A little fuzzy

A little fuzzy

There are 25 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Feb 4, 2008, titled A little fuzzy. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

That could apply to the outcome of last night's Super Bowl, but it also could apply to how I felt as I was watching it unfold on Fox.

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Towson, MD

#1 Feb 4, 2008
"• Oops Dept.: A pre-game spot to promote voting featured St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger. Except the name flashed under him spelled his first name "Mark."
How awful it must have been for him...and this is worth printing in the newspaper?

Chevy Chase, MD

#2 Feb 4, 2008
Who cares about your post game comments about the telecasters. I'm neither a Giants or Patriots fan but I enjoyed the game and their comments. You just have to put your owns two cents worth in.....get a real job.

Tampa, FL

#3 Feb 4, 2008
this is the most ridiculous article I have ever read in the Sun and that is saying a lot given laura vescey used to write for the Sun.

This is the nest you can do?!

United States

#4 Feb 4, 2008
The whole annointment angle that everyone, not just Fox took, was annoying. They all presumed the Patriots were going to complete the perfect season, become the best team of all time, the best team dynasty, etc.

They are not event the best team this year, anymore...

Abingdon, MD

#5 Feb 4, 2008
Did anyone catch David Jennings on Westwood One during halftime? Awful. None of his answers made any sense. At one point, his co-announcer asks him a question on Manning losing his effectiveness after the first couple of drives and Jennings answers talking about Brady and how Moss wasn't involved enough in the game.

Toronto, Canada

#6 Feb 4, 2008
The Baltimore Sun criticizing another media outlet on their "coverage". Oh man, now that's rich.

I despise everything about the Fox network, including the dumb football robot, but c'mon the Sun critiquing someone else's coverage?

Pot meet Kettle.

Washington, DC

#7 Feb 4, 2008
I thought Troy Aikman did a great job showing why Eli and Plaxico misread each other when the latter was wide open and Eli was scrambling free towards the near sideline. At first glance, it looked like Eli made the worst throw of his career at the worst time.

Earlier in the game, Eli's only post-season interception was correctly pointed out as a deflection that shouldn't have happened.

As for Brady's ankle:(1) Brady is on the injury report of every game in the past four years, and hasn't missed a game.(2) Brady was moving fine.

On one maul job of Brady, his arm was grabbed while throwing and he was severely contorted in trying to continue his throw during the blindside. I thought maybe that one play may have contributed to some poor throws -- certainly more than his much-bruhaha'ed ankle.

The real story of the Super Bowl was the pressure on Brady. The five sacks were much greater than the 1.2 per game average, and that doesn't count the hurries, the hits. or the fumble.

Brady did prove he is one tough hombre for all of the abuse he was taking ... but that abuse was a major component in allowing 17 points to be a winning total. So, kudos to Buck and Aikman.

Oh and by the way, time of possession was not much of a factor in the Pats' formula for winning because they were quick-striking in so many games.

And since Ray Frager wants to poo-poo the 90 yards rushing, let's remember many of those runs set up successful passes by (a) keeping the Patriots honest and (b) keeping the Giants in makable third-and-shorts. The latter kept drives alive that either led to a score or at least helped give the Patriots longer distances to accomplish.

Pssst. One of those 90 yards rushing was on a fourth-and-one during a scoring drive when everyone and their spy camera knew it was going to be a run.

The biggest problem with eight hours of pre-game analysis and eight hours of post-game analysis is the eight hours each.

I'm surprised Frager didn't blame Fox for Tom Petty's microphone being to large.

United States

#8 Feb 4, 2008
Other that the outcome of the game, the terminator kicking the butt of the Fox robot was the best part of the game.

Pikesville, MD

#9 Feb 4, 2008
Aikman was awful and said nothing insightful the entire game, you'd think he would have come more prepared for the the biggest game of the year, but no, he just spit out the same old tripe all game, telling us nothing important.

And the shot of the banans was pathetic and poor production, someone should be fired for that.

Hyattsville, MD

#10 Feb 4, 2008
Unlike your detractors, Ray, I actually like your columns, including this one. Usually I like Aikman's analysis too, but even I thought he "mailed it in a bit" with this game. Part of that may have been due to what a previous post commented on, the way Fox was ready to anoint New England and fawn all over them. Then it didn't quite go the way they expected and Fox didn't seem to have a commentary/analysis Plan B.

United States

#11 Feb 4, 2008
The game has become secondary to the event. This was evident in every aspect of the broadcast.

Warren, ME

#12 Feb 4, 2008
Suprised there was time for any commentary in between the commercials. At 2 plus million dollars a minute for commercial ad time, we guess thought it should be all about the commercials instead of about the game. Seemed like 2 plays,then a commercial, then 2 plays, and so on. Speaking of commentary,we see that Fox has the World Series rights till 2013, if only they could spare us from Tim McCarver and to some degree Joe Buck.We turn the tv sound off and turn the radio on and listen to Jon Miller and Joe Morgan..that turns out to be alot easier on the ears.

United States

#13 Feb 4, 2008
Did you watch the game Ray, sounds like you were too enthused with the commentating...you could of came up with a better article. Everyone has been talking about the ankle for the past two weeks, what more do you need to know? The ankle had nothing to do with the outcome, with a healthy ankle, he couldn't avoid the pressure of the Giants.

Horrible Article
Micah Claire

United States

#14 Feb 4, 2008
Both teams deserve applause. The Giants just wanted it more and made it happen. Patriots and Giants..... JOB WELL DONE!
Micah Claire

United States

#15 Feb 4, 2008
Aikman irritates me.

6 mos after the Cowboys said they would not renew a contract with him (essentially being fired) he decided to "retire" from the Cowboys.... until another team a year later signed him up. No one wants him to just show up and wave and he can't make it through a season anymore. He should take his "commentary's" and sell furniture or mufflers because he isn't any good playing or talking sports.

Baltimore, MD

#16 Feb 4, 2008
This article reeks of Ray having predetermined his subject matter before the game even started and then pigeon holed himself into finding the most inane thing on which to write an article.

I agree with Bummer. Before anyone on the Sun staff goes pointing the finger regarding substandard reporting/coverage, take a freakin look in the mirror!

Columbia, SC

#17 Feb 4, 2008
What was wrong with Bradshaw's voice during the post game ceremonies and why didn't have Fox have someone else do the interviews....his voice made him even more annoying than usual.

Aquasco, MD

#18 Feb 4, 2008
i actually thought the broadcasting was good... much better then what the MNF crew would of done and lord knows better then if the NFL Network crew tried at it.

Aikman let the players play the game, they didnt favor one side and they provided insight when needed.

Troy, MI

#19 Feb 4, 2008
Was this the first time Ray Frager watched an NFL game?

Duluth, GA

#20 Feb 5, 2008
Aikman was awful - he actually suggested that Tom Coughlin would have "a decision to make" about whether to go for it on 4th down with less than 2 minutes to play & the Giants down by 4 points.

What decision is that, Troy? To go with a 3 WR set vs. 4?!?

BTW, commenters: this column & matching blog are about sports MEDIA. Not sports alone.

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