I just got back from New Orleans and have lots more material for the blog. Stay tuned.
On the way home, we listened to the Astros game. Announcers for football games get on my nerves generally and John Madden gets on my nerves in particular. Granted, I know the basics of most sports and enjoy watching, but the play-by-play (which I can see), recap (which I just saw) and color announcing (which I don't care about) are lost on me. It may be important to people who know more about the game but I just tune those guys out.
I do, however, depend on the instant replay and miss it terribly when I'm watching a game in person. I tend to get distracted easily at live sporting events and find myself watching everything except the actual game. I'm usually watching some kid stick gum in his brother's hair when the stadium erupts in cheers and I don't have the slightest idea what happened. I think that's why I like basketball and hockey so much. The ball and puck are always moving so I don't have time to look away.
While I don't care for the endless babble of television football game announcers, I do like the baseball guys. It's not just their smooth voices. Perhaps it's because baseball is such a statistic intensive game but their statistics just seem more interesting. During the Astros game one of the announcers said that one of the players was the second baseman with the highest number of homeruns in the league this season. Good for him. I bet there's even a statistic for the shortstop with the most hits in the bottom of the third inning while wearing red underwear during a full moon.
The other interesting fact I heard during the game today was that there are three brothers who are catchers in the major leagues this season. Now that's info a girl can use. I don't know how I'm going to use it, but...hey, wait a minute, I just did.