Thursday, September 27, 2007

The view from between the benches

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Craig Custance, a pretty blog-friendly guy in his own right, had the chance to take in a recent Thrashers preseason game from between the benches, a spot that's becoming well-travelled by media in recent years:
It's easy to see why television viewers have loved NBC's decision to put McGuire between the benches. Locally, John Kincade said the response was overwhelming when he reported for SportSouth from that spot late last season and during the playoffs.

"It's the most amazing sideline perch in any sport that could be offered," Kincade said. "It gives you unprecedented access to the speed, the ferocity and the energy that goes on during the game. There's nothing like it."
Custance does a nice job of capturing some of that ferocity, although much of it seems to come from Atlanta coach Bob Hartley as he barks out line combinations on the fly.

My guess is that they could get a pretty penny if those between the bench seats were ever put up for grab.

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At 1:30 p.m., September 27, 2007, Anonymous Logan said...

You can buy those seats in some cities. Nashville and Tampa both sell them if I remember right.

At 5:49 p.m., September 27, 2007, Blogger allan said...

I'm sure it's a great seat for watching the game, but I find that it really takes away from the broadcast commentary.

The guy between the benches rarely seems to have much of an idea of what the other commentator(s) are talking about, which takes away from the natural flow of the commentary. And insightful gems like, "These guys are really pumped about that goal," or, "The coach is telling them not to get too down about it," really don't tell me anything I can't clearly see on a wide angle shot.

But perhaps my objection is based more on the fact that it's usually Pierre McGuire shouting near- incomprehensible nonsense than any inherent problem with between-the-benches commentary.


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