There are so many things that bother me while watching sports on
TV. A small list:
TV sports peeves
The “Talkin’ Baseball” song that some lame singer-songwriter is
anxious to rewrite every time the Yankees make a trade. Insightful
lyrics like “Giambi hittin’ homers / talkin’ baseball …”
And speaking of music (if you can call it
that) … Hasn’t the contribution of Hank
Williams, Jr., to Monday Night Football
gone on a little too long? Is his only
remaining studio work recording the lyrics
to next Monday’s match-up?
And when did football become punk? Bad enough that country music
has embraced it, performing during the pre-game and half-time. It
took the great genre of punk 30 years of struggle for mainstream
acceptance so that on every Monday’s SportsCenter we can hear some
band’s celebration of that Sunday’s football highlights via the
“punk” song “I love / Law making picks / Randy scoring six.” Who
the hell is this band and who gave them their big break?
Overweight football fanatics in souvenir
jerseys. We all know their high-fat diet,
but why celebrate it while finely tuned
athletes are around? A direct conflict.
Sports announcers who make their point by pluralizing names. “The
Patriots won without the Mannings and the Mosses.” It’s sad when a
usage becomes acceptable, giving idiots communication ammo.
Let’s bring back “RBIs” and bury “RBI” forever. It’s okay to
pluralize abbreviations. No one has a problem hearing “CDs”,
“MDs,” or “MBAs”.
Why do the camera operators follow the ball during the punt or
pass instead of showing us the action on the field? We are missing
the game. We know what a flying ball looks like. They don’t do
this in baseball. They have figured out where that little ball is
going to land.
And, the most meaningless insight in all of
sports: “Shaq matching his number with that
last basket. He now has 34 points.” Thanks
for pointing out a coincidence. It really
adds to the broadcast. Dick Enberg is the
master of this.
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