We ultimately came to love, or at least accept, the overcrowding of our television screens during games. Heck, with the advent of the Red Zone Channel, it is now not all that abnormal to see four games playing on a screen at once (the rarely-seen-in-the-wild “Quad Box,” as documented by Dan Shanoff and his son on Twitter).
But this really happened fast. We have gone from nothing on our screens during our games to everything. I went digging back through some stray games I had on my computer this morning, and it’s really quite striking. Baseball has become more austere, strangely, while football has gone insane.