Love reading your column on Monday mornings. What you say is so true and it is the reason that I turn off the sound on my TV and listen to the game on the radio.
But Roland in Baltimore writes:
I enjoy your Monday columns analyzing the TV Commentary of the Ravens game.
Yesterday I was so sick with the commentary that I tried turning to WBAL Radio to listen to their commentary and muted the sound on TV. The problem is the 5 second delay in the radio broadcast caused the TV play to be completed and the Radio crew just announcing the play after it was over!
This quite disconcerting and really not a viable method. Does the FCC maintain that even Sports needs the delay? It would be nice if the Radio commentary was in real time!!!
I’m sure this probably is impossible to change!!
Here's another from Baltimore with the fan facing the same dilemma:
Z, as usual, your analysis of CBS's football ineptitude is spot on. I actually turned the volume off turing the whole second part of the fourth quarter.
Oh, how I wanted to turn on the WBAL radio game broadcast. But, the radio broadcast is a whole play behind the televised game.
I couldn't take it anymore. I couldn't take the sloppy unfocused play-by-play announcing. I couldn't take missing part of the live action for ill timed replays that should have been part of the half-time show. I couldn't take the the lack of any reasonable football color commentary from Fouts.
Come on Dan, you were an NFL quarterback give us some real analysis - that's what you get paid for. Enough already!
I have spoken to WBAL radio engineers and producers about this, and it is not something they can control. If you watch on satellite versus cable, you will have a time difference as well. the delay is in the distribution of the signal through that particular technology.
I know some readers say they have hit days where the TV pictures and radio play-by-play are basically in synch.
Some readers say it's fine -- as Betty did. And some can't abide the lag -- like Roland.
Any insights on this are appreciated, and I will share with readers. Our local WBAL radio team is outstanding. It is the solution to the folks in the booth on CBS -- but only if the words and pictures are in synch.
Here's a comment from Annapolis:
I agree that watching the game on tv is getting to be a pain. A shame that the radio play by play is ahead of tv broadcast.
Now a few other observations-
Fox broadcast of the Redskins game was worse. Just in case anyone didn't know, Jay Cutler was injured. They told us probably 200 times in 3 hours. Mediocre teams get the crappy broadcasters. (Ravens, Redskins, Navy, Maryland). Just my opinion, watching (local) football on Sunday just doesn't have it this year. Sunday nights broadcast teams are the best...
And finally, this from Jeffrey:
Fouts reminds me of my 4th grade math teacher who always fell asleep in class. Why does Baltimore always get the d-team? F'ing terrible cbs...