Chimpanzees. That’s who.
For anyone that suffered through the Huskies defeat at the hands of Cal on Thursday via the FSN broadcast, you likely had no idea what the score was for most of the first half unless you were watching the game with my 68 year old grandmother who’s hobby is to go to Mariners games just to sit and fill out a scorecard.
You may have noticed that the scoreboard on the bottom of your television was actually being used as someone’s personal calculator. At least that is what it looked liked to me when watching the score move aimlessly up and down, usually in 4 point increments for the wrong team. I personally counted 7 times when baskets weren’t counted and 5 times when the wrong amount of points was given, and those were just the times when the scoreboard was actually on the screen! The worst part of it was that when the scoring mistakes got too overwhelming, they just turned the scoreboard off altogether until the operator thought that they got it right and when it came back on, it was usually still wrong wrong by at least 2 points. Let’s not forget the final 2 minutes of the game when the game clock part of the scoreboard simply read, “2nd Half”. Like I said, chimps run FSN… or at least the scoreboards.
You’d think that having a crazy homeless man do the pre-game/halftime/and post-game in-studio shows would be pretty cool. Not the case after witnessing Tom Newell visually caress the turtleneck clad Angie Mentink (as she struggled to form sentences) with his crazy man eyes that made me think for a second that I was on the corner of the I-5 off ramp in the U-District. Seriously FSN… Tom Newell?! If it weren’t for Jason Gesser I’d say that Newell was the worst analyst I’ve ever heard but luckily for him he didn’t sound like he was eating his own tongue.
The bottom line is that FSN is awful. ESPN Classic does a better job broadcasting the 1980 Rose Bowl than FSN would do if it were given the opportunity and the resources to broadcast the Super Bowl.
As Seattleites that must watch all of our major sports on the Fox family of networks (Don’t even get me started on the NFL on Fox studio show and Cleatus the Robot), we must demand that all employees of FSN to be locked in a room and be forced to watch ESPN for 24 straight hours so they can see what a real sports network looks like in 2009.
Oh yeah… You have your own HD channel (Comcast 627), SO WHY DON’T YOU TRY TO PUT STUFF ON IT MORE THAN ONCE A WEEK!