This Saturday at 9pm, ESPN will air “The Greatest Game Ever Played”. It was nearly 50 years ago (Dec 28th) that the Johnny Unitas-led Colts beat the Giants in overtime. This single game did more than just about anything to propel the NFL from a fledgling sports league to a legitimate player in televised sports.
The ESPN documentary brings together current Giants and Colts watching the game with those who were in it. But the most interesting part is that the game will be shown in color. The footage has been digitally restored and remastered (and now in color) to try to breath life into the classic. The hope is that the color will help younger people be more interested in the game. I think the color will help more people relate to the game but I think there are other things they could’ve done to make the game more relatable.
Do you ever find yourself scanning the channels and stopping on ESPN Classic and watching a couple minutes of any sporting event from a couple decades ago and it’s not able to hold your interest? The reason is technology. Now when you watch an NFL game the score, down & distance, and clock are always on display. You are always aware of the situation, whereas that information was not displayed 20 years ago. In order to make these “classic” games watchable, they need a technology makeover. Modern-day graphics and technology should be used. I’m not talking about disturbing the announcer’s calls because those can’t be truly replicated but how about that yellow first down marker or graphics with stats? This doesn’t seem like it would be that difficult to do and it would definitely keep my attention for more than a couple minutes.
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