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Diary of a commentator

Discussion in 'Our Errors are Mistakes: The Media Forum' started by ConigliarosPotential, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. ConigliarosPotential

    ConigliarosPotential Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Anyone still out there, apart perhaps from Koufax and InstaFace? Just making sure I'm not turning anyone off...it's awful quiet in here.

    I sat up with a start in my hotel bed as I was trying to get to sleep last night, wondering if I'd made a huge mistake in not fighting to keep the BBC assignment I'd been given. If I were doing Nottingham-Zurich tonight and did a bang-up job, and got the attention of a producer within the BBC who might be impressed with my work...I started getting visions of this being my route into the BBC's Olympics coverage, etc. But I should really simmer down. If nothing else, what I did yesterday - suggesting to Producer Markus it wasn't a good idea for us to swap assignments - was the right thing to do, both in general and for my short-term mental health. The time I would have spent researching Nottingham's lineup went instead to researching Avangard Omsk's lineup, ahead of my first KHL commentary of them on Friday; I didn't know when else I would get around to that, given my flights back to Scotland tomorrow and my drive down to Leeds on Thursday morning for SKA St. Petersburg vs. Spartak Moscow.
     
  2. richgedman'sghost

    richgedman'sghost Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Hey there! I just want to say that I love your pieces and just want to say thank you for the behind the scenes look at the life of a broadcaster. Glamourous it is not! Other than that, I have nothing to add. Keep up the good work!
     
  3. johnmd20

    johnmd20 voice of soccer Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Please keep the updates coming, I'm eagerly reading them.
     
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  5. ConigliarosPotential

    ConigliarosPotential Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Thanks, gents. Just making sure!

    Just back from a good trip to Vienna...had an interesting conversation with Bob, the English commentator who appears to have been picked ahead of me for Olympic hockey duty for Eurosport. Britain doesn't seem to have a huge appetite for Olympic hockey anyway, but still, that's disappointing - or possibly not, given that a) this is off-tube commentary from London rather than going to South Korea, and b) it sounds like many of the matches he'll be given are at ungodly hours in the UK. I'm still holding out some very slim hopes for the BBC, but I wouldn't be hugely fussed to have some time off in February and maybe focus on some soccer matches once the NFL/CHL seasons are done and before the KHL playoffs begin in March. The funny thing Bob mentioned is that the other day, for Eurosport he had commentate on the 1994 Olympic hockey final, which will be shown "as live" as part of Eurosport's Olympic warmup/preview material. Apparently, getting even player numbers for both teams for that game was very difficult...and of course, the idea was to pretend to do the commentary from the perspective of 1994, so with e.g. Peter Forsberg playing for Sweden, you couldn't reference the career he would go on to have but instead had to talk about who he was back in 1994. Sounds like a fun experiment to undertake - I'd enjoy doing this some day.

    Bob also made an interesting comment about the standard North American ice hockey commentary style: he said it sounds far too much like radio for his liking. Which is actually fair enough - I do spend a lot of time describing where the puck is. That's a conscious imitation of my hockey role models, but it made me think...is hockey commentary that way because in pre-HD days, it was tougher to see the puck on your screen at home than it is now? I think Bob is of the Pat Summerall school to some extent in this regard; I dropped Summerall's name into our conversation, and I was pleasantly surprised that Bob had heard of him.

    Anyway, I'm now at the stage of the CHL where I start to think about which cities I'd like to visit for the semifinals and finals. If I have any rooting interest in the CHL at all, it involves being able to take cool trips to fashionable destinations in snowy European countries! I think my top 5 choices right now, in order, would be:

    1) Salzburg
    2) Bern
    3) Zurich
    4) Munich
    5) Zug

    Three of those cities (Salzburg, Munich and Bern) are in one quarter of the draw - and the more interesting quarter as well - so there's a rather good chance I might get to visit one of them. Zurich-Salzburg would probably be the dream semifinal pairing, but the odds of that are really, really small. I fully expect to return to Gothenburg at this stage at some point, which I've visited in each of the past two years - nice place, but I'm hoping for more variety!
     
  6. ConigliarosPotential

    ConigliarosPotential Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Two unexpected developments today:

    1) I've just finished calling the first SKA St. Petersburg loss in regulation time this season. Before tonight they had played 29 games, won 23 of them in regulation and had a 4-2 record in overtime. But today they lost to 3-1 at home to Spartak Moscow, a club that had lost 5-0 to SKA when they played each other back in September (in my first-ever KHL commentary game) and which is still outside of the KHL's Western Conference playoff places. Pavel Datsyuk was out injured, and Ilya Kovalchuk was not effective before he limped up the tunnel himself, but still, it was a great achievement and a fun moment to be involved in. I've now commentated on two of SKA's three losses, actually.

    2) I received an offer to call some Olympic hockey games after all. More details to come once I've confirmed them...
     
  7. Vandalman

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    Congratulations on the Olympics offer. Awesome news!
     
  8. StupendousMan

    StupendousMan Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Congratulations! I wonder if I'll be able to hear any of your games ....
     
