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Farewell

  • 06-01-2014 9:17pm
    #1
    Registered Users Posts: 5,737 ✭✭✭ jacothelad


    .....to George Hook.


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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 17,925 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CatFromHue


    ??


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,221 Ugo Monye spacecraft experience


    cya George, like his newstalk show so in that respect I'll be sad to see him go but not for his rugby punditry

    Met him once before and he was an utter gent


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,737 ✭✭✭ jacothelad


    CatFromHue wrote: »
    ??
    He's retiring after the RWC so I'm getting my goodbyes in before he changes his mind.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 17,925 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CatFromHue


    That's ages away though!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,906 jamiedav2011


    It's finally happening!
    Good riddance to you George, you odious little man.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,604 ✭✭✭ ScissorPaperRock


    Miss you already George ♥ :(


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,415 Swiwi.


    Is it correct that ROG may replace him in the studio? I'd be happy with that, I like ROG's analysis, and at least ROG is not deliberately negative/provocative as his modus operandi. Him & Horgan go well together IMO. A bit of Munster & Leinster niggle, but not in a tedious boards.ie kind of way...


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,355 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    Remember, no abuse of players / pundits / commentators as per the charter.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    I perked up when I saw the headline.....but he won't be going for ages.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Jesus jaco don't frighten us like that, I thought you were leaving! :eek:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,337 ✭✭✭✭ mfceiling


    I'm going to get ripped here, but i like him....on the radio.

    I've said it before - if you look at him on tv, he is slouched and has a permanent frown on his face, which alters his tone of voice. Compare this to him on the radio where he is upright and generally in good form - some of the banter with his guests is great (ripping the piss out of dave mcintyre on the friday afternoon show is a personal favourite of mine).

    The whole carry on with him on RTE is basically a charade, in which he portrays himself as someone who believes rugby nowadays is rubbish, and that it only was a decent game when he was a lad.

    I can take him or leave him on RTE but on Newstalk i do enjoy the oul git!!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,309 former legend


    I'm sorry but a pundit announcing his intention to retire after the World Cup? FFS.

    Typical of Hook in recent years, his punditry has long since been one-dimensional and ill-informed, more about promoting the Hooky brand than any serious analysis of the game. Is he hoping RTE will do a ROG-style tribute to him?

    But on another note, the likely candidates to replace him on the panel are Sheahan and Quinlan, so I'd almost be inclined to get a petition going to keep George on...


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Tremenjus for the win!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,604 ✭✭✭ ScissorPaperRock


    But on another note, the likely candidates to replace him on the panel are Sheahan and Quinlan, so I'd almost be inclined to get a petition going to keep George on...

    Oh shít. So it's one of those 'be careful what you wish for situations'.

    To be honest, I can't see it being Sheehan or Quinlan. They're both too raw and generally bad at punditry. It would be great if Eddie was brought in, though it's probably unlikely. In saying that, there seems to be a media push recently to get EOS more involved in the game here in Ireland again.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,305 ✭✭✭ Dave_The_Sheep


    As mfceiling said, he's actually quite good on the radio. I tune in most days on the way home from work, his Michael Graham shows, and the Friday Right Hook are my highlights. I've got a fair bit of time for him there.

    Far less so, his rugby "contribution". I won't miss him there.

    I wonder who they'll get in in his place.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,415 Swiwi.


    As mfceiling said, he's actually quite good on the radio. I tune in most days on the way home from work, his Michael Graham shows, and the Friday Right Hook are my highlights. I've got a fair bit of time for him there.

    Far less so, his rugby "contribution". I won't miss him there.

    I wonder who they'll get in in his place.

    Time for a poll!


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,264 Fireball07


    Jesus jaco don't frighten us like that, I thought you were leaving! :eek:

    This was also my first thought! I was, on the whole, relieved when I heard it was Hook :p


    Maybe Jaco can take Hook's place?


