I bet even all this forum's ITV-haters wouldn't choose Five Live over ITV1 this time...?
I must admit I loathe ITV's commentators - it got to the point where I switched the sound off the ITV picture and put Radio Five on for sound - it was much better (except their commentary IS about a second ahead of the pictures, which was wierd)
I think both the presentation teams are poor this time, probably becuase they haven't been allowed on a trip to Japan/Korea. Des looks decidedly bored, and thoroughy embarrassed by Gazza - the viewing figures for the opening game were appalling, and Des's woodenness at the top of the programme just made me switch off. BBC is no better - Gary Lineker is obviously ill and shouldn't be at work, he sounded like he'd just had his voice pebble-dashed yesterday.
Back on ITV though the Gabby-sofa is a real pain, what with the ads there's little enough time for proper discussion as it is without having this pointless sideshow going on at the other end of the studio.
Both sides are trying to out-do each other with how much padding they can put in before the start of a match - two hours is an awful long time for a programme to be on air and still manage to say nothing constructive.