Category Archives: Television

Talking a Good Game

Before the College World Series slips away after tonight’s deciding Game 3, I must follow up on this space’s previous post about the NCAA’s baseball championship and make a few comments on the one talent who may be the find of the whole tournament: ESPN color analyst Kyle Peterson.

Before watching the Super Regionals, I had never heard Peterson’s work on any baseball coverage. Undoubtedly, that is due to my bias towards the pro game. But having heard Peterson’s on-air calls of several games in both the Super Regionals and at Omaha, I can pronounce him a revelation, and myself a fan of his style.

And it sure would be nice if more broadcasters followed his lead. Continue reading Talking a Good Game

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Worldwide Regional Coverage

Thanks to a busy schedule this past weekend, I didn’t get a chance to check the Oakland-Toronto score until well after the game ended on Sunday. I picked up my phone and, for some weird reason, decided to visit ESPN.com to check the score.

When I pulled up the scoreboard off the home page, here’s what I got under the MLB section:

ESPN.com mobile screenshot
Screenshot of mobile ESPN.com’s scoreboard (MLB section) on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Notice anything about those scores? If you do, you see a summary of what has gone so horribly wrong with ESPN in these last several years. Continue reading Worldwide Regional Coverage

Showing Too Much Constraint

Despite this blog’s title, I really do try to just appreciate the world of sports. I really do. But just when I think that I can let the deficiencies and annoyances slide, I’m slapped in the face with something so egregious that I have to bare the fangs and the claws again. 

The latest effrontery? Nine of the most hateful words in all of sports broadcasting: 

“Due to time constraints, we move ahead in our game.”

Continue reading Showing Too Much Constraint

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

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