  9. johnmd20

    johnmd20 voice of soccer Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    I hope you get the Olympics, good luck.
     
  10. ConigliarosPotential

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    Thanks, guys. I have now accepted the offer - it's with Eurosport, and it doesn't involve me going to Korea. It does involve me working ridiculous hours out of their London studio; I think the first set of games each day start at 3 a.m. UK time, and as such I'll need to report for duty around 1 a.m., which is quite ridiculous. It also involves only five day's worth of mostly group-stage games, I think ending prior to the quarterfinals. On the other hand, a) it's the Olympics, which certainly looks good on a resume; b) it should be a really interesting experience; and c) the pay scale is significantly better than what I'm making on most of my current jobs. I really hope I get to do at least one USA game, but we'll see! (I'm also not sure yet if any women's games will be involved; for now I'm assuming it's just the men, but that could change.)

    It's going to be a really odd tournament, actually, given that NHL players won't be involved but other professional players will be involved. And actually, I'm really well positioned for this job, in that apart from a few college kids and AHL players not on two-way NHL contracts, most of the players involved in the Olympics will come from the European leagues I'm most familiar with - particularly the KHL, but also the Swedish/Finnish/Swiss/Czech leagues I cover within the Champions Hockey League. I do know that February, which I thought might be fairly quiet, now looks to be quite a busy time for me: I don't know if DAZN will be doing anything for the Super Bowl on 4 February, but then I should be going out to the CHL Final on 6 February, and then I'll return to Scotland on 7 February and start cramming for my Olympic assignments between 15-20 February. And then I get a short break before the KHL season and playoffs start up at the end of February.
     
  11. ConigliarosPotential

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    Meanwhile, I had a very humdrum day on KHL duty today, calling a 3-1 Jokerit win at Avangard Omsk. (The best part of the day was that despite rush hour traffic around Middlesbrough and Newcastle, I just managed to make it home in time to meet my family for the start of the local pre-Guy Fawkes Night fireworks display.) But there was a very funny moment in the studio when I bumped into Producer Ben during the second intermission on my way back to the booth from the restroom. We were both busy but said hello and shook hands, and as we started to depart, Ben said, "Watch this - I'm going to make these guys' day." He took a few steps over toward two people sitting at their desks and said, "Right, you two: New Zealand, Peru, next Saturday, 3 a.m." He was telling them they'd have to come in to support DAZN's coverage of the NZ-Peru World Cup Playoff match in Wellington...heh.
     
  12. Tokyo Sox

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    Very exciting and very cool, congrats!
     
  13. InstaFace

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    Calling an NFL game today, CP?

    Congrats on the Olympics. While I've always wanted to attend the Olympics perhaps every bit as much as you... your description of the slave-labor-style treatment of commentators there makes me think it may not quite be the pinnacle of the profession that you're regarding it as. What's the appeal to you, is it just the bigger audience? From the way you talk about it, it's clear it's not just the bigger paycheck (unless it's indeed much bigger than you've cared to describe to us)

    (classic story on the NZ-Peru match though - must be quite a different experience for those who are employees vs agent-brokered contractors like yourself)
     
  14. ConigliarosPotential

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    Yep - just preparing to present the Bucs-Saints game. We're also keeping a particular eye on the Panthers-Falcons game and will be packaging everything as "NFC South Decision Day" or something like that. I'm laughing because I've got my DAZN account fired up on the two computers in my commentary booth, with Man City-Arsenal match (in German) on one and Juventus-Benevento (in English) on the other. The commentators on Juve-Benevento are next door to me, and the feed on the PC is lagging behind by about 90 seconds, so I just heard a goal call next door and had to wait a long time to actually see it.
    It's the bigger audience, working for Eurosport, getting more pay, building my CV...all of those things. I wouldn't call it slave labor treatment; but for the time zone difference, it wouldn't really be much different to everything else I do. My real hope would be that at some point I might be high enough up the pecking order to actually attend an Olympics in person, or to at least parlay my Olympic experience into bigger, better and higher-paying things.
     
  15. ConigliarosPotential

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    Just back home after my day-trip to Leeds...sheesh, can I please get a game with a margin of victory of less than three scores? Freaking Bucs - and freaking Falcons, who I got to chronicle in much more detail than was necessary given the way the Falcons imploded from late in the second quarter until late in the fourth quarter. I was working with a new director, and it took us a wee while to get in sync, but from halftime onward I was really happy with how I responded to massed RedZone highlights packages. I do need to trust myself more and script things a bit less, though; that will help me sound more natural, particularly during the pregame show, and also save me a lot of time.
     
  16. Mugsy's Jock

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    Congrats, Conig... really enjoying hearing this story unfold.
     
  17. johnmd20

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    Listening to you call a Falcons game would be a true pleasure. Find a way to make it happen!
     
