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?
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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
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