Friday, May 9, 2008

RATE IT! I'm on Setanta Sports

I have a love/hate relationship with Setanta Sports. The Canadian version, available on digital, is a god-send in that it broadcasts practically all the English Premiership soccer games. Yet, Setanta is also a pain in the a** for its lack of half-time programming, annoying filler music (am I the only one who thinks it sounds like a rejected Spice Girls instrumental?) and repetitive on air promos. 

The balance, however, does tip in the favour of RATE IT all because of a puppet. I haven't loved a marionette this much since Jerome the Giraffe on the Friendly Giant. Setanta's interstitials starring former Chelsea FC manager, Jose Mourinho as a puppet (now there's a metaphor!) are the work of genius!! His "I'm on Setanta Sports" fillers make up for all the boring matches (Derby! Fulham! West Ham!) clogging the Setanta schedule. Add in "guest appearances" by Sven Goran Eriksson and Wayne Rooney, and the stage is set for a hilarious tv moment. I love "The Special One" -- even if he is just a puppet!

Final verdict: As Jose would say, "Be champions!" And yes, he really IS fantastic!

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