I absolutely believe that Larry Merchant read the Hatton - Mayweather Prefight Thread and quoted one of my posts in last night's telecast. It would make sense that a commentator would go online and read the websites and even the boards (particularly this one!) before a telecast and I think that the fact that he worded his response the way he did to an obviously planned question from Lampley is the proof. The following is the post, which includes a quote from JD:
Official Mayweather-Hatton Fight Hype Preview Thread on Dec. 6:
JD: "I think we are going to see a close fight, and I think Floyd is going to be more offensive minded than some might expect. I am looking forward to it."
Salvador's response: "Samuel Johnson described remarriage as a triumph of HOPE OVER EXPERIENCE. I love your optimism, but I just can't take the bait. Floyd's beaten it out of me."
And now for the prefight discussion between Lampley and Merchant:
HBO Prefight Analysis, December 8:
Lampley: "Six months ago in this arena, Floyd Mayweather and Oscar de la Hoya smashed all records for financial impact but they fell well short of creating the kind of excitement, particularly that the general public had hoped for in the fight. Can Mayweather and Hatton reach more modest expectations here tonight?"
Merchant: "Possibly, but to predict it would be HOPE OVER EXPERIENCE."
Coincidence?????? I really doubt it. Seriously, "HOPE OVER EXPERIENCE" is a pretty damn unusual way of wording it. And so until I hear otherwise, I'm working under the assumption that my idea made it's way from Fight Hype to the broadcast and I made a mark on one of the biggest fight broadcasts of all time!
I love Larry and I hope he continues calling fights with Lampley until he dies. And tonight he proved himself all over again with another gem: "Ricky Hatton looks like it's always 3rd down and 1 and he's trying to dive across the first down marker." - the very best announcer, along with Lampley, in all of sports!