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Stevo: I will retire from commentary in three years

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Stevo: I will retire from commentary in three years

An ex player of great repute, Mike “Stevo” Stephenson has been the face and voice of Sky Sports’ Rugby League coverage for over two decades. Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Jones-Buchanan discusses the journalism career of a man that by his own admission splits opinion right down the middle.

http://www.totalrl.com/web/stevo-rugby-league-mike-stephenson-interview/

(First published in Rugby League World issue 396)
http://www.pocketmags.com/viewmagazine.aspx?titleid=551&title=Rugby+League+World

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Does he expect to still be employed as a commentator for 3 years!

As a journalist fine but god help us if Sky continue to use him in his current role. Mike think again, this statement comes across as very self important.

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please  say  it's  true  not  just  another  april  fool.i'm  not  for  wishing  ones  life  away  but  in  this  case  roll  on.

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both should retire as from now ....get vossy in he was superb during world cup

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Does he expect to still be employed as a commentator for 3 years!

As a journalist fine but god help us if Sky continue to use him in his current role. Mike think again, this statement comes across as very self important.

 

Presumably he's said that because that's how long his contract is and he was asked about it as he was being interviewed about his career. It's not like he's released a statement out of nowhere proclaiming this!

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I heard he's waiting for his beloved Dewsbury to make their bow in Super League.

Looks like they'll be wheeling him out of the commentary booth in a wooden box if thats the case then.

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Another three years of Stevo.  That's terrible, terrible news for rugby league.

 

It's interesting what he says though, about never being taken aside and spoken to by anyone at Sky about his godawfulness - which only confirms my view that Neville Smith needs to go before anyone has the bottle to tell Eddie & Stevo they are well past their sell-by date.

 

Another three years of Stevo.  Just too depressing...

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I like Stevo, I'm sure I'm in the minority, but oh well.

Same here :) Another 3 years sounds good to me!

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Same here :) Another 3 years sounds good to me!

Yeah, great news if you want to put off three years' worth of enthusiastic RL supporters from turning their sound up while Sky matches are on!

 

It's much better news for the BBC because those of us who no longer listen to the old buffer are tuning in to Five Live and boosting their listening figures.

 

Although I do think Sky subscribers should get compensation.

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Eddie and Stevo made 'Wide to West' even more exciting with their commentary whereas Ray Warren made Shaun Kenny-Dowalls interception try in the 99th minute seem quite ordinary with his commentary, see here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhGEldMGoSM

 

Like I say, I like Stevo, he's even in my sig!

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Yeah, great news if you want to put off three years' worth of enthusiastic RL supporters from turning their sound up while Sky matches are on!

 

It's much better news for the BBC because those of us who no longer listen to the old buffer are tuning in to Five Live and boosting their listening figures.

 

Although I do think Sky subscribers should get compensation.

:biggrin:

 

I've always found him to be very personable and his presence helped me to get into the sport as a youngster. His enthusiasm and eccentricity have always appealed to me, and compared to a boring fart like Stuart Barnes I'd rather listen to the good Mr Stephenson any day of the week.

 

I do wish he would revert back to using some of his old catchphrases though. I'd be very happy if we get to hear 'I'll put the house on it' plenty of times over the next 3 years (I'm not trolling btw, I'm completely serious).

 

Keep up the good work and bring back those trademark catchphrases Stevo!! I hope to get my copy of 'Stevo: Looking Back' autographed one day B)

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I'm also a fan of Stevo, and Eddie also. It's Cullen that needs to stop it.

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I didn't used to mind him when I was younger and in the early 2000's when I was old enough to start understanding what was happening on an RL pitch but as time has gone on my patience with him as a commentator has worn thin.

The cliches are getting tiresome. 'Try something different like a chip over the top' is the one which bugs me especially when he still says it when the full back is in a great position to anticipate a chip over the top. The ranting on a refs decision really does bug me also. If an official makes a mistake he will rant on it for such an excessive amount of time. Even if a brilliant piece of skill happens (or skill factor as one of his cliches goes) he still refers back to the refereeing decision. Another thing is his decision to never change his opinion no matter what evidence arises. It is very irritating and really does annoy me especially when he doesn't shut up about it. All these things happen frequently in a game and it really does make the game a worse experience to watch.

Just to be clear I am criticising Stevo as a commentator not as a person at all. His passion for the game is quite frankly not matched by many other people. He truly wants what is best for the sport. His articles and analysis on situations is thoughtful and we'll explained. I do hope he gets recognition from the palace for his involvement with rugby league. But I just think his days as a commentator are well and truly over.

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Part of the problem with Stevo is the catchphrases,you know that an hour into the game you Will hear "they need to try something different,maybe a little chip over the top" etc,etc.He's become a caricature,fresh ideas are needed for Rugby League commentary at Sky.

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Eddie and Stevo made 'Wide to West' even more exciting with their commentary

That was all Eddie, to be fair.  Stevo wisely stayed quiet. 

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I didn't used to mind him when I was younger and in the early 2000's when I was old enough to start understanding what was happening on an RL pitch but as time has gone on my patience with him as a commentator has worn thin.

