"Yeah, Extra P? I'm going to need you to go ahead and turn in that TBS report...."

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.

Posted by Eric (Extra P.) at 7:53 AM


It was like they where covering a blowout or something.

Then one of them said one the the Red Sox has pop in his bat and he only hit four homeruns.

MLB should let each teams stations and team announcers call it and carry it and whatever vacinity your in you get that teams announcers.

espn sucks,fox sucks, and tbs sucks

strike 3

Anonymous said...
Oct 2, 2007, 9:46:00 AM  

"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."

I couldn't agree with you more. Excellent recap

Jack Cobra said...
Oct 2, 2007, 10:15:00 AM  

couldnt be worse than the absolute 'i dont give a fuck about this' attitude the fox announcers took to geoff blum's walkoff homer in the world series two years ago

all in all i think it was a solid broadcast, espn or fox wouldve done a lot worse. only real gripe is that they kept excluding the homerun/double from the in game recaps

Mike Georger said...
Oct 2, 2007, 10:18:00 AM  

you must have not seen the same or fox and espn have you craving for anything, becasue I hope it gets better

Anonymous said...
Oct 2, 2007, 10:20:00 AM  

probably that the latter have just ruined it yeah

Mike Georger said...
Oct 2, 2007, 10:33:00 AM  

one more week and i will go to the radio.

hopefully, shulman and soup will be on radio, the are 100 times better than any national announcers.

Anonymous said...
Oct 2, 2007, 10:41:00 AM  

How could TBS have only two camera angles for the controversial homer? Methinks the production value is related to the between-inning cutaways to Ernie and Cal. TBS couldn't sell the ad time, so they tried to slide the game production by on the cheap. Asstastic.

Josh Ellison said...
Oct 2, 2007, 10:54:00 AM  

I'll take EJ and Cal over Jeannie Zelasko and Kevin Kennedy 24/7/365. I was channel surfing most of the night, but what I did see was not all that bad. Sure, it could've been better, but every new idea has a few kinks that need to get worked out. To be honest, I'd rather have restrained than the bombasity that is ESPN, or the "we own baseball's ass" attitude of FOX.

Bruce said...
Oct 2, 2007, 11:04:00 AM  

I agree with the post for the most part. The broadcast was focused more on the game itself than hype (like Fox), but it would have been nice for Orsillo or Simpson to convey how exciting or energetic it was to be there.

There were definitely some budgetary restraints with the camera angles, or so it seemed. Also, did anyone notice Joe Simpson refer to the heavy woman in the outfield by Atkins double as a "gentleman?" Oops.

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The Commish said...
Oct 2, 2007, 11:23:00 AM  

Chicago-area Comcast doesn't get TBS in HD, so I couldnt' even see the ball during the non-home run replays.

Also, perhaps the production values were low because they had about a day to prepare their telecast.

Matt said...
Oct 2, 2007, 11:27:00 AM  

So was Cal stiff or limp? you gotta decide because we either send him to the ER under the four hour rule or we can give him another blue pill for Wednesday.

Steve said...
Oct 2, 2007, 12:17:00 PM  

The wild card game is 3pm not 3am

Steve said...
Oct 2, 2007, 12:19:00 PM  

It was a five-hour broadcast. I'm sure Cal went from stiff to limp in that time, Steve. As would anyone.

Extra P. said...
Oct 2, 2007, 12:31:00 PM  

Give me a break, Steve - I WROTE it a three A.M.

Extra P. said...
Oct 2, 2007, 12:32:00 PM  

i thought the two tbs announcers were like listening to paint dry...i thought orsillo was trying to liven it up... the lack of annoying graphics was nice. cal ripken did a good job...i think orsillo being a sox announcer did try to convey the energy but being his 1st broadcast i think he held back a bit...all in all better than fox but i agree i think the local or team announcers should do the games...

Anonymous said...
Oct 2, 2007, 4:58:00 PM  

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