So Did You Turn Off Any Lights Last Night When Bob Costas Told You To?

Monday, November 05, 2007


I can't really find fault in the whole NBC "Going Green" thing (because it's obviously a good thing), but was there possibly a way they could have been less annoying with the process? I for one immediately think of doing the opposite when Bob Costas tell me what to do, but that's just me. Glow sticks, 20 minutes of no lights, and Matt Lauer at the North Pole....makes me want to change the world!

I think the best line I've read about last night came from the Realests....

"We're thinking of having Cris Collinsworth wear a miner's helmet with a light," says show producer Michael Weisman, seemingly serious. "And have candles. Or maybe Glow Sticks." Weisman added that "We're opening ourselves up for ridicule and sarcasm."

You mean by turning your halftime show into a rave? Really, you think? We have a better idea to go green: Turn off Football Night in America. Man, we're geniuses.
I agree. The whole time I was just begging them to turn the power to their mics off as well. You know what else would help the earth. If you nixed half of your "Studio Team" and donated their salaries to "Save the Rain Forests" or whichever charity was "in" at the time.

"Sunday Night Is Football Night In America" is the worst studio show in Sports, and that's saying a lot when Emmitt Smith is your competition.

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Posted by Awful Announcing- at 11:40 AM

16 Comments:

Preferable to their studio team: the Yule Log Halftime Show

MDT said...
Nov 5, 2007, 12:46:00 PM  
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MDT said...
Nov 5, 2007, 12:46:00 PM  

dimming the studio lights while leaving the dozens of high-wattage plasmas screens running strikes me as, oh, somewhat less than genuine.

Anonymous said...
Nov 5, 2007, 12:48:00 PM  

How about sticking a pipe in that gas bag Olbermann?

Anonymous said...
Nov 5, 2007, 1:06:00 PM  

If they were serious, maybe they would have ONE person in the studio and not 15, with forty cameras and millions of watts of lighting.

Frickin do gooder DOUCHES.

How much energy was spnet getting that douchebag Matt Lauer all they were to the Pole and then beaming a signal back so that he could expound on how warm it is, or wait, how cold it is, or what is it that they are talking about again?

hollywood wags said...
Nov 5, 2007, 1:23:00 PM  

It's only a matter of weeks until they continue to save energy by turning on the Rockefeller Center tree, which can only be rivaled by the display set up by Clark W. Griswold.

Ben said...
Nov 5, 2007, 1:26:00 PM  

One 50-inch plasma high-definition TV (HDTV) was estimated to use 679 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.

I would assume double it b/c the NBC plasma is a 103in. Panasonic plasma....so is turning off the studio lights better than keeping this beast on?

Anonymous said...
Nov 5, 2007, 1:33:00 PM  

At that poind I decided to get off my butt and turn off Sunday Night Football (figuring it would be a blowout and I had already watched 7 hours of football).

I went to the garage and got out three of those big halogen lights and raked the leaves in a nicely lit yard. Screw NBC. I will use as much electricity as I am willing to pay for.

I also decided to not watch NBC this week. Office will be the only thing I will truly miss.

Gman said...
Nov 5, 2007, 2:11:00 PM  

The high point of the experiment was when Tiki said that next week you will be able to see him. It could have only been topped if Costas had followed with,"just smile and we'll know your here"

makeitstick said...
Nov 5, 2007, 2:25:00 PM  

Pardon me for asking, but doesn't GE own NBC?

Doesn't GE also make stuff to clean up "greenhouse gases" as well as the turbines used to power those gigantic plasma screens?

Uh, yeah, ok...what a bunch of bullshit.

hollywood wags said...
Nov 5, 2007, 2:46:00 PM  

When it comes to saving the environment, listen to Jim Valvano.

Don't quit. Don't ever quit.

GMoney said...
Nov 5, 2007, 3:45:00 PM  

Doing things in the dark is NBC corporate policy. And it gives the big wigs a comfortable feeling, like when their heads are up their ass.

Anonymous said...
Nov 5, 2007, 4:24:00 PM  

Screw NBC. I turned all the lights on in my house before I went to sleep last night. How you like that Al Gore?

keyser soze said...
Nov 5, 2007, 4:43:00 PM  

If NBC was truly into "going green", they'd do us all a favor and give back all that green they gave Notre Dame and never broadcast another of their football games again. That, and make Madden pay for his own gas.
While I'm on a rant here(and I am), when the fuck did broadcasting a football game become a Vegas lounge act? Just show the goddamn game, run some highlights during half-time and be done with it. Who gives a shit about all of these asshats pontificating on the benefits of Bellichick's hoody over Mike Nolan's shirt and tie? Just show the game and stfu...

I'm putting away my soapbox now; sorry.

Bruce said...
Nov 5, 2007, 5:35:00 PM  

If they wanted us all to really "go green", instead of telling us to turn off a light bulb...wouldn't they have told everyone in America to turn off their Tv's???? (and for most that would mean a cable box, a dvr, a tv and a receiver for surround sound)

I guess they don't want us to go THAT green.

I also wondered if they realize that putting a wall of halogen lights up to light up half of the north pole is going to melt more ice than if I turned every light on in my house and ran around outside spraying aerosol cans into the air all week.

Adam said...
Nov 5, 2007, 10:47:00 PM  

Most people would agree that the environment, energy conservation and global warming are serious subjects that deserve as much press as possible. If so then why did Chris Collingsworth, Bob Costas, etc. act like children when such a serious issue was put into play in their studio. If they thought it was a joke then the network should have just moved their "green" policy to another forum as the football halftime show obviously wasn't the time nor place. These guys are suppose to be professionals and I hope someone at NBC grows a set of balls big enough to let these guys know what idiots they came off as. It reminded me of a ESPN hockey game with Bill Clement and Mike Emerick where into the 4th overtime they appeared on camera with their ties wrapped around their heads. Totally unprofessional and if I remember correctly they apologized for their inappropriatness... maybe Chris and Bob will too.

Anonymous said...
Nov 6, 2007, 5:31:00 PM  

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