I know this is a football blog, but because National Signing Day has come and gone and Urban Meyer is on his indefinite leave of absence, I thought it would be OK to step outside the box just this once.
I can’t help myself. I have to get this off my chest.
I WILL NEVER WATCH A COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAME ON ESPNU AGAIN! NEVER. EVER.
Trying to watch the Florida-Alabama game on the network Thursday night was an absolutely painful and excruciating experience. There were times I became so frustrated I was yelling at the television and poised to throw the clicker right through the screen.
If you watched the game, you know what I’m talking about. It was all those Alabama students brought on by the network to sort of run the show. Hey, it’s good for the students, but simply awful for us, the viewers.
The worst part is when they turned the play-by-play responsibilities over to an Alabama senior in the second half. Usually, that’s OK, it wouldn’t bother me because it’s just a voice. As long as I can see the game, I’m OK with that, the voice doesn’t bother. But for some unexplainable reason, the ‘U’ decided to shrink the screen so they could show the kid doing his stuff. Why? Maddening.
Another thing. The little features the students did were trite and cliche. Like the one on the origination of an elephant becoming the Tide mascot. Who cares? Or eating at Dreamland. Hey, we’ve seen it too many times before.
And there was one embarrassing moment, at least in my opinion. During the first half, some kid did a little feature on the Alabama campus about the most popular place to tailgate on game day. He did a fine job. But later in the first half, they showed this same future journalist among a rowdy group of Alabama fans with his Tide gear on cheering like a mad man. Lesson to kid: you’re supposed to be impartial (or at last act like it).
So, lesson learned for that kid (maybe).
And lesson learned for us. Never watch a college basketball game again on the ‘U’.