By admin | June 1, 2008
By Jayson D. Henry
Well, weâ€™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 wouldnâ€™t be able to tell much difference.
Fox doesnâ€™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 whatâ€™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 isnâ€™t attractive.
Maybe the broadcast seems a bit stale because Fox has made very few changes since they starting covering NASCAR. Iâ€™m not calling for anyone to get fired. Iâ€™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 Meyersâ€™ 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, Iâ€™m glad itâ€™s time to move on. Itâ€™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 heâ€™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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