that’s the right name, we’ll get back to that in a moment — mercy!

Paul: And with that, we’ll take a break. Don’t go away.

See, I understand the opera better already, and that’s just by imagining what Phil and Paul would say.

Honestly, there’s no pro I’ll be sadder to see leave racing than when Phil and Paul — hopefully not for a long while yet — retire.


  1. Comment by bikemike | 05.20.2010 | 11:15 am


  2. Comment by Ryan | 05.20.2010 | 11:16 am

    Fantastic! I could actually hear their voices in my head, narrating the play by play. Makes me wish I were at home watching the ToC. Thanks for the laugh, I needed it.

  3. Comment by randy | 05.20.2010 | 11:22 am

    Time to come clean Fatty! Admit it, you like donuts and beer, and so does Lance! No doubt you’ve seen him looking at those trays of pastries at the breakfast table.

  4. Comment by Eric L | 05.20.2010 | 11:23 am

    Perfect. You have the gents down solid.

    Having gone to school in Santa Cruz, I really enjoyed the little things they got wrong as they added local color commentary. PCH instead of West Cliff Drive… …calling that last little hill they went over a “climb”.

    Fatty, with such perfect form, you could be doing their jobs in no time at all. …yup, you and Bobke doing the 2019 Tour. I can see it now…

  5. Comment by Douglas | 05.20.2010 | 11:31 am

    There was/is a guy who covers cycling for eurosport who puts Phil and Paul to shame, one David Duffield, he would skip talking about the move of the day to discuss a good wine or nice place he ate in a second!

  6. Comment by chtrich | 05.20.2010 | 11:34 am


  7. Comment by Al | 05.20.2010 | 11:35 am

    Almost there. Throw in a reference to the Duke’s “Suitcase of Courage” and you’ve got it!

  8. Comment by Haven (KT) | 05.20.2010 | 11:37 am


    I love those guys. I’ll watch anything they narrate, any day of the week.

  9. Comment by Penina | 05.20.2010 | 11:40 am

    Incredible…you actually placed a soundtrack of Ligget & Sherwin in our heads. Great job, Fatty.

  10. Comment by MattC | 05.20.2010 | 11:44 am

    GREAT post today Fatty! I couldn’t agree with you more! It’s NOT cycling season until I hear P&P on the broadcast. I have been w/ DTV for a few yearsnow, and they had dropped VS last Sept (a corporate dispute)…I had written angry letters, letting them know that in no uncertain terms that I WOULD switch to Dish in early May if they hadn’t put them back, even if I had to buy-out my contract. I don’t even have to WATCH most of the race, as long as I can hear them.

    And as everybody knows by now…a VERY sad day for cycling. Floyd has admitted he cheated, also making him a big-fat-freakig-liar. Devastating news to those who believed (ME!). AND he has named names…and it’s not good. If he is to be believed (how can I?) then pretty much everybody who is any good is a cheat.

    On a lighter note, I’ll be situated somewhere on the climb out of Palmdale tomorrow morning…WITH my Fatty banner and a few others I made up…and wearing my 2010 Fatty jersey. And Fatty…enjoy your day in the fun on Sat…I’ll also be down in LA somewhere in the masses. And on Sun in Thousand Oaks too.

  11. Comment by Golden | 05.20.2010 | 11:47 am

    To set the stage… I DVR’d the stage but couldn’t watch that night. At work yesterday I couldn’t stand the anticipation and read the race review. I was even more excited to go home and flip it on last night.

    Knowing the end result I was all the more excited to see the sprint finish between the three GC contenders and poof, they were gone… Aarghhh!!

    p.s. the coverage of this event has been terrible at best. Doesn’t Versus owe Lance and the TDF a lot! I mean they were making pennies showing men hunt deer with bows before the Tour. Now look at them!

  12. Comment by Leslie | 05.20.2010 | 12:00 pm

    Your parody is absolutely perfect! I think another reason I love to listen to them is b/c they seem genuinely to enjoy and respect each other.

