BCS broadcast had its highlights, lowlights


Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 11:52 p.m.
Here is an armchair analysis of the highlights and lowlights of the BCS National Championship Game broadcast:
  • What were they thinking moment?
    The Ohio State marching band playing tunes from the film "Titanic." OK, band uniforms seldom meet the modern standards for style, but the Buckeyes looked like the lost deck crew from the Good Ship Lollypop sinking under the plastic tarp waves. Did they have an alternative show if the team had been up by 20 points?
  • Rock 'Em Sock 'Em truck ads.
    I lost count during the first half on how many times I had to watch the giant Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot takes on the shiny red Dodge, but it was at least a half-dozen commercials too many. My head felt like I'd taken one on the chin. The second half brought out the mud-coated Nissan pickups and the pulsing riffs of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man." Classic rock and a truck that's not afraid of getting dirty gets our vote.
  • No dream team in the booth.
    OK, Fox skips the entire regular season and then jumps in to broadcast the top college bowl games of the year. Thom Brenneman, not bad, Charles Davis, OK, but Barry Alvarez? Not a bad coach, but he's still pulling a check as athletic director at the University of Wisconsin, which is a Big Ten school, and there was Ohio State, a Big Ten dog in the fight. That made him an overpaid, under-performing conflict of interest.
  • Hooray for no shaker shots.
    Fox did manage to avoid the extended shots of cheerleaders grinning at the camera shaking pom poms for no apparent reason other than grandma and grandpa are getting to see their mugs on national television.
  • Hint: It's a domed stadium.
    They put a roof over the stadium, so if you fly over it with a TV camera you don't see the game, you see something that looks like a cross between a UFO and a giant neon vitamin capsule. It's hardly a goosebump generator.
  • Urban Meyer as head coach/cheerleader.
    OK, the Gators topping the Buckeyes was big news, but the cameras catching the typically stoic Meyer pumping up the crowd before his Gatorade baptism was a highlight for the ages. And even after his drenching, his hair was still perfect. Amazing!
  • Mandatory replay limit, please.
    Buckeyes Coach Jim Tressel's decision in the second quarter to go for it on fourth down on the OSU 29-yard line was a turning point. The Gators stopping running back Chris Wells was huge. But did we need a dozen replays of the same no-gain play, with multiple showings of the same camera angle, each repetition adding nothing? Maybe an X-ray shot from the blimp would have added some insight. Seeing it repeated like some endless video loop wasn't helpful.
  • Do we really need confetti cannons?
    Confetti: small bits or streamers of brightly colored paper made for throwing (as at weddings). Source: Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary.
    When did it become necessary to commercially manufacture confetti then spew it from jet-power cannons? Isn't it just as exciting to jump up and down and not be covered in 20 pounds of litter.
  • All together now . . .
    As the game's outcome become inevitable, Fox began showing close-ups of Buckeye fans with despair all over their faces. This added to the enjoyment of Gator fans in Gainesville bars and pubs, where patrons responded with communal cries of "awww . . . "
  • And in this corner...
    Adding sparks of momentary drama to the game were shots of Gator and Buckeye players occasionally glowering at each other after some plays.
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