Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Since Extra P did such a wonderful job live-blogging an almost 5-hour game last night I decided to make him do more work and put together a review of the first game on TBS' coverage this Postseason.....here's what he had to say.
If you watched the one-game play-in last night, you got an early chance to try TBS baseball coverage on for size. It wasn't technically a playoff game, but it certainly had the feel of one, so I think we got a pretty solid preview of what's to come.
Right away, many of the commenters on last night's live blog of the event noticed that the production values and announcing were a bit more... restrained, I guess is the word. Don Orsillo and Joe Simpson were almost a tad too restrained, but we can hope that they'll catch the fever as the actual playoffs roll on. Regardless, their analysis and knowledge of the game were a vast improvement over the Fox fireworks show.
The most interesting TBS feature was a between-innings cutaway featuring Ernie Johnson and Cal Ripken. Ernie was wearing some thick-framed glasses that made him resemble maverick Baltimore film director John Waters. Perhaps he did that to make decidedly non-maverick Baltimore baseball iron man icon Cal Ripken feel more comfortable on the set - I don't know. I do know that it didn't work.
Cal was a tad stiff, and his analysis was limp and not very incisive. At one point, the viewer could feel Ernie longing for his days on TNT, as he ribbed Ripken for taking it easy on one of the players, which would have sent Barkley into a hilarious comeback. It made Cal smile, slightly.
This segment is actually fairly decent, and I think it will be a hit on the bigger stage, but it would really help to get Ernie someone to play off of. He was the closest thing to a straight man that the NBA on TNT had, and to put him next to an even straighter straight man is a recipe for dull.
This same announcing duo and studio setup will be on display Wednesday at 3am ET, as the NL Wild Card games begin on TBS.