  13. Comment by Accident Prone | 05.20.2010 | 12:14 pm

    I concur. To me Phil and Paul are the voice of cycling.

  14. Comment by Bill | 05.20.2010 | 12:18 pm

    Try and watch the Giro on Universal Sports without Phil and Paul and without trying to rip your ears off from the announcers.

  15. Comment by Mark in Vancouver BC | 05.20.2010 | 12:23 pm

    It would be neat if you can reel them in and do a fundraiser together.

  16. Comment by Kristina | 05.20.2010 | 12:25 pm

    This might be one of the best posts I have ever read.

  17. Comment by Terry | 05.20.2010 | 12:29 pm

    Great! I couldn’t agree more. Those guys could read the phone book and I’d listen (as long as Bobke had a spot here and there!). I’ve always liked them, but talking through an entire day with NO video was masterful. And your take on it was money, as usual.

  18. Comment by Todd | 05.20.2010 | 12:32 pm

    I’ve been watching the Giro on Universal and the ToC on Versus, and my wife actually comes and sits down to watch the ToC with me because of Phil and Paul. When Steve Schlanger and Todd Gogulski come on for the Giro, she asks, “when does this race end again?”

    You’ve hit the nail on the head, Fatty.

  19. Comment by Eric L | 05.20.2010 | 12:35 pm

    Hey I just pulled a LiveStrong Quarterly out of my mailbox, and what do I see on the cover?

    The Skinny on “FATCYCLIST” & Lance.

    WAY TO GO ELDEN!!!!! That’s one of the nicest write ups I’ve seen. I do not remember seeing that “before” picture of you. You’re seriously buff now in comparison. The guy in the “before” snapshot looks 20 years older.

    Epic FTW !!!

  20. Comment by mainiac_rager | 05.20.2010 | 12:37 pm

    I have an inner Phil L that does commentary when I train.

    “He’s got the mask of pain on him now!”

  21. Comment by Megan (Best of Fates) | 05.20.2010 | 12:41 pm

    That would be the best version of Phantom of the Opera ever.


  22. Comment by Dan in Sac | 05.20.2010 | 12:42 pm

    Here-here and well done dialogue. And let’s hope Vs. can find a replacement for Craig “gimmea” Hummer for the ToF.

  23. Comment by T Foster | 05.20.2010 | 12:54 pm

    Another instant classic post

  24. Comment by Leslie | 05.20.2010 | 1:01 pm

    How about digging into the famous “suitcase of courage”?? I love Phil and Paul – racing simply isn’t the same when they’re not commentating!

  25. Comment by Kirsten | 05.20.2010 | 1:04 pm

    Awesome post! I love those guys so much. I was just commenting on the same things to my mother the other day: how their voices are just great to listen to, and the amazing skill that it takes to keep every minute of the coverage interesting.

    A Phil quote from my friend’s facebook profile: “And Lance Armstrong is racing down the straightaway like a Grand Prix motorcar!”

  26. Comment by Den | 05.20.2010 | 1:04 pm

    Spot on!

  27. Comment by Cindy | 05.20.2010 | 1:05 pm

    OMG!! You captured the nuances of their speech so clearly that I could hear them saying it as I read. Fantastic!

  28. Comment by skippy | 05.20.2010 | 1:08 pm

    Douglas glad you brought up “Duffers” , talk about waffle!Completelt misses the point at times but then he was a Tricycle champion in the year dot.
    P & P are regular guys who will join charity events where they fit into their schedule so take your diary with you Fatty and be flexible as you sort a “Fund raising date with them, of course they are real busy in july!
    Tuesday i hear a UCI guy say that Racers pedal bikes and then today a worm crawls into the daylight saying that he was stitched up 4yrs ago as he was using substances other than those he was convicted of using. Along the way he cheated honest people out of their monies and tried to dupe more to support his lifestyle!
    Today you will get chapter & verse of this pathetic story as the ToC unfolds just as we did here in Europe during the Giro, fortunately my German isn’t good enough to suffer a repeat of 25+repeats of the whole sorry event that should have been consigned to the garbage in 2006.
    When the book is remaindered i will put it to use in the dunny!
    AUSSIE week continues with Brett,Rogers,Richie & Robbie charging to the fore in their respective events.
    Off the sticks , rode a “Ride of Silence despite the pain and on the rowing machine whilst it rains.
    Tomorrow Marco’s resting place in Cesenatico before or after another Aussie triumph! Bring it on!

