Take a look at CBC’s newest intro for Hockey Night in Canada. Forget about the music, the players you don’t recognize, etc. and just look at how they weave together the stars of now, recent times and more distant times into one thread. It connects younger viewers, older viewers, even Francophone and Anglophone viewers. But the main point is that it connects the present with the past.
My point is why can’t ESPN do its US Soccer production like this? US Soccer actually has some history (and good history, at that), so why do we have to see an exploding soccer ball? Why does ESPN always have to make it look like American soccer was invented yesterday. Here ESPN, I’ll make it easy for you. Here are some things you should include in the montage.
- Caliguiri @ T&T
- Waldo v. Switzerland
- McBride v. Guatemala
- Ramos v. Costa Rica
- Keller making a save against Romario
- Stewart v. Mexico
- Any goal from 2002, take your pick
- Feilhaber v. Mexico
There, most of them are ESPN broadcasts, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding them. Stop treating every US Soccer fan like they’re morons and cannot remember anything from more than 20 mins ago.