Man, I dunno. Between last Wednesday's intro to the IFL and tonight's supposedly best-of the last season show, they sure love the hard sell. I think they did like 20 minutes of hype before they even got to showing any ACTION. Replays were always accented with percussive hits or other sound effects coinciding with the blows landed - I mean, why not go all the way and make the man's fist/kick GLOW before it connects as well?
But the worst, WORST thing they did was try to retroactively fantasy book the Team Finals. Don't tell me it's all tied up at 1-1 when you showed me a 4-0 scoreboard to begin the second fight of the three you decided to show out of order. ESPECIALLY don't do it when the third fight you show has the two announcers talking about how it's 2-0 and Quad Cities can wrap it all up by winning the third fight. Normally I can forgive something like this because hey, you're trying to build a fanbase and get them excited for the big finish, but when you make a big deal about how REAL it is and how they're not actors (implying that the other MMA folks ARE actors? Yeah, that'll fly with the fanbase) trying to zazz up your existing footage by retroscripting....arrrrrgh.
Also, there sure were a lot of Fox Sports sound effects for some reason. ;-) I was wondering if the "letterboxing" was because they had to crop out all the FSN graphics - or if it was more because it was a historical HD presentation and that's how it's always going to look on my non-HD station.
Anyway. Given that these matches were probably taped a month ago (since the commentators helpfully told me the new season started in January), I'm hopeful they haven't put a lot of post producing into what I might see next Monday - but I have a feeling that I'll give them next week and then give up.
It was also their first loss in 17 games, and their first loss against a CONCACAF team in 32 matches. I would say that's pretty well the opposite of "suck". FIFA has Mexico ranked #6 and the USA ranked #10.