The Sporting Iconoclast
Challenging the conventional wisdom, sowing new ideas, sending some old ones to the compost heap

Archive for February 2009

The Seven Habits of Highly Annoying Football Telecasts

February 22, 2009

Football and TV – how can you spoil such a good combination? Let me count the ways. 1. The ground-level view This is where we get to watch the kickoff return as if we were seated in the end zone behind the returner. This used to be a favorite of directors, who considered it the […]

Make NBA All-Star Game a pickup game

February 9, 2009

NBA should go to a pickup format at the all-star game. Poll: which player would be chosen last?

Refs, Super Bowl announcers miss obvious rule violation on TD scramble

February 2, 2009

The Steelers’ first touchdown, on a scramble by QB Ben Roethlisberger, was disallowed after the Cardinals challenged. The refs decided the replays showed that Big Ben’s knee was down before the ball pierced the imaginary plane rising up from the front of the goal line. The Steelers had to settle for a a field goal. […]