  18. ConigliarosPotential

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    If wishing made it so...although I'm not sure why you think this would be a particular pleasure. Are you imagining me giving a biased, pro-Falcons performance (as though I were on local radio), or the neutral perspective of a national broadcaster like Fox? If the latter, here's a link to a demo tape of me calling most of the first half of the NFC Championship Game in January between the Falcons and the Packers (with me having used Audacity to edit Buck's and Aikman's voices from the broadcast, leaving a rather frazzled and somewhat out-of-sync backing crowd noise track behind):

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_NErsSPyhOWMlJHSWh5MDZnNjQ

    In truth, I think I could do rather better than this in a live game environment - it's very hard to prepare as fully for a demo recording like this as I would for a proper game, and also, I think I'm learning all the time and have advanced quite a bit in my general commentary technique since I pulled this recording together. But in any event, the likelihood of me doing play-by-play on an NFL game in the near future are very slim, even for DAZN; I'll settle for presenting the pregame/halftime/postgame of a Falcons game for now!

    Actually, I'm not sure if I've clarified this, but I and Producer Phil are very much thinking about our NFL coverage of this year's games as practice for next year, when DAZN becomes the sole provider of NFL coverage across Canada (taking over the lion's share of coverage rights that I understand Bell Canada currently holds). At that point, we'll have our pick of featured games and will almost certainly go for the marquee 4:25 p.m. game each week, and the number of people watching our show will be exponentially higher than it is now. Of course, there's no guarantee that I'll be involved in those productions next year - e.g., I'm paranoid enough to imagine scenarios in which DAZN decides the NFL is too important to be left to a relative rookie operating out of England, and higher-profile talent gets recruited in my place - but hopefully I've been doing well enough so far to be involved at least in some capacity. Although to be honest, my dream scenario would involve me getting replaced as a presenter and kicked into the booth for play-by-play duties; I can't really imagine DAZN wouldn't just take the Fox/CBS commentary feeds as we've been doing this year, but as it's been explained to me, there's no 100% guarantee that we'll have access to the Fox/CBS commentary next year, and/or that we wouldn't decide to at least occasionally do our own thing, so this is at least *possible* if not at all probable.
     
  19. johnmd20

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    It would be a pleasure because I know you on the internet and it would be cool.

    I should have said, "Listening to you call any NFL game," it doesn't have to be Falcons related. Although I'm sure if you did the Super Bowl last year, that would have been rough, so definitely worth hearing.
     
  20. ConigliarosPotential

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    Fair enough. :)

    FWIW, I did think about calling the Super Bowl to get some more practice - I've got the file ready for modifying - but at this point I can't justify spending any time on demo tapes when I have so many real live games to call! Which is of course a real blessing, but I would like to do another NFL or college football game at some point, and also a baseball game or two. (I'd bought a discounted MLB At Bat subscription a couple of months ago with a view to doing the latter - having a commentary-free video stream available is a godsend to a would-be commentator - but the time just passed me by. I may go back and call Game 6 of the World Series at some point if time permits, though.)
     
  21. InstaFace

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    Fair enough on your larger point. And being paid to attend the Olympics, maybe even getting to kick around the Olympic Village, is certainly a worthy life goal / bucket list. But what I was reacting to was this earlier post:

    So I interpret from your remarks that you'd have a well-defined schedule and wouldn't be subject to the whims of OBS, which sounds pretty perfect.
     
  22. doldmoose34

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    CP, just because many of us don’t comment, don’t think we’re not reading. I know I love the insights from behind the screen
     
  23. ConigliarosPotential

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    Yep, that's correct. The OBS only produces and controls the "world feed" broadcasts, not what the likes of NBC, the BBC, Eurosport and other national broadcasters do; networks like NBC and the BBC will often use the world feed commentary for sports to which they don't assign their own commentators (because those sports are deemed less important and/or they don't try to staff themselves up to cover absolutely every last game of even the sports that are more important), but they run their own productions as well. I will indeed be contracted to cover specific games, and I should know my assignments well in advance, which apparently isn't always the case with the OBS.
     
  24. ConigliarosPotential

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    (Thanks!)
     
  25. ConigliarosPotential

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    By the by, this is what I did in my hotel room in Vienna this evening: there are some international hockey tournaments being played this week, most notably the Karjala Cup in Finland involving CAN/SUI/RUS/FIN/SWE/CZE and the Deutschland Cup in Germany involving USA/GER/SVK/RUS(B). (That's a Russian B side in the latter; normally Switzerland plays in the latter, and Canada doesn't play in anything during this international break, but because NHL players aren't involved in the Olympics, and it's therefore tougher to figure out who belongs in each Olympic team than it otherwise might be, everyone is treating these international tournaments rather more seriously than they normally would.) I won't bother trying to reformat the below Excel spreadsheet into a table as such...the point is to show that in addition to tracking down all of the teams that have been picked for these tournaments, which was a lot harder than I feel like it should have been, I thought I'd be best off putting all of the names into a table so I could sort them by team, country, etc. I'm calling Red Bull Munich vs. SC Bern in the CHL tomorrow night, so being able to see at a glance who will be involved in those tournaments from each club team is a big help, and once I get back to KHL duty next week, being able to look back at these lists will also be helpful. But I did have to copy and paste most of this text from different web pages into my Excel chart, which is a bloody nuisance. :)

