Fred Huber for The Paris Review:
And, on British television, the commentators’ linguistic repertoires don’t feel as inhibited; there’s more room for an occasional flourish. Why can’t we have a color analyst like Ray Hudson, who, in his exuberance, will announce that we’ve just witnessed “a Bernini sculpture of a goal,” or claim that watching Lionel Messi “softens the hard corners of our lives”?
The problem with exuberant commentary is when it goes overboard or is focused on the wrong things, e.g. referees. Nevertheless, it’s better than bland clichés.