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Mike Sellers Is Skeptical Of 3-D Football

Posted by Matt Terl on December 4, 2008 – 5:18 pm

Diagram from 3dglassessonline.comFor invited audiences at specially-equipped theaters in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles, tonight’s uninspiring game between Norv Turner‘s San Diego Chargers and Tom Cable‘s Oakland Raiders actually actually offers something interesting: live football in 3D.

This is being touted not as a gimmick, but as a glimpse of the way football will be broadcast in the not-too-distant future. Demetric Evans speaks for most of the people I’ve talked about this: he shrugs, says, “Might be cool,” and changes the subject.

The problem, I think, is that most of us are having real trouble visualizing how the broadcast can possibly work, and how the 3D effects will be incorporated.

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On The Field For Practice – 12/4

Posted by Matt Terl on December 4, 2008 – 4:22 pm

One of those days today, overcast enough to make you bundle up before you go out, but not actually cold. I have very little formal knowledge of meteorology, but it sure seems to me that whenever this happens, it’s pouring rain or sleeting within 24 hours. I look forward to tomorrow’s practice.


  • Another day of watching Jason Campbell, another day impressed. If I wasn’t watching whichever drill the QB was in, every single time I noticed a pass out of the corner of my eye it was one of Campbell’s. With one exception (a Colt Brennan to Fred Davis connection), every time I heard people on the field get excited about an offensive pass play, it was one of Campbell’s. And Zorn seemed pleased with what he was seeing. At this point, it’s just about what he can do in the game.

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Isaiah Ross Has a Plan to Make Some Extra Cash

Posted by Matt Terl on December 4, 2008 – 2:01 pm


There are certain guys who the media counts on – guys who will stand and own up when things get tough, sure, but also just guys who consistently show up for media availability and answer questions on a day when nothing in particular is going on.

Pete Kendall fits both descriptions. As a result, just about every day during open locker room, Kendall is surrounded by one of those enormous media hordes, and he’ll stand and answer questions until everyone’s done. Almost everyone loves this about him … except practice squad player Isaiah Ross.

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Thursday, December 4: Inside FedExField – The Scoreboard Control Room

Posted by Matt Terl on December 4, 2008 – 10:24 am

When I was writing about the exciting adventures of Video Jason Campbell, I got to wondering exactly what the setup was in the JumboTron control room – how things worked, who worked them, and if we would controlroom-0121ever see HD monitors at FedExField.

Before Sunday’s Giants game, I was able to find out.

The man in the tan shirt is Anthony Fanticola, since 2001 the director of production at the stadium. On gamedays, he runs a crew of about fifty people. “That includes video engineers, audio engineers, we use three of our own cameras,” he says. “Maybe a dozen people in the control room ‘horseshoe’ itself. We also do all the A/V on the club level … overall, once you count up all the grips, production assistants, everything, it’s about 50 people.”

He let me poke around the gleaming lights and flashing control panels of the control room, and helpfully answered my repeated questions of “What’s that?” The first thing he showed me was the computer that controls the Matrix Boards in the stadium, including the boards in “the end zones, sidelines, game in progress, out of town scores, the game clock. And it also routes the open captioning during the game.”

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