  29. Comment by Doug | 05.20.2010 | 1:12 pm

    You have given me the idea of Harry Cary narrating a cycling race:

    Here’s a breakaway, Zabriske is going for it. You know I like breaking away for a bratwurst now and again. Don’t forget its big hat day at today’s stage. Anyone with a big hat can get it for half price. Oh there’s a crash. I like wearing big hats cause they match my glasses. Looks like a photo finish. You know what goes well with a bratwurst….

  30. Comment by bikerchick | 05.20.2010 | 1:16 pm

    Great job, Fatty! I’ve actually met Phil a couple of times and heard him speak in more informal settings to cyclists (@ a bike shop, for example.) And he’s every bit as enthusiastic and candid when speaking off camera as he is on camera. I think a big part of their magic is both Paul’s and Phil’s genuine love of the sport. It’s what makes them so compelling to listen to, and why they are so successful at calling it. Amen to them not retiring any time soon!

  31. Comment by Clydesteve | 05.20.2010 | 1:28 pm

    As someone else mentioned – THAT would be the BEST Phanom of the Opera EVER!

  32. Comment by skippy | 05.20.2010 | 1:56 pm

    breaking news Lance on way to Hospital after crash!

  33. Comment by Susan | 05.20.2010 | 2:09 pm

    I love them too. We don’t get Versus up in the great white north (don’t get my husband started on that) so, I have to wait until the Tour Day France to spend time with the boys but you’ve put their voices in my head. Thanks

    Very clever post.

  34. Comment by Nick | 05.20.2010 | 2:26 pm

    I have to agree with “mainiac_rager.” Phil and Paul are constantly narrating whenever I am riding; similar to the voice in your head you mentioned before. Sometimes I am feeling good and I hear: “He punches again… and the elastic has snapped!” and sometimes I hear “He needs to not worry about the boys up the road now, settle into his own rhythm, and limit the damage done.”

  35. Comment by Geo | 05.20.2010 | 2:33 pm

    Any time I ride with my 4-year-old and he is on his bike with training wheels and stands up to get more power I hear Phil’s classic “he’s dancing on the pedals.”

    But I think Phil and Paul should comment on one of your rides:

    Phil — And hear comes Fatty up the steep grade and he breathes a sigh as he makes the transition into this technical downhill.

    Paul: Yes, Phil. This stretch of trail can get dangerous if a rider let’s his mind wander.

    Phil: Oh my! Fatty goes down. He appears to have hit something.

    Paul: Yes, you can see here he caught his wheel on a large stone that I guess he just didn’t see coming out of that sharp turn.

    Phil: Well, he seems to be sitting up and trying to gather his wits. That was quite the set back for Fatty as he seemed to have this trail conquered, but you know when you’re riding the hurdles just sometimes seem to rise up and grab you.

    Paul: Right you are Phil. And it looks like Fatty just made a rather rude gesture to the rock and is now getting back on his bike.

  36. Comment by Vince | 05.20.2010 | 2:38 pm

    true. true.

    i still feel the same about them as when I was a kid waking up too early for a teenager in July to watch the tour. they put me in a happy place.

  37. Comment by Ken | 05.20.2010 | 3:05 pm

    Apparently Fatty was too funny in the car…. He already made them crash!

  38. Comment by Michelle | 05.20.2010 | 3:07 pm

    And during the TDF, I like how Bob makes them silly.

