Surely I am not the only sports-loving TV spectator who is totally annoyed by those “runners” at the bottom of the screen during most sports games? I’m watching ABC college football. At least, that’s what I want to watch.
But across the bottom of the screen is a strip telling me hockey scores, basketball scores, golf scores, baseball news, racing, swimming, badminton and soccer scores from halfway around the world. Like I care! And when I turn to Fox, they’re showing every score of every game and with updates! Fox Sports South, same thing. ESPN, they invented it. How can they not see this for the information overload that it is?
There’s a scientific truism, the name for it escapes me, but it is self-evident that when something moves against a still background, our eyes are drawn to it. We all know that to be true. And it’s the same with that annoying strip at the bottom of the TV.
I keep reading the same thing over and over. It’s maddening. And I can’t stop my eyes from doing what they’re naturally made to do: notice changes. Rather than continue to curse the darkness, I cut a cardboard strip the width of my TV and the height of that annoying strip with duct tape at the ends. When I watch a game and don’t want to be bothered, I cover it up. Redneck solution? I guess. But try it. You’ll be amazed how much more you enjoy the game when you can just concentrate on the game.
One game at a time is all I want. Back in my day, by cracky, a man could just watch a football game. I long for a simpler time.