NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” is the gold standard of NFL television, no doubt about it. But last night’s telecast of the Ravens' 43-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was not one of the network’s greatest performances.
It started early with Bob Costas telling viewers in the pregame show that the temperature in the stadium was 35 degrees, but since there wasn’t much wind, it wasn’t that cold.
But at kickoff a short time later, the graphic on the screen said it was 40 degrees. I’m pretty sure the temperature didn’t rise 5 degrees just before kickoff – especially since the graphic at the start of the fourth quarter about three hours later said 36 degrees.
That’s not a...