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2013-01-09 02:43:36 PM  
One is Dave Schwalbe. He's Buck's spotter, using a hand-lettered poster board with the depth charts of both teams-Cowboys offense and Saints defense on one side, vice versa on the other.

I worked as a spotter one game for the XFL on UPN back in 2001 when I was in between jobs.

A few things I recall:
1.  I'd be better at it if I did it again... it does come off as daunting the first time you do it.  I guess that is true of most anything, but, just stuck out to me on that.
2.  Bosworth was having us try to come up with some punchlines for jokes half the time.

Interesting thing to do... and paid $100.

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.
 
2013-01-09 02:55:02 PM  
Nobody takes their shoes off around Joe Buck, I hope.
 
2013-01-09 03:20:07 PM  
Joe Buck tries to rub Troy Aikman's cock while he makes this face:

tomrants.com
 
2013-01-09 03:41:15 PM  
A football game?
 
2013-01-09 03:43:22 PM  
I, too, was surprised to see how analog it is- white boards, writing on paper.
 
2013-01-09 03:58:13 PM  
i.chzbgr.com
 
2013-01-09 04:01:05 PM  
TL;DR
 
2013-01-09 04:45:29 PM  
do these guys get paid by the word? god i miss toby charles.
 
2013-01-09 04:57:32 PM  
For the last time, I thought we all had an unwritten rule to never mention Joe Buck or display his face anywhere on this site again. You promised me, man. You promised me.
 
2013-01-09 05:15:17 PM  
I think I'd rather not know what Joe Buck and Troy Aikman do off camera.
 
2013-01-09 05:16:55 PM  
Pick out shiatty fonts for behind the scenes articles?
 
2013-01-09 05:18:30 PM  
I imagine they have to feed Pam Oliver's wig quite frequently.
 
2013-01-09 05:24:40 PM  
Wow, that website sucks... Seriously, I don't need a 40-foot Troy Aikman marching across the screen, and then have to scroll down a third of a page to even start reading after the teaser...
 
2013-01-09 05:26:48 PM  

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.
 
2013-01-09 05:29:51 PM  
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.
 
2013-01-09 05:40:25 PM  
Ok, so does Aikman enjoying sushi mean sushi is not cool anymore? Or does that mean Aikman is finally somewhat cool?
 
2013-01-09 05:46:00 PM  
I thought that was an interesting read.

/still can't stand listening to that broadcast duo
 
2013-01-09 05:50:41 PM  
For Aikman, commercial time is spent with people telling him who he is

Buck, looks into a giant mirror telling himself how great he is.
 
2013-01-09 05:51:44 PM  
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.
 
2013-01-09 05:55:03 PM  
No, just a bunch of commercials mixed in with two idiots talking just like any NFL broadcast.
 
2013-01-09 05:56:06 PM  
That was a great article. but why in the world wasn't it published two years ago?
 
2013-01-09 06:03:58 PM  

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.


I could see the need for a whiteboard for some unique situations.  But they mentioned that the dude writes the yards gained and points to the player's name.

You'd think there would be a touchscreen with buttons for 1-100, and all the players.  Two clicks, and that info comes up on Joe Buck's screen.

Also, most people should be able to type faster than they write.
 
2013-01-09 06:13:53 PM  
I hope they have a cardboard cut-out of Stephen A. Smith eating Cheetos.

/"Everythin' ah say is impo'tant!"
 
2013-01-09 06:17:09 PM  
Word on the street is Joe Buck,who was a well decorated green beret but a bit of a farkwad, pissed in some old Guy's shoes in Viet Nam. The old guy bit off one of Buck's testes in the ensuing aftermath and placed a Hmong gypsy curse on his family which is why Joe Buck is such a shiatty announcer.
 
2013-01-09 06:34:23 PM  

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.
 
2013-01-09 06:43:08 PM  
No.
 
2013-01-09 06:44:11 PM  

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.


As a Packers fan i would take those guys over Buck & Aikman. Enjoy them next season now that you are a good team. Then start drinking every time Aikman does a verbal BJ on the opposing QB and basically says yours sucks.
 
2013-01-09 06:46:29 PM  

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.


I admit it, I am jealous since that sounds like it was fun as hell.

As far as Aikman goes, I assumed he spent the commercial breaks practicing stuff like:
"My feelings, as usual, the Cowboys will slaughter them all."
"I have detailed information about the situation . . . which completely proves that what they allege are illusions . . . The 49ers lie every day."
"We are not afraid of the 49ers. God has condemned them. They are stupid. They are stupid.... And they are condemned"
"Let the 49ers bask in their illusion"
"They are not in the playoffs. They are nowhere. They are on the moon. They are snakes in the desert..."
"There are no 49er infidels in Dallas! Never!"
"They are trapped in Seattle. They are trapped near Arizona. They are trapped near St. Louis. They are trapped everywhere."