    Tournament Country Pos Player Club League
    Deutschland Cup GER G Danny Aus den Birken Red Bull München DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup GER D Konrad Abeltshauser Red Bull München DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup GER D Daryl Boyle Red Bull München DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup GER F Andreas Eder Red Bull München DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup GER F Patrick Hager Red Bull München DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup GER F Dominik Kahun Red Bull München DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup GER F Yannic Seidenberg Red Bull München DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup USA G David Leggio Red Bull München DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup USA F Mark Arcobello SC Bern NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup FIN F Mika Pyorala SC Bern NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup CAN D Maxim Noreau SC Bern NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup CAN F Mason Raymond SC Bern NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup CAN F Andrew Ebbett SC Bern NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI D Eric Blum SC Bern NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI D Ramon Untersander SC Bern NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI F Gaëtan Haas SC Bern NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI F Simon Moser SC Bern NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI F Thomas Rüfenacht SC Bern NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI D Tristan Scherwey SC Bern NLA (Switzerland)
    Österreich Cup AUT D Bernd Wolf SC Bern NLA (Switzerland)
    Deutschland Cup USA F Brian Gionta (no club - ex-Buffalo Sabres) (n/a)
    Deutschland Cup GER G Dennis Endras Adler Mannheim DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup GER D Sinan Akdag Adler Mannheim DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup GER D Denis Reul Adler Mannheim DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup GER F Marcus Kink Adler Mannheim DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup GER F Matthias Plachta Adler Mannheim DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup USA D Mark Stuart Adler Mannheim DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup USA F Chad Kolarik Adler Mannheim DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup USA D Jonathan Blum Admiral Vladivostok KHL (Russia)
    Deutschland Cup RUS (B) D Albert Yarullin Ak Bars Kazan KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup CZE F Jiri Sekac Ak Bars Kazan KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup RUS (A) D Vasily Tokranov Ak Bars Kazan KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup RUS (A) F Vladimir Tkachyov Ak Bars Kazan KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup FIN D Atte Ohtamaa Ak Bars Kazan KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup SWE F Anton Lander Ak Bars Kazan KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup CAN F Rob Klinkhammer Ak Bars Kazan KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup SUI D Michael Fora Ambri-Piotta NLA (Switzerland)
    Deutschland Cup GER F Thomas Holzmann Augsburger Panther DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup RUS (B) F Ilya Mikheev Avangard Omsk KHL (Russia)
    Deutschland Cup RUS (B) F Kirill Semyonov Avangard Omsk KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup SWE D Erik Gustafsson Avangard Omsk KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup SWE D Jonas Ahnelöv Avangard Omsk KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup SWE F Dennis Everberg Avangard Omsk KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup SWE F Andre Petersson Avangard Omsk KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup CAN F Ted Purcell Avangard Omsk KHL (Russia)
    Deutschland Cup RUS (B) D Alexei Vasilevsky Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg KHL (Russia)
    Deutschland Cup SVK D Michal Čajkovský Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup RUS (A) D Nikita Tryamkin Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup CAN F Linden Vey Barys Astana KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup CAN D Zach Whitecloud Bemidji State University WCHA (NCAA)
    Deutschland Cup USA F Robbie Earl Biel-Bienne NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI G Jonas Hiller Biel-Bienne NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI D Sämi Kreis Biel-Bienne NLA (Switzerland)
    Deutschland Cup SVK F Martin Bakoš Bílí Tygři Liberec Extraliga (Czech)
    Karjala Cup CZE D Ladislav Smid Bílí Tygři Liberec Extraliga (Czech)
    Deutschland Cup USA G Brandon Maxwell BK Mlada Boleslav Extraliga (Czech)
    Karjala Cup CZE D David Nemecek BK Mlada Boleslav Extraliga (Czech)
    Karjala Cup CZE F Jakub Klepis BK Mlada Boleslav Extraliga (Czech)
    Deutschland Cup USA D Ryan Gunderson Brynäs SHL (Sweden)
    Karjala Cup SWE D Simon Bertilsson Brynäs SHL (Sweden)
