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.
“I heard about that,” said Coach Zorn, and stopped for a few seconds to think. “I just wonder how it’s going to be. It’ll probably be the replays that are unique and clever, because when you’re watching the game, you’re probably really just watching them play.”
Pete Kendall had other concerns about the broadcast. “There are end zone angles that I’m not sure would work,” he said. “I don’t think I want it from the back end view, if you see what I’m saying.”
And then there’s Mike Sellers. I was actually talking to him about non-blog-related stuff, and when the conversation turned to the 3D broadcast, he became adamant. “You should write this:’Football in 3D is stupid.’ Football is supposed to be natural, not with that kind of high tech thing,” he said. “Next they’ll be able to throw you a beer through the TV.”
That’s an innovation that I could definitely get behind.