Johnny Weir commentator NBC sports Ice skating
Johnny weir is working in his new role as a NBC Sports commentator at a grand prix event. Today on NBC I was half watching while I worked at the computer. I finally paid some attention because I was impressed by the comments being made.
Damned if it isn't Johnny, you don't see much of him but his commentary is good, very good, maybe even better than that. It is not about Johnny, it is about skating, the skating world and it's minutia. He really knows his shit. Skaters would be well served by paying attention to his commentary. He is also, soft, generous and sweet.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||04/07/2014|
Somebody hired Johnny some p.r. to do damage control after his Russian remarks. Well, I suppose he does have to make a living, and Pariah Status doesn't get it done. But he'll have to do more before we accept him as our brother.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||11/03/2013|
He's actually pretty good. Once he removes his tongue from the asshole of Mother Russia, he can speak very well.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||11/03/2013|
[R2] Johnny is respected in Russia, has friends there. He was interested in Russian culture long before the regime starting spreading the hate against homos. It's not like they don't know he is queer. He will change more people minds there by staying out of that fray and doing his job which is about skating not politics.
There is more than one way to deal with this kind of hate. He would not be very convincing mincing an outrage at Russia.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||11/03/2013|
If he loves Russia so much he should give up his US citizenship and become a Russian citizenship.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||11/03/2013|
Agree.. Johnny is a death of fresh airr. I too was half watching and listening but his comments caught my attention. Very impressive. All about the skatng and the skater. Very deep, very thoughtful, and very multidimensional.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||11/10/2013|
Johnny is most definitely a breath of fresh air with very meaningful comments. I was very taken by the way he delivered his critique of the skating and skater. He is very soft-spoken and sweet but at the same time absolutely on point with his commentary. Best commentary I've heard in years. Bar none.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||11/10/2013|
He's an idiot and you're all stans.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||11/10/2013|
I watched the skating program again today. No doubt that he will be a real asset in Russia.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||11/10/2013|
I was looking forward to hearing and seeing Johnny today on NBC's coverage of the US Nationals, after enjoying a couple of those Grand Prix events NBC chose to air, and yet...
No Johnny, but instead the tired and boring Scotty Hamilton, who has nothing bad to say, ever, and rarely anything interesting.
I hope NBC takes Weir to Sochi, even if it is only as a color commentary/sidelines/ feature reporter. Scott H is a suckup
|by Anonymous||reply 9||01/11/2014|
[quote]Johnny is a death of fresh air
With one typo, a catch phrase is born.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||01/11/2014|
Well he can't be any worse than Dick Button.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||01/11/2014|
But Dick Button was fabulous, r11, exactly because he was always himself and not under the control of the national team or the network looking to promote whomever.
That's why Hamilton and so many of the hand-picked NBC analysts suck (even including, possibly, Apollo Ohno in spped skating, who seems to have drunk the rah-rah potion).
Button would speak his mind, live, when he felt like it. "Well, that's just unacceptable" about an American princess missing a jump. "That spin could be a lot tighter" about a US favorite.
"He's a tall drink of water, isn't he?" (My favorite) Randomly, about some guy skating. Or, something about wanting to fire the costumer when someone looked objectively hideous.
And when he was excited about a good performance-- "Marvelous!" "Exquisite." "Simply beautiful." And you knew he meant it.
But for all of that, no one was more knowledgeable about the scoring system, the international biases, and the histories of the competing skaters than Button was in his prime. Smart, funny and good.
Johnny Weir could take up that bitchy/honest mantle. Maybe.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||01/11/2014|
If only Tai and Randy were here.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||01/11/2014|
Like Button, when Weir and (to my surprise) Tara Lipinski do the commentary we actually learn about figure skating and also why they think the judges score the way they do, whether they agree with it or not. Screamy Scott Hamilton and Sandra "speech impediment" Bezic need to go. Pronto.
My favorite Dick Button quote " Well, that's a rather unattractive position"- and it was about Nancy Kerrigan!
|by Anonymous||reply 14||01/11/2014|
Johnny looks like he has inherited Trump's comb over.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||01/11/2014|
[quote] It is not about Johnny, it is about skating, the skating world and it's minutia. He really knows his shit.
He was a skater... so shouldn't he know his shit?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||01/11/2014|
I understand Johnny is now straight
|by Anonymous||reply 17||01/11/2014|
[quote] He was a skater... so shouldn't he know his shit?
Yes and he does. He is a perfect example of "those who can't do, teach."
Weir was never a top level skater.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||01/11/2014|
Is Dick no longer a commentator? He was the best
|by Anonymous||reply 19||01/11/2014|
Johnny is rocking the clothes, and the air-waves at the Sochi Olympics:
|by Anonymous||reply 20||02/09/2014|
[quote]It is not about Johnny, it is about skating, the skating world and it's minutia. He really knows his shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||02/09/2014|
R5 and R6 are the same poster. Fuck off you Qweirs!
|by Anonymous||reply 23||02/09/2014|
I understand having Dick Button and Scott Hamilton and Peggy Fleming and Tra Lipinski as Olympic commentators--they were all Olympic gold medalists. And Nancy Kerrigan at least won a silver.
Johnny Weir never medalled at all, did he? He never even brought home a bronze. Why not ask in his place Brian Boitano, or Paul Wylie (silver), or even Timothy Goebel (bronze)?
|by Anonymous||reply 24||02/09/2014|
Johnny Weir looked fabulous in his Tarzan loincloth.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||02/09/2014|
Transparent nonsense. Nobody worthwhile would watch his drivel.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||02/09/2014|
Is his chest ever going to develop? He is still so creepily slender--he has a body like a woman's.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||02/09/2014|
He's rocking the Pee Wee Herman look on Gawker. What up PW?
|by Anonymous||reply 28||02/09/2014|
Johnny is more intelligent and articulate, R24.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||02/09/2014|
[R26] No one worthwhile would comment on it either. Who do you think you are kidding?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||02/09/2014|
I have been watching him an Tara and I think he generates a lot of interest in comparison to the snooze-worthy old guard. He also knows Russia and is way open which so many of the other men are not. Would Boitano ever have come out for the Korea games?
|by Anonymous||reply 31||02/17/2014|
I liked Johnny and Tara's commentary....but he looked like a fucking clown.
I liked LISTENING to it - but not watching him.
And if he loves Russia so much, why doesn't he marry it?
|by Anonymous||reply 32||02/17/2014|
He did marry it. He is married to a Russian-American.
He was also a top 5 skater at one point? I am sure he has finished in the top 5 at Worlds.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||02/17/2014|
His best finish was 3rd at the 2008 Worlds.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||02/17/2014|
NBC paid Olympic figure skating commentator Johnny Weir $25,000 for his announcing work in Sochi.
The network also gave him $40K for a total of eight personal appearances after the Olympics. Weir has turned out to be far less marketable than first expected.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||04/07/2014|