FOX Sports College Football Coverage = Slayer

Thursday, January 03, 2008

So I was reading varies items around the net on FOX's coverage of BCS, and came across the best analogy that anyone could have come with regarding the network's coverage the past few days. Via Ryan White at The Oregonian....

Not only is there a maddening mess at the top, but Illinois and Hawaii clearly looked as if they didn't belong in the games they were in (though we'll cut Hawaii some slack), and, tonight in the Orange Bowl, Kansas has a chance to prove it doesn't belong as well. Still, the worst news is that the game's on Fox, which covers college football the way we expect Slayer would cover Chopin: Poorly.
Hilarious and spot on if you ask me. Not only is it the Announcers and analysts that they trot out every game it's the Pregame/Halftime shows and overall production. Can someone at the network please explain to me what the infatuation was with Oklahoma's band? Not only did they play their damn fight song after every single play, but FOX showed them about 4,000 times. While I think bands are a great part of the College Footall experience, FOX's coverage of OU's band was borderline maddening.

The announcing was much improved from the previous night, and I understand that it's tough to cover so many games right in a row, but why don't they pick a team and stick with it? There's no reason to have a different team for each BCS game. If you insist on a three-man team....Vasgersian is a great lead, Charles Davis is much improved, and Pat Haden could be your third. As long as they don't constantly talk over each other I think they would suffice.

Just try to fix up this unsightly BCS mess (The Oregonian)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:53 PM


I like how they just randomly showed the band leaving their seats with about five minutes left in the first half, without any commentators even mentioning it, right before the snap of a play for no apparent reason. Thanks for blowing my mind with your shoddy camera work, Fox!

Fred Morlan said...
Jan 3, 2008, 3:33:00 PM  

AA, so you want the announcers to go from New Orleans to Phoenix to Miami in 3 days and still know what they're talking about?

These guys have enough problems knowing who's playing on the field for a game they've been preparing for for a month, imagine working on 8 hour preparation?

Just give me Vasgergian and Chris Speilman. Man that would be hilarious.

rs27 said...
Jan 3, 2008, 3:43:00 PM  

Say what you want to about Fox, but them showing Jim Ross on the sidelines last night in the 4th quarter made me smile.

GMoney said...
Jan 3, 2008, 3:48:00 PM  

Did anyone notice the continuous shots of the Gatorade buckets on the sideline with no one around them or no context. Seems like a "product placement" thing you see in a movie. Make a drinking game out of it an miss work tomorrow

jimbohanna said...
Jan 3, 2008, 3:49:00 PM  

Jimbo- Yep, it had to have been. There were like 4 or 5 shots of just the water station.

RS27- Yeah you might be right....that might be tough.

Jan 3, 2008, 3:53:00 PM  

gmoney- if Jim Ross announced the games it would be better then these wackos!

Brett said...
Jan 3, 2008, 3:57:00 PM  

Going to a single announcing team for the BCS on Fox is sutpid. because like another poster menitoned, the travel, the preparation and not to forget the producutin crews are not ging to have aenough itme to get into this cities like Pheoenix, Miami New ORlenas in 3 days. That's jsut not going to happned. ANd lets not forget, ABC wehn they had the BCS didn't have a single announcing team doing their BCS games.

Anonymous said...
Jan 3, 2008, 4:22:00 PM  

Fox has no idea what "preparation" means.

GMoney said...
Jan 3, 2008, 5:38:00 PM  

Anyone who can compare football coverage to Slayer is a man among boys..hats off to you Ryan White at the Oregonian

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2008, 10:37:00 AM  

My biggest complaint is Fox's obsession with their graphics ability. They insist on showing how clever they are by featuring their graphics. The score/time bar on the Orange Bowl cut off the top of the screen. And the fireworks graphic during the cut to commercial was over the top. Fox is the worst choice for College Football, but this will never change until enough fans tell the BCS or stop watching.

Tennessee viewer said...
Jan 4, 2008, 11:19:00 AM  

I think the best for me was the OSU vs LSU halftime report. You know the one where everyone was grilling Eddie George about the SEC speed. What I really thought was funny was that Urban Meyer was one of the analysts grilling Eddie about the SEC speed. You know the same Urban Meyer that coaches Florida that lost to Michigan. Where was the SEC speed in that game. Anyway just hilarious. I will do the gator chomp for you Eddie..... GO BLUE!!

Jan 8, 2008, 7:48:00 AM  

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