Sugar Bowl Fiasco 2.0: Bashing Fox, Not Hawaii

Oscar PSenior Analyst IJanuary 5, 2008

Let's be clear:

I do not hate Hawai'i, as some Anonymous Cowards have commented.

Personally, I like Hawai'i.

After watching the Sugar Bowl and reading various articles both before and after the game, I would have to say the Warriors ought to be proud of their fans and their team (once again, with the exception of Keenan Jones).

To travel that far and spend that much money for a football game is proof enough to me that the Warriors belong—and once they can prove themselves able to compete with the big boys again, they should be afforded the opportunity without any "Well they got blown out by Georgia" BS.

I don't have a problem with Colt Brennan. I think he's made the best of a self-created bad situation, and I hope his draft stock wasn't hurt too much by the meltdown of his offensive line in the Sugar Bowl.

I did have a HUGE problem with the Fox broadcast of the game. The broadcast was extremely biased and poorly researched (they get paid to do it, I don't), and the camera work left a lot to be desired.

I've already discussed in a previous article Thom Brennamen and his "Gator" call.

I've already discussed the pregame human-interest story which I thought should have just stuck to football, or maybe picked a player who had a real tragedy happen to him—not someone who created his own problems.

I've already discussed the bias in calling UGA classless for still playing hard while saying Hawai'i was gutty for doing the same.

Then there was the matter of fundamental coverage breakdowns.

During the game, Marcus Howard had a tremendous sack of Brennan near the goal line, and the ball came loose. The officials ruled Howard had recovered for a UGA touchdown.

But everyone in my apartment saw a Hawai'i player come out with the ball.

Fox didn't show any decent replays, and the announcers accepted the officials' ruling without showing another angle.  It was a very halfhearted effort from the broadcast team.

I never saw Howard come up with the ball, and no matter how many times I replayed it on my DVR, I couldn't find an image of him gathering it in. Fox failed in the replay department, as many people have already noted.

Now let's go a little further.

At one point in the game, I believe it was the second quarter, one of the famed Hawai'i dreadheads took a massive hit on a pass play and lay motionless on the turf. Everyone in my apartment went silent, pale. I remember uttering the phrase "Oh, God" a number of times.

What did the Fox broadcast crew do?

Cut to commercial.

Normally, that would be fine, IF THEY HAD SEGUED WITH SOMETHING, ANYTHING. But Fox did not segue—they just went to commercial, without a word from the broadcast crew.

There was no, "We hope he is all right, we will go to break now and try to find out more." There was nothing. There was silence.

Commercials mattered more to Fox than saying a sympathetic line for a fallen kid.

Imagine if you were that player's mother, brother, aunt, or uncle who could not get to New Orleans for the game and was watching on television. Fox not only failed the casual  viewer. They not only failed the schools. Fox failed the people who really mattered in that situation—the family and friends of the player who was down.

Luckily, when Fox returned the player was moving around, but imagine how scary those couple of minutes would have been for a family member.

So, before you bash me as a Hawai'i hater, Anonymous Coward, why don't you actually read the article for its purpose. I was bashing announcers, and particularly Fox.


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