Friday, August 1, 2014
TOO MUCH FOOTBALL?
TOO MUCH FOOTBALL?
The season is fast approaching and I am excited, but is it possible, have we actually reached “Football Overload?”
Once upon a time watching a football game was a big deal. You could go to your local High School game on Saturday afternoon, or watch the college “Game Of The Week” on TV Saturday afternoon. Sunday was professional Football; one game, if it was your home teams away game. If my Giants played at home, the game was blacked out. Why? I don’t really know.
When the Giants played at home, we listened to it on the radio. Still it was a big deal. The exception to this was if the Giants played at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. We lived in New Jersey, 70 miles from Philadelphia. When the Giants played at home against the Eagles, Pop went up on the roof and faced the antennae towards Philadelphia.In half of all the houses in Westfield, New Jersey, there was a Pop on the roof yelling down to his son “How’s that?” It was like a visit to the ophthalmologist only yelling, “Better, better, worse, that’s good!”
Years later they eliminated home game blackouts and started broadcasting two Sunday Pro games when they added the AFL. The Saturday college games were also broadcast over multiple networks and the TV airwaves were filled with weekend daytime football.
TV ratings were so high ABC added “Monday Night Football.”
Monday night football brought joy to a testosterone overloaded audience. Somehow even women got caught up in Monday night football. There were parties every Monday night to watch whoever was playing. The announcers were Frank Gifford, who called play by play, the expert, Dandy Don Meredith was Mr. Personality, and the whole country formed a love hate relationship with Howard Cosell.
Soon, Sunday Night Football was on TV, College games were televised Friday nights and Saturday nights. Cable started broadcasting College games all day Saturday on multiple channels. High School games are now telecast Saturday morning and Friday nights.
Thursday night became time for college football, and last year games were also aired on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The week was complete, football every day, and unlimited football all weekend.
This year the NFL is broadcasting Thursday Night Football.
Is it possible, has TV actually reached Football overload? What person could possibly watch football every single night. Who could watch all day on Saturday and Sunday? It is just not humanly possible.
Still, I’m gonna try.