    Deutschland Cup RUS (B) D Mikhail Naumenkov CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Deutschland Cup RUS (B) D Igor Ozhiganov CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Deutschland Cup RUS (B) D Artyom Blazhievsky CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Deutschland Cup RUS (B) F Sergei Shumakov CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Deutschland Cup RUS (B) F Maxim Shalunov CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Deutschland Cup RUS (B) F Roman Lyubimov CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Deutschland Cup RUS (B) F Andrei Kuzmenko CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Deutschland Cup RUS (B) F Andrei Svetlakov CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Deutschland Cup RUS (B) F Konstantin Okulov CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup RUS (A) G Ilya Sorokin CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup RUS (A) D Bogdan Kiselevich CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup RUS (A) D Nikita Nesterov CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup RUS (A) F Kirill Kaprizov CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup RUS (A) F Mikhail Grigorenko CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup RUS (A) F Valery Nichushkin CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup RUS (A) F Ivan Telegin CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup RUS (A) F Sergei Andronov CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup CAN D Mat Robinson CSKA Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup SWE G Jhonas Enroth Dinamo Minsk KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup CAN F Quinton Howden Dinamo Minsk KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup CAN D Karl Stollery Dinamo Riga KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup SWE D Marcus Högström Djurgårdens IF SHL (Sweden)
    Karjala Cup CAN F René Bourque Djurgårdens IF SHL (Sweden)
    Deutschland Cup SVK D Ladislav Romančík Dukla Trenčín Slovak Extraliga (Slovakia)
    Deutschland Cup SVK F Juraj Bezúch Dukla Trenčín Slovak Extraliga (Slovakia)
    Deutschland Cup SVK F Peter Ölvecký Dukla Trenčín Slovak Extraliga (Slovakia)
    Deutschland Cup GER D Bernhard Ebner Düsseldorfer EG DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup GER F Maximian Kammerer Düsseldorfer EG DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup RUS (B) G Alexander Yeryomenko Dynamo Moscow KHL (Russia)
    Deutschland Cup GER D Frank Hördler Eisbären Berlin DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup GER D Jonas Muller Eisbären Berlin DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup GER F Thomas Oppenheimer Eisbären Berlin DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup USA F Sean Backman Eisbären Berlin DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup GER G Timo Pielmeier ERC Ingolstadt DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup USA F Garrett Roe EV Zug NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI D Raphael Diaz EV Zug NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI F Lino Martschini EV Zug NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI F Reto Suri EV Zug NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup FIN D Jesse Virtanen Färjestad Karlstad SHL (Sweden)
    Karjala Cup SWE D Mikael Wikstrand Färjestad Karlstad SHL (Sweden)
    Karjala Cup SWE F Dick Axelsson Färjestad Karlstad SHL (Sweden)
    Karjala Cup SWE F Johan Ryno Färjestad Karlstad SHL (Sweden)
    Karjala Cup SWE F Rasmus Asplund Färjestad Karlstad SHL (Sweden)
    Deutschland Cup USA F Jim Slater Fribourg-Gottéron NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup CZE F Michal Birner Fribourg-Gottéron NLA (Switzerland)
    Deutschland Cup USA D Matt Donovan Frölunda Gothenburg SHL (Sweden)
    Deutschland Cup USA F Ryan Lasch Frölunda Gothenburg SHL (Sweden)
    Karjala Cup SWE D Rasmus Dahlin Frölunda Gothenburg SHL (Sweden)
    Karjala Cup SWE D Johan Fransson Geneve-Servette NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup CAN F Nick Spaling Genève-Servette NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI D Romain Loeffel Genève-Servette NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI F Cody Almond Genève-Servette NLA (Switzerland)
    Deutschland Cup GER D Bjorn Krupp Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg DEL (Germany)
    Deutschland Cup SVK F Miloš Bubela HC 05 Banská Bystrica Slovak Extraliga (Slovakia)
    Deutschland Cup SVK F Patrik Lamper HC 05 Banská Bystrica Slovak Extraliga (Slovakia)
    Deutschland Cup USA F Broc Little HC Davos NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SWE D Magnus Nygren HC Davos NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI G Gilles Senn HC Davos NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI D Félicien Du Bois HC Davos NLA (Switzerland)
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    Karjala Cup SUI F Gregory Hofmann HC Lugano NLA (Switzerland)
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    Deutschland Cup SVK F Matej Paulovič HC Nitra Slovak Extraliga (Slovakia)
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    Karjala Cup CZE F Roman Horak Vityaz Podolsk KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup CAN F Christian Thomas Wilkes-Barre/Scranton AHL (USA/Canada)
    Karjala Cup CZE D Ondrej Vitasek Yugra Khanty Mansiyisk KHL (Russia)
    Karjala Cup FIN F Veli-Matti Savinainen Yugra Khanty Mansiyisk KHL (Russia)
    Deutschland Cup USA F Drew Shore ZSC Zurich NLA (Switzerland)
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    Karjala Cup SWE F Fredrik Pettersson ZSC Zurich NLA (Switzerland)
    Karjala Cup SUI D Christian Marti ZSC Zurich NLA (Switzerland)
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    Karjala Cup SUI F Reto Schäppi ZSC Zurich NLA (Switzerland)
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  26. ConigliarosPotential

