I really enjoy your columns and observations on the poor quality of the CBS NFL coverage. My son and I have noted many of the same deficient qualities as you, but perhaps most galling is the difference between their collegiate coverage and NFL coverage. For instance, every college game they cover has a sideline reporter, multiple replay angles and such a refreshing lack of redundant, mundane insights. What gives??
Z responds: Hi David, I could go off for a week on this one. And I usually do. The short answer: money. Because we are small market, CBS treats us like dogs. Even though we have the defending Super Bowl champs, we don't deserve a sideline reporter, according to the CBS bottom-line guys.
We started getting more cameras during the last two CBS telecasts, but I really believe that was only because CBS got pounded in The Sun week after week for the third-rate resources the Ravens games usually get.
Thanks for reminding me about CBS college coverage. That just makes me angrier. It makes me almost as angry as the beaten-down and brainwashed fools who say we don't need more cameras or sideline reporters -- we should be happy with whatever CBS gives us.
Here's Finton on Sunday's Fox telecast:
Z, Very good assessment. I thought that it was the best telecast so far this season.
And finally, I want to thank Jim, from Phoenix, for correcting my grammar in a review I did of "NBC Sunday Night Football." Jim says he was "trained and brained" in such matters by nuns, which is why he can't help noticing when someone gets it wrong.
I thoroughly enjoy and agree with most of your analyses of the NFL "chatter boxes". . . . But, getting to the subject matter. [You wrote] "The most surprising thing about 'Sunday Night Football,' after you've been subjected to CBS, is the chemistry between Esocoff, Michaels, Collinsworth, the cameras and the replays. I didn't see NBC miss a replay in the first half." . . . I think "among" is called for in place of "between".
Z responds: You are absolutely right, Jim. The nuns did good... Wait, no, that's not right. Well. The nuns did well.