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,498 ✭✭✭✭ thebaz


    cya George, like his newstalk show so in that respect I'll be sad to see him go but not for his rugby punditry

    Met him once before and he was an utter gent

    spot on , don't like his rugby sterotypical punditry - but in person , a gent


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 658 jjpep


    Anyone I've known who's meet him have nothing but nice things to say about him but I find both his punditry and radio show just to be a load of hot air and guff. I kinda get the impression that he seems to know this at least at some level though, and hey, FairPlay to the guy for making a living off it!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,070 ✭✭✭ Heroditas


    It's finally happening!
    Good riddance to you George, you odious little man.


    Little? Are you the size of an elephant? :pac:


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  • Hosted Moderators Posts: 6,355 ✭✭✭ fitz


    Bit of a wait.
    Hopefully it'll mean a full shakeup of RTE's rugby coverage.

    Bring on the Shaggy/ROG/O'Shea panel chaired by Joanne Cantwell.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,997 Grimebox


    Got an awful fright there thinking he had passed away :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,822 Morf


    Swiwi. wrote: »
    Time for a poll!

    How many options of "Axel Foley" should we have?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 378 ✭✭ ConFurioso


    Any one of ROG, Horgan or EOS replacing him would be nice. Or two of them and send popey down to the touch line.

    George is staying on the radio til 2016, isn't he?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,699 bamboozle


    ConFurioso wrote: »
    Any one of ROG, Horgan or EOS replacing him would be nice. Or two of them and send popey down to the touch line.

    George is staying on the radio til 2016, isn't he?

    what about BOD to replace him? I'm sure RTE would want him though he's always struck me as a good fit for Sky's rugby.

    I listen to the right hook less and less, he always gives off this air of false knowledge on everything he's talking about while at the same time you can hear him shuffling the notes his researchers have made.

    Plus if i want to get views on American politics and all things america i'll tune into an american radio station, though i do enjoy when he does his 'america' slots and ramps up his wannabe yank twang.

    Still beats RTE radio though!


  • Registered Users Posts: 707 ✭✭✭ Timothy Bryce


    bamboozle wrote: »
    what about BOD to replace him? I'm sure RTE would want him though he's always struck me as a good fit for Sky's rugby.

    I listen to the right hook less and less, he always gives off this air of false knowledge on everything he's talking about while at the same time you can hear him shuffling the notes his researchers have made.

    Plus if i want to get views on American politics and all things america i'll tune into an american radio station, though i do enjoy when he does his 'america' slots and ramps up his wannabe yank twang.

    Still beats RTE radio though!

    I think I read somewhere that when BOD was doing punditry in the Aviva for Sky a couple of years back they found him far too technical in his analysis. They weren't big fans apparently.

    This could all be complete nonsense given it's based on something I *think* I read on the internet a long time ago!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,244 ✭✭✭ rrpc


    I suspect that this announcement is to stave off any possible 'early retirement' he may be offered. By naming a date it makes it difficult for either station to replace him before those dates.

    His radio show can be both good and profoundly irritating. He has a terrible habit of starting a question, meandering around for a bit and trailing off into meaningless clichés before allowing his guest to speak. It often seems as if he's forgotten the question before he's finished asking it and makes up for it by waffling to a standstill.


  • Registered Users Posts: 414 ✭✭ DeDoc


    Good riddance. He's a clown. I don't care if he is (or isn't - I've heard both) a nice man in person. He is a disgrace as a pundit on the national broadcaster and does significant damage to both the image and knowledge of rugby for the average punter. Hopefully he takes McGurk with him.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,906 jamiedav2011


    DeDoc wrote: »
    Good riddance. He's a clown. I don't care if he is (or isn't - I've heard both) a nice man in person. He is a disgrace as a pundit on the national broadcaster and does significant damage to both the image and knowledge of rugby for the average punter. Hopefully he takes McGurk with him.

    This x 1 million.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 24,750 ✭✭✭✭ emmet02




    Will genuinely miss him.

    Will not miss the misinformation and Hook-isms spouted as fact by casual fans though.


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