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    (Oh, and if you scroll down to find SKA St. Petersburg in the above table, you'll see that pretty much the entire squad is involved in one of Russia's two teams *except* for Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk. I guess the Russian coach already knows what he has there...)
     
  27. ConigliarosPotential

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    During the first intermission of my CHL commentary game tonight - in which Bern scored three third-period goals to win 5-2 and defeat Red Bull Munich 7-5 on aggregate - I checked my emails and discovered that Vimeo has deleted my account for violating the site's guidelines. Which sucks. I filed an appeal, although in truth the videos I've been uploading to show off my commentary excerpts probably do contain some copyrighted material; that said, I would have hoped for a warning, or to have specific videos flagged as being impermissible (which happens to me with YouTube from time to time), rather than the nuclear option which has been deployed.

    Actually, maybe you guys can help me out here: do you know of any other video-sharing sites which would suit my needs in this regard? I'm not looking to gain a vast social media audience; I just want to be able to upload videos cheaply to a portal I can use to display everything on my commentary website. YouTube, Vimeo and DailyMotion are the three sites I've used thus far, but they're really more than I need, insofar as I'm only looking to share these videos with family, friends and prospective employers and not random people on the internet. (Yourselves excluded, of course.)
     
  28. Ramon AC

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    Me too. This thread is awesome.
     
  29. blueguitar322

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    Still following, too.

    Personally I can't wait you're calling the 2028 Pats-vs-Falcons Super Bowl with NBC and all of SoSH is debating whether you're more biased against the Patriots (and 50-year-old Tom Brady) than Ian Eagle was.
     
  30. ConigliarosPotential

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    Huh...after writing two emails and explaining that I actually am one of the content creators of my videos (and didn't just copy them from the internet), Vimeo fully restored my account. Which is better than I'd hoped for, actually. If you do know of any alternative video hosting sites I could use, I'd still be keen to hear it - although perhaps I should post that request for advice in the "BYTE ME" forum?
     
  31. Koufax

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    Can't help you on that one. Byte will surely have your answer.
     
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    ConigliarosPotential Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions!
     
  34. ConigliarosPotential

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    I guess I didn't mention my NFL assignment for this week - I just finished presenting the Chargers-Jags game. So that was rather different from every other game I've presented this year! Although actually, my job isn't really that much different in a close game relative to a blowout, except insofar as I have to pay more attention to the game we're covering late on and less attention to the RedZone Channel. From a production perspective, the main differences were that our "Play of the Game" choice for the postgame show kept getting revised over and over, and that our final cut of RedZone highlights had to be shortened to fit the one-minute break between the end of regulation and overtime instead of the two-minute sequence that had been cut. (The new woman in our crew who was cutting the postgame teaser - taking the best highlights from the game and clipping them into a one-minute montage - was also apparently watching her first NFL game ever and was therefore in need of some guidance about what to include, e.g, the game-tying field goal with three seconds left in regulation.)

    I had one notable gaffe at halftime, when I referred to "Ryan Fitzgerald" instead of Fitzpatrick - I checked after the fact, and I'd actually written "Fitzgerald" in the Word .doc I was using. (Oops.) Otherwise, I think my NFL presenting performances are getting better and better, particularly on the RedZone highlights packages used in the show at halftime and again at the end of the game. I know everyone loves the job Scott Hanson does (as do I), and that his job does have a high degree of difficulty...but from my experiences of doing what I've been doing with a much smaller support team than I'm sure Hanson has, I don't think his job is *quite* as difficult as some people think it is. What he has to have to do well is good concentration over a seven-hour period, good player knowledge, and good senses of drama and humor to add value above and beyond a paint-by-numbers recitation of facts. He is really good at all of these things, but I think he's also made to look much better by DirectTV's equivalent of the RedZone Channel. I certainly think I could make a decent attempt at performing his Sunday job; the main thing I lack is his rounded knowledge of player names and numbers, but then, I don't work for NFL Network and have the ability to concentrate on the NFL and only the NFL.

    Anyway, my point is that I'm happy with what I've been able to do and how I've been able to improve over the last seven weeks. If only I could say the same about the Falcons...now, excuse me while I now get depressed watching the late game in Atlanta for the next few hours.
     
  35. ConigliarosPotential

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    Huh - I thought I was supposed to be booked in to do some KHL-related voiceover work today, but the informal discussion a week or two ago that led me to that conclusion (plus, you know, the fact that I'm booked to be in Leeds today anyway) was never followed up upon, so I have the day to myself. Bright and early start tomorrow, though: the game I'm calling is in Vladivostok, start time at 9:30 a.m. UK, so that's 4:30 a.m. in Toronto, and 1:30 a.m. in Vancouver. I'm going to call this one "Hockey Overnight In Canada".
     
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    "this broadcast brought to you by No Doz and Green Mountain Coffee. Hockey Overnight: way less predictable than whatever's on Netflix these days."
     
  37. ConigliarosPotential

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    It felt really weird to be done with my commentary assignment for the day before noon - good preparation for the Olympics, I guess. SKA won the game 2-0, and that included an empty-netter, so not the most thrilling game in terms of on-ice action, but I felt really well prepared and generally in good voice despite my tiredness after a disrupted night's sleep. One thing I did today that I don't normally do: I went back through my spreadsheet of information for each player on each team and used a highlighter pen to note the first key fact for each player to which I'd pivot during the game when I wanted to share some information. That really helped, not just to make it easier to call up the relevant information from my prep sheets in an instant, but also in terms of making sure I've taken another look at each player shortly before the opening faceoff and have some of the information I've researched near the front of my brain. Definitely something I'll try to do more of going forward.

    Meanwhile, yesterday I received an email out of the blue from a contact I'd been cultivating through my communications consultancy business, before I got into regular commentary work - I'd never succeeded in getting any business from her before, but here she was, offering me quite a decent-looking gig. Although the thought of having office-type work to do between all of my commentary prep work doesn't fill me with great joy, I've decided to accept the assignment - the extra money will come in handy, and it is the sort of communications job that suits me perfectly. (I was completely up front about my commentary commitments, but that doesn't seem problematic on her end.) We'll see how that shakes out...
     
