Paul Sherwin, Sherwin Liggett, Sherwin Leggett discussed on San Francisco Chronicle Sports - Spoken Edition
You're listening to the spoken edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. Without cycling commentator, Paul Sherwin summer won't sound the same summer is going to sound different over the weekend, beloved cycling commentator, Paul Sherwin died at his home in Uganda at age sixty two the causes suspected to be heart. Failure Sherwin a former British cycling champion and toward a France domestic became well known to American audiences for pairing with Phil Liggett to provide commentary on the tour to France, while the achievements now tainted of Lance Armstrong captured the imagination of the American public and caused a cycling boom that easy and entertaining commentary of Sherwin Liggett kept us watching through the scandals and beyond and while the taint of doping remained stuck to the sport. Even if we can't always quite believe what we see. It is always been a treat to watch the broadcast the tour to France. And then later, the tour of California has been compelling entertainment, part grueling sport event and part gorgeous travelogue, always comes. Need by the smart funny and intelligent, commentary of Sherwin Leggett. I met Sherwin in two thousand four when I hopped onto the final week of the tour de France to see Armstrong break the record for most victories in the world's most famous cycling race. I spoke to Sherwin in league in the press room before the time trial up Albadou as and as their fans would expect. They were gracious filling in a novice about the legendary climb and its place in cycling history. Liggett thirteen years throw-in senior generally received most of the credit for his emotional, witty commentary and phrases like digging into his suitcase of courage, but Sherwin was the ballast on the team keeping it on track. Dropping in historical tidbits on both cycling and countryside. This castle was built in fifteen seventy on Roman ruins Eddy Merckx once pulled over here for a nature break the to describe themselves as an old married. Couple traveling stage two stage in the same car. Perfectly in rhythm with each other. They were such a joy to listen to that one could tune into the tour. France early on July morning, just to see what was happening and still being thrilled. Three hours later. That's what makes great sports commentary. The ability to keep you entertained, even when the action isn't always compelling to make you feel like old friends are telling you, it's happening summer won't be the same without Sherwin and Killian is a San Francisco Chronicle columnist Email a Killian at SF chronicle dot com Twitter at and Killian.