Mark80, on 23 June 2014 - 08:59 PM, said:
These are great points and I agree with you 100%. To play a bit of devils advocate though if I may. I remember when I used to listen to Colin Cowherd's radio show like 7 years ago or so, he would defend when he would talk about the same things numerous times during the show. He would say that the average listener would only tune in for X amount of minutes (a small number that I can't remember). So, if they tuned in they would expect him to be talking about the big story of the day (I think this was around the Bonds or Clemens PED coverage that was so annoying). If he wasn't talking about that, they'd turn it off immediately. He admitted it's all about the ratings and all about the average viewer, flat out saying sorry to the hard-core listeners. Now, this is obviously TV and there is probably a longer viewing time than listening time on the radio, but I think this is probably applicable here. The average NFL fan only cares about their team (obviously they show the most popular teams the most often) and if they are flipping through and see their team (or some player like Manziel) on NFL network in some capacity they may watch for a while, if not they are certain to turn it off. Unfortunately, the true fans get the shaft because they are trying to get the ratings from the average viewer over good content.
I understand your point...though quoting Cowherd to me will never get me to change my mind...I think he epitomizes, more than anyone, what I hate about sports/sports coverage over the last 10-12 years... I just don't think sports would be near as big part of my life if I was growing up following them now...maybe that is the bigger issue.
But, while there is merit to what Cowherd says, it is not really what I am talking about. NFLNetwork has about 4 hours of original programming Mon-Friday (more during the football season) which is re-run multiple times during the day. That is when they cover the current league topics...NFL AM, Total Access, etc etc. There, I expect them to talk about Johnny Manziel, Tony Romo, Tom Brady...etc etc...what I am talking about, is the other 12 hours a day when they just show the same Cowboys, Steelers, Patriots specials over and over.
C.Biscuit97, on 24 June 2014 - 09:20 AM, said:
God, I wish I was older in the 90s. I never apperciated how great the Bills were. Ithought they were losers because they lost Super Bowls. I jsut assumed they would be in the playoffs every year. Plus, 90s hip hop and rock music was great. If only the Bills could be good now before I'm too old to apperciate it.
Been transferring old VHS Bills games to DVD. The last one I did was a 1988 game: Bills at Patriots. It was kind of hilarious, kind of makes you realize how much the game has changed. In that game (this is prior to the Bills no-huddle) the announcer (nobody I remember at all) is going on and on about how Steve Grogan is the only QB in the NFL who calls his own plays, and one of the few who regularly audibles, because his coaches "trust him that much".
Also, early in the game, Kelly makes a short pass to Thurman which goes off his hands...they go on about how Thurman isn't really known as a receiver,and they would be surprised to see Kelly look his way again...