The hate for NBC's new "green zone" feature seemed a bit over the top.
1. Let me be clear right off the bat: NBC's new "green zone" gimmick, unveiled during the Cardinals-Cowboys game on Sunday Night Football is stupid and completely useless.
Having said, that Twitter being what Twitter is, would have you believe NBC completely destroyed the broadcast by implementing this feature.
The "green zone" is harmless. Unnecesasry overkill, but harmless. For a handful of plays each Sunday night, you have to deal with seeing a darker shade of green on a portion of your TV sceen. Twitter reacted as if NBC put the game in black-and-white and brought Dennis Miller back to do commentary.
If it ain't broke don't fix It! We don't want this new helmet rule, we don't want this green zone nonsense. I love the NFL for what is used to be, stop ruining it!— mike_swaggin_u (@YeetinN) August 27, 2018
Nobody took a harder L tonight than NBC's The Green Zone and I say that knowing the Cowboys are trailing 24-0 and have turned the ball over seven times— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) August 27, 2018
Immediately hate the green zone— Bo Brack (@BoBrack) August 27, 2018
The #GreenZone on #SNF is the most idiotic thing I've seen since FoxTrax in hockey years ago... if you can't tell how far a player has to go for a 1st down by the yellow line, you shouldn't be watching #NFL!— POV (@Rob_Povia) August 27, 2018
Plus @BaseballGuys knows the Green Zone is b/w 5-yard line and endzone! pic.twitter.com/lXw7pcJ2od
Now, maybe it was hard for me to get worked up over the "green zone" because I kept flipping between NBC and Orioles-Yankees last night on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, which is a truly awful telecast to watch for a variety of reasons. But, good grief, people, you can't be this worked up by a slight color change on your TV. You just can't let this affect your enjoyment of a broadcast. It's honestly not a big deal at all.
2. They didn't win a single game last season, but everyone has Cleveland Browns fever. We told you last week that bettors love the Browns and so do TV viewers.
3. If you saw the quick highlight over the weekend of Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso cracking everyone up by accidentally going to the wrong sideline during a game against the Ravens, you see the full clip to realize how unfunny and scary it really was.
Here´s the full sequence of Kiko Alonso going to the Ravens sideline after he tackled TE Maxx Williams and appears to land on his head.@AdamHBeasley reported that Alonso insisted he did not suffer a concussion.— René Bugner (Rainbowcave) (@RNBWCV) August 26, 2018
Alonso played 43 snaps in the game.
Any thoughts? @ChrisNowinski1 pic.twitter.com/OXab4oLkGv
4. No confirmation yet on if this is the actual price, but if Jim Miller is tweeting it, it's true. And if you pay $25 for the Tiger-Phil exhibition, I worry for you.
5. The series finale of Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America ended last night with an athlete interview.
6. A brand new SI Media Podcast features an interview with Dallas sportscaster and viral video star Dale Hansen. The 70-year-old Hansen, who works for WFAA, discusses his monologues on Jerry Jones, the national anthem controversy, the Cowboys signing of Greg Hardy, Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend during the NFL draft and more. In addition, Hansen talks about how his liberal views are received by a Dallas audience and the higher ups at his television station. He also shares personal stories about how life experiences have changed and shaped his current world views. You can listen to the podcast below or download it on iTunes.
7. RANDOM COLLEGE FOOTBALL VIDEO OF THE DAY: In honor of the season getting under way, we'll feature some of the most memorable moments in the sport over the past several years. We start with the still-hard-to-believe Kick Six, which features a call for the ages.
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