The Observer

The Observer

Commentating may seem easy to those sitting at home on the couch, but as Damien Smith found out, actually doing it is another matter. Especially when 50 million people are tuning in...

Commentators are like goalkeepers: When they do their job well, people rarely talk about them. But when they slip up and get it wrong, they are prime fodder for a good kicking. It just goes with the territory.

You need a thick skin to stand in the firing line between the posts, and the same is true for those behind the mic. No matter how good you are, there will be days when you make a fumble - and then all you can do is put your hard-hat on and accept your punishment!

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