Tuesday, January 06, 2009

FOX is killing the already-terrible BCS


A riddle:

How can you make the BCS any worse?
Are Verne Lundquist, Mike Patrick and Ron Franklin calling the games?
Then you can't.

We've had enough of FOX's coverage of these so-so BCS games that seem to becoming less interesting every year. Not only are the matchups not that enticing, but we have FOX -- which covered zero college football games all year -- sucking the life out of the games with drab announcers, bad camera shots and no passion.

SI.com's Stewart Mandel -- are you reading Stewart Mandel yet? We've basically been doing free advertising for the guy the last few months! -- wrote that the installment of the fifth BCS game is killing TV ratings.

BCS officials can't be pleased with these early returns. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that the addition of a fifth BCS bowl can officially be declared an abject failure.

Seven of the nine lowest-rated games of the BCS era have now taken place over the past three seasons. That coincides with the beginning of the current cycle in which the BCS added a fifth game and turned the national championship game into a stand-alone event.

It also happens to coincide with the BCS' contract with FOX. Coincidence?

Sorry, but we can't take a broadcast team of Matt Vasgersian and Tim Ryan seriously. And by "we," we mean anyone with two ears and a passion for college football.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

admittedly they all suck, but at least joe buck wasnt in the booth with them.

just trying to put a little perspective on this


-noah

Anonymous said...

Well written and so right. Last night was a complete disaster. Worst broadcast I've ever seen.

Anonymous said...

how many reaction shots of the bands were there during the game? maybe the UT no-huddle prevented them from doing replays but that was atrocious

Anonymous said...

Yes. We know Matt V. McCoy and Shipley are roommates. And all the Gatorade shots.

Here is the kicker. 2 min. left and Matt Vassomething says that Texas may have time to go down and score "or maybe get into field goal position". Uh... They were down by 4 points.

Those two guys are the best they have. Yikes.

GMoney said...

Fox is dreadful and all, but I blame the shittiness of the teams in these bowl games. You can't polish a turd.

Draft King said...

Halftime was the worst. ESPN couldn't show highlights so they had a hodgepodge roundtable talking about football while FOX showed freaking marching bands. Ugh...

JMC said...

at least these games won't be on Fox much longer

The Big Picture said...

totally right, noah. joe buck is about the only person who could fuck this thing up any more.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice at the beginning of the game when one of them said Terrelle Pryor was the "z factor"(Nissans version of "x factor"), followed by 10 seconds of silence because the other didn't know what to say?

Anonymous said...

ally like the camera work and production by the "C" team Fox brought in. Nothing like crowd shots, player close ups, or close-ups of a Gatorade jug while A FREAKING PLAY IS BEING RUN!!!

Anonymous said...

i hate fox's coverage. matt vers...whatever saying the pass interference call on texas was bad b/c the pass wasn't catchable, then watching the replay and saying the officials did a great job making the right call. really? holy crap do these guys SUCK. bevo chewing on grass would be better to listen to.

adam said...

CBS really needs to find the bucks to get these games. Tell me another network that lets the GAME be the focal point of the telecast.

JMC said...

adam, you're probably right, but I do think that ABC/ESPN will be better than Fox. Can't remember if it changes next year or the year after.

Bokolis said...

We've known this about FOX for 20 years. They took the lead in bastardizing sports events and the rest of the networks have followed.

It doesn't help that the game doesn't mean shit. These games will fly during the holiday season. After Jan 1, any buzz is gone. Just give me the Morning Headlines.

Aaron Jordan said...

Just so people know (yes, I am a numbers dork) I counted and then broke down of the number of times the cameras flashed to the band of each team during the Ohio State-Texas game. The total number of band sightings were 67 (Texas had 36, Ohio State had 31)!!!! Additionally, the break down of each quarter is below:
1st quarter – 9
2nd quarter – 18
3rd quarter – 14
4th quarter - 26

Ryan said...

i would venture to say anything with Matt Vasgersian is intolerable.

The Big Picture said...

love those numbers, aaron! great work getting the stats!

THN said...

How did Mike Patrick get involved?

Anonymous said...

Fox totally blows. The product placement is disgraceful and only Fox knows how to do it that blatantly. There were barely any replays, and the 4 plays (that I counted) they didnt even TELEVISE and there weren't and replays of those! Unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

For my part, I turned the game off at the half as I couldn't stomach one more minute of FOX and it's crappy coverage. Vanilla commentators, horrible camera angles. I felt like I needed to tilt my head to the side. Horrible commercials over and over again. I felt like I was being bludgeoned...

Anonymous said...

The broadcast of the Iowa-GT game was even worse! I stopped counting how many times the commentators mispronounced names because there were so many. Seriously? Marvin McKnight and Terry Stross? That, and Eddie George forgot everything about the game except the fact that he picked the Hawkeyes to win.

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