Art Eckman and David Bailey commentating moto on ESPN

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8/16/2017 7:27 AM

Will it ever be that good again? Solid gold. Thank god for youtube, put on a race from the early 2000's, its instant anxiety relief.

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8/16/2017 7:33 AM

What, you don't like Ralph calling everything a quad?

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8/16/2017 7:38 AM

Its not that I dislike Ralph and Jeff as people but god listening to them do sx is mind numbing.

Ping hit the nail on the head. All they do is rattle off how important the start is over and over, Ralph talks about what he sees and instead of Jeff giving any insight he usually just repeats whatever Ralph just said.

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8/16/2017 7:57 AM

Let's keep this about how awesome Art Eckman and David Bailey were instead of a Ralph and Jeff bash session.

I'll leave this hear for you to enjoy...

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8/16/2017 8:04 AM

Best there ever was .

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8/16/2017 8:07 AM

Oh how the glorious the sweet baritone of Art Eckman shouting the words "..and JEREMY McGRATH takes the checkered flag!" is inside my head...

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8/16/2017 8:18 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/16/2017 8:19 AM

Legendary broadcast duo right there!

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8/16/2017 8:41 AM

Man, those were the days. They put you right there in the action.

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8/16/2017 8:54 AM

I actually find myself rooting for Ralph and Jeff because I think Jeff's ability to overcome his speech impediment to become a professional commentator is one of the best human interest stories in our sport. Talk about beating adversity...

But I would love it if they brought David Baily in to be the third man in the booth, even if it's just for one race.

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8/16/2017 8:55 AM

Best Moto...no wait...best sports commentary team ever!!!! No contest.

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8/16/2017 8:56 AM

flatout111 wrote:

Best Moto...no wait...best sports commentary team ever!!!! No contest.

What a career!

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8/16/2017 9:00 AM

tickleme20 wrote:

Man, those were the days. They put you right there in the action.

Agreed. Art had this innate ability to get you pumped for a race you already knew McGrath was going to win. His and Bailey's style complimented each other so well.

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8/16/2017 9:13 AM

that supercross video game with art's voice in it was awesome .......

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8/16/2017 10:13 AM

flatout111 wrote:

Best Moto...no wait...best sports commentary team ever!!!! No contest.

Yeah they were epic!

Also miss WindTunnel with Dave Despain.

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8/16/2017 10:21 AM

I might be in the minority here (VAST minority? lol) but I wasn't a fan of Bailey commentating. I loved listening to Eckman though.

Bailey, to me at least, spent way to much time talking about how great the top rider is (McGrath, then Carmichael)...He spent way to much time praising them and it always kind of annoyed me.

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8/16/2017 10:28 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/16/2017 10:34 AM

TropicPilot wrote:

I actually find myself rooting for Ralph and Jeff because I think Jeff's ability to overcome his speech impediment to become a professional commentator is one of the best human interest stories in our sport. Talk about beating adversity...

But I would love it if they brought David Baily in to be the third man in the booth, even if it's just for one race.

Me as well. I like listening to Emig. Ralph, we could replace.

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8/16/2017 10:48 AM

Watching old races with Eckman and Bailey is a 5th gear WFO trip down memory lane complete with 20 foot nostalgia rooster tail in tow. Best duo ever.

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8/16/2017 11:02 AM

I'd trade out Ralph for almost anyone.

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8/16/2017 11:10 AM

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8/16/2017 11:26 AM

Zaugg wrote:

Let's keep this about how awesome Art Eckman and David Bailey were instead of a Ralph and Jeff bash session.

I'll leave this hear for you to enjoy...

Art and David in the final era of two stroke Supercross. It does not get any better than that for me. I play these old races on youtube on the tv in my garage while working on my bikes. It is my happy place.

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8/16/2017 1:10 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/16/2017 1:12 PM

doofy wrote:

Will it ever be that good again? Solid gold. Thank god for youtube, put on a race from the early 2000's, its instant anxiety relief.

Art was terrible. Obviously not a moto fan and could never get anyone's name right. Jerry McGrath and Steve Emig probably still laugh about it.

Also not sure why Emig is not doing outdoors. I like him better than Langston.

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8/16/2017 3:02 PM

I'm a huge fan of Art and David. That said, their races - especially outdoor motos - were edited short. Thus, all the dull moments removed. Maybe somebody else would know, but I wouldn't be surprised if they could overdub since the races were aired the following that week.

That said, Art and David did an outstanding job. I met Art when I was 11 at the Dallas SX. He was super nice and friendly. Also, mad respect to all our announcers today. Mute any moto and do some commentary during the race as an experiment. Those guys make it sound way easier than it is.

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8/16/2017 4:49 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/16/2017 4:51 PM

doofy wrote:

Will it ever be that good again? Solid gold. Thank god for youtube, put on a race from the early 2000's, its instant anxiety relief.

I still watch races from then, the best commentary duo mx has ever had. Weege and GL are dong a good job this year though.

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8/16/2017 4:56 PM

Jim Lampley that announced the old Carlsbad USGP's and I believe superbiker's as well. To me...Jim's voice just had that special something , that when he spoke...you listened. I guess that's why he's announcing for HBO boxing now. The guy was awesome.

But Bailey too....awesome to listen too , and his insight and experience....was very hard to beat.

Those were my favorite two.

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8/16/2017 5:01 PM

jeffro503 wrote:

Jim Lampley that announced the old Carlsbad USGP's and I believe superbiker's as well. To me...Jim's voice just had that special something , that when he spoke...you listened. I guess that's why he's announcing for HBO boxing now. The guy was awesome.

But Bailey too....awesome to listen too , and his insight and experience....was very hard to beat.

Those were my favorite two.

I'm in the same boat, The USGP that Ricky Johnson won ane Lampley was announcing was killer. Remember the days of "Make hay while the sunshines"? good o'le Myer

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8/16/2017 5:44 PM

Weege and Langston are better, IMO.

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8/16/2017 6:00 PM

I love Weege, I think he does a great job announcing any motosport. To me the worst is listening to Ricky Johnson!!

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8/16/2017 6:15 PM

Zaugg wrote:

Let's keep this about how awesome Art Eckman and David Bailey were instead of a Ralph and Jeff bash session.

I'll leave this hear for you to enjoy...

731chopper wrote:

Art and David in the final era of two stroke Supercross. It does not get any better than that for me. I play these old races on youtube on the tv in my garage while working on my bikes. It is my happy place.

Me too. Amen!

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8/16/2017 7:06 PM

Langston Weege and Georgia are my favs hands down. Ralph and Emig are alright too just seem a little corny when they both over hype it all the time. Like it's some insane circus show or something.

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8/16/2017 7:06 PM

dsmith wrote:

that supercross video game with art's voice in it was awesome .......

that is what Art and David's voices stirs up in my head, EA sports supercross!!

might have to break out the playstation 2.. haha

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