I watched last night’s ESPN telecast on the preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints via TiVo delay in the wee hours this morning. My word, it was awful.
And it wasn’t Kornheiser, who is actually coming along quite nicely. It wasn’t even the annoying Joe Theisman, although why Disney would dump John Madden and Al Michaels to team up Mike Tirico with Theisman and Kornheiser is beyond me. No, it was the insipid sideline reporters and idiotic show production. Granting that it was an exhibition game, it was still maddening to have the cameras cut to Suzie Colber and Michelle Tafoya interviewing anyone who happened to walk by.
As glad as I am that Rayfield Wright finally made it into the Hall of Fame, I don’t want to see and hear an interview with him while game action is being missed. That goes a hundredfold for Louisiana’s nitwit governor. I heard quite enough from that incompetent woman while she was botching management of Hurricane Katrina, thank you. Save that sort of thing for the pre-game show or halftime, please.
The in-booth interview with Cowboys owner/GM/President/CEO/Advertising Head/Best Boy/Gaffer Jerry Jones was handled more deftly, in that at least the cameras were on the game action while they were having the conversation. Even there, though, it was rather awkward to have the announcers have to recover from having yapped over a Tony Romo touchdown bomb to some undrafted rookie wideout.
This ain’t the Olympics, folks. We’re here to watch the game, not listen to cutiepie sideline girls interview B-list celebrities.
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