College football's amateur broadcasts

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on November 9, 2002

The major networks usually do a passably good job. ESPN and Fox Sports can be hit-or-miss. But the third-level sports networks can really stink it up. I just got done watching the decidedly ugly football game that was San Diego State vs. New Mexico. If the play on the field wasn't bad enough, the broadcast itself was worse.

Case in point, from SportsWest:

1. New Mexico blocked a SDSU punt in the first quarter. Unfortunately, no one watching the broadcast got to see it.

2. Instead of watching a play later in the game, we got to see the attendance graphic for a full 15 seconds -- informing us that roughly 28,000 people were there. The most frustrating thing was that you could sorta see the play going on in the background.

3. Several times we missed the snap, and on short running plays there isn't much after that. To add insult to injury, the commentators would then encourge viewers to: "Let's watch that again" when the replay was shown.

I hope that SportsWest executives go over the game tape again -- because been years since I've seen such an amateurish broadcast.


To be clear, it's still a 1A violation even as they supposedly intended it. But their rush to pass it made it encompass all sorts of stuff.

The judge should not take them at their word that they will "fix" it. The judge should issue the preliminary injunction we requested.

16-year-old Lola Fitzgerald has been racking up skeet shooting championships in and out of her home state. Now a new California law has shut her out of the sport and is threatening her Olympic hopes.

In a just world, SB 918 and its New York counterpart would make the Supreme Court* say: "well, we tried to let you keep shall issue, but you morons just couldn't help yourselves, so now constitutional carry is the law of the land".

*Hopefully it doesn't need to go to SCOTUS.

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