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Boogity, Boogity, Boogity…Bye, Bye, Bye

By admin | June 1, 2008

By Jayson D. Henry

 

Well, we’ve pulled those belts tight for the last time. And, we’ve heard our last boogity, boogity, boogity until next February.

Fox Network has broadcast its last race of the 2008 NASCAR season. Thing is, if you were to close your eyes and just listen to the audio of a broadcast from 5 years ago and then listen to the audio of a broadcast from this year, you wouldn’t be able to tell much difference.

Fox doesn’t do a bad job but they do hit the same points over and over. Their camera work is good and their pit reporters do good work keeping us up to date with what’s going on. I will have to say this for them, Fox goes for knowledgeable over attractive when it comes to pit reporters, not that Dr. Dick Berggren isn’t attractive.

Maybe the broadcast seems a bit stale because Fox has made very few changes since they starting covering NASCAR. I’m not calling for anyone to get fired. I’m just pointing out that it is unusual for a major network to go that long without some turnover.

One thing that Fox did this year that bordered on shameful was promoting that silly little gopher and the T-shirts they were so intent on selling. The camera buried in the track is alright, but the over and over Digger references were annoying.

But, hey, at least Chris Meyers’ hair always stays in place. He may not have learned any more about NASCAR than he knew when he first started but he provides some witty banter during the pre race show. Oh, I kid because I care.

So, I’m glad it’s time to move on. It’s time for another crew to take over for a while. Next to take up the baton will be TNT. They were not blessed to have the best part of the schedule but they do have some good talent working for them. For that matter no body could do much to make races like the one we had in Dover seem entertaining.

Kyle Petty steps right out of the race car and into the broadcast booth for TNT which provides a fresh viewpoint. He and Wally Dallenbach make up the best lap by lap analysis team of the three networks who cover NASCAR. They sound as if they are saying what they think rather than saying what they think people want to hear.

For some reason, each of the networks think they have to have that Chris Meyers type who comes over from the stick and ball sports world to cover racing. I guess they think it legitimizes their coverage in the rest of the sports world. Mark Fein fills that role for TNT and he’ll be alongside Larry McReynolds in the host booth.

TNT only has six races but they may be the best broadcast crew on the air. Some of these races may not be my favorites but the team calling the races is.

Jayson D. Henry is a guest blogger for RacingWithRich.com.

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7 Responses to “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity…Bye, Bye, Bye”

  1. Bill Roeber Says:
    June 2nd, 2008 at 4:06 am

    I agree with your assessment of FOX. I am sick and tired of the announcers talking to us as if we were idiots. IE.. What you folks at home need to understand” Also isn’t it time for Nascar to level the plying field as they have done in the past. They have given Toyota a very liberal engine package and in th epas when a make is so dominant they have made changes. Or is Toyota paying their own way??

    Bill R

  2. racinsince55 Says:
    June 2nd, 2008 at 7:17 am

    I wonder if Bill R. thought NASCAR should level the playing field last year when HMS won more than half of the races?

    Another dis-gruntled Jr. fan, I suspect!

  3. Jon Newland Says:
    June 2nd, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Fox is far and away my favorite broadcast team. I’ve been a NASCAR fan for years and I don’t feel they’re “dumbing it down”. TNT is fine. I like Kyle Petty and Wally Dallenbach, but CRINGE at the thought of ESPN/ABC coverage. Rusty Wallace is just a disgruntled old racecar driver who thinks he was robbed out of more wins/success. Back to watching races with the “MUTE” button on.

  4. Steve Says:
    June 2nd, 2008 at 11:38 am

    I will agree that the Digger business got real old real quick along with the stupid intro song, but I will take the Fox guys over any broadcast team that includes Bill Weber. That guy is just an idiot…..Chris Myers looks like a racing legend compared to Weber’s talking down to an audience

  5. Mike Says:
    June 2nd, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    It’s good the Nascar season features 3 different TV crews. Fox has too many people talking too much. What’s wrong with taking a breath? Look fwd to Wally and Kyle. Webber is way too condescending. Why not use Mike Joy, Bob Jenkins, and Allan B for Prerace and race ringmasters. Stick and ball guys add absolutely nothing. They degrade the show. Most aggrevating — the constant network show promotions. But wait, the best of all is the DVR and mute button. I watched everything in the 400 worth watching in 70 minutes instead of 4 1/2 hours.

  6. elena Says:
    June 2nd, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I happen to like Fox alot. If you look at their tv ratings and compate them to TNT and ESPN-ABC, there is no comparison. Fox is very inovative and ended up this year being #1. If they thought their crew was losing them veiwers, they would dump them. Ratings mean money and they charge more the higher the ratings. The suits at Fox are about $$$.

  7. Joe Says:
    June 2nd, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Bill, You are 100% right! Toyota has 30+ more HP than anybody else, why? Because they got totally crushed last year, when things were equal and NASCAR is making it up to them this year. Take away the HP advantage and where would they be running?

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