To me, this thing is still a gimmick, but from what it sounds like, a few athletes who were on hand were impressed after they watched last night’s Rangers/Islanders game in 3-D.
I wonder if they still would have liked it if the Rangers were on the wrong end of the 5-0 romp. Then again, they can actually afford the TV’s and probably don’t actually care if the Rangers won or lost.
Here, via Tara Sullivan of the Bergen Record , are some quotes from last night:
NY Giant Kevin Boss: “The fighting was cool,” Giants tight end Kevin Boss said from his front-and-center seat.
NY Jet D’Brickashaw Ferguson: “It’s like you have a seat in the stands,” echoed Jets offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who sat near Boss. “It’s phenomenal. It really magnifies the fights, and when they get hit into the glass, it’s like when a bird crashes into your windshield. You duck, even though you know you’re not going to get hit.”
Mark Messier: “It’s amazing. It really might revolutionize the way games are telecast, and obviously from an interest standpoint, it might be what we’ve been looking for to sell our game on TV,” Messier said.
Knicks forward David Lee: “There’s nothing more fun than to go watch a hockey game live, but one of the question marks about hockey is that sometimes the speed of the game doesn’t translate that well on television,” Lee said.
“It’s tough to see the athleticism; it’s tough to see how big and strong and fast the players are. This, I think, definitely gives a better perspective of the game as if you’re watching it live.
“With the success of ‘Avatar’, I’m sure this is the future of TV.”
MSG President: “It’s interesting to figure out what came first, the demand by consumers or the product,” said Mike Bair, president of MSG Media.
“With the success of movies like ‘Avatar’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ we know there is a great future in 3-D viewing. The technology has advanced so much in the last years and months that I think everyone had a lot of confidence they could sell television sets, so it’s one of those things, ‘If you build it, they will come.’
“The sets are already on sale and manufacturers are selling out. It’s particularly important to get ahead of it and learn how to produce these games.”
(Photo by Michael Karas/The Bergen Record).