6 Best TV Gaffes of the 2012 NFL Season
Broadcasting live sporting events is hard work, especially when it's the NFL.
You never know what you're going to see, what is going to happen, and only have a split-second to react. On top of that, if a broadcast goes smooth, it's supposed to. But if you fail, well that's what sites like Deadspin and 30fps.mocksession.com is for.
Looking through the pictures of broadcasting fails on those sites, I've compiled some of the best ones of the 2012 NFL season so far. I know I might have missed a few, so if I do, be sure to leave a link in the comment section.
Also I'm only counting the regular season. If I were to include the preseason, I'd still be writing this piece based only on the Miami Dolphins' preseason broadcasts.
Um, Guys, the Bears Lost on Sunday...
Oh, NFL on FOX Chyron operators, ever hear the phrase "don't count your chickens before they hatch?"
The Bears weren't even that close to victory throughout Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, yet whoever was in charge of operating the chyron seemed to think that Chicago pulled away with the victory over the Vikings, placing the Bears at 9-4 and the Vikings at 6-7.
We know that not to be the case obviously, as not only are the Bears at 8-5, but they're also now behind the Seattle Seahawks and have the sixth seed in the NFC, not the fifth seed.
Minnesota, meanwhile, is just one game out of the final playoff spot, meaning Vikings fans will likely be cheering for the Packers on Sunday.
Browns Fans May Hate the Steelers, but Think Steelers Fans Are No. 1!
At first glance this screen cap from a Week 12 matchup pitting the Steelers and Browns looks innocent enough. Steelers fans travel well anywhere, so to see them in Cleveland (which is only a two hour, 19 minute drive from Pittsburgh) isn't a surprise.
Usually when they pan the camera to the crowd in between breaks in game action, they go for striking images, especially of fans of the road team surrounded by the home team's fans.
But glance closer to the crudely drawn happy face located on the Browns fan.
Yes, it's what you might think it is. He's telling the Steelers fan his opinion on their team.
Later on that afternoon, he probably used the same finger to point to the scoreboard, which is still the greatest taunt in sports history.
Baltimore Bleeping Maryland!
Another long-standing tradition for both networks is to pan the camera into the stands as they plug the upcoming halftime show prior to the two-minute warning. Usually the shots are fairly boring, but this time around in Baltimore Bleeping Maryland, it was a bit different.
I'm sure you can tell what's behind the purple streak I crudely colored into the gentleman's T-shirt. I noticed it the second I saw the picture from this season's Week 10 matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Bleeping Ravens.
My question is how did CBS's cameraman and the producers in the truck not notice it? Here's the NSFW picture of it, it's all spelled out in white and purple. How could you miss that?
Colts Fans Not Happy with Tennessee's 7-0 Lead
This is a bit of bad luck.
It's common that when an extra point is kicked, the end-zone camera is used to show it. Same goes with field goals. The camera stays there until we receive the referee's indication as to whether it's good or no good.
So sometimes stuff happens, like a Colts fan upset over the fact that Tennessee has jumped to a 7-0 lead halfway through the first quarter, expressing his opinion.
You would think this fan would know by now to be patient considering Andrew Luck's success in the fourth quarter.
This again isn't a gaffe on the part of the production staff, nor on reporter Ian Rapoport.
But it's funny nonetheless. Prior to Week 6's Sunday Night Football matchup between the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers (now Houston's second most embarrassing prime time performance), Rapoport did what he usually does, providing live pre-game updates for the NFL Network.
But he didn't anticipate an errant football hitting him in the head. Despite this, he continued like a professional and wrapped up his segment.
Was There a Paper Football Game NFL RedZone Channel Wanted to Show Us?
Any football fan would tell you that if your team isn't playing, NFL RedZone is the channel to watch.
It's football without the commercials, the breaks in the action, and a sure-fire way to avoid some of the gaffes seen in this slideshow. How does one screw up NFL RedZone channel? Before the founding of it, people did the same thing all the time with a remote control!
Well, as seen here in Week 10, even NFL RedZone is capable of having a gaffe of their own. My question is why is there a camera linked behind the scenes to the office, and how did we wind up getting that camera?
Was there a couple of guys playing Madden that they just had to show us? Or was it the end of an exhilarating office paper football championship game?
This by far is the worst, and by worst I mean best, TV Gaffe of the 2012 NFL season!
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