The other day I was talking to my mom and she asked me how that “website about sports and stuff I was trying to get off the ground was going?”
I replied “It’s coming along. Trying to get everyone on a writing schedule so we can make good content consistently. I think this week I’m going to write a post about how pointless it is to interview coaches before they head to the locker room at halftime.”
Her response, simply and eloquently was “Dumb.”
“…Or even worse when they interrupt the coach during the game to ask questions.” Which you often see in baseball and hockey.
“DUMB!” the response, again.
Which is I think about the best possible summation of these interviews. They’ve got to be one of the worst trends to ever grace sports broadcasting and they appear to be here to stay.
On the spectrum of people who watch every sporting event ever, to people who think sports are for low intellect brutes; my mom lies somewhere in the area of “I watch the big games, and know some big names. I’m not all that entrenched with any one team, or any one sport though.”
In other words she’s a casual viewer. Like many.
When they go to interview a coach at half-time these viewers couldn’t care less. They’ve got little interest in the intricacies or minutia surrounding sports. These interviews may as well be white noise to them.
For the fans who are interested in the complexities of the game these interviews aren’t any better. Nothing of substance is ever offered up as some reporter pesters a coach for a 30 second opinion as they attempt to get to the locker room so they can throw a helmet and scream at their field goal kicker.
And why would they ever offer up any juicy tidbits? The game is still going on.
These people are paid millions of dollars a year to be a step ahead of their opponents and the TV pundits.
If they’re losing they’ll spout off some lukewarm response about how defense needs to be better, and so does the offense. Which will allow them to improve in the second half.
When they’re up you’ll get an equally terse quip about how some minor adjustments need to be made to stay ahead. Basically though “we’ll just keep doing what we’ve been doing.”
Or something to that effect.
The answers are never substantive enough to entice hardcore fans, and the true casuals really don’t care.
These interviews might jingle the keys enough for some middle ground of mouth breathers who feel like they are informed. It’s a reassurance for dimwits that “Hey this guy is going to try to win.”
As if he wasn’t already.
I’d wager that these people are few and far between though.
I’ve known many people all across the spectrum of sports interest and I’ve never heard a single person praise these interviews. I’ve never seen a single comment online mention how much they enjoy them. If anything most of the feedback appears to be negative when it exist at all.
Once in a while we get a good meme out of these but those are few and far between.
So ESPN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NBCSN, FSN, FOX, and whoever else I’m missing, give us stuff we might actually enjoy before halftime.
Like some more highlights…
Or fun crowd shots…
Or the players having a good time…
Or really just trying anything in place of these pointless interviews nobody likes where a coach says in too many words how “they’ll do better”, or “keep doing good.”