As we’ve learned, if you sell ideas a certain way, people might actually believe them
Executive producers and network executives, get on a conference call with your respective announcing teams with one crystal-clear mandate.
From here on, play it straight when it comes to talking – or not talking – about the virus.
Deep down – even if denial is more than just a river in Egypt for way too many – we all know there’s a raging pandemic that’s kicking in full-force.
We got it, but we have to get away. If we can’t enjoy ourselves watching football, then what’s the point?
Compare the college games on Saturday to the NFL product on Sunday.
It was certainly strange not having an insane New Orleans crowd in the background when Tom Brady and Drew Brees were going at it – the reaction after the pick six would’ve been epic – but for 85% of the time, the NFL games seemed normal.
Triple that if you’re a RedZone guy like me – THANK YOU, YouTubeTV, for adding that to the mix – with everything whipping around throughout all of the action with no time to get bogged down on filler announcer talk. The real world didn’t seem to exist over the last hour of the early games.
On the flip side, every play of every college football game felt like it was being played during a global pandemic.
I don’t know if it’s because of the lack of fans, or no band noise, or because these are college kids, and anyone with a soul is worried about the potential of myocarditis turning a block into the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique, but it’s off.
It’s all off, and it’s up to the broadcasters to change that.
I’m not saying the issues and concerns have to be glossed over with propaganda and fluff, and certainly the overall narrative of safety can’t be ignored with improved optics, but if the games are being played, then it’s up to the broadcasts to give the fans their escape.
Quit saying, “college football is BACK,” because it’s sort of not.
Quit pointing out how much fun it looks like the players are having, because it makes it sound like we’re all supposed to ignore everything else so these guys can do their activity.
Quit longing for the things that aren’t there, because we all know what they are.
From here on, college football announcers, acknowledge what you have to acknowledge, and then act normal and party like it’s 2019.