Breakfast is on me, this morning. Everyone gets a piece of my mind.
In the Jets-Bills closeout on CBS on Sunday, there was only one reason to stay. to watch beat Jets QB Mike White mix it up with opponents, including opposing QB Josh Allen, who likely would have recognized and congratulated White above and beyond. determination.
Consider that when White was injured in the third quarter, Tony Romo logically declared: “He’s not coming back today.” So late in the game, when White returned and was somehow still completing passes despite ribs screaming for mercy, White was the latest can’t-miss story.
But when White was shown crossing the field to the Bills, CBS cut completely to the full-screen “AFC Playoff Picture” image. Sanctuary!
The next game on Sunday, here, Bucs-Niners on Fox, was impossible even for Sunday classes. Tom Brady threw what they called “medicine balls” — passes that injured receivers — and the last kid drafted, 22-year-old Brock Purdy, threw for three TDs in his first start, 35-7 lbs.
And late in the game, when Purdy was seen crossing the field, likely looking for Brady, the only shot to follow, Fox rolled to commercial. Couldn’t wait another 10 seconds.
But sports television, in its most advanced stages, has never been so indiscriminate, so careless, so ignorant of the circumstances of the game.
Jets-Bills was the latest in a third-down-and-crowd shot formula job. When staying on the field is most important, shoot the crowd watching the pitch.
Cut to Eagles-Giants, where Fox did the same thing, except it added live split screens to create a reduced spectacle of two things at once. Fox didn’t include suggestions about which side to look at because we can’t see two things at once, a reality far removed from TV as it first tried to exploit the fact that our eyes function independently.
Commentary on most NFL telecasts is still badly biased, favoring the egotistical, stupid players more than the discerning viewers.
As the Giants missed the Eagles in Trenton, Fox’s Joe Davis and Daryl Johnston refused to point out what we couldn’t miss: the score didn’t stop individual Giants from celebrating themselves.
Down 27-7, Giants WR Richie James, then Isaiah Hodgins caught passes, then made a time-wasting, TV-encouraged industry cliché to get up for a first down.
At 34-14, LB Azeez Ojulari sacked Philly QB Jalen Hurts, then made a sack like he’d just conquered the Baltic Sea, or at least the Gowanus Canal.
For all that Johnston has to say each week, he’s always admonishing childish, selfish unprofessional behavior. Never hurt the hurtful.
As need-fixing ‘production values’, they are obviously incurable, so to continue watching we must change, perhaps starting with our Sunday clothes. “Hello, I’m looking for something in a moron, extra-large.”
Sullivan, Griffin proves the double standard is alive and well
Another week of selective, outrageous double standard justice.
Jerry Sullivan, a veteran sports columnist and radio commentator for two Buffalo-area newspapers, was ejected from all three concerts after responding to an audience question about female fans.
“Hey ladies, be better than this. Because the worst fans really are women. They do not receive critical journalism. They all want to be a cheerleader, right? You know what I mean?
“It’s always a dangerous road to go down, to criticize women in general because they’re generally better than men, but they don’t understand that as fans.”
Although it was minor, I didn’t find this to be offensive, just a lewd opinion in favor of women in general judgment. And my life experiences—an older sister, a twin sister, a wife, two daughters, and now two granddaughters—without a man—are consistent with Sullivan’s; bless their hearts, they just don’t understand.
So I hate women? Exit the interview. You can’t fire me. I have a wife and daughters.
My nephew, the QB for his high school team, was playing one afternoon when the other team was called for an offside. My older sister, the QB’s mom and who had watched dozens of games before, started yelling.
I tried to explain to him that the offside was not a dirty foul, any more than Sullivan’s was this week. However, Sullivan was dismissed for offside at worst.
Then there’s ESPN football analyst Robert Griffin III, a black man, who on Monday night let slip an antiquated slur for black people that many hadn’t heard in decades.
More than three days later, we still had no word from ESPN on Griffin’s punishment, if any, as ESPN continues to be home to racial and gender-based double standards.
It only took one day for ESPN to fire and destroy longtime tennis analyst Doug Adler’s career, reputation, and life as a racist for calling Venus Williams a “gorilla,” a fabrication, a lie peddled by a reckless New York Times stringer. Adler had complimented him on his surprise attack on the network with a “guerrilla method”.
But Griffin’s apology for something very real was all that was needed. OK, go ahead. Still, Adler’s shooting for absolutely nothing stands. Did ESPN know, or care, that Adler was the annual head tennis coach for poor black kids in Washington?
The NBA Kings have fired 30-year-old announcer Grant Napier after he had the audacity to declare “All lives matter… Every one” during the George Floyd outbreak. He explained that he couldn’t help because “I was raised that way.” The same here. Shame on my parents.
Again, seeking equality through apparent inequality is a fool’s errand, but we keep going.
Some healthy tips for presenters:
No matter the sport, television now encourages its presenters to talk about them unnecessarily.
Saturday’s Portugal-Morocco World Cup match was moments away when Portugal’s chances led analyst Ali Wagner to:
He should slip him a copy of the game plan. He spoke such enlightenments all the time.
NBC’s Olympic coverage of downhill skiing disappeared as analysts talked throughout the run.
Alpine skiing used to be a TV attraction for its natural sounds of speed, our ability to judge snow as crusty or powdery based on what we could hear in high-speed turns. We were eyewitnesses and earwitnesses of the course. Not anymore!
CBS seemed to finally turn up the volume on Tony Romo on Sunday.
It was rare to hear or read anything nice about interim college football coach Mike Leach until this week, following his death. He had no idea that he was such a lovely person.
Not that anyone near or above Fox Sports knows right from wrong, but No. 1 NFL analyst Greg Olsen is still coming at us like a Morse code operator frantically signaling distress calls from the sea. “Women and children, after all.”
Quote of the week by free agent walk-on Odell Beckham Jr. “I would like to be in a stable environment.” Yes, there is no one more synonymous with stability than her. If he wasn’t talking about the Aqueduct.