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|TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2014 - “'Impossible' is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.” Napoleon Bonaparte
I've long noted how much I despise the tendency of the TV people to
conduct interviews or just chat away while a game's going on, as if
they're the hosts of a radio talk show.
But from what I've observed, and from what others have told me, it's getting even worse.
A kid lay injured on the turf in a high school game Sunday, but the
press box buffoons went on and on about the movie they're
promoting, "When the Game Stands Tall." Only after a couple of
minutes of the blather did one of them say, "There's a player injured…"
I missed the telecast of the Eastern Washington-Sam Houston State game
(on ESPN), but I'm told that a major part of it was devoted not to what
was happening on the field, but - with a whole season still to play - a
discussion of who's going to be in THE PLAYOFF (brought to us, of
course, by ESPN).
I used to wonder why ESPN would pay good money for the rights to
televise a game, and then proceed to let their announcers and sideline
reporters act as if the game itself didn't matter. But not any
longer - now, it's clear that they only bought the rights to the game
as a vehicle to promote future programming. They draw us suckers
in to watch a game, and then we're a captive audience for their
non-stop jabbering about an upcoming ESPN special or - expect to hear
this over the coming weeks until you're ready to retch - THE PLAYOFF!
By the way, it is VERY important to them that you know that it is "Playoff" (singular), NOT "Playoffs" (plural).
You've been told.
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