On the downside, I thought this crew was uneven on replays.
After the second replay of Rice’s touchdown run, Nantz said, “Oh, my gosh, what about the block by Shipley?”
The replays did show a couple of Bears go flying to the ground but I couldn’t make out the details of how it happened. I wanted a shot that isolated A.Q. Shipley’s block if it was good enough for Nantz to say, “Oh, my gosh.”
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I didn’t get that.
But I did get a nice clean replay on Elvis Dumervil’s roughing the passer penalty late in the game. And I appreciated the nice, clean call from Simms, who said: “I do not like that call period.”
With 8:55 left in the second quarter, I was also given two great angles of Jimmy Smith deflecting a key third-down pass in the end zone.
I would have liked more atmosphere on a day when the weather was so extreme. I wanted to feel the wind, wet and mud more than I did.
But Arnold, the director, gave viewers a lot of illustrative close-ups of cleats slipping on the turf and fans in the stands looking like wind-blown survivors on the deck of a cruise ship that is about to go down in a storm on the North Atlantic.
In fairness, I think I wanted poetry, while Arnold was trying to just give viewers a solid feel for game conditions. And where’s the poetry anyway when the Ravens lose a game they should have won – a game that could mean no playoffs for Baltimore this year?