Friday, March 13, 2009

Train Wreck

Strikeforce has been a roll lately, but I can't say I'm too excited about their announcing team. It will feature some combination of Gus Johnson, Mauro Ranallo, Stephen Quadros, Frank Shamrock, and Pat Miletich. Johnson and Ranallo figure to be in the booth for all the events, with Johnson doing play-by-play and Ranallo making annoying pop culture references from the late 1990s. These two simply do not go well together. Actually, I'm almost positive Ranallo doesn't work in any setting.

How about this combo? Gus Johnson, Frank Shamrock, and Pat Miletich. A play-by-play guy and two fighters. Usually you get a three man booth with a play-by-play, a fighter, and a color guy. I say eliminate the color guy (Ranallo). Miletich and Shamrock are entertaining enough. Obviously there would be 2-3 shows a year when Shamrock is fighting and unable to be in the booth. For those nights, you could replace him with another fighter from the promotion or stick Quadros in there. Even a two man booth with Miletich and Johnson wouldn't be the end of the world from time to time.


grn said...

Ranallo's voice is the worst part.

Anonymous said...

Mauro is the shit! Him and Stephen Quadros are a dream announcing team. I honestly think Ranallo is the second most entertaining commentator in the biz, Joe Rogan is the first. I'm fucking tired of this Mike Goldberg and Jay Glazer bullshit, why do announcers with zero personality consistently get work? Mauro is the man fuck y'all