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      Yay for Adam. He's bringing good insights, and these days more often than not manages to contain his overenthusiasm as not to interfere too much with the actual game while still adding colour and depth to it.

      He tended to go over the top quite often a while ago, I don't see much of that anymore. He's always known his stuff, but I think he's maturing further and further in his TT factual knowledge and tactical insight. Added to that, he's so respectful and seems to have a very good standing with most if not all of the pro players he's bound to run into frequently. That's not an easy thing, I believe, because of language and cultural barriers. Props to Adam for effort and result.

      Even so, I wouldn't miss that "dictator" admiration meme.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Suga D View Post
      Well, you might have a point there. But maybe keep in mind that meaning of words always change over time. From negative to positive and vice versa. So sometimes it´s good to keep this in mind, since negativity works very subtile.
      When the Nazis took over my beautiful country at first they didn´t setup concentration camps from day one, instead they operated slowly bit for bit to find acceptance for their daily dosage of hate and then they gradually went up. This can also be found nowadays. Just look around.

      And since hate and negativity work very subtile i rather have something like this in mind:

      Watch your thoughts; they become words.
      Watch your words; they become actions.
      Watch your actions; they become habits.
      Watch your habits; they become character.
      Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

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      I see that some words have different weights for different people, and, although “The Dictator” thing doesn’t bother me, I can clearly understand that it can affect others, and even mix things up for younger people watching (like thinking “Oh, he was a dictator? Was he as good as Ma Long?”), and that is bad.

      I understand your point.

      Also, cannot argue with a Yoda post.

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      Quote Originally Posted by whocarez View Post
      What is the opinion nowadays, is he a good commentator? If he is and wants to improve, then I am sure he will appreciate to get some feedback on the nicknames. Most games I find on youtube are shortened to only show the points anyway, then the commentary makes no sense. At times it is great to have good commentary though, and even spice it up a little by inviting a player to comment too. Unfortunately in many cases the commentary is really boring and useless though.

      About Adam, I think he does such a good job, be it commentating, interviewing or promoting. I actually get bothered when it is another commentator on the game. It is just obvious that he really loves table tennis. In my opinion, he adds a lot to the sport.

      As for highlights replays, I think I don't "absorb" the game as much as watching the full thing, so the matches I really want to see, I tend to go on ITTV to get the full version. Sadly, the lack of time makes me watch more the highlights, though.

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      Ma Long=Ma Long
      Xu Xin=Xu Xin
      Hugo Calderano=Hugo Calderano
      Tomokazu Harimoto =Screaming kid

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      SUN WEN = JOHN
      No one else can draw his bat as fast as him to execute a powerful FH.
      He's JOHN WEN

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      So.. Adam refers to Fan Zhendong as “Shaopong” (or maybe that would be spelled Xiaopong?). Anyway, what does that mean?

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      FAN Zhendong - "TOM"

      The FAN TOM

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      Quote Originally Posted by BryanY View Post
      So.. Adam refers to Fan Zhendong as “Shaopong” (or maybe that would be spelled Xiaopong?). Anyway, what does that mean?
      I think it's Xiao Pang and it means "Little Fatty"... Lovely name isn't it?

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      If only Harimoto would use the tomahawk serve... then he could be Toma Hawkimoto

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      we have a new one. " The silent assassin "

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      The Antichist. The Ladykiller. The Zodiac Spinner. Herr Flick. Daddy Longlegs. The Spiderwoman. The Blue Angel. Agent Orange. The Willing Sinner.

      It’s not that hard to come up with cool sounding fun nicknames. As long as you don’t bother a second thought as to their meaning. Or more, their significance and connotation.

      Clever. As any fool should be. Yet a fool should be more than clever; some wisdom is required too.

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      I have one ... Xu Xin .. "Showman from Shanghai"
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      Quote Originally Posted by lVegita View Post
      About Adam, I think he does such a good job, be it commentating, interviewing or promoting. I actually get bothered when it is another commentator on the game. It is just obvious that he really loves table tennis. In my opinion, he adds a lot to the sport.
      It's a culture thing. Where Bobrow is from, making an ass out of yourself is perfectly acceptable and a means of drawing admiration. Where I come from, behaving like a grown-up is valued.

      Personally, his commentary drives me insane. Needless whooping and hollering, inane commentary, pointless asides and attention seeking joking.

      See what I mean? It's a culture thing.

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      Quote Originally Posted by purpletiesto View Post
      One of the best chinese DotA players ever, Xiao8, is called The Dictator in Chinese media... Also called The Director. Both sound corny and Americanised
      Finally I found someone who plays dota as well as table-tennis, hard to find

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      Quote Originally Posted by bircham boi View Post
      It's a culture thing. Where Bobrow is from, making an ass out of yourself is perfectly acceptable and a means of drawing admiration. Where I come from, behaving like a grown-up is valued.

      Personally, his commentary drives me insane. Needless whooping and hollering, inane commentary, pointless asides and attention seeking joking.
      highlighted the keyword. It's not a culture thing, it's a preference thing. Either that or your culture doesn't recognize any kind of comic performance and showmanship.
      the commentator lists Grand Slam winners, calls JOW John Oev Wellner, LGL Louis Goodland (not kidding)

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      Bobrow has his own style which is quite different from the others.

      We only hear criticism from a few.

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      Quote Originally Posted by purpletiesto View Post
      One of the best chinese DotA players ever, Xiao8, is called The Dictator in Chinese media... Also called The Director. Both sound corny and Americanised
      The Director, yes. The Dictator, no.

      All references to "The Dictator" that I could find are in English. Couldn't come up with one in Chinese. One poster claims "The Dictator" actually started as a mistake.

      OTOH, "the Director" started as a meme and is related to the backstory about how Xiao8 "orchestrated" a plot with 3 other members to drive another long-time member out of the team.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Atas Newton View Post
      highlighted the keyword. It's not a culture thing, it's a preference thing. Either that or your culture doesn't recognize any kind of comic performance and showmanship.
      Just a few thoughts:

      1. Personally, my culture is Australian, with an English background. My preferences tend to align with those of other Australians. Personally, I have more in common with other Australians rather than Indians, Greeks or Vietnamese. My taste in curry is milder than the average Indian, I prefer beer to ouzo, I don't like motorbikes as much as the Vietnamese. These are all my preferences which are consistent with my culture.

      2. Culture is real. Australian culture is real. Having said, not all Australians like the same thing. Some of us do like loud and obnoxious screaming into the microphone at sporting events. However, even with the increasing Americanisation of the entire globe, most of us still prefer a more considered approach to sports commentary.

      3. Australians do have a sense of humour and are sometimes inclined to showmanship. Not often, however.

      What is the difference between yoghurt and Australia?
      Yoghurt has some culture.

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      Quote Originally Posted by zeio View Post
      The Director, yes. The Dictator, no.

      All references to "The Dictator" that I could find are in English. Couldn't come up with one in Chinese. One poster claims "The Dictator" actually started as a mistake.

      OTOH, "the Director" started as a meme and is related to the backstory about how Xiao8 "orchestrated" a plot with 3 other members to drive another long-time member out of the team.
      I feel you

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