  39. Comment by Lisa C. | 05.20.2010 | 3:15 pm

    Wait! DAMMIT!! What happens in the swordfight!!

  40. Comment by Sarah | 05.20.2010 | 3:15 pm

    Oh, Fatty – you read my mind! I get all giggly every time Phil says “Big Tom Boonen.” I’m glad I’m not the only one who reacts this way!

  41. Comment by Alyson | 05.20.2010 | 3:17 pm

    Elden, did you cause Lance to crash?????????????

  42. Comment by RyanP in SLC | 05.20.2010 | 3:28 pm

    Great post Fatty! Long live Paul and Phil!!!

  43. Comment by DaveC | 05.20.2010 | 3:58 pm

    Even better, with the DVR I can get a fix anytime. I never thought I would be RE-watching a bike races! They are like old friends. Also, the Santa Cruz finish was mere minutes from completion; Versus couldn’t interupt just 5 minutes of the pre-game show? Just crazy.

  44. Comment by Barbara | 05.20.2010 | 4:06 pm

    And then today we got to hear P&P talk about how they believed in Floyd, and now nobody knows WHAT to believe. I fear we are watching a swordfight between all our heroes and a raving lunatic.

    Fatty, are you casting the Phantom as Floyd?

  45. Comment by Rob M | 05.20.2010 | 4:13 pm

    I couldn’t enjoy a bike race unless Phil and Paul are narrating it. And I don’t really care what they say. It’s all good. And I hope they never retire.

    I especially like the pronunciation of “Acceleration”.

    But I must confess, I still don’t know which one is Phil and which one is Paul.

  46. Comment by Paulscarlett | 05.20.2010 | 4:36 pm

    classic post Fatty, absolute classic!

  47. Comment by Betsy | 05.20.2010 | 4:36 pm

    Love Phil and Paul too! Watching ToC right now. They make every finish an exciting one!

  48. Comment by roan | 05.20.2010 | 4:40 pm

    Been visiting the Napa region four days now and you plant Phil & Paul in my brain, I’m really starting to go ’sideways’ now.
    MattC, U R not the only fool, I bought the book…hook, line and stinker. So easy for people to jump on the media bandwagon pulled by a team of french horses.
    For y’all following the Noodle, she crashed yesterday. Few details except found unconscious, broken wrist, cuts & bruises. Precious injured also and zimmerman MIA.

  49. Comment by skippy | 05.20.2010 | 5:07 pm

    Still awaiting word on Lance, m/while Aussie Rogers in Gold!
    Go to http://www.radioshack.com for press conference on latest response to worm’s allegations.

  50. Comment by Kerri | 05.20.2010 | 5:22 pm

    I totally agree! I love Phil especially. I learn something from them every race I watch.

  51. Comment by Stephanie | 05.20.2010 | 5:27 pm

    I agree, they are the best. However, I’ve learned QUITE a bit about California this week, things I never knew. I am a native and I got an A+ in California History in the 4th grade. But Paul and Phil schooled me this week – Modesto is the “cultural center of California.” Hmmm. No offense, but Modesto is a pit. I always thought San Francisco and LA had a LITTLE more culture to offer than Modesto. I have offered to be their fact checker next year…..

  52. Comment by Jason | 05.20.2010 | 6:38 pm

    Absolutely hilarious! After just watching Stage Five of the TOC (gotta love DVR), I could even hear the accents. You nailed Phil and Paul.

  53. Comment by Neel Disciple | 05.20.2010 | 7:26 pm

    One word: Fred.

  54. Comment by kiwi | 05.20.2010 | 8:29 pm

    YES,YES,YES, and YES….Please They bring the Giro back to Vs….GoGo and co O dear! If nuts could fly Universal Sports would be an airport!


  55. Comment by Brandy | 05.20.2010 | 8:53 pm

    I love Phil and Paul too! They make the bike race!

  56. Comment by JeffyJeff | 05.20.2010 | 9:19 pm

    I, too, could clearly hear their voices in my head reading the mock script. Brilliant!!!! You had to dig deep into your suitcase of courage to put that one together, didn’t you?

