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There’s good news and bad news regarding the announcement of Showtime’s revamped team for the Strikeforce telecasts that begin on April 11th.

The good news? Mauro Ranallo and Stephen Quadros are part of the team. The GREAT news? Bill Goldberg is gone. Nothing personal, but I thought he was brutal on the EliteXC broadcasts. More good news? Legends Frank Shamrock and Pat Miletich will be contributors. The weird news? Mauro looks like Michael Moore after gastric-bypass in the picture I used for this post.

And that brings me to Gus Johnson. I love him during March Madness, but did not enjoy him at all on the CBS Elite shows — especially since Mauro was right next to him. If I had my druthers, Mauro would be the main play-by-play announcer. Back in October I had this to say about Gus and Mauro after the Kimbo defeat:

Gus Johnson compared Petruzelli to Rocky and called the win “the most incredible victory in the history of mixed martial arts.” That’s odd. I didn’t even consider it an upset. Johnson, as much as I love him doing college hoops, simply has to try too hard to do a quality broadcast on the Elite programs.

He had several miscalls on different holds and you can tell he is thinking way too hard before speaking. It’s sore-thumby at best, and painful to listen to at times.

Mauro Ranallo is simply the best at calling MMA – his voice, enthusiasm, knowledge are second to none and he even makes his corny metaphors work and generate laughs. Johnson is superfluous on the telecast. He’s just not needed there.

Here’s hoping Johnson will be better than he was before — I’m definitely rooting for him. And I’m glad I didn’t cancel Showtime!

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