Pope on a Rope wrote:Tracking the 2nd and 3rd buggies would require more cameras and more complexity. To me, if the 2nd buggy is not in the shot with the leader, I really could not care less about them.
I cannot disagree more. As a member of a team who's buggy has never been in the lead in any race prior to Hill 5 (we passed a driver's push team in an exhibition one year), the only time I ever get to see my org is when they show trailing buggies. They've gotten much better at this in recent years, especially once they started bringing in picture-in-picture (which I had been calling for years prior to that). Would I like more picture-in-picture? Sure. But I think they did a pretty good job this year, especially on Day 2. So of all the things I can (and have) complained about, I'm pretty good with the actual filming of Saturday's races this year.
shafeeq wrote:The Jumbotron in the chute seemed rotated even further towards the gazebo on Saturday, but it did cause a bunch of people walking past Phipps to stop and watch a heat. Except if they happened to walk by between heats and it was showing dogs or the crowd or the announcers. If they don't have anything to show, why not just replay the last heat?
I loved the rotation of the jumbotron this year, as it allowed me to move back to my old spot on the outside of the chute, which is a much better view than the inside of the chute. I agree with the replay idea (personally, I like the fact that they show drops, but I realize these are generally boring and unless you're SigEp, they're formalities; as long as the announcers can tell us about a failed drop test, I don't actually need to see it), or at least something to keep the crowd entertained. I like the team packages that they've done in years past. Or even something as silly as the "Dance Cam" and "Kiss Cam" from a few years back (this works once or twice per day...not between every heat). Not that I mind the dogs, especially the one that went crazy on its back next to the baby stroller. But it would be kinda nice to see full replays, or at least have something going on in the 8 (or so) minutes between heats.