Memo To Fox

Saturday, July 07, 2007

(posted by OMDQ)

First of all, I feel compelled to tell you that I'm watching this afternoon's game on mute while searching YouTube for interesting videos. Why? Because your announcers suck, that's why.

(Does that previous comment have anything to do with the fact that my cable just went out? 'Cause I'm not apologizing.)

Second, and more importantly, please remember that with graphics, sometimes less is more. That thing you did with Alex Rodriguez's batting averages last inning, where you had the strike zone broken down into boxes and his average in each mini-zone listed, was pretty cool. I've been a sucker for that sort of thing since the first time I cracked open "The Science of Hitting". Great idea.

What you DON'T need to do, however, is add flames to the areas where his average is highest. Seriously guys - flames? What's wrong with the old-school method - red for good averages, blue for low ones? If you want to draw attention to a couple of numbers that are insanely high, as A-Rod's were, then do so. But there has to be a better way. Bold print. Italics. A third color that somehow signifies a hotter temperature than red. Stuff like that. Just anything but flames, please.

Posted by One More Dying Quail at 4:46 PM

10 Comments:

They've been using that all season. I first saw it during another Yankee game when Jorge Posada was just absolutely destroying the ball, and literally half the boxes were on fire.

Annoying, but remember, we are dealing with Fox -- the network that puts those annoying yardage arrows on the field during NFL games and thought up the glow-puck for hockey. You expect graphical chicanery from them.

Signal to Noise said...
Jul 7, 2007, 5:23:00 PM  

I'm glad I never noticed it before this point. It makes me sad inside.

Jul 7, 2007, 5:28:00 PM  

Fox, the place where Joe Buck is the definition of a boring announcer.

Mookie said...
Jul 7, 2007, 5:35:00 PM  

I've now given up on the audio and gone to the mute, in favor of busting out my record crate for the afternoon while watching what's actually a good game.

Signal to Noise said...
Jul 7, 2007, 6:00:00 PM  

Could someone help me out with something in the Angels/Yankees game?
In the 7th Inning, was there a Taco Bell billboard that read Will You Marry Me Siobhan'?

Anonymous said...
Jul 7, 2007, 6:54:00 PM  

Kenny Alberts is so bad. You know when you're the fan of a crappy team and you always hope you don't get stuck with the Kenny Albert game?

Welcome to the world of a Detroit Lions fan! lol

Big 10 people suffer, too. It's called the "Pam Ward Game", Saturdays at noon on ESPN2.

Eric said...
Jul 7, 2007, 7:04:00 PM  

Eric, the Pam Ward game is great for unintentional comedy. I'm slightly depressed that she won't be teamed up with Mike Gottfried next season. I feel cheated of the crazy.

Signal to Noise said...
Jul 7, 2007, 7:21:00 PM  

http://youtube.com/watch?v=dJhYVfcQj4A

Evan said...
Jul 7, 2007, 8:44:00 PM  

anonymous, that billboard certainly was there. Taco Bell sponsored some contest that allowed a fan the opportunity to propose during the seventh inning of the game on 7/7/07. If memory serves, AA wrote about it a couple of months ago, when it was first announced.

I hope Siobahn found it romantic.

Jul 7, 2007, 9:01:00 PM  

Grace and Brenneman are pretty good. They had the Sox vs Twinkies today

Brett said...
Jul 8, 2007, 12:10:00 AM  

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