    100% concurrence on the sadness of the day (decades and decades away, right?) when Phil and Paul step away from the commentator’s microphone.

  57. Comment by nibbler | 05.20.2010 | 9:20 pm

    I giggle every time Phil says “Leaky Gas” instead of Liquigas.

  58. Comment by Jayne Williams | 05.20.2010 | 10:34 pm

    Phil and Paul have been commenting on my slow triathlons for years now. Your “Phantom” commentary was hilarious! The only thing missing: Paul’s habit of repeating Phil’s last phrase as he launches his next bit, e.g.:

    Phil:(…) This could be a fight for the ages.

    Paul: A fight for the ages indeed, and I don’t think we should discount the fact that the Phantom is seriously unstable.

    Beautiful work, FC!

  59. Comment by Betsy | 05.20.2010 | 10:39 pm

    Hahaaahaaa @Stephanie! Modesto is a cow town pit!!! I grew up in CA too.

  60. Comment by Micah | 05.20.2010 | 11:37 pm

    Chapeau, Fatty.

  61. Comment by Little1 | 05.21.2010 | 12:10 am


    And who is the IDIOT commentating the GIRO! Ggggrrrrr. What pray tell is a “pentalon” and “mountain sprints”, and his favourite phrase is “UUUMMMM” IDIOT – makes me really appreciate Phil and Paul!!! At least after the Giro highlights coverage (come on it’s a recording and he still can’t get riders names etc right) I get PHIL and PAUL for a blissful live coverage on ATOC.

  62. Comment by grego | 05.21.2010 | 3:22 am

    I’m jealous you have commentators you like to listen to.

    I have to watch cycling on Eurosport in the UK and it sucks. Sean Kelly might have been a quality racer in his time but he’s crap at commentating. I literally shudder every time I hear him say ‘general classement’ – *suhudder*. See?

  63. Comment by Mike Roadie | 05.21.2010 | 5:29 am

    You were just “dancing on the keyboard” there, weren’t you!
    Even with all the mistakes Phil makes, they ARE the Tours. Try watching with the volume turned off….you just can’t do it!

  64. Comment by Flatsman | 05.21.2010 | 5:39 am

    A few years ago I chatted with Phil at the Tour De Georgia (RIP), and he observed that he didn’t know how you could watch anything on American TV !

  65. Comment by patty | 05.21.2010 | 6:04 am

    I think Phil and Paul are great! I have learned so much from them as I did not know anything about the sport seven years ago. Now I am a total bike racing junkie! What is up with Landis? Has he been smoking something? Floyd – don’t go away mad – just go away.

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  67. Comment by Eric | 05.21.2010 | 6:34 am

    Great post Fatty! I could hear their voices when reading the post. Phil and Paul make the race, I am crushed when they are not calling the race. Although, Bobke does provide some interesting pronunciations.

  68. Comment by lkb3 | 05.21.2010 | 6:48 am

    As a cycling fan and a hockey fan, I can’t help but think how cool it would be if Phil & Paul were calling the Stanley Cup playoffs…

  69. Comment by Mongo | 05.21.2010 | 6:56 am

    As a biker and the husband of a drama club director (we go to a lot of plays/musicals), I want Phil and Paul announcing. Maybe they can do a podcast. I think that is an appropriate use of an iPod.

  70. Comment by bklyn74 | 05.21.2010 | 7:01 am

    I LOVE Phil and Paul, they’re hilarious. The main thing missing from your Phantom commentary is the Paul begins EVERY SINGLE THING he says with the last sentence or few words of what Phil just said. It’s nutty.

  71. Comment by bklyn74 | 05.21.2010 | 7:02 am

    Oof, not “the Paul”, just Paul, sorry. . .

