Every year, we have to labor through four weeks of preseason football. The first week goes by rather quickly because, frankly, we’re just happy to have some form of football back, but by the fourth week, we’re all just tired of it.
Aside from sub-par football and outcomes that mean nothing, there’s one other factor that makes these four weeks a mixed bag of tricks. Local broadcasts.
If you’re like me, and you watch a lot of preseason games through NFL.com, you’ll quickly notice that the normal crew of national broadcasters are absent. In their stead is a mess of local media members and often some former players in the booth.
For the most part, I really don’t have a problem with them. Yes, they tend to focus about 90% of their energy discussing “their” team while they drop a few mentions on the other team. Fine. Despite being in a professional setting, they often call refer to the home to in such ways as, “We need a better pass rush, we have a great chance to go far,” or ...