OBSERVATIONS FROM A WEEKEND OF WATCHING FOOTBALL

11 01 2009

Best pitch man ever?

Best pitch man ever?

By Joe Mitchell

Sports teams have two colors. Green & White. Sliver & Black. Burgundy & Gold.

It is one of the basic principles of sport.

Someone please explain the Tennessee Titans. Their two colors seem to be Blue & Blue.

Your two colors cannot be different shades of the same color. Duh.

I don’t know if Peyton Manning is the best quarterback ever. He may be.

But he is certainly the best athlete pitch man ever. I love his ads. And consequently, I like him. He is genuine and funny without being goofy in his ads.

Eli, on the other hand, is a dweeb.

In the 2nd quarter of the Ravens-Titans game, Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs got into a shouting match with Titans’ players. On the next play, Suggs got hurt. As he lay on the field, the Titan fans cheer loudly. No comment from the announcers or from anyone that I have heard. You know my thought. What if this had happened in Philadelphia?

We would never have heard the end of it. “They booed Santa Claus and they cheer injured players.”

In your college journalism and communications classes you may have been taught about a guy named Marshall McLuhan, who 50 years ago said “Television is a vast wasteland”.

Well if he was right, the vastest wastestland on television is NFL pre-game shows.

Who watches these? I have not in years, except when Saturday playoff games start late in the afternoon and I put on the broadcast because there is nothing else on.

These shows have nothing to say. They are irrelevant and antiquated and have ceased to serve a purpose. ESPN and the NFL network do pre-game seven days a week. The extensive list of ex-players and unemployed coaches on these shows have nothing to add.

The Giants had a bad weekend. You may have heard that the Eagles beat them in the playoffs. Eli is still a dweeb. And then the cruelest cut of all. While the NFL playoffs were taking place on Sunday, Giant great and manly-man Tiki Barber was at the Golden Globe awards reporting from the red carpet. Not from the locker room or the sidelines.

He was on the red carpet asking questions about gowns and sequins.

If a sports broadcast stinks, it is probably on FOX. The network outdid itself with its coverage of the BCS bowl games and championship game. FOX carries no college football all year and then jumps into the sport to carry the biggest games of the year.

And SURPRISE, they do it poorly. Who were those announcers? Where were the replays? Did the announcers know the rules? Have they found out what down it is yet?

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One response

12 01 2009
kevin curry

i really enjoy the Payton commercials. well done and very funny. i could never understand how Eli could get the props Payton does.

I am happy to see you now have a blog, i just can’t get enough of your thoughts!

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