Category Archives: Audibles

Short, quick-hit comments about on one of the day’s events in the sports world

The SkyCam Sham

Last night’s telecast of Thursday Night Football featured the presumed innovation of showing the majority of the game from the SkyCam angle. With a few exceptions, most of the plays were shot from the perspective of the camera floating above the field on a couple of wires.

This was supposed to be a good idea.

So how’d it go? Admittedly, I only watched brief stretches of the game–there was a Dubs game on last night, plus, seriously, who wanted to look at a Broncos-Colts match?–but I saw enough to form something of an intelligent opinion.

The early returns are not encouraging. Continue reading The SkyCam Sham

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Monday Spites Football

It’s halftime of the Kings-Warriors game as I write this. Tonight’s Dubs game represents the fourth out of the last five Mondays to see the defending NBA champions play a game. The three most recent of those games were home games for the Warriors, meaning they had at least some say in the scheduling of those games; start times for sure, if not the actual dates.

A quick look forward at the schedule shows that the Warriors will also be playing each of the next four Mondays; that is to say, each Monday in December, including the Christmas day matchup against the Cavaliers. That means the team will be playing on all but one Monday in November and December.

So what? So this: the Warriors, and a lot of other teams in leagues other than the NFL, almost never used to play on Monday nights in November and December. This scheduling intrusion indicates that the assault on the NFL’s elevated status continues apace. It means, quite simply, that no one is afraid of the NFL anymore. Continue reading Monday Spites Football

The Sports TV Mystery Machine

The DFR has been on a bit of an Extendo-Break lately–maybe more like an Extendo-Nap, to be honest–so I’ve been letting any number of things that have been percolating through the sports world slide on past without comment.

 

Thus, instead of trying to chase down the latest outrage to comment on until it cries ‘uncle,’ my thoughts turn to something more like a perennial topic:

How in the hell do the game broadcasts, across all sports and networks, manage to sync up the commercial breaks so perfectly?
Continue reading The Sports TV Mystery Machine

A Muted Sound Of Thunder

On an idle Thursday night, I happened to tune in to the second half of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets game on TNT. To the surprise of seemingly everyone–except yours truly–the Thunder are not playing like the new superteam that they were supposed to be.

The conventional wisdom going into the season would have had the newly reformulated Thunder easily handling the Nuggets. Instead, Denver pulled away from OKC and sent the struggling Thunder to a fourth straight loss. The presumed “big three” of Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Paul George are now looking that much further up at the Nuggets from last place in the Northwest Division.

It wasn’t supposed to be like that, for sure. The apologists are saying that the new-look Thunder just haven’t gelled yet; that once they get to know each other, they will surely right the ship and take their place as at least the third, and maybe even the second, best team in the West.

This result is a surprise, if you look at the thing as adding two All-Stars to a third. However, if you view the new additions, Anthony and George, in terms of accomplishment, the wisdom of the move suddenly becomes much less clear. Continue reading A Muted Sound Of Thunder

Fool’s Gild

A brief observation to put a bow on the just-concluded MLB season:

When the Los Angeles Dodgers picked up Yu Darvish at the trade deadline, it seemed like a superfluous addition. They were rolling to a dominating NL West title, things were going great, and it hardly seemed necessary to add Darvish, considered then one of the premier available pitchers in baseball. I even said so at the time and in this space.

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Yu Darvish: thanks for coming, chief, you lost us a championship

The Darvish acquisition made it perfectly clear that the Dodgers were going for it this year, and that nothing less than a World Series championship would be acceptable for LA’s team.

It’s one thing, then, that the team fell short of their goal. But it’s quite another, and a real eye-opener, to conclude that it was Darvish who almost singlehandedly sabotaged the Dodgers’ chances of winning in the World Series. Continue reading Fool’s Gild