Announcer-less football has returned!!!

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  1. Jo_C

    Jo_C Second Unit

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    Those of you who have Fox stations with the SAP (Second Audio program) capability missed a rare treat last night...for the first time in nearly 20 years, there was ANNOUNCERLESS FOOTBALL!!! It was accessed via the SAP channel (where foreign-dubbed translations would have been).

    You could hear the game without interference from the announcers. What a treat it was for me!!!

    The last time announcerless football happened was some 20 years ago, when NBC decided to dump Dick Enberg and go with a game free from announcers (remember, this was from the same network that also experimented with female play-by-play football announcers, the "silent minute", and one-announcer games).

    Fox really has gone innovative, hasn't it?

    "Do'h!"
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  2. Bruce Hedtke

    Bruce Hedtke Cinematographer

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    Wasn't the last game that did that the Jet's Vs. Miami? I recall people liked it but it was never followed up on. Me, personally, I like announcers...if they have a classy style and can turn a phrase. Annoying people like Jerry Glanville or Bill Maas can just go.

    Bruce
     
  3. Ashley Seymour

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    You have Howard Cosell rolling in his grave. He felt the obligation to imbue each MNF telecast with a theme that he - of course - was uniquely blessed with the talent to expound and expand upon.
     
  4. Mitty

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    Ah, it's nice sometimes isn't it?

    Here in Canada, at least some of the NHL playoffs were announcer free on French CBC due to a labour strike.

    It was very...relaxing?
     
  5. clemente

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    One of the things that I miss when I go see a sporting event live is the commentators. There the only thing that gets me through the lulls in the game...and often what's going on, on the field (penalties and the like) aren't always apparent.
     
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    I remember that NBC announcerless broadcast. Wasn't it on one of the Saturday games in the final week of the season? It was a unique treat, but I do like having announcers -- if they know what they are talking about. It gets frustrating listening to some of these guys blather on, discussing an officiating decision when the announcers do not even know the rules.

     

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