Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stop, Stop, Stop

I have been so stuck about writing because I have so many irritations that aren't necessarily complete thoughts. I have been watching and listening to a lot of NCAA basketball.  I have found most of the play by play guys and analysts so incredibly annoying that it's made it very difficult to listen.  The other night during the Stanford/Connecticut Women's game, the talking heads, 5 minutes into the first half and the score was 22-16 Stanford, said, "do we have an upset in the making?"  What???!!!! Are you kidding?  How can you possibly say that? How can you say that in basketball?  (By the way, Connecticut blew out Stanford). It's so dumb, ignorant, and ridiculous. These announcers must go back to school.  They don't know what to do if they aren't yammering away.  Quiet is unheard of during a game.  If they can't enhance the game or the broadcast, shut up.  The constant chatter happens all the time, but during basketball games it's truly a joke. Most competitive games don't even get decided until the last two minutes, so stop making predictions or writing a team off.  

Baseball has it's share of dumb questions, too.  It's the beginning of the season, and post game reporters ask so many idiotic questions.  Here's one posed to the Manager, Joe Girardi, after a loss today: "Do you hope that Nova finds more consistency?"  Seriously?  I can answer that question.  Wouldn't the answer always be "yes" in anything one does?  If I were a student, wouldn't I want to find consistency in math on tests? homework? on absolutely everything????  

Maybe it's time to go back to test signals. Maybe we should not have 24/7 broadcasting. It's too much air time to fill without anything to say and, boy, so many have so little to say. That doesn't stop anyone, though.  Maybe broadcast schools and journalism schools have to re-train all these people to only speak when you have something to add.  I'm sure it's difficult to be in a room of reporters and not ask a question to the person behind the desk or podium. All their jobs are on the line with their producers and editors, but standing there and asking a question that anyone sitting at home could answer, is not insightful.  It doesn't raise the level of conversation or the intelligence of the listener.  

It's unbearable, particularly in sports, but it's rampant.  The other trend on television is promo-ing what will be coming up after the commercial.  Why do I want to know what is going to happen when I am watching?  I understand showing what's going to happen in next week's episode.  Try to keep people coming back week after week, I get that. I do, but during the show???!!  Hate it.  On The Voice, Carson Daly kept promo-ing Blake Shelton was the only one with a "steal" left from the first minute of last night's show.  Takes away any suspense or surprise for the viewer. It's on so many shows, but that was fresh in my craw.  Why can't we watch or listen and discover for ourselves.  Why do producers think we need to be spoon-fed?  When did this evolve?  It's terrible and, as a true television lover, making it harder to watch.  It sabotages the enjoyment of watching.  Stop, please stop, telling me what I will be seeing after the commercial break.  That's why more and more people aren't watching real time TV.  Do you hear that broadcasters??  Network Presidents?  Owners?  Stop, stop, stop.

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