Keep. It. Snappy.

From The Independent, I find this hilarious – and sad:

The BBC announced last week it had ended its three-year contract with Peter Schmeichel, the former Denmark and Manchester United goalkeeper, reportedly after executives became exasperated by his long sentences on Match of the Day.

The BBC are paying him for his opinions – but only if he speaks in short sentences ? That’s crazy.

Lineker: “So Peter, tell us what you thought about the goalkeeper’s performance in that 12-nil drubbing”
Peter: Could. do. better.

Not being a fan of what is called by some the “Beautiful Game”, I haven’t watched Match of the Day ever but given the way that footballers seem to be paid astronomical amounts I’d actually be impressed with a footballing role model who could actually string several words together.
The sad bit is that somewhere in the BBC someone lost their concentration when listening to Mr Schmeichel and that was the seed that lead to this contract ending. And would you put money on the person being a fan of the team that Man U had probably just beaten ? I would.

The BBC don’t think we can concentrate or want to hear the words of someone else. It’s a slippery slope …

3 thoughts on “Keep. It. Snappy.

  1. “And would you put money on the person being a fan of the team that Man U had probably just beaten ? I would.

    The BBC don’t think we can concentrate or want to hear the words of someone else. It’s a slippery slope…”

    Feeling cynical today? ;) To be fair, Schmeichel was never the best pundit; he both rambled and stated the obvious a lot of the time. The one-line assessment provided in the Independent article was perhaps unfair.

  2. Me cynical ? Nooo…..
    Actually I wasn’t on this occasion. I did laugh out load when I read the story, and half expected somewhere in the article for Schmeichel to be blamed for “using big words”.
    Equally though, if he was Peter “soundbite” Schmeichel then could he win ? Soundbites are equally useless are they not ?

    I can accept that ‘dull’, ‘monotonous’ may be reasons and valid ones but yes, the Independent’s reduced reporting this time was probably to blame :)

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