Once, he said something good about the 49ers. Then the 49ers lost horribly to St. Louis...
 
2013-01-09 06:57:32 PM  
Reminded me of an article from Rolling Stone, The NFL: More Show Than Game
 
2013-01-09 07:23:44 PM  
Read first paragraph and started dozing. My guess is Terry Bradshaw walks around in a thong then bends over to clip his toenails.
 
2013-01-09 07:41:55 PM  
I regret reading TFA. All I learned is the rumor I heard that Aikmen has serious memory issues due to the blows to the head while playing is likely not true.

/Mike Mayock ftw
//"Get off me!!"
 
2013-01-09 07:55:35 PM  
I came here for the Joe Buck pissed in my shoes story.
 
2013-01-09 07:56:04 PM  

oryx: I think I'd rather not know what Joe Buck and Troy Aikman do off camera.


See, there's the problem with your life. No interest in mystery and exploration. How are we ever going to get off this planet and into the stars with defeatist mindthink like this?
 
2013-01-09 08:39:24 PM  

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."
 
2013-01-09 09:32:03 PM  
i246.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-09 10:05:38 PM  

ThatGuyGreg: TL;DR


Agree.
 
2013-01-09 10:08:22 PM  
Great link, subby.
 
2013-01-09 10:09:30 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: [i246.photobucket.com image 399x324]


WTF DID I JUST TELL YOU!!!!!????

:)
 
2013-01-09 10:34:20 PM  
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!
 
2013-01-09 10:40:11 PM  
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
 
2013-01-09 10:44:24 PM  

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!


Yeah. That's at the very least, disturbing.
 
2013-01-09 11:01:50 PM  

Rhypskallion: Ok, so does Aikman enjoying sushi mean sushi is not cool anymore? Or does that mean Aikman is finally somewhat cool?


The only really cool sushi is at Walgreens, in their display cooler section, next to the Fleet bowel cleaner.
 
2013-01-09 11:18:29 PM  
I enjoyed the article.  It confirms Aikman's diva-like Grand Dame thing he's got going on, and Buck's complete disinterest in anything.
 
2013-01-09 11:29:21 PM  

downstairs: Also, most people should be able to type faster than they write.


Type on a keyboard, yes, much faster. Typing on a touchscreen device, however, is a completely different ballgame. In truth there's probably some combination of technology that would, with practice, allow them to do the same job as fast or faster than by writing it out by hand. But I get the impression people in those positions operate on a 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' mentality.

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."


In all fairness to subby, I doubt that much has changed between now and then, except that Aikmen probably drives a newer car. Buck certainly hasn't gotten any better at calling the games.
 
2013-01-10 12:32:45 AM  
Every time Joe Buck says anything, a cat farts in a baby's mouth.
 
2013-01-10 02:06:42 AM  

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]


Wow, man! I've only met Henderson once, but it was just a casual event, like shaking hands with a political candidate. There's a reason why turning the sound on the TV down and firing up Saints radio is a tradition.

Major mancrush, here. He's smart as a fox, and as quick-witted. He's also responsible for some of my all-time favorite Saints memories, as an announcer.

HAKIM DROPS THE BALL!!!!!

/and several others, of course
//while I'm here - rest in peace, Buddy D
 
2013-01-10 02:07:48 AM  

grinding_journalist: Every time Joe Buck says anything, a cat farts in a baby's mouth.


This has serious meme potential.
 
2013-01-10 08:37:35 AM  
This is what fark comments have looked like since Monday Night Fark was invented. Did I mention that yet?!
 
2013-01-10 09:02:13 AM  

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.


Well, I think one issue is that even tablets are fairly "new" technology (only the last 3-4 years), and they are not as big as a big piece of tackboard.... although I was just reading about 27-30 inch tablets coming out by Toshiba... I think those would work nicely for this type of thing.

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.
 
2013-01-10 09:40:03 AM  

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.


The other thing is that with technology, no matter how great it is...there's always the possibility (much greater than with whiteboards or pens (which I'm sure they have a backup or a million) that something gets disconnected and it's down or the wireless goes down or the wrong page loads or...well, there are a lot of things that can go wrong with technology. Maybe your pen dries up with a whiteboard, but you can see that coming well in advance and you can have backups handy for no cost.
 
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