  72. Comment by neil | 05.21.2010 | 7:56 am


    You know how during the Tour, VS broadcasts the race twice a day with Phil and Paul narrating most of it in the morning and Bob and Frankie (or whoever) narrating most of it at night? It the super exciting Stage 16 of the 2006 Tour that Floyd Landis won (sort of), Bob said: “We will be back after this break,” but VS didn’t break. You could tell Bob thought they did because he stopped talking and you could hear him cough and blow his nose. The he starts swearing in amazement (G.D. LOOK AT HIM!) as Floyd crushed everyone. Then Bob started imitating Phil and Paul backtracking on the prediction they made the day earlier that Floyd was going to get dropped. It was hilarious. After 3 minutes Bob say: “OK, where back” and continues on like he normally does. Classic.

  73. Comment by alison | 05.21.2010 | 8:03 am

    I laughed so hard that I cried. Fatty, you have not lost your touch. Indeed, you nailed the commentary – I could hear them in my head!

  74. Comment by bethp | 05.21.2010 | 9:21 am

    I like GoGo and that other guy from UHD. They get really excited and start yelling like soccer announcers. The Giro has been amazing this year!

  75. Comment by Barbara | 05.21.2010 | 10:02 am

    Little1, my “favorite” thing to hate about the Giro announcer was on the TTT day when he kept calling it the “TEEEE-TEEEE-TEEEE” – fingernails on a blackboard.

  76. Comment by Adam | 05.21.2010 | 10:25 am

    I tried to watch the Giro before the Versus coverage of the TOC and sat there in bewilderment as to how much I just couldn’t enjoy it. It had nothing to do with the action as at this time a couple of guys were trying to break away but somehow the commentator made it seem boring. P&P are gods among the commentator world and its amazes me how much of a difference they really make to race coverage.

  77. Comment by Donna | 05.21.2010 | 10:52 am

    OH MY GOD, that was the funniest thing I’ve read in a LONG TIME….who doesn’t love Phil and Paul, who doesn’t hear them in their head as they’re sprinting, breaking away from a pack, ‘dancing on the pedals’, just add a “he’s on the rivet”….or ….’and the elastic has snapped’…and you have the classic sayings…I’m laughing so friggin’ hard I’m crying as I’m typing this….AT WORK…people are looking at me :)

  78. Comment by a chris | 05.21.2010 | 1:56 pm

    Nice one.

  79. Comment by Steve | 05.21.2010 | 5:40 pm

    Amen, man. Watching the Giro with Steve and “Gogo” pales in comparison. Phil and Paul take the whole thing to a different level.

  80. Comment by Phil not Ligget | 05.21.2010 | 6:59 pm

    I think everyone hears Phil and Paul in their head as they complete a climb by themselves at one time or another. We all like to hear “he’s dancing on those peddles” or “he’s done it today” after conquring that hill.

    I guess us middle aged cyclists never stop thinking what could have been… he gets the win at the line.

    Thanks Phil, Paul, and Fatty

  81. Comment by Dan O | 05.22.2010 | 12:15 am

    Phil and Paul are the voice of the Tour for me – and other any race they cover. You really realize how good they are when you watch a race without ‘em.

    I dig Bob Roll as well. Verses should save some dough by just hiring those three folks. Skip the rotating cast of others that are tossed in there every tour.

    Let the three cover the whole event – will Roll allowed to really cut loose as needed. Don’t dumb it down for the new viewers. They don’t get it anyway…..

  82. Comment by Peter Formisano | 05.23.2010 | 5:02 am

    Never has one of your posts been more true

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  84. Comment by Blind Pilot | 05.24.2010 | 3:07 pm

    That’s +1,000,000 to everything Fatty said in this posting. Love Phil and Paul’s call of any race.

    They do need to bone up on their California knowledge a bit, though. Heard them say some less than educated (to put it nicely) things about California in their call this year… can’t remember specifics, but a few times, I was like WTF?! You know all the details about some little chateau in the Loire valley, but didn’t know that about California?

  85. Comment by Brandon | 05.25.2010 | 10:58 am

    I agree. Watching cycling will never be the same when they leave.

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