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Sunday, September 09, 2007


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There was an experiment with a silent broadcast in the NFL, but it was farther back, like in the 1970s. I think one of the teams was the Jets, and I think the company was NBC. The experiment was a complete flop. Boring as hell.


Ah! Thanks, Dan! I had the wrong sport. Found it, thanks to your tip!

Dec 20, 1980. Jets @ Dolphins on NBC.

New York Magazine says the ratings were very strong, but it was thought to be too gimmicky to be anything more than a one-shot deal.

Apparently, following a dispute between media writers and the CFL, Canadians have been getting and enjoying announcerless CFL games for a couple years now. Hmm.

Appreciate the help!


There was about twenty minutes of silence the broadcast when Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's record by playing in his 2131st consecutive game. Chris Berman went completely silent while Ripken trotted around the field. He (Berman) thereby earned my undying respect, not to mention complete forgiveness for every bad pun he ever on athletes' names.


Maybe this should be a different thread since it has nothing to do with Spib's original post, but the Cal Ripken "Iron Man" celebration has always seemed very misguided to me. While I'm the type of person who shows up to work everyday, even perhaps when I shouldn't because of illness, etc., I'm still not sure Ripken's having started those games was for the overall benefit of the team. There were long stretches when he had nagging injuries and was playing in the midst of slumps plagued by injury. It may have been best for the TEAM in the times to take a few days off and recuperate, allowing someone who was playing better at the time into the lineup while Ripken recuperated, so that he could be of greatest benefit to the overall TEAM.

While I understand the need to celebrate individual heroics, these individual records often come at a cost to the team, and I, for one, thought that was the case with Saint Cal.

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