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    How much do you get a chance to "talk shop" with other commentators? Your job seems pretty sweet, but I can imagine it's a little tougher if you don't have "colleagues" to talk to and bounce ideas off of.
     
  39. ConigliarosPotential

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    Answer: not much if it all, but that doesn't really bother me. Actually, most of the "shop talking" takes place in Vienna, where the three of us English-speaking commentators do sort of feel like a team - we'll occasionally share notes and stories, and get brief updates from each other during the intermissions of our games. Here in Leeds, I have come to know one or two other commentators a little bit, although the relationships I've formed have been more with the producers and their assistants. (I had a nice moment with one of the English lads after I did the Eagles-Chargers game in Week 4 and referenced "the great Merrill Reese", the Eagles' longtime radio commentator; we wound up walking together for a bit as I headed back toward my hotel, and he said he was an Eagles fan and that Reese was the best, and I said my dad is from West Chester, PA and was a Philadelphia sports fan as a kid, etc.)

    Generally, though, I'm perfectly happy working on my own. I certainly can be a team player in an office environment, and particularly on the NFL games - which are much more of a team effort than my KHL or soccer games - I do try my best to be just that. But I probably thrive more when I'm on my own and can be my own boss, so commentary work has been really perfect in that regard for me: I just do my own thing, prepare my own notes just the way I want them, get into my booth in the studio when I want and make everything just so, and so on. Even being alone in hotels and on the road is fine - I genuinely do miss my wife and kids, sure, but I own my own time and can generally do what I want when I want, whether that's watching an episode of something on the TV in my hotel room via the HDMI cable I always have with me to plug into my laptop, or doing a bit of solo shopping, or even go to the cinema to watch a movie. (I watched The Death of Stalin this afternoon, of which more over in "Omar is Dead" in a moment.) Or of course do more and more prep work for my next game, or the game after that. Some people get energy from being around other people; I get more energy from being by myself. Which is weird I guess, when your consider that my job involves speaking to lots and lots of people, but it works for me.
     
  40. ConigliarosPotential

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    I left the mouse for my laptop in my commentary booth yesterday, which was rather annoying when I got back to my hotel room - not least because one of the assistants in the office had emailed me twice about it while I was still near the studio (at the movies or having dinner), but I didn't read the emails because they both had work-related subject lines and I figured I'd sort through them when I got back to the hotel. And as it happens, I've been staying at the grubbier hotel on the edge of town and not one of the nicer ones in the center of town, so I couldn't be bothered to walk back into the office. C'est la vie.

    Anyway, when I went up to collect my mouse upon reporting to the office today, I happened to bump into both NFL Producer Phil and KHL/NFL Producer Ben in quick succession. It's always the random encounters like this where I actually learn what's really going on, and I've discovered the following:

    1) My NFL game this weekend is likely to be a real stinker - the best I can probably hope for is Bills-Chargers, which is at least a loser-leaves-town match, but that's not really saying much. (I should find out my assignment tomorrow.)

    2) I learned more about our NFL schedule through the rest of the season. I will be presenting a game on Christmas Eve, quite possibly with just a skeleton crew in the office, but there's a real chance that we won't bother doing any of the Week 17 games on New Year's Eve, because a) it'll be really tough getting staff into the office then as well, and b) it's very unlikely that we'll be left with any games with any playoff implications anyway. But it's also entirely possible that I'll get to present every single playoff game up until the Super Bowl, albeit in a more scaled back manner; we think Bell Canada has the rights to show its content through the DAZN portal - i.e., the CTV broadcast including ads and the Fox/CBS halftime shows - and we can't mess with that at all, but we can potentially do pregame and postgame shows to round everything off. So that would be fun. As for the Super Bowl, that's much more up in the air; it's likely we may try to pre-record a 30-minute pregame show that would go on the DAZN portal in advance of the game itself, but Bell will probably use all of the NBC pregame show content, and there won't really be a slot for us on the day. Which is OK, actually; I'll have to fly to the site of the Champions Hockey League final the day after the Super Bowl anyway, and I'd be happy not to have to worry about getting there after leaving Leeds at 4 a.m. that morning.

    3) Do you remember me talking about a possible trip to St. Petersburg and Moscow this month to interview the likes of Pavel Datsyuk and Mike Keenan? Well, that ain't happening - not just for me, but also for Producer Ben, who is so busy with other things (including a glut of FIBA basketball on the horizon) that he can't spare the time to fly across. Instead, he's now planning a trip to Astana in Kazakhstan for the KHL All-Star Game, where pretty much everyone will be around and hopefully most potential interview candidates will be available. I won't be part of that trip either, but that's again perfectly fine with me; I think it will clash with the CHL semifinals to some extent anyway. We're planning to broadcast the All-Star Game, although that's one I wouldn't mind missing - what a pain that would be to prepare for! We also have the rights to the Skills Challenge and other activities the night before, but that's almost an impossible event to broadcast live in English, as there will be Russian-language interviews on the ice throughout...so instead, we may try to take the event, edit it down to a shorter show of 30-60 minutes, and then cover that retrospectively and make it available On Demand on the DAZN website.

