Since this is a public forum about a public event I feel that I can freely post my opinions on the CFL for which I have been an avid fan of since the early 70’s and now strongly considering not being a fan.
I am in the US and get the CFL through internet streaming via ESPN3. I am not a fan of the NFL. I don’t know if those watching in Canada are subjected to the same excessive amount of tasteless commercials, such as those being shown on ESPN3 during CFL games. This is my main complaint.
Often when the broadcast is resumed after the commercials, I see that I have missed a play or two, as if somehow mysteriously been cut out. Often it is a scoring play. Good job TSN/ESPN. Yes I know, the advertisers pay for the sport to be shown. I also pay for my internet connection.
I have figured out how TSN/ESPN crams all those commercials. The game I am watching is actually delayed by at least two plays from the live game. I have seen this by trying simultaneously playing the ESPN3 feed and a radio streaming feed, to somehow try to block out those obnoxious TSN announcers. No such luck, several minutes of delay in between.
And how about those penalty challenges, why do they replay the challenged call 5, 6, 7 or more times. And repeat the same flipping comment over and over. I have even seen unchallenged routine incomplete passes replayed 3, 4, and 5 times, what the heck. Can someone please get rid of the monkey operating the switches.
And those stupid interviews, during live play, that are shown in full screen, interrupting the broadcast, aren’t the commercials bad enough. The camera cuts away from the play and shows an interview in full screen. Is it that we have to appeal to the woman fans who want to see what the guy looks like. It’s like the women want to see how the guy is dressed for the interview. The actual broadcast of football becomes secondary. As if to go more in line with modern television, like it's all about personalities now.
Furthermore, to appeal to the women fans how about all the numerous close-ups of the guys on the sidelines. I want to see the guys on the field, where they line up, where are they looking before the snap. To heck with the sideline close-ups, and all the ebonic ghetto hood talk . Is this football for idiots.
And the tasteless production brought about by the people who work for TSN. What’s with the spinning TSN logo graphic, complete with sound effect, covering the whole screen, before and after commercials and often during live broadcast. It is all fast becoming unwatchable. Cool graphics, good job again TSN/ESPN.
With regards to CFL football itself, the lack of professionalism in players is at an all time high. Such as the stupid show boating by players, they are always taunting the opposition after they make a good play. When they make a good play, for example, an interception, they, including the coaches all jump around like five year olds. Congratulate yourselves after the game for crissakes.
Oh I can just imagine the shills responding to this post defending their beloved CFL, that’s to be expected. I repeat, I am NOT a fan of American football in general and don’t tell me to go watch some other boring sport.