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I don't have much experience with this channel, but TSN in Canada picked up the broadcast of last night's Broncos-Chiefs game.

I was quite shocked to hear Bryant Gumbel call the game. He seemed far too mellow to be doing football.

Still, it's a nice Thursday night option. Any thoughts?
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I didn't watch much but Gumbel must have been on some powerful cold or flu medicine. My biggest gripe though is the scoreline.



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They had some glitches to be sure (1st down marker didn't always appear) and it felt like Gumbel was still stretching his play-by-play "muscles" but Collinsworth had not lost much of the bite he displayed from his former stint with Fox. They picked up a nice exchange between Plummer and Shanahan on the sidelines while punctuating it with Adam Schefter's news that Plummer would "definitely" be benched in favor of Cutler after the game was over.

CBS has the best score line bar none. I like the in the corner look and stats that pop out after each play. Scores and stats run across the bottom. Fox used to have a decent bar across the top, but I miss the team logos they used to display and just the "style" it used to have as opposed to the generic look it has now. Not a big fan of ESPN's either.



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I thought it was pretty good, but didn't like the score board display neither. I personally think NBC has the best one.

The sound for a lot of the first quarter sounded like it was coming through a can, but they fixed it.

The postgame show seemed awkward, and especially dark.

But I did like Gumbel, and have always liked Collinsworth, especially for his sometimes frank commentary.



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I got to watch the game at my brother's house. I wasn't that impressed with the production. I noticed multiple times that the down and distance were wrong, and Gumbel doesn't have a good play by play voice -- it's much too high pitched. He also sucked at calling the game (or his spotters were feeding him poor distances on plays).
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.79
    Originally posted by Sec19Row53
    I noticed multiple times that the down and distance were wrong

Yes, probably most glaring when Denver scored their TD on a 1st and goal play, while the announcers were wondering if they should go for it on 4th down.

    Originally posted by Sec19Row53
    He also sucked at calling the game (or his spotters were feeding him poor distances on plays).

"It's 1st and 10 and here's Tony Gonzalez with a gain of three or four. Or five. 2nd and 3 now..."

They also didn't have any footage of the post-game ceremony where Pat Bowlen turned the Broncos over to their new owner, Larry Johnson. And there weren't NEARLY enough replays of Bronco LBs leaving their jockstraps all over the field as LJ repeatedly froze in mid-air, hovered off the ground for a few seconds, and then zoomed right past them.

And this isn't NFL Network's fault, but it's kinda disappointing that Denver didn't start Jay Cutler, robbing us all of the opportunity to see another young AFC West QB get Ryan Leaf'd.

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    Originally posted by SEADAWG
    And there weren't NEARLY enough replays of Bronco LBs leaving their jockstraps all over the field as LJ repeatedly froze in mid-air, hovered off the ground for a few seconds, and then zoomed right past them.


You mean like this:

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I thought Collinsworth did a pretty stand up job.

As far as Gumbel goes, they had the wrong brother in the booth.
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I would have loved to watch the game if Insight hadn't pussed out and dropped the dime to get the actual game on instead of another NFL Films rerun.

MSOs had two options: buy the set of games or not buy the set of games and piss off watchers. Insight went for the latter.

And if you think I'm complaining, remember that it's on a digital tier that IIRC is also in a 'pak' that you have to buy. Therefore, the consumer's already paying extra to offset any cost per viewer that a MSO would have to pay for.

Granted, it's a catch 22, but at the consumer's expense.



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    Originally posted by Whitebacon
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That's the best animated .gif since the Jared Allen Big Wiggle Sack Dance.
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I have not seen that.



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Aw, heck. I don't even know where to look for it anymore.

Here's one of him doing it, but it's not the one I was talking about. The other one was funnier. I could have sworn I saved it somewhere, dammit.

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Latest news is Minneapolis ex-Time Warner customers can cheerfully wait for the court action to occur some time right after this season ends to find out when/if NFL Network will be added to the lineup. Sigh.

Having seen the Thanksgiving NFLN game at my parents' house, however, I'm not going to be working TOO hard to find myself in a St. Paul bar (or my in-laws' house) for the sole purpose of being able to see their version of the product.

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They had most of the kinks worked out for the 2nd game. I found I actually liked their "Fox Box" this week (use of team logos and the way the information blinked in and out). Gumbel was much better and Collinsworth was his usual self (which I like). They had some great camera work on the Sams injury and the botched snap on the FG Stover missed.

I also dug the introductions for the offenses and defenses. They were modern enough with the graphics without having to have one of the players introduce everyone or having players give shoutouts to their colleges or high schools.

It'll take a little getting used to having an actual NFL game every Thursday the rest of the way, but I'm prepared to live with it ;-)



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