Feb
07
2010

  TV Football Has Changed

Since I live near Charlottesville, Virginia, I see more live college football than I do TV pro football. Around here, it's all about the Cavs, and you might as well go to the games rather than watch them on TV.

But it's the superbowl, so I turned on the TV. Wow. I had to ask Terry if it was really confusing if you DIDN'T have ADD (my meds wear off by 6pm).

I watch the play, then before you know it, there is a big flash of some graphics then they're showing another play. Or is it the last play from a different angle? Or a similar play from several years ago? Also, the way they have the camera follow the guy with the ball, you don't get a good sense of how much distance the runner is covering. If they would show more shots of the whole field you could really tell when someone was having a good run.

The last time I watched much TV football was the Redskins when I was in high school. I don't recall it being this frenetic and disjointed. It seems the TV still showed enough of the field that you could actually follow the play.

So I'm catching up with uploading photos and videos during the game. It's too difficult to watch if I'm actually trying to follow it. It's better absorbed just looking up from time to time. Perhaps the TV folks just presume this is how people watch it nowadays and this is how they've adapted. Well I say, "Harumph." I don't like it. But I'm not exactly their target audience, so that's what I get.

Watching the live games, you see them set up a play, then you watch the play, then you get a little break as they reassemble at the new line of scrimmage. Plus you're always getting up to do little cheers, "First Down!" and all that. Sure, you can watch closeups and replays on the big screen, but they're not shoved down your throat at the expense of the live action on the field.