Last week, Dana
contacted me and asked me if I'd be interested in attending the live broadcast of the Monday Night Live with Jeff Fisher at Opry Mills. I accepted the invitation and last night went out to see the show. (I know they did some pans of the crowd going into and out of commerical, but I wasn't near where the camera would necessarily find me....though I was wearing (shock of shocks) orange!)
I have to admit I was pretty intrigued by the whole process. For one thing, I think it's great that Jeff Fisher is media and fan saavy enough that he come out before a live audience to do his coach's show. And it's good that he came out and he didn't sugar coat anything about Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh. He knew it was a poor showing by the team and you could tell he was disappointed by it. Also, I am sure it's easy to come out and see the fans when you've just had a big win, but to come out after a disappointing loss has to be difficult.
Now, I don't work around television cameras all day. So, to watch the ways in which a live broadcast worked and came together was as fascinating for me as the show itself. Seeing everyone get make-up touch-ups during commericals was interesting as was the furious level of activity during the commercial breaks. It's interesting just how much they got done in two minutes. To see the rotation of Channel 2's sports team and their different roles within the show as well as juggling Fisher, Drew Bennett and Tank Williams for on-screen interview time was nice. And amazingly enough, all the sportscasters
from News 2 looks exactly the same in person as they do on TV.
So, it was an interesting evening--and hey, they also fed us.
It was also interesting after the broadcast to see some of the kids who were there to watch the show all mob Drew Bennett for autographs. And to see him take some time to sign them and to interact with these kids. That is how we'll assure there are whole new generations of Titans fan out there. And it's nice that after a summer of complaining about PacMan and his antics off the field as well as the other off-season issues for the Titans, that I got to see at least one player interact with the fans in positive way off the field. I'm sure it's not something that will lead the broadcast on any station in the area or ESPN or be above the fold in a newspaper, but it's still nice to know there are good guys on the Titans who care about not only the team but also the community.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/13/2005 08:24:00 AM