The cliches are getting tiresome. 'Try something different like a chip over the top' is the one which bugs me especially when he still says it when the full back is in a great position to anticipate a chip over the top. The ranting on a refs decision really does bug me also. If an official makes a mistake he will rant on it for such an excessive amount of time. Even if a brilliant piece of skill happens (or skill factor as one of his cliches goes) he still refers back to the refereeing decision. Another thing is his decision to never change his opinion no matter what evidence arises. It is very irritating and really does annoy me especially when he doesn't shut up about it. All these things happen frequently in a game and it really does make the game a worse experience to watch.

Just to be clear I am criticising Stevo as a commentator not as a person at all. His passion for the game is quite frankly not matched by many other people. He truly wants what is best for the sport. His articles and analysis on situations is thoughtful and we'll explained. I do hope he gets recognition from the palace for his involvement with rugby league. But I just think his days as a commentator are well and truly over.

Me too bud. An MBE would probably be the most likely, but 'Sir Stevo' does have a lovely ring to it!

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:biggrin:

 

I've always found him to be very personable and his presence helped me to get into the sport as a youngster. His enthusiasm and eccentricity have always appealed to me, and compared to a boring fart like Stuart Barnes I'd rather listen to the good Mr Stephenson any day of the week.

 

I do wish he would revert back to using some of his old catchphrases though. I'd be very happy if we get to hear 'I'll put the house on it' plenty of times over the next 3 years (I'm not trolling btw, I'm completely serious).

 

Keep up the good work and bring back those trademark catchphrases Stevo!! I hope to get my copy of 'Stevo: Looking Back' autographed one day B)

 

I'm guessing this is an April's Fool..?

 

He's a robot - repeating the same old Stevo-cliches again and again, year-in year-out, with zero analytical insight.  I've heard everything he's ever said, at least a thousand times over - and almost all of it was utter bilge. 

 

Next time you listen to his commentary, really concentrate - nothing makes any sense, and you've heard it all before. I could list dozens of his repeated verbal idiocies, he's that predictable. 

 

Sky's Rugby League coverage is the shop window for the game - and sadly we've put a know-nothing buffoon centre-stage and given him a microphone and another three years on his contract.  It's simply not good enough to have a little chuckle about what a 'character' he is - he makes the game and the people who play it look simple-minded, and drowns out others who know far, far more. 

 

As simple as that - as Stevo says after almost all his ridiculous statements.

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They annoy me at times, but overall I don't have too much of an issue with them.

 

I'm not convinced anybody would be good enough for RL tbh - I liked Voss, but he still played it for laughs far too much - I prefer commentators to treat us like adults and talk about the game and throw in some stats and facts.

 

I think one of the slight issues with the Sky team is that as they do pretty much every game together it just comes across as a bunch of mates covering the games - tbh sometimes that works but I do understand why some people find them annoying.

 

What I would say is I have never heard a neutral have a major issue with them, and certainly nobody has turned off because of the commentators that I know of, it is people who know more about the game and disagree with their approach that seem to have the issues with them.

 

I think we should relax a little.

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They annoy me at times, but overall I don't have too much of an issue with them.

 

I'm not convinced anybody would be good enough for RL tbh - I liked Voss, but he still played it for laughs far too much - I prefer commentators to treat us like adults and talk about the game and throw in some stats and facts.

 

I think one of the slight issues with the Sky team is that as they do pretty much every game together it just comes across as a bunch of mates covering the games - tbh sometimes that works but I do understand why some people find them annoying.

 

What I would say is I have never heard a neutral have a major issue with them, and certainly nobody has turned off because of the commentators that I know of, it is people who know more about the game and disagree with their approach that seem to have the issues with them.

 

I think we should relax a little.

 

I think this is about right as usual Dave. Both occasionally get on my baps (especially Eddie), but that's due to familiarity as much as anything, and I'm yet to hear the RL commentator that wouldn't have the same effect on me if I heard them for 4+ hours a week, every week.

 

I also like Ray Warren, but agree with those who say he can be a little too passive at times, even in the face of the quality RL he commentates on each week. As for Phil Gould, he comes out with nearly as much rubbish as Stevo.

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I think this is about right as usual Dave. Both occasionally get on my baps (especially Eddie), but that's due to familiarity as much as anything, and I'm yet to hear the RL commentator that wouldn't have the same effect on me if I heard them for 4+ hours a week, every week.

 

I also like Ray Warren, but agree with those who say he can be a little too passive at times, even in the face of the quality RL he commentates on each week. As for Phil Gould, he comes out with nearly as much rubbish as Stevo.

A great way of putting it I think!

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The one I hate is "they've got to utilise the dummy runners,"

Decent RL teams haven't had dummy runners for years just alternative options. It shows that the game has left him in the past.

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The one I hate is "they've got to utilise the dummy runners,"

Decent RL teams haven't had dummy runners for years just alternative options. It shows that the game has left him in the past.

If they utilised them then they wouldn't be dummy runners surely  :scratchhead:

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I preferred the Premier Sports approach.  There was humour injected into the commentary but most of all there was commentary.  No buffoonary, no mindless catchphrases, no obsessing with every referee decision, just good old fashioned commentary: intelligent, articulate, knowledgeable, with a bit of humour and background thrown in now and again. 

 

I miss Championship games on Premier Sports.  Having those matches to watch each week took the sting out of the uninformative, largely mindless blathering that Sky mistake for match commentary.

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