    All that aside, I'm in the office way too early (three-and-a-half hours before game time) for my KHL game today, because I had a noon checkout time for my hotel. It's potentially a really nice game today - Jokerit, tied for second in the Western Conference, against Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, third in the Eastern Conference. Hopefully I'll be back in my car and on the road around 7 p.m., and back home c. 10:15-10:30 or thereabouts.
     
  41. ConigliarosPotential

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    For the record, I just completed a sheet on which everyone in the office is predicting which teams will finish in which playoff positions at the end of the NFL regular season. Mine are:

    NFC
    1. Eagles
    2. Vikings
    3. Panthers
    4. Seahawks
    5. Saints
    6. Rams

    AFC
    1. Patriots
    2. Chiefs
    3. Steelers
    4. Jaguars
    5. Titans
    6. Ravens

    That #6 spot in the AFC is legitimately horrifying...is it possible an 8-8 or even 7-9 team could win a wildcard place?
     
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    ConigliarosPotential Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    After calling one non-empty net goal in my KHL game on Tuesday, I got to call eight normal goals plus another empty-netter yesterday as Jokerit defeated Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk - quite a pleasingly crunchy team name once you get used to it - by a final score of 6-3. And Jokerit was trailing 2-1 after one period as well. I will say, though, that Jokerit's uniforms may be among the most difficult I've had to deal with in my time as a commentator:

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    The red numbers in yellow trim on blue jerseys are almost impossible to decipher quickly unless the player's back is directly facing you - there's just not enough contrast there, and it really disrupts the flow of my commentary when I can't figure out who has played the puck on the far side of the ice. I'd just as soon not deal with another Jokerit home game this season, which is a shame as they're otherwise a really fun team to watch.
     
  43. ConigliarosPotential

    ConigliarosPotential Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Meanwhile, I'm amazed at the NFL game we've been able to select for me to present on Sunday. Suppose you're Bell Canada, and you get to choose five of these games for exclusive viewing (which we at DAZN can't then show) - which five would you choose?

    Detroit at Chicago
    Jacksonville at Cleveland
    Baltimore at Green Bay
    Tampa Bay at Miami
    LA Rams at Minnesota
    Washington at New Orleans
    Kansas City at NY Giants
    Arizona at Houston
    Buffalo at LA Chargers
    Cincinnati at Denver
    New England vs. Oakland (Mexico City)

    How many good games are there on that list? There certainly aren't five...and yet, we're going to be doing Redskins-Saints, which for my money is probably the third-best game on that list and could potentially be the second-best (ahead of Pats-Raiders and behind my top choice of Rams-Vikings). Hell, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are calling the Redskins-Saints game. How we've managed to get a Buck/Aikman game is completely beyond me.
     
  44. InstaFace

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    I did that top-5 before reading your last paragraph. I'd put Redskins-Saints out of my top 5, and probably behind BAL/GB as well. The Redskins aren't a remotely interesting team, and it's not clear that Brees is getting done this year so there's not even a career-arc storyline. Plus NO is likely to crush them, particularly at home. NFC's top team by SRS (+12.7) vs anonymous mediocrity (+1.1). In your favor is that there should be plenty of points scored.
     
  45. ConigliarosPotential

    ConigliarosPotential Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Washington not a remotely interesting team? These guys just won at Seattle the week before, and Cousins is a true enigma - is he elite, is he ordinary, or is he somewhere in between? I think they can absolutely go into the Superdome and win on Sunday - look at the teams New Orleans has defeated this year, and tell me if you're really sure they're a 7-2 quality team. (I'll give you @ Panthers and maybe @ Bills, but little else.) I think that's a fascinating game, and certainly moreso than Bengals-Broncos, Lions-Bears or Ravens-Packers - all of whom are mediocrity personified.
     
  46. InstaFace

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    You sound very emotionally prepared for Sunday :) I admire your passion, which is a big part of why this thread is so awesome to follow.

    I won't argue the point here, if people want to read my half-informed takes on the NFL, we've got a whole other board for that. Suffice to say you've raised my level of interest in the matchup.
     
  47. Winger 03

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    I'm a little late to this party - wonderfully interesting thread! I am a Redskins fan (such as they are) any chance of listening in or hearing your call after the fact?


     
  48. ConigliarosPotential

    ConigliarosPotential Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Thanks for the kind words! I'm afraid I'm not commentating on the game as such - I'm presenting the pregame, halftime and postgame shows, along with highlight updates during the second-half ad breaks. That aside, as far as I know, the only way to watch my broadcast is via the DAZN web/app portal in Canada (or one of the regional satellite providers in Canada who DAZN has agreed a deal with recently). I suppose our broadcast may conceivably be illegally streamed somewhere, but I couldn't in good conscience recommend that to you. Sorry...
     

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