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COMMENTATOR: Kevin Windham.
Feld Motorsports did a commendable
effort of showcasing Supercross live.
The usual suspects—Ralph Shaheen
and Jeff Emig—were in the booth.
Shaheen was his usual blabbering
self, making painfully obvious statements that insulted the intelligence
of even the most casual observer.
Jeff Emig, on the other hand,
continued to be a revelation. Emig
brought fresh insight and did a
masterful job of acting as the safety
net for the clueless Shaheen.
This year the Fox Sports
producers experimented with a
number of different guest commen-
tators. Ricky Carmichael made his
return, much to the delight of those
who enjoyed the ribbing that RC
and Emig gave each other through-
out the show. At times the joking
became monotonous, like fraternity
brothers jawing about their esca-
pades. Jeremy McGrath, the king of
Supercross, also took a few turns in
front of the camera. It could have
been the rocky history between
McGrath and Emig, who were
bitter rivals during their racing days,
but the two never jelled together.
McGrath didn’t bring a whole lot to
the package. Kevin Windham, on the
other hand, was excellent. Windham
was spot-on, aside from plugging
his sponsors. “That Geico Honda is
looking really good tonight” was a
Jeff Emig should take over Ralph
Shaheen’s gig as the play-by-play
commentator, with Kevin Windham
doing the color commentating. It
would be advantageous to keep
those two personalities in the booth
and move away from a guest
commentator. We’d much rather see
K-Dub safe and sound in the booth
as opposed to risking life and limb
by hucking massive transfer sections
in the opening ceremonies.
As much as we loved watching Kevin
Windham leap over rhythm sections
during the opening ceremonies, his
talents are better served inside the