Three Hours of Pain...

The Boise State football team got off to its usual dominating start with a 49 to 7 thrashing of Idaho State. Once again, I did not attend the game, but instead watched it from the comfort of a friend's house. For the most part, I enjoyed the game. The one problem is, though, is that I would have enjoyed myself a whole lot better if I had muted the television for the three hours the game was on.
Okay, I'm gonna put this out there right off the bat. The following will make sense to all that have watched a BSU football game televised on our local tv network. Feel free to proceed, even if you have never seen a game on local tv here in Boise. You should count yourselves amongst the privileged to have never experienced the atrocity that is local broadcasting.
Now, that may come across as an angry viewer lashing out and in a way, it is. Here are just a few examples of what continues to irk me year after year and really, to be honest, no answers have been found:
1.) The camera followed the wrong player on a play action three times-on the first three plays of the game. The trend did not seem to stop even as the game neared it's conclusion.
2.) Here's a tip: His name is Tyler Shoemaker and he wears number 89. You think you'd get it right after the second touchdown.
3.) Perhaps it's a good idea, if you're calling the game, to go over the rosters of the opposing team before the telecast actually starts. Or at least find out the correct pronunciations of your own team's players. On a few separate occasions, the networks broadcasters pronounced a player on BSU's name two different ways. An ESPN anchor I can understand because they travel through town quickly, but this is your own team. You should know that roster like the back of your hand.
I will admit, the anger has somewhat passed, so I don't remember all of the examples I was going to cite. I will say that moving one Mr. David Agosto from the booth to the sideline was a good choice. I was thinking they could introduce a segment called "On the Case with David Agosto." He can do human interest pieces on the BSU players and explore campus life. The one downside of having a sideline reporter is apparently they can't find a microphone connection that works. Not once throughout the entire game did I get a whole conversation from the person getting interviewed because the mic kept cutting in and out.
While the broadcasters are local, and sometimes local broadcasts aren't exactly up to par, it is time for Boise to take a step forward. The program continues to grow, and so in turn should the broadcasts. Spend a little money and hire some better people, maybe a few extra cameras. Who's to say what can happen? Most televised games of any sport have their problems, it's just Boise's seem to be more glaring and happen more often. Until that day comes, however, here's to hoping that poor Tyler Shoemaker will get the credit he deserves when he catches his next touchdown.


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