Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 10th 2015 Contents There was deplorable coverage of
the Women s World Cup by CNC3
which, unfortunately for the football
fan, appeared to have bought the tel-
evision rights to the tournament.
In the basic Flow cable package,
Fox s broadcast of games was blocked,
and fans like myself were forced to
wait to watch a delayed broadcast of
the game, sometimes late into the
night, by which time we already knew
the result. So much for the enjoyment
What is even more frustrating, and
the actual topic of this article today,
was the terrible commentary associ-
ated with the British feed that was
televised. So not only did I have to
wait to see a delayed broadcast at
inconvenient hours, but I was sub-
jected to boring commentary by a
rather dry sportscaster. In fact, I sel-
dom made it to the end of the game
Sports commentary is a skill, and
television stations should consider
this when choosing the feeds they
broadcast. Sportscasters describe the
action on the field, analyse plays,
game trends, strategies and develop-
ments that can affect the game.
The sportscaster must be able to
fluently convey the mood on the field,
speaking with correct speed and tone
that create excitement, fear or sus-
pense in the viewer depending on
what is happening in the game.
They must have a keen knowledge
of the rules of the game, and be able
to think quickly, describe events clearly
and eloquently, and stay calm and
professional when something dramatic
or traumatic happens.
Good commentary does wonders
for a sporting event. However, the
commentator on the CNC3 broadcast
left me with a picture of a stuffy,
middle-aged prude, with a perfectly
starched shirt under an old-fashioned
suit, finished off with a rather insipid
tie. His commentary went as such:
"Goal kick from Angerer. Received by
Schmidt. Mittag. Intercepted by John-
ston who passes upfield to Rapinoe.
Heath. Back to Rapinoe. She crosses
the ball into the German box, and
Lloyd reaches just a tad late. It s a
German goal kick." Imagine this play-
by-play monotony for at least 90
So when I could, I streamed the
games online, where I found a Fox
Sports feed. Now this was commen-
tary that could keep one awake!
Albeit, I have to admit, that some-
times there was just a little too much
talking. But the concept used by Fox
is a good one, at least for me.
Fox s commentary was more like a
panel discussion amongst people
who had excellent knowledge
about football. This format seems
to be the trend in sportscasting
these days. For the World Cup,
Fox had a panel of retired football
players: 3 women and 2 men.
The men were American, and
there was one woman each from
the United States, Germany and
England. I thought their choices of
nationalities clever as these countries
supposedly had the top teams in the
tournament. The subtle rivalry
between the commentators from dif-
ferent countries when their teams
were playing each other added to the
This mix of nationalities, sexes and
positions formerly played in football
made the discussions very interesting.
There were different perspectives. The
women were former players, who
knew the majority of athletes on the
They were able to give informative
tid-bits about some players person-
alities, fun stories about their expe-
riences with them, as well as a bit of
history regarding the careers of the
coaches and players. All this helps
the viewer connect with the athletes
and the game they play, making the
event so much more engaging.
They were also excellent analysts
of the strategies used during the tour-
nament, were able to discuss the rea-
soning behind certain strategies and
offer their opinion on their effective-
ness, while still giving play-by-play
Listening to this kind of sports-
casting actually educates the viewer
about the intricacies of the sport. In
fact, I learnt quite a lot about the
players preparation for the tourna-
ment and how hard it is for some
countries to get their players home
from foreign clubs to practice together.
I learnt a little bit about the history
of women s football in some countries,
and that up until 1979, there was a
law in Brazil that made it illegal for
women to play football! Imagine that!
It is clear to me that good sports
commentary can develop a viewer s
interest in the sport. Television sta-
tions should consider the quality of
the commentary in feeds they use.
Good sportscasting can only increase
It takes more than an ability to
describe the events happening on the
field. That alone does not keep the
audience on top of the action. Like
many professions these days, sports-
casting is evolving. With so many
choices available, it s taking more to
keep an audience interested. Our local
stations need to catch up with the
Carla Rauseo, DPT, CSCS, ATRIC
is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and
a Certified Aquatic Therapy Rehabil-
itation Instructor at Total Rehabili-
tation Centre in San Juan.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, July 10, 2015
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Are you ready for aflood?
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Floods are the leading cause of
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forecast, you should have time to
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to get ready. There are simple
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Know your area's flood risk. If
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Know the location of the main elec-
trical breaker and the gas and water
valves in your home and ensure you
have a clear path to easily access
them so that you can shut them off
When a Flood
Warning is issued:
Monitor the radio for weather
updates and evacuate immediately if
you are told to do so.
Move your furniture and valuables to
higher floors of your home or place
them high if possible.
Bring in all loose items from outside,
like garbage cans and yard furniture
for safe keeping.
Turn off the main electrical switch
and other utilities.
Place important documents and
valuables in plastic and store them
in a safe place.
Flood water dangers:
Do not walk through flowing water.
Just six inches of moving water can
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Never attempt to cross a swollen
stream, river or gully by foot or
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ways can have deadly consequences.
If your vehicle stalls in rising water,
abandon it immediately and climb to
higher ground. A mere two feet of
water can float a large vehicle, even
After a flood:
Clean and dry everything water-
soaked. Flood waters can pick up
sewerage and chemicals from roads,
farms and factories. Spoiled food
and flooded medicines are health
hazards. When in doubt, throw them
Check appliances and motors for
damage and do not use them until
they have been cleaned and dried.
Watch out for wild animals. Snakes
and centipedes that have been
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stick to poke and turn items over
and scare them away.
If your home was seriously affected
by the floods and you suspect your
electrical wiring may have been
damaged, have it checked by a quali-
fied person before turning on the
main electrical switch.
Punch holes in all containers left
outside to prevent water from set-
tling and these from becoming
breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Purify water before using. Use chlo-
rine bleach or water purifying
tablets. Boil tap water for ten min-
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