Attending a football game that is being televised is exasperating. There is no continuity. The game proceeds in fits and starts, with the broadcaster in absolute control of the pace.
Before the game, players from each team stroll out onto the field in preparation for the kick off – then stand around for three or four minutes until some little guy standing on the field wearing a headset signals to an official that he is now permitted to start the game. Then there is a kickoff and a player on the receiving team catches the ball and runs until he gets knocked down.
Once again, out comes the little man signaling that the play is to be stopped for three more minutes of TV commercials. The players stand around awaiting permission to resume the game that has barely begun. This scenario is repeated (1) every time after a team scores, (2) every time after the ensuing kickoff play is concluded, (3) every time a team calls a time out, (4) when there is an injury to a player and (5) whenever that little man determines that too much game time has expired without a time out for more commercials.
Well, enough of my rant. It won’t be changed. TV pays huge sums for the rights to televise the games – they make the rules. Convenience of the participants and paid spectators be damned. I was just glad that the game wasn’t being played in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in below freezing temperatures with snow and howling winds. I was also glad that there were two bands that alternated playing during the time outs.
I took lots of photos, a few of which I’ve uploaded to my Flickr site. For some strange reason the following photo in just a few days has been viewed more than 50 times making it the 24th most viewed of the 1,078 photos I’ve uploaded. Frankly, my arms start to tremble when I look at it. 😉
This photo is amusing. Looks like these college students are in need of a remedial reading course.
Here the Troy quarterback, with outstanding protection is preparing to pass.
Here, a player decides to take a nap in the middle of the game. 😀
This is a test. Can you find the ball in the following photo? You have to click on it twice to make it large enough to actually see the ball. One clue: both the passer,number 6 white jersey on the far right, and the intended receiver, number 16 white jersey near the far left, are looking directly at the ball in flight. Tomorrow I’ll show a blown up portion of the photo highlighting the ball for anyone who can’t find it. I was really surprised how long it took me to find it, even when looking directly at it.
More to come.