dletter: Although it is interesting to me that they still have it non-electronic in 2012 (and for NFL games, it isn't like this is a local high school broadcast).... you'd think the spotter would get a big ass touchscreen monitor that he can pull players in/off of and other stuff, instead of getting a piece of posterboard and a sharpie.
Mikey1969: dletter: Although it is interesting to me that they still have it non-electronic in 2012 (and for NFL games, it isn't like this is a local high school broadcast).... you'd think the spotter would get a big ass touchscreen monitor that he can pull players in/off of and other stuff, instead of getting a piece of posterboard and a sharpie.Except that you can still write faster than typing or touchscreen, especially if you need different sizes and colors to get across different ideas. Writing larger and switching markers is much faster than changing formatting options./Although an electronic whiteboard approach might make sense.
downstairs: Also, most people should be able to type faster than they write.
seumasokelly: If you're a Seahawks fan, you only ever see Tim Ryan and Chris Myers getting names, numbers, down & distance, scores & penalty rulings wrong all day. As well as Tim Ryan doing his best to play up how good the opposition is.I assume all that goes on behind the scenes of that is Tim Ryan periodically brushing in his Just For Men and Chris Myers drinking Wild Turkey from a coffee cup that isn't fooling anyone. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'd rather have Ron Pitts or Matt Vasgersian back than these clowns.
T.rex: i was a PA for Fox Sports for Elway's last Superbowl (played in Miami)... pretty cool... By the end of the evening, Madden was stone-cold drunk, one arm around his 20 yr old something blonde girl friend, the other hand on a mic, addressing the whole crew in a bunch of non-sensible yet joyous ramblings.
oryx: I think I'd rather not know what Joe Buck and Troy Aikman do off camera.
VvonderJesus: That was a great article. but why in the world wasn't it published two years ago?
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John Nash: Did nobody notice this from TFA?"Buck, after a short running play by the Saints: "Here is"-Schwalbe points at No. 29 Chris Ivory-"Ivory. He stumbled forward for"-Sfida holds up his sign; he's written a 4-"four yards.""Does this not explain everything about why Joe Buck is a shiatty, emotionless announcer? He's not even looking at the field when he makes calls!
Rhypskallion: Ok, so does Aikman enjoying sushi mean sushi is not cool anymore? Or does that mean Aikman is finally somewhat cool?
bubbaprog: VvonderJesus: That was a great article. but why in the world wasn't it published two years ago?Very weird. Subby should have mentioned "What goes on during a Fox NFL Broadcast in 2010."
vicejay: I've had the good fortune to work game days with the best radio play-by-play squad on game days the last few years. Got to sit behind this guy at XLIV.[i816.photobucket.com image 720x466]
grinding_journalist: Every time Joe Buck says anything, a cat farts in a baby's mouth.
Mikey1969: downstairs: Also, most people should be able to type faster than they write.Yeah, but like I said, formatting. If you take notes, you underlie or bold stuff, write it bigger, etc. You type it, it's a block of sameness. You can type faster on a regular keyboard, but not some touchscreen P.O.S. either. There's no time to screw up, and really no time to retype, select, underline, bold, etc. I still see where writing would be faster.BUT...I can definitely see what you're talking about on field performance, yards gained, etc... Like I said, and electronic whiteboard would be great, you could have him write stuff, it shows up on a screen, but there are also hot corners and stuff you could set where you could do exactly what you were talking about for yardage and stuff.
dletter: And my thinking is that, the software would be able to easily put on the board the player numbers of the players on the team , and on the field. That is what that is mostly used for FYI, at least from my experience.... it is actually fairly difficult for the "talent" to be watching the plays and then distinctly get the exact player correct (for one thing, you are not really very close to the field)... the spotters job is to point at the number of the guy who made the tackle, for example, so the PBP guy can quickly say "tackle made by Jones". That sort of thing I would think would be much easier and better on a touchscreen.... the spotter could even touch the number and the screen would show the players photo and full name next to it..... right now the announcers have to have the player number/names memorized or look at their sheet.
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