One-stop buying. Five minutes and out.
That’s all one must find out about Roger Goodell’s “It’s all about our fans” declare. Sunday afternoon on CBS, for instance. The man is relentlessly, shamelessly stuffed with it. Good work — for a reported $63 million per — if you may get it.
Sunday, in a must-win, can’t-lose, can’t-tie recreation between the Steelers and Ravens, the final minutes of additional time have been misplaced to viewers in a number of cities, together with the nation’s largest TV market — that’s us! — after audiences had invested 3 hours and 20 minutes in it.
Similar incidents have occurred and for a few years, but this one was totally different, begging for reducing viewers a break, as sticking with the standard plan benefitted nobody.
Most everybody might see this coming, as video games together with Jets-Bills and Patriots-Dolphins have been quickly to begin. Surely, the NFL, this being the ultimate week of the season inside a league identified for last-minute TV schedule flexing, would on today be versatile.
Or, if not, CBS would defy illogical broadcasting guidelines to permit its viewers to witness the ultimate three minutes in an enormous recreation and, as marketed, maybe the final recreation performed by Ben Roethlisberger.
Whatever, I’d have chosen frequent sense over abuse of an viewers that had already invested greater than three hours in watching a recreation’s consequence to throw in a couple of extra minutes to finish its mission and tacit promise.
A Bills fan holds up an anti-Roger Goodell signal throughout a house recreation towards the Patriots final month. The groups return to the frigid locale for a playoff rematch Saturday. AP
What was Goodell going to do, publicly complain that CBS handled its viewers proper by greatest serving all audiences? Punish CBS by not cashing its checks?
Here, en path to the kickoff of Jets-Bills, viewers who had the Steelers-Ravens yanked from beneath them, subsequent needed to watch three commercials — two of them for NFL-certified playing operations, additional establishing those that’d been watching Steelers-Ravens as Goodell Era suckers.
And simply earlier than CBS was compelled to go away that OT recreation, Mike Tomlin’s Steelers once more risked shedding — or not successful — a recreation to a participant who had no higher concept of what was happening aside from his bloated sense of self.
With 3:27 left in OT, Pittsburgh receiver Diontae Johnson, after being shoved out of bounds by security Geno Stone, tried to begin a sideline struggle! The recreation? Didn’t matter to him!
For what it’s price, that sideline carried Goodell’s newest social messaging reminding viewers, for a second straight season, that those that watch NFL video games are principally presumed to be uncivilized bigots.
The day earlier than, Goodell’s “It’s All About Our Fans” additionally was on show. Two video games have been performed, Chiefs at Broncos at 4:30, Cowboys at Eagles at 8:20. Both, logically, on behalf of “Our Fans,” ought to have began a number of hours earlier — particularly earlier than a Saturday, principally at dwelling, winter viewers.
The Eagles, condemned by the NFL and ESPN to play a late-night winter recreation as an alternative of a day recreation on a wide-open Saturday, are amongst these Goodell “good investments” PSL groups.
This playoff weekend, extra “It’s All About Our Fans”:
The greatest eligible local weather through which to play an out of doors January night time recreation, Tampa, will host Eagles-Buccaneers on Sunday — at 1 p.m. Huh?
The worst local weather to play an out of doors January night time recreation, Buffalo, will host Patriots-Bills on Saturday — at 8:15 p.m., when it’s anticipated to be no hotter than 10 levels. Brilliant, Roger, sensible!
At greater than $60 million per yr to succeed in such choices, if Goodell have been any higher to NFL followers, he’d purchase again their “good investments” PSLs at 3 cents on the greenback.
Who’s Rex to Judge anybody?
ESPN’s Rex Ryan this week ripped Joe Judge for an absence of sophistication. That’s wealthy.
Ryan’s class included the episode that occurred after he turned head coach of the Bills following his seasons with the Jets. After Jets QB Geno Smith’s jaw was damaged by a sucker punch from teammate IK Enemkpali, Ryan’s Bills signed the defensive finish.
Ryan then despatched Enemkpali, a two-seasons NFL sub, to function a coin-toss captain for the Bills earlier than a recreation towards the Jets — a classless, unprofessional, infantile transfer.
Post-play preening has develop into so compulsory that Saturday, after his group retained the ball on a roughing-the-kicker name, Broncos punter Sam Martin rose to carry out a first-down gesture. Wonder if he’d have completed the identical whereas being wheeled off on a gurney?
Naturally, this NIL (identify, picture, likeness) ruling — something that entails cash — has pushed school sports activities decrease, extra seedy. NIL has allegedly already been misapplied by schools as free-agent swimming pools for highschool recruits. It’s a brand new type of payola that can additional render school athletics a rip-off.
I ponder what number of NBA broadcasters — TV and radio, native and nationwide — acknowledge that the NBA is sinking underneath the burden of 3-point bombings, that they’ve changed strategic basketball, however are unable to say so. Put it this manner: How does one classify a recreation with 80-90 3s a superb, well-played recreation?
CBS remains to be posting color-coded, vertically boxed graphics giving viewers about 12 seconds to learn a listing of a QB’s earlier 10 passes and whether or not they have been full (and for the way far) or incomplete. Apparently, saying, “He’s eight-for-his-past-10” could be too straightforward.
With Dobie gone, it received’t be the identical down on the Gillis Grocery Store. Think I’ll go downtown with Maynard and watch ’em tear down the outdated Endicott Building.
Too many ineffective analysts, too few good ones
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Our Man of the Week is Fox’s understated and regular Chris Myers. During Washington-Giants, he risked additional employment by eschewing the chance to say that Antonio Gibson “is running downhill” to go along with “straight ahead.” Imagine!
Myers additionally took a wanted late-game swipe at Giants WR Kenny Golladay for stepping out of bounds after catching a move with nobody close to him. Myers’ sales space mate, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, who hadn’t stopped talking all recreation — usually noting that the Giants haven’t any offense — had chosen silence after Golladay’s untimely give up.
That brings us to ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, a former plain-talker who has transitioned to real pigskin gibberish. Saturday throughout Chiefs-Broncos, he substituted 2-yard and 3-yard “gains” with the long-form imprecise, “made positive yardage.”
He first defined Patrick Mahomes, the 2018 NFL MVP: “[Coach] Andy Reid has developed this offense around Patrick Mahomes’ versatility.” Who knew?
After the sport, ESPN analyst Randy Moss famous the Chiefs’ go-ahead landing was “a game-changer.”
Two nights later, throughout the Georgia-Alabama CFP championship, Herbstreit selected to speak your entire recreation, rendering something that may have been price listening to misplaced to his personal units.
But there are actually extra analysts like that than ever earlier than. Why? If I knew, you’d be the second to know!
It’s arduous to clarify to these unfamiliar with each, however earlier than the Raiders had Fred Biletnikoff, the Jets had Don Maynard. Both have been lanky, virtually scrawny big-play, deep-end, sure-hands, principally sideline receivers.
And each had the identical fashion — no fashion. They simply caught the ball. And in case you didn’t understand how good they have been after that, that wasn’t their drawback.
But that was nicely earlier than TV confirmed receivers making 6-yard catches, then rising to make first-down gestures, in slow-mo replays — earlier than TV mindlessly determined to attempt to destroy the sport.