In the midst of all the goings on over last weekend, something interesting and unexpected showed up my TV.
It wasn’t the French Open results, which deserve a post all their own.
It wasn’t the aftermath of the Warriors’ second consecutive NBA title, as entertaining as that was.
Nor was it the celebration that happened in the wake of the Capitals’ Stanley Cup breakthrough.
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College teams are headed for Omaha…and so may a lot of MLB viewers
No, it was–amazingly enough–college baseball, specifically the NCAA Super Regionals. And the games I saw made me wonder: where has this been all my life?
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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.”
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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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Camera Work From Camera Jerks
Postseason, regular season, any season–it doesn’t matter: greed never has an off-season.
I call this truism to everyone’s attention because I just noticed a new money-grubbing wrinkle while watching game 1 of the ALCS on FS1: the computer-imposed ads, usually seen behind home plate on the backstop, have now metastasized onto the batter’s eye in center field.
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The Song Remains A Pain
If you asked me why I tuned in to this year’s U.S. Open, I could probably enumerate 750 reasons for my viewership, and the words “Shania” and “Twain” would never come up.
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Shania Twain: another example of a terrible trend in sports broadcasting
Likewise, if and when I tune in to Sunday Night Football, I will do so with absolutely no interest whom they have singing their execrable theme song. (Possibly still Carrie underwood, but I make vigorous attempts to ignore and/or miss the opening, so I’m not entirely sure.)
In fact, I never care about someone’s music when I turn on any sort of sporting event–because I tune in for, you know, the sports.
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